First time in paperback: "An exhilarating collection by a brilliant writer…a penetrating observer of things so familiar that they're in danger of not being noticed."Steven Millhauser.
Call it an encyclopedia of lowbrow aesthetics. In Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic, the writer whom Steven Millhauser called "the most original essayist since George Orwell" examines with devastating wit and in a style distinctly his own the contagious appeal of that which is not art, the uses of the useless, the politics of product design and advertising. Here is a psychic voyage into the aesthetic unconscious of the consumer, as well as "the perfect companion for any foray through Restoration Hardware or the freezer compartment at Dean & DeLuca" (Village Voice Literary Supplement). From teddy bears to Mars Bars to Leonardo DiCaprio, this is the refuse of consumerism unflinchinglyand very entertaininglyobserved.
Author Biography: Daniel Harris is the author of The Rise and Fall of Gay Culture, a New York Times Notable Book in 1997. His essays have appeared regularly in Harper's, Salmagundi, and The Nation and have been included in The Anchor Essay Annual and Best American Essays. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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About the Author
Daniel Harris is the author of The Rise and Fall of Gay Culture, a New York Times Notable Book in 1997. His essays have appeared regularly in Harper's, Salmagundi, and the Nation and have been included in the Anchor Essay Annual and Best American Essays. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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I actually bought a copy of this book on clearance for only one dollar! I couldn't believe it! It's such a wonderful book. The way it's written is very complex and can be difficult to understand but it's advanced wording really enhances the experience of reading it. It describes how products are presented in a way to make the consumer believe they have appealing human characteristics. The anthropomorphizing of inanimate objects is a key strategy used by companies to make us believe that the things we buy will make us feel fulfilled when in reality advertisers always convey an image of happiness that shown to be just beyond the consumers grasp. It really got me thinking of how I perceive myself based on the things I buy. It has helped me to look closer at the things I buy so that I buy them for their functionality rather than their aesthetic appeal.