We are all agreed that there's a lot to complain about in contemporary society. Boredom, exploitation, an explosion of legislation and interference with our everyday freedoms: central government and big business seem to make life more difficult with each month that passes.
But do we really need to take to the streets to protest? Or would a more effective form of resistance be to take to our beds and quietly recreate our own lives? In this issue of the Idler, we reflect and philosophise on the notion of protest.
CORINNE MAIER interviews three French filmmakers making anti-work movies; we meet the brilliant history professor RONALD HUTTON. JAY GRIFFITHS writes on missionaries; JOHN NICHOLSON celebrates paradise; we ask whether there's any point in going to university and PENNY RIMBAUD reveals the meaning of life. Plus articles on the practical side of idling with advice on treehouse-building and beer-brewing.
Tom Hodgkinson was born in 1968. After studying English at university he worked in a skateboarding shop. Then he worked on a Sunday supplement before being sacked at 25. While on the dole he started the Idler magazine. He has since worked at the Guardian on special projects and has written for many magazines and newspapers. His book publications include the bestselling, How To Be Idle, whichhas been published in fifteen countries, and How To Be Free. Tom lives in Devon with his expanding family. Dan Kieran is deputy editor of the Idler. He edited of The Idler Book of Crap Towns, Crap Jobs, and Crap Holidays. He has written for the Observer, the Sunday Times, the Times and the Guardian. Dan lives in South London with his girlfriend Rachel and their son Wilf.