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In a philosophical approach to color, Gass explores man's perception of the color blue as well as its common erotic, symbolic, and emotional associations
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In this, one of the strangest books about writing and language you're likely ever to read, fiction writer and philosophy professor Gass spins off into an improvisational inquiry into the nature of words and consciousness, using as his departure point the concept of the color blue--the idea of blue, the state of blue, the uses of blue...the bluenesses of blue. It's kind of hard to sum up, and if it sounds weird, it is--but it's also wonderful.From the Back Cover:
Of the colors, blue and green have the greatest emotional range. Sad reds and melancholy yellows are difficult to turn up. Among the ancient elements, blue occurs everywhere: in ice and water, in the flame as purely as the flower, overhead and inside caves, covering fruit and oozing out of clay. Although green enlivens the earth and mixes in the ocean, and we find it, copperish, in fire, green air, green skies, are rare. Gray and brown are widely distributed, but there are no joyful swatches of either, or of any exuberant black, sullen pink, or acquiescent orange. Blue is therefore most suitable as the color of interior life. Whether slick light sharp high bright thin quick sour new and cool or low deep sweet thick dark soft slow smooth heavy old and warm: blue moves easily among them all, and all profoundly qualify our states of feeling.
Not since Herman Melville pondered the whiteness of Moby Dick has a region of the spectrum been subjected to such eclectic scrutiny . . . Gass gives philosophy back its good old name as a feast that can never sate the mind. -- Time
On Being Blue is fascinating, provocative reading. -- Chicago Tribune
This is an enchanting book. -- New York Times Book Review
A book no person who loves writing and the sound writing makes should be without. New Republic
An essay exceptional for its insight, eloquence, and humor. -- ALA Booklist
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Book Description Carcanet Press Ltd, Manchester, 1979. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Card boards, blue titles to spine and front cover. Seller Inventory # 010733
Book Description Carcanet New Press, Manchester, 1979 First U. K. Edition. Wraps., Manchester, 1979. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. 8vo. ISBN: 0856352888Pages: 91 White covers slightly toned otherwise VG. Seller Inventory # A97367