“We say we want to better manage our time—but what do we really mean? Do we mean we seek to tame the daily chaos? Are we afraid of how time seems to fly?” Writer Julia Scatliff O’Grady, a former fellow at the Center for Documentary Studies, sought answers to these questions when she set out “on a journey to discover how we might experience the gift of time on our own terms.” She met with people all over the country, settling on ten from a variety of professions and life circumstances—including CDS director Tom Rankin—and heard a message as prescriptive as it is philosophical.
Thursday, September 13, 7 p.m.
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina
At this CDS event, O’Grady will read from her new book, Good Busy: Productivity, Procrastination, and the Endless Pursuit of Balance, and discuss its evolution and conclusions with Rankin, moderated by CDS writer in residence Duncan Murrell. Watch book trailer.
On the same day, Thursday, September 13, O’Grady and Rankin will be the guests on WUNC’s (91.5FM) The State of Things with host Frank Stasio. Tune in at noon or 9 p.m.
Julia Scatliff O’Grady traveled to campuses throughout the U.S. as a young college graduate, recruiting volunteers who would become the catalysts for Americorps. She heard as much enthusiasm as she heard another chorus: ”I’m not sure I have the time.” The Ph.D. candidate in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, now a mother of two children, found a calling: to discover the source of our busyness and understand what it might mean to be “good busy.”