Tom Hodgkinson

The important business of idle loafing

6 July 2024 9:00 am

Alain Corbin describes how rest, once seen as a prelude to eternal life, began to assume a therapeutic quality in the 19th century, as a guard against burnout and a cure for TB

All work and no play is dulling our senses

2 March 2024 9:00 am

Ancient Greek philosophers reckoned that life was all about free time, but 16th-century puritanism dealt a blow to the old festive culture from which we’ve never fully recovered

What Jacob Rees-Mogg gets wrong about the four day week

2 May 2023 12:57 am

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the former business secretary, has attacked the good people of South Cambridgeshire District Council for introducing a four…

Don’t listen to Johann Hari to help your attention span

5 February 2022 9:00 am

In 1887, Friedrich Nietzsche made a complaint about the modern world, writing in The Gay Science: Even now one is…

The beauty of the ampersand and other keyboard symbols

27 March 2021 9:00 am

This is such a great idea: a book with one short essay per punctuation mark or typographical symbol. Of course,…

Of course Boris Johnson should take an afternoon nap

20 January 2021 1:50 am

Does Boris Johnson take an afternoon nap? Yes, according to a Downing Street insider who told the Times today that…

Gazing heavenwards: the medieval monks who mapped the planetary motions

3 October 2020 9:00 am

We can probably blame George and Ira Gershwin. It was that brilliant duo who, in 1937, penned the memorable lyric…

Nothing doing

14 July 2018 9:00 am

There is a long and noble history of books about doing nothing. In the 5th century bc the sage Lao…