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Culture and Waste by Gay Hawkins
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Many of these essays had a literary quality that can be rare in academic writing. They were fluid and moving, with the form used to illuminate content, not obfuscate it. I think this is especially true of the first essay in the collection, by David Halperin, where he is exploring the relationship between our emotions, value, and what is culturally conceived of as 'waste.' Still, not all of the pieces achieved this, and I would have liked to see some serious argumentation about the construction and negation of cultural value, rather than the rather loose, thematic connections being drawn by many of the authors.
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