On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes

On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes

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By (author) Alexandra Horowitz, Read by Alexandra Horowitz

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER AUDIO
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 145mm x 23mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 8 January 2013
  • ISBN 10: 1442359323
  • ISBN 13: 9781442359321
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 695,101

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From the author of the giant #1 "New York Times "bestseller "Inside of a Dog "comes an equally smart, delightful, and startling exploration of how we perceive and discover our world. Alexandra Horowitz's brilliant "On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes "shows us how to see the spectacle of the ordinary--to practice, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle put it, "the observation of trifles." "On Looking "is structured around a series of eleven walks the author takes, mostly in her Manhattan neighborhood, with experts on a diverse range of subjects, including an urban sociologist, the well-known artist Maira Kalman, a geologist, a physician, and a sound designer. She also walks with a child and a dog to see the world as they perceive it. "What "they see, "how "they see it, and why most of us do "not "see the same things reveal the startling power of human attention and the cognitive aspects of what it means to be an expert observer. As the million-plus readers of "Inside of a Dog "have discovered, Alexandra Horowitz is charmingly adept at explaining the mysteries of human perception. Trained as a cognitive scientist, she discovers a feast of fascinating detail, all explained with her generous humor and self-deprecating tone. "On Looking "presents the same engaging combination, this time in service to understanding how human beings encounter their daily worlds and each other. Page by page, Horowitz shows how much more there is to see--if only we would really look. "On Looking "is nutrition for the considered life, serving as a provocative response to our relentlessly virtual consciousness. So turn off the phone and other electronic devices and "be "in the real world--where strangers communicate by geometry as they walk toward one another, where sounds reveal shadows, where posture can display humility, and the underside of a leaf unveils a Lilliputian universe--where, indeed, there are worlds within worlds within worlds. Alexandra Horowitz's "On Looking "confirms her place as one of today's most illuminating observers of our infinitely complex world.

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Alexandra Horowitz teaches psychology at Barnard College, Columbia University, and writes frequently for "The New York Times." She has studied the cognition of humans, rhinoceros, bonobos, and dogs. Before her scientific career, Horowitz worked as a lexicographer at Merriam-Webster and served on the staff of "The New Yorker." She lives in New York City with her husband and young son.

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"Alexandra Horowitz's new book is as wonderful as her first. "Inside of a Dog" helped us to imagine the worlds of our beagles, collies, greyhounds and mutts. "On Looking" teaches us that the world is just as rich, strange and charmed when seen through the eyes of our local artists, doctors, architects and toddlers. "On Looking" also teaches us that Alexandra Horowitz is a writer to watch."--Jonathan Weiner "author of Beak of the Finch and Long for this World "