To Pack and Wear:It is not that this list encompasses everything I feel I need. (Well, there's bourbon.) It is a packing list, not a list for living. But what I find inspiring about this list is that it's so deliberate. I am trying to make all the choices in my life deliberate like this. It's like luxury: you forgo the nonessentials for the one thing you find defining somehow. In the end of 2010, in an interview with John Colapinto of the New Yorker, Bottega Veneta's Tomas Maier said something like (paraphrased) if you want to have the things you want, just have less of everything else.
2 jerseys or leotards
1 pullover sweater
2 pair shoes
bag with: shampoo, toothbrush and paste, Basis soap, razor, deodorant, aspirin, prescriptions, Tampax, face cream, powder, baby oil
2 legal pads and pens
I have never been good at having less, because I like cheap thrills and I like systematic collecting and I like a comfortable clutter. But at this time, I am sharing an open-layout apartment with a man and I find that I'm visually preferring less. Things have to have a box or space to go into. I could never, ever live in an uberstark modernist space where my scarves or copy of The Ear of the Other or stack of handmade poetry chapbooks of all different sizes would feel out of place, but I am steering toward a space where those things feel deliberate, not haphazard but like they belong.