A Decade of Discardia

Ten years ago, I created Discardia as a reminder to myself to let go of what wasn't making my life awesome.

For the first year I was focused very much on the discarding part of the holiday, both of physical things and mental baggage, but soon the other aspects emerged as equally important. By the end of 2004 Discardia also served to remind me to be more true to who I am now, and to continually seek ways—even tiny ways—to make my life better. Sometimes those ways have involved acquisitions and upgrades, not divestment and that's just fine. It's not about just having less stuff, it's less of the wrong stuff and more of the right stuff.

By 2005, the year before my post-a-day writing adventure throughout 2006, many of the themes of Discardia had already appeared in one essay or another that I'd posted to my personal site or on Discardia.com. It would take the book writing process (beginning in summer of 2009) for me to pull together a clear and concise overview of the whole framework, but the pieces were there and integrating themselves into my life.

Bit by bit, in decisions and affirmations and recognitions, I have examined and adjusted my life; at first quarterly, but soon constantly and continually for all the years since.

You know what? It works. My life is awesome.

I hope yours is too, more and more every day.

Happy December Discardia! Time for an upgrade.

We've a good long Discardian season now, with plenty of time to look at the year behind and the year ahead. Acknowledge where you've been and what you've learned. See the possibilities you've created for yourself. Choose where you want to be heading.

20/20 hindsight
When Discardia comes around in December on that shortest day—the winter solstice—celebrate by releasing yourself from a self-imposed deadline and giving thanks for what is good in the world. In addition, let this also be the season of giving yourself what you need to be truly joyful and just plain happy.

Look back on your year and see how things compare to last December. Recognize and enjoy the improvements you’ve made in your world.
    •    What has provided you with the most satisfaction?
    •    Can you do more in that area to provide a similar payoff?

This is the season to say thanks to yourself. Seek out the right choices you've made in the past year, great and small, and acknowledge your good sense in curing those causes of dissatisfaction.

You have a supportive framework of good habits, can see the rewards of your decisions and what you did about them, and have replaced some of your less exciting quantity with energizing quality. Now it’s time to turn up the volume on the awesomeness and build the habit of upgrading your experiences.

Think back on your past:
    •    What did you learn from good but not ideal apartments, jobs, and relationships?
    •    Are there patterns or antipatterns that point you in the direction of positive change in your life today?

Add this question to your mental toolbox: “What does this look like when it works?” You can apply that to any functional object, space, time, or relationship that is currently less than ideal.

This mindset leads to other good questions. For example:
    •    What do I want to see (and not see) when I walk in the front door?
    •    What is bedtime like when it leads me into a great night's sleep?
    •    What would a good mentor provide me now?
Give that part of your world a nudge in the right direction.

First step: Do better than just survive December.

The Fortnightly Four Song Foray

My pal Ilona just moved and said on Twitter, "now to the unpacking. not my strong suit. anyone want to place a bet on how many boxes will remain untouched a year from now? :-/"

This one's for you, awesome lady.

I'd bet that more of those boxes will hang around than the closet space would be worth to you in the meantime, so chip away at them faster and reap that reward sooner.

Give yourself until Valentine's Day to settle in. Then after that, every other week, turn up the music and for the duration of four upbeat songs, open a box or drawer and paw through it, seeking items which can go into active use, or (more likely) your charity box, recycling, or trash.

Odds are if you didn't dig it out before this foray, you neither love it nor use it and it can move on to someone who does.

Just four songs. You can do this easy-peasy.

Acknowledge undulation in your life

The two biggest lies we can tell ourselves are "Things will always be awesome forever" and "Things will always be awful forever". On the high of a great new thing or the low of depression it can be so easy to view the present feeling as the true nature of the world, rather than as the current weather.

By forgetting that these peaks and troughs are just that, exceptional highs and lows from our normal levels, we cut ourselves off from treasuring the best moments as truly precious and from taking hope in the worst moments that this too shall pass. Delusion and despair come when you lose track of the sweep of your life and of your capabilities to get through the full spectrum of your experiences.

As C.S. Lewis put it in The Screwtape Letters, "periods of emotional and bodily richness and liveliness will alternate with periods of numbness and poverty". Embrace this; there are valuable lessons to be learned in both states.

