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Highlights

  • Yearning for a life of leisure?
  • Author(s): Tom Hodgkinson
  • 304 Pages
  • Humor, Form

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In 24 chapters representing each hour of the day, this book will coax out the loafer in even the most diligent and schedule-obsessed worker. Line drawings throughout.



Book Synopsis



Yearning for a life of leisure? In 24 chapters representing each hour of a typical working day, this book will coax out the loafer in even the most diligent and schedule-obsessed worker.

From the founding editor of the celebrated magazine about the freedom and fine art of doing nothing, The Idler, comes not simply a book, but an antidote to our work-obsessed culture. In How to Be Idle, 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--bemoaning the cultural skepticism of idleness while reflecting on the writing of such famous apologists for it as Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Johnson, and Nietzsche--all of whom have admitted to doing their very best work in bed.

It's a well-known fact that Europeans spend fewer hours at work a week than Americans. So it's only befitting that one of them--the very clever, extremely engaging, and quite hilarious Tom Hodgkinson--should have the wittiest and most useful insights into the fun and nature of being idle. Following on the quirky, call-to-arms heels of the bestselling Eat, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss, How to Be Idle rallies us to an equally just and no less worthy cause: reclaiming our right to be idle.



From the Back Cover



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.



Review Quotes




"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

"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

"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

"Great enjoyment . . . excellent jokes." -- New York Times Book Review

"Portraying history as an epic struggle between irritating go-getters and noble idlers, the book reads like a ramble through the centuries with a lanquid, likable companion who has scoured the world's libraries to validate his obsession." -- St. Petersburg Times

"Tom Hodgkinson's charming diversion on idleness is so persuasive that although I read it in June, it has taken me a month to return to the work ethic of my youth and review it. Filled with delightful anecdotes and quotes from famous and less known idlers -- some of whom produced a prodigious amount of work -- it is a joyful tribute to how we could live. ...[L]ovely, amusing...to be savoured, slowly." -- Providence Journal


Dimensions (Overall): 7.16 Inches (H) x 5.02 Inches (W) x .9 Inches (D)
Weight: .59 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Humor
Sub-Genre: Form
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Format: Paperback
Author: Tom Hodgkinson
Language: English
Street Date: April 24, 2007
TCIN: 11458380
UPC: 9780060779696
Item Number (DPCI): 248-03-1053
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.9 inches length x 5.02 inches width x 7.16 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.59 pounds
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