Mess: One Man's Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act

Mess: One Man's Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act

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Hilarious and poignant, a glimpse into the mind of someone who is both a sufferer from and an investigator of clutter. Millions of Americans struggle with severe clutter and hoarding. New York writer and bohemian Barry Yourgrau is one of them. Behind the door of his Queens apartment, Yourgraua€™s life is, quite literally, chaos. Confronted by his exasperated girlfriend, a globe-trotting food critic, he embarks on a heartfelt, wide-ranging, and too often uproarious projecta€”part Larry David, part Janet Malcolma€”to take control of his crammed, disorderly apartment and life, and to explore the wider world of collecting, clutter, and extreme hoarding. Encounters with a professional declutterer, a Lacanian shrink, and Clutterers Anonymousa€”not to mention Englanda€™s most excessive hoardera€”as well as explorations of the bewildering universe of new therapies and brain science, help Yourgrau navigate uncharted territory: clearing shelves, boxes, and bags; throwing out a nostalgic cracked pasta bowl; and sorting through a lifetime of messy relationships. Mess is the story of one mana€™s efforts to learn to let go, to clean up his space (physical and emotional), and to save his relationship.The indoor hillside was made upa€”in parta€”of: Old manuals and books (CLASSIC CARS, blared a spine; Richard was an avid car buff), old ... high up, a jutting big cardboard carton for Miele (the vacuum cleaner maker; did he own one?)anbsp;...

Title:Mess: One Man's Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act
Author:Barry Yourgrau
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2015-08-10


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