Encounterism: The Neglected Joys of Being in Person (MP3 CD)

Encounterism: The Neglected Joys of Being in Person By Andy Field, Lee Beddow (Read by) Cover Image

Encounterism: The Neglected Joys of Being in Person (MP3 CD)

By Andy Field, Lee Beddow (Read by)

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A playful, analytical, informed, and poetic exploration of the delight and transformative power of real-life encounters. The light touch of a hairdresser's hands on one's scalp, the euphoric energy of a nightclub, huddling with strangers under a shelter in the rain, a spontaneous snowball fight in the street, a daily interaction with a homeless man--such mundane connections, when we closely inhabit the same space, and touch or are touched by others, were nearly lost to "social distancing." Will we ever again shake hands without a thought? In this deeply rewarding book, Andy Field brings together history, science, psychology, queer theory, and pop culture with his love of urban life and his own experiences--both as a city-dweller and as a performance artist--to forge creative connections: walking hand-in-hand with strangers, knocking on doors, staging encounters in parked cars. In considering twelve different kinds of encounters, from car rides to video calls to dog-walker chats in the park, Field argues "that in the spontaneity and joy of our meetings with each other, we might find the faint outline of a better future.

Product Details ISBN: 9798212968768
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: July 18th, 2023
Language: English