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Through fascinating characters and brilliantly told stories, Wallman introduces the innovators whose lifestyles provide clues to how we will all be living tomorrow, and he makes some of the world's most counterintuitive, radical, and world-changing ideas feel inspiring - and possible for us all.
Posted March 25, 2014
I just finished reading Stuffocation and thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I'll give it the highest compliment I can give a book: I want to reread it!
I do have to admit that I wasn't really looking forward to reading this book. I was expecting it to be more of a "how to" book that would (hopefully) help me deal with the massive amount of stuff that weighs me down. While I find those kind of self-help books to be useful, they are seldom fun to immerse myself in. But instead of a dull read, I found this to be a delightful book that on one level was very easy and entertaining reading and on another level was very thought provoking. I found myself examining my own thoughts and beliefs and wondering what would happen if I made this or that change or tried this or that idea. I love books that engage me as much as this one did.
In short, James Wallman explores why "stuffocation", his jargon for the effect of the acquisition, maintenance and valuing of objects in our collective and individual consciousness, is such a problem in our society. He explores the history that created our obsession with stuff, discusses some of the problems that our stuff creates, explores the pros and cons of possible solutions that some people have tried, and then moves on to his ideas on how we can change our relationship to stuff. I was fascinated by his description of experiences as the new "stuff" that we collect.
I will say that at times particular passages could have been a bit shorter. But all in all I have recommended this book to friends and family and suggest that you, too, read it. I give it a hearty five stars!
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Posted March 30, 2014
I saw this book on a site that "picks" books according to what you tell the site you enjoy reading. After a winter where I devoted a great deal of spare time to sorting out my home, it seemed a natural.
Honestly I thought it would be a "fluff" read and I was ready for that. The book WAS NOT FLUFF. It was thought provoking. It addressed questions that I have often wondered about. For instance, if we consume less and simplify our life and recycle to save the planet, will that have an adverse affect on our economy. It also addressed whether having a lot of good or a lot of experiences make you happier. Again, something I had often thought of. So, if you have been pondering the same things I have for the last ?? 20 years, you will enjoy reading this book.
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Posted May 2, 2014
James Wallman makes an excellent case of providing tangible examples of how too much "stuff" negatively affects our lives and impacts relationships. This book will provide insight as to why consumers as individuals are driven to partake in the Western capitalist system of overabundance and waste.
He makes an excellent case of providing the rationale from moving from a material economy to an experience (service) economy that rewards quality of life, not merely materialistic acquisition.
His argument was quickly diffused when he provided examples of individuals spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to purchase material items that would be used to pursue individual experiences (e.g. hiking and other outdoor equipment). A material purchase of this variety is still an excessive purchase regardless of the excuse.
Posted April 18, 2014
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