Seven best anti-work movies

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Celebrating the silver screen’s finest skivers with Tom Hodgkinson… Read more

Charles Handy: What’s the meaning of success?

Charles Handy | Comment

Parable of the snowdrops… Read more

Book of the Week: ‘You’ll get over it’: The Rage of Bereavement

Virginia Ironside | Books

Virginia Ironside on the complicated and sensitive issue of grieving… Read more


Freedom and release: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

Another happy moment from our 17th-century Chinese scholar… Read more

Facebook Australia ban is good news

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

And we reckon Adam Curtis would agree… Read more

Charles Handy: Let’s do away with dichotomies

Charles Handy | Comment

There are always more than two alternatives when deciding a matter… Read more


Book of the Week: The Anatomy of Melancholy

Robert Burton | Books

Extracts from the 17th-century classic… Read more

Observing an artist at work: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

Another happy moment from our 17th-century Chinese scholar… Read more

Au revoir le déjeuner

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Has Macron killed the long French lunch?… Read more


Charles Handy: The joy of teaching

Charles Handy | Comment

How schooling others brings its own rewards… Read more

Bittersweet symphony

Charles Hazlewood | Classical music

Conductor Charles Hazlewood’s new documentary ‘Beethoven And Me’… Read more

In the footsteps of Wilkie Collins

Henry Eliot | Books

The inspiration behind Collins’s Woman in White… Read more


Book of the Week: The French Art of not Trying too Hard

Ollivier Pourriol | Books

A Gallic guide to getting what you want without the struggle… Read more

Getting it off your chest: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

Another happy moment from our 17th-century Chinese scholar and playwright… Read more

A few of our favourite magazines

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

A selection of joyful journalism… Read more


King Rocker: Portrait of a true idler

Stewart Lee | Television

Stewart Lee has made a film about Robert Lloyd of The Nightingales… Read more

Adam Curtis: Social media is a scam

Adam Curtis | Idler Magazine

Tom Hodgkinson meets the documentary film maker… Read more

Book of the Week: Mrs Death Misses Death

Salena Godden | Books

An extract from Salena Godden’s highly praised first novel… Read more


Not letting bad breaks get you down: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 25th of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese scholar… Read more

Is this dystopia?

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Be afraid and carry on – is that our future now?… Read more

Charles Handy: The deadly dangers of hubris

Charles Handy | Comment

Trump’s tragic pantomime was an act of colossal arrogance… Read more


When Bacon met Giacometti

Michael Peppiatt | Books

Down the Colony club with Francis and Alberto… Read more

Book of the Week: Time Smart

Ashley Whillans | Books

Take back the time you lose to mindless tasks and unfulfilling chores… Read more

Returning home: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 24th of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese scholar… Read more