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How to Be Idle: A Loafer's Manifesto Paperback – April 24, 2007

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“He’s only gone and hit the f***ing nail on the head!” (Damien Hirst)

“There is, as usual, some effort involved in holding up the book and turning the pages. This time, hurrah -- it’s worth it!” (Giles Foden, author of Ladysmith and The Last King of Scotland)

“Truly inspired.” (Sunday Telegraph)

“Hodgkinson glories in reminding us that idleness has a long tradition. Indeed, I was so impressed by his chapter on the virtues of the nap, that one sunny lunchtime I headed for the park to fall asleep in the sun - which I did, feeling gloriously guiltless and assertive about it.” (The Guardian)

” In this beguiling book, [Hodgkinson] persuasively advocates idleness as the way to gain access to the creativity of the subconscious mind, or at least to enjoy a few beers.” (The Spectator)

“The beauty of How to Be Idle is that while Hodgkinson is perfectly serious about the benefits of loafing, he sets out his stall with a light touch. He wants us to live slow and die old, but to do it with elegance.” (Scotland on Sunday)

“Charming, as all idlers should be.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“In these stress-filled times of dashing from one meeting to another and often running behind, we should all give ourselves the gift of reading this debut by the founding editor of Idler magazine.” (Library Journal)

“Hodgkinson, a partisan in ‘the millennia-long battle between the materialists and the mystics,’ ...cares deeply enough for his subject to transcend its built-in cheekiness....In a rightly breezy style, Hodgkinson recommends stargazing, smoking, loafing in pubs, lying bed.” (East Bay Express)

“You know you have uncovered a true literary gem when you annoy your family with an unceasing, unwanted, and uncontrollable laugh track while reading. In fact, the only thing I lamented about Tom Hodgkinson’s irresistable How to Be Idle is that the author waited so long to publish this (USA Today)

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From the founding editor of The Idler, the celebrated magazine about the freedom and fine art of doing nothing, comes not simply a book, but an antidote to our work-obsessed culture. 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 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.


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060779691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060779696
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
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