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How to Be Idle: A Loafer's Manifesto Paperback – April 24, 2007
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The Idler team created the best-selling and widely imitated Crap Towns I and II.
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I wish there were more books like this.
So "How To Be Idle" offers a vast store of information, and handily merits a 5-star rating. Normally I'm content to just borrow a book from the library and return it, but this one I gladly purchased. I recommend it as a keeper to anyone wishing to enlighten themselves and/or shed the guilt sometimes associated with idleness.
You could criticize How To Be Idle as impractical and for not really providing a means to drop out. Hodgkinson, for example, breezily talks about staying home from work, even quitting your job, but how many people can really do this? Yet a book like this helps us to take the first step, which is asking some basic questions about our supposedly free and prosperous society.Read more ›
The book covers a 24-hour period with each hour represented in an essay that starts with a quote and a sketch depicting the chapter's topic. The author opens with "Waking up Is Hard to Do" at 8 a.m. and immediately attacks the quote many of us relate to when it comes to waking up — Benjamin Franklin's "Early to bed..." philosophy. Hodgkinson recalls his mother screaming at him to wake up and now he starts his mornings as an idler by "sleeping in for a few more minutes."
In the first hour, he attacks Mr. Kellogg of Corn Flakes fame with humor, and explains that the assault against oversleeping started as far back as biblical times with a quote from Proverbs chapter six. Then Hodgkinson presents proponents of sloth like G.K. Chesterston who writes in his essay _On Lying in Bed_, "The tone now commonly taken towards the practice of lying in bed is hypocritical and unhealthy; instead of being regarded as it ought to be, as a matter of personal."
The hours that follow continue with the same approach while addressing different themes from 'sleeping in' to the hangover, to the art of the conversation and holidays. Every essay includes quotes and resources from the likes of Jerome K. Jerome, Winston Churchill, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and more to rally support for the idle life. Each hour stands on its own feet, so you can take your time and read them whenever.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished 8 months ago by H. Owsley
Loafing" means honoring your own rhythms - not donning the yoke of societal "shoulds" around work, rest and play. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gina Greenlee
I just retired, so this book provides good justification for sleeping late and taking it easy.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Received this as retirement present. Perfect! Have given copies to several other retireesPublished 9 months ago by slotravel
This is a rather pleasurable tomb, if at times a bit repetitive. However I wasn't expecting anything too serious with a topic based on idleness, so it's just an enjoyable silly... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Richard G. Klug 2