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Book TV – இரண்டு புத்தகங்கள்

The True Patriot – Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu
Eric Liu, former speechwriter for President Clinton, and Nick Hanauer contend that the definition of patriotism has been misappropriated by the right and must be redefined and accepted by the left. They present several examples of what true patriotism means to them, which includes the ideas of “community above self” and “opportunity, with personal initiative.”
(Sunday 3 AM and 7 PM ET)

தொடர்புள்ள பதிவு: Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer: Patriot Games: Short Memos to the Would-be Presidents – Politics on The Huffington Post

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
Nigerian-born author Chinua Achebe talks about his novel at the offices of The Washington Post. The fifty-year-old novel, which looks at the impact of British colonialism on a village in Nigeria, has been translated into over 40 languages and over ten million copies have been sold worldwide.
(Sunday 9 AM and 10:45 PM ET)

குறிப்புகள்: Things Fall Apart Book Notes Summary by Chinua Achebe

புத்தகம்: Things Fall Apart – Google Book Search

விவரங்களுக்கு: Book TV on C-SPAN2

சு.தமிழ்ச்செல்வியின் ‘அளம்’ நாவலிலிருந்து (கதிர்)

ஆரம்ப காலத்தில் இப்படித்தான் கடல் கொந்தளித்ததாம். எல்லோரும் உயிர் பிழைக்க எதிலெல்லாமோ புகுந்து கொண்டார்களாம். ஓர் ஆணும் பெண்ணும் மட்டும் தங்களுடைய வீட்டிலிருந்த சுரைக் குடுக்கைக்குள் புகுந்து கொண்டார்களாம்.

உலகத்திலுள்ள மரம் செடி கொடி உயிரினங்கள் மற்ற பொருட்கள் எல்லாம் அழிந்துவிட்டதாம். ஆனால் சுரைக்குடுக்கைக்கு மட்டும் எந்தச் சேதமும் ஏற்படவில்லையாம். வெள்ளம் வடியும் வரை தண்ணீரிலேயே மிதந்து கொண்டிருந்ததாம். சுரைக்குடைக்குள்ளிருந்த ஆணும் பெண்ணும் பலநாள் பட்டினியால் குடுக்கைக்குள்ளேயே மயங்கிக் கிடந்தார்களாம்.

வெள்ளம் வடிந்தபோது சுரைக்குடுக்கை ஏதோ இரண்டு பாறைகளுக்கிடையில் சிக்கிக் கொண்டதாம். நன்றாக வெயில் எரித்த போது, அந்த வெயிலின் சூட்டால் சுரைக்குடுக்கை வெடித்து அந்த ஆணும் பெண்ணும் வெளியே வந்தார்களாம்.

பாறைகளுக்கு நடுவில் கையில் வேல் வைத்துக் கொண்டு நின்ற ஒரு சாமியின் சிலை மட்டும்தான் இருந்ததாம். உலகத்தில் வேறு எதுவுமே இல்லையாம். அந்த ஆணும் பெண்ணும் சேர்ந்து அவர்கள் மூலமாகப் பெருகியவர்கள்தாம் மனிதர்கள் என்பது இந்த சனங்கள் அடிக்கடி சொல்லும் கதை.

தொட்டுக்க நகைச்சுவை: ஷாலினி, சென்னை.

‘தாத்தா…தாத்தா… நான் ஒண்ணு கேப்பேனாம்…நீ கரெக்ட்டா சொல்லிடுவியாம்…’

‘என்ன சொல்லு?’

‘ஆமையும் முயலும் நுழைவுத்தேர்வு எழுதிச்சாம். ஆமை 80 % எடுத்துச்சாம். முயல் 81 % எடுத்துச்சாம். ஆனா ஆமைக்குத்தான் ‘காடு‘ பொறியியல் கல்லூரில அட்மிஷன் கிடைச்சுச்சாம்….ஏன்?…சொல்லு’


‘நீ ஒண்ணாங்கிளாஸ் படிக்கிறப்ப வந்த லெசன்ல முயலுக்கும் ஆமைக்கும் நடந்த போட்டில யார் ஜெயிச்சது?’


