A Guide to Civilized Loafing Author:R. A. Overstreet This is a 1934 Hardcover First Edition. Pay attention to that year of publication. Hard on the heels of the Great Depression. Imagine a life where someone felt it necessary to write a book to tell people how to enjoy their leisure time! — Here is the beginning of the foreword: Almost overnight a new idea has come to us. It is the recognition... more » that we are to have more time to live our lives as we please. Hitherto, in a world of scarcity, we have had to give our hostages to toil. Now, in an age of plenty, we can look forward to an increasing amount of time that is our own. We must find the means for cultivating the interests, powers, and delights that should be our human privilege. This book is a frontier adventure. It is a scouting out of the possibilities that lie dormant in the individual and social life of today. It is an examination of the many kinds of activities, pursuits, and associations that may be discovered and enjoyed in our liberated hours.
Chapters included (not all inclusive): The Fun of Handling Materials; Being Social; Building the Skillful Body; Being Alone; Adventuring with Thought; Resources at Our Command; Enjoying Where We Are; We Go Wandering; Mastering Time; Taking Some Things Seriously; Just Fooling Around; and Leftovers.« less