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The Art of the Wasted Day

The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl
Apr 17, 2018 | 288 Pages
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“Hampl’s lyrical repetitions and abstractions can be as poetic as prayer.” – The Wall Street Journal

The Art of the Wasted Day is literary art in and of itself . . . Hampl invites readers to take a journey to explore the idea of a life steeped in leisure without schedules.” The Washington Post

“A wise and beautiful ode to the imagination – from a child’s daydreams, to the unexpected revelations encountered in solitary travel, meditation, and reading, to the flights of creativity taken by writers, artists, and philosophers.” The Minneapolis Star Tribune
“About how rich life is when one focuses, at least part of the time, on being rather than on doing . . . it’s about being still, being aware, about seeing what is in front of your eyes, about being open to what one thinks and remembers and feels.” The Chicago Tribune
“Hampl lets her mind wander, as one does on a wasted day. Readers familiar with her work will recognize the confident tone and poetry-infused language.” – Ploughshares

“Delightfully nebulous – dangling somewhere between travelogue, literary criticism, memoir, and love letter . . . Hampl’s style is so lithe and lively that I happily followed her anywhere . . . reading her thoughts is a bit of magic that allows us to share in the solitude of ideas together.” The American Scholar

“A wonderfully lavish and leisurely exploration of the art of daydreaming . . . [a] remarkable and touching book.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An exquisite anatomy of mind and an incandescent reflection on nature, being, and rapture . . . Memoirist extraordinaire Hampl [is] a master of judiciously elegant vignettes and surprising, slowing unfurling connections.”ALA Booklist (starred)

“Lucent, tender, and wise . . .  a captivating and revelatory memoir.” –Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Vivid, passionate, bursting with ideas and insights, Patricia Hampl’s new book is a summation of a lifetime of sensitive searching and thinking.  A love story, a meditation on death, travel, Americanness, Catholicism, integrity and Montaigne, this beautiful journey is finally about the education of a soul.”  –Phillip Lopate
“This book, tender, curious and crazily wise, brings to mind Michel de Montaigne’s saying that ‘A spirited mind never stops within itself; it is always aspiring and going beyond its strength.’” – Azar Nafisi

“What ties together this beautiful book are the imaginary conversations born of Hampl’s mourning for her life companion.  An elegy, a reader’s pilgrimage, a reflection on the writing life, full of humor, surprises, and wisdom gently given, The Art of the Wasted Day is a book for the ages.” –Alice Kaplan

“The art of Patricia Hampl is the art of a lyrical, contemplative self, a self as instrument attuned to the world’s vibrations. Through reflection and investigation, vignette and daydream, she roams centuries and continents in this book.” –Margo Jefferson

Praise for the work of Patricia Hampl:

“Hampl’s prose is delightfully fluid, artful without being arty, ever attuned to ambiguity.  She is, unquestionably, one of the finest stylists we have.” – Dan Cryer, Newsday

“[Hampl’s] style moves easily from the high lyricism of wonder and delight to the unfooled coolness of irony and skepticism.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Patricia Hampl is one of our best:  a stylist of uncommon grace, a writer of absolute clarity, and a thinker whose unfailing intelligence is always informed by feeling.” – Mark Doty, National Book Award-winning author of Fire to Fire

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