The Idler team believe that idleness is unjustly criticised in modern society when it is, in fact, a vital component of a happy life. In this new edition of The Idler, the team examines the way money and greed have taken over our lives and looks at ways of escaping its clutches. In Medieval times, prioritising money-making was seen as a sin. On their deathbed, usurers tried to pay back the money they had extorted so they would have a better chance of getting into heaven. Money was just a part of life, a means of exchange, rather than an end in itself. Then came the Protestant work ethic, which introduced the damaging notion that "time is money." The Idler wants to reintroduce a fun-loving medieval attitude to life.
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Tom Hodgkinson is still doing what he's always done, which is a mixture of editing magazines, writing articles, and putting on parties. He was born in 1968, founded The Idler in 1993, and now lives in Devon, England. He is also the author of The Freedom Manifesto.Review:
"Britain's coolest magazine" -- Alex James, Blur "Uniquely engaging... devoted to idleness in all its forms... surprisingly energetic in its sagacious coverage of trends and trendiness... packed with ideas" Time Out "The thinking person's Loaded" Select "Full of good things... genuinely radical, irreverent and iconoclastic" the Rt Hon Alan Clark "I'd read it even if I didn't write for it" Louis Theroux
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Book Description Ebury Press, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110091905133