Monday, 11 April 2011

The Idler


Opened in March the Idler Academy of Philosophy, Husbandry and Merriment is a bookshop and Cafe at 81 Westbourne Park Road. I popped in recently and the above picture captures exactly the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere of this place. They now offer wireless connection and Monmouth Coffee - a definite place to idle away some hours.

The original Idler is, in their own words:
... an annual periodical that campaigns against the work ethic and promotes liberty, autonomy and responsibility. It is edited by Tom Hodgkinson. It was founded in 1993 by Tom and Gavin Pretor-Pinney. The Idler is now published as a high quality hardback book, which is typeset by Christian Brett and art directed by Alice Smith. Recent contributions come from Penny Rimbaud, Alain De Botton, Oliver James, Jay Griffiths and Paul Kingsnorth. The latest issue contains a long interview with David Hockney, and a conversation about idling and work with Class War editor Ian Bone, and long term unemployed loafer Ray Roughler-Jones.

I for one am looking forward to join some of their events with intriguing titles such as 'The No 9 Bus to Utopia' or 'What is Sanity?' at the Idler Academy to find out a bit more about the "Idle Concept". In the meantime I practise with a cup of coffee.

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