Volume V, 2018

The Other Objects

Sarah Mazet

This podcast presents and exposes the notion of the other objects which have the peculiarity of enabling the creation of emotional, profound and behavioral relationships with their possessors.

The other objects can be seen as companion objects with which humans share unique stories. I wish to present these objects as beings-for-themselves.

The world of these beloved objects will be introduced to you through rich narratives composed of extracts from literature, philosophy and ethnographical research.

I hope you will enjoy this combination of everydayness, theory, and poetry.


Wystan Hugh Auden, and Gilberto Forti. Shorts. Milano: Adelphi, 1995.

Jane Bennett. Vibrant Matter a Political Ecology of Things. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.

Etgar Keret, and Miriam Schlesinger. “Breaking the pig” in The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God & Other Stories. New York: Riverhead Books, 2015.

Neruda & Vallejo: “ode to my socks” in Selected Poems, by Pablo Neruda and translated by Robert Bly (Boston: Beacon Press, 1993).

Francis Ponge. La Table. Montréal: Éditions Du Silence, 1982.

Baruch Spinoza. Ethics: Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect, and Selected Letters. Trans. Samuel Shirley. Ed. Seymour Feldman. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1992.

Audio Credits: 

Courtesy of GarageBand, Apple

Image Credits:

Cover picture: Sarah Mazet, Talisman object, 2017

Author Affiliations

Sarah Mazet
MA student, Design Studies, Parsons School of Design