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

Taking the piss: why it matters

Tom Hodkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson on the who, when and why of poking fun at others… Read more

CHARLES HANDY: Why differences make a difference

Charles Handy | Comment

Disagreement can lead to harmony, says Charles Handy, both professionally and in our relationships… Read more


Book of the Week: Why Solange Matters by Stephanie Phillips

Stephanie Phillips | Books

In her new book, writer and musician Stephanie Phillips chronicles the dramatic story of songwriter, performer and activist Solange Knowles… Read more

What makes a good writer: tips and tricks

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Improving your writing: Tom Hodgkinson tries out some new techniques… Read more

Why jotting things into notebooks improves your writing

John-Paul Flintoff | Comment

John-Paul Flintoff introduces his new Idler online course, How to Write, with some reflections on one of his top tips – writing by hand into a nice notebook… Read more


Book of the Week: The Great Re-Think by Colin Tudge

Colin Tudge | Books

Colin Tudge on the future of food and farming… Read more

Be gregarious or live alone in the bee-loud glade?

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson ponders post-lockdown life… Read more

Smash the idle rich!

Guy Standing | Comment

The system is rigged in favour of the mill owners, says Guy Standing… Read more


Fun and fertility: the real meaning of the maypole

Ronald Hutton | History

Ronald Hutton on the curious history of the maypole… Read more

Book of the Week: Improv Your Life by Pippa Evans

Pippa Evans | Books

The Showstopper! star on the practical value of improvising… Read more

Should idlers travel?

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson on the pros and cons of making journeys… Read more


Charles Handy: It’s OK to go the wrong way

Charles Handy | Comment

Charles Handy on why messing up can be just the ticket… Read more

Stewart Lee: Seven new LPs

Stewart Lee | Idler Magazine

Music releases to look out for, chosen by Stewart Lee… Read more

Locked down forever

Rachael Kerr | Idler Magazine

The medieval holy women who lived in walls… Read more