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.

News and Idle Thoughts

Why the Labour movement should embrace a shorter working day

Here is Bernard Marszalek’s a review of Free Time: The Forgotten American Dream by Benjamin Hunnicutt. The book examines the history of campaigns in the US – often successful – to introduce a shorter working day. Marszalek urges the labour …

Excellent attack on the ideology of hard work by economics professor

Here is a superb piece by David Spencer, Professor of Political Economy at the Leeds University Business School. Prof Spencer argues that society needs more idleness, not less. CLICK HERE TO READ THE PIECE.

Podcast Recording of Albums Club 2: Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard a True Star


The second instalment of our monthly albums club saw us discussing Todd Rundgren’s classic album A Wizard a True Star in the company of Rock’s Backpages editorial director and music writer Barney Hoskyns alongside former Auteur Luke Haines.…

New small paintings by Charlie Millar: Friday 26 April and Sunday 5 May


We are pleased to announce three forthcoming contemporary solo exhibitions, in collaboration with JHW Fine Art: Charlie Millar’s new small paintings will be on show next week.  Ed Kluz will be shown later in May, and Tara Sabharwal in …

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