sail-header-edge

Not Working – why we have to stop, with Josh Cohen

Psychoanalyst Josh Cohen explores the pleasures of inactivity, and considers four faces of inertia.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Five Leaves Bookshop
Add to my calendar

About this event

‘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 demonizes idleness. Work, connectivity and a constant flow of information are the 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.

Psychoanalyst Josh Cohen explores the 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.

Josh Cohen teaches at Goldsmiths

Entry: £4.00 (£2.00 students) including refreshments. Let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Event posted in

Loading map...

Visit us

Five Leaves Bookshop
14A Long Row
Nottingham
NG1 2DH

featured-image-edge

Discover

Ac4835E85890 Five Leaves Logo

This event is hosted by

Five Leaves Bookshop

Five Leaves is Nottingham's radical and independent bookshop, right in the city centre. We also publish and have a large events programme.

View profile

Be in the know. Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep bang up to date with what's new at Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. Subscribe to our newsletter, and you'll hear all about the latest news, job opportunities and literary events.

subscribe

Search