There's a famous George Carlin routine where the late comic mocks our obsession with stuff -- clothing and cars and accessories that we buy in an effort to fit in, to make ourselves feel better, to feed the American nature of consumerism until these items rule our lives.
Now, four years after Carlin's death, the idea of doing more with left continues to grow in popularity -- in part, because of Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. Calling themselves the Minimalists, the two high school friends quit their well-paying, but unfullfilling, corporate jobs and now preach the benefits of less is more on their blog and through a series of books. For them, this includes less shopping sprees, but also things like maintaining a healthy dietary lifestyle (both are pescatarians) and interacting with a close-knit group of people who motivate them. They also don't like defining people by job titles and will find creative ways to answer the ever-popular question of "What do you do?"
Although the Minimalist guys spend most of their time living quiet, low-stress lives in Montana -- "We wanted to go and do the Thoreau thing with Wi-Fi and 'typical writer in a cabin' thing" says Nicodemus -- they will be promoting their work December 18 at downtown's the Last Bookstore.
Before they make the trip to Los Angeles, a city whose inhabitants are not necessarily known for sharing similar values, Nicodemus offered some more insight into his and Fields Millburn's message.More »