EP35 CirclePlastic: an autobiography
Allison Cobb


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The autobiography of plastic is the autobiography of everything.
 
AN EXCERPT FROM EP 35
 
“Because plastic is so ubiquitous, I thought that I could probably uncover a direct link between my body and the plastic inside a dead albatross chick some three thousand miles across the ocean. If I could do that, maybe I could draw the net wider. I could see how wide, how far, how long I could stretch this net connecting my own body to this substance: plastic, which barely existed one hundred years ago and which now is so amorphous, so omnipresent, it seems to disappear if one tries to look directly at it.”
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
ALLISON COBB is the author of Born2, about her hometown of Los Alamos, and Green-Wood, about a nineteenth-century cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. Cobb is a 2015 Djerassi Resident Artist and a 2014 Playa Resident Artist. She received a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission and was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow. She works for the Environmental Defense Fund. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-curates The Switch reading series.


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