The Idler is a daring adventure in publishing that deserves the attention of all who care for the state of the media in Canada. Begum in January 1985, The Idler has survived by the sheer stubbornness of its founder-editor and a stroke of "good luck" in the form of a generous patron. Its content is a variety of the irreverent, funny and serious. It is also a magazine that needs subscribers; in other words, it needs you. To give you a taste of this delightful magazine, which is unlike anything else published in Canada, we reprint here its poker-faced reply to the question "Can you suggest a fairly quick way to make a million dollars, with a small investment?"
hard; jolly hard. But should this prove too much for you, I suggest the old Bulgarian overshoe trick. 1. Import a million pairs of
overshoes from Bulgaria—they are desperate for foreign currency, and will give
you any credit terms you ask for. 2. Have the shipment split into two lots—one
consisting of left shoes only, and one of right. 3. Have the left shoes sent
ahead first. 4. When they arrive at Customs refuse to pay the duty. Customs
will seize them and auction them off, and no one will want one million left-footed
overshoes, so you (or your agent) will be able to obtain them for a song. 5.
Then the right-footed overshoes will arrive. You may obtain them for another
song. 6. When you have both lots, marry the boots together, and sell them for a
dollar a pair. (Remember not to pay the Bulgars.)
—The Idler, May-June, 1987)