Trash Talks

Revelations in the Rubbish

Author: Elizabeth V. Spelman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190239352

Category: Material culture

Page: 256

View: 8565

A lively investigation of the intimate connections we maintain with the things we toss away It's hard to think of trash as anything but a growing menace. Our communities face crises over what to do with the mountains of rubbish we produce, the enormous amount of biological waste generated by humans and animals, and the truckloads of electronic equipment judged to be obsolete. All this effluvia poses widespread problems for human health, the well-being of the planet, and the quality of our lives. But though our notorious habits of disposal have put us well on the way to making the earth inhospitable to life, our relation to rejectamenta includes much more than shedding and tossing. In Trash Talks, philosopher Elizabeth V. Spelman explores the extent to which we rely on trash and waste to make sense of our lives. Examples are rich: We use people's rubbish to gain information about them. We trumpet wastefulness as a means of signaling social status. We take the occupation of handling trash and garbage as revelatory of possible moral or spiritual shortcomings. We are intrigued by or in distress over the idea that evolution is a prodigiously wasteful process and that it is to the dustbin that each of us, and our species, shall ultimately repair. In the heaps of our trash, some see consequences of dissatisfaction, while others find confirmation of a flourishing consumer economy. While we may want to shove debris and detritus out of sight, many of our most impassioned projects involve keeping these objects resolutely in mind. Trash talks, and there is much of which it speaks.
Posted in Material culture

Trash Talk

Author: Robert Gussin

Publisher: Oceanview Publishing

ISBN: 1933515309

Category: Humor

Page: 192

View: 9839

In Trash Talk, behavior – or rather, misbehavior -- in the sports world has escalated to the point where the commissioners have to step in and issue an ultimatum to the athletes: it is past time these players clean up their acts. The commissioners have had enough of the bullying, badgering, misbehavior and misdeeds, and they issue a mandatory non-sports related education requirement to all players of the pro football, baseball, basketball and hockey worlds. After much grousing, posturing and complaining, the athletes realize that the commissioners are not backing down and they are going to have to play along. Why on earth they would need “personal improvement” and a “broadening of horizons” is beyond them, but there’s no way out. To the athletes’ surprise (and delight) their prayers are answered in the form of a newspaper ad announcing an upcoming Trash Talk symposium in Sarasota, Florida, sponsored by the S.E.S. The athletes don’t know – and don’t care – what the S.E.S. is and as far as they are concerned, might as well stand for “sports education sucks.” Delighted by this uncanny stroke of luck, the athletes quickly sign up and sign on, amused that the commissioners’ ridiculous ruling will only result in further educating them on new and better ways to trash talk their opponents. How bad could it be -- spending four full days “bettering” themselves in a skill they can certainly put into practice? But what the athletes don’t realize is this meeting may well be, in every sense of the phrase, a waste of time. Trash Talk is a wildly entertaining, witty, comical story about misbehavior, miscommunications, and major league misunderstandings. Find out what happens when the trash hits the fan in this wickedly funny book.
Posted in Humor

Trash

Author: Andy Mulligan

Publisher: David Fickling Books

ISBN: 0375898433

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 240

View: 6527

In an unnamed Third World country, in the not-so-distant future, three “dumpsite boys” make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city. One unlucky-lucky day, Raphael finds something very special and very mysterious. So mysterious that he decides to keep it, even when the city police offer a handsome reward for its return. That decision brings with it terrifying consequences, and soon the dumpsite boys must use all of their cunning and courage to stay ahead of their pursuers. It’s up to Raphael, Gardo, and Rat—boys who have no education, no parents, no homes, and no money—to solve the mystery and right a terrible wrong. Andy Mulligan has written a powerful story about unthinkable poverty—and the kind of hope and determination that can transcend it. With twists and turns, unrelenting action, and deep, raw emotion, Trash is a heart-pounding, breath-holding novel.
Posted in Young Adult Fiction

Trash Talk

Author: Michelle Mulder

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

ISBN: 1459806948

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 6104

Humans have always generated garbage, whether it’s a chewed-on bone or a broken cell phone. Our landfills are overflowing, but with some creative thinking, stuff we once threw away can become a collection of valuable resources just waiting to be harvested. Trash Talk digs deep into the history of garbage, from Minoan trash pits to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and uncovers some of the many innovative ways people all over the world are dealing with waste.
Posted in Juvenile Nonfiction

