PSYCHOLOGY: Making Light of Darkness Visible
Morrish, JohN, The Independent (London, England)
THIS YEAR, 1995, marks the 60th anniversary of fluorescent light. I mention this only because it is one of the few events in the brief history of man's victory over darkness that A Alvarez has omitted from his wide-ranging, often intriguing accou nt of night and its meanings.
In his preface Alvarez likens his research to "pulling out a conjurer's handkerchief: one thing leads to another in an unending, outlandish chain". The analogy holds good for the book, which is constructed with considerable cunning. A history of artificial light, from the first fire-making to electric streetlamps, provokes thoughts on lighting in Caravaggio and the uses of darkness in Shakespeare. …
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Publication information: Article title: PSYCHOLOGY: Making Light of Darkness Visible. Contributors: Morrish, JohN - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: January 15, 1996. Page number: 31. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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