The Idler Magazine
Literature for Loafers
The Idler magazine was founded in 1993 by Tom Hodgkinson and Gavin Pretor-Pinney in order to explore alternatives to the work ethic and promote freedom and the fine art of doing nothing. In that time it has passed through many incarnations, and inspired thousands of people to cast off the shackles of corporate or bureaucratic life, and find freedom. It now exists as an annual collection of essays, published in hardback book form. The current issue is a compilation of twenty years of interviews from the Idler, and includes David Hockney, Damien Hirst, Terence McKenna, Jeffrey Bernard and many more.
The Idler Academy
Cultivate Your Leisure
At the Idler Academy we offer online courses and real-world courses in London for creatives and free spirits. We teach philosophy, calligraphy, English grammar, ukulele, public speaking, singing, drawing, astronomy, classical music, handwriting, business, ukulele and more. We also run a programme of talks, supper clubs and parties.
We are based at a traditional London bookseller.
The ancient Greek word schole, which turned into our word for "school", originally meant "free time". It was with this Athenian sense of the importance of cultivated leisure that the Idler Academy was conceived. Our motto is libertas per cultum, meaning “freedom through education”.
The Idler Online Shop
Feed Your Mind
In our online shop you can purchase many Idler goodies, including signed copies of Tom Hodgkinson's books, copies of the Idler, short-run pamphlets, books published under our own imprint, our own limited run t-shirts, plus posters, art prints, badges, exercise books, mugs and other ephemera designed to aid the contemplative life.