On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry (New York Review Books Classics)

On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry (New York Review Books Classics)

William H. Gass


On Being Blue is a booklet approximately every little thing blue—sex and sleaze and unhappiness, between different things—and approximately every thing else. It brings us the realm in a observe as basically William H. Gass, between modern American writers, can do.

Gass writes:
Of the colours, blue and eco-friendly have the best emotional diversity. unhappy reds and depression yellows are tricky to show up. one of the historical parts, blue happens far and wide: in ice and water, within the flame as basically as within the flower, overhead and within caves, masking fruit and oozing out of clay. even if eco-friendly enlivens the earth and mixes within the ocean, and we discover it, copperish, in hearth; eco-friendly air, eco-friendly skies, are infrequent. grey and brown are extensively disbursed, yet there are not any pleased swatches of both, or any of exuberant black, sullen purple, or acquiescent orange. Blue is consequently so much appropriate because the colour of inside existence. no matter if slick gentle sharp excessive vivid skinny speedy bitter new and funky or low deep candy darkish smooth gradual soft heavy outdated and hot: blue strikes simply between all of them, and all profoundly qualify our states of feeling.

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