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Friday, October 09, 2009

The Slow Movement

Arianna Huffington has chosen In Praise of Slowness: How a Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed by Carl Honoré as the first selection in the Huffington Post Book Club. The author published the book in 2004 after catching himself rushing through the fairy tales he read to his kids. “My version of Snow White had just three dwarves in it. ‘What happened to Grumpy?’ my four-year-old son would ask,” Honoré explained on Arianna’s blog. When he found himself eyeing a book of one-minute fairy tales in a book store, he decided it was time to slow down.

In the past five years since his book was published, Honoré has seen the Slow Movement grow. Of course there is Slow Food. But according to the author there are now 120 Slow Cities in the world and Slow Travel is taking off. There is even a Slow Books Movement.

If you are interested in other books on slow living, try these:

Slow is Beautiful: New Visions of Community, Leisure and Joie de Vivre by Cecile Andrews

Don’t Hurry, Be Happy: 650 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy Life
by Ernie Zelinski

The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential – in Business and in Life by Leo Babauto

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