A Sideways Look at Time

A Sideways Look at Time

by Jay Griffiths


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585423064
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/08/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 113,861
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 - 13 Years

About the Author

Jay Griffiths' writing has appeared in The London Review of Books, The Guardian, The Observer, The Ecologist magazine, and Resurgence magazine, of which she is an associate editor.


Powys, Mid-Wales, U.K.

Place of Birth:

Manchester, U.K.


B.A. in English Literature and Language, Oxford University

Table of Contents

A Sideways Look at TimeIntroduction

1. Pips and Oceans and the Now

2. F.Fwd. The Trouser-Arrow of Speed

3. Mythical Lizards, Bacchus's Bins and Mining the Past

4. Bottoms Up! Mischief Nights and Millennium Days

5. Wreaking Good Havoc—A Time of Women

6. Wet Round Time and Dry Linear Time

7. The Power and the Glory

8. Life's Too Short

9. Progress is a Four-Letter Word

10. A Teflon Tomorrow

11. Natoure

12. Tootle Pip

13. Wild Time

Bibliography Sources & Suggestions for Further Reading



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Sideways Look at Time 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read reviews that compared Jay Grifffiths'new book to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I was misled. The text of this book skips between recitations of the various ways undeveloped cultures measure time to silly puns on time-related words, implicitly criticizing modern time measurement but without ever making its argument explicit: that by measuring time accurately and in ever smaller and more predictable units, Western culture has lost its harmony with the pulse of the world resulting in . . . Koyaanaqatsi. Even if she made the point directly, I wouldn't buy it -- non 'Western' cultures aren't inherently better because they can't measure time in horrifically accurate nano-bites. They use the technology they have to measure time as accurately as they can, and their lives are paced accordingly. But the sun on a banana leaf is no more 'natural' a way to measure time than the ocillations of a cesium atom. The latter is just more predictable and consistent. Don't expect to be enlightened and don't expect a coherent discussion or exegesis of anything. Expect lots and lots of examples, clever sentences and wordplay, and no point. Unless, of course, I've been crippled by my Western capitalist imperialist male dominated nature abhorring cultural brainwashing and am therefore mentally locked into expecting coherent narration punctuated by meaningful examples, and just can't get with the natural, nonrecurring, unpredictable, sightly off but totally natural and therefore undeniably beautiful and 'right' melding of text and meaning in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the few books I just couldn't get through. Not because of the information - it's great getting to know other cultures' views on "time," even if you don't agree with then - but because of the way the material was organized.  There were tons of fantastic stories, and actually getting the research for these types of books takes an enormous amount of effort and [ha] time. But organizing all of this info in a way that doesn't leave the reader frustrated and just plain angry, should be priority. If you have patience and desire to break this book down for yourself - go for it - the stories ARE really interesting. The writing style, on the other hand, is just a slap in the face.   
Guest More than 1 year ago
After three chapters I discovered that I just didn't have time to look at time sideways. This book presented a look at time that wasted mine and unhappily, I gave up trying to figure out exactly what the author was trying to convey. There seemed to be no real pattern to the writing and it was exhausting to read. Maybe if time wasn't of the essence, then it would have been worth the read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book like this. It's amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The opening passage said it all with regard to who should read this book. Don't bother if you think you don't have enough time and everything in your life is driven by the clock (and you like it that way). I really enjoyed this book. A very well researched book, written in such a way that the reader feels like he/she is sitting down to talk about this over a bottle of wine. Although every book is one sided - you never get to ask the author any questions as you read - this felt as if Jay had pre-empted questions and was answering them as she spoke. Read it, enjoy it, and think differently about life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Need I say more? This book is certainly different. Read it when you want to get angry. It drove me mad. You have to work so hard at unravelling the meandering script to get to the points which turn out to be hardly earth shattering. The entire book could have been precied nicely into a pamflet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a rare find is a well constructed series of arguments presented with a superb, readable prose. The author bases her thoughts on physics, philosophy, history, anthropology, and literature. Her passion for ideas and concepts is evident from the first sentences through to the last 'pip,pip.' Especially because I do not agree with all of the positions she takes but argues so well, this is a text worth a slow and careful read.