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Harris is not a man to mince his words. The reader sits almost breathless in the face of his vituperation. For example, discussing teenagers and coolness, he writes: "The romantic movement's cult of the child has created a foul-mouthed enfant terrible who has turned the playground into a necropolis, where prematurely aged Byronic figures stagger from the merry-go-round to the seesaw to the jungle gym, striking poses of misery and ennui, convinced that their solemnity lends them an air of sophistication and maturity."
The critique is scathing and often penetrating. Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic is a bracing read and a call to consciousness. Even the least sophisticated consumers know they are manipulated. Even the most sophisticated, Harris argues, do not really acknowledge how much they, too, are willing dupes.--J. Riches
Harris' work is clever and an enjoyable read . I became lost inside the pages of this book and realized that she is more then a cute face.Published on October 5, 2013 by Alice Johnson
This is by far the worst book that I have ever read. It is about 300 pages of the author complaining, whining and rambling. Read morePublished on November 28, 2007 by M. Paulsen
I'm a bit of a shopaholic and I like to read so I buy books often...maybe by the bus load. So durring one of my amazon buy-fests I picked up this book. Read morePublished on July 2, 2006 by Barbara Peters
While some of his ideas are not profound or original, the words he chooses to deliver them make the book a very enjoyable read. I love his biting wit and cynicism. Read morePublished on May 4, 2006 by Vanessa Au
There's a certain kind of book for which equivalence of opinion matters less than presentation. Daniel Harris's book falls into that category; it throws out a multitude of... Read morePublished on March 29, 2003 by David Goodwin
Daniel Harris has delivered the ultimate post-postmodern internet book marketing triumph, keywords: hoisted, petard. Read morePublished on August 10, 2002 by Riley Owen
I've read a ton of texts about "consumer culture" and this is by far one of the best. What's most intruiging about its arguments is that Harris is willing to explore how... Read morePublished on May 30, 2002
Daniel Harris shoots from the hip with thought-provoking insights on the psychological craving for kitsch. Read morePublished on December 7, 2001 by Dotti Webb