Taking Things Seriously : 75 Objects with Unexpected Significance

Taking Things Seriously : 75 Objects with Unexpected Significance

Description

We all have something in our lives that while not obviously valuable, is displayed as though it were a precious and irreplaceable artifact. Inquire about the object's provenance and you'll likely be treated to a lively anecdote about how it came into your host's possession. Keep digging, and you might even crack the code of what the thing really means. Taking Things Seriously is a wonder cabinet of seventy-five unlikely thingamajigs that have been invested with significance and transformed into totems, talismans, charms, relics, and fetishes: scraps of movie posters scavenged from the streets of New York by Low Life author Luc Sante; the World War I helmet that inoculated social critic Thomas Frank against jingoism; the trash-picked, robot-shaped hairdo machine described by its owner as a chick magnet; the bagelburned by actor Christopher Walken, moonlighting as a short-order cook. The owners of these objects convey their excitement in short, often poignant essays that invite readers to participate in the enjoyable act of interpreting things. You'll never look at the bric-a-brac on your shelves the same way again.


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Details

Author(s)
Joshua Glenn, Carol Hayes
Format
Paperback | 174 pages
Dimensions
140 x 178 x 16.51mm | 312.98g
Publication date
01 Oct 2007
Publisher
PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
85 illus. in colour.
ISBN10
1568986904
ISBN13
9781568986906
Bestsellers rank
710,933