Melville House Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time
Melville House Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time

Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time

By Sheila Liming


Publication Date: January 24, 2023

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A smart and empowering book about the simple art of hanging out ... and of taking back our social lives from the deadening whirl of contemporary life.

Almost every day it seems that our world becomes more fractured, more digital, and more chaotic. Sheila Liming has the answer: we need to hang out more. 

Starting with the assumption that play is to children as hanging out is to adult, Liming makes a brilliant case for the necessity of unstructured social time as a key element of our cultural vitality. The book asks questions like what is hanging out? why is it important? why do we do it? how do we do it? and examines the various ways we hang out -- in groups, online, at parties, at work.

Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time makes an intelligent case for the importance of this most casual of social structures, and shows us how just getting together can be a potent act of resistance all on its own.

About the Author

Sheila Liming is an associate professor at Champlain College (Burlington, VT), where she teaches classes on literature, media, and writing. She is the author of two books, What a Library Means to a Woman (Minnesota UP, 2020) and Office (Bloomsbury, 2020), and the editor a new edition of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence (W.W. Norton). Her essays have appeared in venues like The Atlantic, McSweeney’s, Lapham’s Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, and The Point.

Author Residence: Burlington, VT

Author Hometown: Seattle, WA

Format: Hardcover

Length: 256 pages

Publisher: Melville House

Publication Date: January 24, 2023

ISBN: 9781685890056

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