Idler's Companion: An Anthology of Lazy Literature

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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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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880015493
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/25/1997
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
the Courtier
The Idler, No. 1 2
Oblomov 5
Cain's Book 6
On Being Idle 8
Enemies of Promise 16
The Idler, No. 31 16
Bartleby the Scrivener 20
On Idleness 30
Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young 31
An Apology for Idlers 32
The Idler, No. 30 43
Oblomov 47
On Presumption 54
On Lying Bed 58
the Epicurean
Be You Drunken! 64
Miles: The Autobiography 65
Barthes on Barthes 70
Against Nature 70
Eight Miles High 75
A Season in Hell 81
The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam 84
Labor of Love 91
Don Juan 96
Dr. Faustus 97
The Critic as Artist 97
the Monk
Wisdom from Lao Tzu 108
Swann's Way 108
The Importance of Loafing 109
Pensees 128
Ode on Indolence 133
Opium 136
Provoked Life 136
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 137
On Experience 138
Ethics 139
Pensees 144
Walden 145
Poems 150
Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young 151
Forest Notes: Idle Hours 151
Damien Hirst Interview, The Idler, No. 10 156
Lost Horizon 156
the Unemployed
Wages 160
Utopia 161
The Right to be Lazy 161
Who Will Do the Dirty Work? 165
The Right to Useful Unemployment 166
Interview with Charles Handy, The Idler, No. 3 170
In Praise of Idleness 173
Interview with Terence McKenna, The Idler, No. 1 187
The Soul of Man Under Socialism 188
Grand National Holiday 190
Future Work 204
The Gay Science 208
The Right to be Lazy, Appendix 210
Capitalism, Socialism, Ecology 214
Pansies 214
About the Editors 217
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