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The Minimalists – Beatnik Radio

That would be Joshua, Ryan and then me, from left, standing.

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write essays about minimalism and living a meaningful life with less stuff for more than 100,000 monthly readers.  While on a recent 33-city Meet-up tour, they found themselves in Kansas City.  Being the adventure seekers that they are, they found themselves fighting over who got the couch in my apartment the night of the Meet-up.

We managed to get a conversation down on tape.

Lots of interesting, thought provoking ideas and questions… Joshua and Ryan’s gift to the world.  Three books full of them are available.


Leave a comment right here on this blog post and you will be entered to win one of those e-books.  We spend most of our chat discussing the book titled, Essential Essays. (I have read it and it is wonderful.)

Have a listen.

Leave a comment.

Buy a book.

Keep it B.E.A.T.


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The Minimalists Are Coming to Kansas City! (and to a city near you)

The Minimalists, being minimal.

A Beatnik Radio Approved Event.

The Minimalists are going on tour! They are coming to Kansas City on Wednesday, Dec 7th at 7 PM. Location = The Roasterie Cafe in Brookside, 6223 Brookside Blvd. They have agreed to a short interview on Beatnik Radio. These guys are great. They just came out with two great e-books:

Book 1: Minimalism: Essential Essays: An edited collection of 29 of our favorite essays about living a more meaningful life with less stuff. This 133-page collection also contains a special forward by Joshua and Ryan, as well as two bonus essays you can’t find anywhere else.

The book is organized into seven interconnected themes:

  1. Living in the Moment
  2. Emotional Health
  3. Growth
  4. Contribution
  5. Passion and Mission
  6. Taking Action
  7. Change and Experimentation

ONLY $3.99 Check it out

Book 2: Falling While Sitting Down: Stories

Writing and reading literary fiction has been my passion for a long time. I’ve worked incredibly hard this year writing the best fiction of my life—I’ve never worked harder on anything in my life.

While I work through multiple revisions and drafts of my novel, As a Decade Fades, I decided to publish four of my favorite stories (some long, some short). As a bonus, this collection features three great stories from three of my friends: Colin Wright, Chase Night, and Mark D. Robertson.

This book is is deliberately short (about 25,000 words). Its seven stories can be read in just a few sittings (or one story at a time if you prefer). Although this collection is short, it is filled with meaningful content.

About the Book

What does it mean to be human? How does a person find meaning in his or her life?

The first four stories in this collection, written by Joshua Fields Millburn, discuss the struggles we face as we attempt to discover the meaning of our lives.

In It’s All So Quiet in Brooklyn—this collection’s longest piece—we watch a young but aging musician as he approaches 30 and finds himself coping with loneliness and depression in the aftermath of several life-changing events. He feels utterly alone, so he leaves Ohio to search for meaning in the most unlikely place: Bed-Stuy Brooklyn.

A Radically Attenuated History of Generation X is, as the title suggests, an incredibly short story that attempts to summarize a particular ethos for an entire generation through the eyes of two characters on a dinner date.

The title story, Falling While Sitting Down, follows an unnamed boy through eighteen years of growing up in an extraordinarily dysfunctional family, showing the emotional muscles it takes to survive such circumstances (this piece is the closest thing to autobiographical fiction I’ve ever written).

The collection’s final story, The Loneliest Man in the World, considers the loneliness and real-life costs of poor relationship decisions from the point of view of a particularly troubled man.

3 Bonus Stories by 3 Talented Young Writers

Also only $3.99 Check it out

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write essays about minimalism and living a meaningful life with less stuff.

The Mimimalists are Beatnik Radio Approved.

Check them out here and come meet them on Dec 7th.

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