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Lapidarium: The Secret Lives of Stones

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A supporter of Arts Emergency she has mentored artists and students through a variety of different schemes. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. She weaves stone through human history showing us how we gave different types of stone the power of royalty and worship. Each chapter focuses on a different stone or rock and its significance in art, history or literature. For instance, did you know that there is a "Meat-Shaped Stone" on display in Taipei's National Palace Museum that looks exactly like a delicious piece of slow-cooked pork belly?

Referencing science, history, chemistry, physics, literature, philosophy, and pop culture, Lapidarium is an extravagantly storied chamber of stones, the next best thing to having a secret sparkling cache of curios at your fingertips. Her stories also bear out the tragic pattern of so much engagement with the natural world - what begins in wonder leads to greed andrapacious extraction. There was nothing really wrong with this listen, it just didn't grab me and writing this review so far after the fact I don't feel that I retained much. The moment I stopped reading, it literally left my head and I couldn't tell you a single thing that had been mentioned so far. These are stories about rocks, it’s not a geological textbook, but I learned a hell of a lot on the way, mostly I learned how little I know about geology and how cool rocks are.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. This randomness does make it more interesting as amethyst is followed by cairngorm and tuff precedes turquoise. The essays are written from a British point of view, which took a little getting used to (especially some of the pronunciations in audio book), but it was very well done. Het boek doet wat denken aan het boek van Kassia St Clair over kleuren , maar dan met bevlogen verhalen over gesteenten die toch wat deden nadenken Bv over de invloed van de prijs van de aflaten of over de PlayStation war , die de verhalen niet altijd even licht maken .

In Lapidarium, renowned art critic Hettie Judah explores the unexpected stories behind sixty stones that have shaped and inspired human history, from Dorset fossil-hunters to Chinese philosophers, Catherine the Great to Michelangelo. And not to mention the hysterical metaphysical WTFery of angel-appointed wife swaps in the chapter of alchemist and astrologer John Dee’s smoky quartz cairngorm, as well as, the mystical modern-day TikTik moldavite craze vibing amongst those of the witchy-psychic persuasion. While the diversity of the stones and the geology are fascinating, what I particularly enjoyed was learning about the ways in which humans have used these stones, from the Malachite Room in Russia’s Winter Palace to the giant stone Medusa heads in the underground cisterns in Istanbul to the ‘meat stone’ that draws crowds in Taipei.

My only complaint is I wish it had more illustrations and photos of these amazing objects and natural resources. years ago Babylonians constructed lapidaries – books that tried to pin down the magical secrets of rocks. It was easy to read, and had plenty of interesting stories pertaining to the rocks that the author chose, but the chapters were very short (one was only two pages) and provided only a brief overview of the rocks in question.

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