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Where Have You Been?: Selected Essays

By Michael Hofmann

An event with a roving genius of literary criticism

Michael Hofmann―poet, translator, and highbrow vagabond―has validated himself as one of many keenest critics of up to date literature. thoroughly nestled among the covers of Where have you ever Been?, he deals a hand to lead us and an encouraging whisper in our ear, prime us on a visit via what to learn, find out how to imagine, and why to love. And whereas those essays endure sharp insights that may aid us revisit writers with a clean eye, also they are a narrative of affection among a reader and his precious books.
within the thirty essays accumulated right here, Hofmann brings his signature wit and sustained severe mastery to a poetic, penetrating, and candid dialogue of the writers and artists of the final hundred years. listed below are the fundamental poets with out which modern poetry will be unimaginable―Elizabeth Bishop, "the poets' poets' poet," the "ghostly ability" of Robert Lowell, and the guy he calls the best English poet considering Shakespeare, Ted Hughes. yet he additionally illumines the melancholy of John Berryman and the antics of poetry's bogeyman, Frederick Seidel.
In essays on artwork which are themselves artistic endeavors, Hofmann's agile and exceptional brain explores a panoply of matters from the mastery of translation to the simplest day task for a poet. What those different gemstones percentage are the critic's insatiable interest and nice appeal. Where have you ever Been? is an unmissable trip with literature's so much impossible to resist flaneur.

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Never Drank the Kool-Aid: Essays

By Touré

His identify is Touré--just Touré--and like the various musicians, athletes, and celebrities he is profiled, he has affected the best way that we expect approximately tradition in the USA. He has profiled Eminem, 50 Cent, and Alicia Keys for the canopy of Rolling Stone. he is performed high-stakes poker with Jay-Z and basketball with Prince and Wynton Marsalis. In Touré's international, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. sits beside Condoleezza Rice who sits beside hip-hop pioneer Tupac Shakur, and them all are attention-grabbing company.

Never Drank the Kool-Aid is the chronicle of Touré's unprecedented trip during the American funhouse known as popular culture. Its rooms are packed with inventive, boastful, sort, traditional, and striking humans, such a lot of whom ensue to be well-known. it truly is Touré's present with the intention to see during the artifice in their global and comprehend the true motivations at the back of their achievements--to see who they really are as humans. it is a searingly humorous, strangely unguarded, and deeply insightful examine a global few folks comprehend.

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Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction

By Gerry Canavan

Modern visions of the long run were formed through hopes and fears concerning the results of human expertise and international capitalism at the wildlife. In an period of weather swap, mass extinction, and oil scarcity, such visions became more and more catastrophic, even apocalyptic. Exploring the shut dating among technological know-how fiction, ecology, and environmentalism, the essays in eco-friendly Planets ponder how technological know-how fiction writers were operating via this quandary. starting with H. G. Wells and passing via significant twentieth-century writers like Ursula ok. Le Guin, Stanislaw Lem, and Thomas Disch to modern authors like Margaret Atwood, China Miéville, and Paolo Bacigalupi—as good as contemporary blockbuster movies like Avatar and District 9—the essays in eco-friendly Planets think of the $64000 position for technological know-how fiction in a tradition that now turns out to have a really doubtful destiny. The booklet contains a longer interview with Kim Stanley Robinson and an annotated record for additional exploration of “ecological SF” and comparable works of fiction, nonfiction, movies, tv, comics, children’s cartoons, anime, games, song, and extra.

Contributors contain Christina Alt, Brent Bellamy, Sabine Höhler, Adeline Johns-Putra, Melody Jue, Rob Latham, Andrew Milner, Timothy Morton, Eric C. Otto, Michael web page, Christopher Palmer, Gib Prettyman, Elzette Steenkamp, Imre Szeman.

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Color Me English: Reflections on Migration and Belonging

By Caryl Phillips

An “arresting . . . bracing and affecting quantity” (Booklist) that “brims with interest and cosmopolitanism” (Publishers Weekly), Color Me English was once hailed within the Guardian as the most effective books of 2011 by means of Blake Morrison. This compilation of essays from award-winning writer Caryl Phillps is “a polymorphous pride that often keeps at its middle the proposal of identification: the way it is built, the way it is thrust upon us, how we will be able to swap it” (The Independent).

A daring mirrored image on race and tradition throughout nationwide barriers, Color Me English contains touching tales from Phillips’s formative years in England; his years dwelling and educating within the usa in the course of the turbulent occasions of September 11; and his travels throughout Europe and Africa, the place he engages with mythical writers James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Chinua Achebe, and Ha Jin. Featured on radio courses together with The Leonard Lopate Show and The Diane Rehm Show and coated in Salon, the Huffington Post, and Essence, Color Me English is a beautiful assortment from Phillips, who “writes splendidly crafted, deeply meditative treatises . . . [that are] constantly attention-grabbing and informative” (Quarterly Black Review).

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Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation

By Gary L. Francione

A renowned and revered thinker of animal rights legislation and moral thought, Gary L. Francione is understood for his feedback of animal welfare legislation and rules, his abolitionist idea of animal rights, and his promoting of veganism and nonviolence because the baseline rules of the abolitionist circulation. during this assortment, Francione advances the main radical concept of animal rights up to now. not like Peter Singer, Francione continues that we can't morally justify utilizing animals below any conditions, and in contrast to Tom Regan, Francione's concept applies to all sentient beings, not just to people who have extra refined cognitive abilities.

