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Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic: The Aesthetics of Consumerism

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Publisher Comments:

Call it an encyclopedia of low-brow aesthetics. In Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic, the writer whom Steven Millhauser called "the most original essayist since George Orwell" examines with devastating wit and in a style distinctly his own the contagious appeal of that which is not art, the uses of the useless, the politics of product design and advertising. Here is a psychic voyage into the aesthetic unconscious of the consumer, as well as "the perfect companion for any foray through Restoration Hardware or the freezer compartment at Dean & DeLuca" (Village Voice Literary Supplement). From teddy bears to Mars Bars to Leonardo DiCaprio, this is the refuse of consumerism unflinchingly-and very entertainingly-observed.

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"Ever suspected that something is deeply, deeply wrong with contemporary culture? Then this is the book for you." Adrienne Miller, Esquire (read Esquire's entire review)

Synopsis:

First time in paperback: "An exhilarating collection by a brilliant writer . . . a penetrating observer of things so familiar that they're in danger of not being noticed."-Steven Millhauser

About the Author

Daniel Harris is the author of The Rise and Fall of Gay Culture, a New York Times Notable Book in 1997. His essays have appeared regularly in Harper's, Salmagundi, and The Nation and have been included in The Anchor Essay Annual and Best American Essays. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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ISBN:
9780306810473
Author:
Harris, Daniel
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Location:
S.l.
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Consumer behavior
Subject:
Marketing - Research
Subject:
Consumption (economics)
Subject:
Aesthetics, modern
Subject:
Consumption
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Consumer Behavior - General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
[6]
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
294
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 12.2 oz

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