Rats and silence


rats.jpg  Apologies for the unannounced hiatus.  Nonprofiteering can wear a girl out and since my boss recently quit and my closest colleague is headed for parental leave next week, the number of meetings I must attend has increased exponentially.  Anyway, I hope you forgive me and continue to check back for updates on the world of waste.  In the meantime, I highly recommend the book Rats.  If you haven’t come across it before, it’s the humorously and laboriously recounted true story of the year Robert Sullivan spent watching rats in the financial district come out at night to eat garbage.  His attention to detail and to irony are unfailing and the chapters are Subway-sized.  I’m packing it in my bag today as I rush back to work. 

Post a comment if you’ve read it.  I’d love to know what you think.  I know I’ve mentioned the book before, but this time I’ve actually read it.  I meant to pick it at the Brooklyn Book Fest, but held out to put it on my Christmas list.  We’ll have to see if the author is available for an everyday trash interview. 

2 Responses to “Rats and silence”

  1. kimberly Says:

    This has been on my reading list forever. Sorry I can’t yet contribute. But I second the motion for an interview with R.S. Is he one of your many trashy (it was it literary?) neighbors?

  2. kimberly Says:

    Hey, remember the NYer Talk of the Town bit I mentioned on the Staples shredder tour? RS wrote it.

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