By Siri Hustvedt
From the writer of the foreign bestseller What I Loved, a provocative choice of autobiographical and important essays approximately writing and writers.
Whether her topic is transforming into up in Minnesota, cross-dressing, or the radical, Hustvedt's nonfiction, like her fiction, defies effortless categorization, elegantly combining mind, emotion, wit, and fervour. With a mild contact and consummate readability, she undresses the cultural prejudices that veil either literature and existence and explores the a number of personalities that unavoidably inhabit a writer's brain. Is it attainable for a lady within the 20th century to suggest the corset, and while technique with authority what it truly is wish to be a guy? Hustvedt does. Writing with rigorous honesty approximately her personal divided self, and the way this has formed her as a author, she additionally methods the works of others--Fitzgerald, Dickens, and Henry James--with revelatory perception, and a practitioner's figuring out in their art.
By Martin Gardner
"[Gardner] zaps his ambitions with laserlike precision and wit."—Entertainment Weekly
Martin Gardner is likely to be the wittiest, such a lot devastating unmasker of clinical fraud and highbrow chicanery of our time. right here he muses on themes as different as numerology, New Age anthropology, and the overdue Senator Claiborne Pell's obsession with UFOs, as he mines american citizens' probably inexhaustible urge for food for undesirable technological know-how. Gardner's humorous, brilliantly unsettling exposés of reflexology and urine remedy may be required interpreting for someone attracted to "alternative" medication. In a global more and more tilted towards superstition, Did Adam and Eve Have Navels? will supply these people who prize common sense and customary experience enormous solace and idea. "Gardner is a countrywide treasure...I want [this] might be made obligatory analyzing in each excessive school—and in Congress."—Arthur C. Clarke "Nobody alive has performed greater than Gardner to unfold the knowledge and appreciation of arithmetic, and to dispel superstition."— The New Criterion, John Derbyshire
By Claude Mauriac
André Breton et les surréalistes ont changé notre imaginative and prescient du monde. Voici les annales de leurs victoires et de leurs défaites. los angeles Révolution, L'Au-delà, Le Réel, Le Surréel, L'Amour : en cinq chapitres denses, rigoureux et documentés, Claude Mauriac se penche sur l'oeuvre et los angeles vie de Breton. Il examine le surréalisme dans ses rapports à l'esthétique, à los angeles politique, à l. a. faith, à los angeles vie comme cryptogramme. L'histoire de l. a. littérature, de Sade à Rimbaud, de Benjamin consistent à Lautréamont, s'en trouve rétrospectivement éclairée. Textes en major, cet essai intransigeant rend justice à un considérable, ainsi qu'à l'école littéraire l. a. plus importante depuis le romantisme où brillèrent, aussi, Aragon, Eluard et Desnos.
By Zadie Smith
"[These essays] mirror a full of life, unselfconscious, rigorous, erudite, and earnestly open brain that is busy refining its view of existence, literature, and very much in between."
-Los Angeles Times
break up into 5 sections-Reading, Being, Seeing, Feeling, and Remembering--Changing My Mind reveals Zadie Smith casting an acute eye over fabric either own and cultural. This attractive selection of essays-some released right here for the 1st time-reveals Smith as a passionate and special essayist, both at domestic on the earth of significant books and undesirable videos, relations and philosophy, British comedians and Italian divas. no matter if writing on Katherine Hepburn, Kafka, Anna Magnani, or Zora Neale Hurston, she brings deft care to the paintings of feedback with a method either sympathetic and insightful. Changing My Mind is journalism at its such a lot expansive, clever, and funny-a present to readers and writers either.
By Celia Rivenbark
From the writer of the bestselling classics We're similar to You, Only Prettier, and Bless Your center, Tramp, comes a suite of essays so humorous, you will shoot co'cola from your nostril. subject matters contain such gem stones as:
• Why pass over North Carolina is simply too great to hate
• How Gwyneth Paltrow desires to increase your pathetic existence
• Strapped for money? test cat whispering
• intercourse each evening for a yr? How do you wrap that?
• Get yer Wassail on: it is carolin' time
• airways serving up one scorching mess
• motion determine Jesus
• Why Clay Aiken ain't marrying your glandular daughter
• and masses extra!
Complete with a treasure trove of Celia's actual southern recipes, You cannot Drink All Day for those who do not begin within the Morning is certain to entice an individual who lives south of something.
By Marina Keegan
The moment New York Times bestseller and publishing phenomenon: Marina Keegan’s posthumous choice of award-winning essays and tales “sparkles with expertise, humanity, and adolescence” (O, The Oprah Magazine).
Marina Keegan’s famous person was once at the upward thrust while she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in may possibly 2012. She had a play that used to be to be produced on the ny Fringe competition and a role looking ahead to her at The New Yorker. Tragically, 5 days after commencement, Marina died in a motor vehicle crash.
Marina left in the back of a wealthy, deeply expansive trove of writing that, like her identify essay, captures the wish, uncertainty, and probability of her new release. Her brief tale “Cold Pastoral” used to be released on NewYorker.com. Her essay “Even Artichokes Have Doubts” used to be excerpted within the Financial Times, and her booklet used to be the focal point of a Nicholas Kristof column in The manhattan Times. thousands of her contemporaries have spoke back to her paintings on social media.
