This passage on long lunch breaks immediately made me think of the book How To Be Idle.
And, of course, my related post on this topic: Ode To Lunch.
This entire notion of extended leisure does seem like a throwback in time.
Back to a time when everyone seemed less in a hurry, less likely to exaggerate the importance of everything, and less worried about what needed to be done before the end of the day.
This is such a great line and so true.
For the idle rich have purchased the time, and the very poor have nothing but extra time.
I would repeat here that work should shut down at about 11 AM and start back up around 2-2:30 PM – but honestly – I think maybe our culture just needs to take everything a little less serious.
I’m certainly for capitalism and profit and all. But take a deep breath about the acquiring. It will not make you happy. And you’re only going to live once.
Here’s to long lunch breaks.
That afternoon, Luciano and Masseria took a table in back. They had the kind of long, leisurely lunch known only to the very rich and the very poor.