Doing Nothing

Doing Nothing

From the author of Crying, a witty, wide-ranging cultural history of our attitudes toward work—and getting out of it

Couch potatoes, goof-offs, freeloaders, good-for-nothings, loafers, and loungers: ever since the Industrial Revolution, when the work ethic as we know it was formed, there has been a chorus of slackers ridiculing and lampooning the pretensions of hardworking respectability. Reviled by many, heroes to others, these layabouts stretch and yawn while… (more)

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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 16, 2006)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English


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