Book of the Week: Meditations

Marcus Aurelius | Books

Slow down, says Marcus Aurelius… Read more

Drugs and the work ethic

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson on Michael Pollan’s new book… Read more

Charles Handy: Preparing for the inevitable

Charles Handy | Comment

Thoughts on a rapidly-approaching death… Read more


The excruciating tedium of buying a car

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson agonises over a new set of wheels… Read more

Charles Handy: what would they write on your tombstone?

Charles Handy | Comment

Sage words from our avuncular guru… Read more

Book of the Week: 100 Things I Meant to Tell You, by Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith | Books

Arthur Smith on the joys of not going out… Read more


Interview: Jessie Cave

Florence Read | Idler Magazine

Florence Read meets the Harry Potter star turned novelist… Read more

Charles Handy: My grandson and the Marines

Charles Handy | Comment

Charles Handy on the value of avoiding the blame game… Read more

Joys of the Swiss Army knife

Lee Osborne | Idler Magazine

An idler’s companion… Read more


Bring back the chill out room!

Christopher Mellor and Matt Scott | Idler Magazine

Is it time to revisit rave’s zones of tranquility?… Read more

Book of the Week: The Penguin Book of Feminist Writing

Hannah Dawson | Books

Hannah Dawson surveys the history of feminist movements around the world in the introduction to her brilliant anthology… Read more

Why do my children stare at the fridge as if there’s no food in it?

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Is cooking food really such a problem, wonders Tom Hodgkinson… Read more


Charles Handy: Grow better, not bigger

Charles Handy | Comment

Quality over quantity every time… Read more

Book of the Week: Au Revoir Tristesse

Viv Groskop | Books

Françoise Sagan did what she wanted – how freeing, writes Viv Groskop… Read more

Q&A: Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland | Books

The author talks about his new book, The Extreme Self … Read more


Book of the Week: The Government of No One, by Ruth Kinna

Ruth Kinna | Books

An enlightening study of anarchism… Read more

Chinese youth embrace ‘Lying Flat’ movement

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson on a new rebellion… Read more

Charles Handy: don’t try to explain everything

Charles Handy | Comment

Sometimes it’s better to not ask questions, finds Charles Handy… Read more


Book of the Week: The Great Guide by Julian Baggini

Julian Baggini | Books

What David Hume can teach us about the importance of idling… Read more

Summer festivals: the welcome return of merriment

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson looks forward to festivals and fun… Read more

Book of the Week: One Two Three Four: The Beatles In Time, by Craig Brown

Craig Brown | Books

When The Beatles met The Ronettes, by Craig Brown… Read more


Are Christians fond of a laugh?

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson wonders what happened to all the funny Christians… Read more

View of an ancient meadow

Hugo Rittson-Thomas | Comment

Hugo Rittson-Thomas on the stunning ancient meadows at Joan’s Hill Farm in Herefordshire… Read more

Book of the Week: A Comedian’s Prayer Book by Frank Skinner

Frank Skinner | Books

Is it OK to pray for atheists, wonders Frank Skinner in his new book… Read more