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Idlers of all nations – unite!
“Every mode of life has its conveniencies. The Idler, who habituates himself to be satisfied with what he can most easily obtain, not only escapes labours which are often fruitless, but sometimes succeeds better than those who despise all that is within their reach, and think every thing more valuable as it is harder to be acquired.”
from The Idler’s character The Idler (1758–1760)
This room is a collection of situations, texts, pictures, people glorifying idleness.
from our friends:
- Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov
- The Right To Be Lazy by Paul Lafargue
- David Graeber starting with Bullshits job and more
- The Idler was a series of 103 essays, all but twelve of them by Samuel Johnson, published in the London weekly the Universal Chronicle between 1758 and 1760.
- Laziness as a Real Truth of Mankind by Kazimir Malevich
- Subverting Capital’s Temporality: A Critical Reappraisal of Laziness — recommended by Yana Melkumova Reynolds:
Pulcinella, or Punch, the famous Neapolitan puppet-buffoon of commedia
dell’arte, has hanging on his bedroom wall a notice stating ‘Do it tomorrow’.
It is the first thing he sees when he rises from bed each morning. When faced
with a new days’ demands of successive ‘things to do’, simply reading this
notice is enough to short-circuit any attempt at doing what Pulcinella has to
do, is supposed to do, or has been asked to do, in an eternal postponement
of his daily tasks.
- Oscar Wilde, Book of quote “Work is the curse of the drinking class!”
and this one is a reading list from our enemies:
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
- The Dragonfly and the Ant by Ivan Krylov:
“Did you sing?
This is the thing!
Now, you’ll have your chance
- I am not sure about this book, but I leave it here for now The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber
- Everything that has been published by traditional economists starting with Paul Krugman