Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

By David Foster Wallace

Do lobsters consider discomfort? Did Franz Kafka have a humorous bone? what's John Updike's deal, besides? And what occurs while grownup video starlets meet their fanatics in individual? David Foster Wallace solutions those questions and extra in essays which are additionally spell binding narrative adventures. even if masking the three-ring circus of a vicious presidential race, plunging into the wars among dictionary writers, or confronting the World's biggest Lobster Cooker on the annual Maine Lobster competition, Wallace tasks a high quality of proposal that's uniquely his and a voice as robust and precise as any in American letters.

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Even As We Speak: New Essays 1993 - 2001

By Clive James

Bubbling, lively and eclectic, this can be one of many overdue 20th Century's best minds (and bellies) on exhibit. during this compelling selection of essays Clive James focusses on Australian poetry; on tv this day; at the upward thrust and fall of varied icons; at the query of the culpability of the standard German within the holocaust; and there's a compellingly provocative and much-talked approximately piece at the demise of Diana.

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Huxley’s Brave New World: Essays

Aldous Huxley’s prophetic novel of principles warned of a poor destiny then six hundred years away. even though Brave New World used to be released lower than a century in the past in 1932, many parts of the novel’s dystopic destiny now appear an eerily time-honored a part of existence within the twenty first century.

These essays learn the impact of Brave New World as a literary and philosophical rfile and describe how Huxley forecast the issues of overdue capitalism. themes contain the anti-utopian beliefs represented by way of the inflexible caste procedure depicted, the novel’s impression at the philosophy of “culture industry” philosophers Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, the Nietzschean start of tragedy within the novel’s penultimate scene, and the connection of the radical to different dystopian works.

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Masscult and Midcult: Essays Against the American Grain (New York Review Books Classics)

By Dwight Macdonald

A brand new York evaluate Books Original

An uncompromising contrarian, a passionate polemicist, a guy of speedy wit and huge studying, an anarchist, a pacifist, and a virtuoso of the slashing word, Dwight Macdonald was once an indefatigable and indomitable critic of America’s susceptibility to well-meaning cultural fakery: all these estimable, eminent, prizewinning artistic endeavors which are stated to be stable and best for you and aren't. He dubbed this phenomenon “Midcult” and he attacked it not just on aesthetic yet on political grounds. Midcult rendered humans complacent and compliant, safe of their universal stupidity yet neither satisfied nor free.

This new number of Macdonald’s most interesting essays, assembled by way of John Summers, the editor of The Baffler, reintroduces a extraordinary American critic and author. within the period of clever, horny, and every little thing indie, Macdonald continues to be as pertinent and hard as ever.

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Early Articles and Reviews (The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats, Volume 9)

By W. B. Yeats

Author note: John P. Frayne (Editor), Madeleine Marchaterre (Editor)

The amassed Works of W. B. Yeats, quantity IX: Early Articles and Reviews is a part of a fourteen-volume sequence below the overall editorship of eminent Yeats students Richard J. Finneran and George generators Harper. this primary entire version contains almost the entire Nobel laureate's released paintings, in authoritative texts with wide explanatory notes.

Coedited through John P. Frayne and Madeleine Marchaterre, Early Articles and Reviews assembles the earliest examples of Yeats's severe prose, from 1886 to the top of the century -- articles and experiences that weren't accumulated into publication shape through the poet himself. accrued jointly now, they exhibit the earliest improvement of Yeats's principles on poetry, the function of literature, Irish literature, the formation of an Irish nationwide theater, and the occult, in addition to Yeats's interplay together with his modern writers. As noticeable right here, Yeats's energetic job as journal critic and propagandist for the Irish literary reason belies the preferred photo created via his poetry of the "Celtic Twilight" interval, that of an idealistic dreamer in flight from the tough realities of the sensible world.

This new quantity provides 4 years' worthy of Yeats's writings no longer integrated in a prior (1970) variation of his early articles and stories. It additionally significantly expands the heritage notes and textual notes, bringing this compilation modern with the busy global of Yeats scholarship during the last 3 a long time. Early Articles and Reviews is a necessary sourcebook illuminating Yeat's examining, his affects, and his literary critiques approximately different poets and writers.

