The Problem with Travel

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Is going on holiday worth the hassle, asks Tom Hodgkinson… Read more

Secret of Maths Genius’s Success

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Top professor lets his unconscious mind do the work… Read more

Book of the Week: Blake’s Jerusalem

Mark Vernon | Books

Mark Vernon presents an extract from the great epic poem… Read more


You’re Such a Lovely Audience

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

A salute to our Festival attendees. Plus: Uber revelations… Read more

Charles Handy: What Fun it Is Getting Old

Charles Handy | Comment

Every day is a frabjous day for this 89-year-old… Read more

Idler Festival 2022 in Pictures

Festival

Jarvis Leads a Brilliant Cast At Fenton House… Read more


Caught by the Fuzz

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

“Do you know why I’m stopping you, sir?”… Read more

Charles Handy: Personality vs Character

Charles Handy | Comment

We need leaders with integrity, not charm, says Charles Handy… Read more

Book of the Week: The Price of Time

Edward Chancellor | Books

Edward Chancellor’s brilliant study of the history of interest… Read more


Jarvis on How to Be Creative

Tom Hodgkinson | Idler Magazine

An extract from Tom Hodgkinson’s interview with Jarvis Cocker in Idler 85, out now

“Jarvis’s… Read more

Maya Angelou: Working From Bed

Alex Johnson | Idler Magazine

Alex Johnson salutes the idling MO of a literary giant (from Idler 85, out… Read more

Punk to Priest

Hugo Deadman | Idler Magazine

How Hugo Deadman went from punk singer to speechwriter to priest (extracted from Idler… Read more


William Blake and the Mind-Forg’d Manacles

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson on why Albion’s bard is as relevant today as ever… Read more

7 Questions for Ben Moor

Ben Moor | Comment

“Work is the ideal thing to do between snacks”… Read more

Songs that Save

Julia Lasica | Comment

Julia Lasica on the powerful folk songs that Russia tried to destroy… Read more


Off to Glastonbury

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Memories of Glastos past from Tom Hodgkinson… Read more

Music and merriment at the Idler Festival

Victoria Hull | Festival

Don’t miss the Idler Festival: Fenton House, 8-10 July… Read more

Book of the Week: Butler to the World

Oliver Bullough | Books

Oliver Bullough on Britain’s unsavoury role in the new world order … Read more


Make Work into Play

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Even chores can be enjoyable if you have the right frame of mind… Read more

7 Questions for Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith | Comment

“There are far too many hours in the day”… Read more

Book of the Week: Fermentation Journeys

Sandor Katz | Books

Sandor Katz on the health – and many other – benefits of fermented foods… Read more


Is the Future Idle?

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

It seems that no one wants to go back to work… Read more

7 Questions for Charles Hazlewood

Charles Hazlewood | Festival

“If Parliament was forced to sing in harmony, we’d have a better world”… Read more

Idler Festival Day Tickets – Now on Sale!

Events

Join the Idler and our very special guests at Fenton House, 8-10 July… Read more