‘அதான் தாத்தா…ஆமைக்கு ஸ்போர்ட்ஸ் கோட்டாவில அட்மிஷன் கிடைச்சிடுச்சி…இதுகூடத் தெரியலை…சரியான மக்கா இருக்கியே?…’

Jacques Barzun

“For politicians not only represent us…They are the hardest working professionals; they must continuously learn new masses of facts, make judgments, give help, and continue to please. It is this obligation, of course, that makes them look unprincipled. To please and do another’s will is prostitution, but it remains the nub of the representative system.”

— Jacques Barzun

Is Democratic Theory for Export?: “Cultural historian Jacques Barzun argues that democracy is not an ideology that can be exported but a historical development and mode of life peculiar to the political context in which it developed. Extrapolating from this, we can say that attempts to base a foreign policy on the idea of exporting democracy—as sought by both the Reagan and Clinton administrations—will forever be doomed to failure.

A prominent feature of American political consciousness is a desire to propagate democracy throughout the world. In our enthusiasm to share what we enjoy, Jacques Barzun sees that little attention is paid to exactly what we are trying to distribute. Through a brief historical survey of democracy, he shows that our popular conception of the term does not correspond with any particular definition. U.S. democracy has no central text and is distinctly different, in theory and in practice, from the democracy of other states, both historical and contemporary. Democracy is an abstract ideal that is a function of time. Its present incarnation in the United States emphasizes freedom and equality through the means and language of specific personal rights. Barzun sees an internal tension in this formulation, one that ultimately threatens both freedom and equality if exported to the rest of the world.”

Print Interview The Austin Chronicle: Books: The Man Who Knew Too Much: Jacques Barzun, Idea Man

Recorded InterviewJacques Barzun. American scholar, cultural historian, teacher and educator and prolific author.

Online Library of Liberty – The Intellectual Portrait Series: Conversations with Leading Classical Liberal Figures of Our Time

Jacques Barzun on Cornell Woolrich – Christian Bauer

TIME Magazine Cover: Jacques Barzun – June 11, 1956 – Writers – Books | TIME: Parnassus, Coast to Coast

Flak Magazine: Melatonin Up, Civilization Down, 12.28.07

கலை, நினைவு, பெண் – கவிதைகள்

தனிமையின் இசை: தூங்கும் புத்தகம் – அய்யனாரின் கவிதை படித்தவுடன் சமீபத்தில் வாசித்த இந்தக் கவிதையின் ஒத்திசைவு பகிர வைக்கிறது

மொழிபெயர்ப்புகள் வரவேற்கப்படுகின்றன

She Put on Her Lipstick in the Dark
By Stuart Dischell

I really did meet a blind girl in Paris once.
It was in the garden of a museum,
Where I saw her touching the statues.
She had brown hair and an aquamarine scarf.

It was in the garden of the museum.
I told her I was a thief disguised as a guard.
She had brown hair and an aquamarine scarf.
She told me she was a student from Grenoble.

I told her I was not a thief disguised as a guard.
We had coffee at the little commissary.
She said she had time till her train to Grenoble.
We talked about our supreme belief in art.

We had coffee at the little commissary,
Then sat on a bench near the foundry.
We talked about our supreme belief in art.
She leaned her head upon my chest.

We kissed on a bench near the foundry.
I closed my eyes when no one was watching.
She leaned her head upon my chest.
The museum was closing. It was time to part.

I really did meet a blind girl in Paris once.
I never saw her again and she never saw me.
In a garden she touched the statues.
She put on her lipstick in the dark.

I close my eyes when no one is watching.
She had brown hair and an aquamarine scarf.
The museum was closing. It was time to part.
I never saw her again and she never saw me.


by Stuart Dischell

Walking, late
at night or just around dawn,
I stop for a few minutes outside
a friend’s house and wonder
about him and his wife upstairs sleeping,
not trying the weather like me.

I know they keep usual hours;
in their house down the hill from me,
I see their lights go out most midnights
and could set my watch by them.
Their sleepiness must be a marriage
I’ve never experienced. I wish their lights
would go on to invite me inside.

I watch two squirrels cross their lawn,
frisk with the cat, and leave
as the newsboy approaches.
I wouldn’t want a child to think I’m strange.
(Is it strange to be awake
while most of the community turns
for another hour of sleep?)

I wish I walked in somebody’s dream.
In somebody’s dream I could sleep.

