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On Looking - Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes

Alexandra Horowitz

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From the author of the #1 New York Times mega-bestseller Inside of a Dog comes an equally smart, delightful, and startling exploration of how we perceive our surroundings. You are missing at least eighty percent of what is happening around you right now. You are missing what is happening in your body, in the distance, and right in front of you. In reading these words, you are ignoring an unthinkably large amount of information that continues to bombard all of your senses. The hum of the fluorescent lights; the ambient noise in the room; the feeling of the chair against your legs or back; your tongue touching the roof of your mouth; the tension you are holding in your shoulders or jaw; the constant hum of traffic or a distant lawnmower; the blurred view of your own shoulders and torso in your peripheral vision; a chirp of a bug or whine of a kitchen appliance. Hidden in Plain Sight begins with inattention. It is not meant to help you focus on your reading of Tolstoy; it is not about how to multitask. It is not about how to avoid falling asleep at a lecture or during your grandfather's tales of boyhood misadventures. Rather, it is about attending to the joys of the unattended, the perceived "ordinary." Horowitz encourages us to rediscover the extraordinary things that we are missing in our ordinary activities. Even when engaged in the simplest of activities-taking a walk around the block-we pay so little attention to most of what is right before us that we are sleepwalkers in our own lives. So turn off the phone and portable electronics and get into the real world, where you'll find there are worlds within worlds within worlds.

Language:

English

Length:

8h 56m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:35


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

16:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

13:54


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:46


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

11:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

14:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

21:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

20:22


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

17:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

22:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

25:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

20:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

18:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:09


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

21:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

21:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

21:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

24:57


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

18:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

20:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

17:42


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

13:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:52