Natural History of the Senses

ISBN-10: 0679735666
ISBN-13: 9780679735663
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List price: $16.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/10/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Diane Ackerman's lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth. "Delightful . . . gives the reader the richest possible feeling of the worlds the senses take in."--The New York Times. (Literature--Classics & Contemporary) From the Trade Paperback edition.

Diane Ackerman was born on October 7, 1948 in Waukegan, Illinois. She received a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and her M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. in English from Cornell University. Poet, author, educator, adventurer, and naturalist, she tries to bridge science and art in her writing, exploring questions of who we are, where we come from, and how we fit into the fabric of the world. She has written many books of poetry including The Planets: A Cosmic Pastoral; Wife of Light; Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: New and Selected Poems; Origami Bridges: Poems of Psychoanalysis and Fire; and I Praise My Destroyer. Her nonfiction works include A Natural History of the Senses; A Natural History of Love; The Moon by Whale Light: And Other Adventures Among Bats, Crocodilians, Penguins, and Whales; An Alchemy of Mind; and On Extended Wings. She also writes nature books for children including Animal Sense; Monk Seal Hideaway; and Bats: Shadows in the Night. She is coeditor of a Norton anthology, The Book of Love. Her essays about nature and human nature have appeared in Parade, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The New Yorker magazines. She hosted a five-hour PBS television series inspired by A Natural History of the Senses. She received the Orion Book Award for The Zookeepers Wife. Her other awards include the Abbie Copps Poetry Prize, Black Warrior Poetry Prize, Pushcart Prize, Peter I. B. Lavan award, and the Wordsmith award. She has taught at a variety of universities, including Columbia and Cornell.

Introduction
In Every Sense
Smell
The Mute Sense
A Map of Smell
Of Violets and Neurons
The Shape of Smell
Buckets of Light
The Winter Palace of Monarchs
The Oceans Inside Us
Notions and Nations of Sweat
The Personality of Smell
Pheromones
Noses
Sneezing
Smell As Camouflage
Roses
The Fallen Angel
Anosmia
Prodigies of Smell
A Famous Nose
An Offering to the Gods
Cleopatra's Heirs
Touch
The Feeling Bubble
Speaking of Touch
First Touches
What is a Touch?
The Code Senders
Hair
The Inner Climate
The Skin Has Eyes
Adventures In the Touch Dome
Animals
Tattoos
Pain
Easing Pain
The Point of Pain
Kissing
The Hand
Professional Touchers
Taboos
Subliminal Touch
Taste
The Social Sense
Food and Sex
The Omnivore's Picnic
Of Cannibalism and Sacred Cows
The Bloom of a Taste Bud
The Ultimate Dinner Party
Macabre Meals
The Heart of Craving
The Psychopharmacology of Chocolate
In Praise of Vanilla
The Truth About Truffles
Ginger, and Other Medicines
How to Make Moose Soup In a Hole in the Ground, or Dine in Space
Et Fugu, Brute? Food as Thrill-Seeking
Beauty and the Beasts
Hearing
The Hearing Heart
Phantoms and Drapes
Jaguar of Sweet Laughter
Loud Noises
The Limits of Hearing, the Power of Sound
Deafness
Animals
Quicksand and Whale Songs
The Violin Remembers
Music and Emotion
Is Music a Language?
Measure for Measure
Cathedrals in Sound
Earth Calling
Vision
The Beholder's Eye
How to Watch the Sky
Light
Color
Why Leaves Turn Color in the Fall
Animals
The Painter's Eye
The Face of Beauty
Watching a Night Launch of the Space Shuttle
The Force of an Image: Ring Cycle
The Round Walls of Home
Synesthesia
Fantasia
Courting the Muse
Postscript
Further Reading
Index

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