Copyright © Stuart Dischell

Namedropping – தமிழுக்குத் தேவை

Sam Shepard, Francine Prose, Lynda Barry, Will Shortz…

எழுத்தாளர்களும் ஒருவரைப் படித்துப் பிடித்தால் தொடர்பான எழுத்தாளர்களும்: Author cloud | LibraryThing

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Book Selections by Boston Globe – 2007

Books and authors are always in the news, grabbing attention by telling stories, trumpeting trends, or offering enthusiastic advice. Sorting through this crowd can be like shopping on the day before Christmas: a madhouse where the items that get the most attention tend to be those that are most heavily marketed. Some books deserve the hype. But lots of good reads never get their well-earned praise. So once again this year, the Globe editorial page offers a necessarily quirky list of new books that caught our eye and fulfilled their promise to inform and delight. Happy holiday reading.

  1. Nixon and Mao: The Week that Changed the World – Margaret MacMillan
  2. : “I voted for you during your election,” Mao Tse-tung said facetiously at their historic meeting. “I like rightists.”

  3. Roland Merullo’s “Breakfast with Buddha
  4. Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s Soul – Karen Abbott
  5. – Is it ever possible to “uplift” women through prostitution?

  6. The Abstinence Teacher” – Tom Perrotta
  7. The Uncommon Reader” – Alan Bennett
  8. Mark Lilla’s “The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West
  9. – examines how Western concepts of God’s place in society evolved over time, spurred by the writings of men like Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  10. Ian McEwan’s “On Chesil Beach
  11. – Charting a couple’s first night as man and wife

  12. The Indian Clerk” – David Leavitt
  13. – true story of G.H. Hardy, a British academic who discovers a self-taught mathematician in Madras

  14. The Unknown Black Book: The Holocaust in the German-occupied Soviet Territories”
  15. – first-person accounts of the Nazi murders of more than 2 million Jews on Soviet territory

  16. Marvin Bell’s “Mars Being Red
  17. – collection of poetry

  18. Lynne Olson “Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England”
  19. Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy through Jokes”
  20. – Jokes to illustrate Immanuel Kant’s theory of knowledge

1. The 10 Best Books of 2007 – New York Times2. Books of the year 2007 | Pick of the bunch | “History, politics, music, business, biography, memoir, letters and fiction. There is something for everyone in this round-up of the year’s best books”

3. Review of the Year: Books – Telegraph: “BEST OF 2007: The Letters of Ted Hughes, ed by Christopher Reid (Faber, £30)
Astonishingly vital and generous, thrillingly written, scary, sympathetic, touching, bonkers. High-voltage stuff

WORST OF 2007: The Castle in the Forest, by Norman Mailer (Little, Brown, £9.99 pbk)
Jaw-droppingly bad. A-level Freudianism, the Devil, beekeeping, pederasty, Hitler. Mailer had surely lost his marbles by the time he wrote this. RIP”

4. 100 Notable Books of the Year – 2007 – New York Times

Economics: The Year in Books, 2007 – New York Times: “In my column this week, I call “Overtreated,” by Shannon Brownlee, the book of the year in economics. The column also mentions a few other books from 2007: “The Age of Turbulence,” by Alan Greenspan; “Falling Behind,” by Robert H. Frank; “Supercapitalism,” by Robert Reich; and “The Bottom Billion,” by Paul Collier.”

No. 1 Book, and It Offers Solutions – New York Times

5. The Globalist’s Best Books of 2007 by The Globalist – The Globalist > > Global Briefing:

1. Akbar Ahmed: Journey Into Islam
How were women instrumental to Islam’s development into a major world religion?

2. Jean Pfaelzer: Driven Out
What measures did the U.S. Congress implement against Chinese immigrants in the 19th century?

3. Pankaj Ghemawat: Redefining Global Strategy
Is the world economy as integrated as most people perceive it to be?

4. Paul Collier: The Bottom Billion
How can the world get the planet’s poorest one billion inhabitants on the path toward economic development?

5. Ray Takeyh: Hidden Iran
How was the United Kingdom complicit in undermining Iran’s budding democracy half a century ago?

6. Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Infidel
What makes this outspoken critic of Islam controversial enough to warrant threats to her life?

7. Edward Luce: In Spite of the Gods
What striking truth about India does a British reporter learn from a young Indian boy on a train ride to Delhi?

