Did you know that dumpster diving fanfiction was a thing? If you didn’t, I was among your ranks until recently.
Some are funny, like this one where “Luke goes dumpster diving aboard the Death Star and discovers the truth about his father” and others have a romantic or dramatic twist.
Next time you go on a dumpster dive, why not write a work of art about it? You and some friends could collaborate and make a zine!
You might have found a bookshelf while dumpster diving… but what about books to put on it?
Reading is fun, especially when you are reusing stuff other people throw in the trash.
You might not find these books in the garbage, but here are some books about binning.
Lars Eighner wrote an essay On Dumpster Diving.
It may be summer break from school for some, but this really is worth a read. Here are some highlights:
“I like the frankness of the word scavenging, which I can hardly think of without picturing a big black snail on an aquarium wall. I live from the refuse of others. I am a scavenger. I think it a sound and honorable niche, although if I could I would naturally prefer to live the comfortable consumer life, perhaps – and only perhaps – as a slightly less wasteful consumer, owing to what I have learned as a scavenger”
“The land is now covered with cities. The cities are full of Dumpsters. If a member of the canine race is ever able to know what it is doing, then Lizbeth [their dog] knows that when we go around to the Dumpsters, we are hunting. I think of scavenging as a modern form of self-reliance”
They go into detail about the different types of food and other items they find and the safety of consuming them, but with a philosophical streak.
This hopefully will be a book you won’t want to trash!
I was surprised to find some dumpster diving books at the local library.
Empire of scrounge : inside the urban underground of dumpster diving, trash picking, and street scavenging
No Tech Hacking: A Guide to Social Engineering, Dumpster Diving, and Shoulder Surfing
Have you found any books or zines about dumpster diving? Let me know, and I’ll add it to the list. If you’ve made a zine and are able to scan it, send it to me and I’ll post it!
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