Notes and Asides on What Really Matters: The Minimalists and "Everything That Remains"
"When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem," as Henry David Thoreau once wrote, "he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run." But how might one do so today, in this ever-hurried, hyper-complicated digital age? Our guests have some answers. On this edition of ST, we welcome Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, the co-creators and writers behind the very popular blog known as TheMinimalists.com. Millburn and Nicodemus have a new book out, a co-written work of nonfiction called "Everything That Remains: A Memoir," which explains and explores how these two reflective and well-spoken thirty-somethings came to embrace a "minimalist" personal philosophy and/or way of living. As we read of this approach to life at the aforementioned website: "Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution. There are many flavors of minimalism: a 20-year-old single guy’s minimalist lifestyle looks different from a 45-year-old mother’s minimalist life. Even though everyone embraces minimalism differently, each path leads to the same place: a life with more time, more money, and more freedom to live a more meaningful life." Millburn and Nicodemus are currently on a 100-city "Everything That Remains Tour" --- and they'll be doing a reading-and-signing event as part of this tour tonight, Tuesday the 25th, at 6pm in our community; it happens at The Book Place, in Broken Arrow, at 732 West New Orleans Street.