I just started and am using theme twenty eleven. It is exactly the simplicity I want.
The one thing I want though (and don't see as an option) is a TRUE newspaper-style sidebar on the left, in addition to the WP "sidebar" on the right that has the archives, feeds, etc.
The left sidebar is needed for additional information that is used for additional information in the blog, similar to footnotes or definitions, rather than digressing within the blog itself.
Is something out there?