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coal - http://www.amazon.com/Coal-Human-History-Barbara-Freese/dp/0738204005
weeds - http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/oct/10/weeds-richard-mabey-review
north - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Idea-North-Topographics-Peter-Davidson/dp/1861892306
pomegranates - http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Pomegranates.html?id=2yGXy6jVFbYC&redir_esc=y
honey - http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/LifeSciences/Invertebratezoology/Entomology/?view=usa&ci=9780195385441
It led me to read this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Duel-Hesperus-Classics-Giacomo-Casanova/dp/1843910322 (also love the colour scheme of the cover)
or Chris De Burgh's?
and nearly made me pass out on the tube at Stratford.
do you remember which page it was on?
I dunno, you might be alright with it. I'm just a bit funny with things involving eyes. And hairpins.
I thought it was boring but I might give it another go
really beautiful and interessin book
i want to read about the cultural history of flags. can't find anything.
it's on my bookcase. I heard paper factories are like the worst smelling thing.
Bought it almost 20 years ago and still haven't read it.
I bet it's fucking good, though.
They always justify their existence by claiming that the object/idea in question is no less than fundamental to human civilisation. If it weren't for cod/salt/the Volkswagen/silk/apples/xenophobia/the primacy of right-handedness/whatever, none of us would be here today. The more obscure the topic, the more the author is likely to insist on its absolute centrality to everything. It's always a stretch, and makes for a tedious read.
Many of them, like The History of Pain, are actually about showing the historical, geographical and institutional (ie cultural) variation and variability of what are otherwise presumed to be ahistorical objects, processes or ideas -- in other words, that they're not as fundamental as they often appear to be.
also rather fond of coarse distinctions