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Book Title: Faux Real: Genuine Leather and 200 Hundred Years of Inspired Fakes|
Date of issue: January 10th 2010
ISBN 13: 9781280844447
The author of the book: Robert Kanigel
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 32.43 MB
Edition: Joseph Henry Press
Read full description of the books Faux Real: Genuine Leather and 200 Hundred Years of Inspired Fakes:What makes genuine leather genuine? What makes real things... real? In an age of virtual reality, veneers, synthetics, plastics, fakes, and knockoffs, it's hard to know.
Over the centuries, men and women have devoted enormous energy to making fake things seem real. As early as the 14th century, fabric was treated with special oils to make it resemble leather. In the 1870s came Leatherette, a new bookbinding material. The 20th century has given us Fabrikoid, Naugahyde, Corfam, and Ultrasuede. Each claims to transcend leather's limitations, to do better than nature itself-or at least to convince consumers that it has.
Perhaps more than any other natural material, leather "stands for" the authentic and the genuine; Genuineleather, like a single German word, is how we think of it. Its animal roots etched in its pores and in the swirls of its grain, leather serves as cultural shorthand for the virtues of the real over the synthetic, the original over the copy, the luxurious over the shoddy and second-rate.
From formica, vinyl siding, and particle board to cubic zirconium, knockoff designer bags, and genetically altered foods, inspired fakes of every description fly the polyester pennant of a brave new man-made world. Each represents an often passionate journey of scientific, technical, and entrepreneurial innovation. "Faux Real" explores this borderland of the almost-real, the ersatz, and the fake, illuminating a centuries-old culture war between the authentic and the imitative.
Read information about the authorRobert Kanigel was born in Brooklyn, but for most of his adult life has lived in Baltimore, where he lives today. He has written seven books.
"The Man Who Knew Infinity," his second book, was named a National Book Critics Circle finalist, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and a New York Public Library "Book to Remember." It has been translated into Italian, German, Greek, Chinese, Thai, and other languages, and has been made into a feature film, starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and will open in American markets in 2016.
Kanigel's 2012 book, "On an Irish Island," set on a windswept island village off the coast of Ireland, was nurtured by a Guggenheim fellowship and later awarded the Michael J. Durkan Prize by the American Conference for Irish Studies.
"Eyes on the Street," his biography of Jane Jacobs, the far-seeing author of "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" and fearless champion of big-city life, will be published by Knopf in the fall of 2016.
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