The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure, and Vacation

The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure, and Vacation

by Al Gini
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415938791

ISBN-13: 9780415938792

Pub. Date: 05/07/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The great American fantasy is about leisure: wooded getaways, Caribbean cruises, white-water rafting, the lights of Las Vegas. Yet one in four Americans does not take a vacation at all. We know how to work hard but not how to play.

What we really need, argues Al Gini, is some time off. The Importance of Being Lazy takes us on family road trips, to

Overview

The great American fantasy is about leisure: wooded getaways, Caribbean cruises, white-water rafting, the lights of Las Vegas. Yet one in four Americans does not take a vacation at all. We know how to work hard but not how to play.

What we really need, argues Al Gini, is some time off. The Importance of Being Lazy takes us on family road trips, to Disneyland, on shopping sprees, on extreme sports adventures, and into the ultimate vacation - retirement — showing why we venerate vacations and why "doing nothing" is a fundamental human necessity.

In a witty, breezy tour of our workaholic society, where the summer at the seashore has been supplanted by the long weekend, Gini draws on studies of Americans' vacation habits as well as interviews, personal stories, and the wry observations of philosophers, writers, and sociologists from Aristotle to Mark Twain to Thorstein Veblen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415938792
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/07/2003
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Project and the Problem 1. The Other Side of Leisure Work, Damn it! 2. Leisure and Culture 3. Vacations and Traveling 4. Mini Vacations The Weekend 5. Shopping as Leisure and Play 6. Sports and Play 7. The Ultimate Vacation Retirement
Epilogue: Sabbath as Metaphor

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