Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects With Unexpected Significance

by Joshua Glenn, Carol Hayes

Princeton Architectural Press | August 1, 2007 | Trade Paperback

Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects With Unexpected Significance is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 pages, 7 × 5.58 × 0.66 in

Published: August 1, 2007

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1568986904

ISBN - 13: 9781568986906

Found in: Art and Architecture

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from a little gem This darling little book had me at first glance at its cover and by the time I had finished reading the introduction I was gone! In a nutshell it is a collection of photographs with accompanying essays about treasured objects that both inspire and are deemed priceless by their owners. The sometimes moving, often funny essays in the collection are a real treat. It'll make you think about what keepsakes are in your own collection, and re-think the meaning and value we put on 'things'.
Date published: 2008-11-21

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Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects With Unexpected Significance

Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects With Unexpected Significance

by Joshua Glenn, Carol Hayes

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 pages, 7 × 5.58 × 0.66 in

Published: August 1, 2007

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1568986904

ISBN - 13: 9781568986906

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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 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.

About the Author

Joshua Glenn is a Boston-based writer and editor at the Boston Globe. Carol Hayes is an award-winning designer and artist. She lives in Brooklyn.