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Less of More and More is for those who want (or want to want) a little less in a culture of more! more!

Many of us live amidst too much—too much food, too much stuff, too many thoughts, 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. No 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.

Less saved my life. People ask me how I healed from twenty-five years of serious mental illness. I was one of those “hopeless” cases—chronic, recurring, all the things. But I recovered. Fully. It’s unlikely that one thing led to my recovery, but it had a lot to do with simplifying my life, having less and less of more! more!

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  • The serialization and audio of Cured: The Memoir, which chronicles my full recovery from serious mental illness and is the sequel to my first memoir Pathological: The True Story of Six Misdiagnoses (HarperCollins)—read or listen to it here

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About Me

At the Texas Book Festival, signing copies of ‘Pathological,’ post-recovery

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 NPROprah DailySalonForbesThe 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.

I live in Chicago with my two beloved cats, Siddhartha (a.k.a. Mr. Sweets) and Baby Theo. They were instrumental in my recovery. More than anything, I want a t-shirt that says, Ask me about my cats.

Baby Theo (left), Siddhartha, a.k.a. Sweets (right)

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Featured, bestselling Substack bringing the world a little 'Less and Less of More and More' + Cured: The Memoir | Author @HarperCollins for the memoir 'Pathological' | Lover of all cats everywhere