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"Dumpster-diving’ professor seeks treasures in trash

Published 02/22/2009, The Dallas Morning News

The secret to economic survival this year may lie in the dumpster. Just ask Jeff Ferrell, a professor at Texas Christian University who spends part of his day buried in trash. The 54-year-old scrounger extraordinaire has furnished his Arlington Heights, Texas, home with the refuse of fellow Fort Worth residents. As the economy continues to wilt, Ferrell’s daily glimpses into the detritus of others offer both financial perks and a cultural critique on American consumerism, consumption and collection.

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