This Book Has Balls

Sports Rants from the MVP of Talking Trash

Author: Michael Rapaport

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501160338

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

View: 1943

The sports world according to Michael Rapaport—actor, Top 50 podcaster, award-winning film maker, and sports fanatic—from the greatest and downright worst athletes, players, teams, and jerseys, but minus statistics, analytics, or anything else that isn’t pure hustle in this “hell of a book” (Shaquille O'Neal). In 1979, nine-year-old Michael Rapaport decided he was going to do whatever it took to be a pro baller. He practiced and practiced, but by the time he was fifteen, he realized there was no place for a slow, white Jewish kid in the NBA. So, he found another way to channel his obsession with sports: talking trash. In the “crazy, passionate, funny and intense” (Colin Cowherd) This Book Has Balls, Rapaport uses his signature smack-talk style and in-your-face humor to discuss everything from why LeBron will never be like Mike, that Tiger needs the ladies to get his golf game back, and how he once thought Mary Lou Retton was his true love. And, of course, why next year will be the year the New York Knicks win the championship. This book is a series of rants—some controversial, some affectionate, but all incredibly hilarious. “Something is wrong with Michael Rapaport but that’s what makes him right,” (Charlamagne tha God).
Posted in Sports & Recreation

Trash Talk: Words Matter

Author: Nancy Next

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 198454148X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

View: 6388

Praise for Trash Talk: Words Matter Trash Talk: Words Matter is needed now more than ever. As a school district administrator, time and again, I see conflicts arising because kids (and adults) arent mindful of what they say. We all forget that words can build people up or tear people down. With this book, kids will learn to understand others as well as themselves through speech. This book is fun, empowering, and powerful. G. Peter Bohatch, Ed.D; Director of Student Services: Lee County Schools; Florida I recommend Trash Talk: Words Matter for kids so they can build respectful and happy relationships. I also think this book is perfect for the language arts classroom. The text IS the students speech, and this book coaches all learners in purpose, audience, tone, and interpretation. What better text is there than how kids speak every day? Adell Nyberg, Ph.D.; Nyberg Consultants, Ltd.; Edmonton, Alberta Straight-talking Nan LeClairs no-nonsense approach to writing makes her more of an anti-hero of self-help books. She doesnt promise gimmicks to make your life great or bombard you with sneaky Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques guaranteed to make you purchase a great follow-up coaching plan. Instead, she offers clear and direct wisdom about being a healthy human being who can have deep, fulfilling relationships. Nan also does a great job of showing us all that there are times when we are trash talkers. Trash Talk: Words Matter is a guide to accepting human flaws, our own and those of others, while also holding ourselves accountable to healthy relationships. In this book, redemption is possible. The loving nature of humans seems to be almost a Universalist theological underpinning that flows through the frank conversational prose without being preachy. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to laugh a little and learn a lot. It is a fast read and something you can come back to over and over for deeper learning. The Rev. Katie Romano Griffin, Unitarian Minister, Maryland
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

Trash Talks

Revelations in the Rubbish

Author: Elizabeth V. Spelman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190239360

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 931

A lively investigation of the intimate connections we maintain with the things we toss away It's hard to think of trash as anything but a growing menace. Our communities face crises over what to do with the mountains of rubbish we produce, the enormous amount of biological waste generated by humans and animals, and the truckloads of electronic equipment judged to be obsolete. All this effluvia poses widespread problems for human health, the well-being of the planet, and the quality of our lives. But though our notorious habits of disposal have put us well on the way to making the earth inhospitable to life, our relation to rejectamenta includes much more than shedding and tossing. In Trash Talks, philosopher Elizabeth V. Spelman explores the extent to which we rely on trash and waste to make sense of our lives. Examples are rich: We use people's rubbish to gain information about them. We trumpet wastefulness as a means of signaling social status. We take the occupation of handling trash and garbage as revelatory of possible moral or spiritual shortcomings. We are intrigued by or in distress over the idea that evolution is a prodigiously wasteful process and that it is to the dustbin that each of us, and our species, shall ultimately repair. In the heaps of our trash, some see consequences of dissatisfaction, while others find confirmation of a flourishing consumer economy. While we may want to shove debris and detritus out of sight, many of our most impassioned projects involve keeping these objects resolutely in mind. Trash talks, and there is much of which it speaks.
Posted in History

