#Opinion Of The Day

I choose my books over Marie Kondo

People keep telling me about Marie Kondo. Ever since the Japanese queen of decluttering got her own Netflix show, I am updated every other day with new developments in her so-called war on bibliophiles.

First, it was: "Marie Kondo wants you to throw away your books!" Then came the backlash to the backlash: "The Marie Kondo debate is racist/classist/fails to understand Japanese culture." Eventually, the backtracking: "Chill, that's not what Marie Kondo really meant."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 27, 2019, with the headline 'I choose my books over Marie Kondo'. Print Edition | Subscribe