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I’m lovin’ this book. Introduced by the Sherry Turkle, best known for her work in the digital world, these essays focus on the role that the tangible world plays in understanding our own feelings as well as the perspectives of others. This book is one of a number recently published, all of which justify themselves as providing needed voices for material objects in our culture.

Everything I own has an emotional value for me, which makes it hard to let go of posessions, no matter how meaningless or trivial they seem. In its space, I would have loved for Turkle herself, whose scholarship is so concerned with identity formation in a digital age, to write about her own evocative object. Content-wise, this collection was better than I expected. It was given to me as a gift, and has added a level of understanding to the tiny, seemingly lifeless objects I remain connected to, when I didn’t think I needed to understand their presence any further.

Lane Bookwalter rated it liked it Dec 10, Each essay is framed by images that are themselves evocative. Jan 13, Cyndie rated it liked it Shelves: I like how this book manages to be a hybrid of theoretical insights into the importance of objects from a number of different fields and just beautifully told stories about particular things. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

I picked it up a week ago. Aug 22, Samantha rated it it was amazing. What I liked overall about this collection of essays was the theme of seeing objects as important, as carrying meaning and emotion, and that we unequivocally develop connections with the things in our lives.


It’s been more than a decade since I moved on to other interests and I was curious to read about what Dr.

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People with an active mind. In a way, it makes good sense that this type of analysis was ignored by scholars so often.

Turkle’s introduction provides just enough background to let the essays speak for themselves, however her conclusion limits the strengths of the contributions by attempting to pigeonhole their meanings in ways that the collection otherwise shefry. This book is an anthology of people writing about things that are important or significant to them.

An interesting look at what objects that is more talismanic than consumeristic. I liked Sherry Turkle’s introductory essay, but can’t say that the essays by the various contributors really did much for me. I can applaud them for trying and I made a great effort to look past the poor prose to the meat of the idea behind these essays. She links the project to Claude Levi-Strauss’s idea of bricolage thinking through objects, in brief. Turkle, an MIT ovjects, asked a range of mostly scientists to pen essays around an “evocative object” in their lives, something that connects in very primary ways with their lives and careers.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. It gave me pause to think about museums as places that hold tangible objects in stewardship for everyone. There’s no substance here. One of my favorites is about a I love this book of essays for its terrific merging of science and the humanities. A lovely collection of thoughtful, languid essays about evocative objects in each of the contributors’ lives, this book was not quite captivating enough to speed all the way though before it was due back at the library.

But maybe I’m just an emotional lush – the essay on the rolling pin was my favorite. I just blew through this in a hurry, and Evocafive definitely revisit some of these essays in more detail, but on first survey She has been named “woman of the year” by Ms. Also almost all the authors were academics, which again made for repetition in ojbects, writing style and priorities, and they took the oppertunity to promote their research, even when it wasn’t relevant.


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To ask other readers questions about Evocative Objectsplease sign up. Like all anthologies, it’s a little uneven, but it’s a very interesting look at the way humans build relationships with and through objects. In our relations to things, thought and feeling are inseparable. Oct 27, Karladarling79 rated it liked it. Which might be true, but made for tedious and repetitive reading. On our connections to eveyday things My own experiences echoes that of the previous reviewer David Block.

The poet contends, “No ideas but in things. Aug 13, Robert rated it it was ok. Apr 01, Amber rated it it was amazing. For example I have a scalloped bowl designed to look like a leaf of lettuce that belonged to my mother and before that my grandmother.

Evocative Objects: Things We Think With

This book deepened my perspective on many objects and notions. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Aug 18, ChromaticRat rated it liked it. I then finished it bit by bit, sipping the experiences.

I’d also recommend this book for writing teachers as a jumping off point for student egocative. For Sherry Turkle, “We think with the objects we love; we love the objects we think with.

A lovely collection of thoughtful, languid essays about evocative objects in each of the contributors’ lives, this book was not quite captivating enough to speed all the way though before it was due back at the library Sherry Turkle’s Life on the Screen was a central text for my unfinished master’s thesis about gendered communication in an online community.