In “Lovesong,” director So Yong Kim’s 2016 Sundance entry, two friends drift apart before coming back together.
Art in the Age of Instagram: Esther Ruiz
Inspired by “space operas, pop culture, geometry and the setting sun,” Esther Ruiz’s objects splay the line between both distant and minimal and approachable and hypnotic.
Getting Off the Grid: A Re-Examination of the Writer’s Cabin
Ever since Henry David Thoreau, that original hipster, built his “airy and unplastered cabin” beside Walden Pond, male writers have been rushing to get off the grid—and tell you about it.
Tracy Moore: What Growing Up Poor Can Teach Us About Bridging the Class Divide
Growing up in a working-class family, Tracy Moore’s childhood was defined by what she lacked—financial security and social mobility.
Berenice Abbott, Practitioner Of “Straight Photography”
A practitioner of “straight photography,” Berenice Abbott never altered her subjects or scene, and in doing so captured more than 300 photographs of New York City as it evolved from 1929 to 1938.
The Privilege of Choosing Less: Interview with Jana Kasperkevic
Minimalism can be a lifestyle. Sometimes, though, it’s not a choice. We spoke to Jana Kasperkevic, a former financial journalist for the Guardian U.S., about her decision to pursue stories of economic hardship and why we never talk about money.
Grace Paley, Master of Minimalist Writing
A master of precise language, Grace Paley was an author and poet known for incorporating the daily lives of New York women into her short stories and novels.
The Woman Behind the Science of Too Many Choices
Sheena Iyengar’s famous “jam study” found that when we are faced with too many choices, we become paralyzed and are unable to make a decision at all, challenging the social construct that more options are better for the consumer.
Anne LaBastille, ‘Woodswoman’ of Adirondacks
Influenced by Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, Anne LaBastille built a secluded log cabin in the mountains in 1965 and lived there without modern luxuries for decades.
How Learning to be Mindful Can Change Your Life
The increasingly popular practice of mindfulness emphasizes how the future is shaped by the present.
The Complexity of Simplicity: Aesthetic Culture
Marni Chan takes apart the stark aesthetics of contemporary dress to reveal the social discomfort born from abundance.
Minimalism as Restraint
Minimalism is a throttle on pleasure, a restriction of life. A spiritual starvation. Jessica Gross examines two sides of the minimalist approach.
Simple Gestures: Saying Sorry
What is minimalism in the context of a relationship? Can the phrase “I’m sorry” be delivered without associations, expectations, and interpretations overwhelming its intent? Sarah Gerard explores the complex process of offering a simple apology.
To the Interior: Molly Steele Sees the World More Fully
Only by leaving things behind could photographer Molly Steele see—and share—the world more fully.