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Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic: The Aesthetics of Consumerism (edition 2001)

by Daniel Harris

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Call it an encyclopedia of low-brow aesthetics. InCute, 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 unflinchingly--and very entertainingly--observed.… (more)
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Title:Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic: The Aesthetics of Consumerism
Authors:Daniel Harris
Info:Da Capo Press (2001), Paperback
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Aesthetics, Modern > 20th century/Consumption (Economics)/Popular Culture
  Budzul | Jun 1, 2008 |
A fun, easy-to-read piece of pop sociology. Harris breaks down the title concepts and shows how they are socially constructed. For instance, what is considered romantic and why. How much do diamond merchants and florists have to do with our conception of "romantic"? The section about CUTE will make you look at stuffed animals in a whole new way. ( )
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Call it an encyclopedia of low-brow aesthetics. InCute, 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 unflinchingly--and very entertainingly--observed.

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