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What’s the No. 1 product of a terminally obsolescent consumerist economy? Garbage, of course. The average American produces 102 tons of it across a lifetime, with $50 billion in squandered riches being rolled onto the curb each year. Journalist Edward Humes has won both a Pulitzer Prize and a PEN Award, so his latest book-length investigation, “Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash,” goes beyond mere muck-raking. In fact, his tour of The Wasteland includes info on how families, communities and even nations are finding ways back from the landfill to discover diamonds in the dumpster.

A 1975 graduate of Hampshire College, Humes will return to the school’s Robert Crown Center on Friday to speak about his book, which was selected as the common over-the-summer reading for Hampshire’s entering class.

7:30 pm. Public welcome. (Sean Teegarden photo)

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