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Can you admit that the desire to be idle has taken control of your life? Come to the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Society of the Indolent, where Mark Kingwell will celebrate the release of Idler’s Glossary by outlining his “12 Step Program For Idlers”. Kingwell will share the stage with his co-creators, Seth and Joshua Glenn, who plan to sit and watch him work. – A This Is Not A Reading Series event presented by Pages Books & Magazines, Biblioasis and EYE WEEKLY.

Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St W, Toronto.
Wed, Oct 8; 7:30pm (doors 7pm) free


THE IDLER’S GLOSSARY “Dawdler." “Layabout.” “Shit-heel.” “Loser.” For as long as mankind has had to work for a living, which is to say ever since the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, people who work have disparaged those who prefer not to. Joshua Glenn’s glossary, which closely examines the etymology and history of hundreds of idler-specific terms and phrases aims not merely to correct popular misconceptions about idling, but to serve as a preliminary foundation for a new mode of thinking about working and not-working. Never again will you be able to describe an indolent person as “languid”, Epicurean behavior as “dissipated”, or an idler as a “slacker”.  Mark Kingwell’s introductory essay offers a playful defence of the idler as the true citizen of the world, enlisting support from literary and philosophical sources, putting forward a case for the ultimate reevaluation of all values. Seth’s charming illustrations highlight the pleasures of introducing a bit more idleness into life alongside the everyday horrors endured by the vast majority of those leading lives of quiet desperation. The Idler’s Glossary is destined to become the Devil’s Dictionary for the idling classes, necessary reading for any and all who wish to introduce more truly “free” time into their daily lives.

JOSHUA GLENN is an independent scholar and journalist. He writes a blog and a weekly column for The Boston Globe's Ideas section; and he is the editor of Taking Things Seriously, a book about 75 ordinary objects with extraordinary significance. In the 1990s, he published the journal Hermenaut. He lives and writes in Boston.

MARK KINGWELL is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine. He is the author of ten books of political and cultural theory, including the recent national bestseller Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and the City. A collection of his essays on art and philosophy, Opening Gambits, will appear in fall 2008. Kingwell’s articles on art, architecture and design have appeared in, among others, Harper's, The Harvard Design Magazine, and The New York Times. He lives in Toronto.

SETH is widely considered one of the great cartoonists of the past decade. Among the many projects that he is currently working on are The Complete Peanuts, a 25-book archive of Charles Schultz’s work, and an animated documentary about the depression in Canada with the National Film Board of Canada. He has won many awards, including the Eisner and the Harvey, both in 2005 for The Complete Peanuts. Seth lives in Guelph, Ontario.


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