The Book Of Skin
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The Book of Skin
Because of its newfound visibility, skin has never been at once so manifest and so in jeopardy as it is today. This dilemma becomes evident, in Connor's view, if we examine how skin is displayed and manipulated as a site of inscription. In order to trace our culture's anxious concerns with the materiality and mortality of skin, Connor's analysis ranges from the human body itself to photography, from Medieval leprosy, Renaissance flaying, and eternal syphilis to cosmetics, plastic surgery, and skin cancers.
Connor examines the chromatics of skin color and pigmentation, blushing, suntanning, paleness, darkening, tattooing, cutting, the Turin shroud, the Mummy, and the Invisible Man. He also offers engaging explanations for why particular colors are ascribed to feelings and conditions such as green for envy, purple for rage, and yellow for cowardice. Connor's insights into the obvious and yet unfamiliar terrain of the skin and its place in Western culture ameliorates the intensities and attenuations of touch in cultural history. The Book of Skin bears out James Joyce's claim that "modern man has an epidermis rather than a soul."
Born in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1809 to a struggling family, Allen fell into a life of crime at the age of fifteen, after a chance meeting with a master thief. He spent most of his life in and out of different jails: while incarcerated, he would read books, learn trades, and get on well with everyone, but as soon as he got out, he would return directly to burglaring and highway-robbing. Eventually, he died of tuberculosis at the state prison in Charlestown, MA.
Anthropodermic bibliopegy, or the practice of binding texts in human skin, may date back to the French Revolution, when a number of copies of the French Constitution were supposedly bound in the skin of those who opposed the new Republic. (These can be seen in the in the Museum Carnavalet in Paris.)
By the 19th century, the most common use of anthropodermic bibliopegy was by physicians. Dr. John Stockton Hough bound three medical volumes in the skin of a patient with the first diagnosed case of trichinosis. Others used cadavers they had obtained from public executions.
Books such as the The Dance of Death were being bound in human skin as late as the 1890s. Many of these books now belong to libraries, including the John Hay Library at Brown University, the library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and potentially the Cleveland Public Library and the library of Harvard Law School.
Citing conservation concerns, Allen's skin-bound memoirs are no longer on permanent display, nor are they available to view by appointment. Curious visitors must be content with the digitized version, or be on the lookout for pop-up exhibits that may include the book in the future. Researchers may request to view either of the non-human skin-bound copies that are housed in the Athenæum's collection.
In Korea, healthy, glowing skin is the ideal form of beauty. It's considered achievable by all, men and women, young and old and it begins with adopting a skin-first mentality. Now, this Korean beauty philosophy has taken the world by storm!As the founder of Soko Glam, a leading Korean beauty and lifestyle website, esthetician and beauty expert Charlotte Cho guides you through the world-renowned Korean ten-step skin-care routine and far beyond to help you achieve the clearest and most radiant skin of your life. With Charlotte's step-by-step tutorials, skin-care tips, and advice on what to look for in products at all price levels, you'll learn how to pamper and care for your skin at home with Korean-approved techniques and pull off the "no makeup" makeup look we've seen and admired on women in the streets of Seoul. The Little Book of Skin Care reveals beauty secrets from Charlotte's favorite beauty gurus from around the world, including supermodels, YouTube sensations, top makeup artists, magazine editors, actresses, and leading Korean skincare researchers.
With the knowledge of an expert and voice of a trusted friend, Charlotte's personal tour through Korean beauty culture will help you find joy in the everyday beauty routines that will transform your skin.
We expose it, cover it, paint it, tattoo it, scar it, and pierce it. Our intimate connection with the world, skin protects us while advertising our health, our identity, and our individuality. This dazzling synthetic overview is a complete guidebook to the pliable covering that makes us who we are. Skin: A Natural History celebrates the evolution of three unique attributes of human skin: its naked sweatiness, its distinctive sepia rainbow of colors, and its remarkable range of decorations. Jablonski places the rich cultural canvas of skin within its broader biological context for the first time, and the result is a tremendously engaging look at us.
Nina G. Jablonski is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color (UC Press). Her research on human skin has been featured in National Geographic, Scientific American, and other publications.
Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race is an essential Black Lives Matter at School book and addition to anti-racist homes. I received my copy the day of the online book launch and gave it to my toddler, Justice, who read it to herself.
More of the content will be accessible as she grows and processes concepts and builds vocabulary. She will tell her own story using the striking visuals, ask and answer questions, and begin the work of holding herself and others accountable. I look forward to the second and third (and more!) conversations with my child sparked by this book that inspires questioning injustice and taking action.
Publisher's Synopsis: Based on the research that race, gender, consent, and body positivity should be discussed with toddlers on up, this read-aloud board book series offers adults the opportunity to begin important conversations with young children in an informed, safe, and supported way.
Developed by experts in the fields of early childhood and activism against injustice, this topic-driven board book offers clear, concrete language and beautiful imagery that young children can grasp and adults can leverage for further discussion.
This first book in the series begins the conversation on race, with a supportive approach that considers both the child and the adult. Stunning art accompanies the simple and interactive text, and the backmatter offers additional resources and ideas for extending this discussion.
Dan Kirby, of Analytical Services in Milton MA, is a conservation scientist who has done PMF-MALDI testing from pencil point size samples of skin. PMF-MALDI involves the enzymatic digestion of proteins (PMF) followed by Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization Time of Flight Mass Spectrometric (MALDI) analysis. This allows the collagen in the hide to reveal its unique mammalian amino acid sequence. A human sequence will be marked by one pattern, and some other creature will be revealed by a different pattern. I was able to supply Dr. Kirby with analytical samples after the librarians associated with the book gave permission for me to cut away the tiny pieces of skin from the binding. Each sample site was documented.
The testing report shows, once and for all, that UCLA owns a book bound in sheepskin, not in human skin. Our catalog entry now makes this analysis clear, though at some point an owner wrote on the first page that the book was bound in human skin. Perhaps more interesting than our now definitive answer to the species of bookbinding material for this book, is the question of why anyone would ever write in the first page of their book that it was bound in human skin. Romantic, macabre, increase the market value? Some books in other libraries have revealed, after testing, to indeed be bound in human skin -- clearly our curiosity about this uncommon bookbinding practice remains.
Also known as The Skin Book, it is an untitled book with paranormal properties, Gerard Keay refers to it as a Catalogue of the Trapped Dead. Each page is made of human skin, and most are written in Sanskrit, though they can be written in other languages. It is connected with The End.
The book itself holds pages that must be manually created and added to the book. By making pages from a dead person's skin and writing a depiction of how they died, the person's spirit is bound to the page. The person can then be summoned by a living reader if the page describing their death is read. Existence in the book is said to be painful, and the spirits claim to be aware that they are not really the original person.
The book is first seen used by