tom haynes

Being idle

This article about being idle is long but very well-written.

Leisure is permissible, we understand, because it costs money; idleness is not, because it doesn’t. Leisure is focused; whatever thinking it requires is absorbed by a certain task: sinking that putt, making that cast, watching that flat-screen TV. Idleness is unconstrained, anarchic.

Also see The Idler, a “bi-annual, book-shaped magazine that campaigns against the work ethic,” and their list of idle pleasures.