Life Breaks in

Life Breaks in

(a Mood Almanack)

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After an era of detachment and outsourcing of our moods, we are now entering an empathy economy, and there is no better guide to this world of emotion than Mary Cappello. In Life Breaks In, she aims to reconnect us to our moods, and offer a timely and poignant reminder of the importance of moods in human history and experience. This is a tour of moods--how they are created, how they are felt and experienced, and how they endure. From mood rooms to the influences art has on our moods to the science of moods and emotion, including synethesia, this creative exploration of mind and emotion reminds us of the grounding nature of moods. Cappello finds moods in gong baths, in soundscape ecology, in jazz improv, in paintings of clouds, and in the writings of many authors. This is a book rich with sense and sensibility, which will leave all readers at times entranced, at others moody, and always enlightened.

Some books start at point A, take you by the hand, and carefully walk you to point B, and on and on.
This is not one of those books. This book is about mood, and how it works in and with us as complicated, imperfectly self-knowing beings existing in a world that impinges and infringes on us, but also regularly suffuses us with beauty and joy and wonder. You don’t write that book as a linear progression—you write it as a living, breathing, richly associative, and, crucially, active, investigation. Or at least you do if you’re as smart and inventive as Mary Cappello.
What is a mood? How do we think about and understand and describe moods and their endless shadings? What do they do to and for us, and how can we actively generate or alter them? These are all questions Cappello takes up as she explores mood in all its manifestations: we travel with her from the childhood tables of “arts and crafts” to mood rooms and reading rooms, forgotten natural history museums and 3-D View-Master fairytale tableaux; from the shifting palette of clouds and weather to the music that defines us and the voices that carry us.  The result is a book as brilliantly unclassifiable as mood itself, blue and green and bright and beautiful, funny and sympathetic, as powerfully investigative as it is richly contemplative.
“I’m one of those people who mistrusts a really good mood,” Cappello writes early on. If that made you nod in recognition, well, maybe you’re one of Mary Cappello’s people; you owe it to yourself to crack Life Breaks In and see for sure.

Baker & Taylor
An examination of moods describes how they are created, felt, and endure, and looks at how they have influenced human history and experience.

Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: electronic book
022635606X hardcover alkaline paper
9780226356068 hardcover alkaline paper
Branch Call Number: 152.4 CAP
Characteristics: 396 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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