[ARC] Object lessons: Cigarette Lighter and Hood

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I already praised the Object Lesson series when I received the arc of Phone Boot; the series is made by short essays – with beautiful covers – that deal about the story and meaning of common objects we interact with day by day.

Cigarette Lighter by Jack Pendarvis

This Object Lessons volume is about the cigarette lighter, and the cover focuses one of the few themes the book is about: better Zippo or Bic?

In the end I was quite disappointed by this book: firstly because I liked and found interesting Phone Boot, so I had set a “standard” concerning the in-depth analysis, and secondly because it deals with very few themes concerning lighters, communicating the lack things to say about this object.

The theme is analysed in two contexts: on one hand the cigarette lighter museum and his owner / manager, and on the other hand listing every possible appearance of cigarettes and lighters in movie, with a short comment about the symbolism of the scene.

I honestly expected a broader vision about the book focus, maybe one that took into account also historical features.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

Hood by Alison Kinney

What the hood does it mean in the modern culture? And what did it mean in the past?

For example we link this garment to the Grim Reaper – like in Bergman’s The Seventh Seal – but also to other dramatic events: tortures, death sentenced people, organizations like the Ku Klux Klan.

Alison Kinney analyse the use of hoods and their connotation (to not show, to hide, to maintain anonymity) also in modern culture, creating an interesting essay that deals with different aspects of the same theme.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* Cigarette Lighter by Jack Pendarvis ★★☆☆☆
* Hood by Alison Kinney★★★☆

*I read this book in English

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