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In growing up American can a person (me) feel guilty for spending a lazy morning reading a book.
See, inherent in the description of my activity is the offending factor -laziness.

Oy. I should take a chapter (or six) from my current read: Eat Love Pray. What, exactly, is wrong in enjoying nothing but a book?
Honestly. Stupid industrious, puritanical society.
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antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: January 1st, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am so incapable of enjoying time off - a lot of it is the grad school mentality, I think, but I simply cannot get over the feeling that I should be doing something else.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 1st, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I believe that doing anything so slothful when I have any number of other things I SHOULD be doing is WRONG and makes me a BAD PERSON.
It's ridiculous.
roguebitch From: roguebitch Date: January 1st, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

I once took a day off work and spent the whole time reading fanfic.

It was *awesome*.

But I can only do it once in a blue moon, because I, too, have this protestant work ethic, which is weird since I was raised by heathens.
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: January 1st, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's what I did yesterday and today -- read a good book.

It felt wonderful, really, and productive. Now that I've turned the last page I'm at a loss. I guess I can go break glass somewhere, I suppose...

kaylithin From: kaylithin Date: January 3rd, 2008 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
As an American, I feel guilty for many things, but spending a lazy morning reading would not be one of them. =D Sure it's a luxury, but it's not harming anything. If anything, our lives are TOO hectic. It's healthy to relax, take our time, and improve our minds through reading. Hell, continued reading is one of the best ways to keep our minds and language skills sharp.

Oh hey, I think I heard about that book on NPR. I've been working on the newest Terry Pratchett book m'self.
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