Dead Letter Office: In the latest installment of my newsletter I embrace personal archival irresponsibility. (TL:DR: You don’t need to save all your old letters. In fact you might be happier throwing at least some of them out.)
News! There’s going to be a paperback of CLUTTER coming your way in January 2022. I’ve written an afterword for it that talks about how our relationship to our things did (and didn’t) change during the pandemic, and I’m excited for you all to read it. Pre-order a copy here.
Want do I listen to when I write? What I do when I can’t write? Find the answers in this author Q&A I did last month for the Virginia Festival of the Book’s Shelf Life series. Do you have any sources of inspiration that you come back to while writing? When I’m stuck, I like… Continue reading »
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 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 »