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The Luck Archive: Exploring Belief, Superstition, and Tradition

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Artist Mark Menjivar was in an antique bookshop in Fort Wayne, Indiana, when he found 4 four-leaf clovers pressed between the yellowed pages of an aged copy of 1000 Facts Worth Knowing. Their discovery beguiled Menjivar so much that he began a multiyear exploration into the concept of luck and its intersections with belief, culture, superstition, and tradition in peoples ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Trinity University Press (first published November 11th 2014)
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R.B. Lemberg
This book was just a great example of folkloristics research done by a non-folklorist with no or very limited knowledge of folkloristics. As a result, the book is more pictures than text - it's gorgeous and fascinating, but I would have loved this exact same thing with text actually discussing the fascinating folk belief literature and cultural history associated with each collected item. As is, I was happy to supply some of the missing text as a running commentary in my head :) :)


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Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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An amusing art project. Gather and photograph objects that people consider lucky, and ask them about them. You end up with a wide variety of opinions about luck, as well as rituals engaged in for luck. And the photos are excellent!
Jen
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Luck Archive is an eclectic little whirlwind, made up of mini vignettes featuring a wide variety of good luck/bad luck scenarios and items. The pages are artistically arranged and whimsically ordered to create a fun easy-going read. This is the book you can still enjoy amid many distractions, as the short snippets don't require a great deal of concentration to read. You may find yourself chuckling at absurdities or pondering possibilities... Do you believe in Luck?
Sundry
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brief, charming. I made myself read only a few pages at a time. This book will live in on the bedside table in my guest room for a long while. Perfect little reading snippets.

I would love to make a photography book like this!
Debbi
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
i love this book its a plethora of color and ideas , so special and a real enjoyable book for anyone who has or needs luck, like everyone! a great gift book too.
lisa
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great book to read over a lunch hour. Very interesting!
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Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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The title of this book and description was intriguing, so when I was fortunate enough to win it on a Goodreads give away, I was thrilled. Receiving the book, I thumbed through it and was disappointed by the lack of, well, words. Quite sparse, with more pictures than descriptions. Dismissively, I put it aside and read a novel. Once the novel was done, I wanted a palette cleanser, so once again I picked up the book, this time giving it the time and attention that it deserved. I am delighted that I ...more
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there's no reason why this shouldn't be interesting, but to me it wasn't.
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Great concept, well written, great photos, concise.
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