Kyle Chayka’s new book, The Longing for Less: Living with Minimalism, is the latest in a raft of publications about reducing physical and mental clutter. But unlike, say, Marie Kondo, Chayka doesn’t care what the inside of your closet looks like. “My writing is a tool for self-awareness, for myself as much as for a reader, ” says the author, who remains a sharp and self-reflective critic of minimalism as a lifestyle trend. Here, he tells Stephanie d’Arc Taylor how This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Five Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 47 Alice Sheppard On dance as a channel to commune with the body—even when it hurts. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Dr. Woo Meet the tattoo artist who's inked LA. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Walt Odets The author and clinical psychologist on why self-acceptance is the key to a gay man's well-being. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 47 A Picture of Health Xiaopeng Yuan photographs the world’s weirdest wellness cures. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Chani Nicholas and Sonya Passi Inside the astrology company on a mission to prove workplace well-being is more than a corporate tagline. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Julia Bainbridge On the life-enhancing potential of not drinking alcohol.