Deep Work

296 pages

English language

Published March 1, 2016

ISBN:
9781455586691

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3 stars (9 reviews)

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I get the “deep work” concept and it does prove to be valuable, but that’s because it’s nothing new. Since when do we not know that concentration and the ability to work uninterrupted isn’t valuable? Newport just repeats the same idea over and over again with examples of white men and “great thinkers.” Not to be one of those haters who cancels books because they don’t include female perspectives but… I don’t think I saw ONE reference by someone categorically different from the author. This, to me, just goes to show the audience, the privilege, and also the erasure of other forms of knowledge and living.

The author also goes to explain who will and will not thrive in today’s economy and basically narrows it down to knowledge. How elite is that?

I accept the concept of deep work and value the reminder for more concentration and mindfulness in everyday …

Review of 'Deep Work' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

A student said to Master Ichu, “Please write for me something of great wisdom.” Master Ichu picked up his brush and wrote one word: “Attention.” The student said, “Is that all?” The master wrote, “Attention. Attention.” The student became irritable. “That doesn’t seem profound or subtle to me.” In response, Master Ichu wrote simply, “Attention. Attention. Attention.” Frustrated, the student demanded, “What does the word ‘attention’ mean?” Master Ichu replied, “Attention means attention.”

But no one will publish your book with only the word "Attention" in it, hence we have this one instead. To be fair, this book has to prove its thesis. We don't just accept what the master says without studies using fMRI and references to the brain these days. Am I suggesting we should? Our culture is a skeptical one in which ideas need to be marketed and someone claiming authority is assumed to be operating out …

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