Contents

NOTES FROM THE COUCH Idler’s Diary 8 Arthur Smith Mr Happy’s eight-step plan to st ave off misery 14 How I Live Sally Bayley, writer and narrowboat dweller 16 Philosophy How panpsychism can help you, by Mark Vernon 20 Idler Hero Celebrating bed-based novelist Edith Wharton. By Alex Johnson 24 Odium Why Gustav Temple hates user experience designers 26

FEATURES Interview: Giles Wood and Mary Killen Tom Hodgkinson finds the Gogglebox st ars in fine feisty fettle at their grottage 28 Power to the People Warren Draper on a working-class commune in Doncaster 40

Focusing the Flame Rowan Williams considers the positive side of anger 47 Poetry “The Yoctogram Weighs In” by Dzifa Benson 52

STYLE Fashion: Suits Him Tom Hodgkinson visits a top t ailor 54 Idle Home Georgina Williams visits an Arts & Crafts time capsule in Hammersmith 58 The Good Stuff Cutting-edge knives, succulent salmon, personalised pottery and more 66 Slow Tech Lee Osborne gets his fingers on the “Model T” of laptops 69

ARTS & BOOKS Art Flâneur Tim Richardson visits an exhibition on a neglected genius of the East Anglian School of Painting 72

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