Ammons’s concerns with the transcendental everyman coalesce in what may prove to be his finest effort: the National Book Award winner of 1993, Garbage. The title, suggested when Ammons drove by a Florida landfill, is characteristically flippant and yet perfectly serious. “ Garbage is a brilliant book,” said David Baker in the Kenyon Review. “It may very well be a great one... perhaps even superior to his previous long masterwork, Tape for the Turn of the Year. ” Once again evoking an Emersonian view of nature, Baker noted, “Ammons discovers that nature everywhere is composed of the decadent and entropic, the aged, the tired,” and also shows that matter transforms and renews itself, turning “garbage into utility, decay into new life.” As Robert B. Shaw pointed out in Poetry, however, Ammons’s transcendent meditations are always seasoned with “jokes, slang, ironies, Li’l Abnerisms.”
Size does matter when it comes to buying a TV, but not in the way you’re probably thinking. Getting the biggest TV isn’t necessarily always the best idea, especially if you are putting your TV in a relatively small space. Where you put your TV has more to do with your distance from the TV than the size of the room it will be sitting in. The farther away from the TV you are, the smaller the screen will appear to you, so a 50-inch TV will likely work much better in your living room than in your bedroom. Getting a TV that is too large for your room can negatively impact your viewing experience.
For non-conformity the world whips you with its displeasure. And therefore a man must know how to estimate a sour face. The bystanders look askance on him in the public street or in the friend's parlor. If this aversion had its origin in the contempt and resistance like his own he might well go home with a sad countenance; but the sour face of the multitude, like their sweet faces, have no deep cause disguise no god, but are put on and off as the wind blows and a newspaper directs. Yet is the discontent of the multitude more formidable than that of the senate and the college. It is easy enough for a firm man who knows the world to brook the rage of the cultivated classes. Their rage is decorous and prudent, for they are timid, as being very vulnerable themselves. But when to their feminine rage the indignation of the people is added, when the ignorant and the poor are aroused, when the unintelligent brute force that lies at the bottom of society is made to growl and mow, it needs the habit of magnanimity and religion to treat it godlike as a trifle of no concernment.