On Looking by Alexandra Horowitz audiobook

On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes

By Alexandra Horowitz
Read by Alexandra Horowitz

Simon & Schuster Audio
8.93 Hours Unabridged
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From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog, this “elegant and entertaining” (The Boston Globe) explanation of how humans perceive their environments “does more than open our eyes...opens our hearts and minds, too, gently awakening us to a world—in fact, many worlds—we’ve been missing” (USA TODAY). Alexandra Horowitz shows us how to see the spectacle of the ordinary—to practice, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle put it, “the observation of trifles.” Structured around a series of eleven walks the author takes, mostly in her Manhattan neighborhood, On Looking features 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. Horowitz 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. Page by page, Horowitz shows how much more there is to see—if only we would really look. Trained as a cognitive scientist, she discovers a feast of fascinating detail, all explained with her generous humor and self-deprecating tone. 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.

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From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog, this “elegant and entertaining” (The Boston Globe) explanation of how humans perceive their environments “does more than open our eyes...opens our hearts and minds, too, gently awakening us to a world—in fact, many worlds—we’ve been missing” (USA TODAY).

Alexandra Horowitz shows us how to see the spectacle of the ordinary—to practice, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle put it, “the observation of trifles.” Structured around a series of eleven walks the author takes, mostly in her Manhattan neighborhood, On Looking features 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. Horowitz 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.

Page by page, Horowitz shows how much more there is to see—if only we would really look. Trained as a cognitive scientist, she discovers a feast of fascinating detail, all explained with her generous humor and self-deprecating tone. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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 Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Critics Circle Award–winning author
“Horowitz writes like a poet, thinks like a scientist, and ventures like an explorer. Her book will have you looking in a new way at the world around you, and make you glad you did.” Susan Orlean, New York Times bestselling author of Rin Tin Tin
“These eleven exquisite, clever, and tenderly recounted small adventures remind me of something I learned back when I lived in India: the need to perceive ‘the scent behind the smell.’ Alexandra Horowitz has attempted much the same thing with her eyes—much aided by the seeing of others—and has in consequence become increasingly successful in perceiving what one might call ‘the sight behind the scene.’ Her resulting epiphanies are available to us all, if we take care to learn from her, in this lovely book, just how it is done.” Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author of The Map That Changed the World
“Insightful. The quirks in how each individual processes the same picture provide readers with their own eyes refreshed, ready to take a good look around them.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Alexandra Horowitz

Author Bio: Alexandra Horowitz

Alexandra Horowitz is the author of the bestselling Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know. She teaches psychology, animal behavior, and canine cognition at Barnard College, Columbia University. In New York City, she walks with her husband, the writer Ammon Shea, her son, and two large, non-heeling dogs.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 8.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English