The Idler

Archived since Issue 67, July - August 2019 Modern Archive Bi-monthly
31 issues
The Idler magazine helps you to slow down, have fun and live well. Founded by writer Tom Hodgkinson in 1993, each bi-monthly issue offers a book-sized feast of great writing, interviews, cartoons, practical advice on living the idle life and beautiful illustrations. Which other magazine has columns on beekeeping, sheds and snooker? 

 “A sumptuous treat… the Idler’s appeal and relevance seem to increase by the day,” says Michael Palin. 

“The Idler offers me the chance to learn about everything that really matters and a respite for what we are told really matters – like working hard for your boss” says Dominic West. 

“The absurd, apparently useless or bizarre concerns of the magazine – Latin, ukuleles, handwriting – have over the years given me a deep joy bordering on the religious,” says Sally Phillips.

Latest issue
Meet musician Richard Hawley, a great pub philosopher who has come to pop stardom late in life with a hit West End musical. If you’re wondering whether to quit your job, our “escape” guide might help (it says, yes, you probably should). Design guru Stephen Bayley writes on the beauty of keeping it simple, while Clare Pollard takes us back to 17th century Paris where a group of free-spirited women brought about a revolution in literature. Plus Stewart Lee’s music choices, a defence of peasants and a history of fanzines.

Subjects: Culture, Lifestyle, Philosophy, Religion And Philosophy

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  • First Issue: Issue 67, July - August 2019
  • Latest Issue: Idler 97, July/Aug 2024
  • Issue Count: 31
  • Published: Bi-monthly