Freaks Talk Back

Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity

Author: Joshua Gamson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226280639

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 1286

Using extensive interviews, hundreds of transcripts, focus-group discussions with viewers, and his own experiences as an audience member, Joshua Gamson argues that talk shows give much-needed, high-impact public visibility to sexual nonconformists while also exacerbating all sorts of political tensions among those becoming visible. With wit and passion, Freaks Talk Back illuminates the joys, dilemmas, and practicalities of media visibility. "This entertaining, accessible, sobering discussion should make every viewer sit up and ponder the effects and possibilities of America's daily talk-fest with newly sharpened eyes."—Publishers Weekly "Bold, witty. . . . There's a lot of empirical work behind this deceptively easy read, then, and it allows for the most sophisticated and complex analysis of talk shows yet."—Elayne Rapping, Women's Review of Books "Funny, well-researched, fully theorized. . . . Engaged and humane scholarship. . . . A pretty inspiring example of what talking back to the mass media can be."—Jesse Berrett, Village Voice "An extraordinarily well-researched volume, one of the most comprehensive studies of popular media to appear in this decade."—James Ledbetter, Newsday
Posted in Social Science

I Am the Greatest

The Best Quotations from Muhammad Ali

Author: Muhammad Ali,Karl Evanzz

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Pub

ISBN: 9780740722264

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

View: 8138

Presents a collection of quotations from the boxer on such subjects as boxing, Islam, life's purpose, and Parkinson's disease.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

Mean Girls, Meaner Women

Understanding Why Women Backstab, Betray, and Trash-Talk Each Other and How to Heal

Author: Erika Holiday,Joan Rosenberg

Publisher: Orchid Press

ISBN: 9780981972602

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 190

View: 1619

Why can so many women form wonderfully close connections with each other while some intentionally hurt other women? Why are girls so mean to other girls? What motivates them to betray, backstab, trash-talk, and humiliate one another? Why does this same hurtful behavior continue between women well into adulthood? What can women do to have closer and more authentic connections with one another? Mean Girls, Meaner Women, written by Dr. Erika Holiday and Dr. Joan I. Rosenberg, two well-known psychologists long involved in women's issues, provide answers about this baffling behavior. They take a look at hurtful behavior between women from the perspective of both the target and the victim. The authors use groundbreaking brain research to explain why being the target of a woman's hurtful behavior and being socially excluded can be so excruciatingly painful to women. Holiday and Rosenberg offer compelling information for understanding the hidden dynamics (psychological, biological, social and media influences) that lead women to hurt or oppress women and that comprimise authentic female relationships. Mean Girls, Meaner Women is a riveting read for females interested in understanding women's relationships, building closer and more collaborative bonds with each other, and living authentically. Questions designed to help girls and women increase self awareness and add strength and depth to their relationships with each other are found throughout the book. Readers will also discover: how the female brain is wired to be more relatinal and suffer more hurt; the emotional cost of countless "no-win" situations including the "Original Sin of Being Female," the "Paradox of the Healthy Adult," and "Beauty and the Bind"; the role angry and competitive feelings between women has on authentic and deep connections; how being "different" could make you the target of hurtful behavior; how the media supports and reinforces hostile behavior through the "Money Shot"; behavior that catches the attention of the "Gender Police"; what women can learn from men about communicating with each other; and critical steps for healing and creating closer connections with women.
Posted in Health & Fitness

If Trash Could Talk

Poems, Stories, and Musings

Author: Jacquelyn A. Ottman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781987620559

Category:

