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Mongo by Ted Botha
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Apr 05, 2010

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Or: People Who Collect Trash and the Reasons They Do So.

An interesting social history, in which Botha tags along with the various people who root through the garbage of New York City and collect whatever special item they fancy. Whether it be WTO-protestor types who scavenge food outside restaurants, immigrants who earn their living collecting and selling insane amounts of cans, book dealers trolling the Upper East and West side, restoration experts culling mahogany doors from dumpsters, found art creators, and so on, Botha treats all with respect and bemused awe. It seems as if the various types of collectors don't mix interests, either: the book collector cares not for the antiques, the foodies don't give a fig for the cans, and so on. It's astounding to hear what treasures are thrown out. I also liked the references to the Collyer brothers and the Five Points section, both subjects I've read about previously. A fun, quick read.

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