A Man and His Watch
By Matthew Hranek
Elevator pitch: From the $40 Casio G-Shock worn for decades by sculptor Tom Sachs to the Rolex Daytona that Paul Newman wore behind the wheel (on which his wife inscribed the warning “Drive Slowly”), Matthew Hranek reminds us that timepieces are more than just instruments with which we watch the hours slip by; each has its own tale.
Very brief excerpt: “I used to cut out my favorite watches from magazines, tape them around my wrist, and wear them in the privacy of my own room. With a little imagination I could have any watch I wanted—as long as I could find a picture of it.”
Surprising factoid: One of the modest watches featured, a glow-in-the-dark Timex, was given to a Hollywood maître d’ by Bill Murray (from his own wrist) when he noticed the man’s classic Baume & Mercier watch was ”no good in the dark.”
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
By Daniel H. Pink
Elevator pitch: Minutes are precious—and easier than ever to waste. Daniel H. Pink’s deeply researched but never boring study could be a turning point. College students and business managers alike may find new ways to organize their schedules and ease difficult decisions by using the “hidden pattern” of time to their advantage.
Very brief excerpt: “Our lives present a never-ending stream of when decisions—when to change careers, deliver bad news…or get serious about a project or person. But most of these decisions emanate from a steamy bog of intuition and guesswork.”
Surprising factoid: Someone who gets married at 25 years old is 11 percent less likely to get divorced than someone married at age 24. But after age 32, the odds of divorce increase by 5 percent each year “for at least the next decade.”
Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation
By Alan Burdick
Elevator pitch: Ever wondered why time seems to move so fast? In this witty, relatable exploration, New Yorker writer Alan Burdick probes for scientific answers but settles for the philosophical: Time is an enigma even the brightest of us may never comprehend. Still, he gives us reason to think deeply about how this precious resource tick away.
Very brief excerpt: “The most commonly used noun in American English is time. But if you ask a scientist who studies time to explain what time is, he or she invariably will turn the question on you: ‘What do you mean by time?’”
Surprising factoid: Every country has a “master clock” at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Paris. Some clocks don’t exactly agree, but these discrepancies are a matter of a few nanoseconds—or billionths of a second.
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