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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
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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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