Book of the Week: In Black and White

Alexandra Wilson | Books

Barrister Alexandra Wilson recalls her first day in court… Read more

Learning the classics: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The seventh of 33 happy moments from a 17th century Chinese poet… Read more

The problem with Jamie Oliver

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Not so quick and easy…… Read more


Top tips for trespassers

Nick Hayes | Idle Thoughts

Nick Hayes on how to really enjoy the countryside… Read more

In praise of the chaise

Robert Wringham | Comment

Robert Wringham on an essential accessory for quality idling… Read more

Book of the Week: The Book of Trespass

Nick Hayes | Books

This land is your land, says Nick Hayes… Read more


Street fight: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The sixth of 33 happy moments from a 17th century Chinese poet… Read more

Charles Handy: Careful what you wish for

Charles Handy | Comment

If you get to the top, there’s work to do… Read more

Television: How will we film sex scenes now?

Peter Fincham | Idle Thoughts

Peter Fincham on the future of small screen intimacy… Read more


Book of the Week: Sketches by Boz

Charles Dickens | Books

Charles Dickens on the streets of late Georgian London… Read more

Fire crackers: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The fifth of 33 happy moments from a 17th century Chinese poet… Read more

Tribute to David Graeber

Tom Hodgkinson | Idler Magazine

Extract from our 2018 interview with the brilliant professor… Read more


The Magic of Mushrooms by Merlin Sheldrake

Idler Magazine

Explore the curious life of fungi … Read more

How I live: Alexandra Wilson, junior barrister

Idler Magazine

The exhausting daily routine of Alexandra Wilson… Read more

Interview: Adam Buxton

Idler Magazine

We meet podcaster Adam Buxton for a rambly chat… Read more


Book of the Week: The Twittering Machine

Richard Seymour | Books

How social media destroyed writing… Read more

Charles Handy: The past won’t help the future

Charles Handy | Comment

Riding a bike won’t help you pass your driving test… Read more

World shut your mouth

Mark Vernon | Philosophy

Mark Vernon on the human need for silence… Read more


Book of the Week: The Cult of Water

David Bramwell and Pete Fowler | Books

David Bramwell takes an occult journey back in time up the river Don… Read more

Banana trees: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The fourth of 33 happy moments from a 17th century Chinese poet… Read more

Charles Handy: Why ownership is a trap

Charles Handy | Comment

Dogs – and all possessions – can possess you… Read more


Remembrance of cigarettes past

Anandi Mishra | Idle Thoughts

Anandi Mishra’s ode to the idle smoker… Read more

The genius of Ronnie O’Sullivan

Alex Johnson | Sport

“He brings a jangle of exhilaration to the sport”… Read more

Book of the Week: Caste

Isabel Wilkerson | Books

Right from 1619, Africans in the US were designated inferior… Read more