in most life hacks, leisure (the putative goal) remains an asymptotic horizon, while productivity becomes a good in and of itself.
A look at Soylent (“a product designed not to feed people but to feed people under capitalist conditions”) and ‘life hacking’ in general through a marxist lens.
"embrace of life hacking represents the internalisation of management practices by the managed"
aside: this is an odd thing to write no?
‘[Taylor],’ he writes,
I mean if he didn’t actually write ‘Taylor’ why put it in quotes all by itself?
We were staying at my mum’s flat in town after going to the theatre (King Lear staring Geoffrey the butler from the Fresh Prince! really fantastic in the role) and I’d forgotten to bring any reading material so I picked this up, a copy that had belonged to my sister. I’d never read it before — the only British person born between 1975 and 1985 not to have done so I believe — though I had seen a couple of episodes of the TV series.
Reminded me a lot of Diary of a Nobody. I mean obviously it’s in the form of a comedy diary but also Charles Pooter and Adrian Mole share a lot of traits — a mix of pompousity and cluelessness that somehow manages to be terribly endearing *. Reading this from a distance of twenty years Townsend’s eye and ear for details of the period give this a whole nother layer of interest. Lovely!
* (thinking about it these two qualities mixed in varying proportions with sprinklings of other bits and pieces of whatever seem to form the basis of a large number of British comedy leads)