Original Skin Exploring the Marvels of the Human Hide

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  • Copyright: 2011-05-17
  • Publisher: Counterpoint
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“Like the air we breathe, we take our skin for granted . . . Yet it is remarkable; it mitigates and ameliorates the sometimes harsh world we dwell in, and is at the interface of so much of what we encounter. It is our border, the edge of ourselves, the point where we meet our universe.”

Original Skin is at times a scientific study, remarking on the biological magic behind the human body’s largest organ. At others it becomes an anthropological survey, dissecting separate societies’ attitudes towards bare bodies, and the motives behind cultural rituals such as tattoos. However, Original Skin is, above all, a celebration of the human body; its tone one of absolute awe for the simultaneously protective and fragile membrane that divides us all from the world that surrounds us. Maryrose Cuskelly’s book—in its examinations of everything from tickling to Botox to books bound in human derma—is a delightful meditation on skin.

Author Biography

Maryrose Cuskelly is a freelance writer and editor. She has had essays and articles published in a range of magazines, journals, and newspapers, including Family Circle and The Melbourne Times. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and their two sons.

Table of Contents

Empresses of the Japanese Bathp. 1
Skin: the body's envelopep. 4
Touch Mep. 20
Melting Pot: the colour of skinp. 43
O, No! It Is an Ever-fix'd Mark: scars, moles, and other blemishesp. 60
Peculiar to Humanity: blushing and ticklingp. 84
Unclean, Unclean: skin and diseasep. 101
She's Got Perfect Skinp. 117
The Lure of the Tattoop. 132
Alison Whyte's Boots: skinning and the human peltp. 150
Bound in Human Skin: anthropodermic bibliopegyp. 164
You're Nicked: the romance of fingerprintsp. 177
Peering into the Abyss: burns injuriesp. 192
Leaves on the Tree of Life: the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoriap. 222
Second Skins: semi-living sculpturep. 233
The Skin We're Inp. 249
Sourcesp. 257
Acknowledgementsp. 273
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