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The Art of the Wasted Day
The Art of the Wasted Day | Patricia Hampl
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A spirited inquiry into the lost value of leisure and daydream The 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 Montaigne--the hero of this book--who 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 love--and 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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dariazeoli
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I‘m still making my way through @merelybookish ‘s #newyearwhodis list! This seems like a good one to start a #lazysunday morning with.

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Lindy
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I‘ve hung my January stats on one of this month‘s 5-star reads. Reading is obviously how I waste my days…

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Lindy
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Pickpick

A gorgeous memoir/meditation on the art & importance of daydreaming, of solitude & the time to imagine, read & create; an elegant, perceptive reminder about what is precious; & musings on historical figures like Montaigne, who invented the essay form. I really loved this #audiobook, narrated by the author. I might need my own print copy.
“an essay is an attempt… to locate meaning between the irretrievable then and the equally unfathomable now.”

merelybookish 👏👏 10mo
batsy Sounds so good! This and your Boyne review is giving me the itch to abandon all my current reads 🙈 10mo
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Lindy
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For the worker bee, life is given over to the grim satisfaction of striking a firm line through a task accomplished. On to the next, and the next. Check, check. Done and done. It explains—and solves—nothing to call this workaholism.

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Lindy
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I need solitude for my writing; not like a hermit—that wouldn‘t be enough—but like a dead man.

MrBook 😳😱 Beautiful! 10mo
Reecaspieces Lovely 10mo
tournevis I've painted that tower, in many different ways. I like that tower. 10mo
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Lindy @MrBook @Reecaspieces @tournevis Thanks. I took that photo at Kilmacduagh in Ireland last year. 😊 10mo
tournevis This is the lastest version I painted. https://flic.kr/p/HgRD5o 10mo
batsy It's such a relief that someone else puts it this way. 10mo
Lindy @tournevis Ooooo! 👏👏👏 10mo
Lindy @batsy Ha! 10mo
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Lindy
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We have chosen a problematic name for ourselves: we are no longer souls as we once were, not even citizens; we're all consumers now, grasping all the stuff every which way.

MrBook 😱 10mo
Lindy @MrBook This photo was taken at a used bookstore in Saskatoon, on the weekend of @shawnmooney ‘s wedding. @LeahBergen was there too. 😊 10mo
TK-421 8th Street Books! 10mo
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twohectobooks @Lindy believe it or not I have never actually visited this store! 😱 10mo
Lindy @twohectobooks Why not? 10mo
twohectobooks @Lindy partly due to perceived inconvenience of the location, partly due to former loyalty to the now-closed Unreal City comic store and lack of personal comics budget since that place closed. One of these days..!? 10mo
Lindy @twohectobooks Did you know they have regular books in addition to comics? 10mo
LeahBergen @Lindy @TK-421 Yes! That was a fun shop! 👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
twohectobooks @Lindy vaguely! My plain old book budget is seriously reduced lately too, and I tend to go with what‘s most familiar. 10mo
Lindy @twohectobooks I understand. Familiar is good. 😊 10mo
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Lindy
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…in description, we hear and feel the absorption of the author in the material. We sense the presence of the creator of the scene. This personal absorption is what we mean by style. It is strange that we would choose such an oddly surface-y word—style—for this most soulful aspect of writing. … Style is the real authority of a writer: more substantial than plot, less ego-dependant than voice.

(Author photo from Internet)

merelybookish I enjoyed this book! 10mo
Lindy @merelybookish Me too! I kept rewinding the audiobook so I could listen to passages again. Now I want to read Montaigne. 10mo
merelybookish @Lindy Yes! I felt that way too when I finished, although I still haven't. I actually bought the book after listening to it. 10mo
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Lindy @merelybookish I can see myself rereading this in print. It has a low rating on Litsy but I really liked it. I hope to write a little review tomorrow. 10mo
merelybookish @Lindy I look forward to your review. It was one of my best of 2018. If you ever want to read some Montaigne together, let me know! 10mo
batsy This book is in my TBR! I love this point about authorial style ❤️ 10mo
Lindy @merelybookish When I get to Montaigne, I will let you know. 👍 10mo
batsy @Lindy Thank you, I will check it out :) 10mo
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Lindy
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Whereas the memoir seemed new or somehow modern, a rather suspect literary upstart and therefore a form that invites interrogation. But strictly speaking, autobiography is a genre far older than the novel and is hardwired into western literary history, perhaps from that first injunction of the oracle at Delphi: Know thyself.

