Excuse me while I putter…

IDLER: “…He is not a man who slouches about with his hands in his pockets. On the contrary, his most startling characteristic is that he is always intensely busy…”

I had the rare privilege last week of attending a meeting of the Royal Society of the Indolent. The three full members in attendance – philosopher Mark Kingwell, journalist Joshua Glenn, and cartoonist Seth – expressed disappointment that so many of us had come to the meeting, while a lot of others had been properly indolent and stayed home on the rainy evening. Nevertheless the three of them languidly soldiered on, doing nothing on our behalf, sitting onstage, gazing into space, sipping at their drinks, crossing and uncrossing their legs…

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