Page: 58

View: 8937

'If Trash Could Talk' represents Jacquie Ottman's personal experiences and insights woven into thought-provoking poetry, stories and musings. Designed to amuse, entertain, and inspire conversations and change, the sixty entries in the book were created over the course of Ottman's lifelong journey, beginning at age four when she rescued board games from the neighbor's trash. Reflecting conversations with conversed with fellow waste-haters, consumers, and visitors to Ottman's WeHateToWaste.com global platform, combined with a laser-like focus on New York City's trash culture, the book is packed with insights into why we waste and what we can do to avoid it. Readers will discover new ways to use things up, use stuff longer, pass stuff along, and pass things up altogether in the name of reducing waste. They will smile at their own 'trashy' eccentricities, reflected in Ottman's experiences, shared with humor and self-deprecation. They will see waste through a new set of eyes and be inspired to share with others what it is that they do to cut down on waste. Influencers and teachers looking to catalyze meaningful conversations in their own schools, churches and communities can use these poems, stories and musings as a springboard for discussion, as well as inspiration when creating their own. As Ottman hopes, 'by starting to talk about what we all can do to save a little this, spare a little that, readers will take the first meaningful steps towards making real changes in consumption culture that can eventually help everyone live a whole lot better.' What Readers Say about "If Trash Can Talk" "Jacquie makes poetry fun. It was great hearing the stories of a like-minded person, and I learned so many things too!" "I'm energized and full of new ideas to create community and cut down on waste through sharing." "In these times when backward-looking people now hold power, to make policy around what Jacquelyn has to say takes on great importance. Shes tells us that we can do something. That we can make a difference. That we can be the powers that be. Few understandings are more important."
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White Trash

The 400-year Untold History of Class in America

Author: Nancy Isenberg

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0670785970

Category: History

Page: 460

View: 8978

"A history of the class system in America from the colonial era to the present illuminates the crucial legacy of the underprivileged white demographic, citing the pivotal contributions of lower-class white workers in wartime, social policy, and the rise of the Republican Party"--NoveList.
Posted in History

Trash Talk: Words Matter

Author: Nancy Next

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 198454148X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

View: 9067

Praise for Trash Talk: Words Matter Trash Talk: Words Matter is needed now more than ever. As a school district administrator, time and again, I see conflicts arising because kids (and adults) arent mindful of what they say. We all forget that words can build people up or tear people down. With this book, kids will learn to understand others as well as themselves through speech. This book is fun, empowering, and powerful. G. Peter Bohatch, Ed.D; Director of Student Services: Lee County Schools; Florida I recommend Trash Talk: Words Matter for kids so they can build respectful and happy relationships. I also think this book is perfect for the language arts classroom. The text IS the students speech, and this book coaches all learners in purpose, audience, tone, and interpretation. What better text is there than how kids speak every day? Adell Nyberg, Ph.D.; Nyberg Consultants, Ltd.; Edmonton, Alberta Straight-talking Nan LeClairs no-nonsense approach to writing makes her more of an anti-hero of self-help books. She doesnt promise gimmicks to make your life great or bombard you with sneaky Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques guaranteed to make you purchase a great follow-up coaching plan. Instead, she offers clear and direct wisdom about being a healthy human being who can have deep, fulfilling relationships. Nan also does a great job of showing us all that there are times when we are trash talkers. Trash Talk: Words Matter is a guide to accepting human flaws, our own and those of others, while also holding ourselves accountable to healthy relationships. In this book, redemption is possible. The loving nature of humans seems to be almost a Universalist theological underpinning that flows through the frank conversational prose without being preachy. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to laugh a little and learn a lot. It is a fast read and something you can come back to over and over for deeper learning. The Rev. Katie Romano Griffin, Unitarian Minister, Maryland
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines

The Money Shot

Trash, Class, and the Making of TV Talk Shows

Author: Laura Grindstaff

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226309088

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 325

View: 1829

He leaped from his chair, ripped off his microphone, and lunged at his ex-wife. Security guards rushed to intercept him. The audience screamed, then cheered. Were producers concerned? Not at all. They were getting what they wanted: the money shot. From "classy" shows like Oprah to "trashy" shows like Jerry Springer, the key to a talk show's success is what Laura Grindstaff calls the money shot—moments when guests lose control and express joy, sorrow, rage, or remorse on camera. In this new work, Grindstaff takes us behind the scenes of daytime television talk shows, a genre focused on "real" stories told by "ordinary" people. Drawing on extensive interviews with producers and guests, her own attendance of dozens of live tapings around the country, and more than a year's experience working on two nationally televised shows, Grindstaff shows us how producers elicit dramatic performances from guests, why guests agree to participate, and the supporting roles played by studio audiences and experts. Grindstaff traces the career of the money shot, examining how producers make stars and experts out of ordinary people, in the process reproducing old forms of cultural hierarchy and class inequality even while seeming to challenge them. She argues that the daytime talk show does give voice to people normally excluded from the media spotlight, but it lets them speak only in certain ways and under certain rules and conditions. Working to understand the genre from the inside rather than pass judgment on it from the outside, Grindstaff asks not just what talk shows can tell us about mass media, but also what they reveal about American culture more generally.
Posted in Performing Arts

