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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One of the bigger issues I had with the book is that Tom spends so much time jerking off to his favorite white male philosophers and romanticizing “simpler times” that t becomes painfully boring and unrelatable. More By and About This Author.

How to Be Idle

Paperbackpages. My personal style of idling is somewhat different to Hodgkinson’s, whilst retaining the same spirit. Funny and insightful, with chapter titles like The Death of Lunch, The Nap, and Time for Tea, this is a lovely way to remind ourselves that we are not machines. His worries then dismissal of wondering if he was an alcoholic made me a little suspicious of the joys of all these vices.

Work is a way we serve our families and serve others.

How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson

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. An interesting little book that I picked up at a booksale. Caught up in consumerism, Americans no longer work hodgkinsin eat, but instead eat to work.

Give me the more austere life of a contemplative hermit, than the hard partying hedonist. Doctors no longer tell their patients to get rest when they are sick, instead they are told to take medicine and return to work the next day. Hodgkinson is trying to tto us content, with just our being and mind, in the time of now. The book would have worked better for me if H.


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. Hodgkinson tells us of the good old days, when people worked for food and clothing, no cars, cellphones, cable bills had to be paid.

Now, I do admit to falling prey to it myself, after all I did not want to seem lazy, but thankfully I realized before I hit the grave that there is more to life than work, and that interesting people do not ask “what do you do?

We are human beings, not human doings. Hodgkinson recommends idleness as a way of life and can I mention here how much I love the fact that one of the chapters focuses on the joys and benefits of sleeping in? And oh how badly I want these distinctions to be made! So why was this chapter here?


In How to Be IdleTom Hodgkinson presents his learned yet whimsical argument for a new universal standard of living: Sure, one CAN use those t atributes to follow the direction that the idling in its ” You are just rationalizing your own lazyness! Nowhere is reading listed!

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. Hodgkinson actually founded a magazine still in business!


May 06, Jafar rated it it was ok. I really liked this book.

If you get around to it. Want to Read saving…. It is an agreeable, pleasant book, as a book about being idle should be…. Whereas Hoq 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, man I read The Freedom Manifesto before this one, so even though I was kind of expecting How To Be Idle to be weaker and less polished, seeing it was published first and juggles around with big and relatively difficult thoughts to hold together and to form a whole, I still found myself mostly bored and unhappy reading it.

Did you know that in it was hodgkinso elegant to take a tortoise out walking? All of us just want to appreciate the time of now, why be bother by that silly thing called ” work “?

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It’s a collection of 24 essays, one for each jodgkinson of the day, and almost half of the essays left me cold. But some of How to be Idle is also surprisingly deep. This is really ridiculous as I neither enjoy what I do, nor do I really have any ambitions. It splits the day into two halves, making each half more manageable and enjoyable. How can this be?