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The New Yorker (30 May 2016)

Review: the recent Yorker is a countrywide weekly journal that gives a signature mixture of reporting and statement on politics, overseas affairs, company, expertise, pop culture, and the humanities, in addition to humor, fiction, poetry, and cartoons.
Founded in 1925, the recent Yorker publishes the simplest writers of its time and has bought extra nationwide journal Awards than the other journal, for its groundbreaking reporting, authoritative research, and inventive proposal. the recent Yorker takes readers past the weekly print journal with the internet, cellular, capsule, social media, and signature occasions. the hot Yorker is immediately a vintage and on the cutting edge.

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Down and Delirious in Mexico City: The Aztec Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century

MEXICO urban, with a few 20 million population, is the most important urban within the Western Hemisphere. huge, immense development, raging crime, and tumultuous politics have additionally made it probably the most feared and misunderstood. but some time past decade, the town has turn into a scorching spot for foreign enterprise, style, and artwork, and a magnet for thrill-seeking expats from around the globe.

In 2002, Daniel Hernandez traveled to Mexico urban, looking for his cultural roots. He encountered a urban either chaotic and intoxicating, either underdeveloped and hypermodern. In 2007, after quitting a role, he moved again. With bright, intimate storytelling, Hernandez visits slums populated by way of ex-punks; glittering, drug-fueled model events; and pseudo-native rituals catering to new-age Mexicans. he's taking readers into the realm of youngster subcultures, in a urban the place punk and emo stand for a complete approach of life—and occasionally bring about rumbles at the streets.

Surrounded by means of volcanoes, earthquake-prone, and shrouded in smog, the town that Hernandez lovingly chronicles is a spot of surprising manifestations of risk, wish, humor, and sweetness, a surreal panorama of “cosmic violence.” in case you care approximately essentially the most electrifying towns on this planet, “Down & Delirious in Mexico urban is crucial analyzing” (David Lida, writer of First cease within the New World).

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Anthropology, Ecology, and Anarchism: A Brian Morris Reader

By Brian Morris

Over the process an extended profession, Brian Morris has created a magnificent physique of attractive and insightful writings—from social anthropology and ethnography to politics, historical past, and philosophy—that is on the market to the layperson with out sacrificing analytical rigor. yet previously, the essays amassed right here, initially released in imprecise journals and political magazines, were principally unavailable to the extensive readership to which they're so clearly acceptable. the other of arcane, really good writing, Morris’s paintings takes an interdisciplinary technique that gives connections among a variety of scholarly pursuits and anarchist politics and proposal. there's a lengthy heritage of anarchist writers drawing upon works in quite a number fields, and Morris’s essays either discover previous connections and recommend ways in which large currents of anarchist notion could have new and ever-emerging relevance for anthropology and plenty of alternative ways of realizing social relationships.

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Table Talk: From the Threepenny Review

By Jennifer Zahrt

Table Talk is a conveyable ceremonial dinner and a ebook to learn on my own whereas guffawing out loud. desk speak is a salon attended via your smartest associates and through all the wittiest humans they be aware of. desk speak is a set of short yet severely acclaimed, part serious/half tongue-in-cheek items that borrow the structure of The New Yorker’s “Talk of town” column. chosen from numerous many years of The Threepenny evaluation, identified colloquially because the West Coast’s New York evaluation of Books, those anecdotal essays debate the historic, inventive, and technological advancements of our time.

Released to coincide with the thirty fifth anniversary of The Threepenny Review in January 2015, Table Talk, edited through Wendy Lesser, Mimi Chubb and Jennifer Zahrt, contains essays via Christopher Ricks, who unfolds a blinding literary historical past of the word “Table Talk”; Leonard Michaels on why the waltz can be considered as an competitive, imperialist dance; and Claire Messud at the artwork of digression in fiction and dialog. Sigrid Nunez engages with the modern style for memoir and autobiography, whereas Luc Sante attracts conclusions approximately postmodern artwork from a stray little bit of graffiti glimpsed on a brand new York highway. different contributions contain Alexander Nehamas at the NEA controversy that roiled the tradition wars of the Nineties and Paula Fox’s suggestions for interacting with tricky children.

Ninety-nine items turn into a backyard of literary delights, as Table Talk takes an irreverent stroll at the wild aspect of philosophical and cultural hypothesis that might resonate with readers of any age.

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Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy

By Dave Hickey

The 23 essays (or "love songs") that make up the now vintage quantity Air Guitar trawl a "vast, invisible underground empire" of enjoyment, via list shops, honky-tonks, artwork galleries, jazz golf equipment, cocktail lounges, surf outlets and hot-rod shops, as restlessly at the movement because the the US they depict. Air Guitar pioneered one of those plain-talking in cultural feedback, willingly subjective and regularly candid and direct. A useful studying software for artwork fanatics, neophytes, scholars and lecturers alike, Hickey's book--now in its 8th printing--has galvanized a iteration of artwork enthusiasts, with new takes on Norman Rockwell, Robert Mapplethorpe, Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol and Perry Mason. In June 2009, Newsweek voted Air Guitar one of many best 50 books that "open a window at the instances we are living in, whether or not they deal without delay with the problems of this day or just aid us see ourselves in new and spectacular ways," and defined the ebook as "a seamless mix of feedback, own background, and a deep appreciation for the sheer nuttiness of yankee life."
Dave Hickey (born 1939) is one in every of modern-day such a lot respected and extensively learn artwork writers. He has written for Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum and Vanity Fair between many others.

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