Glass (Object Lessons)

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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.Pause and look, and you will see that you are surrounded by glass: light reflects off and refracts through your windows; it encircles a glowing filament above you; it's in a mirror hanging on the wall; it lies shattered in a dented corner of an iPhone; you're drinking water out of a pint glass. Taking up a most common object, rarely considered because assumed to be transparent, this book draws evocative connections between historical depictions of glass and emerging ideas within the technology sector that envision glass as holding unique promise for new forms of interaction. Grounded in everyday examples, Glass offers a series of surprising—often counter-intuitive—insights into how we see the world and see ourselves in the world. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

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ISBN-13: 9781628924244
ISBN-10: 1628924241
Pagini: 136
Ilustrații: 15 b/w illustrations
Dimensiuni: 121 x 165 x 15 mm
Greutate: 0.14 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Seria Object Lessons

Locul publicării: New York, United States


Glass is an object that is often overlooked because of its role in looking at other objects, but this book explores its fascinating history, from iPhone screens to pint glasses

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John Garrison is Assistant Professor of English at Carroll University, USA. His work has appeared Cultural Critique, DoubleTake/Points of Entry, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, The Gay and Lesbian Review, Medievalia et Humanistica, Milton Quarterly, Literature Compass, Literature/Film Quarterly, Postmodern Culture, and Studies in Philology, as well as in the scholarly collections Women in Science Fiction and Scotland as Science Fiction. He is the author of Friendship and Queer Theory in the Renaissance (2013). Prior to pursuing a career in teaching, he helped develop technology and marketing innovations for leading companies including Sony Electronics, Marvel Entertainment, Yahoo!, Panasonic, and Warner Brothers Pictures.


Preface“A Day Made of Glass”MacbethMinority ReportMicroscopic VisionTelescopic VisionEarrings and LandscapesPhotographyShakespeare’s Sonnets“Heart of Glass”Sea GlassGoogle GlassTrademarkMicrosoft HoloLensStrange DaysA Glass, DarklySurfaces“A World of Glass”Postscript: What’s in My Pocket?Further ReadingAcknowledgementsNotesIndex


This brilliant book takes us through the looking glass, allowing us to see an everyday material in a whole new light. Glass, no matter how transparent it may seem, is always coated with many layers of meaning. In this scintillating account, John Garrison shows how the cultural framing of glass has repeatedly opened windows to other worlds, from the microscopic depths to the far reaches of the cosmos, from the imagined futures of science fiction to the bizarro-worlds of our own bathroom mirrors.
[A] book that can be read in a fascinated hour, but will influence your reading and your looking for the next month.