The Life of Stuff

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The Life of Stuff

The Life of Stuff

A memoir about the mess we leave behind

  • Author: Susannah Walker
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1473552788
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 384
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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 'This extraordinary, beautiful memoir gripped me from the first page.' Clover Stroud, author of The Wild Other What do our possessions say about us? Why do we project such meaning onto them? Only after her mother’s death does Susannah Walker discover how much of a hoarder she had become. Over the following months, she has to sort through a dilapidated house filled to the brim with rubbish and treasures, in search of a woman she'd never really known or understood in life. This is her last chance to piece together her mother’s story and make sense of their troubled relationship. What emerges from the mess of scattered papers, discarded photographs and an extraordinary amount of stuff is the history of a sad and fractured family, haunted by dead children, divorce and alcohol. The Life of Stuff is a deeply personal exploration of mourning and the shoring up of possessions against the losses and griefs of life, which also raises universal questions about what makes us the people we are.

Stuff

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Stuff

Stuff

The Life of a Cool Demented Dude

  • Author: Jeremy Strong
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0060841052
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 240
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Fourteen-year-old Simon, known as Stuff, struggles with his new stepfamily, tries to avoid a giant attack rabbit, hopes to break up with his girlfriend and connect with a new one, and creates cartoons of "Punykid's battle with drooling dorkoids."

The Occult Life of Things

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The Occult Life of Things

The Occult Life of Things

Native Amazonian Theories of Materiality and Personhood

  • Author: Fernando Santos-Granero
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • ISBN: 9780816528745
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 277
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Native peoples of the Amazon view objects, especially human artifacts, as the first cosmic creations and the building blocks from which the natural world has been shaped. In these constructional cosmologies, spears became the stings of wasps, hammocks became spiderwebs, stools became the buttocks of human beings. A view so antithetical to Western thought offers a refreshing perspective on the place and role of objects in human social life—one that has remained under-studied in Amazonian anthropology. In this book, ten scholars re-introduce objects to contemporary studies of animism in order to explore how various peoples envision the lives of material objects: the occult, or extraordinary, lives of “things,” whose personas are normally not visible to lay people. Combining linguistic, ethnological, and historical perspectives, the contributors draw on a wealth of information gathered from ten Amerindian peoples belonging to seven different linguistic families to identify the basic tenets of what might be called a native Amazonian theory of materiality and personhood. They consider which objects have subjective dimensions and how they are manifested, focusing on three domains regarding Amazonian conceptions of things: the subjective life of objects, considering which things have a subjective dimension; the social life of things, seeing the diverse ways in which human beings and things relate as subjectivities; and the historical life of things, recognizing the fact that some things have value as ritual objects or heirlooms. These chapters demonstrate how native Amazonian peoples view animals, plants, and things as “subjectivities” possessing agency, intentionality, and consciousness, as well as a composite anatomy. They also show how materiality is intimately linked to notions of personhood, with artifacts classified as natural or divine creations and living beings viewed as cultural or constructed. The Occult Life of Things offers original insights into these elaborate native ontologies as it breaks new ground in Amazonian studies.

The Life of Things

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The Life of Things

The Life of Things

  • Author: Robert Szankowski
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • ISBN: 9781477603338
  • Category:
  • Page: 52
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First book of poems written by Robert Szankowski.

The Life of Things, the Love of Things

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The Life of Things, the Love of Things

The Life of Things, the Love of Things

  • Author: Remo Bodei
  • Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
  • ISBN: 0823264440
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 144
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From prehistoric stone tools, to machines, to computers, things have traveled a long road along with human beings. Changing with the times, places, and methods of their production, emerging from diverse histories, and enveloped in multiple layers of meaning, things embody ideas, emotions, and symbols of which we are often unaware. The meaning of “thing” is richer than that of “object,” which is something that is manipulated with indifference or according to impersonal technical procedures. Things also differ from merchandise, objects that can be sold or exchanged or seen as status symbols. Things, in the philosophical sense, are nodes of relationships with the life of others, chains of continuity among generations, bridges that connect individual and collective histories, junctions between human civilizations and nature. Things incite us to listen to reality, to make them part of ourselves, giving fresh life to an otherwise suffocating interiority. Things also reveal the hidden aspect of a “subject” in its most secret and least explored side. Things are the repositories of ideas, emotions, and symbols whose meaning we often do not understand. In an unexpected but coherent journey that includes the visions of classic philosophers from Aristotle to Husserl and from Hegel to Heidegger, along with the analysis of works of art, Bodei addresses issues such as fetishism, the memory of things, the emergence of department stores, consumerism, nostalgia for the past, the self-portraits of Rembrandt and Dutch still-lifes of the seventeenth century. The more we are able to recover objects in their wealth of meanings and integrate them into our mental and emotional horizons, he argues, the broader and deeper our world becomes.

