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Book review: 'Bent Object of My Affection'

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Bent Object of My Affection: The Twists and Turns of Love - Terry Border - Running Press
  • Bent Object of My Affection: The Twists and Turns of Love
    Terry Border
    Running Press

Greenwood sculptor and art photographer Terry Border's "bent objects" are ordinary household items brought to life with a little wire, creative lighting and some really bad puns. Bent Object of My Affection - his latest book-length collection of his objects, also available at the moment of creation at bentobjects.blogspot.com - features bits and pieces arranged in romantic situations that might earn a PG-13 rating for sexual innuendo (Vienna sausages, anyone?).

Some photos are clever and creative, such as the shot of two disposable tape dispensers "French kissing," their tape tongues entwined. Others rely heavily on wordplay to make their point, sometimes even doubling and tripling the layer of puns to provoke multiple eye-rolls and "Oh, now I get it" lightbulb moments. And some are just plain sweet, like the two wire-legged puzzle pieces pictured next to the caption "Together, we make something bigger."

Bacon, beans, candles, film cannisters, cash, and cupcakes are all subject to Border's impressive wit. While the same type of joke appears on every page, it's done in such a charming way that you keep flipping through till the end.

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