We are happy to support the Glencoe Public Library and Highland Park Public Library as they present a fun evening with Andrew Santella, author of Soon: An Overdue History of Procrastination, from Leonardo and Darwin to You and Me.
About the event: Procrastination, warned the 18th century poet Edward Young, is “the thief of time.” Nevertheless, throughout history, wherever there has been a job to be done, you could count on finding someone putting off doing it.
Author Andrew Santella discusses the perils and pleasures of procrastination. He’ll consider what history’s great procrastinators—including Moses and Dorothy Parker--can teach us about creativity, productivity, and distraction. He’ll discuss efforts to understand procrastination and, as the pandemic transforms how and where we work, whether our understanding of procrastination will change as well.
About the Author: Mr. Santella’s work has appeared in magazines including GQ, The Atlantic, Slate, and The New York Times Book Review. He lives in Brooklyn, and is at this moment likely putting off something important.
" Soon is an utter delight. Casually erudite, full of delicious anecdotes and brutal honesty, it is catnip, in book form, for procrastinators and non-procrastinators alike."-- Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach
"A witty, smart and, yes, motivating exploration into that quality that unites all of us: a knack for putting things off 'til tomorrow. Soon is a lively reminder that while necessity might be the mother of invention, delay can be the source of creative achievement."-- Michael Hainey, author of After Visiting Friends
"Well-researched...[ Soon] argues that in many cases eminent figures have done great work while putting off work they were supposed to be doing. Procrastination might, for some people, be part of innovation and the creative process."-- Wall Street Journal
Questions? Contact Grace Hayek, Head of Programs & Communications for the Glencoe Public Library, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Well-researched…[Soon] argues that in many cases eminent figures have done great work while putting off work they were supposed to be doing. Procrastination might, for some people, be part of innovation and the creative process.” — Wall Street Journal