Books: Faster

By James Gleick

It's no accident that the paint has worn off DOOR CLOSE buttons in elevators throughout the country. At least that's Gleick's observation. We have become a clock-obsessed society, he argues, infected with "hurry sickness." Technological advances such as cell phones, microwaves and the Internet have only aggravated the condition, inundating us with more things to worry about instead of giving us more leisure time. Gleick offers up his pointed analysis with refreshing irreverence.

--By Autumn De Leon


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