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[GreenYes] Re: Moby Duck IS Required Reading


I second Kendall¹s recommendation. ³Moby Duck² is a joyous read, full of
information, odd cultural connections, and a very interesting balancing act
between celebrating the poetry of mass material culture and pondering its
insanity. At the heart of Hohn¹s essay (yes, it¹s long, but totally worth
it) is the same fascination with stuff that drives most of us recycling &
zero wasters?when you throw something away you¹re not just disposing of
something useful, you¹re disposing of meaning...

I¹m thinking that somehow we need to develop a totemic symbol that combines
two hugging polar bears and a gaggle of yellow duckies floating on an
iceberg.

Harper¹s deserves the magazine purchase. Go to your local Borders or Barnes
and Noble today.

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on 1/5/07 5:45 PM, Kendall Christiansen at kendall@no.address wrote:

Friends:
Catching up on holiday week reading?and just finished Harper¹s January cover
story, which I commend to those of you with the time for such pleasures:
³Moby Duck, or the Synthetic Pleasures of Childhood² by Donovan Hohn, who
teaches English at Manhattan¹s Friends School (including to a neighbor girl).
Hohn uses the oft-reported story about rubber ducks showing up on shorelines
of the northwest beginning a few years ago to weave an insightful essay about
modern culture ­ including the origins of plastics, its uses with respect to
toys in the 20th century, how the Pacific Ocean currents capture and spit out
abandoned plastics from multiple sources, how a sub-culture of beachcombers
catalog what washes up on our shores, how existing plastics recycling systems
are inadequate for the global challenge?.long, but written in easily
digestible sections?.(I also enjoyed his essay last January on ³The Romance of
Rust², which chronicled a collector of antique tools?)
Enjoy?
Kendall Christiansen

Gaia Strategies

151 Maple Street

Brooklyn, NY 11225

o: 718.941.9535; cell: 917.359.0725



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