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How to Be Idle: A Loafer's Manifesto (Paperback)

by Tom Hodgkinson

The Perils and Pleasures of 'Idle' Parenting 4

I give my Idler book a big hug for bucking our stateside Be Perfect Do Everything Under the Sun child-rearing culture. Tom Hodgkinson's answer to almost all of our must-do's and have's -- from Tae Kwon Do classes to extravagant vacations -- is a firm but friendly "Don't do it!" Just stay on the couch to ponder life.

A Year in Reading: Jesse Ball 3

There's a lot of posturing about contemporary writing, but the truth is -- most of it isn't any good. That's where Robert Walser comes in, from the first quarter of the last century, riding the wagon from his Swiss sanatorium.