Quintessence: The Quality of Having It

October 1, 2000|
Quintessence: The Quality of Having It by Betty Cornfeld
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The perfect coffee table book for those who appreciate the finer elements of ordinary things, this beautifully photographed volume displays with the design flair of a museum show the ultimate iconic items. The thoughtful, intellectual--often irreverent--commentary on these commonplace things alongside the artistic photographs of each--over 75 in total--entertains with the search for soul in products that we know and probably use or have used. Whether they agree or disagree with the authors--and this is part of the fun--readers will delight in the homage to these things that we appreciate but rarely take the time to venerate. The martini, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a Mont Blanc pen--these things are not just drinks, foods or writing utensils, "they exhibit a rare and mysterious capacity to be just exactly what they ought to be," as the authors write. We get excited about them, not because they are the "best" but because they have an elusive combination of style, class and utility. The collection is astonishingly eclectic, yet with a flip through the pages readers instinctively understand the connection.
Betty Cornfeld is an Emmy Award-winning television writer who has written for the David Susskind Show, several quiz shows and for years, scripted the Macy''s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She lives in New York.Owen Edwards is a writer, critic and editor, whose works have appeared in New York, Playboy, Saturday Review, Savvy, Travel & Leisur...
Title:Quintessence: The Quality of Having ItFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:96 pages, 10.34 X 9.44 X 0.51 inShipping dimensions:96 pages, 10.34 X 9.44 X 0.51 inPublished:October 1, 2000Publisher:Running PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1579121500

ISBN - 13:9781579121501

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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