The Idler's Companion combines amusing tributes to relaxation with earnest pleas for self-examination. The essays, poetry, and fiction excerpts in this delightful anthology are filled with convincing arguments for reclaiming our days from the monotony of the working world.
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Almost everyone has contemplated escaping the monotony of work. Thanks to Hodgkinson and De Abaitua, editors of the Idler magazine, we can now share others' lazy contemplations. Sometimes humorous, sometimes thought-provoking, this anthology of essays, poetry, and fiction extolls the virtues of the life of idleness. It is divided into four sections by type of idler: courtier, monk, unemployed, and epicurean. The eloquently lazy contributors range from Samuel Johnson and Michel de Montaigne to Bertrand Russell, Friedrich Nietzsche, Henry David Thoreau (who argues forcefully against a life of excessive labor), and G.K. Chesterton, who muses on lying in bed and having a pencil long enough to write on the ceiling. This little volume is sure to provide a few pleasurable hours of intense intellectual idleness. Recommended for all public libraries.?Ronald Ray Ratliff, Chapman H.S. Lib., Kan.
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Book Description Ecco Pr, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110880015497