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How to be Idle By Tom Hodgkinson

How to be Idle
by Tom Hodgkinson

As Oscar Wilde said, doing nothing is hard work. The Protestant work ethic has most of us in its thrall, and the idlers of this world have the odds stacked against them. This book presents us with a laid-back argument for a contract between routine and chaos, an argument for experiencing life to the full and living in the moment.
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How to be Idle Summary


How to be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson

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. The Protestant work ethic has most of us in its thrall, and the idlers of this world have the odds stacked against them. But here, at last, is a book that can help. From Tom Hodgkinson, editor of the Idler, comes How to be Idle, an antidote to the work-obsessed culture which puts so many obstacles between ourselves and our dreams. Hodgkinson presents us with a laid-back argument for a new contract between routine and chaos, an argument for experiencing life to the full and living in the moment. Ranging across a host of issues that may affect the modern idler - sleep, the world of work, pleasure and hedonism, relationships, bohemian living, revolution - he draws on the writings of such well-known apologists for idleness as Dr Johnson, Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson and Nietzsche. His message is clear: take control of your life and reclaim your right to be idle.

'Well written, funny and with a scholarly knowledge of the literature of laziness, it is both a book to be enjoyed at leisure and to change lives' Sunday Times

'In his life and in this book the author is 100 per cent on the side of the angels' Literary Review

'The book is so stuffed with wisdom and so stuffed with good jokes that I raced through it like a speed freak' Independent on Sunday

Tom Hodgkinson is the founder and editor of The Idler and the author of How to be Idle, How to be Free, The Idle Parent and Brave Old World. In spring 2011 he founded The Idler Academy in London, a bookshop, coffeehouse and cultural centre which hosts literary events and offers courses in academic and practical subjects - from Latin to embroidery. Its motto is 'Liberty through Education'.

Find out more at www.idler.co.uk.

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How to be Idle Reviews


"A true literary gem... irresistable" -- USA Today
In these stress-filled times . . . we should all give ourselves the gift of reading this debut. --Library Journal
A true literary gem... irresistable --USA Today
"In these stress-filled times . . . we should all give ourselves the gift of reading this debut."--Library Journal
"A true literary gem... irresistable"--USA Today

About Tom Hodgkinson


Tom Hodgkinson was born in 1968. Since founding the Idler in 1993, he has been a frequent contributor to many newspapers and magazines and appears regularly on TV and radio to discuss 'idler' issues. This is his first book.

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GOR001246065
How to be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson
Tom Hodgkinson
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2005-06-30
368
0141015063
9780141015064
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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