Waiting for the Weekend by Witold Rybczynski

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Explore the history and the nature of the time we consider ''our own''.

''We work,'' Aristotle wrote, ''in order to have leisure.'' Today, this is still true. But is the leisure that Aristotle spoke of--the freedom to do nothing--the same as the leisure we look forward to each weekend?

There have always been breaks from the routine of work--taboo days, market days, public festivals, holy days--we couldn't survive without them. In Waiting for the Weekend, Witold Rybczynski unfolds the history and evolution of leisure time in Western civilization, from Aristotle, through the Middle Ages, to the present. Along the way, he explores how the psychological needs that leisure time seeks to fulfill have changed as the nature of work has changed.
 

About Witold Rybczynski

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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.
 
Published August 19, 1991 by Viking Adult. 272 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, History, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Forfeiting the stronger narrative pull of The Most Beautiful House in the World (where a house, after all, was dreamed of, planned, and built), Rybczynski nevertheless offers a companionable ramble along a winding pathway of cultural history in a quiet and thinking book, a kind of intellectual br...

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Rybczynski ( Home ) traces the evolution of the seven-day week back to the Babylonian calendar and, more recently, to the Great Depression, when the two-day weekend became institutionalized in the U.S., with shorter work hours viewed as an antidote to unemployment.

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In this brisk survey of modern leisure called Waiting for the Weekend, Witold Rybczynski wonders whether we are too intent on making the most of our weekends to salvage some relaxation from them.

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That's the subtext of "Waiting for the Weekend": The weekend holds the promise of time apart from labor--of "sacred time"--but we work so hard at our leisure that we may no longer know the difference.

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