Extreme joy is a wonderful thing and well worth attempting to bring into your life more often, but its intensity can also leave you appreciating the quiet pleasures of your normal, middle-of-the-road days. Being extremely up also has a risk of shielding you from a realistic assessment of some problems and how you might perhaps be contributing to them. Deep gloom walls you off from daily satisfactions and from believing in your own worth and the skills you have which can elevate you out of the doldrums or improve your day-to-day life. But depression also is when your good habits have the greatest chance to show how fully you've brought them into your nature; when ya don't wanna do what's good for you, but you go ahead and do it anyway, that is when you show your greatest strength.

When you return to your default footing is when you have the greatest perspective and the greatest opportunity to contrast your perception while at the extremes with your present, more clear-headed view. Ordinary days offer you the most opportunity to identify the changes you want to make in your life and give you the most balanced set of your strengths to bring those changes into reality.

Return to the big picture often—journals or mood logs help build that bridge between the highs and lows—and keep reaffirming your happy dreams and your ability to make them come true!

Happy September Discardia! Invest yourself in what you love.

This Discardian season, which begins today and runs all the way through to October 15th, is all about Quality over Quantity. One aspect of that which has been much on my mind this past week while attending XOXO Festival and musing afterwards about what made it so great, is the nitty-gritty of  how we gauge our success.

Quantity is definitely easier to measure. More. Bigger. Faster. These are all straightforward to identify. But they do not equate to better; and particularly not to 'better for you, right now, and for who you wish to become'. For that you need to grasp a more slippery fish: quality.

Many speakers at the conference echoed a theme that I have heard from inspiring books and people throughout my life: You've got to be really excited about what you do if it is to sustain you over the long-haul. Designers Tom Gerhardt and Dan Provost of Studio Neat put it very clearly: "Work on something you're passionate about, because if you're successful you'll have to do it every day." You've heard me express the flipside of that same thought: Make sure your every day life reflects and reinforces what you love.

From the men and women onstage and off at the conference, I continually heard about how doing what they love—what they deeply love—has created their happiness. More than a few people in the room have had the good fortune to try out making a lot of money as a potential happiness generator and found that it was not the magic ingredient which pop culture often makes it out to be.

Matt Haughey, who has been running the community site MetaFilter for the last decade, said, "Money is the least interesting problem". Dan Harmon, creator of the show Community, took it farther: "Money will be the death of everything good in your life. Except maybe the first $40k. You need that to buy potatoes and stuff."

Turn your focus from reaching some arbitrary measure of 'big success', to getting to spend more of your time getting to do what you love. As speakers like musician Julia Nunes made clear, that doesn't come in one big break, but in the addition of many moments of moving in the right direction. And that's true whether it's about your career or how you spend your weekends. It's not how much or many you get, it's about what you do and how you connect.

One of the very best things about doing what you love is that you are making yourself available for connections with other people who love the same things. Artist Emily Winfield Martin emphasized the relationships you make along the way and how they give you the energy to move closer to your dreams: "The alchemy that makes your imaginary thing real is the audience." Not having the biggest group cheering you on, but the one that gets your vision most clearly and is most inspired by it themselves.

 

What do you love?

How are you going to make more time and space for it this Discardian season?

Who shares that love that you can invite to cheer you on?

 

3 short laps to a better kitchen

As with so many other parts of our lives, kitchens often drift into a state of low-level inconvenience. If you're feeling frustrated and thinking major changes may be required, start with this quick fix to clear the slate and reconnect with what is most useful and attractive to you.

This won't take long at all and it will feel great when you see the difference you've made. You'll be running three short laps. You can do these all in a row or spaced out over a few days, depending upon your available time and energy. Each lap should take about twenty minutes.

 

#1 – Move out the old and cold.

Look quickly through your cupboards to find clots of things you haven't used in the past six months. Move those things out to cold storage elsewhere in the house (e.g., a clearly labeled storage bin in the garage such as "Holiday Baking Tools") or to your charity box. If you don't need it more often than a couple times a year, it should be out of your daily way.

When we did this on our kitchen we came to terms with the fact that we haven't made muffins, cupcakes, or bread in the over five years since moving in. Off to a new home with those pans and liners! We located a few large but only occasionally needed items that were able to move to a closet. We also purged a batch of cheap empty water bottles which never get used on hikes since we have a nicer reusable bottle.

Finish this lap by wiping down the newly cleared space with a lightly moistened paper towel.

