Taking Things Seriously

Taking Things Seriously

75 Objects With Unexpected Signficance

Book - 2007
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Grand Central Pub
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 thingreally 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.



Baker & Taylor
Photographs and text explore the meaning, relevance, and significance of inanimate, ordinary objects that hold special value to the one who appreciates their unique and irreplaceable qualities.

Book News
"Just as we are collectors of things, things are collectors of meaning." So says Glenn (a Boston-based writer/editor) in introducing narratives about 75 pictured objects that might even intrigue Marxists decrying commodity fetishism. The items he and Hayes (a New York-based graphic designer) have selected as having special significance for their owners include petrified foods, antique toys, and relics of obsolete technology. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Hachette Book Group
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.

Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press, c2007
ISBN: 9781568986906
1568986904
Branch Call Number: 153.45 T1398 2007
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Glenn, Joshua 1967-
Hayes, Carol 1971-

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