Download E-books Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction PDF

By Gerry Canavan

Modern visions of the long run were formed by means of hopes and fears in regards to the results of human expertise and international capitalism at the flora and fauna. In an period of weather swap, mass extinction, and oil scarcity, such visions became more and more catastrophic, even apocalyptic. Exploring the shut courting among technological know-how fiction, ecology, and environmentalism, the essays in eco-friendly Planets examine how technology fiction writers were operating via this difficulty. 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 ponder the real position for technology fiction in a tradition that now turns out to have a really doubtful destiny. The publication contains a longer interview with Kim Stanley Robinson and an annotated checklist for additional exploration of “ecological SF” and comparable works of fiction, nonfiction, movies, tv, comics, children’s cartoons, anime, games, tune, and extra.

Contributors comprise 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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Download E-books A Modest Proposal and Other Writings (Penguin Classics) PDF

By Jonathan Swift

The political predicament of eire; the nation of religion in England; the charms of the Beggar's Opera; the significance of puns . . . this option gathers jointly a few of Swift's so much extraordinary prose, from excessive politics to social gossip, from savage tirades to lighthearted social satire. as well as his vintage essays, the gathering comprises a number of of Swift's letters to Alexander Pope and different nice thinkers of the age.

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Download E-books A Hedonist in the Cellar: Adventures in Wine PDF

By Jay McInerney

In A Hedonist within the Cellar, Jay McInerney gathers greater than 5 years’ worthy of essays and maintains his exploration of what’s new, what’s enduring, and what’s surprising–giving his palate a whole exercise routine and the reader an critical, idiosyncratic consultant to an international of virtually countless variety. Filled with delights oenophiles in every single place will enjoy, this can be a assortment pushed not just by way of wine itself but additionally the folks who make it. 

An pleasing, impossible to resist booklet that's crucial for someone enthralled by way of the myriad pleasures of wine.

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Download E-books India: A Million Mutinies Now PDF

By V.S. Naipaul

A New York instances Notable Book

Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s impassioned and prescient travelogue of his trips via his ancestral native land, with a brand new preface by means of the author.
 
Arising out of Naipaul’s lifelong obsession and keenness for a rustic that's right now his and absolutely alien, India: 1000000 Mutinies Now relates the tales of a number of the humans he met touring there greater than fifty years in the past. He explores how they've been suggested by means of the innumerable frictions found in Indian society—the contradictions and compromises of spiritual religion, the whim and chaos of random political forces. This booklet represents Naipaul’s final note on his fatherland, complementing his different India travelogues, An quarter of Darkness and India: A Wounded Civilization.

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Download E-books The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion PDF

By Meghan Daum

A grasp of the private essay candidly explores love, loss of life, and the counterfeit rituals of yankee existence during this "brave, humorous compendium" (Slate)

Nearly fifteen years after her debut assortment, My Misspent early life, captured the targets and anxieties of a iteration, Meghan Daum returns to the private essay with The Unspeakable, a strong choice of ten new works. the place her prior assortment explores what it truly is to be a suffering twenty-something city dweller with an overdrawn checking account and outsized ambition, The Unspeakable contends with parental demise, the choice to not have young ones, and more-a new set of demanding situations tackled by way of a author at her top, investigated within the similar uncompromising voice that made Daum essentially the most enticing thinkers writing today.

In The Unspeakable, Daum pushes again opposed to the fake sentimentality and shrink-wrapped platitudes that encompass lots of the modern American event. yet Daum additionally operates in a comic book sign up. With excellent precision, she finds the absurdities of the recent Age look for the "Best attainable Experience," champions the advantages of cream-of-mushroom-soup casserole, and gleefully recounts a integral "only-in-L.A." tale of enjoying charades at a recognized person's home.

Combining the piercing perception of Joan Didion with humor such as Nora Ephron's, Daum dissects our culture's most threatening illusions whereas maintaining her personal pleasure and compassion. via all of it, she dramatizes the hunt for an actual self in an international the place attaining an identification isn't basic and not complete.

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Download E-books Dust PDF

Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, Russia’s major founding father of Language poetry, in his new selection of essays fuses doubtless disparate components of poetry, philosophy, journalism, and prose in an try to seize the workings of reminiscence. At stake isn't really what he writes about―whether reminiscence, Gertrude Stein, immortality, or a stroll on Nevsky Prospect―but how he writes it. officially, Dragomoshchenko by no means tires of digression, developing playful video games of persistence and anticipation for his reader. In so doing, he pushes tale and closure into the background―arriving, eventually, yet to not a vacation spot. eventually, Dragomoshchenko “carefully seeks out the dirt of lines from the interval of oblivion,” which obviously result in the oblivion of minds.

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Download E-books Films that Work: Industrial Film and the Productivity of Media (Film Culture in Transition) PDF

The background of business motion pictures - an orphan style of twentieth-century cinema composed of government-produced and industrially subsidized videos that sought to accomplish the pursuits in their sponsors, instead of the inventive artists concerned - turns out to have left no hint in filmic cultural discourse. At its peak the economic movie hired hundreds of thousands, produced numerous alternate journals and pageant circuits, engaged with giants of twentieth-century like Shell and AT & T, and featured the skills of iconic actors and administrators corresponding to Buster Keaton, John Grierson and Alain Resnais. this is often the 1st full-length ebook, anthology, and annotated bibliography to research the economic movie and its notable history.

Exploring the potential for the economic movie to discover renewed and unexplored parts of media reviews, this outstanding quantity brings jointly popular students comparable to Rick Prelinger and Thomas Elsaesser in a dialogue of the unconventional strength and new probabilities in contemplating the heritage of this unexplored company medium.

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Download E-books Recipes for Disaster: A Memoir PDF

By Tess Rafferty

Starting with the Thanksgiving turkey that by no means really finishes cooking, then relocating to the polenta that unceremoniously is going runny and the visitors that arrive an afternoon early―there isn't any subject Tess Rafferty fails to come across, or hilariously recount. Recipes for Disaster is as if Bridget Jones wrote a culinary narrative―the such a lot pristine of intentions slowly disappear, as does the wine besides any desire of a continuing and well-orchestrated dinner party.

Told with center, humor and honesty; this memoir is going past culinary disaster and heartwarmingly unveils the lengths we visit so one can please our family members, buddies, and ourselves―and proves that it isn't the nutrition that counts, however the stories. Aptly timed for all of the Thanksgiving cooks approximately to go into the vacation gauntlet; or the visitors headed to their dinners―this is definitely the right ebook to learn after which savor.

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Download E-books Strong Opinions PDF

By Vladimir Nabokov

During this choice of interviews, articles, and editorials, Nabokov levels over his lifestyles, paintings, schooling, politics, literature, video clips, and sleek occasions, between different subjects.  Strong evaluations bargains his trenchant, witty, and continuously enticing perspectives on every little thing from the Russian Revolution to the right kind pronunciation of Lolita.

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