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How to Be Idle

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How to Be Idle

A Loafer's Manifesto

By Tom Hodgkinson

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060779696, 286pp.

Publication Date: April 24, 2007

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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.



Praise For How to Be Idle

“In these stress-filled times . . . we should all give ourselves the gift of reading this debut.”
-Library Journal

“A true literary gem... irresistable”
-USA Today

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