8. Sasha Issenberg: The Sushi Economy
What does the sushi industry reveal about globalized food culture and commerce?

9. Carl J. Schramm and Robert E. Litan: Good Capitalism Bad Capitalism
How can the United States harness the increasingly competitive global economy to its benefit?

10. Joseph Cirincione: Bomb Scare
How safe is the world from nuclear weapons?

6. Holiday Books: India – Books – Review – New York Times

  1. Melba Levick’s INDIA SUBLIME: Princely Palace Hotels of Rajasthan (Rizzoli, $65)
  2. Fredric Roberts’s HUMANITAS II: The People of Gujarat (Hylas Publishing/Abbeville, $60)
  3. Ketaki Sheth’s BOMBAY MIX: Street Photographs (Dewi Lewis/Sepia International, $45)
  4. THE MAJESTY OF MUGHAL DECORATION: The Art and Architecture of Islamic India (Thames & Hudson/Norton, $65) – George Michell
  5. AMRITA SHER-GIL: An Indian Artist Family of the Twentieth Century (Schirmer/Mosel/Prestel, paper, $49.95), by Deepak Ananth

More choices from Elsewhere

  1. Influencer: The Power to Change Anything
  2. Table of Contents
    Part One: The Power to Change Anything
    Choose Influence over Serenity

    1. You’re an Influencer
    A small group of remarkable leaders and scholars has been quietly changing the world by influencing people’s behavior. The skills they use offer everyone the potential to rapidly, dramatically and permanently improve their lives, organizations, and world.

    2. Find Vital Behaviors
    Big problems succumb to changes in just a few behaviors.

    3. Change the Way You Change Minds
    Changing behavior requires changing minds. Minds move more with stories and experiences than with facts and arguments.

    Part Two: Make Change Inevitable
    The Six Sources of Influence

    4. Make the Undesirable Desirable:
    Personal Motivation
    Overcome reluctance and resistance by connecting to moral imperatives..

    5. Surpass Your Limits:
    Personal Ability
    New behavior requires new skills. Over-invest in learning how to master skills and emotions.

    6. Harness Peer Pressure:
    Social Motivation
    Enlist leaders, partner with opinion leaders, and become an opinion leader yourself.

    7. Never Go It Alone:
    Social Ability
    Amplify influence through just-in-time teamwork.

    8. Design Rewards & Demand Accountability:
    Structural Motivation
    Modestly and intelligently reward early successes. Punish only when required.

    9. Change the Environment:
    Structural Ability
    Harness the pervasive and invisible power of environment to support new behavior.

    10. Become an Influencer
    Over-determine success by implementing multiple sources of influence.

    Book website: VitalSmarts – Influencer: The Power to Change Anything

  3. Grub: Elise Blackwell
  4. – Fiction

    Amid an assortment of scheming agents, editors, and hangers-on, each writer must negotiate the often competing demands of success and integrity, all while grappling with inner demons and the stabs of professional and personal jealousy. The question that nags at them is this: What is it to write a novel in the twenty-first century?

  5. Rogues, Writers & Whores: Dining With the Rich & Infamous: Daniel Rogov,Yael Hershberg
  6. To the true gourmet, art means Watteau’s Embarquement pour Cythere, which portrays 18th century courtiers picnicking, and Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’Herbe, in which one nude and another flimsily dressed woman picnic with two fully-clothed men. Literature means James Joyce’s short story, “The Dead”, the entire tale taking place around a sumptuously set table, and Ernest Hemingway’s lunch at Brasserie Lipp in A Moveable Feast.

    Throughout history, numerous famous and infamous men and women have contributed in their sometimes perverted but almost always intriguing ways to the world of gastronomy. The stories of those people, their culinary habits and the dishes either created by them, named after them or cherished by them, are the subject of this book. Kings and queens, dukes and duchesses, chefs and restaurateurs, novelists and composers, generals and courtesans–all have had dishes named after them.

  7. The Almost Moon: Novel: Alice Sebold
  8. Helen is coming to grips with a parable shared by her father when she was a girl. “I like to think your mother is almost whole,” he said. “So much in life is about almost, not quites.” “Like the moon,” Helen had responded.

