Object Lessons: Cigarette Lighter

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OBJECT LESSONS: CIGARETTE LIGHTER
by Jack Pendarvis
published by Bloomsbury

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Smokers, survivalists, teenagers, collectors… The cigarette lighter is a charged, complex, yet often entirely disposable object that moves across these various groups of people, acquiring and emitting different meanings while always supplying its primary function, that of ignition. While the lighter may seem at first a niche object-only for old fashioned cigarette smokers–in this book Jack Pendarvis explodes the lighter as something with deep history, as something with quirky episodes in cultural contexts, and as something that dances with wide ranging taboos and traditions. Pendarvis shows how the lighter tarries with the cheapest ends of consumer culture as much as it displays more profound dramas of human survival, technological advances, and aesthetics.

- paperback: 152 pages
- product dimensions: 121 x 165 mm
- ISBN: 9781501307362