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The Idler's Glossary

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  6 reviews
For as long as mankind has had to work for a living, people who work have disparaged those who prefer not to. This glossary playfully explores the etymology and history of hundreds of idler-specific terms and phrases, while offering a foundation for a new mode of thinking about work and labor.
ebook, 136 pages
Published August 27th 2011 by Biblioasis (first published January 1st 2008)
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Tony
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
The introduction (which takes up approximately a quarter of the book) makes for a fairly good 6000 word essay on the topic, going significantly further than (and taking issue with) Bertrand Russell's In Praise of Idleness by insisting on a distinction between slacking (which is simply the work of avoiding work) and idling (a primary state by itself, not defined solely as the negation of work). However, the main body of the book (the glossary) is rather dull and tedious. Stick instead to How to Be Idle (by T ...more
Brian
Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, non-fiction
Engaging and quotable, this book nonetheless strikes a scolding note at times, a note absent from the companion volume, The Wage Slave's Glossary. If you were to fret over whether you are slacking, instead of idling, as much as Glenn seemingly wants you to, you would soon be incapable of doing either. Despite that tonal difficulty, I found most of this book very enjoyable, particularly the introductory essay by Mark Kingwell.

This puts The Idler's Glossary next to Tom Lutz's Doing Not
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Christopher
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, quirky little book. Tidbits like the etymology of the term "bum" - apparently, General Sherman troop hangers-on and from the German for drifter. Nice illustrations and a terrific introduction with references to boredom and philosophy (Schopenhauer/Aristotle's thoughts on the subject) by Mark Kingwell.
Sean Goh
Slackers avoid work, idlers realise there's more to life than work.

Whether he succeeds or fails, the true loser is one who enters a race that isn't worth winning. Sometimes quitting is the winner thing to do.

Freedom-to time and freedom-from time are distinctive, one is truly free, the other a brief respite.
Tosh
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I brought this with me for the trip to Paris. Mostly due to the size of the book, which can fit in my Levi's back pocket. A real pocket book! It's beautifully designed and I am going to finish it off tonight. A real review later!
Tom
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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