Less and Less of More and More is for those who want (or want to want) a little less in a culture of more and more.
Many of us live amidst too much—too much screen time, too many thoughts, to much food, too much stuff, too much worry, too many Netflix binges.
What would it be like to live in service of less? Just a little less.
This isn’t about asceticism. Not punitive or punishing. Not moralizing minimalism. No cleanses will occur. No self-improvement allowed. No Marie-Kondo-esque nonsense of clearing out so we can “be better” permitted.
This is just about questioning what we think we want so badly and getting curious about what would happen if we just had a little less of it instead.
Having less saved my life. People ask me how I healed from twenty-five years of serious mental illness and chronic suicidality. It’s unlikely that one thing led to my recovery, but it had a lot to do with simplifying, i.e., having less and less of more! more!
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Receive a monthly note from me inviting you to explore our culture of too much, how it enacts itself in our lives, and how, maybe, it’s totally unnecessary. (I’m easy on your inbox. Fewer emails.) (Grammatically it’s fewer, not less, but it’s in keeping.)
Access to the monthly Less-ins, where we choose something to have less of for a month. This is not self-care or self-love or any self-anything. We do it for fun or as an experiment or because deep down we know having it is worse than not having it. (No need to leave the house or apartment. These happen in the comments and are a place to meet and share all our less-ins.)
You also get the exclusive publication of my new memoir Cured and the audio edition. Cured chronicles my full recovery from serious mental illness and is the sequel to my first memoir Pathological: The True Story of Six Misdiagnoses (HarperCollins).
Your subscription helps me help you want less, too.
Who knows? We might all start looking as calm and at ease as these two:
(If you’re a dog person, insert dog images.)
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I’m so happy you’re here. This isn’t about being better, just saner.
p.s. You can also give a gift subscription to the people in your life who could do with a little less of more, too.
I’m an author at HarperCollins, on the creative writing faculty at Northwestern University, a freelance writer at The New York Times and elsewhere, a certified mental health peer recovery support specialist (PRSS), and a mental health keynote speaker who’s spoken to audiences across the country about recovery from mental illness.
Pathological: The True Story of Six Misdiagnoses (HarperCollins) is a journalistic account of the twenty-five years I spent in the mental health system and the flaws in psychiatric diagnoses, it was featured on NPR, Oprah Daily, Salon, Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, and more.
I write for many publications, including The New York Times, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Time Magazine, and The Paris Review, where I was an advisory editor. My essays have been nominated for pushcart prizes and chosen as notable mentions in Best American Essays. I’m the recipient of the Hopwood Award for Literature and grants and fellowships from Yaddo, the Mellon Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony, among others.