A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind

A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women Essays on Art Sex and the Mind A compelling and radical collection of essays on art feminism neuroscience psychology and philosophy from prize winning novelist Siri Hustvedt the acclaimed author of The Blazing World and What I

  • Title: A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind
  • Author: Siri Hustvedt
  • ISBN: 9781501141096
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A compelling and radical collection of essays on art, feminism, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy from prize winning novelist Siri Hustvedt, the acclaimed author of The Blazing World and What I Loved.Siri Husvedt has always been fascinated by biology and how human perception works She is a lover of art, the humanities, and the sciences She is a novelist and a femiA compelling and radical collection of essays on art, feminism, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy from prize winning novelist Siri Hustvedt, the acclaimed author of The Blazing World and What I Loved.Siri Husvedt has always been fascinated by biology and how human perception works She is a lover of art, the humanities, and the sciences She is a novelist and a feminist Her lively, lucid essays in A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women begin to make some sense of those plural perspectives.Divided into three parts, the first section, A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women, investigates the perceptual and gender biases that affect how we judge art, literature, and the world in general Among the legendary figures considered are Picasso, De Kooning, Jeff Koons, Louise Bourgeois, Anselm Kiefer, Susan Sontag, Robert Mapplethorpe, the Guerrilla Girls, and Karl Ove Knausgaard.The second part, The Delusions of Certainty, is about the age old mind body problem that has haunted Western philosophy since the Greeks Hustvedt explains the relationship between the mental and the physical realms, showing what lies beyond the argument desire, belief, and the imagination.The final section, What Are We Lectures on the Human Condition, discusses neurological disorders and the mysteries of hysteria Drawing on research in sociology, neurobiology, history, genetics, statistics, psychology, and psychiatry, this section also contains a profound and powerful consideration of suicide.There has been much talk about building a beautiful bridge across the chasm that separates the sciences and the humanities At the moment, we have only a wobbly walkway, but Hustvedt is encouraged by the travelers making their way across it in both directions A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women is an insightful account of the journeys back and forth.

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    1. "A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind", was at times an unfathomable experience----but given that Siri's new book is about human life, it seems reasonable that while the reader is expanding knowledge- exploring thoughts- opening their heart & mind -that consciousness would get lost. It's simply a normal part of the awareness reading process. I spent almost a month reading this book intimate affair - a journey - a course of study.( call it what you want). [...]

    2. I feel really bad about not finishing this book. And it definitely reflects more on me than on the book - because it is a me-thing this time. I do not have the mental capacity to read this book at the moment. I already knew that I was in trouble when Siri Hustvedt told the reader in the introduction that parts of the book might not be understood unless you have very specific knowledge of neuroscience or art history; which I lack, both in fact. I am good enough with art to be able to have a conve [...]

    3. The title of this book is taken from the name of one of the essays and speeches Hustvedt had written for various professional organizations. It’s a provocative title, though I like more the name of another of these pieces, “I Wept for Four Years and When I Stopped I was Blind”. The word ‘sex’ in the subtitle doesn’t refer to the sexual act itself, but to the ways gender has been thought of, historically and culturally, inherent biases included.As with her Mysteries of the Rectangle: [...]

    4. “A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women” is a book of essays split into three sections. The first contains essays about art and criticism, the second part is almost the length of an entire book in itself and is about the mind/body connection, and the third section (my favourite) explores the human condition through the lens of literature, philosophy, sociology and science. The collection really demonstrates Siri Hustvedt’s fierce intellect. Her knowledge is vast and encompasses not only a [...]

    5. My review for the Chicago Tribune:chicagotribune/lifestySiri, the computer program that operates as an artificially intelligent personal assistant, appears to know the answers to everything. So seemingly, does the author Siri Hustvedt, or at least such is the impression given by her voluminous, humorous and wide-ranging new collection "A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex and the Mind." Unlike Apple's so-called knowledge navigator, though, Hustvedt doesn't just offer up in [...]

    6. Way off my territory but an exceptional read. I understood about two thirds of it. Fantastic and much food for thought.

    7. Me considero una mujer feminista, sin embargo creo que en esta ocasión a la autora se le va de las manos y pasa al ataque perdiendo ese punto de razonamiento que hace tan interesantes (y necesarios) a este tipo de libros.

    8. As a person interested in Neuroscience I was super happy of reading this book as a preview for netgalley and I was not disappointed. Siri Hustved was able to convey a lot of information in a clear way, giving also suggestions about related topics and other books of interests. I was delighted even if sometimes it was not such an easy reading because they are almost 600 pages, very dense.Come persona interessata alle neuroscienze non vi nascondo la mia gioia per aver potuto leggere in anteprima qu [...]

    9. This book is divided into three sections; the first and third are essays on art, philosophy, neuroscience, and psychoanalysis. Hustvedt brings a wealth of knowledge to her pieces and she's a generous thinker. Her central argument is that the mind cannot be studied as an entity abstracted from the body, and crucially, that it exists in relation to other people. The second section is a long essay on the mind/body problem. It's dry, repetitive, and it drove me nuts. She's synthesising a lot of info [...]

    10. Muy muy interesante. Vaya por delante que soy profunda admiradora de Siri Husvedt, me encantan sus novelas, la compleja profundidad de sus historias. Este es un libro de ensayo con textos/artículos/conferencias que ha impartido sobre feminismo, arte y ciencia. Tres temas que me interesan mucho a mí también. No los he leído todos, solo aquellos con aspectos concretos o enfoques que me atraían por alguna razón: los que tenían que ver con la escritura, o con el arte y sus representaciones, s [...]

