Everything Else is Bric-a-Brac

Everything Else is Bric-a-Brac

Notes on Home

Akiko Busch


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A collection of 60 short prose pieces by best-selling author and design critic Akiko Busch that reflect, in her classic style of observation, on the human condition and offer insights on family, domestic space, and a changing environment. Beautifully illustrated with 20 pieces of watercolor art, this collection makes an inspirational gift.
In Everything Else Is Bric-a-Brac, Akiko Busch explores place, memory, and the ambiguities of domestic life. At once thought-provoking, humorous, and meditative, these essays illuminate the emotional resonance of inanimate things; ideas of placement and displacement; the simultaneous frailty and tenacity of human recollection; the beauty of usefulness and uselessness alike; and how we do—and don't—find our place in things.


Akiko Busch:
Akiko Busch writes about design, culture, and the natural world. She is the author of several essay collections, including Geography of Home, Nine Ways to Cross a River, and most recently, How to Disappear. She was a contributing editor at Metropolis magazine for 20 years, and her essays have appeared in numerous national magazines, newspapers, and exhibition catalogs. She lives in the Hudson Valley.