From keys and handkerchiefs to sweets and rubber bands, the curious objects we surround ourselves with, though often seemingly mundane, have a magical quality. Their surprising power to disturb, soothe, seduce or absorb give these quirky objects histories and meanings we rarely ponder. Yet we would be lost without them. Take bags, for example. Why do most women carry handbags, while men rely on pockets? Why do so many houses have bags of bags? And why do we 'let the cat out the bag' or 'give someone the sack'? What significance do our bags hold for us? In this highly imaginative and entertaining book, Steven Connor embarks on a historical, philosophical and linguistic journey that explores our relationships with the curious things with which we have a forgotten but daily intimacy.
This timely handbook surveys the U.S. government's efforts to control illegal drugs. Inciardi and his contributors offer a useful way of thinking about and understanding the problem of illegal drugs, and provide the history of and research on drug policy so that policy makers have a necessary tool for developing a realistic and effective national drug policy.
Release on 1980 | by United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Criminal Justice
hearing before the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-sixth Congress, second [i.e. first] session, on drug paraphernalia and youth, November 16, 1979
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Criminal Justice
Release on 2018-01-17 | by Helen Kingstone,Kate Lister
Author: Helen Kingstone,Kate Lister
Category: Literary Criticism
The Victorian era is famous for the collecting, hording, and displaying of things; for the mass production and consumption of things; for the invention, distribution and sale of things; for those who had things, and those who did not. For many people, the Victorian period is intrinsically associated with paraphernalia. This collection of essays explores the Victorians through their materiality, and asks how objects were part of being Victorian; which objects defined them, represented them, were uniquely theirs; and how reading the Victorians, through their possessions, can deepen our understanding of Victorian culture. Miscellaneous and often auxiliary, paraphernalia becomes the ‘disjecta’ of everyday life, deemed neither valuable enough for museums nor symbolic enough for purely literary study. This interdisciplinary collection looks at the historical, cultural and literary debris that makes up the background of Victorian life: Valentine’s cards, fish tanks, sugar plums, china ornaments, hair ribbons, dresses and more. Contributors also, however, consider how we use Victorian objects to construct the Victorian today; museum spaces, the relation of Victorian text to object, and our reading – or gazing at – Victorian advertisements out of context on searchable online databases. Responding to thing theory and modern scholarship on Victorian material culture, this book addresses five key concerns of Victorian materiality: collecting; defining class in the home; objects becoming things; objects to texts; objects in circulation through print culture.
Paraphernalia: Another Fifty Poems is a collection of fifty funny and thought-provoking poems chosen by the poet himself from his collected works. The author has been widely published in Pithy and Other Paraphernalia: Part One; Forward Poetry, The Great British Write Off: Home is Where the Heart is anthology; and An Ode To... anthology.