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Author Kelleher, Katy.
Title The ugly history of beautiful things : essays on desire and consumption / Katy Kelleher.
Publication Info. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2023.
Open Library Cover
Location Call No. Status
 Lobby Non-Fiction    IN LIBRARY
Edition First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Description x, 262 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-247) and index.
Contents Introduction -- The mercurial charms of the mirror: on seeing and being seen -- Mouth full of petals, veins full of wax: on stealing, eating, praying, and playing with flowers -- Bright blue, cursed cuts: on gemstones, worry stones, and her majesty the diamond -- Spiraling: on the ancient appeal of shells, pearls, and mollusk-made wonders -- Live fast, die pretty: on wearing war paint, faces full of lead, and the makeup of makeup -- Dirty, sweet, floral, foul: the rank of backstory perfumery -- Women and worms: the prismatic sheen of silk and its fairy-tale logic -- Deceptions and damnation: the molten glow of screens, the beauty of stained glass, and the treachery of spectacles -- Bone white, paper thin: on porcelain dishes, pale faces, and the complicated act of setting a table -- The exhalations of the earth: on marble statues, engineered stones, white lungs, and small lambs -- Conclusion.
Subject Aesthetics -- Social aspects.
Consumer goods -- Psychological aspects.
Beauty, Personal -- Social aspects.
Genre or Form Essays.
Added Title Essays. Selections
Essays on desire and consumption
ISBN 9781982179359 hc.
198217935X hc.