New Slow City: Living Simply in the World's Fastest City

New Slow City: Living Simply in the World's Fastest City William Powers
  • Title: New Slow City: Living Simply in the World's Fastest City
  • Author: William Powers
  • ISBN: 9781608682393
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • New Slow City: Living Simply in the World's Fastest City William Powers New Slow City Living Simply in the World s Fastest City Burned out after years of doing development work around the world William Powers spent a season in a foot by foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina as recounted in his award winning memoir
    Burned out after years of doing development work around the world, William Powers spent a season in a 12 foot by 12 foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina, as recounted in his award winning memoir Twelve by Twelve Could he live a similarly minimalist life in the heart of New York City To find out, Powers and his wife jettisoned 80 percent of their stuff, left their 2,Burned out after years of doing development work around the world, William Powers spent a season in a 12 foot by 12 foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina, as recounted in his award winning memoir Twelve by Twelve Could he live a similarly minimalist life in the heart of New York City To find out, Powers and his wife jettisoned 80 percent of their stuff, left their 2,000 square foot Queens townhouse, and moved into a 350 square foot micro apartment in Greenwich Village Downshifting to a two day workweek, Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries Discovering a colorful cast of New Yorkers attempting to resist the culture of Total Work, Powers offers an inspiring exploration for anyone trying to make urban life people and planet friendly.
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    About William Powers


    1. William Powers hails from Long Island, NY and has worked for over a decade in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, Washington, D.C and Native North America From 2002 to 2004 he managed the community components of a project in the Bolivian that won a 2003 prize for environmental innovation from Harvard s John F Kennedy School of Government His essays and commentaries on global issues have appeared in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, and on National Public Radio He was a 2004 2005 recipient of the Open Door Foundation for non fiction and is currently based in New York City as a freelance writer, speaker, and senior fellow at the the World Policy Institute.Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.


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    1. new york s hottest club is new slow citythis book has everything micro apartments two day workweek white people candlelit tub birthing attractive young womenfeeding pigeons almonds with their mouths i did not enjoy this book

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    2. Some nice ideas here, and a nice narrative voice, but I had some difficulties along the way New Slow City is, as the title implies, about slow living in urban spaces This means living smaller, working less, appreciating life , buying less, etc All great ideas But so much that s here is utterly unaware of its own privilege I believe Powers acknowledges this directly on one page thank god for page 46 , but otherwise doesn t see how his ability to live this way is predicated on his identity, his pa [...]

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    3. since we can t all live the slow life in a 12x12 cabin bill s earlier book , he s written this one to chronicle his attempt to slow down and live simply in the world s fastest big city, New York bill takes us with him thru his interesting and varied year of experiences and quiet, thoughtful reflections what does it mean to live slow how is it even possible when all around us, 24 7, the messages say , faster, newer, higher, brighter what is it like living inside while trying to step off that ride [...]

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    4. I enjoyed this book greatly than I expected to , and I kind of want to read it again so that I can give a detailed review I _haven t_ read Powers previous book about living in a 12 by 12 cabin in the woods this was my introduction to his writing But I was drawn to the experiment of trying to live a simple life in an urban area also, Powers was apparently single in the first book, and in this one he has a serious girlfriend She s on board, but the element of relationship growth negotiation add [...]

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    5. In this book a naturalist tries to live Slow in a 12x12 apartment located in the financial capital of the world This isn t a How To book it s a memoir that follows a couple s journey of trying to live slowly in a tiny apartment in the West Village The author is a very skilled writer and makes up for the books faults by documenting his own narrative in the book Why not talk about your income and rental price when writing a book about living slow in the financial capital of the world How has a sma [...]

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    6. This book was such an inspiration, and turned out to be exactly what I needed in my life I picked up this book hoping to find inspiration for minimalist living in New York But I found so much , too leading a slow, mindful life in the city creating conscious habits of eating and walking questioning the best ways to live inexpensively his point about feeling like a fraud participating in free trial experiences like one week of free yoga resonated with me and a beautiful narrative on the special hi [...]

