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The Comfort of Things
by Daniel Miller


Overview - The diversity of contemporary London is extraordinary, and begs tobe better understood. Never before have so many people from suchdiverse backgrounds been free to mix and not to mix in closeproximity to each other. But increasingly people's lives take placebehind the closed doors of private houses.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The diversity of contemporary London is extraordinary, and begs tobe better understood. Never before have so many people from suchdiverse backgrounds been free to mix and not to mix in closeproximity to each other. But increasingly people's lives take placebehind the closed doors of private houses. How can we gain aninsight into what those lives are like today? Not televisioncharacters, not celebrities, but real people. How could one evercome to know perfect strangers?
Danny Miller attempts to achieve this goal in this brilliantexpos of a street in modern London. He leads us behind closeddoors to thirty people who live there, showing their intimatelives, their aspirations and frustrations, their tragedies andaccomplishments. He places the focus upon the things that reallymatter to the people he meets, which quite often turn out to bematerial things, the house, the dog, the music, the Christmasdecorations. He creates a gallery of portraits, some comic, sometragic, some cubist, some impressionist, some bleak and someexuberant.
We find that a random street in modern London contains the mostextraordinary stories. Mass murderers and saints, the most charmedChristmas since Fanny and Alexander and the story of how a CDcollection helped someone overcome heroin. Through this sensitivereading of the ordinary lives of ordinary people, Miller uncoversthe orders and forms through which people make sense of their livestoday. He shows just how much is to be gained when we stoplamenting what we think we used to be, and instead concentrate onwhat we are becoming now. He reveals above all the sadness of livesand the comfort of things.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780745644042
  • ISBN-10: 074564404X
  • Publisher: Polity Press
  • Publish Date: June 2009
  • Page Count: 302
  • Dimensions: 8.92 x 6.04 x 0.92 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


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