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A surplus of ideas
Richard Wilk

When is the border between enough and too much crossed? When does a comfortable abundance become an oppressive surfeit? When does choice move from being a privilege to a burden? This book ends a series of three by the same editors which address these questions, exploring many aspects of overflow. These extremes might be the best way to characterize our world, populated by 8 billion people, hundreds of millions migrating and seeking refuge, where the obese outnumber the undernourished and middle-class homes are filled to bursting with goods and possessions. The consumer marketplace is driven into perpetual motion, as today’s valuables turn into tomorrow’s trash. Overflow, or perhaps surfeit, is also the best way to describe the wealth of new ideas circulating in these essays.

in Overwhelmed by overflows?