Sheila Liming Presents Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time, in conversation with Sophie Haigney

 
Thursday
January 26th
7pm

 
McNally Jackson Seaport
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A smart and empowering book about the simple art of hanging out ... and of taking back our social lives from the deadening whirl of contemporary life.

Almost every day it seems that our world becomes more fractured, more digital, and more chaotic. Sheila Liming has the answer: we need to hang out more. 

Starting with the assumption that play is to children as hanging out is to adults, Liming makes a brilliant case for the necessity of unstructured social time as a key element of our cultural vitality. The book asks questions like what is hanging out? why is it important? why do we do it? how do we do it? and examines the various ways we hang out—in groups, online, at parties, at work.

Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time makes an intelligent case for the importance of this most casual of social structuresand shows us how just getting together can be a potent act of resistance all on its own.

 

"Like me, you will thoroughly enjoy hanging out with this book. Jam-packed with eloquent and authentic testimony, it delivers many fresh insights on experiences that we might otherwise take for granted." —Andrew Ross, author of Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times

 

We recommend that guests wear masks on the night. 


Sheila Liming is an associate professor at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, where she teaches classes on literature, media, and writing. She is the author of two books, What a Library Means to a Woman and Office, and the editor of a new edition of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. Her essays have appeared in venues like The Atlantic, McSweeney’s, Lapham’s Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, and The Point.

 

 

 

Sophie Haigney is the web editor at The Paris Review. She has written about culture and technology for the New York Times, the New Yorker, and other publications. She is currently working on an essay collection about collections.

 

 

 

 

 

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