Issue No. 25
Trash can describe guilty pleasures, television and music we know isn’t sophisticated but can’t help but love. Trash can be an attitude, entitled and/or myopic, as in the oft-repeated zeitgeisty phrase, “men are trash!” (which refers to a state of unacknowledged privilege rather than a segment of the population). Trash is even a put down, an elitist take on anything not invested in “high” cultural norms. Trash is also, of course, the physical objects that have lost their hold on us: detritus and debris. Trash, it turns out, has many meanings and, even better for an editor, it’s a loaded word—contributors to this issue approached trash in a multitude of ways, each one inspired by a different slant on the notion of trash. One of the most enduring interpretations of trash is that it’s the opposite of treasure. Here, I disagree. I see trash as a compliment to all that is shiny and wholesome; something we must embrace to be fully embodied, well-rounded people. That’s what this issue is all about, the SAD-approved definition of the word trash—the messy and beautiful parts of life without which, we wouldn’t really be living.