Tag Archives: Object Lessons

Object Lessons series editors receive National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

By | March 24, 2017

January 4, 2017 – Object Lessons series editors Ian Bogost (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Christopher Schaberg (Loyola University New Orleans) have been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create a traveling seminar program for writers, arranged to coincide with major academic conferences across the U.S. Object Lessons is an… Read More »

Silencing Women

By | September 28, 2016

An excerpt from the Object Lessons book Silence by John Biguenet In our first visit to Florence, while still students, my wife and I found a little restaurant near our bat-infested pensione as sunset turned the Arno bronze. Having been raised by her grandmother from Viareggio, the nearby beach resort, Marsha ordered our meal in… Read More »

March Conference Update

By | April 15, 2016

Last month, our Literary Studies team attended two exciting conferences to showcase our latest releases. The American Comparative Literature Association hosted their annual meeting at Harvard University from March 17th through 20th. Our books were a big hit, with our eye-catching Object Lessons collection making a great display.  Attendees were excited to hear about some… Read More »

Dust Specks

By | March 10, 2016

Guest post by Michael Marder Note: The small fragments on dust gathered here are based on my nearly daily tweets on the subject @michael_marder. Besides their belatedness, there is no reason why they could not have been a part of my book Dust (Object Lessons). Prelude Twitter generates and spreads the dust of thought: dispersed, inessential,… Read More »

Bookshelves at Sea

By | March 3, 2016

Guest post by Lydia Pyne The winter of 1845-46 was rough for the Franklin Expedition. Between tuberculosis, exposure, pneumonia, scurvy, and lead poisoning, the expedition’s entire crew died before that winter was out, trapped in the Victoria Strait by the treacherous Canadian Arctic ice with ‘only’ 2,900 books from the ships’ bookshelves for company. Lieutenant… Read More »

To dust, or not to dust?

By | February 4, 2016

Guest post by Michael Marder To dust, or not to dust? That is not the question. We have no other choice but to do both things at the same time: dusting as in tidying up our dwellings—an arduous and infinite task—and as in spreading the dust of our bodies and clothes around. A key lesson… Read More »

On Silence by John Biguenet

By | November 11, 2015

From Surrounded by Souvenirs of Life: A Conversation with John Biguenet by Jennifer Levasseur and Kevin Rabalais (The Los Angeles Review of Books, November 3, 2015)   How long have you wanted to write about silence? What drew you to the subject? When I was approached by the publisher and asked if I would write a… Read More »

Some Lessons from Object Lessons

By | November 3, 2015

Guest post by Christopher Schaberg Earlier this past month when I emailed the Advisory Board of the Object Lessons series to announce the release of our six latest titles (Silence, Phone Booth, Hotel, Waste, Refrigerator, and Glass), I was delighted by one common theme in board members’ responses: several of them planned to teach classes… Read More »

6 Lessons We Learned from the Object Lessons “Ask Us Anything!”

By | October 30, 2015

In less than 30,000 words, each book in the Object Lessons series opens our eyes to the buried meanings, uses, and significance of ordinary things. Last week, the authors and editors of Object Lessons came together on a Reddit AMA to answer questions about the series and the six new titles published last month. Here… Read More »