Our Fingerprints Spiral Like Galaxies
is a quite literal "handbook," a single-focus anatomy guide made up of a series of freestanding micro-essays depicting the human hand as a cosmic map, an insignia of personal will, and a crossroads of bodily intake and output.In this manual of manual actions, our hand is a poly-sensual organ that can utter, listen, sniff, and savor as well as grasp, carry, manipulate, and gesture. These pages treat the hand as a five-fingered pentagram and a microcosm of Selfhood, an engine whose movements form a vast repertoire of oracles, dances, and pantomimes. Aristotle saw our hand as the "instrument of instruments," and Kant regarded it as the foremost "window on the mind." Anaxagoras viewed this body part as the most supreme proof of our near-divinity and an epicenter of mortal significance. This book gladly partakes of such perspectives and envisions our hand's array of bones, muscles, and ligaments as a primal emblem radiating its meaning in every direction.