Design and architecture critic Alexandra Lange featured the book in an astute essay for Curbed called “Your Quarantine Clutter Has a Long and Distinguished History”: According to Jen Howard’s timely new book Clutter: An Untidy History (Belt Publishing), the Victorians invented clutter. “In 19th-century Britain, during Queen Victoria’s rule,” Howard writes, “industrialization, urbanization, and the expansion of… Continue reading »
I’m excited to announce I’ll be in conversation (virtually) with novelist Susan Keselenko Coll at East City Bookshop on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. It’s free but you need to register. (You can also order a signed copy; I’ll be able to go into the store to sign books to send to folks.) REGISTER HERE.
Eve Ottenberg reviewed Clutter for the Washington City Paper: How and why stuff accumulates is the subject of Jennifer Howard’s new book Clutter: An Untidy History. It begins with her cleaning out her mother’s home—an experience many people of a certain age are familiar with. The book then tackles hoarding disorder, the Victorian roots of… Continue reading »
In the latest episode of her thought-provoking series, Public Intellectual, the amazing Jessa Crispin and I hash out various material messes, including pandemic hoarding and whether divorce is an advanced form of decluttering (!). Thanks to Jessa for having me on the show and for a great convo. Find the episode at the link above… Continue reading »
“We’re not even halfway through the month yet, but September has been quite a ride so far. Amazingly enough, even in the midst of the fire-ravaged, virus-plagued hellscape of late summer 2020, I have a couple of launches to be happy about, and I am hella grateful.” The new issue of my newsletter is out,… Continue reading »