Making merry with our favourite historian

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Ronald Hutton’s new online course… Read more

Book of the Week: Stations of the Sun

Ronald Hutton | Books

Prof Ronald Hutton on how the medievals did Christmas… Read more

What a relief: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 19th of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese writer and critic… Read more


Your right to roam: a guide

Nick Hayes | Idle Thoughts

Agitator Nick Hayes on freeing the countryside… Read more

Solutions to the Shavian puzzle

Alex Bellos | Books

1. b) 2. d) 3. e) 4. a) 5. c)
𐑕 is the sound ‘ss’… Read more

Charles Handy: the greatest painting in the world

Charles Handy | Comment

Time for a new start… Read more


Book of the Week: The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book

Alex Bellos | Books

A cracking conundrum from this entertaining tome… Read more

Thinking, ‘If only…’: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 18th in 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese writer and critic… Read more

Books for Christmas: Our Picks

Tom Hodgkinson | Books

The best literature for loafers from 2020… Read more


Adam Buxton gets train rage

Adam Buxton | Books

An awkward moment on the 14.12 to Cambridge… Read more

Book of the Week: Montaigne’s Essays

Montaigne | Books

The 16th century philosopher on idleness… Read more

A slice of summer: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

17th happy moment… Read more


Don’t work when you’re ill

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Matt Hancock’s surprisingly good advice… Read more

Book of the Week: There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness

Carlo Rovelli | Books

Carlo Rovelli on the importance of Aristotle… Read more

Freshly fallen snow: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 16th of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese writer… Read more


Bumbling in the Balkans

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson on aylyak, the Bulgarian art of doing nothing… Read more

Charles Handy: How young women are changing the world

Charles Handy | Comment

Gen Z females are bringing hope… Read more

Outdoor lolling comes to California

Bernard Marszalek | Comment

Bernard Marszalek on the rise of the parklet… Read more


Book of the Week: The Art of Rest

Claudia Hammond | Books

Finding respite in the modern age… Read more

A home of one’s own: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 15th of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese scholar and writer… Read more

The problem with ukuleles and frugality

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson’s hobbies cause exquisite agony to his family… Read more


What’s wrong with laziness?

Will Bynoe | Comment

Philosopher Will Bynoe sits back and relaxes… Read more

Office nightmares

Robert Wringham | Comment

Robert Wringham has 82 good reasons never to go back… Read more

Book of the Week: Broadsword Calling Danny Boy

Geoff Dyer | Books

Geoff Dyer’s hilarious essay on Where Eagles Dare… Read more