Date(s) - 12/11/20
19:00 - 20:30
Please join us for the digital launch of Radical Attention by Julia Bell, at 7pm on Thursday 12th November.
Julia will be in conversation with writer and critic Olivia Laing, and will take questions from the audience.
To register your interest, simply pre-order a copy of the book here and we will send you the link!
An essay on the battle for our attention in the age of distraction.
Attention pays. In today‘s online economy it has become a commodity to be bought and sold. Bombarding us with free smartphone apps and news websites, developers and advertisers have turned what and how focus our attention into the world‘s fastest growing industry.
In exchange for our attention, information and entertainment is ever at our fingertips. But at what cost? In this essay, at once personal and polemical, meditative and militant, Julia Bell asks what has been lost in this trade off. How can we reclaim our attention? In a world of infinite distraction, how can attention become radical?
‘Terrifying, clarifying and ultimately hopeful, this is an essential book. Julia Bell grapples with the grim realities of our online lives, setting out possibilities for resisting and reclaiming our imperilled freedoms.’ — Olivia Laing
‘Julia Bell is one of the outstanding essayists of our time; a Joan Didion for the digital era, her Radical Attention is both thoroughly alarming and fiercely inspiring: what is being done to us and what we can do about it are lucidly and entirely convincingly laid out here. Every home in which has wifi needs and deserves a copy.’ — Horatio Clare