How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson

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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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Writer and editor Tom Hodgkinson cofounded the Idler in 1993. He is the author of two books based on this attitude to life: "How to Be Idle", published in 20 countries, and "How to Be Free", which takes an anarchic approach to the everyday barriers that come between us and our dreams. He lives in Devon, United Kingdom.Dan Kieran, deputy editor of the Idler, writes regularly for the "Observer", the "Sunday Times", and the "Guardian". He lives in South London with his wife, Rachel, and their son.The Idler team created the best-selling and widely imitated Crap Towns I and II.
Published July 30, 2013 by Harper Perennial. 306 pages
Genres: Self Help, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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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.

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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...

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FOR every hour of the day and night there is a different way of being idle, which is why Tom Hodgkinson has written his book in 24 chapters.

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When your alarm clock jolts you awake in the morning, do you wish you could just lie in bed, read a book, sip a cup of tea and be idle all day?

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The author opens with "Waking up Is Hard to Do" at 8 a.m. and immediately attacks the quote many of us relate to when it comes to waking up — Benjamin Franklin's "Early to bed..."

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