Cult of the minimalist glocal

Why does not having much physical stuff make me think I’m some sort of transnational Bourne-like entity, complete with non-ironic personal soundtrack, where for others it means they’re itinerant migrants, or just plain poor? Owning fewer than 100 objects is either a matter of hipster pride, or just, well, poverty. It’s a First World Problem written so large as to be shameful.

Ben Hammersley on the mobile, minimalist lifestyle.


Robert Wringham is the editor of New Escapologist. He also writes books and articles. Read more at

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