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    7. I LOVED this book Excellent writing and information Making me make some changes in my life as I realize you can reconnect no matter where you live.

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    8. A random library find that intrigued me by its title and premise Very readable, and an interesting idea to attempt to live slowly in a huge, hectic city like NYC It started off well, with Powers doing what it says on the back cover working two days a week and living slowly in NYC for the rest of the week I enjoyed Powers observations and thoughts on city life outside of the 9 to 5 paradigm, and the joy he finds in the parks and public spaces around the city I felt a little cheated by the way the [...]

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    9. This was a great book to read this past month it reminded me of warmer weather, and to pace myself while traversing a very icy city The author is very clearly about as bleeding heart treehugger as you can get, and I say that as someone who is happy to be called those things, too Which is to say, if your paycheck or your trendiness is your pride joy, Powers concerns might bore you He also doesn t talk much about producing your own food clothes etc which most slow practicers would consider central [...]

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    10. Can you live a slow and simple life in the middle of Manhattan I was eager to find out.I both loved and hated this book The writing is lovely, and I could relate to many of the values that the author holds He did a nice job of talking about the challenges of living small, and in describing some of the beauty of metropolitan living, along with its perils So for the first half of the book I was nodding along, enjoying the language, and relating The story is interesting and human about real people [...]

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    11. I enjoyed the concepts in this book and think everyone especially workaholic professionals living in big cities would benefit by living slowly Granted, there were times where the book gets a little too, I don t know, political Granola The scene where he freaks out over his wife buying a gourmet cupcake almost caused me to stop reading And of course one cannot deny that the majority of us, while we may desperately want to take back our time, are simply not able to afford to shake the shackles of [...]

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    12. Great in concept, but lacking in delivery Mostly the author s privileged perspective of slowing down his life in ways that most people can t muster and survive for varied reasons Author finds a lot of golden nuggets of the slow life in a city that vastly consumes everything at a hyperkinetic pace, but for those looking for insights for their own path, it was lacking He slows down to 2 work day weeks, but his wife is still working her regular job in Manhattan, so it really wasn t a book about how [...]

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    13. In New Slow City, William Powers, after living happily and simply in a twelve by twelve cabin a story recounted in the appropriately named Twelve by Twelve , marries and moves with his new wife to NYC The challenge is on can the couple live happily and simply in a 350 square foot micro apartment in New York Be warned that Powers is, shall we say, somewhat west of the status quo when it comes to living simply and slowlyI honestly can t see the mass of American people adopting many of his ideas Bu [...]

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    14. a good book that is so rare these days it is about balance, with nature, with ones self author is well experienced, profound, imaginative, writes beautifully the book changed me, in that i distaste consumption, appreciate food and nature, and ask for paper bags instead of plastic in grocery store and thinking of getting a big sturdy grocery bag from household too

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    15. I found this author s writing style difficult to read word for word, but I did find this to be a relaxing meditative read I was hoping for concrete details about his approach to slow living in Manhattan, but this book rises above many in the reality confessional genre.

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    16. I m beginning to think that I m all read out when it comes to books on slow living, minimalism, simplifying, etc I ve started to realize a disturbing trend in the whole movement that veers much extremist and elitist than I personally want to embody, and this book was kind of the last straw.While there were a few thoughts in this that are good discussion points mostly to do with the possibility of living slowly and mindfully in an urban area when all around you are living frantically , this boo [...]

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    17. This is not one of those books where an author does something novel for a year and then points out ways you can follow him I would put this in the true memoir category because what he does is not really a stunt nor is it a do as I do kind of book It is William Powers attempt to live in a counter cultural way, slowly and minimally in a fast and consumptive city Powers is the real deal, lowering his carbon footprint, trying to find the best ways to live without so much mental and physical stuff, [...]