    11. Review published at chronicbibliophilia.wordpressThis will be a shockingly short review for an immense book. Siri Hustvedt is a well-respected, much lauded writer. Her writing crosses genres, as do her passions and her expertise. In “A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women”, Hustvedt has compiled essays which marry her interests in science and art, essays “on art, feminism, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy”.Now, I wear my nerd badge proudly, but Hustvedt’s writing in “A Woman [...]

    12. I'd like to start this review off by stating that I skimmed appx. 25% of this book, as I found some contents to be - to quote David Foster Wallace - hellaciously unfunny.I've not really read Hustvedt before, so this is my first foray into her stuff.“The truth is always gray,” the artist once said, citing a platitude that is also a color key.I mainly enjoyed the bits on gender, pornography, and on Knausgaard's vile statement where commented on the fact that he almost only wrote about male wri [...]

    13. This is a collection of essays which fall into that space which is not academic (though Hustvedt herself has a literature PhD and lectures in psychiatry) and yet has some high-brow intellectual content: think long articles in the LRB or The Economist or similar.Hustvedt starts with the premise that 'modes of knowing are different' in science and humanities - something that I don't think anyone would disagree with and hardly startling - but I'm not convinced she's really operating in the interdis [...]

    14. I couldn't finish. Pretentious and boring. She makes some excellent points about the art world and the disparity within it, but when she talks about pornography as almost some sort of social experiment, rather than the messy profitable distillation of almost everything wrong with humanity that it is, with actual human beings having sex and often being exploited, she lost me. And reading it, I kept thinking 'this is what the right is talking about when they talk about elites.' People who use need [...]

    15. Siri Hustvedt is probably as well known for her non-fiction writing as her novels. In this book she aims to pull together both the arts and sciences in her essays on the human condition. There are three parts to this collection, comprised of new and older essays. The first section, A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women, focuses on artists and writers such as Picasso, Louise Bourgeois and Karl Ove Knausgaard. The second, The Delusions of Certainty, is a longer piece, thankfully broken into mana [...]

    16. I had the pleasure of reviewing this book for The Washington Post, writing that Siri Hustvedt's work "is cerebral but also warm, deeply felt. 'A Woman Looking at Men' is ultimately a look at her many loves — the arts, analysis, the mysteries of perception. Through these lenses, she upholds the individual against the seductions of groupthink. She doesn’t come right out and say this, but the strength and lucidity of Hustvedt’s good thinking calls us to have confidence in our own instincts, t [...]

    17. Unfortunately I just could not finish this. It is immensely long. It has moments of brilliance but other parts are just too academic, too in-depth and too pretentious. Hustvedt's language can go from engaging to completely off putting in the space of a chapter. Although the premise is fascinating and appeals to the common reader I think it is best reserved for academia. I wrestled with it for months as I hate not finishing books, but life is just too short for this one. Thanks to Netgalley and t [...]

    18. It's always a pleasure and a privilege to get a look-in into a brilliant mind (and Hustvedt's is that), and the brilliant minds that that mind in turn has had a look-in intoe experience not unlike that of being in, and of, a sort of kaleidoscopic hall of mirrors of thought where mind gives onto mind, world onto world

    19. I feel bad about not liking this book more, given how brilliant Hustvedt obviously is. But when she talks about arts she's often incomprehensible, and when she talks about science she reminds me of a new word that I learned recently: ultracrepidarian.

    20. Holy cow, this was over my head. Also, I don't care about art, which isn't all it's about, but a fair amount.

    21. Siri Hustvedt is a writer of fiction, mostly, although she has written essays too. It is important to keep this in mind if you are considering reading this book, because whatever anyone says about it -- including me -- you should know that Hustvedt is sensitive to words, and thinks carefully about words when she chooses them.This quality, then, her concern with words and the selection of words, makes her a very good guide in the effort to disentangle science from scientism, and reasonable journa [...]

    22. Es un libro para estudiar. La erudición de Hustvedt no tiene paragón para quienes nos sentimos algo instruidos por leer algo más que la media. En esta serie de ensayos nos habla desde el feminismo y la lógica de que la mujer es sólo relegada por su condición de género -triste leer en sus páginas cómo debe aclarar a un periodista chileno que sus conocimientos filosóficos no se los ha dado su marido, el escritor Paul Auster-, o porqué las humanidades son consideradas femeninas y no así [...]

    23. Very informative. Most essays read very academic. I learned so much but I found it was not a book I could read at the end of the day when my brain was a bit fried- better to be enjoyed on a weekend day or day off.

    24. I wish the second half larger essay had been a separate book! Because I didn't want to read it The art essays were my absolute highlight and I found the neuroscience one's fascinating even given it's a subject I know next to nothing about. I learnt so much about mental health from the science side of things that I didn't know before and I was talking to every single friend about this book for weeks. I just hit a wall with the second half! And it makes it such a giant hefty book to lug around. Oh [...]

    25. This is brilliant. Pedantic in places, well researched, documented and presented with academic flourish, these are understandings, observations and insights we could all do well to examine and embrace.“And it is interesting that the Orville Prescotts of our contemporary literary scene seem to be equally attached to a kind of conservative realism, to detest “experiment” in favor of a literature that depicts “life”, as if there were some precise measurement`between the book and the world [...]

    26. This was a solid, thought provoking read. It's hard to summarise, so I won't, other to say it revolved around the idea of what people think, and then a lot of well researched discussion about what we mean by 'our minds' and what is known and not known. I am doing no justice to the book in explaining this now, so all I can say is if you are interested in a wide ranging discussion on this topic, please borrow (but be prepared to set aside a lot of time, and potentially be confused in the process!) [...]

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