Social distancing during the Black Death

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

Tom Hodgkinson on self-isolation in the 14th century… Read more

“Oh! that I had a letter from William!”

Pamela Clemit | Essays

Pamela Clemit celebrates the importance of letters in the Romantic era… Read more

A Drink With Dominic West

This Thursday evening 9th April actor Dominic West will be in conversation live with… Read more


Coronavirus: what it’s like and how to cope

Will Hodgkinson | Comment

Will Hodgkinson got it and has recovered: here is his story… Read more

Epicurean sympathies

John Davie | Idle Thoughts

John Davie finds solace in Horace… Read more

Good Book: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Dan Kieran | Comment

Turn off Twitter and imbibe some Stoic wisdom… Read more


Craig Brown: Hunger game

Craig Brown | Comment

When Scrabble loses its appeal, try the Fruit Game… Read more

Head to the Shed

Alex Johnson | Idle Thoughts

Alex Johnson thanks heaven for cabins of calm… Read more

Book of the Week: Brave Old World

Tom Hodgkinson | Idle Thoughts

How to create your own patch of paradise… Read more


Postcard From Naples

Alexis Self | Idle Thoughts

Alexis Self reports from Italy under lockdown… Read more

Ten Tips for the Idle Writer

Simon Petherick | Idle Thoughts

Keep calm and write on, says Simon Petherick… Read more

How to Boost Your Immune System

Bill Anderson

Use nature’s best remedies, advises Bill Anderson… Read more


Book of the Week: The Idler Guide to Ancient Philosophy

Mark Vernon | Idle Thoughts

How to weather the storm with stoicism … Read more

How to find freedom in a time of crisis

Mark Vernon | Comment

Words of wisdom from Mark Vernon… Read more

Recipe: Vivi’s Cappuccino Pavlova

Something sweet for an idle Mother’s Day… Read more


Basic income now!

Guy Standing | Comment

Guy Standing sees hope for a civilized future… Read more

Time to be monk-like

Tom Hodgkinson | Idle Thoughts

Lessons in living and working in isolation… Read more

Coronavirus forces New York to slow down

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

City that never sleeps takes an unwelcome nap… Read more


Book of the Week: How To Be An Artist

Jerry Saltz | Idle Thoughts

Bring gorgeous nonsense into your life, says Jerry Saltz… Read more

Will coronavirus bring back idling?

Tom Hodgkinson | Idle Thoughts

Slow down and save the world, says Tom Hodgkinson… Read more

New acts at the Idler Festival

Rewilding, happiness, bullshit jobs, magic mushrooms and more… Read more


SCREEN: The Philip Green I knew

Idle Thoughts

Peter Fincham on the fashion faux pas of new film Greed… Read more

Book of the Week: Business for Bohemians

Tom Hodgkinson | Idle Thoughts

Tom Hodgkinson’s guide to working from home … Read more

Restaurant Review: Deliveroo

Victoria Hull | Idler Magazine

Victoria Hull ditches the scooter boys and gets a proper Saturday night takeaway… Read more