Doing Nothing A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America

Lutz, Tom

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
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"Couch potatoes, goof-offs, freeloaders, good-for-nothings, loafers, loungers: ever since the Industrial Revolution, when the work ethic as we know it was formed, a chorus of slackers has held the pretensions of hardworking respectability up to scorn. [.] With verve and wit, Tom Lutz illuminates the changing place of leisure in America and, in doing so, shows us idleness (and work) in a new light." Ships same or next business day. Book has water damage on tail of front cover and on back cover. Page 208 to back cover are rippled on head edge. Page 331 to back cover are bent on the bottom corner. ; 1.1 x 8.1 x 5.4 Inches; 363 pages. Bookseller Inventory #

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Couch potatoes, goof-offs, freeloaders, good-for-nothings, loafers, and loungers: ever since the Industrial Revolution, when the work ethic as we know it was formed, there has been a chorus of slackers ridiculing and lampooning the pretensions of hardworking respectability. Whenever the world of labor changes in significant ways, the pulpits, politicians, and pedagogues ring with exhortations of the value of work, and the slackers answer with a strenuous call of their own: "To do nothing," as Oscar Wilde said, "is the most difficult thing in the world."

Moving with verve and wit through a series of case studies that illuminate the changing place of leisure in the American republic, Doing Nothing revises the way we understand slackers and work itself.

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Tom Lutz 's previous books include Crying: A Natural and Cultural History of Tears; American Nervousness, 1903: An Anecdotal History; and Cosmopolitan Vistas. He lives in Los Angeles and Iowa City.

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Title: Doing Nothing A History of Loafers, Loungers...
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 2007
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Book Condition: Very Good
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