Introducing The Slowdown’s First Book, “At a Distance: 100 Visionaries at Home in a Pandemic”
When experiencing a crisis, some people see opportunities—for reflection, change, or innovation—that they might not recognize otherwise. Our At a Distance podcast was created during (and as a result of) perhaps the widest-reaching calamity in human history—the Covid-19 pandemic—with the intention of capturing some of the most urgent and critical thinking to emerge out of it from a wide range of voices, including environmentalist and journalist Bill McKibben, psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, MoMA curator Paola Antonelli, biologist Merlin Sheldrake, artist Sanford Biggers, novelist Hari Kunzru, philosopher Kate Soper, and landscape architect Walter Hood. Now translated into book format, At a Distance: 100 Visionaries at Home in a Pandemic (Apartamento), out today, presents a selection of these conversations in physical form. The book’s introduction, written by our co-founders, Spencer Bailey and Andrew Zuckerman, and republished here, provides a window into how the effort came together, and why it transcends the current moment.