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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At times it was really funny, as when he discusses smoking, saying “My New York friend Tom says that there are so many people smoking in the street that you have to go inside for a breath of fresh air. Work done well gives us dignity. And in this book he presents 24 essays defending life’s idle pleasures, which are, he says, vilified by our modern society.

However, to prove the point about idleness Tom has actually implemented very few of his suggestions.

Chesterton and, of course, that icon of British foppery, Oscar Wilde. Jun 29, Rekha rated it liked it Shelves: A weird book, with an interesting message.

Sure, one CAN use those very atributes to hoa the direction that the idling in its ” You are just rationalizing your own lazyness! 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.


Jun 07, Hope rated it liked it Shelves: Long is the time that one enjoys his actually food. Yes, our culture works too hard and too long. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Whereas I really enjoyed the general, positive look on idling, napping, staying home if you wish, gaining back at least a little control of your life through easy, small steps, many of which I’ve been taking for the twenty-something years I’ve been around, I found most of the authors arguments quite weak and at times even vague, like he ended up taking back what he had just passed on and felt a little sorry about it.


Welcome to the world of Idling – When one can, in a joyfull and entertaining way, amuse himself by just.

How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson

Also, okay, I’m going to lay into this guy because it’s fun: And yes, we’ve forgotten the benefits of really resting, but ignoring the value of work is not the answer.

Anyway… so this book has 24 hodgknison, one for each hour of the day, with each chapter covering a different topic.

The book is divided into neat sections, each with a well placed quote, this makes it easy hodgkinzon read when visiting the toilet or having a bath. 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. 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 very witty manifesto by a man who truly understands what is important in life. It is an agreeable, ot book, as a book about being idle should be…. It reminds me of PG Wodhouse for some reason. What Hodgkinson fails to provide is the real sense of regret that pervades the real idler. Notably, he is absolutely not writing for women in this book. Although billed as tongue-in-cheek witticisms about the idle life, the book fails to maintain the comic tone.

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Quotes from How to Be Idle. I had forgotten that Neitzsche extolled laziness and hey, it makes me feel better about the time I spend doing absolutely nothing when there are certified brainiacs hodgkinon it’s good.

Spending an hour exercising, then laying on ton couch puts me in a much better mood than if I never got off the couch to begin with.

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. 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.

Overall, idld interesting concept, and I would love to see a book on the glories of idleness written by a mother, but H. Funny and insightful, with chapter hoe like The Death of Lunch, The Nap, and Time for Tea, this is a lovely way to remind ourselves that we are not machines.

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