First we had the plastisphere, a new ecosystem of tiny plastic particles in the ocean colonized by bacteria.
I love the poetic comment at the end of this piece that future beings might find etched impressions of water bottles in fossils. Welcome to the Anthropocene, life.
Thanks Susan Schultz for the tip.
You have a tube of public space running through the center of your body. Thanks to Stacey Tran for commissioning this short essay over at Project Cityscope.
I made this map of the themes in Plastic, an autobiography. I wanted it to be like a molecular diagram, but it turns out it’s not that linear. (Photo by CAConrad.)
Today by the miracle of interlibrary loan I received this GE publication from 1946, How Plastics Solved War Problems. It came encased in plastic.
It came all the way from Stillwater, Oklahoma.
I had hoped that inside I would find out how the builders of the atomic bomb used Bakelite, the first synthetic plastic.
I did not find that secret inside, but a bee arrived.