Books: The Shirk Ethic

HOW TO RETIRE AT 41: Or Dropping Out of the Rat Race Without Going Down the Drain


247 pages. Doubleday. $6.95.

The dust jacket of this amiable manual for layabouts asks of the prospective reader, "Why should you let Rust Hills tell you how to run your life?" But anyone acquainted with Hills' previous book, How to Do Things Right: The Revelations of a Fussy Man, knows that the author, far from being interested in running the reader's life, refuses even to run his own. Instead he walks it, as if...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!