(Internet photo)

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Lindy
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Finished the mittens. Almost finished the audiobook. #KnittersofLitsy

@julesG @TheBee @LauraBeth

monalyisha They‘re awesome!!! 😍 10mo
kspenmoll Look so warm! 10mo
TheBee Beautiful! I love the Nordic design! 🌟 10mo
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Lindy @TheBee Thanks! It‘s my own design on a Norwegian style of mitten. 10mo
LauraBeth 😍 Those are lovely!! 10mo
Lindy @kspenmoll They are cosy: wool and alpaca. 10mo
AmyG Just beautiful! They look so warm. 10mo
Megabooks Love them! 10mo
Lcsmcat Lovely! 10mo
BethM So awesome! 10mo
saresmoore Amazing, Lindy! They are beautiful! 10mo
Lindy @saresmoore Thanks. I‘m really happy with the results and I learned new techniques while making them. (YouTube is a knitter‘s best friend.) 10mo
CouronneDhiver Nice work!!! 👍🏽 10mo
AlaMich That you designed that pattern and then were able to knit it...they are tremendous!! (edited) 10mo
julesG They are gorgeous, and hopefully really warm. 10mo
Tanisha_A So intricate. Beauty! 😍 10mo
batsy Great work! 10mo
melbeautyandbooks Nicely done! 10mo
Lindy @AlaMich My head is full of more design ideas than I will ever be able to knit; it‘s kind of like my book TBR. 😁 10mo
Lindy @julesG Yes, they are toasty warm. The cream wool is Bluefaced Leicester that my friend @KathyR brought back from Scotland & the brown is an alpaca/merino blend that I bought from an alpaca farmer when I was in Saskatoon for Kenji & @shawnmooney ‘s wedding. So my mittens have Litsy connections. 😊 10mo
julesG BFL is great. I bought some when I was in London last. Actually, I'm wearing some of that yarn today. Will share a picture. From the stitching I'd guess you used DK yarn, or is it actually fingering? 10mo
Lindy @julesG Yes, DK weight. I used 3.25 mm needles to get a firm knit. 10mo
julesG They really turned out awesome! 10mo
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Lindy
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This typesetting, a solo silent endeavour, rather like the obsessive knitting that was also a passion among that crowd of modernist writers that included DH Lawrence, a demon knitter, turned into the Hogarth Press…

julesG Your mittens are coming along nicely. I'll have to emulate you one day and to both at the same time, this way the can't end up on single mitten/sock island. 10mo
TheBee 😍😍😍 10mo
LauraBeth I wish I had your creative talent 10mo
Lindy @julesG @TheBee @LauraBeth Thanks! I‘ve finished the mittens, and I‘m heading home to Edmonton. I will make a separate post and tag you all so that you can see them. 10mo
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Lindy
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There is something fundamentally photographic about memoir. Photographic rather than cinematic: not a story but a series of tableaux we are given to consider.

batsy Oh wow. Is this a photo you took? 10mo
Lindy @batsy Yes, it‘s Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park. I really enjoyed spending a week in the mountains with my brother and one of my sisters. 10mo
batsy Truly stunning. Must have been so peaceful. 10mo
Lindy @batsy Yes, there were lots of visitors around when we got there on January 1st but it got really quiet in the second half of our stay. In the photo, there are people playing hockey way off in the distance on a cleared patch of ice. 10mo
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Lindy
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“We tend to think of the novel as the classic narrative form, ever evolving, but familiar; its stately provenance long the preserve of academic interest, and the centre of trade publishing.”

Book serendipity: to read this while also reading one of the first examples of a novel: The Tale of #Genji.

