A proud moment for The Loop Project as we have an article published in Issue 43 of The Idler, Back to the Land
The article tells the tale of our WWOOFing experiences over the previous 2 years. I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise, so I’ll just say buy the book here.
In case you don’t already know it here’s a bit about the Idler from their website,
The Idler is a bi-annual, book-shaped magazine that campaigns against the work ethic.
It was founded in 1993 by Tom Hodgkinson and his friend Gavin Pretor-Pinney.
The title comes from a series of essays by Dr Johnson, published in 1758-9 in the Gentleman’s Magazine.
The intention of the magazine is to return dignity to the art of loafing, to make idling into something to aspire towards rather than reject.
As well as providing a radical and thought-provoking read, the Idler is also very funny.
Editor Tom Hodgkinson has written two books which develop this attitude to life. The first, How To Be Idle, has been published in 20 countries and has so far become a best-seller in the UK, Italy and Germany.
His second book How To Be Free takes an anarchic approach to the everyday barriers that come between us and our dreams.
Our article tells the story of what happened to us when we broke down those every day barriers that had stood between us and our dreams.
Issue 43 of the Idler features a major interview with David Hockney about the historical shifts in control of images. There are essays on the land and politics by Simon Fairlie, Paul Kingsnorth, Harry Mount and many more. Tom Hodgkinson has written the introduction where he writes on Roman farming guides. There are fine illustrations from Stanley Donwood, Alice Smith, Clifford Harper and more. The book has been lovingly typeset by Christian Brett.