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See Inside February/March 2007

Love of Garbage

If this magazine is perched on one stack of hundreds in your home, you may suffer from an odd disorder that scientists are beginning to understand

Look around my house, and you will find some weird stuff.

I can justify a few pieces of my collection. The small tribe of kachina dolls and the menagerie of wooden African animals, for instance, have their aesthetic merits. My interest in pharmacology has spawned a personal museum of mortars, pestles and old medicine bottles. But then I think about other things I cannot bring myself to throw out: old squash and tennis rackets, unread magazines from the last century, and piles of T-shirts on the verge of disintegration. I also hold on to old coffeemakers. I have to admit, that just seems a bit nutty.

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