Dust: The Modern World in a Trillion Particles

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Harry N. Abrams
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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.5 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Jay Owens is a writer, researcher, and digital strategist. Her graduate thesis in geography at University College London explored dust as a medium of the domestic uncanny, and, after a journey to the parched desert hinterland of Los Angeles, she developed this idea into the e-mail newsletter Disturbances, followed by a program for BBC Radio 4--and then this book, her first. She has written for the Guardian, New Humanist, and other publications and speaks at design, media, and arts conferences and events. She works at the London Review of Books and lives in London.

"Owens's prose is often lyrical and her wide-ranging analysis highlights dust's overlooked historical significance . . . a competent and persuasive study of the big impact of small particles."
--Publishers Weekly
"A fascinating and expansive examination of the causes of dust and its effect on people . . . Owens' writing is moving and persuasive, revealing passion about the subject . . . Readers will be fascinated by what enormous insights Owens conveys by thoughtfully examining something as tiny as a dust particle."
"Like a detective dusting for fingerprints, Jay Owens masterfully reveals the hidden traces of modernity by following some of its smallest fragments. Dust is a hugely original and engrossing history. It's a book that captures our current age--its diffusion, its wonder, and its terror--as well as tracing its future fallout, both literal and symbolic."--James Vincent, author of Beyond Measure
"This is brilliant... Owens is a serious writer: impassioned but intelligent, powerful but subtle ... [a] first-class writer and deep-thinking environmentalist. This book is original and exciting."--Sunday Times
"Owens takes on. . . many of the stories in Dust with admirable even-handedness, an impressive depth of research and a clear eye for complexities."--the Guardian