Collections of Nothing

"What makes this book, bred of a midlife crisis, extraordinary is the way King weaves his autobiography into the account of his collection, deftly demonstrating that the two stories are essentially one. . .

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Author: William Davies King

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226437019

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 170

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Nearly everyone collects something, even those who don’t think of themselves as collectors. William Davies King, on the other hand, has devoted decades to collecting nothing—and a lot of it. With Collections of Nothing, he takes a hard look at this habitual hoarding to see what truths it can reveal about the impulse to accumulate. Part memoir, part reflection on the mania of acquisition, Collections of Nothing begins with the stamp collection that King was given as a boy. In the following years, rather than rarity or pedigree, he found himself searching out the lowly and the lost, the cast-off and the undesired: objects that, merely by gathering and retaining them, he could imbue with meaning, even value. As he relates the story of his burgeoning collections, King also offers a fascinating meditation on the human urge to collect. This wry, funny, even touching appreciation and dissection of the collector’s art as seen through the life of a most unusual specimen will appeal to anyone who has ever felt the unappeasable power of that acquisitive fever. "What makes this book, bred of a midlife crisis, extraordinary is the way King weaves his autobiography into the account of his collection, deftly demonstrating that the two stories are essentially one. . . . His hard-won self-awareness gives his disclosures an intensity that will likely resonate with all readers, even those whose collections of nothing contain nothing at all."—New Yorker "King's extraordinary book is a memoir served up on the backs of all things he collects. . . . His story starts out sounding odd and singular—who is this guy?—but by the end, you recognize yourself in a lot of what he does."—Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune

Collections of Nothing

"What makes this book, bred of a midlife crisis, extraordinary is the way King weaves his autobiography into the account of his collection, deftly demonstrating that the two stories are essentially one. . .

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Author: William Davies King

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226437095

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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Nearly everyone collects something, even those who don’t think of themselves as collectors. William Davies King, on the other hand, has devoted decades to collecting nothing—and a lot of it. With Collections of Nothing, he takes a hard look at this habitual hoarding to see what truths it can reveal about the impulse to accumulate. Part memoir, part reflection on the mania of acquisition, Collections of Nothing begins with the stamp collection that King was given as a boy. In the following years, rather than rarity or pedigree, he found himself searching out the lowly and the lost, the cast-off and the undesired: objects that, merely by gathering and retaining them, he could imbue with meaning, even value. As he relates the story of his burgeoning collections, King also offers a fascinating meditation on the human urge to collect. This wry, funny, even touching appreciation and dissection of the collector’s art as seen through the life of a most unusual specimen will appeal to anyone who has ever felt the unappeasable power of that acquisitive fever. "What makes this book, bred of a midlife crisis, extraordinary is the way King weaves his autobiography into the account of his collection, deftly demonstrating that the two stories are essentially one. . . . His hard-won self-awareness gives his disclosures an intensity that will likely resonate with all readers, even those whose collections of nothing contain nothing at all."—New Yorker "King's extraordinary book is a memoir served up on the backs of all things he collects. . . . His story starts out sounding odd and singular—who is this guy?—but by the end, you recognize yourself in a lot of what he does."—Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune

Collections of Information Antipiracy Act

Nothing in this chapter shall prevent the extraction or use of an individual item of information , or other insubstantial part of a collection of ...

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Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property

Publisher:

ISBN: PURD:32754071777407

Category: Competition, Unfair

Page: 236

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Special collections

500 VOLNEY - SONNINI . nothing can be seen of what constitutes the those methodical compartments , the monucharm and beauty of their pictures , and it ments ...

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Author: Robert Southey

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044090295254

Category: Anecdotes

Page:

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Nothing Succeeds Like Failure

“College-Business Symposiums,” 1970, US Chamber of Commerce Collection, box 92, Hagley Museum and Library. 64. “College-Business Symposiums,” US Chamber of ...

