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Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects with Unexpected Significance Paperback – August 23, 2007
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Short essays about treasured possessions, by artists, designers, writers and performers. The cartoonist and musician recalls playing with an assortment of rubber animals as a boy, 'acting out battles, domestic scenes, everything.' But the star was always Sunshine, above: 'one special little yellow pig.' -- New York Times Book Review, August 2007
Taking Things Seriously is a process, an experience in looking and interpreting, reminding us to take a good look at all the ordinary things around and to realize that they are each far more just that. -- FiveandaHalf.net, September 17, 2007
The Must List #9. Proving one man's trash is another's treasure, this collection of photos and essays shows how the unlikliest of things can provide inspiration. -- Entertainment Weekly, October 26, 2007
delightful, often hilarious -- Dwell, December 2007
About the Author
Carol Hayes is an award-winning designer and artist. She lives in Brooklyn.
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Top Customer Reviews
It encompasses something everyone does and hardly anyone really thinks about...hoarding/collecting stuff that is really important only to you. It puts a perspective on people's emotional ties to sometimes useless things. I had a lot fun reading it and sharing it.
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I thought the objects would have unexpected significance in a world wide context, not special significance to individuals. Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by WillowGirl
Trash digger, dumpster diver, urban scavenger-repurposer, call me what you like; I happen to have a keen eye for the potential of an object of which another person has relinquished... Read morePublished on March 17, 2011 by Byron Case
A beautifully presented collection of bite-sized insights into objects and the minds of their owners. A coffee table without this book is a naked coffee table.Published on September 16, 2007 by Mr. Patrick Cates