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By James Elkins

James Elkins's How to take advantage of Your Eyes invitations us to appear at--and probably to determine for the 1st time--the international round us, with breathtaking effects. listed below are the typical artifacts of existence, frequently misunderstood and principally overlooked, introduced into awesome concentration. With the discerning eye of a painter and the keenness of a detective, Elkins explores complex such things as mandalas, the periodic desk, or a hieroglyph, remaking the realm right into a treasure field of observations--eccentric, traditional, fabulous.

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