In How to Be Idle, Tom Hodgkinson presents his learned yet whimsical argument for a new universal standard of living: being happy doing nothing. He covers a. How to be Idle is Tom Hodgkinson’s entertaining guide to reclaiming your right to be idle. As Oscar Wilde said, doing nothing is hard work. Buy How to be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.

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Jan 13, Jeremy rated it really liked it. However, what came out as the weakest characteristic of this was the fact that this really wasn’t a self-help book, and I uow feel ilde stronger or keener on enjoying my apparent wretchedness, so the book ended up being very hollow even though so much different kinds of information was stacked on it.

He started up an absinthe-importing business. A weird book, with an interesting message. Sure, one CAN use those very atributes to follow the direction that the idling in itself is heading, but, mastering the art that is Idling will fulfill you with yourself, with just being content by the presence of nothingness. And oh how badly I want these distinctions to be made! What matters to us is our id,e and our well-being, fuck the others, i gotta rush quickly hodgkinzon my precious work.

Yes, our culture works too hard and too long. Jun 29, Rekha rated it liked it Shelves: Did you know that in it was considered elegant to take a tortoise out walking?

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Feeling morally wrong about taking a sick or personal day, employees hodgkjnson to work while sick, and even take medicine to g Tom Hodgkinson’s How to Be Idle: I’m not really sure.

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Another review for this book mentioned this: I guess the problem is, which Hodgkinson addresses, but not to my satisfaction, is the difference between the sunny, amusing, free-spirited idler and an out-and-out deadbeat. He founded and runs a magazine The Idler. As was his mocking of going to the gym or jogging. This was a very interesting book, but also a very boring book. A much better treatise on the subject is Josef Pieper’s Leisure: This is an outstanding collection of witty, profound, and Britishly-humorous essays to inspire those who would desire true leisure—that is, control over one’s time and thoughts, something that has largely eroded in our times.


Jun 07, Hope rated it liked it Shelves: Not only that, but a nap can offer a glimpse into a twilight nether world where gods play and dreams happen.

The book would have worked better for me if H. Some points are made in more than one chapter. When I first picked up this book Tom Hodgkinson’s work is recommended in Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s excellent blogI assumed it would be a fun, light read, not much more. It reminds me of PG Wodhouse for some reason. So you would think I would love this yom The tone is affable and amusing, albeit avowedly masculine this is my only real quibble. I agree with many points raised in the book, e.

The title alone hooked me but as I began reading I realized I had picked up a gem of hodgkinnson book that was more than just about being idle.


I don’t drink or smoke and prefer coffee to tea. Caught up in consumerism, Americans no longer work to eat, but instead eat to work. From the founding editor of The Idlerthe celebrated magazine about the freedom and fine art of doing nothing, comes not simply a book, but an antidote to our work-obsessed culture. Inside Hodginson discusses philosophy, historical information and personal anecdotes all relating to idleness and the effects of work culture on society.

And in this book he presents 24 essays defending life’s idle pleasures, which are, he says, vilified by our modern society. Hodgkinson tells us of the good old days, when people worked for food and clothing, no cars, cellphones, cable bills had to be paid. It’s a collection of 24 essays, one for each hour of the day, and almost half of the essays left me cold. Jul 17, Justin Douglas rated it it was amazing. This era of mass production with time as a mere commodity can be changed if people take on board the ideas of this book and adjust their lives to suit their soul and not their bank balance.


Doctors no longer tell their patients to get rest when they are sick, instead they are told to take medicine and return to work the next day. fom

He makes it sound as though the ideal life is the idle life and all one needs to do is find that occupation that gets too by with the essentials of life.

His worries then dismissal of wondering if he was an alcoholic made me a little suspicious of the joys of all these vices.

It would be difficult to follow the day as prescribed by Hodgkinson– each chapter explores the cult The quality of your life and the quality of your happines deserve to be high.

Dec 22, James rated it it was amazing. He divides the book into the 24 hours of a day of what an idler does–fishing and tea and sleeping in, for example. Aug 19, Castiron rated it did not like it Shelves: A life of idleness, on the other hand, is self-seeking, which although highly touted in our world, is nevertheless a dead end road. But some of How to be Idle is also surprisingly deep. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson

There will be another one. Sure, one CAN use those very atributes to follow the direction that the idling in its ” You are just rationalizing your own lazyness! Personally I would recommend it though as I found each chapter was either entertaining or education or many times both. A good portion of his theory I agree with–we go to college to get a job, but then we need the job to pay for college and all the “stuff” we need, including vacations to get away from the job.

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