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The Way We Are av Visser Margaret
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The Way We Are (utgåvan 1994)

av Visser Margaret (Författare)

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From the celebrated author of The Rituals of Dinner and Much Depends on Dinner comes a new collection of witty and insightful essays. In The Way We Are Margaret Visser, a self-described "anthropologist of everyday life," identifies and dissects the whos, whats, whys, and wherefores of how we live.Tapping in to our fascination with our own origins, eccentricities, and foibles, she makes ordinary objects - like restaurant menus and bathing suits - and typical habits - like showering or forgetting someone's name - yield up what they have to tell us about the way we are and how we became this way. What constitutes an initiation rite in our society? Why are we so squeamish about eating offal? What are the unsavory implications of Santa Claus?This is writing that bears Margaret Visser's distinctive, unmistakable stamp. She leaves us with a rich and fascinating portrait of ourselves and forces us to think about what exactly it means to live in the modern world.… (mer)
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This is a collection of micro-essays on being human, on being "The Way We Are". It is an apt title. John Fraser, in his foreword to the book, describes this type of work as a "visserism", and says: "more 'hmmms' have been uttered at the end of a Visser column than after anything else published in the magazine [Saturday Night]." That perfectly describes these wandering explorations. It is an unpredictable and eclectic mix of topics, such as High Heels, Greetings, The Fireplace, Christmas Pudding, Crossword Puzzles, Vacations, Bells, etc. In just several brief pages (always accompanied by several references, for brevity does not excuse a lack of academic rigor), she is able to convey concisely why a particular subject is of interest, and outlines its appropriate etymology, anthropologic signficance, and evolution into modern usage, replete with interesting anecdotal examples. She places the subject in its ancient history and describes how it has echoed through the ages and sometimes achieved a symbolism. It is a marriage of enthusiastic curiosity with a love of research.
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  TheBookJunky | Apr 22, 2016 |
This is a collection of micro-essays on being human, on being "The Way We Are". It is an apt title. John Fraser, in his foreword to the book, describes this type of work as a "visserism", and says: "more 'hmmms' have been uttered at the end of a Visser column than after anything else published in the magazine [Saturday Night]." That perfectly describes these wandering explorations. It is an unpredictable and eclectic mix of topics, such as High Heels, Greetings, The Fireplace, Christmas Pudding, Crossword Puzzles, Vacations, Bells, etc. In just several brief pages (always accompanied by several references, for brevity does not excuse a lack of academic rigor), she is able to convey concisely why a particular subject is of interest, and outlines its appropriate etymology, anthropologic signficance, and evolution into modern usage, replete with interesting anecdotal examples. She places the subject in its ancient history and describes how it has echoed through the ages and sometimes achieved a symbolism. It is a marriage of enthusiastic curiosity with a love of research.
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  BCbookjunky | Mar 31, 2013 |
Both Mr. Awesome and I have read it, now. We both enjoyed it. It's a collection of essays printed in the Globe and Mail in the 1990's. Ms Visser has an interesting take on the world, and looks at everyday objects and rituals with an eye to its deeper meaning and symbolism. I don't always agree with her interpretations, but it did make me look around myself to ask why we do what we do.
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  AwesomeAud | Aug 16, 2011 |
This volume is a collection of newspaper columns written by Margaret Visser, containing interesting historical facts and the author's own keen observations about ordinary things in life. Each column is brief and entertaining, but I generally felt unsatisfied after reading each one, wishing that there was more. If you're new to Margaret Visser, I'd recommend reading instead Much Depends on Dinner or The Rituals of Dinner. ( )
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From the celebrated author of The Rituals of Dinner and Much Depends on Dinner comes a new collection of witty and insightful essays. In The Way We Are Margaret Visser, a self-described "anthropologist of everyday life," identifies and dissects the whos, whats, whys, and wherefores of how we live.Tapping in to our fascination with our own origins, eccentricities, and foibles, she makes ordinary objects - like restaurant menus and bathing suits - and typical habits - like showering or forgetting someone's name - yield up what they have to tell us about the way we are and how we became this way. What constitutes an initiation rite in our society? Why are we so squeamish about eating offal? What are the unsavory implications of Santa Claus?This is writing that bears Margaret Visser's distinctive, unmistakable stamp. She leaves us with a rich and fascinating portrait of ourselves and forces us to think about what exactly it means to live in the modern world.

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