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Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping by Judith Levine
Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping

moralvintage, March 19, 2007

One must be a brave soul, or simply 'sick to their back teeth' of seemingly irrepressible consumerism, to take on the challenge of not shopping for an entire year. Narrated in a personal and surprisingly non-dogmatic style, Levine recounts her adventure month by month, from the initial task of enlisting her partner's support (he insists that wine IS a necessity) to her frantic collapse when she thinks she might have lost her SmartWool socks and won't be able to replace them with another pair. In an era in which we know that consumerism is as bad for us as for the planet, but do not quite know what to do about it, Levine offers up the possiblity of a critical consumerism that begins with an awareness of our own habits.
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