Tom Hodgkinson

Tom Hodgkinson is a writer and the editor of The Idler.

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Tom Hodgkinson: Bring back the spirit of the troubadours!

Until two years ago I served on the committee of our local free pop festival in north Devon. Each year we would invite a bunch of bands down and throw a really fantastic party on the seafront in Lynmouth, Exmoor. This is a lovely setting for bands, with the cliffs on one side and the sea on the other. In the evening, the festival would move to the various pubs in the area and merry-making would ensue.

Tom Hodgkinson: 'Maybe I'll postpone the weeding for a bit'

March is with us and a countryman's thoughts turn to his vegetable patch. There is a lovely old medieval poem which assigns a certain outdoor task to each month, and the line for March is: "Here I sette my thynge to sprynge," which means, "Now I sow my seeds." For the full jaunty early-English effect, by the way, make sure you pronounce the final "e" in "sette", "thynge" and "sprynge".

Tom Hodgkinson: Why love isn't as simple as we think

What is love? As this week's cover story makes clear, these days it can take many forms. But as Valentine's Day approaches, I too have been reflecting on the meaning of the word. Help has come from the author Roman Krznaric in his new book The Wonderbox, a sort of self-help manual that uses historical precedent to shine an old light on new problems, from love to work. I've also been reading The Art of Loving (1956) by the radical psychologist Erich Fromm, another great guide for the confused in love.

Tom Hodgkinson: 'Would Aristotle have used Twitter?'

For many years, when packing a book for a mail-order customer, I would proudly put a bookmark printed with the legend "Read: Don't Twitter" into the envelope. As well as loathing the execrable Facebook, I had in mind that I also hated Twitter, for the simple reason that it presented a distraction from the real business of living, which is intellectual reflection and debate.

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