E-Mail Nirvana: Getting to Zero

E-Mail Nirvana: Getting to Zero 1

Chronicle review illustration by Scott Seymour

During a recent holiday, the combination of rare free time and my in-laws' reliable wireless service, mixed with an unusual obsessive-compulsive surge of my own, allowed me to achieve a jaw-dropping feat—I cleared out my Gmail inbox. That's right—zero messages. Call it what you like: e-mail erasure, server nirvana, correspondence kenosis, or inbox enema. I highly recommend it as a way of beginning a new season in a refreshed, liberated way. But beware: Although it may