Book Review: Much Ado About Nothing

THE SECRET WORLD OF DOING NOTHING by Billy Ehn and Orvar Löfgren (University of California)

| July-August 2010

Concocting secret competitions in supermarket lines, building bus-stop camaraderie, and daydreaming during quotidian tasks are all part of the familiar yet nearly invisible parts of our lives. In The Secret World of Doing Nothing, two professors explore waiting, routine, and daydreaming—three different but intertwined processes we use to control and navigate time. If you’re willing to immerse yourself in the minute and the mundane, suddenly “nothing” becomes “something” significant, unlocking where the mind goes—and why—when the body idles.