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Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping - Judith Levine
Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping
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Shocked by the commerce in everything from pet cloning to patriotism, frightened by the downward spiral of her finances and that of the trash-strewn earth, Judith Levine enlists her partner, Paul, in a radical experiment: to forgo all but the most necessary purchases for an entire year. Without... show more
Shocked by the commerce in everything from pet cloning to patriotism, frightened by the downward spiral of her finances and that of the trash-strewn earth, Judith Levine enlists her partner, Paul, in a radical experiment: to forgo all but the most necessary purchases for an entire year. Without consumer goods and experiences, Judith and Paul pursue their careers, nurture relationships, and try to keep their sanity, their identities, and their sense of humor intact. Tracking their progress -- and inevitable lapses -- Levine contemplates need and desire, scarcity and security, consumerism and citizenship. She asks the Big Questions: Can the economy survive without shopping? Are Q-tips necessary? Not Buying It is the confession of a woman any reader can identify with: someone who can't live without French roast coffee or SmartWool socks but who has had it up to here with overconsumption and its effects on the earth and everyone who dwells there. For the humor and intelligence of its insights, the refreshment of its skepticism, and the surprises of its conclusions, Not Buying It is sure to be on anyone's list of Necessities.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780743269360 (0743269365)
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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The Quilty Reader
The Quilty Reader rated it
2.5 Not Buying It. No, really, I'm not buying it.
Every now and again I go through stages where I feel the need to dramatically declutter and simplify my life. They are typically intense, but brief, although over the course of many of them, I have honestly made some progress in voluntarily cutting down on my very typical American attitude toward co...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
3.0 Not Buying it: My Year without Shopping
An interesting account of one woman's year without buying unnecessary items. She slips up a few times and spends a fair amount of guilt on her reasonings behind all this but overall an interesting look at the reasons people buy so much stuff. It made me think about my unthinking habits of shopping...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
4.0 Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping
An interesting account of one woman's year without buying unnecessary items. She slips up a few times and spends a fair amount of guilt on her reasonings behind all this but overall an interesting look at the reasons people buy so much stuff. It made me think about my unthinking habits of shopping...
debnance
debnance rated it
4.0 Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping
Levine and her partner decided to buy only essential items for a year. Fun to read about. Could I do it? Mmmm.
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
this is brilliant; consumerism versus a government by and for the people
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