I'm mid-way reading through the book by that title, a new release by Judith Levine. The chapters are divided by month and I fell asleep in July. The premise is that Ms. Levine and her partner, Paul, have decided not to buy any unessential commodities (entertainment items, clothes, shoes, going out for dinner, new books, movies, etc) for one year. It's a personal guide through a life on the simplicity track, and full of insights into the American consumer mindset.
Living in a developing country like the Philippines could be seen as downscaling vs living in the US, but there are some ideas in the book that are easily translated to those of us living in any city around the world. We live in such a disposable environment nowadays. And I'm just as guilty about enjoying the "convenience" of accessibility and disposability. The section on Boredom was particularly insightful; I do allow those moments of boredom overwhelm me and shopping has been one form of avoiding a gentle meditation on what is really going on.
5.5 months of simplicity left to read.