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'Doing nothing' is all the rage – is it a form of resistance, or just an indulgence for the lucky few?

By Ingrid Nelson, Associate Professor of English, Amherst College
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The pandemic has either created too much free time or too little. Kitchen-table commutes and reduced social obligations expand mornings and weekends for some, while caretakers and gig workers are exhausted by the constant, overlapping demands of home and work.

It’s no surprise, then, that idleness is trending. Concepts like “niksen,”…

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