Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Book recommendations: 'How to be Idle' and 'How to be Free' by Tom Hodgkinson

Two books which I'd highly recommend are How to be Idle and How to be Free by Tom Hodgkinson, the editor of The Idler. They're not just wonderful excuses for lazing around and enjoying the finer things in life but are fantastic guides to modern living and reminders of some of the things which the nine to five grind can wash away. Above all, they are manifestos in support of personal freedom, away from the shackles of either employers or a nanny state. Having myself taken an extended break from the Bar in order to follow my dream of going surfing and writing a novel, they not only resonate with some of the things that have occurred to me along the way but also go much further and stimulate all sorts of other ideas both for further reading and for ways of languidly mooching through a most enjoyable life. What comes as perhaps no surprise is that the books are written by another resident of that area most conducive to idling, North Devon. Oh, and it reminds me a little of a great speech by Owen Wilson in the film 'Me, You and Dupree' about career advice for languishers which you can read here.

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