There are other call backs to the minimalist lifestyle in this process as well. All my primary and secondary research is being conducted online as well. As a bibliophile I miss the feel and smell of moldy old tomes. Still I have access to amazing articles and journals with just one click of the mouse. If I had been told when I was 8 and hording chapter books from my local library that in 20 years I’d be able to read anything I wanted on a computer, I would have called the police on that person for being dangerous and mentally ill. We are truly living in the future.
Other minimalist, I know, have invested in a Kindle or Nook. These devices are amusing, but I just can’t see myself taking one to the beach in order to read a bit of mind rot and enjoy the sunshine. The warmth of a book cannot be replaced by hard plastic, no matter how ergonomic. Still I would have tons of space if I could get rid of all my books. I have at least two book cases in every room of my house. I recycle my books that I do not intend to keep forever by giving them to my friends, selling them, trading them for different books at the local used book store and giving them to charity. I feel that as long as I am getting enough use out of my books (and I do reread many of them dozens of times) there is no need to do away with them in favor of the latest gadget.
What do you think? Have you traded a traditional hobby for its modern counterpart? Let me know your experience in the comments.