 

#2 Clear the decks

Your target now is the countertops and open shelving. What is out in plain sight, taking up space, but which you haven't used in six days? Get those things into a more appropriate location out of your view and your way. If you don't use them more than once a week (or if they're ugly), they don't belong at the ready. Take advantage of the space you've cleared in lap #1 to store things conveniently out of sight.

We had allowed our counters to be populated with many things which seemed convenient but which we didn't actually use often enough to warrant losing so much of our limited task surface. Spice and herb boxes moved into a cupboard. Ramekins moved into the dish cabinet. Spare cutting boards shifted from a visible location to an unnoticable spot on top of the fridge where they are still handy but less ugly. We also put our least favorite one into the Goodwill box. A broken slate trivet headed out to the garden for use as a different sort of pot rest. Pot lids moved from being propped behind spice racks to their new home behind the pots in the cupboard under the sink. Lastly, some old decorative items such as a fruit basket moved out to leave more room for their more attractive successors.

Again, we finished the lap by wiping down newly exposed surfaces.

 

#3 Improve the new reality

Now that you can see more clearly and the items ready to hand are the right things, take a last few minutes to see if you can arrange them more effectively or attractively. Look at the kitchen with fresh eyes, acknowledging your progress and seeing the opportunities it has created for you.

We found that our attractive breadbox, which had been jammed on top of the microwave under a cupboard could now move to a more convenient spot on our sideboard, next to where we actually prepare things like sandwiches. The breadbox's top now became available as a home for a few small, formerly counter-cluttering items such as tea, honey and a small decorative pitcher. Two decorative dishes for fresh fruit were then able to move from the sideboard to the top of the microwave and free up even more of our work surfaces. Our SodaStream carbonator changed from blocking access to cooking utensils and a standing spoon rest (which Joe hadn't even noticed we had!) to live on the other counter closer to the fridge and its chilled water bottles. The kitchen now looks like we got rid of half the stuff we'd had in there even though we primarily just made better use of our space.

 

What can three little laps do to make your everyday life even nicer?

Tackling that Stack of Papers

Oo, it's terrifying to have a big pile of papers. There could be anything in there. Unpaid bills, your diploma, letters from an ex, uncashed checks. Anything!

But probably it's almost entirely not that kind of stuff. I'm betting it's mostly four things:

1. Trash

2. Recycling

3. Stuff to shred

4. Manuals and receipts for the purchase with which they came

There are probably some other big categories that are well-represented. For example, packing slips or receipts that came with things you bought. You also may have papers relating to your health: bills and insurance statements from doctor visits, those information sheets that come with prescriptions, etc.

There are two main ways to conquer random stacks of paper: targeted missions and steady chipping. Targeted missions are great for feeling a big positive impact fast. Decisions can be tiring, so rather than picking up each piece of paper and deciding its fate, make one decision that can apply to a whole lot of pieces of paper.

An ideal decision to start with is, "All the catalogs in the house can be recycled. While I'm conquering having too much stuff, I'm not buying more stuff, and they'll be sending me another catalog in the future anyhow, so goodbye to all of these." Similar is the decision, "I want to catch up with my other papers before I add more, so all magazines and newspapers before the current issue can be recycled." Either (or both) of these decisions allow you to attack a stack without having to do a lot more thinking. All you're asking is if it's one of those things you said you're going to recycle. Yes and it goes in the bin. No and it stays in the stack. That simple.

Do that one targeted mission against the stack and then stop. Give yourself credit for forward progress and go do something you enjoy. Flinging yourself against the paper wall until you collapse isn't the road to success; define your current lap, run it, and then take a rest and your reward.

Perhaps in the course of doing that targeted mission you'll notice some other easy target. For example, you might see a lot of health-related items. Your next targeted mission can be to pull those all out of this stack and consolidate them in a folder or box which contains only health materials. That transforms a mystery blob into a clear category. If you're later looking for your passport, you know you don't have to look in there because it's not a health-related item. Categorized chunks are easier to navigate than random stacks.