    The whole moon is always there in front of us, although we cannot always see it in its entirety. Except on those nights when it is full, we can do no more than almost see it. So it is with Life. Our life and the lives of those around us are always there in front of us; however, we seldom see the fullness of Life. We almost see it, then it is gone.

    “When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily,” reads the first sentence. “When I was a teenager, I thought every kid spent sweaty summer afternoons in their bedrooms, daydreaming of cutting their mother up into little pieces and mailing them to parts unknown.” As the next twenty-four hours unfold, we see into the murky depths of her relationship with her mother, her father, her ex-husband, and her daughters. There is nothing there to make the reader connect and care about a single one of them, and we never fully understand what drove any of them.

  9. Mister Pip: Lloyd Jones
  10. SOME novelists write variations of the same book throughout their careers. Then there are writers of feral imagination — such as England’s Jim Crace, Tim Parks and James Hamilton-Paterson — who delight in confounding readers’ expectations: a book about a prehistoric storyteller might be followed by one about a modern office block, a novel about Elgar by a modern Tuscan farce.

    New Zealand’s Lloyd Jones belongs to this second group. While all but one of his previous five novels are set in his home country, their topics vary from Stalinism to the tango, small-town tourism and rugby.

    Mister Pip’s twists and turns, and use of Dickens’s novel, are ingenious. But it is hard to know what to make of it. So much rests on Jones’s tone, which is deceptively simple but accrues the uneasy ambiguity of Conrad’s stories. On the one hand, Mister Pip seems to be a love song to the enduring power of great writing. On the other, it is as insistent as a cultural studies student about readers’ powers to reinterpret texts. It invites sentiment yet gently mocks readers by exaggerating its own tropical colour. It teases us about the bona fides — and ultimate effect — of Mr Watts.

    Mister Pip is a post-colonial fable about reading that is as open-ended as a myth.

  11. The King of Colored Town: Darryl Wimberley
  12. There are good people and bad on both sides of the tracks that divide Laureate from ‘Colored Town’. Our instruction in that hard truth comes as we follow two African-American teens, Cilla Handsom and Joe Billy King, as they endure the backlash resulting from the integration of their segregated school with the all-white school run by Lafayette County’s all-white school board. The issue of the education of Laureate’s children will expose hatreds on both sides of the color divide. Cilla will emerge from her ordeal carrying scars and grace to become a widely traveled classical musician. Joe Billy will be found hanging from the bars of his cell in a Florida penitentiary. Their moving, intertwined dramas put courage, cowardice, loyalty and betrayal side by side in an eloquent, evocative narrative where the demons and angels of a time and place are portrayed in black and white.

தினமணி – 2007 தமிழ் பத்திரிகை தீபாவளி மலர்கள்: அறிமுகம்

2007 Diwali Malar Deepavali Magazine Specials Dinamani

New York Times (Oct. 4)

1. இணையம் – முதல் சுற்று; .நெட் 2.0 – அடுத்த ரவுண்ட். இப்போது இன்னொரு கோல்ட் ரஷ்.

Swarm of Software Developers Creating Features for Facebook – New York Times: By BRAD STONE
Thousands of software developers are creating features for Facebook, the fast-growing social network, many hoping to strike it rich alongside Facebook’s own employees.

2. அமெரிக்க தேர்தல் களம். அடுத்த வருஷம் ஜனாதிபதி தேர்தல் வரப்போவுதாம். ‘அரசியல்ல இதெல்லாம் சகஜமப்பா‘ என்னும் செய்கைகளும் அக்டோபர் 26 பிறந்த நாளை ‘வருங்கால ஜனாதிபதி‘ என்று உறுதி செய்யும் ஹில்லாரியின் முத்திரையும்:

Ah Newtie, We Hardly Knew Ye – New York Times By GAIL COLLINS
The problem for Republican voters is that as time goes on, the main presidential candidates begin to resemble the hopeless ones more and more.

John McCain has gone so ga-ga that he told a Web site devoted to spirituality that he would not be comfortable with a president who didn’t share his religious beliefs.

3. ப்ராண்ட் நேமிங், பட்டம் சூட்டுவது, வார்ப்புருவுக்குள் அடக்கி வாயைக் கட்டுவது; வார்த்தைகளைப் பிடித்துக் கொண்டு தொங்குவது குறித்து… (விவாதம் தொடர்கிறது)

The New L-Word: Neocon – New York Times By ROGER COHEN
Neocon has morphed into an all-purpose insult for anyone who still believes that American power is inextricable from global stability.

