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Cable ties in literature: from the boudoir to the post-apocalyptic

3 Jun 2017, 04:24 UTC
Cable ties in literature: from the boudoir to the post-apocalyptic
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It's no secret that I have an obsession with cable ties. The nice thing is that when I explain their fascinating history to people, they often catch the bug as well, coming to appreciate the stunningly simple design of this monumentally successful piece of technology. If you want to know the full story, you can read my paper on cable ties here.Anastasia Steel and Christian Grey in the cable tie section of thehardware store. I mean seriously. What a depauperate populationof the popular plastic fastening device.Sadly, cable ties have not yet set the world of literature alight, unless you count their famous appearance in Fifty Shades of Grey. I would say that E.L James paid insufficient attention to cable ties as critical material infrastructure in her novel; and the range of cable ties available in the hardware shop in the film version is frankly disappointing.Hugh Howey's Wool is a different proposition. I was lent this book by a friend and was astonished that I hadn't heard of it before. It was immediately enthralling, and there really is nothing nicer than finding a new author whose work just makes you want to read more.So you can perhaps imagine my breathless excitement ...

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