Author: Randy Malamud
About the Book:
Virginia Woolfs novel famously begins Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. Of course she would: why would anyone surrender the best part of the day to someone else? Flowers grace our lives at moments of celebration and despair. We eat, drink, sing, dance, and flirt with them, writes Kakuzo Okakura. Flowers brighten our homes, our parties, and our rituals with incomparable notes of natural beauty, but the nature in these displays is tamed and conscribed. This book analyzes the transplanted nature of cut flowers of our relationship with them and the careful curation of their very existence.
It is a picaresque, unpredictable ramble through the world of flowers, encompassing paintings, murals, fashion, and public art, glass flowers, pressed flowers, flowery church hats, weaponized flowers, deconstructed flowers, flower power. . . and much more.
About the Author:
Randy Malamud, Regents Professor of English at Georgia State University, has written eleven books including Reading Zoos: Representations of Animals and Captivity, The Importance of Elsewhere: The Globalist Humanist Tourist, and Email.