After the obvious targeted missions have been run, the way to purge the rest of that amorphous blob of paper is to chip away at it steadily. Working just 5 or 10 minutes at a time—with a timer!—is all it takes. Don't get hung up with taking action on any individual item. Merely spend those 5 or 10 minutes quickly identifying each successive item you pick up and then throwing it away, recycling it, shredding it, or putting it in a labeled folder based on a category (e.g., charitable donations; letters from Mom) or an action to be taken (e.g., add to address book; scan and then discard the paper; add to calendar)

The folder can go in your inbox or even in a stack of "to be dealt with" folders, so long as you have the sacrosanct rule that nothing goes into a folder that doesn't belong in that folder's category. Remember: A set of categorized chunks is progress over a random mystery pile!

The key to making chipping away work is to keep it steady. Do another 5 or 10 minutes every day. It's quick, you'll make it through those minutes!

If you run into a occasional difficult item that you just don't know what to do with, something that hinders your progress, put it on the bottom of the stack and return to it later. Take your easy wins first and then use that victory to give you strength to tackle the tougher stuff.

As you go, keep an eye out for useful patterns to save yourself from having to repeat this chore. If you had to throw a lot of the same catalogs or unread issues of a magazine into the recycling bin, get off that mailing list or cancel that subscription; it's costing you more time, space, and pleasure than it is giving you. If you have a lot of receipts you held onto in case you needed to return something, start a folder for those and keep them all together, where it's easy to purge the oldest ones on a regular basis. Optimize your inflows for quality over quantity and ease of use.

Paper piles can be beaten! Chime in in the comments to tell of your epic battles and how you won out against your stacks.

Keep experimenting!

"Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure—or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember, that’s where you will find success."

                                  -Thomas J. Watson

Or, to put it in less scary words:

"Always be throwing crap at the wall [to see what sticks]"

                                 – Matt Haughey

When something in your world isn't optimal, decide what you want to try instead, and then do that. Did it help, even a little bit? If so, great! Keep doing it! If not, observe what you've learned, decide on a new adjustment and do that.

Don't wait for external forces to improve your life; find any point where you've got a little give, and nudge things in the right direction.

It's not only about smoothing down the rough spots that snag your day. Continually find, celebrate, and amplify the small joys in your life. Even in the hardest times there is enjoyment to be found. Recognize those moments of delight and relief. That first sip of a cool beverage when you're too hot. A snatch of favorite music from a passing car. The coziness of pulling on a favorite shirt.

Tuning in to what is good will encourage you. Literally; it will give you courage to lift more of your life into that realm of joy and satisfaction which you absolutely deserve to be enjoying more of the time.

What the Reviewers Are Saying

 

“Instead of challenging the reader to emulate Hercules mucking out the Augean Stables, Sanders approach is to take on bite-sized tasks that conform to three core principles … Even if you don’t feel like your life needs an overhaul, everyone could use some fine-tuning. Discardia, which offers plenty of useful advice, is one of the best ‘life hacking’ books I’ve come across.” – Mark Frauenfelder, editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine, founder of Boing Boing, and author of Made by Hand.*

Full of great solutions and some very good universal truths.” – Mary Carlomagno, author of Live More, Want Less: 52 Ways to Find Order in Your Life, Secrets of Simplicity, and Give It Up!: My Year of Learning to Live Better With Less.

“I was expecting the same advice about cleaning out your crap and maintaining a tidy house you see on every mummy blog out there, but this was so much more than this. It’s not just about keeping the physical clutter out of your house, but also out of your social life, your professional life, hobbies, pyschological clutter… the list goes on. 
This has completely changed how I view my posessions, but also how I approach my job. Don’t underestimate how significant even the most simplest ideas in here can be. It’s stripped stress out of my job (to a large extent) and taken the pressure out of my personal time, to the point that I’m pissing my husband off because my improved quality of life and amount of personal time I’ve been able to reclaim is making him jealous.”*

“I bought the book and I am glad I did. Discardia contributed more to simplifying my life and enhancing its value than almost any other book I had read on simplifying life.*

“This book is an original in a field with a lot of more or less interchangeable manuals. I dig it.”*

“It’s been a great help getting me to purge all the little things that are holding me back.*

I wish this book was available twenty years ago. … I’ve learned lots of what’s in this book the hard way, but believe there is lots more that will be helpful.”*

one of the most helpful books I’ve read this year*

“This is a fabulous little (and enjoyably written) book. Not just about decluttering, but about managing life in general.*

