Hobbies… June 5, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Short but useful piece on Slate recently on hobbies. All this on foot of a David Brooks article which suggested in the context of Hillary Clinton that ‘hobbies make us interesting’ but that Clinton exudes the sense of someone who has none. So, is that the case that hobbies make us interesting? And what do people count as hobbies? Katy Waldman in the piece suggests that:
If that’s true, a lot of us are in trouble. What do any of us do for fun? Watch TV, see friends, have a glass of wine? Snack? Does going to the gym count as a hobby? Does cooking dinner count? If we were better athletes and more skillful chefs, would these pursuits count more? What about riding your bike to work or listening to a podcast while you walk the dog? What about dreaming up amazing hobbies to put on your online dating profile—is that a hobby? (It certainly takes up a lot of time, and no one pays you for it.)
Apparently, for some, there is ‘hobby anxiety’ – ‘the fear that you have failed to cultivate interesting or likable or merely non-imaginary hobbies’.
Is reading a hobby? Listening to music? Or making or writing music, or writing. And if the latter are hobbies should they be directed to an end – i.e. published or performance or is that crossing into work.
What’s the difference between hobbies and interests?
I can’t work out is the CLR a hobby to me or some sort of weird therapeutic release.
And what are your hobbies?