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    18. What I enjoyed most about New Slow City was the reminder to notice the details of my surroundings and find ways to appreciate the smaller, quieter offerings and dive deeper into what s available right before our eyes The reminder to slow down Mindfulness and Simplicity are certainly not new concepts, but this is a pleasant study of their application amidst urban chaos Occasionally, I felt that hints of smug academia wafted through these lessons, though, as well as the somewhat egocentric urban w [...]

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    19. This was a beautiful, surprisingly peaceful book My only criticism of it is that it has a white privilege aspect to it And it did end up making me feel a little boring and ineffective in my life But it was also nice to be reminded that I m very happy with many of the choices that my wife and I have made in our lives, choices to, as much as possible, live a slow, mindful way of being in the world.

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    20. Nice, relaxing read His experience is interesting, but I definitely had some issues with him at times Mostly around his two day work week while his wife is busting ass the UN Gosh, the honeymooners in Morocco were really over the top Put the smartphones down, people Good takeaway message SLOW DOWN to really enjoy this beautiful life And now I m putting my smartphone downE END.

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    21. I though this book did a good job at presenting the simple life style without being too judgy The writing style annoyed me at times Randomly he would just insert French phrases for no reason Many things were also over described, instead of just saying someone was nicely dressed, he would pull out his thesaurus and stretch it into 4 sentences.Mostly, though, it was fine It was a nice book to reflect back on how you re living your life to focus on what s truly important.

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    22. The author was so far removed from reality Cringed through the whole thing because it is assigned reading.

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    23. Always a good reminder to take it slow I now want to read books by this author.

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    24. Added to my to read list on November 2, 2014 Started on November 20, 2017.

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    25. A book that infuriated me as much as it inspired meLoads to think about and loads I d rather forgetRead for the questions it raises but don t expect too many answers.I loved the intention of this book but the reality was, in the end, rather disappointing

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    26. Hmm I went into this book wanting to like it a whole lot than I eventually did In fact, for perhaps the first two thirds of the book, I found myself nodding along as Powers investigated ways of slowing down in the city, thinking about how I could incorporate a calmer pace into my own life, and being pleased when he acknowledged his privilege in being able to take the time he does and moments of being judgmental Then the final third hits, around when he view spoiler establishes his Wisdomkeepers [...]

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    27. Powers, the author of the book Twelve by Twelve where he lives in a cabin with these dimensions for a few months in this book explores slow living in the big city For his slow year he works just a couple of days a week his wife continues her full time job , and spends the rest of his time exploring ways to live simply at a slow speed in NYC and writing about it The couple move to a microapartment about 24x12 feet , which is an adjustment at first but they let the city provide their extra space b [...]

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    28. What did I think Good question I wanted to like this book but had a hard time because the author really irritated me I think he irritated me the way Gwyneth Paltrow irritates a lot of people, I ve only seen her in movies and haven t read her books or blog coming off as holier then thou and being clueless He does seem to realize that by taking advantage of free yoga, museum entry, kayaking etc that he s being a bit of a freeloader When he tries to make his wife feel bad by refusing to take a 1 bi [...]

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    29. I m uncertain how I truly feel about this book I would recommend to read it and decide I have a hard time balancing Power s personal decisions with my own opinions under the circumstances, especially after reading his AMAZING book Twelve by Twelve It seems very difficult task to try to accomplish, as if counter intuitive to live slowly within one of the busiest cities which he is honest about from the beginning I enjoyed many of the concepts and thoroughly thought out opinions, challenges and pr [...]

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    30. 3.5 Could you live in a 350 square foot apartment in New York City with your significant other and a baby on the way New Slow City by William Powers is his story of purposely living slowly and meaningfully in the midst of all the fast energy of Greenwich Village I enjoyed this book, even though I didn t always care for him much mainly because he strives to incorporate as much nature into his life as he can By valuing, respecting and enjoying nature, he is able to appreciate all things It s a nic [...]

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