How to Be Idle

How to Be Idle : A Loafer's Manifesto

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 286 pages
  • 121.9 x 177.8 x 27.9mm | 249.48g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060779691
  • 9780060779696
  • 94,138

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-In these stress-filled times . . . we should all give ourselves the gift of reading this debut.---Library Journal
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