Download E-books The Fire: Collected Essays of Robin Blaser PDF

By Robin Blaser

Spanning 4 a long time of meditation at the avant-garde in poetry, artwork, and philosophy, the essays amassed in The hearth reveal Robin Blaser's strikingly clean viewpoint on "New American" poets, deconstructive philosophies, present occasions, and the kingdom of humanities now. The essays, accrued in a single quantity for the 1st time, contain commentaries on Jack Spicer, Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Mary Butts, George Bowering, Louis Dudek, Christos Dikeakos, and J. S. Bach.

Blaser emerged from the "Berkeley Renaissance" of the Nineteen Forties and Nineteen Fifties having studied below mythical medieval student Ernst Kantorowicz and having been a massive player within the burgeoning literary scene. His reaction to the cultural and political occasions of his time has been to build a poetic voice that provides a unique point of view on a shareable world—and to pose that voice along others as a resource of countermemory and strength service provider. Conceived as conversations, those essays brilliantly mirror that ethos as they re-read the cultural occasions of the previous fifty years.

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Download E-books Susan Sontag (Critical Lives) PDF

By Jerome Boyd Maunsell

“My suggestion of a author: an individual attracted to ‘everything.’” This statement by way of Susan Sontag (1933–2004) looked as if it would mirror her personal existence as an essayist, diarist, filmmaker, playwright, and novelist writing on a startling variety of topics—from literature, dance, movie, and portray to melanoma, AIDS, and the ethics of battle reportage. for plenty of critics, her paintings captures the twentieth-century international greater than virtually the other. during this new biography, Jerome Boyd Maunsell attracts on Sontag’s large diaries to provide a much more intimate portrait than ever ahead of of her struggles in love, marriage, motherhood, and writing.
 
Exploring the dazzling scope of Sontag’s lifestyles and paintings, Maunsell lines her development in the course of her highbrow profession at Chicago, Oxford, and the Sorbonne. He discusses her short-lived marriage to Philip Rieff at seventeen, the start of her son, and her next relationships with ladies. As Maunsell follows the extreme arc of her existence, he delves into her literary lifestyles in ny within the Sixties; travels along with her to Hanoi, Cuba, and China; and surveys her paintings in Sweden and France within the Nineteen Seventies, the place she grew to become to filmmaking. Maunsell concludes via reading her astonishing rebirth as a novelist and critic within the Eighties and ’90s after her prognosis with melanoma within the mid-1970s.
 
offering an entire photo of Sontag as a personal individual and public determine, this concise biography casts new mild in this pivotal determine in literary and cultural history.

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Download E-books There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction PDF

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 this sort of reflexive seize of the road, the desktop, the legislations courts, the rackets?” —Martin Amis, The big apple occasions ebook Review
 
one of many ideally suited 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. collected jointly during this attractive compilation, Bellow’s titanic diversity of nonfiction finds a similar 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 snap shots of his place of origin, Chicago, this assortment brings jointly writing from each section of his profession. There is too a lot to imagine About is a guided journey of the 20th century—what we did, suffered, survived—conducted through one in all sleek life’s most galvanizing minds.

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Download E-books History and Utopia PDF

“Only a monster can let himself the luxurious of seeing issues as they are,” writes E. M. Cioran, the Romanian-born thinker who has rightly been in comparison to Samuel Beckett.

In History and Utopia, Cioran the monster writes of politics in its broadest feel, of heritage, and of the utopian dream. His perspectives are, to claim the least, provocative. in a single essay he casts a scathing examine democracy, that “festival of mediocrity”; in one other he turns his uncompromising gaze on Russia, its historical past, its evolution, and what he calls “the virtues of liberty.” at nighttime shadow of Stalin and Hitler, he writes of tyrants and tyranny with infrequent lucidity and convincing common sense. In “Odyssey of Rancor,” he examines the deep-rooted dream in we all to “hate our neighbors,” to take fast and irremediable revenge. And, within the ultimate essay, he analyzes the thought of the “golden age,” the biblical Eden, the utopia of such a lot of poets and thinkers.

