The author of Confessions or a Workaholic (1972) provides more tips and philosophy for overwhelmed overachievers who can't figure out the virtues of a good rest for themselves. Oates, whose penchant for making hay while the sun shines earned him that first bestseller, has probably missed the mark with this paean to laziness. He recommends ""Homeopathic doses of laziness,"" including long weekends ""without getting drunk or getting a cold."" (The first speaks for itself. The second means that one should stay in bed the day before a cold strikes as a service to one's employer.) He advocates taking ""vacations"" in the middle of a busy day, by listening to pleasant stories from co-workers, and maintains that one should ""mow"" the trivial stuff out of an overgrown schedule. The slimness of the volume is--for once--indicative of the fact that there was very little to say here. At least Oates says it without wasting too much time.