To give discreetly: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 21st of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese writer and critic… Read more

Charles Handy: the origins of Boxing Day

Charles Handy | Comment

It’s a time for charity… Read more

Book of the Week: A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens | Books

Dickens’s festive favourite… Read more


A bad year for many, a good year for a few

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

How Big Tech made big bucks from Covid… Read more

Finding a forgotten treasure: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 20th of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese writer and scholar… Read more

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