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

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

by William Powers

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Is it possible to live a consciously slow, self-paced, and simple life in New York City, the epicenter of adrenaline and work-life overload? William Powers tries to do just that in his thought-provoking new memoir New Slow City: Living Simply in the World’s Fastest City.

Full review here: https://slownaturefastcity.com/2016/09/05/currently-reading-new-slow-city/ ( )
  100experiments | Oct 8, 2016 |
Lots to think about after reading this. Lee and I dream of living in the city. This is the right way to do it. Someday. ( )
  BethEtter | Dec 20, 2015 |
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 slowly...I honestly can't see the mass of American people adopting many of his ideas. But even if you are inspired to try a few of his ideas, it's a book well worth reading. ( )
  debnance | Jul 25, 2015 |
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"Burnt out after years of doing development and conservation work around the world, William Powers spent a season in a 12-foot by 12-foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina. Could he live a similarly minimalist way in the belly of the go-go beast - 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 20-hour work week, Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries, rooftop gardening and beekeeping, and Glassphemy! recycling. Discovering a colorful cast of New Yorkers attempting to resist the culture of Total Work, Powers offers practical inspiration to anyone trying to make urban life more people- and planet-friendly"--"Memoir of a lifestyle of voluntary simplicity in New York City, exploring micro-apartments, rooftop gardens, and the slow food movement, and seeking an alternative to overwork and consumerism, by an environmental writer, professor, and fellow of the World Policy Institute"--… (more)

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