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Wessie du Toit: When a Society Decenters Leisure

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“Meaningful work is as important to life as leisure, I think. I just think that we’ve lost the balance.”

On November 10th, Wessie du Toit, a South African-born British writer, joined Merion West‘s Erich Prince for a discussion prompted by Mr. du Toit’s essay “The Lost Art of Leisure,” which was originally published at the New Statesman under the headline “You should only work four hours a day” in May of this year. Mr. du Toit, who also maintains a Substack, writes at various publication in the United Kingdom, such as UnHerd and The Critic. In their discussion, Mr. du Toit and Mr. Prince examine the concept of leisure, its relative decline over the past century, and its proper relationship to work. They then turn to discussing other recent writings by Mr. du Toit, on art, architecture, and technocracy.

This interview appears in video form:

Erich J. Prince is the editor-in-chief at Merion West. With a background in journalism and media criticism, he has contributed to newspapers such as The Philadelphia Inquirer and The News & Observer, as well as online outlets including Quillette and The Hill. Erich has also spoken at conferences and events on issues related to gangs, crime, and policing. He studied political science at Yale University.

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