The Art of Stillness: The Case for Taking a Timeout From Your Life

A slim book makes the case for taking a timeout from your life

The Art of Stillness, by journalist and novelist Pico Iyer, is meant to be read in one sitting. “It’s deliberately short,” he writes in the intro, “so you can … quickly return to your busy (perhaps overbusy) life.” The topic, as you may have guessed from the title, is the importance of unplugging, and Iyer, a longtime travel essayist and occasional Bloomberg Businessweek contributor, spends the brisk 64 pages persuading readers to chill the eff out.

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