James Gleick

Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything, 1999

This work details the countless aspects of our lives where, as a reviewer of this book commented, “The faster I go, the behinder I get, runs the rustic saw.” And the whole point is, it is increasingly so. There are optimum amounts and speeds in life, and we’re finding ourselves well beyond that optimum. And increasingly so. Time to confront the fact that what we’re in is a hamster wheel, and that it is being made to run faster and faster. Deliberately. To the aim of crushing us. It’s time we look beyond the bars of our cage and say, “That’s it!”