Book of the Week: Caste

Isabel Wilkerson | Books

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

Cat and mouse: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

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

The Tale of Molly Goodchild

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Will less work and less school lead to less stress?… Read more


Charles Handy: The rise of empathy

Charles Handy | Comment

Will coronavirus bring back altruism?… Read more

Britain’s top ten islands

Mathew Clayton | From the Archives

From the archives: Mathew Clayton finds freedom close to home… Read more

Visit from a friend: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

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


Charles Handy: My fantasy office

Charles Handy | Comment

The workplace should be like a gentleman’s club… Read more

My island isolation

Roddy Woomble | Idle Thoughts

Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble lives in Iona… Read more

John Lloyd’s Philosophy Reading List

John Lloyd | Books

What to read in times of need… Read more


Book of the Week: Guitar Man

Will Hodgkinson | Books

Will Hodgkinson learns to play the guitar… Read more

A sudden rainstorm: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Comment

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

Lucky Mr Steerstrait

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Has freelancing lost its lustre now that everyone is working from home?… Read more


Charles Handy: Fees or wages?

Charles Handy | Comment

As more work from home, should we charge by the hour or by the job?… Read more

Book of the Week: Life: A User’s Manual

Julian Baggini and Antonia Macaro | Books

A helpful guide, drawing on thinkers from Socrates to Sartre… Read more

Idle Pleasures: Leaf Catching

Chris Yates | Comment

Chris Yates plans autumnal games… Read more


Thanks for the trolls, Mark

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson on a Facebook advertising fail… Read more

Art under lockdown

Tim Richardson | Idler Magazine

Tim Richardson shows how you can be up to your ears in art without… Read more

Stewart Lee’s music column

Stewart Lee | Idler Magazine

Idler content provider Stewart Lee recommends some recent releases

Comprising two roughly 25-minute solos, Just… Read more


Goodbye nine-to-five; hello Oxford hours

Charles Handy | Comment

Afternoons are not for working, says Charles Handy… Read more

Book of the Week: Wild Signs and Star Paths

Tristan Gooley | Books

How to find your way using stars, plants and woodlands sounds… Read more

Idle Pleasures: Poking the fire

Jock Scot | Comment

Lean back and take a long pull on that 25-year-old whisky… Read more


The discreet charms of the flip flop

Aaron Jackson | Fashion

Aaron Jackson on how a simple sandal stormed the world… Read more

Charles Handy: The Chinese contract

Comment

Trust always beats the signing of legal documents… Read more

Television: In defence of fakery

Peter Fincham | Comment

Bring on the artificial crowd noise, says Peter Fincham… Read more