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The materials on this page touch on the same and similar concepts that Angela Duckworth discusses in Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance but they approach them through different lenses.
Graphic Novels & Media
Spirited away by
Call Number: UI Library UI Library Video (2nd floor DVD collection) DVD SPIRITED AWAY 2001
Publication Date: 2001
Hyperbole and a Half by
Call Number: UI Library Second Floor Rolling Shelves - Graphic Novels PN6727.B7568 H96 2013
Publication Date: 2013-10-29
Laziness Does Not Exist by A social psychologist uncovers the psychological basis of the "laziness lie," which originated with the Puritans and has ultimately created blurred boundaries between work and life with modern technologies and offers advice for not succumbing to societal pressure to "do more."
Price believed that productivity was the best way to measure his self-worth-- until his health began to suffer. Here he explains that the "laziness lie" began with the Puritans, and has continued to proliferate as digital work tools have blurred the boundaries between work and life. We become caught in a constant cycle of achievement-hunting and burnout. Price encourages us to let go of guilt. By becoming attuned to our own limitations and needs we can begin to resist the pressure to meet outdated societal expectations.
Call Number: Summit
Publication Date: 2021-01-05
How to Do Nothing by A galvanizing critique of the forces vying for our attention--and our personal information--that redefines what we think of as productivity, reconnects us with the environment, and reveals all that we've been too distracted to see about ourselves and our world. Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity ... doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance. So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell, who sees our attention as the most precious--and overdrawn--resource we have. Once we can start paying a new kind of attention, she writes, we can undertake bolder forms of political action, reimagine our role in the environment, and arrive at more meaningful understandings of happiness and progress. Far from a simple anti-technology screed or back-to-nature meditation, How to Do Nothing is an action plan for thinking outside of the narratives of efficiency and techno-determinism. Provocative, timely, and utterly persuasive, this book is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent
Call Number: Summit
Publication Date: 2019-04-09
Can't Even by An incendiary examination of burnout in millennials-the cultural shifts that got us here, the pressures that sustain it, and the need for drastic change"--Provided by publisher.
While burnout may seem like the default setting for the modern era, Petersen argues that burnout is a definitional condition for the millennial generation. It is born out of distrust in the institutions that have failed us, the unrealistic expectations of the modern workplace, and a sharp uptick in anxiety and hopelessness exacerbated by the constant pressure to 'perform' our lives online. She examines the phenomenon through a variety of lenses, and offers a galvanizing, intimate, and ultimately redemptive look at the lives of this much-maligned generation.
Call Number: Summit
Publication Date: 2020-09-22
Do Nothing by We work feverishly to make ourselves happy. So why are we so miserable? Despite our constant search for new ways to "hack" our bodies and minds for peak performance, human beings are working more instead of less, living harder not smarter, and becoming more lonely and anxious. This manifesto helps us break free of our unhealthy devotion to efficiency and shows us how to reclaim our time and humanity with a little more leisure.
Call Number: UI Library Main Stacks (4th Floor) BJ1498 .H385 2020
Publication Date: 2020-03-10
Culture & Class
Braiding Sweetgrass by
Call Number: UI Library Main Stacks (4th Floor) E98.P5 K56 2013
Publication Date: 2013-10-15
Call Number: UI Library Main Stacks (3rd Floor) HT725.U6 W55 2020
Publication Date: 2020-08-04
The Sum of Us by
Call Number: UI Library Main Stacks (4th Floor) E185.8 .M38 2021
Publication Date: 2021-02-16
Call Number: UI Library Main Stacks (4th Floor) E185.97.L394 A3 2018
Publication Date: 2018-10-16