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Download E-books Guilt About the Past PDF

By Bernhard Schlink

The six essays that make up this compelling booklet view the lengthy shadow of earlier guilt either as a uniquely German event and as a world one. Bernhard Schlink explores the phenomenon of guilt and the way it attaches to a complete society, not only to person perpetrators. He considers tips to use the lesson of background to encourage person ethical habit, tips on how to reconcile a guilt-laden prior, how the function of legislations capabilities during this strategy, and the way the topic of guilt impacts his personal fiction. in line with the Weidenfeld Lectures he introduced at Oxford collage, Guilt in regards to the Past is vital interpreting for somebody desirous to know the way occasions of the earlier can impact a nation's destiny. Written in Bernhard Schlink's eloquent yet available kind, it faucets in to world wide curiosity within the aftermath of struggle and the way to forgive and reconcile a number of the legacies of the past.

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Download E-books Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays (Nation Books) PDF

By Christopher Hitchens

"I didn't, I desire to nation, turn into a journalist simply because there has been no different ‘profession' that may have me. I grew to become a journalist simply because i didn't are looking to depend upon newspapers for information." Love, Poverty and struggle: trips and Essays showcases America's top polemicist's rejection of consensus and cliché, no matter if he is reporting from out of the country in Indonesia, Kurdistan, Iraq, North Korea, or Cuba, or while his pen is focused mercilessly on the likes of William Clinton, mom Theresa ("a enthusiast, a fundamentalist and a fraud"), the Dalai Lama, Noam Chomsky, Mel Gibson and Michael Bloomberg. Hitchens started the nineties as a "darling of the left" yet has develop into extra of an "unaffiliated radical" whose goals comprise these at the "left," who he accuses of "fudging" the problem of army intervention within the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. but, as Hitchens exhibits in his reportage, cultural and literary feedback, and opinion essays from the decade, he has now not jumped send and joined the precise yet is trustworthy to the internationalist, contrarian and democratic beliefs that experience consistently proficient his work.

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Download E-books The Digital Divide: Arguments for and Against Facebook, Google, Texting, and the Age of Social Netwo rking PDF

This definitive paintings at the perils and promise of the social- media revolution collects writings by way of cutting-edge most sensible thinkers and cultural commentators, with an all-new creation through Bauerlein.

Twitter, fb, e-publishing, blogs, distance-learning and different social media elevate essentially the most divisive cultural questions of our time. a few see the technological breakthroughs we are living with as hopeful and democratic new steps in schooling, details accumulating, and human development. yet others are deeply involved through the eroding of civility on-line, declining studying conduct, withering recognition spans, and the treacherous results of 24/7 peer strain on our young.

With The Dumbest Generation, Mark Bauerlein emerged because the finest voice opposed to the advance of an overpowering electronic social tradition. however the electronic Divide does not take facets. Framing the dialogue in order that top voices from around the spectrum, supporters and detractors alike, be able to weigh in at the profound matters raised through the recent media-from questions of studying abilities and cognizance span, to cyber-bullying and the electronic playground- Bauerlein's new ebook takes the talk to a better ground.

The ebook contains essays through Steven Johnson, Nicholas Carr, Don Tapscott, Douglas Rushkoff, Maggie Jackson, Clay Shirky, Todd Gitlin, and plenty of extra. even though those items were formerly released, the association of The electronic Divide provides them freshness and new relevancy, making them a part of a unmarried rfile readers can use to really get a deal with on on-line privateness, the perils of a plugged-in adolescence, and different technology-related scorching topics.

Rather than dividing the publication into "pro" and "con" sections, the essays are prepared by way of subject-"The mind, the Senses," "Learning in and out of the Classroom," "Social and private Life," "The Millennials," "The destiny of Culture," and "The Human (and Political) Impact." Bauerlein contains a brief headnote and a tablet bio approximately each one contributor, in addition to appropriate contextual info in regards to the resource of the selection.

