A spirited inquiry into the lost value of leisure and daydreamThe Art of the Wasted Day is a picaresque travelogue of leisure written from a lifelong enchantment with solitude. Patricia Hampl visits the homes of historic exemplars of ease who made repose a goal, even an art form. She begins with two celebrated eighteenth-century Irish ladies who ran off to live a life of "retirement" in rural Wales. Her search then leads to Moravia to consider the monk-geneticist, Gregor Mendel, and finally to Bordeaux for Michel Montaignethe hero of this bookwho retreated from court life to sit in his chateau tower and write about whatever passed through his mind, thus inventing the personal essay.Hampl's own life winds through these pilgrimages, from childhood days lazing under a neighbor's beechnut tree, to a fascination with monastic life, and then to loveand the loss of that love which forms this book's silver thread of inquiry. Finally, a remembered journey down the Mississippi near home in an old cabin cruiser with her husband turns out, after all her international quests, to be the great adventure of her life.The real job of being human, Hampl finds, is getting lost in thought, something only leisure can provide. The Art of the Wasted Day is a compelling celebration of the purpose and appeal of letting go....
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"Each day was exactingly scheduled, hours given to study (languages especially: Italian, Spanish), transcription of admired texts, drawing and sketching, long walks, correspondence, reading, reading, reading in several languages — both silently and, at night, aloud to one another amid the glow of candles, an alarming expense of nine pounds per annum, but a requirement of the romantic reading life."Is there a sign-up sheet for that lifestyle somewhere?
This was a Goodreads win for me and I really enjoyed the perspective of the author. While parts of the book are a bit slow, I did like it.
Expertly written, flowing rumination on the notion of ease versus work versus productivity -- with an eddy of gain, loss, and love. What do we make with a life, and is toil the only -- or even the best -- way?
3.5*** A nifty intellectual reflection on the joy of daydreaming. Fully read some chapters, skimmed thru some.
I never really “connected” with “The Art of the Wasted Day.” I truly enjoyed Ms Hampl’s lovely use of language - much was lilting and poetic - and I found myself looking for the tender memories of her husband that she dropped in gently here and there. However, I was not persuaded by her examples that the retired life was worthwhile or to be sought after.
This book of observations contrasting the too busy world with the value of stepping off the treadmill is intellectual and a bit dry accordingly, but also offers plenty to ponder.
The author is a well-traveled professor who grew up in the 1960s, inhaled literature, and studied music seriously. She is an introvert who loves solitude, yet keeps an intimidating to-do list going at all times. Her fascination with great thinkers takes her all over the world as she visits their habitats. Michel Montaign ...more
3.5 Daydreaming, something often frowned on in our busy society of list makers. To achieve, cross out the things on our lists,but where are we rushing to, where do we hope to get.? Yet, as the author points out it is by daydreaming that we can really see things, observe our surrounding. In her musing of memories past and present the author travels ,but never alone. Many authors of wise words, Woolf,Kafka, Dickens, Whitman, accompany her everywhere. Words of wisdom, her main go to Montaigne whose ...more
A poet’s delight in lyricism and free association is in evidence here. The book blends memoir with travel and biographical information about some of Hampl’s exemplars of solitary, introspective living, and it begins, quite literally, with daydreaming. Along the way the author drifts and dreams through many seemingly irrelevant back alleys of memory and experience. This is a case of form following function: her book wanders along with her mind, in keeping with her definition of memoir as “lyrical ...more