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Janet Kagan was really good at this--Hellspark's plot hinges on body language, and there's some good worldbuilding in Mirabile.

Also Miles's invisible hat with the enormous plume.

I have a vague recollection of it being a trope of "secret immortals" stories that they're never clumsy or awkward because they've been in their bodies for so long.

If you want to get into fictional artforms...Stardance, hands down.

Litfic...Nana, by Zola.

Mmm, yes! I have not read many of those, but clearly I should. I like that point about secret immortals -- quality of gesture indicating subtler traits.

In my own writing, I actually try to avoid "nodding" and "shaking [the] head" because I've learned it means different things in different cultures. I know "nodding" (up and down motion of head) to mean yes, but elsewhere (I can't remember where) it means no.

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