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CABINET 54: THE ACCIDENT. Sina Najafi. Cabinet Books, New York, 2014. Distributed by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 112 pp. with 100 ills. (70 col.). 24 x 19 cm. ISBN 9781932698626 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: Though most often thought of in prosaic terms--a spilled drink, a fender bender, a slip on an icy street--the accident is a concept with a long and complex philosophical pedigree. From Aristotle to Paul Virilio, the accident--from the Latin, meaning to "fall out"--is something that comes as a surprise, yet must also be planned for and strategically avoided. And, of course, not all accidents are bad--think of the accidental encounter with a stranger that turns into friendship or love. Cabinet issue 54, with a special section on "The Accident," features Greg Siegel on the concept of the "decent interval," the amount of time a structure is expected to function before its "accidental" collapse or failure; Jeffrey Schnapp on a philosophy of motorcycle racing and accidents; Dorion Sagan on magic tricks and the production of apparently accidental miracles, and Andrea Reti on the slow-moving horror of the Boston Molasses Disaster.
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Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 812086
Paperbound $12.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) nota bene: See Comment Above.

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