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Stone maps the force, vivacity, and stories within our most mundane matter, stone. For too long stone has served as an unexamined metaphor for the вЂњreally realвЂќ: blunt factuality, natureвЂ™s curt rebuke. Yet, medieval writers knew that stones drop with fire from the sky, emerge through the subterranean lovemaking of the elements, tumble along riverbeds from Eden, partner with the masons who build worlds with them. Such motion suggests an ecological enmeshment and an almost creaturely mineral life.Although geological time can leave us reeling, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen argues that stoneвЂ™s endurance is also an invitation to apprehend the world in other than human terms. Never truly inert, stone poses a profound challenge to modernityвЂ™s disenchantments. Its agency undermines the human desire to be separate from the environment, a bifurcation that renders nature вЂњout there,вЂќ a mere resource for recreation, consumption, and exploitation.Written with great verve and elegance, this pioneering work is notable not only for interweaving the medieval and the modern but also as a major contribution to ecotheory. Comprising chapters organized by concept вЂ”вЂњGeophilia,вЂќ вЂњTime,вЂќ вЂњForce,вЂќ and вЂњSoulвЂќвЂ”Cohen seamlessly brings together a wide range of topics including stoneвЂ™s potential to transport humans into nonanthropocentric scales of place and time, the вЂњpetrificationвЂќ of certain cultures, the messages fossils bear, the architecture of Bordeaux and Montparnasse, Yucca Mountain and nuclear waste disposal, the ability of stone to communicate across millennia in structures like Stonehenge, and debates over whether stones reproduce and have souls.Showing that what is often assumed to be the most lifeless of substances is, in its own time, restless and forever in motion, Stone fittingly concludes by taking us to IcelandвЋЇa land that, writes the author, вЂњreminds us that stone like water is alive, that stone like water is transient.вЂќ
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