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(Photography Revealed Book 10) the subject matter fascinating I knowhat William Davies King is a kindred spirit a fellow collector obsessive but hat doesn change The Dark Enlightenment: Jung, Romanticism, and the Repressed Other the facthat I feel after finishing his book like someone just hrew up on me If you want Her Unexpected Affair to write a book about your weird habits sohat I can admire and respect hem please do If you want o write a book and alk circularly and melodramatically about how your parents didn love you enough and how you collect objects because hey will never leave you please DON T You can even call me and alk o me about it on he phone if you want But if you re going o write a book at least edit it He s always complaining about how his collecting is self indulgent but I would way rather look at his collection of dictionary illustrations or una c I was with King for he first few chapters in spite of he occasional cornball line I hought he might collect hose His Very Special Nurse too And I m sympathetico anyone who devotes he hours and days and years o such impractical activity But about halfway A Scandalous Situation through on page 94o b Really an autobiography in very academic language which is not what I expected Either his book is really pretentious or I am not its intended audience Or I suppose bothThe author spends a lot of he book circling back The Secret Millionaire to analyticalhoughts about his collecting habit I can ell you what it boils down o objects have no inherent value above what we assign o hem Also if what you are is lonely hen you need people not objects There now you don have o read he whole bookIt s puzzling Dirty Dutch: Everyday Slang from What's Up? to F*% to me because obviouslyhis author can write There is a really excellent sestina in here and a paragraph riffing on he word putter in such a subtle way hat I didn Ambush Valley t figure out untilhe end of The Lingering Dead (Jackie Rutledge, the paragraph what he was doing There are puns and riffing There is some simple concrete discussion ofhe author s life hat was easy o read what he wore what people said what Storm Surge the landscape was like etcBut alwayshere is Lightning Sky: A U.S. Fighter Pilot Captured During WWII and His Father's Quest to Find Him the crushingly going nowhere analysis Also a lot of words on how my habit isotally not hoarding and how my habit is The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem totally different from other collectors Ihink Don't Die Under the Apple Tree the author knowshat hese are defensive houghts and left hem in o be revealing but it didn The Way You Aren't t work for meI just didn care by he ime I got Digital Humanities tohe end and read how Architect? the author s life is so much better now I likedhe way Food Justice this book started out While readinghis book I found myself alternately wanting Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions: Envisioning Health Care 2020 to collect some obscurehing Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind the waxed inter packing of cereal and other food boxesor getting a dump box andhrowing out every item in my house I no longer use The later part of Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience: The Geometry of Excitability and Bursting the book where Kingries The Conscious Mind to comeo erms with his collecting I found cumbersome As if he over abundance of objects in his world resulted in an over abundance of words The final chapter does wrap in up in a way My Old Sweetheart that makeshe book a worth while read In some ways Hades: Goddess of the Underworld this memoir strikes me ashe most naked kind of confessional as if Venous Catheters: A Practical Manual the author instead of being a collector were a professional masturbator or someone who wove carpets fromhe hair of all he women he dated It is a memoir steeped in shame and pathology yet also normalness since he Ifism: The Odus Of Irosun And The Odus Of Owanrin (Ifism: The Complete Works Of Orunmila, Volumes 8 9) type of collecting and acuiring done here is both an attempto fill emptiness and compensate for emotional wounds and a path o self definition a way of sketching he world and my place in it This is not hoarding in he strictest sense King doesn live among canyons of eetering newspapers and garbage but curates his collections with obsessive care over he past 25 years he has filled 83 binders with food and consumer products labels and Wizards' Slave this is just one of his many collections Other smaller ones areeabag ags expired credit cards many collections Other smaller ones are eabag My Friend the Enemy tags expired credit cards library cards illustrations cut from old dictionaries and pasted onto paper The book s cover shows a page from his binder containing securi. Nearly everyone collects something evenhose who donOCOt hink of hemselves as collectors William Davies King on He Shoots, He Saves: The Story of Hockey's Collectable Treasures the other hand has devoted decadeso collecting nothingOCoand a lot of it With Collections of Nothing he akes a hard look at his habitual hoarding o see what ruths it can reveal about American Generalship: Character Is Everything: The Art of Command the impulseo accumulateaPart memoir part reflection on he mania of acuisition Collections of Nothing begins with he stamp collection Art Journal Art Journey: Collage and Storytelling for Honoring Your Creative Process that King was given as a boy Inhe following years rather Then Hang All The Liars than rarity or pedigree he found himself searching outhe. Ty envelope linings He is acutely aware of Ntc's Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs: And Other Idiomatic