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Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects with Unexpected Significance Paperback – August 16, 2007

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In an age when we're obsessed with the design, provenance, and value of every objects around us, these 75 short essays and photographs honor those magical, mysterious items that wiggle their way into our lives, and somehow into our hearts....eclectic group of creatives who eloquently describe their little pieces of Nothing Special--and why they mean everything to them. -- StepInside Design, December 2007

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

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Archit.Press; 1 edition (August 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568986904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568986906
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #985,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most readers will wish, as I did, that THEY had thought to compile and edit a book like this. Or at least that they had been called upon to contribute an essay to this collection of photos and stories about objects of particular and unexpected significance to the individuals. Intriguing stuff. Most of us have equally fascinating and quirky objects we've trucked around for years or even decades. I will share the book with friends who dabble in writing. We should have fun identifying our own special objects and using the concept of analyzing their importance as both a writing exercise and a way to share our idiosyncrasies. (Why DO I cling to that brass drain cover from the urinal at an abandoned mine?)
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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 ownership. Not necessarily its monetary potential (even though I've sold many salvaged finds) but something closer to what Kant called Ding an sich: the thing, as it is unto itself. One man's trash, removed from its place under his distorting lenses of perception and conceptualization, can be viewed afresh with the new sense of meaning imprinted by another -- a treasure.

While the seventy-five objects given to us in Taking Things Seriously weren't all hauled out of someones's refuse or found abandoned by the side of the road, each has a mysterious pull, like gravity, that draws our attention and inquiry. Each has a story. It may be the story its current custodian regales us with as we open to a page of this stimulating omnium gatherum, or it may not, yet we are nevertheless compelled by inevitable curiosity to consider whys and wherefores. For me, it was all about the sand clown. Buy the book and you'll understand.

This is a lovely, unobtrusive volume that would be a fine addition to your coffee table collection or nightstand stack. Additionally, it would make an ideal gift for the person who believes she has everything and could benefit from a reminder that there's fantastic, beautiful, and confounding diversity within the near-limitless realm of stuff.
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By C- on September 18, 2007
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If you are somebody that enjoys things or objects, or even if you don't, this book is great fun to read. If you know somebody that tends to find interest in life - you should buy this book for them. If you know somebody that does not tend to find interest in life - you should buy this book for them, maybe it will help.
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This book is a real original. It's great to pick up and enjoy, then pick it up again later and enjoy some more.
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.
Pat D.
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What a gem! This is easily one of my favorite books of the year. Elegantly written adorned with beautiful images, I implore you to rush right out and buy a copy for youself--and another for a friend! Top notch stuff here. It's a keeper!
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