Charles Handy: Drains and radiators

Charles Handy | Comment

Some people sap your strength; others energise you… Read more

Dickens on America

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

Anti-racism in Martin Chuzzlewit and other classics revisited… Read more

Florence reclaims its streets

Kamin Mohammadi | Comment

A masked Kamin Mohammadi says addio to AirBnB… Read more


Idle Pleasures: Procrastinating

Dan Kieran | Comment

Steal back your time from those troublesome errands… Read more

Charles Handy: the Stoics and the Christians

Charles Handy | Comment

We are all part of the natural order of things… Read more

Letter from San Francisco

Sonja Schmer-Galunder and Andrew Smart | Comment

Silicon Valley is forced to slow down… Read more


Idle Pleasures: Taking a Nap

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

Find corners for dozing, says Tom Hodgkinson… Read more

London in the plague

Dr Matthew Green | History

Dr Matthew Green on lockdown hell in the 17th century… Read more

Smell the roses

Rupert Read | Comment

Philosopher and climate campaigner Rupert Read welcomes the slowdown… Read more


Charles Handy: the power of names

Charles Handy | Comment

When is a weed a flower? Or lockdown a sabbatical?… Read more

Why lolling in the sun could save your life

Bill Anderson | Comment

Bill Anderson soaks up the rays… Read more

What would Plato do in a pandemic?

Mark Vernon | Philosophy

He saw life as an experience, not a problem, says Mark Vernon… Read more


Our small farm is thriving during lockdown

Simon Fairlie | Comment

Simon Fairlie is living off the land… Read more

Idle Pleasures: Tree Houses

Dan Kieran | Books

A world of catapults and gobstoppers, free from parents… Read more

Bring back bowing

Marcel Theroux | Comment

Marcel Theroux bids adieu to the handshake… Read more


Postcard from the Isle of Wight

Florence Read | Comment

How I got sucked in to a Covid-19 experiment… Read more

Easy pizza dough and brilliant toppings recipe

Bridget Hugo | Food

From Franco Manca founder Bridget Hugo… Read more

My lockdown life: Gray Jolliffe

Gray Jolliffe | Comment

“Ten units a day is now looking like a realistic goal”… Read more


Idle Pleasures: The Deckchair

Nicholas Lezard | Books

It symbolises ad hoc leisure, snatched naps, impromptu basking… Read more

TV: Why is good comedy timeless?

Peter Fincham | Comment

Peter Fincham on the art of raising a titter… Read more

A defence of poetry

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

Contemplation is coming back… Read more


How I find freedom through pottering

Comment

Permaculture is idling in action, says Maddy Harland… Read more

Michael Palin: My struggle to take it easy

Michael Palin | Idler Magazine

And an unfortunate incident in the kitchen… Read more

The merry, merry month of May

Ronald Hutton | Idler Magazine

Ronald Hutton on the curious history of the maypole… Read more