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A Revolution in Retail: Tom Hodgkinson on why shopkeepers are the real anarchists

Posted in Announcements, News on 2 December 2012

CLICK HERE to read Tom Hodgkinson’s column in the Independent on Sunday today on why the petty bourgeois are the real revolutionaries of our time.…

The Moneyless Manifesto Book Launch

Posted in Announcements, Idle Thoughts, News on 27 November 2012

We at the The Idler Academy were recently privileged to host the launch of Mark Boyle’s book, The Moneyless Manifesto (Permanent Publications).


Here is Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson introducing the book with a rendition on the ukulele of the …

Link: The Science of Idling

Posted in Announcements, Idle Thoughts, News on 21 November 2012

Thank you to American publisher and activist Bernard Marszalek for alerting us to these two pieces on the science of idling from Nature.


The first tells us what the brain does when it’s idling, and the answer is, …

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet at the Idler Academy

Posted in Announcements, Member area, News on 20 November 2012

The great classical music website Sinfini Music recently filmed the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet playing Gustavo Santaolalla’s De Usuahia a la Quiaca at the Idler Academy. Click here to see the film.

Ah, is this not happiness

Posted in Idle Pleasures on 7 September 2012

We are introducing a new web project. It is based on a wonderful piece of Chinese writing called Chin’s Thirty Three Happy Moments. Chin Shengt’an was a 17th century playwright who once found himself stranded with a friend in a …

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