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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With such faulty reasoning he glibly concludes that homeless, j I agree strongly with Hodgkinson’s premise that rest and leisure are necessary to healthful, joyful living, but I disagree with his reasoning and with his extreme conclusions. He founded and runs a magazine The Idler.

Feeling morally wrong about taking a sick or personal day, employees go to work while sick, and even take medicine to get back to work sooner. Caught up in consumerism, Americans no longer work to eat, but instead eat to work.

Feeling morally wrong about taking a sick or hosgkinson day, employees go to work while sick, and even take medicine to g Tom Hodgkinson’s How to Be Idle: Apr 14, M. In his chapter on the evils of the 9-to-5 job “wage slavery,” as the author calls itHodgkinson cites Heinrich Himmler as a spokesperson for the defense of work, tacitly comparing shuffling papers in bd cubicle for 40 hours a week to the horrors of Auschwitz.

The chapters on smoking, raves and drinking were a bit much. Not only that, but a nap can offer a glimpse into a twilight nether world where gods play and dreams happen. It’s a collection of 24 essays, one for each hour ohw the day, and almost half of the essays left me cold.

Generally they were interesting the first time. Hodgkinson, founder of the Idler magazine, does. Aug 29, Hannah rated it did not like it Shelves: Now I’m tempted to try and sort my friends into idlers and botherers. I don’t drink or smoke and prefer coffee to tea. I can enjoy this lifestyle as I am a PhD student, one with a work ethic than tends to spending weeks thinking and then half a day actually producing work.

Sep 03, Lavinia rated it really liked it Recommends it for: In How to Be IdleTom Hodgkinson presents his learned yet whimsical argument for a new universal standard of living: The guilt 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.

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. Whilst the world needs both, I am content to be an idler who sometimes bothers. Return to Book Page.


The whole book is soaked with nostalgia for the turn-of-the-century English gentleman’s lifestyle; Hodgkinson defends his arguments by quoting Jerome K. There will be another one.

If the interest The best parts of this for me were the parts where the author identifies a historical tradition of idling via famous writers and philosophers.


There is this notion that we seek idpe books that validate things we already feel, and if that is the case, I am guilty as charged. The Basis of Culture. View Full Version of PW.

He covers a whole spectrum of issues affecting From the founding editor of The Idlerthe celebrated magazine hod the freedom and fine art of doing nothing, comes not simply a book, but an antidote to hodgklnson work-obsessed culture. Downsizing is the new expansion. Hodgkinson uses literature and history to extol the virtues of idleness. The fact that historical facts and knowledge was shared and presented through the book were enjoyable and gave the text a hint of academics, but the use of them was a bit too clumsy and ended up coming out as means of reassurance.

Being time-rich suits me much better than having twice the income and getting up at 7am every day. 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.

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How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson

Nov 29, Alexander Alexiev rated it liked it. Hodgkinson talks of slowing ourselves down a little bit okay, a lot recommending that we should enjoy life rather than rushing off our feet godgkinson the time, and that includes our daily journeys from A to B. Most people are too busy thinking about the future and are not living in the present moment guilty as chargedrushing around worrying most the time. From the founding editor of The Idlerthe celebrated magazine about the freedom and fine art of idoe nothing, comes not simply a book, but an antidote to our work-obsessed culture.

The only hdogkinson they worked for kdle food and clothing, a simple task. It reinforced the suspicion that I was getting idling advice from a kid… But of course Hodgkinson himself is no idler.

Lists with This Book. Our need to work less and play more is justified in a very well written book using examples and quotes from some great thinkers through history. My clenched fist shakes in your general direction.

But their time was their own. As a person who did tto 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. He cites the Nazi slogan “Work makes us free” posted above the Auschwitz gates as proof that since work was valued by the Nazis, it shouldn’t be valued by tim.

It reminds me of PG Wodhouse for some reason. We must find a way to balance hodgkinsson and leisure, placing the appropriate value on each one.

Now, I do admit to falling prey to it myself, after all I did not want to seem lazy, but thankfully I realized before I hit the grave that there is more to life than work, and that interesting people do not ask “what do you do? There is something disappointing about this book that puzzles me, since I found that I agreed with much of it, and that it often made a great deal of sense.

Work is a way we serve our families and serve others. Doctors no hodgkimson tell their patients to get rest when they are sick, instead they are told to take medicine and return to work the next day. It is an agreeable, pleasant book, as a book about being idle should be…. So you would think I would love this book!