Embracing the Ordinary by Michael Foley
Lessons from the Champions of Everyday Life

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It's a self-help book for those too cynical for self-help books.
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It has always been difficult to appreciate everyday life, often devalued as dreary, banal and burdensome, and never more so than in a culture besotted with fantasy, celebrity and glamour. Yet many writers, artists, film-makers and photographers have celebrated the ordinary life around them, and many philosophers, anthropologists, psychologists and neuroscientists have offered insights into the difficulties and rewards of paying attention to the here and now. With characteristic wit and earthiness, Michael Foley - author of the bestselling The Age of Absurdity- draws on the work of these artists and thinkers, and encourages us to delight in the complexities of everyday psychopathology. With astute observation, Foley brings fresh insights to such things as the banality of everyday speech, the madness and weirdness of snobbery, love and sex, and the strangeness of everyday objects and the everyday environment, such as the office. It is all more fascinating, comical and mysterious than you think.
 

About Michael Foley

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Michael Foley was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, but has lived most of his adult life in London, working for twenty-three years as a Lecturer in Information Technology at the University of Westminster before retiring in 2007 to concentrate on full-time writing. He has published critically-acclaimed poetry, novels and non-fiction, including New and Selected Poems (Blackstaff Press 2011). His first non-fiction book, The Age of Absurdity (Simon & Schuster 2010), was a bestseller and has been translated into seven languages.
 
Published July 5, 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK. 337 pages
Genres: Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Michael Hogan on Jul 21 2012

It's a self-help book for those too cynical for self-help books.

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Reviewed by Stuart Jeffries on Jul 18 2012

If there's a problem with Foley's book, it's that it might be seen as an apologia for political quietism.

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