I was brought up quiet, amid strangers’ debris. When I was young, each week my parents and I visited the Wellesley (Massachusetts) Recycling and Disposal Facility. Monstrous containers held every kind of color-sorted glass, metal, paper, and earth. Beyond the bins was a cleared lot where my parents found tables and chairs and I found…
Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of The Two Kinds of Decay,
which was named an Editors' Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review
. Her next book, The Guardians,
is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Granta Books next month.