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The Deep Zoo

By Rikki Ducornet

Included in Library Journal’s "25 Key Indie Fiction Titles, Fall 2014-Winter 2015"

Within the writer's lifestyles, phrases and issues collect strength. For Borges it's the tiger and the colour purple, for Cortázar a couple of amorous lions, and for an early Egyptian scribe the monarch butterfly that metamorphosed into the most important of existence. Ducornet names those powers The Deep Zoo. Her essays take us from the fantastic bestiary of Aloys Zötl to Abu Ghraib, from the tree of lifestyles to Sade's Silling fortress, from The Epic of Gilgamesh to digital truth. Says Ducornet, "To write with the impossible to resist ink of tigers and the uncaging of our personal Deep Zoo, we have to be attentive and fearless—above all very curious—and all on the related time."

"Ducornet’s ability at drawing unforeseen connections, and her skill to maneuver among outrage and meditativeness, are gripping to behold."—Star Tribune

"This selection of essays meditates on paintings, mysticism, and extra; it’ll depart a reader with lots to ponder."—Vol. 1 Brooklyn

"Rikki Ducornet's new collection The Deep Zoo is jam-packed with clever and amazing essays that discover our connections to the world via art."—Largehearted Boy

““The Deep Zoo” acts as a type of foundational textual content, a lens to view her paintings and the other essays via. . . Subversive at center and acutely perceptive.”—Numero Cinq

"Ducornet strikes among those features of human event with otherworldly grace, developing fabulous parallels and institutions. . . The Deep Zoo is a testomony to her acrobatic intelligence and unflinching interest. Ducornet not just trusts the subconscious, she celebrates and interrogates it."—The Heavy Feather

“What struck me so much approximately this assortment, and what i'm convinced will pull me again to it back, is Ducornet’s seen ardour for all times. She is . . .  attentive, fearless, and curious. And for 100 pages we get to determine the way it feels to exist like that, what it’s wish to imagine seriously and nonetheless be open to the world.”—Cleaver Magazine

“Rikki Ducornet is imagination’s emissary to this mundane world.”—Stephen Sparks, eco-friendly Apple Books at the Park

"This booklet is just like the mystery on the center of the area; i have positioned different books aside."—Anne Germanacos, writer of Tribute

Praise for Rikki Ducornet

"A novelist whose vocabulary sweats with one of those lyrical heat."—The ny Times

"Linguistically explosive . . . essentially the most fascinating American writers around."—The Nation

"Ducornet—surrealist, absurdist, natural anarchist at times—is considered one of our so much complete writers, adept at seizing at the ideal information and writing with emotion and funky detachment simultaneously."—Jeff Vandermeer

"A special mixture of the sensible and significant, a girl both alive to the chances of pleasure and the need of political accountability, a creature—à los angeles Shakespeare's Cleopatra—of 'infinite variety,' Ducornet is a author of striking energy, in whose books 'rigor and mind's eye' (her watchwords) practice with the grace and bold of high-wire acrobats."—Laura Mullen, BOMB Magazine

"The perversity, decadence, or even the depravity that Ducornet renders right here suppose explosively clean simply because their resources are concept and emotion, now not the physique, and at last there is a few pathos too."— The Boston Globe

"Ducornet's ability at drawing unforeseen connections, and her skill to maneuver among outrage and meditativeness, are gripping to behold."—Tobias Carroll, Star Tribune

"This number of essays meditates on paintings, mysticism, and extra; it will go away a reader with lots to ponder."— Vol. 1 Brooklyn

"Rikki Ducornet's new assortment The Deep Zoo is full of shrewdpermanent and incredible essays that discover our connections to the area via art."— Largehearted Boy

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United States: Essays 1952-1992

By Gore Vidal

From the age of Eisenhower to the dawning of the Clinton period, Gore Vidal’s United States deals an incomparably wealthy tapestry of yankee highbrow and political existence in a tumultuous interval. It additionally presents the simplest, such a lot sustained publicity attainable to the main wide-ranging, acute, and unique literary intelligence of the postWorld warfare II years. United States is a vital ebook within the canon of twentieth-century American literature and an eternally interesting work.

From the exchange Paperback edition.

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The Right to Play Oneself: Looking Back on Documentary Film (Visible Evidence)

By Thomas Waugh

The correct to Play Oneself collects for the 1st time Thomas Waugh’s essays at the politics, heritage, and aesthetics of documentary movie, written among 1974 and 2008. The name, encouraged by means of Walter Benjamin’s and Joris Ivens’s manifestos of “committed” documentary from the nineteen 0s, displays the book’s subject matter of the political capability of documentary for representing the democratic functionality of voters and artists.
Waugh analyzes an eclectic foreign choice of motion pictures and concerns from the Nineteen Twenties to the current day. The essays offer a transcultural concentration, relocating from documentaries of the industrialized societies of North the United States and Europe to these of Nineteen Eighties India and addressing such canonical administrators as Dziga Vertov, Emile de Antonio, Barbara Hammer, Rosa von Praunheim, and Anand Patwardhan. Woven during the quantity is the connection of the documentary with the heritage of the Left, together with discussions of LGBT documentary pioneers and the firebrand collectives that modified the heritage of documentary, equivalent to problem for switch and ACT UP’s Women’s Collective.
Together with the creation by way of the writer, Waugh’s essays strengthen a defiantly and persuasively own viewpoint at the historical past and importance of documentary film.

