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How to Use Your Eyesby James Elkins
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I hope this book will inspire every reader to stop and consider things that are...so clearly meaningless that they never seemed worth a second thought....
Grass, the night sky, a postage stamp, a crack in the sidewalk, a shoulder. Ordinary objects of everyday life.
But when we look at them--really look at them--what do we see?
In the tradition of John Berger's bestselling Ways of Seeing, James Elkins's How to Use Your Eyes invites us to look at--and maybe to see for first time--the world around us, with breathtaking results. Here are the common artifacts of life, often misunderstood and largely ignored, brought into striking focus. A butterfly's wing pattern encodes its identity. A cloudless sky yields a precise sequence of colors at sunset. A bridge reveals the relationship of a population with its landscape. With the discerning eye of a painter and the zeal of a detective, Elkins also explores complicated things like mandalas, the periodic table, or a hieroglyph, remaking the world into a treasure box of observations--eccentric, ordinary, marvelous.
How to Use Your Eyes is a thrilling read evocative of the work of Diane Ackerman and Stephen Jay Gould. It will transform your view of nature and the mind.
In these chapters, Elkins invites us to look - and maybe to see for the first time - the world around us. He writes with the eye of a painter and art historian on how we look at things, and we see (or don't see) them: grass, the night sky, cracks in the sidewalk and the inside of our eyeballs.
The author invites readers to look at the common artifacts of life, often misunderstood and largely ignored, brought into striking focus, and encourages readers to stop and consider them, transforming their views of nature and the mind. Illustrations.
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