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New Event: MNYCEM May Book Club and Dinner Discussion- Garbage Land

From: Cathy
Sent on: Thursday, June 7, 2007 4:52 PM
Announcing a new event for The Metro NYC Environmental Meetup!

What: MNYCEM May Book Club and Dinner Discussion- Garbage Land

When: Thursday, June 21, 7:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Event Description: Announcing the Metro NYC Environmental Meetup Monthly Book Club and Dinner Discussion

Each month we'll read books with varying environmental topics and meet at a restaurant and have a discussion over dinner. Yes you need to read the book (or at least part of the book ) to come to dinner. :)

Votes are in and this month we'll be reading:

Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash by Elizabeth Royte and meeting at Franchia- a vegetarian Korean restaurant with a veg sushi menu in Murray Hill.

From Publishers Weekly
The v-p of a New York City waste transfer station recommends, "You want to solve the garbage problem Stop eating. Stop living." Indeed, to ponder waste disposal is to confront the very limits of our society. Where does it all go? Most of us are content to shrug off the details?as long as it's out of sight (and smell). Not so journalist Royte, whose book in some ways (including its title) echoes Fast Food Nation. That McDonald's is more immediately engaging a subject doesn't make, say, the massive, defunct Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, N.Y., any less compelling. Royte nicely balances autobiographical elements (where does her Fig Newmans carton end up, anyway?), interviews and fieldwork with more technical research. Her method yields palpable benefits, not least a wealth of vivid refuse-related slang (maggots are known as disco rice). The details unavoidably venture into the nauseating on occasion, and some might find the chemistry of trichloroethane and other toxins a bit dull. As the NIMBY logic of waste disposal forces its practitioners into secrecy, Royte is obliged to engage in some entertainingly furtive skullduggery. All in all, this is a comprehensive, readable foray into a world we'd prefer not to heed?but should.
Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

**Please try to update your RSVP as the day of the event gets closer. If you're not a definite, it's okay to say maybe and change your RSVP to yes or no later on. Thanks!

I'm still taking recommendations for books for the next few months (email Cathy your suggestions and if you did and it's not in the poll email it to me again :)), I finally made a poll so check it out and be sure to vote.

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