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The End Of Science: Facing The Limits Of Knowledge In The Twilight Of The Scientific Age

By John Horgan

In The finish of Science, John Horgan makes the case that the period of actually profound clinical revelations in regards to the universe and our position in it really is over. Interviewing clinical luminaries equivalent to Stephen Hawking, Francis Crick, and Richard Dawkins, he demonstrates that every one the massive questions that may be spoke back were responded, as technological know-how bumps up opposed to primary limits. the realm can't supply us a “theory of everything,” and glossy endeavors akin to string thought are “ironic” and “theological” in nature, no longer medical, simply because they're very unlikely to verify. Horgan’s argument was once arguable in 1996, and it continues to be so at the present time, nonetheless firing up debates in labs and on the web, no longer least because—as Horgan info in a long new introduction—ironic technology is extra ordinary than ever. nonetheless, whereas Horgan bargains his critique, grounded within the deliberating the world’s major researchers, he deals homage, too. If technological know-how is finishing, he continues, it is just since it has performed its paintings so well.

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The Trail of the Dinosaur / Reflections on Hanging

By Arthur Koestler

Arthur Koestler's courses happen quite a lot of political, medical and literary pursuits. The mixed variation of the path of the Dinosaur and Reflections on placing gathers a few of his best-known essays and speeches.

The path of the Dinosaur , first released in 1955, includes a good deal of Koestler's considering for the 1st ten years after the battle – a 'farewell to fingers' as he wrote in his preface. those essays care for the political questions that obsessed him for the easiest a part of 1 / 4 of a century.

The essays in 'The path of the Dinosaur' hide the last decade 1946–55-the early or classical interval of the chilly warfare. In that disagreement the West was once at the protecting, and nearly all of its innovative intellectuals have been nonetheless turning a benevolently blind eye on Soviet international coverage and the evidence of lifestyles at the back of the Iron Curtain . within the dramatic contest among Whitaker Chambers and Alger Hiss, which has been referred to as the Dreyfus Affair of our century, revolutionary opinion stood firmly at the back of Hiss. And whilst, within the manhattan occasions, I took Chambers' half, I turned, if attainable, much more unpopular between self-styled progressives than I were before.

Reflections on Hanging, first released in 1956, is a superb journey de strength and performed an immense half within the winning crusade resulting in the abolition of capital punishment; it's a profound learn of the subject.

In 1937, in the course of the Civil struggle in Spain, I spent 3 months below sentence of loss of life as a suspected undercover agent, witnessing the executions of my fellow prisoners and looking forward to my very own. those 3 months left me with a vested curiosity in capital punishment-rather like 'half-hanged Smith', who was once scale down after fifteen mins and lived on.

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Threat: Essays in French Literature, Thought and Visual Culture (Modern French Identities)

This number of essays arises from the 2005 Cambridge French Graduate convention at the subject of possibility. From the baleful and ubiquitous eyes of surveillance cameras to the ever present probability of overall nuclear annihilation, possibility is in every single place round us. but the phenomenon itself, if certainly it's a unmarried phenomenon, has acquired little realization. This quantity seeks to treatment this oversight with a set of concise, hard-hitting essays on various themes in French tradition. equipped round principal methods to the matter of danger - (inter)cultural, philosophical, and techniques in the course of the visible arts - the publication examines nervousness, privateness, loss, invasion, and different concerns regarding the subject matter. although emphasis is put on the modern interval, writers of the French Renaissance additionally obtain due cognizance.

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KnitLit: Sweaters and Their Stories...and Other Writing About Knitting

No matter if you’re a committed knitter who bestows lovingly crafted presents upon friends and family at each attainable celebration, a occasionally knitter with a bag of totally conceived yet half-completed tasks, or a newcomer who has lately taken up the needles with nice gusto, you recognize the rewards that this pastime can convey. it's also possible to understand that knitting as a pastime can verge on obsession—be it the compulsive deciding to buy of beautiful hand-spun wool, the need to tear out approximately entire sweaters since you dropped a sew, or the necessity to knit at any place, at any time when, or notwithstanding you could. most crucial, even though, knitting bargains a camaraderie, a society of ladies and males who speak in a language all their very own, flock to yarn shops with spiritual devotion, and will recite the time and position the place they first discovered to purl. those emotions are what KnitLit is all approximately. during this captivating selection of tales, essays, anecdotes, and memories, knitters of each “color” rejoice their pastime and proportion with you the enjoyment it brings into their lives.

From the touching story of a being concerned girl whose hand-knit dolls deliver safety to younger health center sufferers, to the hilarious tale of a girl scorned who sends her ex-boyfriend a headband knit with wolf hair in simple terms to have it torn to shreds by means of his canines, to the relocating recollection of a guy whose grandmother’s demise want used to be to knit all of the wool in her knitting stash, to the finely wrought account of a guy who retains alive the thoughts of his partners and associates who've succumbed to AIDS via donning the sweaters they left at the back of, KnitLit is a present from knitters to knitters—crafted with as a lot love and care as an afghan or a wool shawl. Wrap your self in KnitLit, and be encouraged.

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London Review of Books: An Anthology (No. 3)

Erudite, witty and sometimes arguable, The London assessment of Books informs and entertains its readers with a fortnightly dose of the easiest and liveliest of all issues cultural.

This anthology brings jointly essentially the most memorable items from contemporary years, contains Alan Bennett’s Diary, Christopher Hitchens on invoice Clinton’s presidency, Terry Castle’s hotly-debated examining of Jane Austen’s letters, Jerry Fodor taking factor with Richard Dawkins on evolution, Victor Kiernan on treason, Jenny Diski musing on loss of life, Stephen Frears’ adventures in Hollywood, Linda Colley on Nancy Reagan, Frank Kermode on Paul de guy and masses even more.

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