An Encyclopedia of Once-common Things Passing Us by

Book - 2009
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Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Thanks to advancing technology and shifting mores, the amount of change we experience in our lifetimes is truly exceptional. Objects and practices that are commonplace can very quickly become outmoded. In this witty and informative collection of short essays, journalist and social commentator Anna Jane Grossman takes a thoughtful look at what everyday apparatuses, ideas, and behaviors are quickly disappearing—or else have already left the building.
Obsolete contains essays and entries on more than 100 alphabetized fading subjects, including Blind Dates, Mix Tapes, Getting Lost, Porn Magazines, Looking Old, Operators, Camera Film, Hitchhiking, Body Hair, Writing Letters, Basketball Players in Short Shorts, Privacy, Cash, and, yes, Books. This ode to obsolescence also includes 25 quirky pen-and-ink line illustrations to further help us remember exactly what we’re missing.

Publisher: New York : Abrams Image, 2009
ISBN: 9780810978492
Branch Call Number: 306.46097 G9147o 2009
Characteristics: 191 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Hancock, James Gulliver


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Jun 17, 2011

This one isn't so much a book as it is a blog that has been published. Unfortunately, this is a rather dry read - A few chuckles here and there, but nothing really worthy of purchase or even an entire read through.

Aug 06, 2010

I don't know if the author just wishes all these things were obsolete, or if she really has no idea of what is in the real world.


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