By Niccolò Machiavelli
By Jonathan Franzen
From the nationwide booklet Award-winning writer of The Corrections, a set of essays that display him to be considered one of our sharpest, hardest, and such a lot pleasing social critics
While the essays during this assortment variety in material from the sex-advice to the best way a supermax criminal works, each wrestles with the fundamental subject matters of Franzen's writing: the erosion of civil lifestyles and personal dignity; and the hidden endurance of loneliness in postmodern, imperial the US. Reprinted the following for the 1st time is Franzen's debatable l996 research of the destiny of the yankee novel in what grew to become often called "the Harper's essay," in addition to his award-winning narrative of his father's fight with Alzheimer's disorder, and a rueful account of his short tenure as an Oprah Winfrey author.
In a clean exam of his essays, notebooks, and fiction, Patrizia McBride reconstructs Musil's knowing of ethics as a realm of expertise that eludes language and idea. After situating Musil's paintings inside its modern cultural-philosophical horizon, in addition to the ancient historical past of emerging nationwide Socialism, McBride exhibits how the writer's inspiration of ethics as a void may be understood as a coherent and leading edge reaction to the crises haunting Europe after global struggle I. She explores how Musil rejected the outmoded, rationalistic morality of humanism, whereas at the same time critiquing the irrationalism of latest paintings pursuits, together with symbolism, impressionism, and expressionism. Her paintings finds Musil's extraordinary relevance today-particularly these features of his inspiration that made him retro in his personal time: a dedication to struggling with moral fundamentalism and a literary mind's eye that validates the pluralistic personality of recent life.
By Madeleine L'Engle
"Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?" is Madeleine L'Engle's lively security of the accountability of kid's literature to confront tough questions, as she did in all her paintings, quite her masterpiece A Wrinkle in Time. This publication includes the textual content of her recognized speech in addition to her creation to the twenty-fifth anniversary of A Wrinkle in Time and a facsimile of a bankruptcy from the unique manuscript with Madeleine's notations.
By Merrill Markoe
“This is so good written. [When a publication like this] comes alongside, it’s, like, ‘Thank you!’ What a good way to spend a day, a night, interpreting those essays. . . . completely great.”—Jon Stewart
“[Merrill] Markoe is definitely as humorous as David Sedaris. She’s in a position to manic riffs and acerbic skewering. nonetheless, her sturdy nature shines through.”—The Washington Post
during this hilarious choice of candid essays, together with items new to this version, New York Times bestselling writer Merrill Markoe finds a lot approximately her own life—as good because the mystery formulation for comedy: start with a tough mom, enhance a few vintage teenage insecurities, upload a couple of relationships with narcissistic males, toss in an unruly pack of egocentric canines, end it off with the type of crystalline standpoint that basically comes from years of navigating a roiling sea of disagreeable and unappeasable humans, and—voilà—you’re humorous! Cool, Calm & Contentious is sincere, unapologetic, occasionally heartbreaking, yet continually shot via with Merrill Markoe’s biting, bracing wit.
“This has been an outstanding yr for humorous girls. . . . Let’s name Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling indicates A and B. either owe a debt to those that got here earlier than, together with Merrill Markoe.”—The Boston Globe
“Markoe’s target is to discover the absurdity in daily life. That, coupled together with her sharp wit, makes her writing sublime.”—BookPage
“Laugh-out-loud humor.”—Tampa Bay Times
“Not simply crazy-funny, yet crazy-heartbreaking.”—The long island Times
Hacking Europe lines the person practices of cutting video games in Warsaw, hacking software program in Athens, developing chaos in Hamburg, generating demos in Turku, and partying with computing in Zagreb and Amsterdam. concentrating on a number of eu nations on the finish of the chilly struggle, the ebook indicates the electronic improvement used to be now not an completely American affair. neighborhood hacker groups appropriated the pc and solid new cultures round it just like the hackers in Yugoslavia, Poland and Finland, who confirmed off their tips and developing particular “demoscenes.” jointly the essays replicate a various palette of cultural practices wherein ecu clients domesticated desktop applied sciences. every one bankruptcy explores the mediating actors instrumental in introducing and spreading the cultures of computing round Europe. extra normally, the “ludological” element--the function of mischief, humor, and play--discussed right here as an important for research of hacker tradition, opens new vistas for the learn of the background of technology.
By Saul Bellow
“Bellow’s nonfiction has a similar strengths as his tales and novels: a dynamic responsiveness to personality, position, and time (or period) . . . and also you wonder—what different intellectual writer, or certainly lowbrow author has one of these reflexive grab of the road, the desktop, the legislations courts, the rackets?” —Martin Amis, The long island instances ebook Review
one of many very best fiction writers of the 20 th century, Nobel laureate Saul Bellow was once additionally deeply insightful in his lesser-known roles as essayist, critic, and lecturer. amassed jointly during this lovely compilation, Bellow’s gigantic variety of nonfiction unearths an analogous wit, bold, and knowledge that distinguish The Adventures of Augie March, Henderson the Rain King, Herzog, Humboldt’s Gift, and different masterly novels. In There is too a lot to imagine About, as within the novels, the 20th century comes fiercely to existence via Bellow’s unequalled human knowing and singular style.
Benjamin Taylor, editor of the acclaimed Saul Bellow: Letters, joins Bellow’s better-known essays to formerly uncollected works chosen from his feedback, interviews, speeches, and different reflections. that includes Bellow’s statement on such fellow writers as Ralph Ellison, Philip Roth, and J. D. Salinger, a remembrance of Franklin D. Roosevelt, dispatches from Paris, Spain, and Israel, and indelible pics of his homeland, Chicago, this assortment brings jointly writing from each part of his profession. There is too a lot to imagine About is a guided journey of the 20 th century—what we did, suffered, survived—conducted by means of one in every of sleek life’s most provoking minds.
By Dromedary Hump
He’s again, and his camelus dromedarius disposition hasn’t mellowed. during this sequel to the preferred The Atheist Camel Chronicles, Dromedary Hump (Aka, Bart Centre) promises one-hundred essays on a medley of non secular topics vital to freethinkers and atheist activists. Drawn from the simplest of his writings, each one brief bankruptcy chronicles real-life observations, poignant observation on topical concerns, and flights of fictional fancy that significantly discover the havoc religion-think and the theistically stricken impose on we all. certain within the style, this e-book touts no thought or esoterica. each bankruptcy offers the reader with simply absorbed, thought-provoking insights designed to teach, stimulate activism, and get ready the freethinker to problem even essentially the most artistic religionist precepts and apologetics. Messrs. Centre’s /Hump’s inimitable variety combines sarcasm, humor, irony, unabashed bluntness, and greater than a pinch of snarkiness, making The Atheist Camel Rants back! difficult to place down and more durable nonetheless to overlook.