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The Idler's Glossary by Joshua Glenn
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it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction, 2013, reviewed

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 Tom Hodgkinson, to whom this book is dedicated.)

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Reading Progress

September 4, 2013 – Started Reading
September 4, 2013 – Shelved
September 4, 2013 –
13.0% "A slacker is not a true idler, because he is engaged in the project of avoiding work, and as long as that is the case work's dominion remains unchallenged."
September 4, 2013 –
14.0% "Kierkegaard makes amusement the most divine feature of humankind and so the poles are reversed: the enemy is not idleness but boredom."
September 4, 2013 –
33.0% "Tranquility is an enviable state, but tranquilization is not"
September 4, 2013 – Finished Reading
October 4, 2013 – Shelved as: non-fiction
January 5, 2014 – Shelved as: 2013
September 9, 2014 – Shelved as: reviewed

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