“Engaging, purposeful, motivating, and enjoyable! … The book has inspired me in more ways than I have room to describe … I’m a well-organized person, but the memories associated with “stuff” made me hang onto it. Dinah helped me see that I could maintain the memories without needing to keep the accompanying items. … I don’t mean to sound gushy, but this book has helped me see how the stuff I have accumulated was blocking my path to the life I want to live. Consequently, I’ve changed the name of my “to-do” list to my “to-be” list.”*

“Pretty Comprehensive on the Subject. From time to time I go on a decluttering bender and I was reading this around same time as the Kon Mari method books. This has a wide range of material and topics and deals with a lot of the emotional side of things too. I gleaned a lot of tips from it and go back to it as a reference. I like all the stories and cases of people on this “discarding” and simplifying kick.”*

“this one is full of good advice*

If anyone is looking for guidance and a jump start in organizing your life, this is the book for you !*

“This book was full of well-written, useful and entertaining information regarding methods for making our lives simpler and more enjoyable as a result of that simplification.”*

 

“Discardia, which offers plenty of useful advice, is one of the best ‘life hacking’ books I’ve come across”

– Mark Frauenfelder
Editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine, founder of Boing Boing, and author of Made by Hand

 

“I never really considered myself as a packrat but reading Discardia has opened my eyes to the amount of stuff I have kept over the years and never use.”*

“The author of this book came to speak at our local book store. Bob and I went and enjoyed ourselves and liked her message of living more with less stuff… This book is broken down into easily digestible segments that provide specific direction on how to clear the mental and physical clutter and add more fun into your life.;never preachy and primarily motivating.”*

“Discardia is basically the intersection of two books I am extremely fond of – Simplify Your Life by Elaine St. James and Getting things Done by David Allen, written in extremely accessible, intelligent prose … I’d definitely recommend it”*

Great read! I especially liked the distinction between projects and changing habits – and their different criteria for success. … Read it now – and start doing something useful with your time -> making yourself happier!”*

“Really enjoyed this. Sanders has a great writing style – very ‘tell it like it is’.”*

“…the advice, from decluttering to goal-setting, is sensible, achievable, and well-presented.”*

“What a great book! This goes in the same category as Getting Things Done — it will need re-reading every few months or so.”*

“…this is the best book I have received through First Reads so far. Even if you have read every de-clutter book out there and even if you think your home and life are clutter free, you can benefit from this book.”*

I love this book — my husband teases me about all the self-help books I read. I’m not sure I’m going to need another after this one. Really. … I put Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff in the bathroom last night and this evening my husband told me he’d gotten through two bags of his stuff, and thrown a lot away. These are bags that have been in place in the basement since 2004.”*

“Dinah Sanders has distilled these books down to their most useful essence, saving you the sometimes-exasperating experience of wading through books that are 10% ‘one good idea,’ and 90% ‘expanding upon that one good idea.’ For those who have not read the entire panoply of this sort of self-help book, Discardia is practically a library in and of itself.*

“…an excellent book for anyone looking for ideas on how to lighten their life’s load of baggage, both accumulated physical items, and mental baggage that goes with it”*

 

“Full of great solutions and some very good universal truths.”

– Mary Carlomagno
Author of Live More, Want Less: 52 Ways to Find Order in Your Life, Secrets of Simplicity, and Give It Up!: My Year of Learning to Live Better With Less

 

“…this book is helpful, motivating, chummy, and wise…Everybody needs this kind of help, not just hoarders and the organization-handicapped. I’m pretty damn organized and efficient, but I found lots of helpful tips and motivators here.”*

“While many of the concepts in Discardia weren’t new to me, the gentle and cohesive way that they were presented made them seem fresh. What’s presented here is the ultimate ‘lifehack’ – creating the life you want to have by optimizing the life that you do have. Discardia approaches this in a simple straightforward manner and I found myself implementing many of the ideas immediately with awesome results. This is definitely worth the read.”*

“Just giving small, individual tasks a holiday imbues what would otherwise feel like chores with the importance of life-improving projects. She makes a strong argument that objects require emotional and mental responsibilities, so acquire strategically and discard frequently. Freeing ourselves from baggage opens up space for exploring what could make our lives a little more awesome. Grounded and simple to do, her advice helps guide that exploration.*

