The Longing for Less

By Kyle Chayka


“More than just a story of an abiding cultural preoccupation, The Longing For Less peels back the commodified husk of minimalism to reveal something surprising and thoroughly alive.” -Jenny Odell, author of How to Do Nothing “Thoughtful and absorbing . . . A superb outing from a gifted young critic that will spark joy in many readers.” -…


Published date: January 21, 2020
Type: Books
Genre: Nonfiction, Philosophy, Social Science

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The Longing for Less, a new book by the journalist and critic Kyle Chayka, arrives not as an addition to the minimalist canon but as a corrective to it. Chayka aims to find something deeper within the tradition than an Instagram-friendly aesthetic and the “saccharine and pre-digested” advice of self-help literature. Writing in search of the things that popular minimalism sweeps out of the frame—the void, transience, messiness, uncertainty—he surveys minimalist figures in art, music, and philosophy, searching for a minimalism of ideas rather than things.