Book of the Week: The Price of Time

Edward Chancellor | Books

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

Jubilee and the Spirit of Merry England

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

It’s a time for liberty, festivity and serious idling… Read more

In Praise of the Vyshyvanka

Julia Lasica | Comment

Julia Lasica on why this traditional Ukrainian garment symbolises so much… Read more


Book of the Week: Good Pop, Bad Pop

Jarvis Cocker | Books

Jarvis Cocker on being a slowcoach… Read more

Coleridge Talks Treason in a Beautiful Garden

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

Tom Hodgkinson on a Romantic revolution… Read more

Ukrainian Poppy Seed Cake with Elderflower and Strawberries

Olia Hercules | Food

An early summer treat from Ukraine… Read more


Book of the Week: Smoke Hole

Martin Shaw | Books

Martin Shaw on how ancient stories help us… Read more

Do You Really Want to Win the Lottery?

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

You don’t have to be a millionaire to be rich, says Tom Hodgkinson … Read more

Charles Handy: What does “fair” mean?

Charles Handy | Comment

It’s a question that’s at the heart of the choices we make… Read more


Book of the Week: Portable Magic

Emma Smith | Books

How a biography of Victoria helped win the war. By Emma Smith… Read more

New: The Idler Guide to Investment with Edward Chancellor

Tom Hodgkinson | Online course

Or how not to lose a lot of money… Read more

The Pure Joy of Playing in Bands

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Jarvis’s new memoir provokes nostalgia for Tom Hodgkinson… Read more