From The Minimalists “About”, some stuff/feelings/etc. I bet a lot of New Yorkers in particular can relate to:
It all started with a lingering discontent in our lives. A few years ago, as we approached age 30, we had achieved everything that was supposed to make us happy: we had great six-figure jobs, nice cars, big houses with more bedrooms than inhabitants, pointless masses of toys, and scads of superfluous stuff.
And yet with all that stuff, we weren’t satisfied with our lives. We weren’t happy. There was a gaping void. We discovered that working 70-80 hours a week for a corporation and buying even more stuff didn’t fill the void. In fact, it only brought us more debt and stress and anxiety and fear and loneliness and guilt and overwhelm and depression.
What’s worse, we found out we didn’t have control of our time and thus didn’t control our own lives. So in 2010 we took back control using the principles of minimalism to focus on what’s important. […] Toward the end of 2012, we moved from our hometown, Dayton, Ohio, to a cabin in Montana as a four-month experiment, followed by a move to beautiful Missoula in 2013, where we cofounded Asymmetrical Press, a publishing house for the indie at heart.
Join us for a special preview of the new book, and an opportunity to buy it early, tomorrow night at 7PM with The Minimalists themselves, and free wine!
A very happy Monday to you all! We’ve got some smashing events for you all this week!
On Tuesday, we host the ever popular Moth StorySLAM. This week they’re getting their storytelling teeth stuck into the topic of ‘the office.’ $8 at the door, and be sure to come early, this event always sells out!
Wednesday will see us joined by the Minimalists, Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who’ll be in store to discuss their new book, Everything That Remains. Described as “like Henry David Thoreau, but with WiFi,” the Minimalists offer a fascinating look at a simpler way of life.
On Thursday, we’ve got the wonderful Ask Roulette. Strangers ask each other all kinds of questions live on stage and the result is far less creepy and far more hilarious than that description would imply! Guest appearances from Kurt Anderson, Negin Farsad, Kevin Allison and one-man house band, Eli Bolin.
Finally, on Sunday, Jessica Sticklor (author of the novel Betwixt and Between) will be teaching a Gotham Writer’s Workshop on fiction writing at 11am.
This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe! Enjoy a full slate of events before we take a break for the holiday party season; but don’t worry, the whole store is 10% off the entire month of December, and What the Dickens? A Christmas Carol reading is back and better than ever. All events are free and begin at 7pm unless otherwise specified.
- Tonight, we welcome The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who will tell us how to shun our possessions and live a better life. Sounds pretty good post–Black Friday, eh?
- Tomorrow we’re welcoming back The Baffler for "Ayn Rand: The Game Show" with Thomas Frank and Julie Klausner.
- Wednesday we’re super excited to be hosting the Bushwick Book Club as they celebrate Mark Twain in song. Guaranteed good times.
- And Thursday we host a discussion of Canada’s Polaris Prize with founder Steve Jordan and journalists Alan Light and Maura Johnston.
- We close at 6PM Friday, then this weekend is the Monthly Sale: 30% off storewide. We love you too.
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