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Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage

Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage

by Heather Rogers


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595581204
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 09/19/2006
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 280,538
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

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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Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
thierry on LibraryThing 20 days ago
Social history of garbage, well illustrated, and stinky and messy in the best sense. If you ever wondered where all of our refuse goes and what happens to it, this books does provide some answers. But perhaps limited by its strict north american outlook, a shame for that.
anthonares on LibraryThing 20 days ago
This is an excellently written and informative history of residential trash handling over the last century. The author's focus is primarily on presenting the facts to support her central thesis: wasting is immoral. This very strong persuasive style permeates the book almost to the point of calling into question the factual content. In places where I knew facts before reading the book, I was surprised by her presentation at times. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed each and every chapter, and put down the book each day better educated than the day before.
nowthatsoriginal on LibraryThing 20 days ago
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 area, could I possibly learn anything from a second book about garbage? Unequivocally: YES.Rogers' work is vastly superior in her analysis of historic, political and economic information. After a start that was nearly a mirror of GarbageLand where she talked about how city trash was handled in the early days (mostly pigs roaming the streets), to early sanitation attempts, the evolution of landfills and other disposal methods. After the historic overview, Rogers moves into how garbage came to be such an enormous problem. Much of what we discard is still usable as it is, or could be put to use in a different fashion. According to the author, our society had to be conditioned and encouraged to create waste. A marketing consultant from the mid-twentieth century named Victor Lebow is quoted, "Our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfactions, our ego satisfactions, in consumption..."p. 114Rogers points out that while recycling does offer real benefits, it also functions to divert public attention away from stronger reforms. The idea of recycling serves as a message that greater consumption is fine because the act of discarding can be environmentally responsible. Manufacturers also improve their own image by reinventing themselves as "caretakers of the planet" and unleashed what Rogers calls, "a new phase in corporate greenwashing."Polluters, regardless of how touching their ad campaigns, will not willingly engage in any meaningful change in their production practices without regulation. Unfortunately, the current popular terror against government regulation of anything works to maintain the problem as it is. Rogers appeals to citizens of the U.S. to remember that governments must act in the public interest, and not simply an agent of business.
EmilySeeley123 More than 1 year ago
This book was engrossing at some parts then at others it completely lost my attention, almost always the parts that included a lot of scientific information. Overall I believe this book to be very informative and I was surprised by all of the facts that were included such as the part where Rogers described how every part of a dead animal before they dispose of it. I never thought the disposal of trash left such an impact as Rogers said until I read his book. The way he described 19th century living conditions made me very glad to have no been born during that time period. I was also very thankful for the people who changed it. This book has changed my whole perspective of trash. I would have never chosen this book to read for fun but I honestly was entertained by it. It’s a story about trashes journey and your amazed to find that sometime it’s not trash in someone else’s eyes, it’s just stuff. I was kind of disgusted to learn how people lived, climbing and going through streets filled with trash to get to their destination. I would have never lived like that. The smell must have been horrible. I was surprised it stayed like that for as long as it did, I would’ve thought that someone would’ve done something to try and clean it sooner. In conclusion I gave this book 3 starts not for the overall book but because it gave the right amount of data to interesting facts and that clues me in that anyone could read this book and be entertained.
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