Bread (Object Lessons)
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But bread also commonly figures in social conflict - sometimes literally, in the “bread riots” that punctuate European history, and sometimes figuratively, in the ways bread operates as ethnic, religious or class signifier. Bread is also often a figure or vehicle of social cohesion: from the homely image of “breaking bread together” to the mysteries of the Eucharist. Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.Bread is an object that is always in process of becoming something else: flower to grain, grain to dough, dough to loaf, loaf to crumb. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from the scriptures to modern pop culture, Bread tells the story of how this ancient and everyday object serves as a symbol for both social communion and social exclusion.Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.
In prose as crystal as bread isn’t, and as sensual as it is, Shershow reveals how deeply political and philosophical issues concerning hospitality (aka the breaking of bread) are fueled and interrupted by bread itself. "Scott Shershow is a writer of beautiful sentences that convey the ambiguity of a thing we often take as a bland lump to be smeared with fats and oils. All other bread books are now toast." Timothy Morton, Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, Rice University, USA , and author of Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence"Anyone who spends serious time weighing a name for his starter has crossed over to the other side, but Shershow is comfortable there, too, at home with the philosophers and poets of bread." Robert Pisor, Founder of Stone House Bread, Leland, Michigan
Interesting and fun at times Steve G Author Scott Cutler Shershow writes with a great deal of enthusiasm when he writes about bread. And I would describes his writing style as elegant. However, much of the content was uninteresting to me. However the parts that were, I liked very much. These were sections on economics, history and science, including. Yes, get it. This book is broadly imagined and beautifully executed. The author is both extremely erudite and modest, even humble--a rare and appealing combination. Thoroughly enjoyable.. Warm, insightful, and a great gift! Ella Kaya I loved this book. Like the other Object Lessons books that I've ready, this one combines personal recollections, human, literature, science, popular culture, and history. What emerges is a fascinating story about the history of bread and the powerful role that it has in our lives today -- culturally, environment
He is the author of five books, including Deconstructing Dignity: A Critique of the Right-to-Die Debate (2014). Scott Cutler Shershow is Professor of English at University of California, Davis, USA.