From the founding editor of The Idler, the celebrated magazine about the freedom and fine art of doing nothing, comes not simply a book, but an antidote to our work-obsessed culture. In How to Be Idle, Tom Hodgkinson presents his learned yet whimsical argument for a new universal standard of living: being happy doing nothing. He covers a whole spectrum of issues affecting the modern idler—sleep, work, pleasure, relationships—while reflecting on the writing of such famous apologists for it as Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Nietzsche—all of whom have admitted to doing their very best work in bed.
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Jerome, whose essay “On Being Idle” appeared in 1889.) Other topics the author contemplates as the day goes by are “Sleeping In” (John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s week in bed), “The Ramble,” “The First Drink of the Day” and so on.| Read Full Review of How to Be Idle
There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.'' At this point in ''How to Be Idle,'' we have turned just over half of Hodgkinson's 286 pages and mastered most of his arguments, frequently with great enjoyment, and alth...Jun 26 2005 | Read Full Review of How to Be Idle
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