Epicurean Simplicity

Epicurean Simplicity In this account of a simple life Stephanie Mills reaches deep into classical sources of pleasure good food good health good friends and particularly the endless delights of the natural world Her mu

  • Title: Epicurean Simplicity
  • Author: Stephanie Mills
  • ISBN: 9781559636902
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this account of a simple life, Stephanie Mills reaches deep into classical sources of pleasure good food, good health, good friends and particularly the endless delights of the natural world Her musings about the life she desires and the life she has created ultimately led her to the third century Greek philosopher Epicurus, whose philosophy was premised on the tIn this account of a simple life, Stephanie Mills reaches deep into classical sources of pleasure good food, good health, good friends and particularly the endless delights of the natural world Her musings about the life she desires and the life she has created ultimately led her to the third century Greek philosopher Epicurus, whose philosophy was premised on the trustworthiness of the senses, a philosophy that Mills wholeheartedly embraces While later centuries have come to associate Epicurus s name with hedonism, Mills discovered that he extolled simplicity and prudence as the surest means to pleasure, and his thinking offers an important philosophical touchstone for the book.

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    1. I waiver between two and three stars on this book. It had parts that were interesting and deeply engaging, and then I felt like the author would rapidly shift out into somewhat self-indulgent discussion of living simply and Epicurean philosophy. Her description of the natural world and the stories from her past are what kept me on until the end. I think that I expected something from this book that it was not meant to deliver - a more nature-centered memoir. While nature/memoir is one of my most [...]

    2. I'm rereading this book as I just bought the hard cover edition, because I think every day about the simpler life inspired so beautifully in this book, and, since 2002, I've made progress in adapting simplicity, through my own efforts and serendipitous circumstance. Stephanie Mills is a gifted writer, and a stalwart supporter of the Great Lakes bioregion, and one of the women I admire most.

    3. I thought this book was going to be amazing, but it came off as rather contrived. Reminded me of all the city people who have vacation houses in my town and think that they are rugged people. I'm sure that's an unfair judgement, but the style of this book was so off-balance with the content that I found myself irritated and I put it down after the first half.

    4. I love this book. It's on the list of 8 books I'd take into the north woods. Oh wait. I already did. Michigan authors - we love them.

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