On Doing Nothing by Roman Muradov
In an age of obsessive productivity and stress, this illustrated ode to idleness invites readers to explore the pleasures and possibilities of slowing down. Beloved author and illustrator Roman Muradovweaves together the words and stories of artists, writers, philosophers, and eccentrics who have pursued inspiration by doing less. He reveals that doing nothing is both easily achievable and absolutely essential to leading an enjoyable and creative life. Cultivating idleness can be as simple as taking a long walk without a destination or embracing chance in the creative process. Peppered with playful illustrations, this handsome volume is a refreshing and thought-provoking read.
Roman Muradov is an award-winning author and illustrator, originally from Russia, now living in San Francisco, where he is a professor at California College of the Arts. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the New Yorker, the New York Times, The Paris Review, Vogue, and Lucky Peach, and he is the recipient of the prestigious Art Directors Club Young Guns award and two medals from the Society of Illustrators. His previous books include the graphic novels (In a Sense) Lost & Found, Jacob Bladders and the State of the Art, The End of a Fence, and Aujourd’hui Demain Hier. He also designed the Penguin Classics Centennial Editions of James Joyce’s Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. He has a penchant for long, aimless walks and an imaginary dog named Barchibald.