There’s not a huge amount of innovation that can be brought to the simple clock, but I do love the idea of the ‘Author Clock’. This displays a quote for every minute of the day. With over 2000 quotes, from across six centuries of literature, the clock is not only telling the time but is telling a story too. The clock has a little e-reader screen, showing the quote and the literary work from which it comes. It reminds you that you are running late, reminds you of books you really should get around to reading, and it reminds you of the amazing variety to be found in literature. It transforms checking the time into a whimsical event. Evidently the quotes are constantly being changed and updated, so you can update your own clock after purchase.
The idea for this literary gadget came from the movie The Clock, a film by New York artist Christian Marclay, which runs for 24 hours and uses more than 12,000 clips from movies which include either an image of a clock in the background, or a character mentioning the time of day.
These clocks only came on the market this year. A good friend has one, which I admired on a recent visit. I am very tempted to acquire one for myself as I do love the idea of combining literature with the simple and necessary process of finding out what the time is.
However, I broke that pattern recently and purchased Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman. I was intrigued by the title. Burkeman states that if you live to the age of 80, you can expect to have 4,000 weeks of life. I’d never thought about life-spen in terms of weeks before and somehow it seems a smaller amount of time than does the figure of 80 years.