Caught this interesting convo on NPR this morning: (looks like audio is not available yet, but does contain a link to the original NYT essay by Ann Patchett).

I waver between finding these sorts of discussions inspiring and preachy/self-flagellating. However, I find it infinitely interesting to hear people talk about how they relate to consumption, desire, the concepts of too much/not enough, etc.

For anyone trying to rein in spending or shopping in the upcoming year, there's some good food for thought here.