Want to make the most of every day? It all comes down to time — which is the subject of the 2017 Redstone Diary, AKA The Time Diary from Princeton Architectural Press. It’s a most fitting focus for a planner, and one I’ve yet to see. After all, we measure time, we spend it, we attempt to manage it and we even waste it. Why not spend a year revealing and exploring its many dimensions?

Paging through it, it’s no surprise that The Redstone Diary has achieved a cult following — here, each day becomes so much more than just a square on the calendar. The concept of time is dissected from the start with an introduction by Charles Boyle. “After millennia during which time was measured by the seasons, the moon and the stars,” he writes,” in 1748 Benjamin Franklin spoiled it all by insisting that ‘Time is Money.'”

Since then, the tyranny of the clock has established our experience of time (as someone who is always on one deadline or another, this is why I refuse to wear a watch). In the end, I rather prefer the metaphor posed by The Venerable Bede, an 8th century English monk who compared the human lifespan to a sparrow flying through a room: “So this life of man appears for a short space, but of what went before or what is to follow, we are utterly ignorant.”

Kicking off with a handy pocket to stow ephemera, there are several pages for notes, dotted with thought-provoking quotes from the likes of Thoreau, Chekhov, Aristotle before getting into the actual year. Here’s a glimpse at the Westinghouse time capsules, buried in 1939 and 1955.  

Spread1I love this navigation of spring, courtesy of The Gentle Author of www.spitalfieldslife.com.

Spread2This wooden clock image is any time you want it to be, photograph courtesy of Irina Zatulovskaya.Spread3 

This drawing from Louise Bourgeois [(c) The Easton Foundation / VAGA, New York / DACS, London 2015] begs the question, how is your day going?Spread4 

This 1944 Dutch calendar is by H. N. Werkman, Collection Groningen Museum, photo by Marten de Leeuw.Spread5 

And finally, here’s a 1987 photograph by Michael Woods of Arman’s Column of Clock Faces outside Gare St. Lazare in Paris. 

Spread6So, if your like your days cerebral and mindful, don’t delay! Pick up your copy here. $24.95 is a small price to get the most out of your precious time.

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