How to Be Idle (Paperback)

A Loafer's Manifesto

By Tom Hodgkinson

Harper Perennial, 9780060779696, 304pp.

Publication Date: April 24, 2007

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Hardcover (5/10/2005)

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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.

About the Author

Tom Hodgkinson is still doing what he's always done, which is a mixture of editing magazines, writing articles, and putting on parties. He was born in 1968, founded The Idler in 1993, and now lives in Devon, England. He is also the author of The Freedom Manifesto.

Praise For How to Be Idle: A Loafer's Manifesto

“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