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07.7.2004, 12:02 am
Filed under: art & entertainment

Mongo : adventures in trash / Ted Botha.
New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2004.
[MCL call number: 790.132 B749m 2004; six copies, six holds]

Ted Botha spent a couple of years finding other people who, like him, love to get stuff out of the garbage. The book is basically a long essay detailing the stories of the trash-happy people he finds, interviews, and hangs out with. Some collect only one kind of thing, some pick up whatever suits their fantasy, some sell their finds, some keep them, and some give them away to other people.

The writing in Mongo isn't great, Botha knows nothing about anarchism (but talks about it as if he does), and he is under the mistaken impression that resistance to the 1999 WTO ministerial meeting in Seattle was led by Ralph Nader; but the stories are so unusual and interesting that I found reading the book wholly worth the bother of having to wade through Botha's mistaken impressions and sometimes uneven prose. It's lightweight, but interesting.


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