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Monday, 23 January 2012


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How interesting that you posted this the same day that Newt Gingrich's pointing of fingers was noted....


Check me out, I'm inadvertently topical!


(Added to the LGM post, since I sometimes feel the readers don't quite get me over there. The bloggers, though, they love me.)


I sometimes feel the readers don't quite get me over there

You're not kidding....

Hands are funny things: we don't think about them consciously much, but when we do, it can be disabling (I know the first time I watched a video of myself teaching, my wandering hands were all I could see for a long while). A lot of artists have admitted to having trouble with hands (and more have had trouble with hands, but been unable to admit it) precisely because of how subtly communicative and meaningful they are. It's a little bit like the caterpillar who was asked "how do you keep track of all those feet?" and never walked again.


Was it Call of the Wild or White Fang where London has a character in mortal danger huddled around a fire suddenly contemplating his hands and how they work?


Somebody else talking about hands last week (including some wonderfully funny stills of Steve McQueen using his hands to shamelessly steal scenes.

I remember reading something, ages ago, talking about medical students observing an autopsy and which parts of the body tended to make people most uncomfortable. It said that there was very little discomfort around, for example, the genitals, which you might expect, but that the two things that made people very anxious were cutting (or injuries to) hands or eyes. Which makes sense, those are the two body parts that we gesture with and, therefore, the parts that we watch most closely on other people.

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