- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Galde Press, Inc.; 1 edition (February 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1880090589
- ISBN-13: 978-1880090589
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,192,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mall of America: Reflections of a Virtual Community 1st Edition
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This book is an odd combination of history, sociology, and memoir. Author Eric Nelson recounts his vertigo at the opening of Mall of America, the greatest tourist attraction in the United States, and uses this as an opportunity to create a dialogue with all things American. Stories from Indian casino workers, Jerry Siegel's recollections of creating Superman, the odd goings-on at a wedding that took place inside the mall, and more come together to create a truly unusual literary venture. Nelson uses the mall as a geographical and economic locus to tell the story of how the U.S. came to be the consumer-friendly pseudo-world that it is today. --James DiGiovanna
About the Author
Eric Nelson has spoken about the human and social aspects of the Mall of America at national seminars and conferences and with groups as diverse as French architects and engineers, college students, and senior citizens from every part of the U.S. He teaches in the English department of St. Olaf College.
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For example, one chapter, "The Whirlwind," begins with quotes from Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Book of Job. It moves through our attempts to control the weather (knots tied by Shetland Island fishermen, the Weather Modification Advisory Board), and touches on both George Washington and the Donner Party, arriving finally at Minnesota weather and the reason for Malls. The chapter ends with the story of the eccentric entrepreneur behind the Rainforest Cafe: "For the time being, Steve Schussler, who studied Darwin in the school of hard knocks, has found a niche in its neon jungle."
On a trip to the Mall with Eric Nelson be prepared for unexpected encounters and surprising insights. You'll return home entertained and satisfied.
I believe this book was an effort by the author (likely a typical suburban consumer) to share a recent personal discovery, US Econimic Policy = Careless Consumerism.
Though I am certain that the author was entertained, as clever as this book was written; with its lack meaningful insight, it makes better fiction that anything.