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Lindy
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Two nights away from the finish of my book, I was working late. I looked away from the computer screen for a moment and there was the dog, staring at me. She was on the verge of speech, I could see it. Come to bed. Her eyes said this clearly.

Desha Awww so cute! ❤️🐶❤️ 10mo
Lindy @Desha That‘s my little Nenette, who died in 2017. ❤️ 10mo
Desha Oh I‘m so sorry to hear that! Our fur babies are such a special part of our lives. I‘ve lost two to the Rainbow Bridge and it never really seems to go away. But I do have a cocker spaniel and a morkie that I love so much! Do you have other pets now? ❤️🐶❤️ 10mo
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LauraBeth ❤️❤️ I don‘t normally want to put ribbons and bows in dog‘s fur, but I would have totally ribboned and bowed that little sweet thing. I bet you have many happy memories with her. 10mo
Lindy @Desha Yes, we have a cuddly cat named Frida. I‘m not ready for another dog yet. 10mo
Lindy @LauraBeth Thank you. And yes, many great memories of this sweetheart. 😊 10mo
LeahBergen Awww! And yes, my last dog could do that look very well. ❤️❤️ 10mo
Desha Awww I bet she‘s a lot of comfort for you ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
TheSpineView Such a sweet fur baby!❤🐾 10mo
Lindy @LeahBergen Aren‘t they just the best? 100% love. 10mo
Lindy @TheSpineView Yes, so true. 😊 10mo
SoniaC She is so adorable! Those eyes 🥰 10mo
Lindy @SoniaC 👀😁 10mo
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Lindy
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I was supposed to use the metronome but I almost never did, maddened by its pedantic tick-tock-ing. It was interrupting me.
“Interrupting what, ma cher?”
Daydreams. The mind, cantering over its landscape like an unbroken pony. The piano was a romantic soundtrack, not work I was doing.

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Lindy
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I‘ve been very slow at making my way through this audiobook about daydreaming, not because I don‘t like it—I do!—but because I‘ve been chatting with my sister as we spend this week knitting together. Here I am yesterday in my favourite knitting spot in the library at the Banff Centre, where there‘s a panoramic view of the Rockies. #knittersofLitsy #LitsylovesLibraries

Reviewsbylola Oh how lovely! 🥰 10mo
AmyG Just beautiful. The mittens (?) and the venue! 10mo
Suet624 Oh my gosh. Beautiful knitting! 10mo
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silentrequiem Gorgeous! I'm too chicken to try colorwork. 10mo
Lindy @Reviewsbylola @Suet624 @AmyG Thanks. My sister showed me how to knit two mittens at the same time, which is such a good idea, especially because I keep reinventing the pattern as I go. Also, this is my first attempt at knitting from the top down. 10mo
Lindy @silentrequiem It really isn‘t hard. It just takes a little practice to get the tension, otherwise it‘s the same as knitting with a single colour. I love the way it makes mittens nice and warm with the layer of floats on the wrong side. 10mo
batsy What an adorable pic of you :) The mittens look fab! 10mo
Patchshank Those mittens are fantastic. I knit a little and there is no way I'd have the patience or skill for that. They are adorable. 😍 10mo
Tanisha_A What a cute picture! Mittens. 😍 10mo
Lindy @batsy Thanks. 😘 10mo
Lindy @Patchshank I‘m learning lots of new things with this project. Next up: a picot cast-off. I‘m going to practice on a test piece first. 10mo
Lindy @Tanisha_A Thanks. I hope to finish the mittens today. Still have the thumbs to go. 10mo
BethM Lovely! 10mo
LeahBergen They‘re marvellous! 10mo
readordierachel What a great picture! 10mo
EH2018 So neat!! 10mo
rabbitprincess Gorgeous mittens! ♥️ 10mo
Lindy @rabbitprincess thank you. 😊 10mo
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Lindy
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“Listen to your inner voice, children. It will guide you.” That stern invitation to follow the directives of the inner self is the deepest, most enduring aspect of a Catholic childhood.

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Bailedbailed

Too slow of a start for an audiobook with a deadline . . .

