Old Word of the Day: Dormedory

A sleepy, stupid, inactive person (Herefordshire dialect)… Read more

When the drugs don’t work, try poetry and walking instead

Rachel Kelly | Depression

Rachel Kelly puts the case against Prozac, first punted out to melancholics in 1987… Read more

How to Quit Your Job

Robert Wringham | Freedom

Rob Wringham is writing a roadmap for escape… Read more


Event report: Charles Spencer on Charles I

Charles Spencer | History

A fascinating talk at St Stephen’s Church… Read more

St Augustine on education

Education

“Free curiosity has more force in our learning than frightful enforcement.”… Read more

Video: Michael Palin on fifty years without a proper job

Idle Talk

A warm and witty discussion of a random life… Read more


Sermon: C. S. Lewis on Christianity & atheism

Sermons

In which the celebrated Narnia author attacks atheists as children… Read more

I camped on the roof of a London shopping centre for charity

Matthew De Abaitua | Essays

What an unbelievably stupid idea… Read more

Sleeping Dogs: Faustino

Sleeping Dogs

Your pictures of slumbering canines… Read more


Ah, is this not happiness?

Happiness

Happy moments No 2, in which Chin sells gold for wine… Read more

Readers’ Letters: Out of Office Forever

Letters

“Your book made me realise that my life was not the tsunami of failure it appeared”… Read more

Sleeping Dogs: Max

Sleeping Dogs

We asked Idler readers to send in pictures of their slumbering canines… Read more


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

Video

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

Grammar

And why Steven Pinker is a dullard… Read more


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

Video

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

Jeremy Paxman: full-length video

Conversations

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