Trash Revolution

Breaking the Waste Cycle

Author: Erica Fyvie

Publisher: Kids Can Press Ltd

ISBN: 1525301144

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 2025

Think you know all about how your stuff impacts the environment? Think again! Where did all our ÒstuffÓ come from? And where does it go when weÕre done with it? Kids find out by tracking the life cycles of typical items in a school backpack Ñ water, food, clothing, paper, plastic, metals and electronics. Though they all end as waste, there are lots of decisions to be made along the way. And kids will see that thereÕs an important, constructive role they can play by making choices that are good for them Ñ and for the planet! A cotton T-shirt. A plastic water bottle. A cell phone. Kids will never look at their stuff the same way again!
Posted in Juvenile Nonfiction

Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City

Author: Robin Nagle

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466836733

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 6491

America's largest city generates garbage in torrents—11,000 tons from households each day on average. But New Yorkers don't give it much attention. They leave their trash on the curb or drop it in a litter basket, and promptly forget about it. And why not? On a schedule so regular you could almost set your watch by it, someone always comes to take it away. But who, exactly, is that someone? And why is he—or she—so unknown? In Picking Up, the anthropologist Robin Nagle introduces us to the men and women of New York City's Department of Sanitation and makes clear why this small army of uniformed workers is the most important labor force on the streets. Seeking to understand every aspect of the Department's mission, Nagle accompanied crews on their routes, questioned supervisors and commissioners, and listened to story after story about blizzards, hazardous wastes, and the insults of everyday New Yorkers. But the more time she spent with the DSNY, the more Nagle realized that observing wasn't quite enough—so she joined the force herself. Driving the hulking trucks, she obtained an insider's perspective on the complex kinships, arcane rules, and obscure lingo unique to the realm of sanitation workers. Nagle chronicles New York City's four-hundred-year struggle with trash, and traces the city's waste-management efforts from a time when filth overwhelmed the streets to the far more rigorous practices of today, when the Big Apple is as clean as it's ever been. Throughout, Nagle reveals the many unexpected ways in which sanitation workers stand between our seemingly well-ordered lives and the sea of refuse that would otherwise overwhelm us. In the process, she changes the way we understand cities—and ourselves within them.
Posted in Social Science

Garbology

Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

Author: Edward Humes

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1583335234

Category: Nature

Page: 325

View: 8905

The author identifies trash as America's largest export, discussing how the nation reached current garbage levels while explaining what families, communities, and countries are doing to reverse waste trends.
Posted in Nature

You Can't Touch My Hair Deluxe

And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

Author: Phoebe Robinson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 073521655X

Category: Humor

Page: 320

View: 5303

The deluxe eBook edition of stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson’s You Can’t Touch My Hair brings Phoebe’s hilarious voice off the page, directly into your eyes and ears. This enhanced edition features exclusive video footage with cameos by some of Phoebe’s comedy besties, plus more than an hour of audio where Phoebe talks regrettable crushes from the 90s, advice she wishes someone had given her as a teenager, the influence of RuPaul, and much more. Delivered in her signature style, Phoebe serves laughter and levity alongside more serious topics at rapid-fire speeds, topped—as always—with pop culture references for days. A hilarious and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from upcoming comedy superstar and 2 Dope Queens podcaster Phoebe Robinson Being a black woman in America means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities every day. Comedian Phoebe Robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: she's been unceremoniously relegated to the role of "the black friend," as if she is somehow the authority on all things racial; she's been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel ("isn’t that . . . white people music?"); she's been called "uppity" for having an opinion in the workplace; she's been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. the. time. Now, she's ready to take these topics to the page—and she’s going to make you laugh as she’s doing it. Using her trademark wit alongside pop-culture references galore, Robinson explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is "Queen. Bae. Jesus," to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls, to giving her less-than-traditional advice to the future female president, and demanding that the NFL clean up its act, all told in the same conversational voice that launched her podcast, 2 Dope Queens, to the top spot on iTunes. As personal as it is political, You Can't Touch My Hair examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Robinson as a writer on the rise.
Posted in Humor