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

New: Online Course in Ancient Philosophy with Dr Mark Vernon

The Idler Academy branches out into online learning with this six part course in the philosophy of the ancient Greeks. Our online courses are available to everyone, everywhere. Watch the trailer or click here to read the full course description.          

The Idler Online Shop

Educate Yourself

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.

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