Object Lessons is "an essay and book series about the hidden lives of ordinary things, from guessings to hypocrisies, intolerances to jurisdictions." Drawing from recent movements in material culture studies and critical theory, its contributors start from a specific prompt (historical event, technological innovation, archeological discovery, etc.) and develop a lesson or series of lessons on that topic. To begin, we have Glass (John Garrison), Refrigerator (Jonathan Rees), Hotel (Joanna Walsh), Waste (Brian Thill), Silence (John Biguenet), and Phone Booth (Ariana Kelly).
There are many forthcoming titles from the series that we intend to stock as well, including Drone (Adam Rothstein) and Remote Control (Caetlin Benson-Allott). Better get reading!