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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Religion)

By Randall L. Nadeau

Comprising the main up to date, interdisciplinary learn at the learn of chinese language non secular ideals and cultural practices, this quantity explores the wealthy and complicated spiritual and philosophical traditions that experience constructed and flourished in a single of the world's oldest civilizations.

• Covers the most chinese language traditions of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism in addition to Christianity and Islam
• encompasses a particular organizational constitution, with teams of readings excited about ancient, traditions-based, and topical parts of chinese language religion
• Explores a couple of modern non secular issues, together with gender, nature, asceticism, fabric tradition, and gods and spirits
• Brings jointly a group of authors who're specialists of their sub-fields, offering readers with the most recent examine in a speedily starting to be discipline


“This ebook is what academics and scholars of chinese language religions were watching for. Divided into 3 elements: old survey, the traditions and demanding phrases for the research of chinese language religions, it represents a such a lot complete and even as innovative scholarship in this topic. no matter if one makes use of it because the fundamental textbook or including an anthology of fundamental resources, this quantity will end up to be an imperative companion”. —Chün-fang Yü, Columbia University

About the Author
Randall L. Nadeau is Chair of the dep. of faith and Professor of East Asian Religions at Trinity college, Texas. He has released broadly on such subject matters as renowned non secular literature, deity cults, and people faith in either China and Japan, in addition to method within the examine of faith, in particular Buddhism and well known spiritual activities.

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Nonrequired Reading: Prose Pieces

By Wislawa Szymborska

Wislawa Szymborska's poems are sought after all over the world, and her unsparing imaginative and prescient, tireless wit, and deep feel of humanity are loved via numerous readers. Unknown to such a lot of them, in spite of the fact that, Szymborska additionally labored for a number of a long time as a columnist, reviewing a large choice of books below the unassuming identify "Nonrequired Reading."
As readers of her poems may anticipate, the fast prose items gathered listed below are whatever yet usual. Reflecting the author's personal eclectic tastes and pursuits, the pretexts for those ruminations variety from books on wallpapering, cooking, gardening, and yoga, to extra lofty volumes on opera and global literature. Unpretentious but incisive, those fascinating items are on a par with Szymborska's best lyrics, tackling an analogous huge and small questions with an excellent curiosity.

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Evolution 2.0: Implications of Darwinism in Philosophy and the Social and Natural Sciences (The Frontiers Collection)

Those essays by means of best philosophers and scientists specialize in contemporary principles on the leading edge of contemporary Darwinism, showcasing and exploring the demanding situations they elevate in addition to open difficulties. This interdisciplinary quantity is exclusive in that it addresses the major notions of evolutionary conception in ways to the brain, within the philosophy of biology, within the social sciences and arts; in addition it considers fresh demanding situations to, and extensions of, Neo-Darwinism. The essays display that Darwinism is an evolving paradigm, with a sphere of impact a long way more than even Darwin is probably going to have imagined whilst he released ‘On the starting place of Species’ in 1859.

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Robert Musil's 'The Man Without Qualities': A Critical Study (Cambridge Studies in German)

By Philip Payne

Robert Musil's the guy with no traits might be crucial novel in German written within the 20th century - definitely it's one of the such a lot great, complicated and profound. This, the 1st complete research of the paintings to seem in English, publications the reader in the direction of Musil's crucial issues. It examines how Musil laboured via draft after draft to provide fabric that will cross his personal strict literary 'quality control' and lines significant subject matters via varied layers of narrative due to shut textual research. It information how Musil topics top figures of fin-de-siecle Vienna to extreme ironic scrutiny and the way, by way of drawing on his large wisdom of philosophy, psychology, politics, sociology and technology, he works into his novel essayistic statements which list the country of latest eu civilisation. via a tense and deeply critical liaison along with his sister, Musil's hero Ulrich, is proven to go through to the threshold of self-discovery and enlightenment.

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