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Author: Steven Conn

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501742088

Category: Education

Page: 288

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Do business schools actually make good on their promises of "innovative," "outside-the-box" thinking to train business leaders who will put society ahead of money-making? Do they help society by making better business leaders? No, they don't, Steven Conn asserts, and what's more they never have. In throwing down a gauntlet on the business of business schools, Conn's Nothing Succeeds Like Failure examines the frictions, conflicts, and contradictions at the heart of these enterprises and details the way business schools have failed to resolve them. Beginning with founding of the Wharton School in 1881, Conn measures these schools' aspirations against their actual accomplishments and tells the full and disappointing history of missed opportunities, unmet aspirations, and educational mistakes. Conn then poses a set of crucial questions about the role and function of American business schools. The results aren't pretty. Posing a set of crucial questions about the function of American business schools, Nothing Succeeds Like Failure is pugnacious and controversial. Deeply researched and fun to read, Nothing Succeeds Like Failure argues that the impressive façades of business school buildings resemble nothing so much as collegiate versions of Oz. Conn pulls back the curtain to reveal a story of failure to meet the expectations of the public, their missions, their graduates, and their own lofty aspirations of producing moral and ethical business leaders.

Collections of the New York Historical Society for the Year

It will give them courage that had none before . Fortify the place ; it is not well fortified now : The stockadoes are too short ; the Indians can jump over ...

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Author: New-York Historical Society

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951D00638867Z

Category: New York (State)

Page:

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The Philosophical Transactions and Collections to the End of the Year 1700 Abridg d and Dispos d Under General Heads By John Lowthorp The Third Edition From MDCC to MDCCXX by Benj Motte From 1719 to 1733 By Mr John Eames and John Martyn From 1732 to 1744 By John Martyn From 1743 to 1750 By John Martyn

The Bag in Question is nothing else than the urinary Bladder of the Whale ; 2. That the imaginary Ambergris found in it is ...

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Author: III (London). Royal Society

Publisher:

ISBN: BL:A0022407270

Category:

Page:

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The Philosophical Transactions and Collections to the End of the Year 1700 Abridg d and Dispos d Under General Heads By John Lowthorp Containing pt 1 The mathematical papers pt 2 The physiological papers by H Jones

Hence if y be the Root of any Expression formed of y and known Quantities , and supposed equal to nothing , and z be a Part of y , and x be formed of % and ...

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Author: Royal Society (Great Britain)

Publisher:

ISBN: BL:A0025155959

Category: Mathematics

Page:

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We Learn Nothing

A New York Times political cartoonist and writer presents a collection of his most popular essays and drawings about life and government hypocrisy, exploring the darkly comic aspects of such topics as falling in love with unlikeable people, ...

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Author: Tim Kreider

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439198711

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 232

View: 738

A New York Times political cartoonist and writer presents a collection of his most popular essays and drawings about life and government hypocrisy, exploring the darkly comic aspects of such topics as falling in love with unlikeable people, managing a friend with outspoken political views and reacting to a long acquaintance's sex-change operation. By the creator of The Pain--When Will It End?

Bulletin

General collections of North American reptiles are very rare in this country ... Nothing , however , has been done towards preserving a series of the ...

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Author: United States National Museum

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000068510824

Category: Science

Page:

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Guide to Manuscript Collections

... Mementoes Artifacts : Scientific and Photo Instruments Association of Contemplative Sisters Audio - Visual Collection ( nothing pertaining to Notre Dame ) ...

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Author: University of Notre Dame. Archives

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015032926084

Category: Manuscripts

Page: 287

View: 587

Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution

Most of these gentleinen have had égpecial reference to Unionidae in their collections . Nothing , however , has been done towards preserving a series of ...

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Author: Smithsonian Institution. Board of Regents

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSD:31822009733593

Category: Discoveries in science

Page:

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Reports for 1884-1886/87 issued in 2 pts., pt. 2 being the Report of the National Museum.