THE PERFECT HOLIDAY
This is a book about the love of vacations and of their history. It is also a book about the rise of consumerism and how the two coincide. Whether as holidays or vacations, each has a meaning. They have many meanings; are, in the jargon, polysemic. Those meanings arise in the course of historical experience and out of the vanity of human wishes. They are woven, one upon another, into so thick and heavy a rope of usage that many become overlaid and forgotten but remain embedded in the dense coil of association and significance with which we pull along our lives.