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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 bagel burned 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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"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)

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'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 bagel burned by actor Christopher Walken while 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.

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Elizabeth L, December 18, 2009 (view all comments by Elizabeth L)
This was a lovely collection with a surprisingly smart introduction. The titular "things" range in size and scope, united only by the fact they would appear as useless junk to all but their owners. Each thing is accompanied by a short article by its owner, illuminating its significance.
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Emma Peabody, December 15, 2007 (view all comments by Emma Peabody)
I liked the idea behind this collection of photos and tiny essays, but the execution exceeded my expectations! (That's on its way to a tongue twister!)

The essays are funny, wise, and touching without being sappy. And they avoid being drenched in irony as so much nostalgia is these days.

Beautiful little tributes. You will not be disappointed!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781568986906
Author:
Glenn, Joshua
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Author:
Ayes, Carol A.
Author:
Glenn, Joshua A.
Author:
Hayes, Carol
Subject:
Design - General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Values
Subject:
Meaning (psychology)
Subject:
General
Subject:
Values -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
Art - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
174
Dimensions:
7.02x5.64x.65 in. .69 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , '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 bagel burned by actor Christopher Walken while 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.
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