Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage

Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage


By (author) Heather Rogers

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  • Publisher: The New Press
  • Format: Paperback | 302 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 152mm x 18mm | 68g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1595581200
  • ISBN 13: 9781595581204
  • Illustrations note: 10 black-&-white-illustrations
  • Sales rank: 599,401

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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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Author information

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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"Covers fascinating, stinky terrain." &#8212"The New York Times" "Cogent and beautifully written . . a compelling commentary on the state of contemporary society." &#8212David Harvey "Consistently engaging . . . an intriguing look into an often misunderstood and overlooked industry." &#8212"Publishers Weekly" "Out of sight, but, thanks to Heather Rogers, not out of mind. We spend an awful lot of time thinking about getting and spending, and next to none about disposing--this splendidly documented book is just the thing we need." &#8212Bill McKibben