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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (30 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141015063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141015064
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.5 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A true literary gem... irresistable" -- USA Today In these stress-filled times . . . we should all give ourselves the gift of reading this debut. --Library Journal A true literary gem... irresistable --USA Today "In these stress-filled times . . . we should all give ourselves the gift of reading this debut."--Library Journal "A true literary gem... irresistable"--USA Today

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As Oscar Wilde said, doing nothing is hard work. The Protestant work ethic has most of us in its thrall, and the idlers of this world have the odds stacked against them. But here, at last, is a book that can help. From Tom Hodgkinson, editor of the Idler, comes HOW TO BE IDLE, an antidote to the work-obsessed culture which puts so many obstacles between ourselves and our dreams. Hodgkinson presents us with a laid-back argument for a new contract between routine and chaos, an argument for experiencing life to the full and living in the moment. Ranging across a host of issues that may affect the modern idler sleep, the world of work, pleasure and hedonism, relationships, bohemian living, revolution he draws on the writings of such well-known apologists for idleness as Dr Johnson, Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson and Nietzsche. His message is clear: take control of your life and reclaim your right to be idle.

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