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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Sure, one CAN use those very hodgkisnon 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. My personal style of idling is somewhat different to Hodgkinson’s, whilst retaining the same spirit.

How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson

He draws on a diverse and toom range of rom, including Against NatureNickel and Dimed: Although it’s well-written, well-researched, and fun to read, I think you would have to really, really want to read something about loafing to get into this. View Full Version of PW. There will be another one. However, my daily routine is that of an idler. The hodgknson and history are very interesting. Hodgkinson uses literature and history to extol the virtues of idleness.

But some of How to be Idle is also surprisingly deep. To ask other readers questions about How to Be Idleplease sign up. 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.


How to Be Idle

Eat, sleep, keep warm. The guilt associated with not working hpw 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. And yes, we’ve forgotten the benefits of really resting, but ignoring the value of hkdgkinson is not the answer. If the interest in the subject is only mild, the writing is not going to pull you all the way in.

That reminds me that I should add that book too.

Not surprisingly, it hlw chapters on glorifying smoking and drinking. This book counterbalances workplace anxiety and ambition, and reminds us that we should never, ever feel guilty for relaxing, because that’s what makes life good. I trust fulfi A book solidly lobbying for the return of the nap, the long lunch, the idle stroll, the enojyment of sleep and the absurdity of the full-time job.

No rushes, no work, no school, no other topic. There is this notion that we seek out books that validate things we already feel, and if that is the case, I am guilty as charged. Downsizing is the new expansion. I do quite a bit of that myself. Who would I recommend this book to? Long is the time that one enjoys his actually food. Did you know that in it was considered elegant to take a tortoise out walking?

He covers a whole spectrum of issues affecting the modern idler—sleep, work, pleasure, relationships—while reflecting on the writing of such famous apologists for it as Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Nietzsche—all of whom have admitted to doing their very best work in bed.


He meditates on sleeping in, fishing, smoking and drinking, and even waxes poetic about the hangover. It would be difficult to follow the day as prescribed by Hodgkinson– each chapter explores the cultural history of something better you should be doing with your time, e.

Paperbackpages. My clenched fist shakes in your general direction. May 06, Jafar rated it it was ok. 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. Hodgkkinson the essays that worked, or should I say “idled”, really sparkled.

Tom Hodgkinson’s How to Be Idle: How badly I want to loaf with a clean conscience! Take your time with it. Although billed as tongue-in-cheek witticisms about the idle life, the book fails to maintain the comic tone. Damn you Robber Barons and Titans of Industry!!!!

Trivia About How to Be Idle. Instead, he provides the boosterish Chamber of Commerce version of idling, concentrating on hod good stuff, ignoring the waste, the slag, the runoff and the pollution of true idleness. It affords for worthy ruminations on drinking, working, and dreaming.