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October 31, 2007

'Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects With Unexpected Significance'


Horrible title, great book.

I happened on it via a chance reference somewhere, thinking it was going to be about everyday things embodying superb design whose presence we take for granted.


Once you get past the boring 10-page-long introduction, which didn't promise much enjoyment in the text to come, you're greeted by a series of 75 very well written, entertaining two-or-three-paragraph long essays by as many different people, most of whose names I didn't recognize, about objects (pictured on the respective facing pages) that acquired significance in their lives, often via strange and inexplicable series of events.

Perfect for a plane trip.

$11.90 at Amazon.

October 31, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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