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CHARACTERS ´ Living Thinking Looking ✓ The internationally acclaimed novelist Siri Hustvedt has also produced a growing body of nonfiction She has published a book of essays on painting Mysteries of the Rectangle as well as an interdisciplinary investigation of a neurological disorder The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves She has given Ch In 2011 she delivered the thirty ninth annual Freud Lecture in Vienna Living Thinking Looking brings together thirty two essays written between 2006 and 2011 in which the author culls insights from philosophy neuroscience psychology psychoanalysis and literatureThe book is divided into three sections the essays in Living draw directly from Hustvedt's life; those in Thinking explore memory emotion and the imagination; and the piece. Collection of essays I especially liked the first two parts Living and Thinking very interesting stuff on migraines reality neuroscience psychology perception Enjoyed her observations in Excursions to the Islands of the Happy Few in which she talks about how experts in their fields inhabit disciplinary islands of the like educated and the like minded Another good one is Freud's Playground imaginary friends come up as well as a missing limb and fiction writing The last part Looking about art I couldn't really follow I think that part might be good to read on an electronic reading format that is wired so you could look up images of the art she reviews

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S in Looking are about visual art And yet the same uestions recur throughout the collection How do we see remember and feel How do we interact with other people What does it mean to sleep dream and speak What is the self Hustvedt's uniue synthesis of knowledge from many fields reinvigorates the much needed dialogue between the humanities and the sciences as it deepens our understanding of an age old riddle What does it mean to be hum. My favorite essays in this collection were My Mother Phineas Morality and Feeling and Critical Notes on the Verbal Climate Other essays I liked or affected me in some way Outside the MirrorThe Real StoryFreud's PlaygroundThe portions called Living and Thinking affected and interested me the most I ended up skimming through the section called Looking bored by the unfamiliar artists and artworks referenced

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Living Thinking LookingThe internationally acclaimed novelist Siri Hustvedt has also produced a growing body of nonfiction She has published a book of essays on painting Mysteries of the Rectangle as well as an interdisciplinary investigation of a neurological disorder The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves She has given lectures on artists and theories of art at the Prado the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Academy of Fine Arts in Muni. Every jumbled pile of person has a thinking partthat wonders what the part that isn't thinking isn't thinking of from Where Your Eyes Don't Go by They Might Be GiantsOnly because it was already unshelved did I play and replay the CD with the above song on it on Sunday while I was cleaning the house As the line went through my head I was struck by how it relates to this book of essays I was still reading at the time I am infamous in my family for my love of dark serious books but my taste in music is not the same while on a road trip with my daughter a few months ago she live tweeted my saying that I like upbeat music with goofy lyricsHustvedt writes of much of our living thinking and looking as being on a subconscious or unconscious level of our memories being remembered because of the emotion we've attached to them and of the space where play transference imagination creativity takes place between me and you even if the you is an imagined one I was particularly interested in the idea of memories needing to be rooted in a place even if that place is later discovered not to be where the actual event happened and of the memory we are currently remembering being the latest inevitably revised version of the so called original memoryIn the Looking section Hustvedt expounds on earlier and amazing essays on Goya from her Mysteries of the Rectangle Essays on Painting She writes of art so clearly that I don't always feel the need to google the images she's referring to though of course I do especially that of lesser known artists such as Kiki Smith and Louise Bourgeois the latter a woman whose works and persona remind me of those of the fictional and not as successful protagonist of Hustvedt's latest novel The Blazing World These essays were published before that novel and the concepts Hustvedt explores here deeply inform the fictional workSome of the ideas and thoughts inherent in the essays become repetitive but that's because they were written over a span of six years and for a wide range of publications and audiences Any Hustvedt fan or anyone interested in memory mind brain issues and perception including that of art and of culture would be grateful for this collecting of articles lectures and catalogue essays all written in ordinary language in one volumeMy own pondering on the space between me and you reminds me of a Harold Pinter poem I became obsessed with a few months ago It may not seem like much to you but my perception of it was most definitely colored by hearing Julian Sands speak it I know the placeIt is trueEverything we doCorrects the spaceBetween death and meAnd you