Seeing Into the Life of Things

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Seeing Into the Life of Things

Seeing Into the Life of Things

Essays on Literature and Religious Experience

  • Author: John L. Mahoney
  • Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
  • ISBN: 9780823217335
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 364
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As the discourse of contemporary cultural studies brings questions of race, nationality, and gender to the center of critical attention nowadays, there is a strong sense that religious, or perhaps religious experience, should command the attention of the academic and wider reading community. Seeing into the Life of Things is a response to that need. By combining the theoretical and the practical, this book serves as both a pioneering scholarly contribution to a devleoping field and a valuable guide for those who read, reflect on, and discuss points of intersection of religion and literature. The contributors to this pioneering study represent a range of voices and viewpoints, some of them established leaders in their fields, others in the process of becoming new leaders. E. Dennis Taylor, Joseph Appleyard, Philip Rule, John Boyd, and Jane and Charles Rzepka work toward the development of a discourse that can take its place with discourses that have developed around a New Historicism and Feminism. Robert Kiely, Stephen Fix, Keven Van Anglen, J. Robert Barth, Richard Kearney, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Judith Wilt, John L. Mahoney, David Leigh, Melinda Ponder, John Anderson, and Michael Raiger offer more focused approaches to writers as varied as Gerard Manley Hopkins, Katherine Lee Bates, Flannery O'Connor, Wallace Stevens, T.S. Eliot, and Seamus Heaney and to special genres like spritual autobiography and film.

The Literary Life of Things

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The Literary Life of Things

The Literary Life of Things

Case Studies in American Fiction

  • Author: Babette Bärbel Tischleder
  • Publisher: Campus Verlag
  • ISBN: 359350006X
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 292
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Whether in the street or the microcosm of the home, the life of things conjoins human subjects and inanimate objects. This material culture has long played a vital role in the American literary imagination, yet scholars in literary and cultural studies have only recently (re)discovered the object world as a subject of critical inquiry. Engaging a great range of American literature--from Harriet Beecher Stowe and Edith Wharton to Vladimir Nabokov and Jonathan Franzen--The Literary Life of Things illuminates scenes of animation that disclose the aesthetic, affective, and ethical dimensions of our entanglement with the material world.

The Secret Life of Stuff

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The Secret Life of Stuff

The Secret Life of Stuff

A Manual for a New Material World

  • Author: Julie Hill
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1409040232
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 368
  • View: 1391
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Wouldn't you like: - Products that don't damage the environment? - A better way of life without agonising about your 'footprint'? - To really know your stuff? Climate change? Biofuels? Nuclear power? Landfills? Recycling? Renewable energy? Environmental issues can feel overwhelming. But, in fact, it is simple; it all comes down to one thing - stuff. Our use of the Earth's resources - whether a crisp packet or a cargo ship, a T-shirt or a wind turbine - has an inescapable impact on our future. In The Secret Life of Stuff, Julie Hill uncovers the origins and the true cost of what we use. Her inventory of over-consumption may shock but it is the first step towards overcoming waste. The misuse of stuff is not your fault, it's a product of history. But it is only by understanding what has gone wrong, that everyone - politicians, business people and us as consumers - can create a new and better material world.

The Secret Life of Things

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The Secret Life of Things

The Secret Life of Things

Animals, Objects, and It-narratives in Eighteenth-century England

  • Author: Mark Blackwell
  • Publisher: Bucknell University Press
  • ISBN: 9780838756669
  • Category: History
  • Page: 365
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This collection enriches and complicates the history of prose fiction between Richardson and Fielding at mid-century and Austen at the turn of the century by focusing on it-narratives, a once popular form largely forgotten by readers and critics alike. The volume also advances important work on eighteenth-century consumer culture and the theory of things. The essays that comprise The Secret Life of Things thus bring new texts, and new ways of thinking about familiar ones, to our notice. Those essays range from the role of it-narratives in period debates about copyright to their complex relationship with object-riddled sentimental fictions, from anti-semitism in Chrysal to jingoistic imperialism in The Adventures of a Rupee, from the it-narrative as a variety of whore's biography to a consideration of its contributions to an emergent middle-class ideology.

The Life of Things

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The Life of Things

The Life of Things

Therapy and the Life of the World

  • Author: Bernie Neville
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781863551441
  • Category: Counseling psychology
  • Page: 227
  • View: 468
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What would psychology look like if we took the planet seriously? This is the question addressed by ecopsychologists, who argue that we should trust our experience and understand that the earth is not composed of dead matter but is a living system of which we are a part. Ecopsychologists are more interested in our relations with the earth than our relations with each other. They do not find much inspiration in conventional psychology, and generally have little to say about counselling and psychotherapy. Meanwhile, counsellors continue to work as though counselling is essentially an exercise carried out in private between two individuals, one of whom is undertaking to help the other deal with a personal problem. Surely, as Bernie Neville puts it, 'Our efforts should be spent on saving the planet. After that we can worry about whether we are happy or not.' In discussions of the human predicament these two points of view rarely meet, but here they are brought together lucidly and coherently. Bernie Neville takes both personal counselling and the planet seriously. He gets his inspiration from philosophers and psychologists who have puzzled over our relationship to the planet and each other. Arne Naess, Alfred North Whitehead, Jean Gebser, Carl Rogers and Carl Jung have had a significant influence on his ideas. These five thinkers all have enthusiastic followers, but they don't talk to each other very much. The Life of Things may be unique in fitting all five between the same covers. It is unique also in its achievement of dealing with these rich, diverse and complex ideas with eloquence and clarity.