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Taking Time in an Age of Acceleration

By Akiko Busch

In an age when rapid-fire text messaging and the “slow” movement are both offered as strategies for making the most out of life, our ability to negotiate time seems ever more crucial. The chapters here offer personal anecdotes, accounts of natural phenomena, and considerations from enlightened thinkers that explore the relationship between time, patience, and the natural world.

Akiko Busch writes about design, culture, and nature for a variety of publications including The New York Times and Metropolis magazine, where she was a contributing editor for twenty years. She is on the faculty of the MA Design Research program at the School of Visual Arts and is a visiting teacher at Bennington College, where she teaches environmental writing. Her work has been recognized by grants from the Furthermore Foundation, NYFA, and Civitella Ranieri. She lives in the Hudson River Valley.


“In a world that’s often 2 bz for words, Akiko Busch teaches how to master patience with lessons from nature, philosophy, and personal experience.” AARP magazine

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