This is a wonderful little book. You'll discover quotations
from it sprinkled throughout Jayhoo! Here's what others think...
"Time and the Art of Living" is a philosophical
essay about the relationship between two facts: that we each
"strut and fret upon the stage" for a terrifyingly
short slice of objective time, and that subjective time, our
experience of temporality, is deeply informed by our chosen
activities and our character.
Robert Grudin thinks that our subjective sense of time is
largely determined by the degree and quality of attention
we pay to our memories and our sense of the future. (It is
a mark of the unhappy that they are trapped in the present
without a larger sense of connection to the enduring self.)
And he argues persuasively that the successful and the fulfilled
become so because of the control they exercise over this subjective
temporal embodiment. At its best, Time and the Art of Living
is a profound book with lyrically beautiful prose. --Richard
Drawing on philosophy, science, literature, history,
personal experience, and his own marvelously playful and inventive
imagination, Grudin examines the concept of time from a variety
of angles. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable
edition of this title.
Mariner Books / Houghton Mifflin Company , February 18, 1998
"A book to savor, treasure, linger over: the rare
and amazing spectacle of man thinking, of mind at work."
-- Edward Abbey
A modern classic . . . I think of Montaigne when I read
it. Bravo!" -- Richard Selzer
This is a book about time--about one's own journey through
it and, more important, about enlarging the pleasure one takes
in that journey. It's about memory of the past, hope and fear
for the future, and how they color, for better and for worse,
one's experience of the present. Ultimately, it's a book about
freedom--freedom from despair of the clock, of the aging body,
of the seeming waste of one's daily routine, the freedom that
comes with acceptance and appreciation of the human dimensions
of time and of the place of each passing moment on life's
For Robert Grudin, living is an art, and cultivating a creative
partnership with time is one of the keys to mastering it.
In a series of wise, witty, and playful meditations, he suggests
that happiness lies not in the effort to conquer time but
rather in learning "to bend to its curve," in hearing
its music and learning to dance to it. Grudin offers practical
advice and mental exercises designed to help the reader use
time more effectively, but this is no ordinary self-help book.
It is instead a kind of wisdom literature, a guide to life,
a feast for the mind and for the spirit.
ROBERT GRUDIN is a professor of English at the University
of Oregon. His unique, wide-ranging inquiry into human freedom
is continued in "The Grace of Great Things: Creativity
and Innovation" and "On Dialogue: An Essay in Free
Thought," also available from Mariner Books --This
text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this