My friends +Joshua Fields Millburn
and +Ryan Nicodemus
released a new book today, Simplicity: Essays
A sort of sequel to their first essay collection, Minimalism: Essential Essays
, this new book is comprised mostly of essays that have previously been published elsewhere, but this in no way diminishes the value of the collection. If you've read the essays before, you'll love reading them again and in an order carefully curated by the authors (I certainly did), and if you haven't, then you're in for something very special. And even if you have previously read most of the essays in Simplicity
, there's a good chance you've never read the book's three best essays, which were originally published on three separate sites around the web, none of which sites were Josh and Ryan's. Collectively titled "Conscious Freedom" and inspired by David Foster Wallace's speech "This Is Water," these three essays are lengthy and deep and pointed and worth the price of the book entirely on their own.
Other notable essays in the collection (that is to say, my favorites) include "What is Minimalism?", "If, Then", "The Power of a Hug and Five Other Lessons Learned on the Road", "Simplicity" and "The Worst Christmas Ever" (both previously unpublished), "30 More Life Lessons from 30 Years" (a sort sequel-within-a-sequel), and "Mistakes vs. Bad Decisions".
While Simplicity: Essays drops the "Essential" monicker of the book that came before it, it's no less a must-read.http://www.amazon.com/Simplicity-Essays-ebook/dp/B009ECAVW2/