Karl Marx first coined the term “commodity fetishism” 150 years ago, but I don’t think he ever had anything quite like this in mind. But the human tendency to fall in love with the objects we create – and the objects we buy – is at least as old as the Greek legend of Pygmalion. That our love of pleasure-inducing gadgets can sometimes harm our face-to-face relationships is common knowledge nowadays. As tonight’s story shows, we fiddle with these gizmos at the risk of losing the human ties that bind. First published in 1937, the vision the author conjures up may become commonplace reality before very long.
The Doll, by Daphne du Maurier [34:51]