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Finger Brains

9 days ago   |   By TLS

“Very few people are aware”, writes José Saramago in a playful passage of his novel The Cave , “that in each of our fingers... there is a tiny brain”. It is these miniature “finger brains” which, according to Saramago, teach us the instinctive and the magical: “the brain-in-the-head has always lagged behind the hands”. The power of the fingertips is not lost on Sara Baume, author of handiwork , a beautifully written memoir and meditation on grief, nature and the creative process. In the aftermath of her father's death, Baume finds herself compelled to carve and paint a flock of tiny birds...
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