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Why We Have to Stop
Narrated by: Jonathan Coote, Josh Cohen
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
3 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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Summary

'To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world.' (Oscar Wilde)

More than ever before, we live in a culture that excoriates inactivity and demonizes idleness. Work, connectivity and a constant flow of information are the cultural norms, and a permanent busyness pervades even our quietest moments. Little wonder so many of us are burning out. In a culture that tacitly coerces us into blind activity, the art of doing nothing is disappearing. Inactivity can induce lethargy and indifference, but is also a condition of imaginative freedom and creativity. 

Psychoanalyst Josh Cohen explores the paradoxical pleasures of inactivity and considers four faces of inertia - the burnout, the slob, the daydreamer and the slacker. Drawing on his personal experiences and on stories from his consulting room, while punctuating his discussions with portraits of figures associated with the different forms of inactivity - Andy Warhol, Orson Welles, Emily Dickinson and David Foster Wallace - Cohen gets to the heart of the apathy so many of us feel when faced with the demands of contemporary life and asks how we might live a different and more fulfilled existence.

©2016 Josh Cohen (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Ok -ish but not worth the time

I guess it is ironic that with a book about time-stress and making the most out of ones time, that I found this a bit of a tedious, pompous waste of 5 hours. If you like an English-Literature A-level student chewing your ear off about the meanings of characters in a novel, and what the novel is *really* trying to say, then you might like this.

The central tenet of the book - that we all rush around working too hard, and that there is more to life - has obvious merit but could have been said in 4 pages.

I do wonder if the author intentionally made the book so long as to deliberately take up so much of the readers’ / listeners’ time as to question the value of those hours. But I rather suspect he just likes the sound of his own pen.