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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)
Table of Contents
|In Every Sense||p. xv|
|The Mute Sense||p. 5|
|A Map of Smell||p. 6|
|Of Violets and Neurons||p. 9|
|The Shape of Smell||p. 11|
|Buckets of Light||p. 15|
|The Winter Palace of Monarchs||p. 18|
|The Oceans Inside Us||p. 20|
|Notions and Nations of Sweat||p. 21|
|The Personality of Smell||p. 23|
|Smell As Camouflage||p. 32|
|The Fallen Angel||p. 37|
|Prodigies of Smell||p. 44|
|A Famous Nose||p. 45|
|An Offering to the Gods||p. 54|
|Cleopatra's Heirs||p. 59|
|The Feeling Bubble||p. 67|
|Speaking of Touch||p. 70|
|First Touches||p. 71|
|What is a Touch?||p. 80|
|The Code Senders||p. 83|
|The Inner Climate||p. 88|
|The Skin Has Eyes||p. 94|
|Adventures In the Touch Dome||p. 96|
|Easing Pain||p. 104|
|The Point of Pain||p. 106|
|The Hand||p. 115|
|Professional Touchers||p. 119|
|Subliminal Touch||p. 122|
|The Social Sense||p. 127|
|Food and Sex||p. 130|
|The Omnivore's Picnic||p. 132|
|Of Cannibalism and Sacred Cows||p. 135|
|The Bloom of a Taste Bud||p. 138|
|The Ultimate Dinner Party||p. 143|
|Macabre Meals||p. 146|
|The Heart of Craving||p. 148|
|The Psychopharmacology of Chocolate||p. 153|
|In Praise of Vanilla||p. 157|
|The Truth About Truffles||p. 161|
|Ginger, and Other Medicines||p. 163|
|How to Make Moose Soup In a Hole in the Ground, or Dine in Space||p. 165|
|Et Fugu, Brute? Food as Thrill-Seeking||p. 167|
|Beauty and the Beasts||p. 171|
|The Hearing Heart||p. 175|
|Phantoms and Drapes||p. 180|
|Jaguar of Sweet Laughter||p. 182|
|Loud Noises||p. 186|
|The Limits of Hearing, the Power of Sound||p. 188|
|Quicksand and Whale Songs||p. 198|
|The Violin Remembers||p. 202|
|Music and Emotion||p. 205|
|Is Music a Language?||p. 209|
|Measure for Measure||p. 216|
|Cathedrals in Sound||p. 219|
|Earth Calling||p. 222|
|The Beholder's Eye||p. 229|
|How to Watch the Sky||p. 235|
|Why Leaves Turn Color in the Fall||p. 257|
|The Painter's Eye||p. 267|
|The Face of Beauty||p. 270|
|Watching a Night Launch of the Space Shuttle||p. 279|
|The Force of an Image: Ring Cycle||p. 281|
|The Round Walls of Home||p. 283|
|Courting the Muse||p. 292|
|Further Reading||p. 311|
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