Never mind the Ph.D. and middle-class trappings—Laura Pritchett is a Dumpster diver and proud of it. Ever since she was old enough to navigate the contents of a metal bin, she has reveled in the treasures found in other people’s cast-offs.
For Going Green, Pritchett has gathered the work of more than twenty writers to tell their personal stories of Dumpster diving, eating road kill, salvaging plastic from the beach, and forgoing another trip to the mall for the thrill of bargain hunting at yard sales and flea markets. These stories look not just at the many ways people glean but also at the larger, thornier issues dealing with what re-using—or not—says about our culture and priorities.
The essayists speak to the joys of going beyond the norm to save old houses, old dishwater, old cultures, old Popsicle sticks, and old friendships—and turning them into something new. Some write about gleaning as a means of survival, while others see the practice as a rejection of consumerism or as a way of treading lightly on the earth.
Brimming with practical and creative new ways to think about recycling, this collection invites you to dive in and find your own way of going green.
|Publisher:||University of Oklahoma Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Laura Pritchett is the author of the award-winning novels Sky Bridge and Hell's Bottom, Colorado and is the co-editor of Home Land and Pulse of the River. Pritchett earned her Ph.D. in Contemporary American Literature at Purdue, but now happily lives in her home state of Colorado, where she enjoys gleaning, raising chickens, hiking, and writing.
Table of Contents
Preface Laura Pritchett vii
Part 1 Good Circulation: Gleaning Food and Things
Gleaning with Mac Linda M. Hasselstrom 3
Intimmensity Eliza Murphy 13
Blacktop Cuisine Michael Engelhard 23
Gleaning for Lillie Laura Paskus 31
Good Circulation John Clayton 39
All That We Leave Behind Laura Katers 43
Second Thoughts Ellen Santasiero 51
Every Popsicle Stick Counts Kathy Lynn Harris 59
Of Rags and Bags Libby James 67
Less Shane E. Bondi 72
Bin Diver Christopher Buckley 83
Why I Love the Dump Chavawn Kelley 92
The Turf, the Game, and the Radio Julianne Couch 99
It Keeps the Heart Happy Laura Pritchett 108
Part 2 Home Recycling: Gleaning from and for Our Homes
Just Imagine Ruth Friesen 119
Wood Blues Paul Miller 127
Throwing Out the Dishwater Susan J. Tweit 137
Home Recycling Jeffe Kennedy 141
Part 3 Teach Me: Gleaning for and from People
What I Have Gleaned Tim Vaughan 149
My Father's Last Fortune Laura Hendrie 163
Handprints in the Canyon Andrew Gulliford 173
Things the Color of Stone Jack Collom 187
Ho&scidle; geldiniz, ho&scidle; bulduk: How Turkey Taught Me to Just Say Thanks Michelle Nijhuis 194
The Vanishing Christie Aschwanden 203
Publication Credits 209