“Sanders has a friendly writing style, no lecturing or preaching, just good advice that’s worked for her and other people with more ambition than time. It’s not just about cleaning the clutter from your spare room. She wants you to make the changes that are right for you, slowly but surely moving towards the life you want and away from the life that just happened while you weren’t looking. With that goal in mind, she gives advice and examples that have worked for other people dealing with similar problems, some thoughts on how we end up with these problems and suggestions for how to maintain better habits in the future. I found that the tips and suggestions seemed really appropriate for my life, unlike some other books and websites focused on ruthless decluttering and an endless routine of chores. Sanders’ upbeat attitude was catching, and since finishing the book last week I’ve decluttered my wardrobe, reorganised the pantry to put frequently used things at waist level, and begun taking the stairs at work each day. None of this feels like a hassle, just like a smart choice I can make on the spur of the moment.*

“Treasure trove of suggestions on how to freshen up your life. … Over the course of many pages, [Sanders’] conviction and energy helped overcome my paralysis.*

“Much more than just a quarterly spring cleaning, Discardia is a new way to look at the way we buy, use and throw away the things in our lives*

“It covers basic principles like giving up quantity in favor of quality, making small incremental improvements, and how to decide what to discard. Dinah’s methods are radical, but sane, and easy to implement a little at a time. … I think Dinah’s is the definitive guide.*

“Unlike a lot of self-published self-help books, this one is smart, well-written, clearly copy-edited, and lovingly proofed. It’s a joy to read.*

“I stumbled upon the Discardia blog several years ago, and loved the year of One Discardia Tip a Day. Here Dinah Sanders has put it all together in a book form and I couldn’t be more pleased. Unlike some of the other unclutter books, Discardia really focuses on its purpose: more life, less stuff. The stuff isn’t a problem in and of itself, but it gets in the way of living our lives in a more open, satisfying way. I love that this book puts it all together, and I intend to go back to implementing at least three tips a week. I know it will make a difference.”*

“[Sanders] has has a lovably-nerdy sense of humor and a simple, pared-down way of writing that surely made a few of us in the crowd go home and throw away a few old books and records*

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More reviews and discussion are also available at the Goodreads page for the book.

Discardia Events

August 2012

Reading, mini-workshop and book signing:
Wednesday, 1st: at the Western Addition Branch of San Francisco Public Library, 7pm.
Tuesday, 7th: at the Anza Branch of San Francisco Public Library, 7pm.
Saturday, 11th: at the Potrero Branch of San Francisco Public Library, 4pm.
Monday, 13th: at the Sunset Branch of San Francisco Public Library, 7pm.
Wednesday, 15th: at the Mission Bay Branch of San Francisco Public Library, 6pm.
Wednesday, 22nd: at the Glen Park Branch of San Francisco Public Library, 6:30pm.

July 2012

Reading, mini-workshop and book signing:
Tuesday, 24th: at San Francisco’s indie bookstore Books Inc Opera Plaza, 7pm.
Thursday, 26th: at the Richmond Branch of San Francisco Public Library, 6:30pm.
Tuesday, 31st: at the Bernal Heights Branch of San Francisco Public Library, 7pm.

Discardia flyer via Booksmith

 

May 2012:
– 4th: special guest at San Francisco’s indie bookstore The Booksmith’s Bookswap “Get Lit!”. The theme this time is booze so this will be a joint appearance of Dinah in her roles as founder of Discardia and as co-author of the cocktail blog Bibulo.us. Joe Gratz, who also writes Bibulo.us and who did the book design for Discardia will be there too! (Details and ticket info)

March 2012:
– 11th: reading/presentation at SXSW Interactive in Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX. 3:30-4pm. (This will actually be a short presentation intended to provide immediate value, rather than just me reading from the book). There will be a book signing following this presentation at the SXSW Bookstore.
– 14th: reading/mini-workshop at San Francisco Public Library, Main branch, in L/H Community Meeting Room, San Francisco, CA. 6-7:30pm. Bring some books/CDs/DVDs to donate to the Friends of the Library! (Normally they encourage people to bring their donations to the Donation Center at 431 Treat Ave. in the Mission, because their storage space in the Main branch store is extremely limited, but they’re going to do an extra donation pickup the morning after our event. Hooray!)

January, 2012:
– 25th: Book club discussion at 2 Sisters Bar and Books in San Francisco, CA, 6-8pm.
– 28th: Reading/workshop at Four-Eyed Frog Books in Gualala, CA, 4-5pm.

November 20, 2011: Consumerism Commentary podcast.