Perfect Day: Books, wine and sleep

From our readers | Perfect Day

A correspondent from the Netherlands describes a day of high quality idling… Read more

Video: Tim Lott on Alan Watts

Tim Lott | Eastern philosophy

The philosopher who brought Eastern thinking to the West… Read more

Essay: Ovid the feminist

Clare Pollard | Classical literature

Clare Pollard discovers strong women in Ovid’s poetry… Read more

Dr Johnson’s birthday yesterday

Dr Johnson's Idler

The great lexicographer teased Scotland mercilessly… Read more

Video: Meet Jón Gnarr, Icelandic anarchist in the UK


The Crass fan tells the extraordinary story of how he became mayor of Reykjavik… Read more

Gwynne’s Grammar Tip No 1: The Parts of Speech


And why Steven Pinker is a dullard… Read more

Video: “What are they all TALKING about?” Michael Palin on mobile phones


See Palin rage against the machine in our recent Idler interview… Read more

Jeremy Paxman: full-length video


A long, rambling and undisciplined conversation between Jeremy Paxman and Tom Hodgkinson… Read more

Lucy Cooke on the amazing sloth

Lucy Cooke | Zoology

The BBC zoologist defends the much-maligned sloth, the slowest but cutest of animals… Read more

News: the lazy live longer, say scientists

Idler staff | News

Study of sparrows finds hard workers die young… Read more

Idle Thought for the Day from Robert Louis Stevenson

Idle Thoughts

“PERPETUAL devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained… Read more

Old Word of the Day: Drumble

DRUMBLE: To be sluggish; to be confused in doing anything; to mumble. It was… Read more

Michael Palin in Conversation with Tom Hodgkinson

Tom Hodgkinson | Conversations

Tom Hodgkinson writes: “Here is the full-length film of the hour-long interview I did… Read more

The Idler No 1, April 1758

Dr Johnson's Idler

Here is Dr Johnson’s first “Idler” column. It was published in the Gentleman’s Magazine.

“Vacui… Read more

“To My Enemies” by Bert Meyers

Louis Theroux | Patron's Poem

Louis Theroux chooses our Poem for the Day… Read more

Sleeping Dogs: Gouda

From our readers | Sleeping Dogs

We feature your pictures of slumbering canines. … Read more

A few of my favourite books: Viv Albertine


The former Slits guitarist and now best-selling writer chooses her top five books of all time… Read more

News: Napping Makes You Brainy

Idler staff | News

A nap a day improves your brain power… Read more

Online Course: How to be Idle with Tom Hodgkinson

Online course

Anxious, overworked, underpaid? Discover the routes to revolutionising your everyday life… Read more

Interview with Terence McKenna from 1993

Tom Hodgkinson | Conversations

An account of a conversation with the magic mushroom guru… Read more

Perfect Day: a lie-in, blackberry-picking and some light part-time work

Jason Palmer | Idle Thoughts

Readers describe a great day’s idling… Read more

Hello Unbounders!

Hello to all Unbounders and thank you for visiting the Idler website. We hope… Read more

Get wise with our online modern philosophy course


Learn the isms, from Cartesianism to utilitarianism to existentialism… Read more

The Idler magazine’s fiftieth issue

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Enjoy your free digital issue… Read more