Thomas Hine writes about the relationships between people and the objects they desire, buy and use. His work on materialism and its meaning has appeared in many magazines, and his six books have been recognized as important contributions to their fields. He has been praised in the New Yorker by John Updike for his “mischievously alert sensibility,” and "Populuxe," a word he coined to describe some of the styles and enthusiasms of post-World War II America, has entered the language and now appears in several dictionaries.
Among his books are Populuxe, an examination of what newly prosperous Americans thought and bought during the post-World War II era, The Total Package, an examination of how persuasive containers shape people’s understandings of products and themselves, and The Great Funk: Falling Apart and Coming Together (On a Shag Rug) in the 1970s.
He was as multimedia editor of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, and he has helped organize exhibitions on design and culture for museums in Los Angeles and Newport Beach, Miami, Denver, Washington, and Philadelphia. He was architecture and design critic of the Philadelphia Inquirer for 23 years and is currently the newspaper’s chief art critic. He is a graduate of Yale and lives in Philadelphia.
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