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Good wastebasket not a work of art

(Editor’s note: Andy Rooney, legendary “60 Minutes” commentator known for his humorous and contentious television essays and newspaper columns, died Nov. 4 at the age of 92.  This is one of his past columns on the seemingly simple subject of wastebaskets.)

By Andy Rooney

THERE ARE certain things in our lives we all use, but which should not have much attention called to themselves.
An example is the wastebasket. Wastebaskets play an increasingly important part in our lives as the proliferation of paper threatens to bury us before we can throw it out, but a wastebasket is a strictly utilitarian object.
Any attempt to make it a work of art is an unnatural act. Why, then, have floral designs on

Tuesday, November 08, 2011 8:24 PM

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