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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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. Still fine points are made throughout. I hope that makes sense to you. We must find a way to balance work and leisure, placing the appropriate value on each one. In this book, Hodgkinson takes the reader through a day of idling, covering such topics as lie-ins, hangovers, rambling, and fishing. I’m not really sure.

Many of the activities he talks about as examples of how to enjoy idleness would drive me batty with boredom.


He cites the Nazi slogan “Work makes us free” posted above the Auschwitz gates as proof that since work was valued by the Nazis, it shouldn’t be valued by us. Inside Hodginson discusses philosophy, historical information and personal anecdotes all relating to idleness and the effects of work culture on society.

And in this book he presents 24 essays defending life’s idle pleasures, which are, he says, vilified by our modern society. In How to Be IdleTom Hodgkinson presents his learned yet whimsical argument for a new universal standard of living: Doctors no longer hodgkjnson their hodykinson to get rest when they are sick, instead they are told to take medicine and return to work the next day. Don’t make yourself miserable working long hours, drinking coffee at your desk to stay awake, just so you can Buy More Stuff and feed the capitalist system.


All of us just want to appreciate the time of now, why be bother by that silly thing called ” work “?

How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson

Hodgkinson talks of slowing ourselves down hovgkinson little bit okay, a lot recommending that we should enjoy life rather than rushing hoe our feet all the time, and that includes our daily journeys from A to B. Also, the quotes and passages from philosophers, poets and writers were very good and made parts of this book a gem.

He founded and runs a magazine The Idler. What Hodgkinson fails to provide is the real sense of regret that pervades the real idler. How badly I want to loaf with a clean conscience!

But I think 18 years after the book was printed things are changing slowly. However, if you DON’T have many responsibilities and just need to feel less guilty about doing nothing Also, the quotes and passages from philosophers, poets and writers were very good and made parts of this book a g I love being idle. I guess the problem is, which Hodgkinson addresses, but not to my satisfaction, is the difference between the sunny, amusing, free-spirited idler and an out-and-out deadbeat.

Quotes from How to Be Idle. 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.

Who would I recommend this book to? Nov 29, Alexander Alexiev rated it liked it. I gue There is something disappointing about this book that puzzles me, since I found that I agreed with much of it, and that it often made a great deal of sense. As well as the impact of the Industrial Revolution on our modern working lives and consumer culture.


He was educated at Westminster School. Aug 19, Castiron rated it did not like it Shelves: Tom Hodgkinson’s How to Be Idle: Some of the chapters in this book were great, like the one on the stupidity of holiday.

I don’t drink or smoke and prefer coffee to tea. Dec 03, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: I agree with many points raised in the book, e. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Not to mention, a lot of the poets he was idealizing had a very short life expectancy.

Sure, one CAN use those very atributes to follow the direction that the idling in its ” You are just rationalizing your own lazyness!

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In his chapter on the evils of the 9-to-5 job “wage slavery,” as the author calls tmHodgkinson cites Heinrich Himmler as a spokesperson for the defense of work, tacitly comparing shuffling papers in a cubicle for 40 hours a week to the horrors of Auschwitz.

How to Be Idle

The quality of your life and the quality of your happines deserve to be high. Hofgkinson I would recommend it though as I found each chapter was either entertaining or education or many times both. Hodgkinson is trying to makes us content, with just our being and mind, in the time of now. Rather than living to work, we should work just as much as we need to in order to live and spend the rest of our time enjoying ourselves. However, my daily routine is that of an idler.

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What matters to us is our person and our well-being, fuck the others, i gotta rush quickly to my precious work.