Collections of Nothing

Collections of Nothing Nearly Everyone Collects Something, Even Those Who DonOCOt Think Of Themselves As Collectors William Davies King, On The Other Hand, Has Devoted Decades To Collecting NothingOCoand A Lot Of It With Collections Of Nothing, He Takes A Hard Look At This Habitual Hoarding To See What Truths It Can Reveal About The Impulse To Accumulate.aPart Memoir, Part Reflection On The Mania Of Acquisition, Collections Of Nothing Begins With The Stamp Collection That King Was Given As A Boy In The Following Years, Rather Than Rarity Or Pedigree, He Found Himself Searching Out The Lowly And The Lost, The Cast Off And The Undesired Objects That, Merely By Gathering And Retaining Them, He Could Imbue With Meaning, Even Value As He Relates The Story Of His Burgeoning Collections, King Also Offers A Fascinating Meditation On The Human Urge To Collect This Wry, Funny, Even Touching Appreciation And Dissection Of The CollectorOCOs Art As Seen Through The Life Of A Most Unusual Specimen Will Appeal To Anyone Who Has Ever Felt The Unappeasable Power Of That Acquisitive Fever.aWhat Makes This Book, Bred Of A Midlife Crisis, Extraordinary Is The Way King Weaves His Autobiography Into The Account Of His Collection, Deftly Demonstrating That The Two Stories Are Essentially One His Hard Won Self Awareness Gives His Disclosures An Intensity That Will Likely Resonate With All Readers, Even Those Whose Collections Of Nothing Contain Nothing At All.OCo New Yorker AKing S Extraordinary Book Is A Memoir Served Up On The Backs Of All Things He Collects His Story Starts Out Sounding Odd And SingularOCowho Is This Guy OCobut By The End, You Recognize Yourself In A Lot Of What He Does.OCoJulia Keller, Chicago Tribune A Oh god, you don t know how it pains me to give this book two stars The cover is beautiful and the subject matter fascinating I know that William Davies King is a kindred spirit, a fellow collector obsessive, but that doesn t change the fact that I feel, after finishing this book, like someone just threw up on me If you want to write a book about your weird habits, so that I can admire and respect them, please do If you want to write a book and talk circularly and melodramatically about how y Oh god, you don t know how it pains me to give this book two stars The cover is beautiful and the subject matter fascinating I know that William Davies King is a kindred spirit, a fellow collector obsessive, but that doesn t change the fact that I feel, after finishing this book, like someone just threw up on me If you want to write a book about your weird habits, so that I can admire and respect them, please do If you want to write a book and talk circularly and melodramatically about how your parents didn t love you enough and how you collect objects because they will never leave you, please DON T You can even call me and talk to me about it on the phone if you want But if you re going to write a book, at least edit it He s always complaining about how his collecting is self indulgent, but I would way rather look at his collection of dictionary illustrations or tuna can labels in fact, I really do want to see them than read this I m sorry, I m sorry I really am.William, you se
In some ways this memoir strikes me as the most naked kind of confessional, as if the author, instead of being a collector, were a professional masturbator, or someone who wove carpets from the hair of all the women he dated It is a memoir steeped in shame and pathology, yet also normalness, since the type of collecting and acquiring done here is both an attempt to fill emptiness and compensate for emotional wounds, and a path to self definition a way of sketching the world and my place in i In some ways this memoir strikes me as the most naked kind of confessional, as if the author, instead of being a collector, were a professional masturbator, or someone who wove carpets from the hair of all the women he dated It is a memoir steeped in shame and pathology, yet also normalness, since the type of collecting and acquiring done here is both an attempt to fill emptiness and compensat
I was with King for the first few chapters, in spite of the occasional cornball line I thought he might collect those, too And I m sympathetic to anyone who devotes the hours and days and years to such impractical activity But about halfway through on page 94, to be precise , King lost me with his therepyphilia I can t stand the idea of therepy except, perhaps, for people who have lived through some genuine tragedy or abuse and I don t have time for anyone who looks to writing as a sour I was with King for the first few chapters, in spite of the occasional cornball line I thought he might collect those, too And I m sympathetic to anyone who devotes the hours and days and years to such impractical activity But about halfway through on page 94, to be precise , King lost me with his therepyphilia I can t stand the idea of therepy except, perhaps, for people who have lived through some genuine tragedy or abuse and I don t have time for anyone who looks to writing as a source of it I also didn t like the way King seemed to soften his prose and crank up the corn after his revelation that he d spent the last eight or so years in therepy.I felt betrayed Here I thought I was reading something singular, about a singular life, a singular mind And what I got was a feel good movie, aimed at the plurality I was supposed to take his therpist s embrace as a victory, I believe
