Living: How America Has Run Out of Time

Workers are weary, parents are frantic and even children haven't a moment to spare: leisure could be to the '90s what money was to the '80s

All my possessions for a moment of time.

-- Queen Elizabeth I, with her dying breath, 1603

If you have a moment to read this story with your feet up, free of interruption, at your leisure . . . put it down. It's not for you. Congratulations.

If, like almost everyone else, you're trying to do something else at the same time -- if you are stuck in traffic, waiting in the airport lounge, watching the news, if you're stirring the soup, shining your shoes, drying your hair . . . read on. Or hire someone to read it for you...

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