Jay Griffiths

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Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time

Introduction and chapter titles

The book explores indigenous peoples' attitudes to the past and present, women's experience of time and how time has been disembedded from nature. The book ends with a chapter on ‘Wild Time' – how time could be conceived – using the example of wilderness as the setting: wild place to illustrate wild time.

The book has chapters on the present, speed, the past, carnival, time and gender, time and power, money, progress, the future, nature, death and wild time.

“A compulsively readable book; Griffiths does for time what Robert M Pirsig did for truth-obsessed philosophy in 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'. It's also a sexual, playful, intensely female book… Passionately written and cogently argued, it's a book you should make time to read.”
Pete May, Time Out

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Excerpt from the introduction of “Pip Pip”

If , on the one hand, the following apply to you:-

- If you think a book about time can only mean a history of clocks...
- If you want an exhaustive, chronological reference book...
- If you think that time is money...
- If you'd rather count time than cherish it...
- If you like clocking-in...
- If you like everyone else clocking-in...
- If you simply can't bear childhood, carnivals, mirth, sex, nature, dawn choruses and May Day...
......Then let me politely head you off at the pass.

If , on the other hand, any of the following apply to you:-

- If you suspect there's more to time than clocks...
- If you do not think that time is money...
- If you dislike hearing the word ‘Time' closely followed by the words ‘at the bar now, please'...
- If you would have laughed overhearing a child say ‘I'll do it in five minutes....Is that today?'...
- If you have a sneaky feeling that other cultures might have wise, rich and elegant ideas of time...
- If you have ever wondered whether linear time and cyclical time could conceivably be to do with gender...
- If you have ever felt that Western modernity's time is coercive, crushing and overwound...
- If you think an analysis of time could, or indeed should, include art, adverts, philosophy, literature, anthropology, history, sociology, music and myth...

......Then please read on.

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“A fascinating, highly original meditation on time…This is a book which needs to be read slowly .”
Fritjof Capra , author of The Tao of Physics and The Web of Life

“An extraordinary work... if I believed in anything compulsory, I'd make this book compulsory reading... Rather than simply having chipped away at presumption, Griffiths has devastated it. Publishers are fond of putting ‘this will change your life' on the front of books, but, frankly, few are worthy of such comment. This, I believe, is.”
Penny Rimbaud, poet and lyricist of Crass

“Splendid, extraordinarily wide-ranging… impressive, absorbing and radical, provocative, impassioned, often outrageously witty.”
The New Internationalist

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Chapters

Pips and Oceans and the Now

F.Fwd. The Trouser-Arrow of Speed

Mythical Lizards, Bacchus's Bins and Mining the Past

Bottoms Up! Mischief Nights and Millennium Days

Wreaking Good Havoc – A Time of Women

Wet Round Time and Dry Linear Time

The Power and the Glory

Life's Too Shor

Progress is a Four-Letter Word

A Teflon Tomorrow

Natoure (TM)

Tootle Pip

Wild Time

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“A book of profound originality and energising novelty, an extraordinary investigation into the enclosure of time. It shows how time, like land and labour, is a universal commodity which has been seized over the centuries by wealth and power, and used to control economic and political life. Cheeky, intelligent, brave enough at times to be profoundly weird, it is a seminal work, introducing us to a realm of power politics which has never been examined before. When you've read this book, human life will never look the same again.”
George Monbiot, Bookmarks magazine

“A mine of ideas, of anecdotes, connections, angles"
Ivan Illich , author of Deschooling Society and Tools for Conviviality

“There are lots of books on time, but none like this lyrical account that proceeds via argument instead of examination... Flowing with ideas, an audacious and exhilarating book.”
Sydney Morning Herald

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