Book of the Week: There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness

Carlo Rovelli | Books

Carlo Rovelli on the importance of Aristotle… Read more

Freshly fallen snow: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 16th of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese writer… Read more

Bumbling in the Balkans

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson on aylyak, the Bulgarian art of doing nothing… Read more


Charles Handy: How young women are changing the world

Charles Handy | Comment

Gen Z females are bringing hope… Read more

Outdoor lolling comes to California

Bernard Marszalek | Comment

Bernard Marszalek on the rise of the parklet… Read more

Book of the Week: The Art of Rest

Claudia Hammond | Books

Finding respite in the modern age… Read more


A home of one’s own: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 15th of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese scholar and writer… Read more

The problem with ukuleles and frugality

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson’s hobbies cause exquisite agony to his family… Read more

What’s wrong with laziness?

Will Bynoe | Comment

Philosopher Will Bynoe sits back and relaxes… Read more


Office nightmares

Robert Wringham | Comment

Robert Wringham has 82 good reasons never to go back… Read more

Book of the Week: Broadsword Calling Danny Boy

Geoff Dyer | Books

Geoff Dyer’s hilarious essay on Where Eagles Dare… Read more

A special connection: ah, is this not happiness

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 14th of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese writer and scholar… Read more


Will lockdown lead to more philosophy?

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Time for an al fresco symposium… Read more

Charles Handy: The wisdom of uncertainty

Charles Handy | Comment

Don’t let the facts inhibit your imagination… Read more

Why did Quibi fail?

Peter Fincham | Comment

‘Snack-sized’ TV and our lack of appetite for it… Read more


Loving lockdown

Rachel Kelly | Comment

Rachel Kelly accentuates the positive… Read more

Book of the Week: How To Be A Stoic

Books

Ancient wisdom on how to face life’s adversities … Read more

After the rain: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 13th of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century scholar and writer… Read more


New Idler magazine starring Vic Reeves

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Plus Carlo Rovelli on why science needs philosophy… Read more

Charles Handy: Who is God?

Charles Handy | Idle Thoughts

A divine little tale… Read more

Interview: Vic Reeves

Tom Hodgkinson | Idler Magazine

“All I do is stay at home and paint all day”… Read more


Idle Home: A London studio

Georgina Williams | Idler Magazine

Artworks inspired by books, plays, music and poetry… Read more

How I Live: Yankuba

Yankuba Fatty | Idler Magazine

A day in the life of a young Gambian migrant… Read more

Book of the Week: Happy Half-Hours

A.A. Milne | Books

A A Milne: “Golf is the best game in the world at which to be bad”… Read more