“Dumpster Diving” by Lars Eighner, was a very interesting piece. In some ways it was like a tutorial. He teaches us a lot of different things such as how to properly dumpster dive, how to scavenge gradually, and how to eat safely. People would commonly feel sorry for him, but in a way I feel like he doesn’t mind it. In the first paragraph, he expresses to the reader that he was always interested in Dumpsters by saying “Long before I began dumpster diving I was impressed with dumpsters, enough so that I wrote the Merriam-Webster research service to discover what I could about the word Dumpster.” Reading this, you get a little thought that he’s doing something that he somewhat enjoys. The overall theme is “Wastefulness”, as a scavenger he tells the reader how much he has learned from his experiences. He states, “Although if I could, I would naturally prefer to live the comfortable consumer life, perhaps-and only perhaps-as a slightly less wasteful consumer, owing to what I have learned as a scavenger.” Basically saying that if he was going to live the average life, he would be smart about what he throws out rather than the average human that wastes things that could be put to use. He expresses the theme by using definitions, compare and contrast, and processes, which also tells the reader that he is an intelligent man. I very much enjoyed reading this piece, as it shows the world in a different perspective. A perspective in which would normally not be viewed, which makes this story so appealing to me.