**The Importance of Being Lazy
In Praise of Play, Leisure, and Vacations
by Al Gini
July 7, 2004.
Routledge, New York, 2003. 182 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (331.01 GIN).
The cover of this book, with sandy feet up in a hammock, simply called
to me. I was hoping for a book like Timelock,
by Ralph Keyes,
that would inspire me to slow down and enjoy some rest. Instead, this
book is more of a scholarly study on how Americans spend their leisure time.
In general, we don’t give it a high priority.
It talks about our busy vacations, our list-filled weekends, the way we
shop as recreation, the way sports have become serious business, and how we
approach the ultimate vacation, retirement.
Still, giving some serious thought to how we spend our leisure time is
perhaps a step in the right direction toward finding more of it. He
says that “Leisure time is time when individuals might independently cultivate
knowledge, interests, skills, and sensitivities that enable them to participate
in new and different activities that they find enjoyable.” Put up
your feet and read this book as a nice way to start.
Copyright © 2004 Sondra Eklund.
All rights reserved.
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