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Cover of: How to Be Idle | Tom Hodgkinson
About the Book

As Oscar Wilde said, doing nothing is hard work. The Protestant work ethic has most of us in its thrall, and the idlers of this world have the odds stacked against them. But here, at last, is a book that can help. From Tom Hodgkinson, editor of the Idler, comes HOW TO BE IDLE, an antidote to the work-obsessed culture which puts so many obstacles between ourselves and our dreams. Hodgkinson presents us with a laid-back argument for a new contract between routine and chaos, an argument for experiencing life to the full and living in the moment. Ranging across a host of issues that may affect the modern idler – sleep, the world of work, pleasure and hedonism, relationships, bohemian living, revolution – he draws on the writings of such well-known apologists for idleness as Dr Johnson, Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson and Nietzsche. His message is clear: take control of your life and reclaim your right to be idle.

5 editions First published in 2005

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How to Be Idle
2009, Penguin Group UK
E-book in English
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How to Be Idle: A Loafer's Manifesto
April 24, 2007, Harper Perennial
Paperback in English
Cover of: How to Be Idle
How to Be Idle: A Loafer's Manifesto
April 24, 2007, Harper Perennial
in English
Cover of: How to Be Idle
How to Be Idle
2005, HarperCollins Publishers
in English - 1st U.S. ed.
Cover of: How to Be Idle
How to Be Idle
2005, HarperCollins Publishers
in English - 1st U.S. ed.

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