Sunday, December 13, 2009

On the Catalogue

"...There is no end to the making and selling of things there is no end to the making and selling of things there is no end... Man, it occurs to me, is a joyful, buying-and-selling piece of work. I have been wrong, dead wrong, when I've decried consumerism. Consumerism is what we are. It is, in a sense, a holy impulse. A human being is someone who joyfully goes in pursuit of things, brings them home, then immediately starts planning how to get more."

I’m not as confident as George Saunders in The Braindead Megaphone where he reverses his position on consumerism and instead pines for it. It’s the selling part I’m not sure about (since it seems so easy to promote all sorts of falsehoods when selling is the purpose of making), otherwise though I think making and finding are two of the highest joys available to humans. Nabokov says without a hint of pretense in his book of strong opinions: “my pleasures are the most intense known to man: writing and butterfly hunting.”

We found a few new things this week: trundled sewing machine (White Rotary, Patented April 18, 1911) which folds into itself, Noguchi lamp (which I know is really a derivation from IKEA but it’s the original idea that counts). And all sorts of Christmas gifts which we cannot mention . . .

About the sewing machine Jennifer says: “I thought it was just a table at first and then I thought the top might open and then I thought it might be a sewing machine and then it was. It’s so beautiful! We’re so lucky! I'm going to sew like crazy!"


Blogger Matt, Heather, Sydney and little Aubrey said...

Loved looking at your pictures, your blog is really well designed. I saw you guys enjoy travel and China. My wife and I are luckily to be living in China studying Chinese and getting to love on the Chinese people we meet. Check out our blog if you have a moment, Keep up the good work!

4:30 PM  
Blogger Gray Lane said...

with that sewing machine, you can get your exercise in the process.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Olivia said...

That's a lot prettier than a Singer or Bernina.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Marilyn said...

that sewing machine is gorgeous! it would certainly inspire me 2 take up sewing again.

7:33 PM  

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