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

Stop working so hard, says Nietzsche

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Time to join the punkocracy… Read more

Charles Handy: A letter to God

Charles Handy | Comment

Some thoughts on nature, the logos and everything… Read more


Book of the Week: Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Jaron Lanier | Books

Tech philosopher Jaron Lanier’s brilliant Internet manifesto… Read more

Expectations exceeded: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 23rd of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese scholar… Read more

What people get wrong about Twitter and Facebook

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

They’re just ad salesmen, not arbiters of truth… Read more


Book of the Week: House Party

Jason Williamson | Books

Work’s shit when you’re in a band, says Sleaford Mod Jason Williamson… Read more

Catching a lucky break: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 22nd of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese scholar… Read more

Why January is for lolling by the fire

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Get busy doing nothing… Read more


How to sleep in a church

Richard Hammond | Idler Magazine

Richard Hammond gets a pew with a view… Read more

Pillows of industry

Kamin Mohammadi | Idler Magazine

Get ahead, work from bed, says Kamin Mohammadi… Read more

Meditation with Sister Jayanti

Tom Hodgkinson | Idler Magazine

Tom Hodgkinson gets a lesson in being… Read more