When John Kerry was vilified as a flip-flopping liberal by those armchair warriors, Bush and Cheney, I knew where I stood. When Michnik and Kouchner are neocons and is the Petraeus-insulting face of never-set-foot-in-a-war-zone liberalism, I’m with the Polish-French brigade against the right-thinking American left.

4. சமீபத்தில் இகாரஸ் பிரகாஷ் எழுதியது போல் எங்கே எதை உருவி எப்படி சீரழிக்கப் போகிறார்கள் என்று தெரியாத போக்கை குறித்து…

Use My Photo? Not Without Permission – New York Times

5. குறட்டையை நிறுத்தும் ஆராய்ச்சி

Scientist Invents Computer Pillow to Stop Snoring – New York Times

6. நிறைய பேர் ‘நாங்க லீனக்சுக்கு மாறிட்டோம்’ என்கிறார்களாம்

The Next Leap for Linux – New York Times

The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop? by Francisco Goldman

அமெரிக்காவில் இருந்து கூப்பிடு தூரத்தில் இருந்தாலும் ஹைத்தி, க்வெதமாலா போன்ற நாடுகள் முன்னேறாமல் உள்நாட்டு கலகம், முடியாட்சி, அடக்குமுறை போன்ற சகல வாஸ்துகளுடனும் கோலோச்சுகின்றன. ஏன்? அப்போதும் ஐ.நா. இருந்திருக்கிறது. இருந்தாலும் கொடுங்கோலர்களுக்கும் இராணுவத்தைக் கைப்பிடியில் வைத்திருந்தவர்களுக்கும் கொண்டாட்டம்தான். ஒரு நாட்டின் வரலாறு…

1. The Art of Political Murder by Francisco Goldman | – Houston Chronicle

2. ‘The Art of Political Murder’ by Francisco Goldman – Los Angeles Times: “A look at the 1998 murder of a Guatemalan bishop in the aftermath of the country’s 30-year civil war.”

3. Uncover what violence begets in ‘Art of Political Murder’

4. A meddlesome priest – The Boston Globe

5. The Art of Political Murder: From Francisco Goldman, Guatemalan politics with a murderous backdrop – International Herald Tribune

6. Getting Away With Murder :: The Nation

7. The power of fear —

Book Picks

1. Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him: Humberto Fontova

  • By the end of the preface, he’s pinned 14,000 executions on Guevera and credited positive portrayals to the public relations work of Castro and the laziness of biographers.
  • Presenting a failed physician, an inept guerrilla and a hapless sycophant, Fontova adds insult to injury by claiming Che was “deathly afraid to drive a motorcycle.”
  • He was a violent Communist who thought nothing of firing a gun into the stomach of a woman six months pregnant whose only crime was that her family opposed him.
  • And he was a hypocrite who lusted after material luxuries while cultivating his image as a man of the people.

2. Young Stalin: Simon Sebag Montefiore

A mastermind of bank robbery, protection rackets, arson, piracy and murder, he was equal parts terrorist, intellectual and brigand.

3. The Plenitude: Creativity, Innovation, and Making Stuff (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life): Rich Gold, John Maeda

Gold, a scientist, inventor and artist who worked at times for the toy company Mattel and the legendary Xerox PARC research labs

4. Evocative Objects: Things We Think With: Sherry Turkle

  • These essays reveal objects as emotional and intellectual companions that anchor memory, sustain relationships, and provoke new ideas.
  • the simplest of objects–an apple, a datebook, a laptop computer–are shown to bring philosophy down to earth.
  • The notion of evocative objects goes further: objects carry both ideas and passions. In our relations to things, thought and feeling are inseparable.
  • the role of objects in design and play, discipline and desire, history and exchange, mourning and memory, transition and passage, meditation and new vision.
  • Turkle pairs each autobiographical essay with a text from philosophy, history, literature, or theory, creating juxtapositions at once playful and profound.

Table of Contents and Sample Chapters

5. Still Life With Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy: Mark Doty (The Austin Chronicle: Books: Review)

6. Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects with Unexpected Significance: Joshua Glenn, Carol Hayes