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On Garbage
ISBN: PB: 9781861892225, Reaktion Books, November 2004
208 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm, illus. illus.
This is the first work to examine the detritus of our culture in its full range; garbage in this sense is not only material waste and ruin, environmental degradation and so on, but also residual or 'broken' knowledge, useless concepts, the remainders...
Philosophy of Boredom
ISBN: PB: 9781861892171, Reaktion Books, November 2004
192 pp., 20x12 cm
Although boredom is something that we have all suffered from at some point in our lives, and has become one of the central preoccupations of our age, very few of us can explain precisely what it is. In this book Lars Svendsen examines the nature of b...
Women, Islam and Cinema
ISBN: PB: 9781861892201, Reaktion Books, October 2004
208 pp., 17x12 cm, 75 illus.
This is the first book to examine the troubled relationships between women, Islam and cinema. Film critic and author Gonul Donmez-Colin explores the role of women as spectators, images and image constructors in the cinemas of the countries where Isla...
Chris Marker Memories of the Future
ISBN: PB: 9781861892232, Reaktion Books, October 2004
256 pp., 20x15 cm, 147 illus.
Chris Marker is one of the most extraordinary and influential film-makers of our time. In landmark films such as Letter from "Siberia" (1958), "La Jetee" (1962), "Sans Soleil" (1982) and "Level Five" (1996), he overturned the conventions of the cinem...
Food in Painting From the Renaissance to the Present
ISBN: HB: 9781861892133, Reaktion Books, October 2004
240 pp., 25x19 cm, 68 black&white illus., 79 colour illus.
"Food in Painting" is a sumptuous exploration of food images in European and American painting from the early Renaissance to the present. Kenneth Bendiner sees such images as a separate classification of art, with its own history, and offers novel re...
Remembered Film
ISBN: PB: 9781861892157, Reaktion Books, September 2004
128 pp., 19.8x12 cm, 36 illus.
Most books about cinema, whether popular or academic, concentrate on what we might call the "inside" of the film: from star performances to narrative structures. The relatively few books about the "outside" of films speak mainly of such aspects of pr...
ISBN: PB: 9781861892218, Reaktion Books, September 2004
240 pp., 19x13.5 cm, 56 black&white illus., 61 colour illus.
As everybody knows, oysters are the ultimate aphrodisiac. Casanova is said to have eaten 50 raw oysters every morning with his mistress of the moment, in a bathtub designed for two. Whether oysters truly have exciting properties is open to debate, bu...
ISBN: PB: 9781861892034, Reaktion Books, June 2004
232 pp., 19x13.5 cm, 87 black&white illus., 23 colour illus.
Dogs are perhaps our most popular pets, and certainly one of the best-loved of all animals. They are not only humanity's best friend, they are also its oldest: burial sites dating back 12,000 years indicate that dogs moved alongside prehistoric peopl...
Cairo City of Sand
ISBN: PB: 9781861891877, Reaktion Books, May 2004
232 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm, 36 illus.
Cairo is a 1,400-year-old metropolis whose streets are inscribed with sagas, a place where the pressures of life test people's equanimity to the very limit. Virtually surrounded by desert, sixteen million Cairenes cling to the Nile and each other, pr...
Encyclopedia of Stupidity
ISBN: PB: 9781861892317, Reaktion Books, April 2004
208 pp., 19.7x13 cm, 55 illus.
Matthijs van Boxsel believes that no one is intelligent enough to understand their own stupidity. In "The Encyclopedia of Stupidity" he shows how stupidity manifests itself in all areas, in everyone, at all times, proposing that stupidity is the foun...