Dirt - A Social History As Seen Through the Uses and Abuses of Dirt - by Terence McLaughlin eBook
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Dirt, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. It is, Terence McLaughlin suggests, "evidence of the imperfections of life, a constant reminder of change and decay. It is the dark side of all human activities --human because it is only in our judgments that things are dirty; there is no such material as absolute dirt." Dirt comes in legion shapes, colors, smells and textures. Even more fascinating than the phenomenon of dirt itself, however, is the variety of people's attitudes toward it. One man's dirt is another man's garden. Terence McLaughlin's delightful study of dirt covers much cultivated and uncultivated ground. The historical perspective begins with the Romans' answer to body odor (baths) and the early Christians' rejection of Roman values, including cleanliness.
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