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Omar Kholeif

I have always been obsessed with the concepts around, and notions of, time. This is because time makes me anxious. In our current age of relentless speed, technology and its platforms are faster than we can keep up with, and more efficient than ever, and yet time is ever seeping through our hands. A real sufferer of FOMO, I am always left wanting more. Carlo Rovelli’s The Order of Time (Riverhead) is a small but profound book that I have repeatedly returned to over the past few months, and it continues to impact my thinking. Rovelli deconstructs the “crumbling of time,” as he describes it, and traces how the temporal materializes. Time has a heat—an agency—that is beyond the unit of calculation; it is physical, even bodily. He interrogates the nature of the past: Is it fixed, and if so, how does it relate to a future that is open? With references ranging from Albert

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