Waiting for the Weekend

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Viking Penguin, 1991 - Social Science - 260 pages
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"We work", Aristotle wrote, "in order to have leisure". Today, it's still true, but is the leisure that Aristotle spoke of--the leisure to do nothing--the same as the leisure we look forward to each weekend? Waiting for the Weekend gives a fresh and provocative look at the time we think of as our own.

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Waiting for the weekend

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In the form of a long, extended essay, the author discusses the emergence of the two-day weekend from the 19th century to the present. Successive chapters trace the historical origins of the week ... Read full review

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This extended essay is an informative and entertaining look at how human beings have set aside time on the weekend for leisure. In readable language that is a pleasure to read, Rybczynski explains complex concepts like the primal need for leisure, or the bottom up tendency to arrange 5-on, 2-off. People into cultural history, especially of ordinary phenomena we take for granted (such as recreation) will enjoy this. Readers will like this quotation: "Solitary reading is the ideal vehicle for individual leisure. . . . Reflection, contemplation, privacy and solitude are also associated with reading books. And withdrawal. Both withdrawal from the world around one, from the cares of everyday life, and withdrawal into oneself."  


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About the author (1991)

Witold Rybczynski, born in Edinburgh, raised in Canada, and currently living in Philadelphia, is the Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written on architecture and urbanism for The New York Times", The Atlantic", The New Yorker" and Slate", and is the author of the critically acclaimed Home" and the A Clearing in the Distance", a biography of frederick Law Olmsted, for which he was awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Prize. He is the recipient of the National Building Museum's 2007 Vincent Scully Prize.

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