A review by cemyilmaz
The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media by John Durham Peters


Bought this book thinking it was an essay on media theory - was pleasantly surprised to see it was an almanac of main elements / media of fire, water, time, air. A diverse ontological study of the history, philosophy and current state of main elements that shape lives. Hard to maintain all the book reveals to us, selected anecdotes and pieces of epistemological information from 4000 BCE all the way to this decade. One can only hope to maintain some of the knowledge, and better yet, internalize a portion of it.
Half way through this book, it reminded me of something Schopenhauer has said:
“... the problem is not so much to see what nobody has yet seen, as to think what nobody has yet thought concerning that which everybody sees.”
This book will make you see the "media" around you differently.
I definitely recommend it.