Thanks to the Virginia Festival of the Book for inviting me to talk about CLUTTER: AN UNTIDY HISTORY with my good friend Meredith Hindley as part of the festival’s excellent “Shelf Life” series. WATCH IT HERE. On January 12, Jennifer Howard discussed her book, Clutter: An Untidy History, an expansive assessment of our relationship to the things… Continue reading »
I went on the show “Rising Up with Sonali” to talk with host Sonali Kolhatkar about clutter and the ecological costs of consumerism. Catch our conversation below.
I loved having the chance to do a book launch event (safely, via Zoom) last month at my local indie on Capitol Hill, East City Bookshop, in conversation with Susan Coll. We ran out of time long before we ran out of things to talk about, and the Q&A was full of great questions and… Continue reading »
In the TLS, writer Beejay Silcox writes about CLUTTER and “mess as an emotional and cultural problem”: “Neuroses and trauma may have helped to bury Howard’s mother in domestic rubble, but so did an insatiable, deep-rooted, and increasingly unsustainable, cultural hunger to own. ‘The chaos of my mother’s house, then, can be read as a… Continue reading »
I talked to Vox’s Rebecca Jennings about the Victorian roots of maximalism and the psychic toll of the recent mania for decluttering: Television shows like Hoarders, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, and now The Home Edit, in which a team of organization experts traipse through the pantries of celebrities and explain the importance of color-coding one’s nut butters,… Continue reading »