Friday, June 3, 2016

Trashed by Derf Backderf

  • THE BOOK
    • Trashed by Derf Backderf
      • Not a typo: the copyright belongs to "John Backderf" so I guess "Derf Backderf" is his pen name. It sounds cooler.
    • Published November 3, 2015
    • Other works by author: My Friend Dahmer and "The City", a social/political comic strip

  • THE PREMISE
    • Based on his own life as a temporary garbageman around 1980 Backderf created a graphic novel updated to current times.
    • Between the office politics of the city's public works department and the social lives of the main characters there are interesting facts about garbage: how the trucks work, what happens at dumps, how much methane escapes from dumps and many other things you never wanted to know about garbage but should.

  • MY THOUGHTS
    • A quick read --- it's basically a long comic book --- and entertaining. The facts are disheartening for sure. It is STUNNING how much garbage we create as humans. And there are no signs that this will end as we continue to use disposable items. 
      • What's better: disposable diapers or cloth diapers? Both have resource issues. One doesn't degrade for hundreds or thousands of years (too soon to tell as they have only existed since the mid-20th Century), the other uses a lot of water for reuse. Babies will always poop.
    • I have the author's other book on hold at the library. Apparently he actually knew Jeffrey Dahmer at some point. Stay tuned...

1 comment:

  1. Babies will always poop, a universal truth. Or, don't feed the baby.

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