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Festival

Idler Festival 2024 highlights announced… Read more

What Has Silicon Valley Ever Done for Us?

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Do the pros outweigh the cons, asks Tom Hodgkinson… Read more

Book of the Week: The Artist’s Journey

Travis Elborough | Books

Travis Elborough on Singer Sargent’s fascination with Venice’s seamier side… Read more


Talking ’Bout a Revolution

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Come join our merry idling band… Read more

Book of the Week: The Revolutionary Temper

Robert Darnton | Books

Robert Darnton on multimedia in 18th century Paris… Read more

What Makes a Good Life?

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Learn, laugh, think, drink, and keep things simple, says Socrates… Read more


TV Review: Masters of the Air

Peter Fncham | Television

Peter Fincham on Spielberg’s latest WWII series… Read more

Book of the Week: The Good Enough Life

Daniel Miller | Books

Is middle-class suburbia the answer? asks anthropologist Daniel Miller… Read more

Bring Back Letter Writing

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson is missing his missives… Read more


Book of the Week: Big Caesars And Little Caesars

Ferdinand Mount | Books

Ferdinand Mount on the continuing rise of dictatorships… Read more

How to Sleep Well: Tips from an Expert

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson has a dozen dozing doozies… Read more

Book of the Week: The Government of No One

Ruth Kinna | Books

An enlightening study of anarchism… Read more


The Positive Power of Being Annoyed

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Are you a “good hater”? Tom Hodgkinson wants to know… Read more

When Louis Met David Soul

Louis Theroux | Classics

“I’ve got Hutch in my Yugo!”… Read more

Darts: Sport of Idlers

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson watches a gripping final… Read more


Why I Hate Fun

Stephen Bayley | Idler Magazine

Stephen Bayley on the other “F” word… Read more

In Praise of the C5

Lee Osborne | Idler Magazine

Clive Sinclair’s brilliant idea… Read more

Jeepers Creepers

Peter York | Idler Magazine

Peter York on the Teddy Boys… Read more


Literary Florence Retreat

Retreat

Follow the footsteps of Dickens, Milton, Dante and more… Read more

What to Watch: Slow Horses

Peter Fincham | Television

Peter Fincham loves this witty drama on dysfunctional spies… Read more

Renaissance Retreat to Umbria

Retreat

A glorious week of fun and rest in Italy… Read more


Christmas is About Consuming

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

And that’s a good thing, writes Tom Hodgkinson… Read more

Charles Handy: Don’t Fence Yourself In

Charles Handy | Comment

Why privacy is overrated… Read more

Book of the Week: On Writing and Failure

Stephen Marche | Books

Being a writer is hell, says Stephen Marche… Read more