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Radical Simplicity: Creating an Authentic Life

Radical Simplicity: Creating an Authentic Life

by Dan Price
     
 

Radical Simplicity is a hand-lettered, illustrated book that speaks directly and elegantly to that craving we all have for an authentic life, one that we’ve each “hand made” for ourselves, rather than one dictated by outside circumstances. Author Dan Price, a Thoreau for the twenty-first century, has helped champion a growing trend

Overview


Radical Simplicity is a hand-lettered, illustrated book that speaks directly and elegantly to that craving we all have for an authentic life, one that we’ve each “hand made” for ourselves, rather than one dictated by outside circumstances. Author Dan Price, a Thoreau for the twenty-first century, has helped champion a growing trend that’s been variously referred to as “downshifting,” “opting out,” or “simple living.” What makes his book so different and engaging is that he speaks from the authenticity of first-hand experience, for Price is an American original who has made his dreams a reality. His message is: “You can live a life of freedom, in harmony with the rhythms of nature, and your own internal rhythm and creativity. You can live very well with very little money. That’s what I’ve done, and I can show you how.” This is as much a “reading” book as a how-to guide, one that expresses its profound insights into carving out a life of meaning in a beautiful, practical way. It is bound to strike a chord with world-weary baby boomers as well as time-pressured but still idealistic members of the younger generation.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A former news and fine arts photographer, Price (The Moonlight Chronicles) recounts his attempts to simplify his life and to escape the Information Age. He posits that consumerism is out of control and that we all might benefit by reducing our belongings and getting closer to nature. While these points are well taken, the book meanders, tracking Price as he builds a series of housing alternatives-tents, teepees, shacks, and what he lovingly refers to as "Hobbit holes"-and then demolishes them out of boredom or frustration just to start over with a new plan and new sketches. These sketches are of limited use since they include details of rug placement yet omit directions to make windows in a hut. Price appears to consider this book a radical Walden (he quotes Thoreau and refers to him often), in which he contemplates the wonders of the universe while spurning modern-day conventions. Unfortunately, he lacks that esteemed writer's depth and wisdom. This poorly written, self-indulgent autobiography will leave readers wanting something more substantial. For real inspiration, read Walden. Not recommended.-Wendy Lee, Marshall-Lyon Cty. Lib., MN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762424924
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
09/05/2005
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 7.66(h) x 0.43(d)

Meet the Author


A former news and fine arts photographer, Dan Price is best known for Moonlight Chronicles, a series of hand-lettered and illustrated diaries which he self-published before finding sponsorship from Simple Shoes, a progressive footwear company. He lives in Joseph, Oregon, in “an 80-foot wide underground hobbit hole when not on the road pulling crazy stunts like walking across the state, . . . or pedaling over 4,500 miles on a three-wheel racing tricycle to Key West.” He is the father of two children.

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