I was distraught to see in the NYTimes Home section yesterday a story about a writer who got a book contract based on his vow not to use toilet paper for a year.
That's right. He got a book deal with FSG based on a proposal about "living green" in Manhattan: no using subways, trains, buses or any other sort of transportation save a Razor scooter; no toilet paper; no TV; no lightbulbs; no eating anything that hasn't come from within 250 miles of NYC; no olive oil, coffee or spices; no disposable diapers for his child. They have even got a composter in their apartment with worms.
But, the kicker is: he is still using a computer (there's a blog at www.noimpactman.com
); they are still using a washing machine; there may be no toilet paper but there is a "dryer"; they have a maid; and they still use the stove.
Would you go that far? Would you eschew toilet paper to get a book deal?