In my last post I mentioned one of my favorite little books, The Freedom Manifesto, by British author, rural smallholder, and Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson. If you’re looking for some intelligent delight and fine essaying, I hope you’ll pick it up yourself. How could you resist, with chapters like: “Banish Anxiety; Be Carefree,” “The Tyranny of Bills and the Freedom of Simplicity,” “Reject Career and all Its Empty Promises,” “Cast Off Your Watch,” “Submit No More to the Machine, Use Your Hands,” “In Praise of Melancholy,” “Self-Important Puritans Must Die,” and “Sail Away from Rudeness and towards a New Era of Courtesy, Civility, and Grace,” among many others? And advice like: “Be bohemian,” “Play the ukulele,” “Use a scythe,” and “Stop moaning, be merry?” Hodgkinson grounds his counter-cultural thinking in history, philosophy, and a winning way with language. Whenever I dip into this book, my day gets better. Or merrier, actually. Enjoy.