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Gina
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Mehso-so

This book is in desperate need of an outline and a better editor. It's stream of conscience writing style left me feeling like I was on a boat with no oars. Also the repeating got very annoying.

The moments where her prose were very beautiful kept me slogging forward. She also talked about interesting writers I've never heard of and am excited to find and read. So not a waist of my time but definitely not adding this one to my library.

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Mehso-so

41/52-🌟🌟🌟/5- I learned some new information and it has caused me to think differently about leisure, wasted days, and solitude, but I found her writing style to be confusing. Lots of great stories.

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Tjackson
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I absolutely agree with this!!!!!

WhatThePuck I love this. I work alone most of the day in the basement of medical building. I do ID badges for hospital Security. The men never fail to point out that I'm by myself. I always answer that I enjoy the solitude. 'But doesn't it get lonely?' Pretty sure I answered your question already. Lol. I'm going to type this up and hang it at my station. 😂😂 1y
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Tjackson
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I feel like I am always looking for myself. The journey is great, so maybe I don‘t want to find myself - just keep looking.

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Montaigne is mentioned throughout this book. The author started describing this statue in Paris and RIGHT AWAY I knew I had seen this statue! Of course, I went to my online photo album of The Latin Quarter from 2015 and found this photo!!! Check out his shoes!

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Tjackson
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A fun fact about Memoirs - who knew????

megnews It‘s very good too. 1y
Tjackson @megnews That is great to know!!!! Thanks 1y
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I have read 64% of this book and I am still not sure if I like it. However, I like this interesting fact.

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merelybookish
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Encountered my first rattlesnake while out hiking today. He rattled his tail at us. It freaked me out, but my husband was thrilled.
Listening to the tagged book on audio. A slow, circuitous exploration of leisure, practioners of a leisurely life, and the art of the personal essay. (It reminds me again I should read Montaigne.)

AmyG OMG I‘d freak out, too. 1y
Burghbookaddict NOPE 😨🐍 1y
Reviewsbylola Lol my reaction would have been similar to yours! 🐍 1y
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MeganAnn AH I‘m freaked out just thinking about it! 😱 1y
MommyOfTwo Eek 1y
vivastory No, no, no. I'd freak out. 😬 1y
Jas16 That would have terrified me (edited) 1y
rohit-sawant Echoing all the Nopes. 😨 1y
CouronneDhiver Nope. Soooo scary! 1y
MaleficentBookDragon I would have screamed like a little girl. Then, if that didn't scare him away, I'd try and get a close up shot of him. 🐍 1y
batsy Terrifying. 1y
batsy That comment was in relation to the snake 😂 I've got the book on my TBR, sounds great. Glad to hear you're enjoying it (I need to read Montaigne too!) 1y
cherinium I, for one, think that's really cool. My husband is a herpetologist. Early on in our relationship, I learned that most of our leisure time would involve the pursuit of finding and photographing wild reptiles. At one time, I had a fear of snakes; but I've realized that (like most things that evoke fear) once I started to understand more about them, they aren't quite so scary. 😊 1y
BarbaraBB It should freak me out as well... where is this?! 1y
ReadZenRites That‘s a BIG rattle snake! We had lots where I grew up, but I never saw one that big in person....thankfully. 1y
LeahBergen How cool! 1y
Kalalalatja I have a slight snake phobia, and just catching a glimpse of this photo made my heart race 😱😱😱 1y
GingerAntics Holy mother that hung in huge!!! 😱😱😱 RUN!!! 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I can‘t believe you lingered to take a photo! NOPE! 1y
merelybookish @MaleficentBookDragon Being with my husband helped a lot because he was so curious. On my own, I would have probably had a panic attack. 😬😀 1y
merelybookish @batsy I figured. 😂 Book is slow in places but then some parts are really lovely. 1y
merelybookish @cherinium That's cool! I can see how snakes are fascinating, once you get past the fear. (Still, good to have healthy fear. 😉) 1y
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Outside Denver in Colorado. It's quite hot and dry. Ideal for snakes. 🙄 1y
merelybookish @ReadZenRites Yes a few other people have commented on his size! 1y
merelybookish @LeahBergen Definitely cooler now that it's a story! 😜 1y
merelybookish @Kalalalatja Oh dear. Sorry! My mother had a similar reaction when I sent it to her. 1y
merelybookish @GingerAntics 😂😂 I considered running but I also wanted to get back to my car. 1y
merelybookish @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This is a close up. The original photo, he is much farther away. We felt we needed to hang around and warn other people because it was hard to see from one direction. 1y
GingerAntics Oh, will they chase you? Ew. 1y
merelybookish @GingerAntics I think they can lunge pretty fast. You're supposed to give them a wide berth, like 30 feet. 1y
Kalalalatja Don‘t worry, I can‘t keep away from them forever, I just avoid snake movies and feel lucky everyday that I don‘t live in a country with real snakes 😅 1y
GingerAntics Oh wow. All this time I‘ve been in Texas I‘ve never come across a rattle snake. In fact, the only snake I have ever seen that wasn‘t in a zoo was once on a run, this extra long “worm” was booking it down the path. We crossed each other, and it just kept going. I actually went back and got a video of it. It was not at all interested in me or what I was doing. It was tiny. That was about as close as I ever want to be to a snake. lol 1y
ReadZenRites Should have known you found that bugger in Colorado! I grew up north of Boulder—that‘s where I acquired a healthy disdain for rattlers! 😁 Enjoy your visit! 1y
ReadZenRites Errr, I made an assumption.... Maybe you‘re not visiting. Anyway, glad you made it safely away from the snake! 1y
merelybookish @ReadZenRites We do live here but are fairly recent transplants. Still adjusting to the environment. 😉 1y
BarbaraBB Oh wow, to live in a place with real rattle snakes 🙃! It is cool, in a way 😘 1y
Cathythoughts 😮😱scarey 1y
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Tjackson
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50% Read and I am not so sure about this book. Just when I think I should give up, she starts a story that seems interesting. Then. It gets a little dull again. It is so-so right now. There is time to turn it around thought.