As Marina wrote: “We can nonetheless do whatever. we will swap our minds. we will begin over…We’re so younger. We can’t, we mustn't ever lose this feeling of chance simply because finally, it’s all we have.” The contrary of Loneliness is an unforgettable choice of Marina’s essays and tales that articulates the common fight we all face as we work out what we aspire to be and the way we will be able to harness our skills to affect the realm. “How do you mourn the lack of a fiery expertise that was once slightly a tendril earlier than it used to be snuffed out? solution: learn this e-book. A clear-eyed observer of human nature, Keegan may possibly take a smart idea...and make it anything appealing” (People).
By Aldous Huxley
Chosen writings from the writer of Brave New World and The doorways of Perception at the position of psychedelics in society.
• contains letters and lectures by means of Huxley by no means released in different places.
In may perhaps 1953 Aldous Huxley took four-tenths of a gram of mescaline. the magical and transcendent adventure that set him off on an exploration that was once to provide a innovative physique of labor concerning the internal reaches of the human brain. Huxley was once many years prior to his time in his anticipation of the hazards glossy tradition used to be developing via explosive inhabitants raise, headlong technological increase, and militant nationalism, and he observed psychedelics because the maximum capability at our disposal to "remind adults that the genuine global is particularly various from the misshapen universe they've got created for themselves through their culture-conditioned prejudices." a lot of Huxley's writings following his 1953 mescaline test will be noticeable as his try to demonstrate the facility of those elements to evoke a feeling of the sacred in humans dwelling in a technological society antagonistic to mystical revelations.
Moksha, a Sanskrit be aware that means "liberation," is a set of the prophetic and visionary writings of Aldous Huxley. It contains decisions from his acclaimed novels Brave New World and Island, either one of which envision societies established round the use of psychedelics as stabilizing forces, in addition to items from The doorways of Perception and Heaven and Hell, his well-known works on attention enlargement.
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Lapham’s Quarterly embodies the assumption that heritage is the foundation of all schooling, medical and literary in addition to political and monetary. each one factor addresses a subject matter of present curiosity and concern—war, faith, funds, medication, nature, crime—by citing to the microphone of the current the recommendation and tips of the past.
The texts are drawn from authors at the order of Aristotle, William Shakespeare, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Thucydides, Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, Edward Gibbon, Mahatma Gandhi, Confucius, Honoré de Balzac, Jane Austen, Jorge Luis Borges, Matsuo Bashō, Henry David Thoreau, and Joan Didion. Abridged instead of paraphrased, not one of the textual content within the Quarterly runs to a size longer than six pages, others not more than six paragraphs. including passages from the world’s nice literature, every one factor bargains full-color reproductions of work and sculpture through the world’s nice artists. The connecting of the then with the now's extra augmented with the testimony present in the letters, speeches, diaries, and pictures, in five-act performs and three-part songs.
By Hermann Hesse
A unmarried quantity of the main attractive texts through Herman Hesse together with intimate thoughts of his ultimate years. Hesse accumulated lifestyles sketches, poems, aphorisms and brief essays devoted to the last word problem of a author who had already finished a celebrated physique of labor — that of accepting his ultimate years and the technique of demise with grace.
Pushkin assortment variants function a spare, based sequence kind and greater, sturdy components. The assortment is typeset in Monotype Baskerville, litho-printed on Munken top rate White Paper and notch-bound via the independently owned printer TJ foreign in Padstow. The covers, with French flaps, are revealed on Colorplan Pristine White Paper. either paper and canopy board are acid-free and woodland Stewardship Council (FSC) qualified.
“Perhaps in the future guy will […] see what a small incidence this type of world-war used to be while set opposed to the religious self-mutilation of mankind by way of its newspapers, and the way the warfare was once at backside only one of its manifestations [...] let me to overestimate the clicking. but when I hold incorrectly that an epoch which takes the exact version so evenly because the occasion itself, and with excited nerves takes lies for proof, whether it is now not actual that extra blood has flown from telegrams than they claimed to include, then allow this blood be on my hands.” Karl Kraus was once a razor-sharp observer of fin-de-siècle Vienna. His paintings is creative, subversive and immensely insightful. In 1899, Kraus demonstrated his personal magazine, Die Fackel (The Torch), and set out ‘to drain the marsh of empty phrase-making’, aiming his satire at favorite ambitions equivalent to the click, psychoanalysis and Zionism. in response to Kraus, a lot of the social and political divide in Vienna - the place the problem of immigration was once resulting in mounting tensions and a virulent upward push in anti-Semitism - was once attributable to the mass-circulation of the clicking, whose manipulation of public opinion by way of a language made of mangled clichés and hackneyed words used to be corrosive of political and social existence. This view dominates the despairing imaginative and prescient painted in his most eminent inventive success, The final Days of Mankind, an apocalyptic drama written in line with the outbreak of global conflict I which runs to over two hundred scenes and features a solid of approximately 500. along a range of remarkable essays (including “A Crown for Zion”; “Salomé” and “In those nice Times”), this assortment comprises the prologue and entire first act of The final Days of Mankind, in addition to a range of aphorisms culled from Die Fackel. a wide a part of the paintings featured this is being provided in English translation for the 1st time. This variation additionally features a chronology, steered additional studying and notes.