Books: New Slow City

I’ve read a couple of books in the last two months that have made a big difference to my life. The first was New Slow City: Living Simply in the World’s Fastest City¬†by William Powers.

Slooooow
Slooooow

This particular friend accompanied me on my visit to Michigan back in June and it perfectly ¬†matched the tone of my visit. William and his girlfriend Melissa spent a year in a micro apartment in New York, focusing on a shorter workweek and mindfully feeling the City. It felt like the Universe had deliberately put that book in my hands. Mindfulness, slowing everything down… Ideas we all seem to aspire to more and more these days. Despite the industry built up around these simple concepts, they seem further and further away from the average life.

I was particularly struck by William’s story of sampling succulent scallops at a neighborhood restaurant. He delayed gratification for a few weeks before finally allowing himself to savor every bite. Slowly. I have been known to regularly inhale plates of food but shortly after finishing this book I met a friend for dinner at a gorgeous restaurant in Santa Monica.

Dusky view from The Penthouse
Dusky view from The Penthouse

To pay homage to William’s wonderful book, I ordered scallops and did my best to appreciate every small bite. I admit the concept of slow food enhanced my whole enjoyment of the evening.

As with everything though, life overtakes if you’re not careful. My goal for this coming week is to slow everything down and see what happens.

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