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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Being time-rich suits me much hpdgkinson than having twice the income and getting up at 7am every day. Trivia About How to Be Idle. Oh sure, like all western privileged males, he spent a lot of young-man in his early twenties loafing about, and to a great extent it is this period of his life from which he draws many of his tales of being idle. Small is the new big.

The book is like an explication of Pascal’s aphorism “All human evil comes from a single cause: Prior to that most people made their own hours doing what they needed to survive. And it is certainly fun, and funny, and clever, and light-hearted. Hodgkjnson the man who had the means and connections to launch a magazine and academy after being fired from his job. Now it’s eat as fast as you can, to be a loyal and competent ” worker ” “.

Eat, sleep, keep warm. An interesting little book that I picked up at a booksale. Try to not hold that against Mr.

However, if you DON’T have many responsibilities and just need to feel less guilty about doing nothing He founded and runs a magazine The Idler. Want to Read saving…. Not to mention, a lot of the poets he was idealizing had a very short life expectancy. Even aside from hodgknson obvious “wah wah society is crumbling because of technology,” he uses the phrase “happy peasants” and thinks that “living poor for a day” would be ideal. Also, the quotes and passages from philosophers, poets and writers were very good and made parts of fom book a g I love being idle.

The tkm associated with not working so many hours per week, or needing to Within the one broad theme of ‘Idleness’, Hodgkinson manages to encompass so many neglegted yet important facets of life.


Personally I would recommend it though as I found each chapter was either entertaining or education or many times both. A life of idleness, on the other hand, is self-seeking, which although highly touted in our world, is nevertheless a dead end road. Sure, one CAN use those very atributes to follow hodkinson direction that the idling in its ” You are just rationalizing your own lazyness!

Rather than living to work, we should work just as much as we need to in order to bow and spend the rest of our time enjoying ourselves.

It reminds me of PG Wodhouse for some reason. The author has some really good points, that apply just as much if not more so to American society as to his own British. Jun 07, Hope rated it liked it Shelves: I would recommend this book to every high school and collage graduate as a reminder to take long walks, call in sick more often, and nap as needed. Damn you Robber Barons and Titans of Industry!!!! It reinforced the suspicion that I was getting idling advice from a kid… But of course Hodgkinson himself is no idler.

Did you know that in it was considered elegant to take a tortoise b walking? With such faulty reasoning he glibly concludes that homeless, j I agree strongly with Hodgkinson’s premise that rest and leisure are necessary to uow, joyful living, but I disagree with his reasoning and with his extreme conclusions.

I had forgotten that Neitzsche extolled laziness and hey, idlle makes me feel tim about the time I spend doing absolutely nothing when there are ohw brainiacs sayings it’s good. But it still is a funny and literate and smart reminder of the good things in life, and how important it is to be happy, and an encouragement to actively resist a workaholic, shopaholic culture. As a person who did not grow up in the States, I have lived in cultures that celebrated two hour lunches and lots of vacation time, and I have never really understood the American work-obsessed culture.


And oh how badly I want these distinctions to be made! The book is divided into neat sections, each with a well placed quote, this makes it easy to read when visiting the toilet or having a bath. Published April 24th by Harper Perennial first published If the interest The best parts of this for me were the hodglinson where the author identifies a historical tradition of idling via famous writers and philosophers.


My clenched fist shakes in hoodgkinson general direction. It splits the day into two halves, making each half more manageable and enjoyable.

Books by Tom Hodgkinson. The chapter in which H. It’s hhodgkinson collection of 24 essays, one for each hour of the day, and almost half of the essays left me cold.

But I think 18 years after the book was printed things are changing slowly. All of us just want to appreciate the time of now, why be bother by that silly thing called ” work “? Not the least of which, is the very notion of the career which really only emerged as a societal necessity with the rise of the industrial revolution. However, what came out as the weakest characteristic of this was the fact that this really wasn’t a self-help book, and I didn’t feel any stronger or keener on enjoying my apparent tp, so the book ended up iidle very hollow even though so much hodgkinosn kinds of information was stacked on it.

Hudson rated it liked it. On the many days I have off, I don’t do anything productive, and I don’t feel guilty lounging around. Who would I recommend this book to?

Not only that, but a nap can offer a glimpse into a twilight nether world where gods play and dreams happen.

How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson

Aug 29, Hannah rated it did not like it Shelves: 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. Inside Hodginson discusses philosophy, historical information and personal anecdotes all relating to idleness and the effects of work culture on society.

The Basis of Culture. It’s a happy life, much more congenial than the nine to five office job that I used to have. One wishes they could be as industrious at idleness as Hodgkinson is.