In this review essay, I review Ian Bogost’s Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to Be a Thing (2012) and Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (2010) alongside David MacAuley’s Jet Plane: How It Works (2012), which is devoted to a child’s experience of airplanes. While composed for different audiences in traditionally discrete contexts, all three books do critical, speculative work in providing explicit articulations and implicit performances of alternative ontologies from which Critical Air Studies might benefit.
Rivers, Nathaniel A.
"Book Reviews: Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to Be a Thing by Ian Bogost, Jet Plane: How It Works by David Macaulay, andVibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things by Jane Bennett,"
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