Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.
Questionnaires are everywhere: we fill them out at doctors' offices and at job interviews, to express ourselves and to advance knowledge, to find love and to kill time. But where did they come from, and why have they proliferated? Evan Kindley's Questionnaire investigates the history of "the form as form," from the Victorian confession album to the BuzzFeed quiz. By asking questions about the questions we ask ourselves, Kindley uncovers surprising connections between literature and science, psychology and business, and journalism and surveillance.
Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.
About the Author
Evan Kindley is Senior Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books and Visiting Instructor in the Literature Department at Claremont McKenna College, USA. He has published essays and reviews in n+1, the London Review of Books, Dissent, Bookforum, the New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times.