Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage

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The New Press, Aug 21, 2006 - Nature - 288 pages
Eat a take-out meal, buy a pair of shoes, or read a newspaper, and you're soon faced with a bewildering amount of garbage. The United States is the planet's number-one producer of trash. Each American throws out 4.5 pounds daily. But garbage is also a global problem; the Pacific Ocean is today six times more abundant with plastic waste than zooplankton. How did we end up with this much rubbish, and where does it all go? Journalist and filmmaker Heather Rogers answers these questions by taking readers on a grisly, oddly fascinating tour through the underworld of garbage.

Said to "read like a thriller" (Library Journal), Gone Tomorrow excavates the history of rubbish handling from the 1800s to the present, pinpointing the roots of today's waste-addicted society. With a "lively authorial voice" (New York Press), Rogers draws connections between modern industrial production, consumer culture, and our throwaway lifestyle. She also investigates controversial topics like the politics of recycling and the export of trash to poor countries, while offering a potent argument for change.

 

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User Review  - setnahkt - LibraryThing

Not even thinly disguised watermelon propaganda. This is a book treatment of a documentary by Heather Rogers. There is the usual environmental litany – landfills leach “toxics”, incinerators “spew ... Read full review

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I read this book immediately after finishing GarbageLand. Both authors are from New York City, both books came out in 2006. Two authers dealing with the same subject, starting in the same geographic ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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Notes
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Index
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Heather Rogers is a journalist and filmmaker. Her documentary film Gone Tomorrow (2002) screened in festivals around the globe. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, Utne Reader, Z Magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, Punk Planet, and Art and Design. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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