Ashes to ashes, dust to dust ...or maybe as we would say it now - rubbish in rubbish out. The shape of our lives is determined by what we value and what we consider worthless. Its perhaps not so surprising then that very little attention is generally paid to what we discard - the waste or garbage of our lives. The sociologist, John Scanlan, believes this is a mistake and he's written a book about the detritus of our culture. This evening in Night Waves Isabel Hilton will be talking to him about his philosophy of the worthless and discussing why Western civilisation seems incapable of getting along without garbage. Just think of Charles Dickens' Our Mutual Friend or Don Delillo's Underworld. Or come to that of Kurt Schwitters or of Joseph Beuys.
There'll also be an interview with the rising star of crime fiction, Denise Mina, and a review of the Victoria and Albert Museum's major spring show featuring the work of the Arts and Crafts Movement. That's Night Waves with Isabel Hilton on BBC Radio 3 at 9.30pm.
Presenter: Isabel Hilton Producer: Zahid Warley
Additional information: 1) On Garbage by John Scanlan is published by Reaktion Books 2) International Arts and Crafts at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London runs until 24th July 2005. 3) The Field of Blood by Denise Mina is published by Bantam Press. 4) Kutlug Ataman's exhibition- Kuba is at Artangel's gallery The Sorting Office in New Oxford Street in London from 22nd March until 8th May 2005.