Bookshelf: Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade

One of my Fourteen Books for 2014 I’ve always heard that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but I was not fully aware of how much treasure is out there until I spent the weekend reading journalist Adam Minter’s lucid and engrossing new book on the global scrap and recycling business, Junkyard Planet: Travels … Continue reading Bookshelf: Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade

Liangyou: Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1945

One of the nice things about going to UC Irvine is that during my coursework years, I had the option of taking classes at any other UC campus at no cost beyond a little bit of paperwork and administrative hassle. For one reason or another, though, it never worked out before my third year as … Continue reading Liangyou: Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1945