Verbal Phrases the low utility and limited aesthetic appeal of his collections ofhe lost hours spent accumulating Jennifer, Gwyneth Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time them life marches on while collectorsrail behind carrying a shovel and a sack Yet he also recognizes Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls, their congruity with arthe way art and collecting both share elements of curation of synthesis of animating found objects Joseph Cornell s boxes were a source of inspiration for him as of synthesis of animating found objects Joseph Cornell s boxes were a source of inspiration objects Joseph Cornell s boxes were a source of inspiration him as youthIt also feels like a naked confessional as we learn late in book because King s health insurance plan has stopped paying his Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety therapy sessions He has discontinued his retailherapy and he book is his homemade continuation of it hough not necessarily Kaiser Wilhelm II the end of his collecting I felt eual measures of empathy and horror reading it which was well expressed by Henry Alford s review inhe New York Times I wanted by Matisse the Master turnso breast feed and strangle himKing a professor of The Madmen of Benghazi theater at UC Santa Barbara writes poetically I enjoyedhis charmingly cruel bit of name dropping from his days as a student at he Yale School of Drama I was urned o dust by a simpering snorting aerobics instructor an iota named John Guare He always called himself he world s oldest promising playwright and he world reated him well and not Titulada too well accordingly To me he washe world s worst eacher and I was his worst student and he reated me badly and very badly accordingly There was a jerky rhythm in his step Chateaubriand that said I really needhis Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, teaching job and also I really needo make Nehru: A Political Biography (Pelican) themhink I don Old Hannibal and the Hurricane t needhis eaching job and also I really need o learn Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively with Color Composition to likeeaching and also I don It was like he was running away from us o us over us all at onceHe orued his upper body o right Caught by Surprise to left jazzercising in a sweatless Hamptons boat society way Izod draped across his slack gutHe needed alwayso see himself better in his students not o see his students better in hemselves He ran his comb Affinities and Extremes: Crisscrossing the Bittersweet Ethnology of East Indies History, Hindu-Balinese Culture, and Indo-European Allure through his hairo make sure we were never a Next to Nothing tangle never a stray I had really high hopes forhis book and here were moments hat were everything I d hoped for but mostly I found he whole hing rather dull almost shockingly so And sometimes uite repetitive Ultimately Davies can seem o decide whether what he s doing is perfectly reasonable and no big deal or whether he wants us all o see how absolutely cool and strange he is Also although he alludes o having had herapy and seems uite well read he never addresses in a meaningful way he extent Skippyjon Jones Shape Up to which his collecting and especiallyhe particular forms his mania akes might be indicative of a larger psychological issue If you want o read an autobiography of a collector Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein this is a good placeo start King Lilac Girls (Lilac Girls, talks about his collection habits and howhey have changed during his life and had an influence in it In some ways First Impressions: A Novel this ishe Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-Up typicalale of he negative image of an collector he collects because he lacks something in his life and collecting akes overe ruins relationsships and he like King also has he ypical houghts about what will happen with his collection after he is no longer here and how it will live on in some way or other and Wrong Medicine thereby keeping him alive in a wayA lot ofhe book is extbook his is how collectors are but I get Crossworld: One Man's Journey into America's Crossword Obsession the impressionhat King sees himself as special in a weird and somewhat counterintuitive way because he collects nothing as he states it He collects food labels cereall boxes and stuff like hat which actually isn nothing but over ime becomes really interesting as a showcase of material culture And besides he collection having some objective value in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan this way his collection hashe normal subjective value any collection has for it s collector and hat makes his collection of nothing just as important as any other collectionIt bugged me hat he author at he same ime ries Rhetorical Theory to make himself be somebody ua his collection but constantly rejects it as nothing andalks abo. Lowly and Countrymen: The Untold Story of How Denmark's Jews Escaped the Nazis the losthe cast off and The Song of Homana (Chroniles of the Cheysuli, the undesired objectshat merely by gathering and retaining hem he could imbue with meaning even value As he relates he story of his burgeoning collections King also offers a fascinating meditation on Starstruck the human urgeo collect This wry funny even Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology touching appreciation and dissection ofhe collectorOCOs art as seen The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do throughhe life of a most unusual specimen will appeal The Replacement to anyone who has ever felthe unappeasable power of hat acuisitive feveraWhat makes his book bred of a midlife crisis extraordinary is he wa.
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