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Life breaks in : a mood almanack / Mary Cappello.

  • Cappello, Mary
  • Books

About this work


Some books start a point A, take you by the hand, and carefully walk you to point B, and on and on. This is not one of those books. This book is about mood, and how it works in and with us as complicated, imperfectly self-knowing beings existing in a world that impinges and infringes on us, but also regularly suffuses us with beauty and joy and wonder. You don't write that book as a linear progression you write it as a living, breathing, richly associative, and, crucially, active, investigation. Or at least you do if you're as smart and inventive as Mary Cappello. What is a mood? How do I think about and understand and describe moods and their endless shadings? What do they do to and for us, and how can we actively generate or alter them? These are all questions Capello takes up as she explores mood in all its manifestations: we travel with her from the childhood tables of {28}arts and crafts.


Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2016]

Physical description

396 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


On the street where you live -- Elements -- Mood of perfect kinship -- Mood modulations -- Of clouds and moods -- Gong bath -- Sonophoto: boy screaming -- Charts -- Is it possible to die of a feeling? -- The flower inclines toward blue -- They're playing our song -- Mood questionnaire -- In a studious mood -- Rooms -- Life breaks in -- Mood rooms -- Miniature verandas and voluminous velvet forms -- Synesthesia for orphaned boys -- Picture books -- Vibes -- Mood telephony -- The tic-tic-tic of a dime hitting the floor -- Sounding repetitions -- The sounds that seals make -- The exciting or opiatic effect of certain words -- Arrangement for voice and interiors -- Sonorous envelopes.



  • English

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    History of Medicine
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