By Judith Levine
Stunned via the trade in every thing from puppy cloning to patriotism, anxious through the downward spiral of her funds and that of the trash-strewn earth, Judith Levine enlists her companion, Paul, in an intensive scan: to forgo all however the most crucial purchases for a whole 12 months.
with out shopper items and studies, Judith and Paul pursue their careers, nurture relationships, and check out to maintain their sanity, their identities, and their humorousness intact. monitoring their growth -- and inevitable lapses -- Levine contemplates desire and wish, shortage and defense, consumerism and citizenship. She asks the large Questions: Can the financial system live on with out purchasing? Are Q-tips precious?
Not paying for It is the confession of a girl any reader can determine with: somebody who cannot stay with out French roast espresso or SmartWool socks yet who has had it as much as the following with overconsumption and its results on the planet and everybody who dwells there.
For the humor and intelligence of its insights, the refreshment of its skepticism, and the surprises of its conclusions, Not deciding to buy It is certain to be on anyone's checklist of requirements.
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We’ve been given no polling position addresses or neighborhood elections board cell numbers to which we will refer electorate with questions, and those wouldn’t aid besides, because the sheets don’t point out what counties we're calling. a man who has been volunteering numerous occasions per week tells me a shaggy dog story: “What occasion do you belong to? ” “Oh, I’m now not a member of any geared up get together. I’m a Democrat. ” All this may be reason for demoralization (I’ve been to the places of work of specialize in the relatives, and that i can inform you, their chairs have casters), yet as we huddle to determine a process, I’m inspired through the humor and intelligence of our part. We disagree on a technique for a minute, then type it out. One lady calls 411 and courses us towards the most kingdom election board quantity. We jointly revise the script to slot present, post–voter registration closing date stipulations. I adventure a second of wish. probably we won’t lose for our loss of slickness or funds, yet win due to our ingenuity inspite of poverty. probably we’ll win simply because our arguments are exact and home made, just like the posters carried via protesters outdoor the Republican conference, instead of industrially produced and artificially selfmade, like these within. probably the USA, clever purchaser, won’t be fooled via fake advertisements! OCTOBER 17 I take the ACT bus to the Philadelphia suburbs. becoming a member of me is my buddy Leonore, a therapist and indefatigable activist, and at the bus we run into Eunice, an American author who lives as a rule in Paris yet has back to the States to spend months engaged on the election. Eunice can be the consummate consumer, a gourmand of items culinary and sartorial (who else would select Paris as her domestic? There’s a cause the wordsconnoisseur andbourgeois are French). in the meanwhile, even though, Eunice isn’t paying for either—she’s a author and her husband is an artist, and they're in a broke section. She tells me that oranges are so pricey at the top West aspect that she slices one in part to percentage with him for breakfast. I recommend she now not purchase oranges. From her snicker i will inform she considers that going to absurd lengths. we're en path to well-educated, well-heeled Bryn Mawr, a swing county in a swing country, and a bellwether in prior elections. We force on old fashioned streets covered with gourmand meals and dressmaker garments retailers. It’s a stunning day and other people are out on their Saturday morning rounds. On many road corners, union contributors and different volunteers are passing out Kerry literature. We see no Republicans, until they're disguised as consumers. Leonore and that i are assigned to a subdivision of monstrous new homes, in whose driveways stand large new cars, numerous in keeping with domestic. Landscaping is happening at a torrid speed. each blade of grass appears to be like to were trimmed with a nail clipper to check the only beside it. No plant is authorized to the touch one other plant. The mulch among them is black, one other style pattern i need to have overlooked this yr. Our objective is to recruit volunteers, so we're canvassing Democrats. one of many different types at the stroll sheets is Lazy Dem—people who lean Democratic yet don’t consistently vote.