from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of a material thing; objectivity; actuality; reality.
- n. A materialistic or matter-of-fact view or doctrine; the inclination or disposition to take a practical view of things.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
I think the "thinginess" of picturebooks is going to be replaced by a new "thinginess" of the digital book sometime soon.
But for Jones, the 'thinginess' of a product of art could not be, as for Gill, primarily or perhaps exclusively its firm and defined location in the geography of a theologically mapped culture.
I listened to a lot of archived interviews of John Updike in the wake of his death and was struck by how often he talked about his love for the “thinginess” (his word) of books: the paper, the ink, the letterforms, the jacket design, the heft.
As in "readiness and browniness piled up in a female version of Trump's thinginess"
Similarly, while the marriage market plays a role, Disch doesn't have any interest in Victorian commodity culture or "thinginess."