Book of the Week: Monolithic Undertow

Harry Sword | Books

The music of the drone frees the spirit, says Harry Sword… Read more

Idle wild: grizzly bears are nature’s slackers

Florence Read | Comment

Florence Read on revolutionary idling in the animal kingdom… Read more

Book of the Week: The Secret World of Weather

Tristan Gooley | Books

Tristan Gooley gives the power of prediction to the people… Read more


Reading a heartwarming tale: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The final happy moment from our 17th-century Chinese scholar… Read more

Charles Handy: Into the valley

Charles Handy | Comment

Charles Handy on preparing for life’s final journey… Read more

Easter Sermon: How Dante teaches us the power of now

Mark Vernon | Comment

Live in the moment, says Mark Vernon… Read more


World Idleness Day Declared

Comment

Global leaders applaud step towards leisure society… Read more

Book of the Week: The Nightingale

Sam Lee | Books

Sam Lee meets the songbird for the first time… Read more

Money sorted: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

Another happy moment from Jin Shengtan… Read more


Tea with Jarvis

Tom Hodgkinson | Interview

“Falling out of a third floor window was a major turning point in my life”… Read more

Dante in love

Mark Vernon | Books

Insights into The Divine Comedy from philosopher Mark Vernon… Read more

Book of the Week: The Life of Solitude

Petrarch | Books

Renaissance poet Petrarch on the benefits of leisure… Read more


Witnessing the power of nature: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

Another happy moment from our 17th-century Chinese scholar… Read more

Who remembers the chill out room?

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson on the KLF and the meditative zones of nineties raves… Read more

Why I copy out great writing by hand

Books

John-Paul Flintoff shares a tip for authors… Read more


Book of the Week: How to Live. What to Do.

Josh Cohen | Books

Josh Cohen on money, greed and Gatsby… Read more

Flying free: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

Another happy moment from our 17th-century Chinese scholar… Read more

Are you nervous about life after lockdown?

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

A lot of us have enjoyed the slow down, says Tom Hodgkinson… Read more


Charles Handy: the bishop, the Stoics and me

Charles Handy | Comment

The value of learning when to act – and when to keep your mouth shut!… Read more

A brief history of melancholy

Jonathan Sadowsky | Essays

Historian Jonathan Sadowsky on misery through the ages… Read more

A little knowledge is an excellent thing

Sandy Burnett | Classical music

Sandy Burnett on why he made a classical music course for the Idler… Read more


Book of the Week: Some Fantastic Place

Chris Difford | Books

Enticing excerpts from Squeeze lyricist Chris Difford’s autobiography… Read more

Why is catching a train so stressful when you’re middle-aged?

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson goes off the rails… Read more

Charles Handy: Rethinking the working week

Charles Handy | Comment

It’s time to get chunking… Read more