Writing, Work and Ease

In my last post on the notion of a Centre for Laziness, I suggested that valuable work does not arise simply out of effort, but it arises instead out of a combination of effort and ease, regulation and slackness, hard work and laziness. From this perspective, ease is not simply a necessary interlude, so that we might back to work refreshed. Instead, it is an integral part of what it takes to create and to sustain perhaps anything of value. At …

A Centre for Laziness: A Proposal

A few months ago, I received an email from the university saying that there were funds available for large-scale projects that could be both radical and disruptive, leading to the establishment of research centres that might fundamentally change the way that the university worked. After a little thought, I proposed to several colleagues that we set up a Centre for Laziness Studies. My colleagues, alas, were not convinced by the idea. And when I looked at the paperwork involved, I …