Michael Pronko's Reviews > The Gift
Michael Pronko's review
Mar 18, 2018
A fascinating examination of the gift, through historical practice and through cultural symbolism. I found this book so rich in insight, it's hard to know where it doesn't apply. I especially liked the essential argument here, that works of art are gifts and not commodities. Having slugged it out with a few editors in the past who wanted to focus on the commodified cultural product, instead of the artistic expression, this book really hit home. It's not an easy read, but it doesn't have to be. Reading it in bits and pieces and mulling it all over is the best approach. The ideas of Hyde provide a powerful antidote to the increasing commodification of our lives, our work and our selves.
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March 18, 2018 – Shelved