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. How to be Idle is Tom Hodgkinson’s entertaining guide to reclaiming your right to be idle. As Oscar Wilde said, doing nothing is hard work. Buy How to be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.

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And yes, we’ve forgotten the benefits of really resting, but ignoring the value of work is not the answer. I don’t toom or smoke and prefer coffee to tea.

How to Be Idle

Doctors no longer tell their patients to get rest when they are sick, instead they are told to take medicine and return to work the next day. Paperbackpages. Instead, Hodgkinson says inspiringly, sleep late, drink tons of beer, go to music festivals, study the art of conversation, go fishing, meditate, and skip work whenever you can.

Inside Hodginson discusses philosophy, historical information and personal anecdotes all relating to idleness and the effects of work Another review for this book mentioned this: I do quite a bit of that myself. Who would I recommend this book to? The literature and history are very interesting.

Library fines be damned. That reminds me that I should add that book too. All of us just hodgkunson to appreciate the time of now, why be bother by that silly thing called ” work “?

Trivia About How to Be Idle. Notably, he is absolutely not writing for women in this horgkinson. OK, so, as other reviewers have pointed out, this may not always be entirely possible.

Now it’s eat as fast as you can, to be a loyal and competent ” worker ” “. Small is the new big. Tom Hodgkinson’s How to Be Idle: The book is like an explication of Pascal’s aphorism “All human evil comes from a single cause: Work is a way we serve our families and serve others.


My clenched fist shakes in your general direction. This book counterbalances workplace anxiety and ambition, and reminds us that we should never, ever feel guilty for relaxing, because that’s what makes life good. The book gives tantalizing anthropological insights into society’s views on those lazy habits that the author so enjoys, but the viewpoint is so antiquated and condescending toward the poor slobs who must actually go to work every day that readers will often find themselves staring aghast at the page.

Welcome to the world of Idling – When one can, in a joyfull and entertaining way, amuse himself by just.

Hudson rated it liked it. The best parts of this for me were the parts where the author identifies a historical tradition of idling via famous writers and philosophers. On the many days I have off, I don’t do anything productive, and I don’t feel guilty lounging around. There is no need for video-games, books, gadgets and such for one to enjoy himself.

Some of the chapters in this book were great, like the one on the stupidity of holiday. I trust fulfi A book solidly lobbying for the return of the nap, the long lunch, the idle stroll, the enojyment of sleep and the absurdity of the full-time job.

Inside Hodginson discusses philosophy, historical information and personal anecdotes all relating to idleness and the effects ho work culture on society. Now I’m tempted to try and sort my friends into idlers and botherers.

How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson

Nov 29, Alexander Alexiev rated it liked it. Ironically, for someone who founded a magazine called the Idler, he sure has done his homework. Jul 17, Justin Douglas rated it it was amazing. Caught up in consumerism, Americans no longer work to eat, but instead eat to work.


In How to Be IdleTom Hodgkinson presents his learned yet whimsical argument for a new universal standard of living: A lot of this book is just moaning and bitching like this. If you know there is a nap to come later in the day, then you can banish forever that terrible sense of doom one feels at 9 A.

Hodginkinson takes a hard look at English history and comes up with some sharp observations of how we managed to get into the mess we are in.


I agree strongly with Hodgkinson’s premise that rest and leisure are necessary to healthful, joyful living, but I disagree with his reasoning and with his extreme conclusions. From the founding editor of The Idlerthe celebrated magazine about the freedom and fine art of doing nothing, comes not simply a book, but an antidote to our work-obsessed culture.

Although billed as tongue-in-cheek witticisms about the idle life, the book fails to maintain the comic tone.

The fact that historical facts and knowledge was shared and presented through the book were enjoyable and gave the text a hint of academics, but the use of them was a bit too clumsy and ended up coming out as means of reassurance.

A Loafer’s Manifesto is a tongue-in-cheek look at why sleep and contemplation are better than stress and constant action. He founded and runs a magazine The Idler. It affords for worthy ruminations on drinking, working, and dreaming.

It reinforced the suspicion that Idld was getting idling advice from a kid… But of course Hodgkinson himself is no idler. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Dec 03, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: