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On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry.

Literary Essays] Gass, William.

Published by Godine, Boston, 1975
ISBN 10: 0879231831 / ISBN 13: 9780879231835
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Title: On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry.

Publisher: Godine, Boston

Publication Date: 1975

Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition.


A Fine tight copy in a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket. The color blue is the most suitable color of interior life.the one color that moves easily through our various states of feeling. Blue pencils, blue noses, blue movies, laws, and stockings. The dumps, Mondays; the ocean, the sky, and the deep, deep ice. The Whale and the grass in Kentucky. This essay into the "world of blue" is at the heart of Gassís oeuvre. This copy is signed by Gass. Bookseller Inventory # 24001

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Synopsis: BLUE PENCILS, blue noses, blue movies, laws, and stockings. The dumps, mopes, Mondays; the ocean, the sky, and the deep, deep ice. The Whale. Jay. Ribbon. Fin. The grass in Kentucky. The china in Grandmotherís pantry. Of all the colors, blue has the widest range of associations, and the widest bandwidth of emotional tints and shades. It is therefore the most suitable color of interior life. Whether slick light sharp high bright and thin or low deep sweet thick dark and soft, blue moves easily among them all, and all profoundly qualify our states of feeling. This eccentric essay into the "world of blue" is the heart of the heart of Gassís oeuvre.

Review: 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.

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