Bauerlein additionally offers a brand new advent that lines the improvement of the talk, from the preliminary electronic Age zeal, to a wave of skepticism, and to a 3rd level of mirrored image that wavers among feedback and endorsement.

Enthusiasms for the electronic Age has cooled with the passage of time and the piling up of real-life examples that end up the hazards of an online-focused tradition. notwithstanding, there's nonetheless a lot debate, comprising millions of commentaries and hundreds of thousands of books, approximately how those applied sciences are rewriting our futures. Now, with this well timed and definitive quantity, readers can eventually minimize during the clamor, learn the some of the best writings from both sides of The electronic Divide, and make extra proficient judgements concerning the presence and position of know-how of their lives.

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Download E-books Time and Free Will; An Essay on the Immediate Data of Consciousness PDF

This ancient booklet can have a number of typos and lacking textual content. buyers can frequently obtain a unfastened scanned reproduction of the unique publication (without typos) from the writer. now not listed. now not illustrated. 1913 variation. Excerpt: ... to contemplate time, even our time, as a reason for gauA or loss, as a concrete fact, or a strength in its personal J means. therefore, whereas we ought merely to assert (if we stored aloof from all presuppositions bearing on loose will) that the legislations of the conservation of strength governs actual phenomena and should, in the future, be prolonged to all phenomena if mental proof additionally turn out beneficial to it, we move some distance past this, and, less than the impact of a metaphysical prepossession, we lay down the main of the conservation of power as a legislation which may still govern all phenomena no matter what, or needs to be presupposed to accomplish that till mental proof have truly spoken opposed to it. technological know-how, adequately so referred to as, has as a result not anything to do with all this. we're easily faced with a confusion among concrete length and summary time, very) various things. In a notice, the so-called actual determinism is reducible at backside to a mental determinism, and it's this latter doctrine, as we hinted in the beginning, that we have got to ascertain. mental determinism, in its most recent and such a lot targeted form, implies an associationist piychoiogioai belief of brain. the prevailing country depend^nas- o* attention is first considered concaepfem at necessitated via the previous states, yet mlnd- it's quickly discovered that this can't be a geometric necessity, resembling that which connects a resultant, for instance, with its parts. For among successive awake states there exists a distinction of caliber to be able to continually frustrate any try to deduce anybody of them a priori from its predecessors. So event is appealed to, with the item of unveiling that the transition from one psychic country to a different can constantly be defined by way of a few easy cause, the...

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Download E-books The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought PDF

By Marilynne Robinson

In this award-winning assortment, the bestselling writer of Gilead bargains us alternative ways of puzzling over background, faith, and society. even if rescuing "Calvinism" and its author Jean Cauvin from the repressive "puritan" stereotype, or contemplating how the McGuffey readers have been encouraged by way of Midwestern abolitionists, or the divide among the Bible and Darwinism, Marilynne Robinson many times sends her reader again to the first texts which are crucial to the improvement of yank tradition yet little learn or said today.

A passionate and provocative party of principles, the previous arts of civilization, and life's secret, The dying of Adam is, within the phrases of Robert D. Richardson, Jr., "a grand, sweeping, blazing, wonderful, life-changing book."

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Download E-books The World Within The Word Essays PDF

By William H. Gass

In this sequel to Fiction & the Figures of existence, one in all America's such a lot excellent and eclectic minds examines literature, tradition, writers (their lives and works), and the character and makes use of of language and the written notice. incorporated are discussions of Valéry, Henry Miller, Sartre, Freud, Faulkner, suicide, "art and order," and the transformation of language into poetry and fiction. The vividness and readability of Gass's writing, the unabashed love and inimitable use of language-his startling metaphors, the sinuousness of his philosophy, the originality of his vision-make each one essay a looking out revelation of its topic, in addition to an instance of Gass's personal singular artistry.

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