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: learn how to sing with our online course

Yes, we are teaching the world to sing. The latest addition to our range of Idler Online Courses is "How to Sing" with Diana de Cabarrus. This is just the thing for anyone who wants to improve their singing voice or who believes they can't sing. Everyone can sing! Watch the trailer or CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.  

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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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