I had really high hopes for this book, and there were moments that were everything I d hoped for, but mostly I found the whole thing rather dull, almost shockingly so And sometimes quite repetitive Ultimately, Davies can t seem to decide whether what he s doing is perfectly reasonable and no big deal or whether he wants us all to see how absolutely cool and strange he is Also, although he alludes to having had therapy and seems quite well read, he never addresses, in a meaningful way, the ext I had really high hopes for this book, and there were moments that were everything I d hoped for, but mostly I found the whole thing rather dull, almost shocki
Reallyan autobiography in very academic language which is not what I expected. If you want to read an autobiography of a collector, this is a good place to start King talks about his collection habits and how they have changed during his life and had an influence in it In some ways, this is the typical tale of the negative image of an collector he collects because he lacks something in his life and collecting takes overe, ruins relationsships and the like King also has the typical thoughts about what will happen with his collection after he is no longer here and how i If you want to read an autobiography of a collector, this is a good place to start King talks about his collection habits and how they have changed during his life and had an influence in it In some ways, this is the typical tale of the negative image of an collector he collects because he lacks something in his life and collecting takes overe, ruins relationsships and the like King also has the typical thoughts about what will happen with his collection after he is no longer here and how it will live on in some way or other and thereby keeping him alive in a way.A lot of the book is textbook this is how collectors are but I get the impression that King sees himself as special in a weird and somewhat counterintuitive way because he collects nothing, as he states it He collects food labels, cereall boxes and stuff like that which actually isn t nothin
Either this book is really pretentious, or I am not its intended audience Or, I suppose, both.The author spends a lot of the book circling back to analytical thoughts about his collecting habit I can tell you what it boils down to objects have no inherent value above what we assign to them Also, if what you are is lonely, then you need people, not objects There, now you don t have to read the whole book.It s puzzling to me, because obviously this author can write There is a really excell Either this book is really pretentious, or I am not its intended audience Or, I suppose, both.The author spends a lot of the book circling back to analytical thoughts about his collecting habit I can tell you what it boils down to objects have no inherent value above what we assign to them Also, if what you are is lonely, then you need people, not objects There, now you don t have to read the whole book.It s puzzling to me, because obviously this author can write There is a really excellent sestina in here, and a paragraph riffing on the word putter in such a subtle way that I didn t figure out until the end of the paragraph what he was doing There arepuns and riffing There is some simple concrete discussion of the author s life that was easy to read what he wore, what people said, what the landscape was like, etc But always there is the crushingly going nowhere analysis Also a lot of words on how my habit is totally not hoarding and how my habit is totally different from ot
I liked the way this book started out While reading this book I found myself alternately wanting to collect some obscure thing the waxed inter packing of cereal and other food boxes or getting a dump box and throwing out every item in my house I no longer use The later part of the book where King tries to come to terms with his collecting I found cumbersome As if the over abundance of objects in his world resulted in an over abundance of words The final chapter does wrap in up in a way th I liked the way this book started out While reading this book I found myself alternately wanting to col
Some parts are wonderfully written, some parts are too much My general sense of Dave King is that he is a genius, but that I would hate him I like the idea paying attention and finding value in mundane things, such as security envelopes see cover , which isn t exactly what he is saying, but that s what I am taking to my life His treatment of personal relationships and horrible cruelty about his sister were very offputting, which is why I didn t give 5 stars I bet that a lot of people will f Some
I agree with everyone who was disappointed in this book Fascinating topic, dull and self absorbed treatment by William Davies King I don t see how anyone could enjoy spending time inside what apparently is a rather sparsely furnished mind If you want to read a fabulous book biography rather than autobiography, though about someone with a mania for c

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  • Collections of Nothing
  • William Davies King
  • 22 July 2017
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