Doing Nothing: What’s That?

I’m always behind on everything I want to do, so I have only an anthropological interest in the species known as “slacker,” which is the subject of Tom Lutz’s new book, Doing Nothing. Apparently these slackers are here to stay. “They arise in force, [Lutz] suggests, whenever there are major social changes taking place. They are also clowns and jesters, who reveal the illusions we cherish about the work we do. They are the counterforce against which workers must contend, sometimes even within themselves.”

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