Andrew Santella, author of "Soon: An Overdue History of Procrastination, from Leonardo and Darwin to You and Me," will read briefly from his book, then talk about the research process, procrastination among writers, and procrastination as it manifests itself in campus settings. There will be an opportunity for audience questions following the talk.
In addition to his latest book, Santella writes for GQ, the New York Times Book Review, Slate and the Atlantic.com.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Like so many of us, including most of America’s workforce, and nearly two-thirds of all university students, Andrew Santella procrastinates. Concerned about his habit, but not quite ready to give it up, he set out to learn all he could about the human tendency to delay. He studied history’s greatest procrastinators to gain insights into human behavior, and also, he writes, to kill time, “research being the best way to avoid real work.”
He talked with psychologist and philosophers. He visited New Orleans’ French Quarter, home to a shrine to the patron saint of procrastinators. And at the home of Charles Darwin outside London, he learned why the great naturalist delayed writing his masterwork for more than two decades.
Drawing on an eclectic mix of historical case studies in procrastination — from Leonardo da Vinci to Frank Lloyd Wright, and from Old Testament prophets to Civil War generals — Santella offers a sympathetic take on habitual postponement. He questions our devotion to “the cult of efficiency” and suggests that delay and deferral can help us understand what truly matters to us. He argues that procrastination has less to do with laziness than with ambivalence about our everyday responsibilities. When we procrastinate, Santella says, we are asking “whether the things the world wants us to do are really worth doing.”
This event is sponsored by the Kenyon Writing Center and the Kenyon Writing Center Creative Writing Table (KWCCWT).
Thursday, April 26 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Cheever Room in Finn House
102 West Wiggin Street, Gambier, OH 43022