“The Spontaneous Quarantine Writing that Became a Hit in Japan”

My essay in Lit Hub about BOTTICELLI Fables from a Plague Time Rush-published this spring in translation in Tokyo by Ignition Gallery


  1. Cecilia says:

    Hello, I enjoy reading all of your article post. I wanted to wrtite a
    little comment to support you.

  2. Jeri Lee says:

    Dear Mr. Yourgrau,
    I empathise with your story in Mess. On so many levels.
    As smart a man as your father was, he did not understand what his young son wanted or needed.
    I think objects each have their own spirit, or soul, or essence. They are precious and they speak to people and remind people of what is precious in their lives. It is NORMAL to want to keep our precious things around us.
    It is WRONG and evil to dispose of things by burying them in landfills or otherwise abusing and polluting our home planet.
    I would appreciate your practical insights on how to achieve the right balance between these ideas.
    Your reader,

  3. Cindy says:

    Barry, I hope you see this! just finished reading mess and you gave me so many spin offs to research, that’s going to keep me busy for a long time! love the book and your sense of humor.

  4. Peggy says:

    currently on page 199 of Mess. and like Cindy, I have kept notes on authors, personalities, and other titles to peruse. also wondering how many hoarders/disposaphobics are left-handed?

  5. Jeanette says:

    Love so much how your write! Your words in Mess thrill me; I’m right in the middle of this book and can’t stand to see the end in sight. It’s perfect for procrastinating. I feel like I’m *doing* the hard work of decluttering just by reading. I think i love you. I’ve gotta go

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