MariettaSG Sounds like she's wasting your day, is that the point? 1y
Tjackson @MariettaSG I have read some good reviews on this book, but maybe that is her point..... hmmmmm???? 1y
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Tjackson
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I have read 40% of this book today and I want to like it. I really do, but I find her writing all over the place. Jumping from one topic to another and it takes awhile to figure out the connection. I am committed to finishing it, but I hope it gets better. I have so many other books to read. I don‘t want this time to be wasted.

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Tjackson
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Great quote - true!

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Tjackson
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I never, ever want this to be said to me - ever!!!!

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Tjackson
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This is so true!
This is so me!
I plan trips for April, May, June, and July!!!

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Finished 2 books today!!!! Started this one. ❤️❤️❤️ this quote!

Linear Ah, i feel like thisnos every readers issue. 1y
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Tjackson
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Adding this book to my Wishlist and TBR pile!!!! What a great concept!!!

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Gina
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"The Art of the wasted Day is a picaresque travelogue of leisure written from a lifelong enchantment with solitude." Inside cover flap.

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Flaneurette
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1. Coffee, kindle, listening to the birds
2. 2 years
3. Juicy Lucy
4. 6:15
5. Echo spot, Lamp, Apple watch charger

#Humpdaypost @MinDea

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GripLitGrl
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#GetMovin #wasted @Cinfhen
This book title is what I'd like Mondays goals to be😄

Cinfhen Ha!!! 2y
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KikiLovesBooks
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Pickpick

This is an alternate cover (designed by Brianna Hardin) and I think it‘s very appropriate! Much of this book is a musing on Michel de Montaigne and his essays. It‘s also about Hampl‘s upbringing, her lost love, her travels and other day wasters! But really, I am so inspired to read some Montaigne, I ordered an older Penguin edition as soon as I finished reading. This is a beautiful and enjoyable memoir; Hampl is an exceptional writer.

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Out of sorts...the woman referred to here is Virginia Woolf. Hogarth Press.

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Michel Dr Montaigne, the inventor of the personal essay. Students from the Sorbonne across the way from this Paris statue rub his foot for good luck.

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Ha!

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Loving this book. So many gems.