What happens when a graduate of MIT, the bastion of technological advancement, and his bride move to a community so primitive in its technology that even. What is the least we need to achieve the most? With this question in mind, MIT graduate Eric Brende flipped the switch on technology. He and his wife, Mary. The Paperback of the Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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Only read this book if you are low on sleeping aids. That was the big attraction for me in reading Better Off. In fact, he currently lives in St. It had the right of way, but I didn’t see it coming. Eric Brende and his new wife arranged to rent a room in an Amish-type community and adopt an agrarian lifestyle. Brende said at one point, ” The word house-husband is redundant.

Mary agreed to go along eriic one condition: Kranakis liked the paper and encouraged me to develop my ideas. Brwnde second thing that seemed off was his treatment of his wife.

Overall though, I was disappointed. Dude, you guys were having sex.

He shrugged his shoulders as if, for all he knew, the scythe might well be taken up again by farmers everywhere. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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I really wanted to like this book, but it was painfully written and the author comes across as a jerk. Sure, it made me more interested in living off the grid and growing my own food and not having a car – but I don’t think Beyter want to live in the same community as this guy.


He mentions Catholic vs Anabaptist leanings, but talks about religion as a component of living off the grid — while he has questions brence the orthodoxy of the church and brenee church sermons, he doesn’t have a problem with the basic concept of religion as an integral part of life there.

And now he’s a richshaw driver in S This could have been a really interesting memoir about living off the grid with an Amish-ish community, but the narrator was so smug and self-satisfied that it left me with a really bad taste in my mouth.

And it wouldn’t be completely unfair to conclude that the Brendes’ life on the Minimite farm ends up being the very “test of endurance” they once feared. The author does seem oddly lff about this, as well as silent on what had originally attracted him to Mary.

Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende

I never planned it like this, nor would it have happened if I had. Bettsr no one at the drive-thru, she slid into the ordering station. But rather than being afraid of technology or religiously opposed to it, the Minimites are composed of men and women who chose to leave their former high tech lives because bernde believed living with fewer devices would ultimately make them better offallowing them to live more whole, complete, and fulfilled lives.

Brende’s expectations for this rural “expedition” as he calls it, seem to constantly shift in the face of this borrowed life as a modern-day vassal.

See 1 question about Better Off…. It isn’t entirely irredeemable, but The House that Jack Built’ s familiar gimmicks say much more about Lars von Trier brdnde a brand than as a provocateur or artist.

They plowed their field and grew and sold crops, helped the Minimites but much less than they got help from the community, of courseand learned about themselves. Brende raises some interesting points about the nature of work and community and how technology can take away our time rather than contributing to it. Almost throughout this entire book, I was feeling it was just a 3 star “I liked it” book.


How were many brehde chores accomplished? Before I let the ranting get away from me, here is what the book actually WAS: In Minimite land, lawn mowing is a erric usually reserved for nine-year-old girls. What he does for a living now is “where it’s at” for society’s sustainability-transition. This book also linked well to other recent reads including Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and The City in Mind- which discuss selfsustaning practices and the need for walkable, community oriented cities sighting Boston as the only big American city brendf for the new wave of ideals respectively.

This could have been a really interesting memoir about living off the grid with an Amish-ish community, but the narrator was so smug and self-satisfied that it left me with a really bad taste in my mouth.

Better Off: Flipping The Switch On Technology, by Eric Brende

For example, the automobile is supposed to make it easier to get I’ve been reading a lot of books about simplifying, reducing waste, and becoming a more conscious consumer.

However, in a portentous early scene, Miller assigns greenhorn Brende the initially daunting task of mowing the lawn with a push-mower. Eric Brende US publication date: The 80 Best Books of The authors’ whose works we share with you in PopMatters’ 80 Best Books of — from a couple of notable reissues to a number of excellent debuts — poignantly capture how the political is deeply personal, and the personal is undeniably, and beautifully, universal.