Download E-books Where Have You Been?: Selected Essays PDF

By Michael Hofmann

An experience with a roving genius of literary criticism

Michael Hofmann―poet, translator, and highbrow vagabond―has verified himself as one of many keenest critics of up to date literature. correctly nestled among the covers of Where have you ever Been?, he bargains a hand to steer us and an encouraging whisper in our ear, major us on a visit via what to learn, the best way to imagine, and why to love. And whereas those essays undergo sharp insights that might 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 gathered 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 crucial 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 in view that Shakespeare, Ted Hughes. yet he additionally illumines the melancholy of John Berryman and the antics of poetry's bogeyman, Frederick Seidel.
In essays on paintings which are themselves artistic endeavors, Hofmann's agile and terrific brain explores a panoply of topics from the mastery of translation to the easiest day task for a poet. What those diversified gemstones percentage are the critic's insatiable interest and nice attraction. Where have you ever Been? is an unmissable trip with literature's such a lot impossible to resist flaneur.

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

By Robin Blaser

Spanning 4 many years of meditation at the avant-garde in poetry, paintings, and philosophy, the essays gathered in The fireplace reveal Robin Blaser's strikingly clean point of view 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, comprise 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 less than mythical medieval pupil Ernst Kantorowicz and having been a big 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 novel point of view on a shareable world—and to pose that voice along others as a resource of countermemory and capability company. 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 Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life PDF

By Alison Dotson

Part memoir, half self-help for teenagers, Being Me with OCD tells the tale of ways obsessive-compulsive ailment (OCD) dragged the writer to rock bottom—and how she came across wish, acquired aid, and at last climbed again to a fuller, happier existence. utilizing anecdotes, self-reflection, visitor essays, and thorough study, Dotson explains what OCD is and the way readers with OCD can start to get well. With humor, particular suggestion, and an inspiring, been-there-beat-that angle, readers will locate the ebook at the same time touching and practical.

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Download E-books Scotland Is Not for the Squeamish PDF

By Bill Watkins

In his moment paintings in a trilogy regarding the Celtic id, Watkins mingles poetry, background, and tune with tall and real stories of his adventures within the Scottish Highlands. no matter if shanghaied on a boat to the Arctic Circle, attempting to find gold within the mountains, sinking a docked barge, capturing the breeze with ghosts at a pub, or bedazzling neighbors with druid magic, Watkins retains readers on their feet as he dances us via his days and nights as a tender guy discovering his method in the course of the global. From the roaring seas to the verdant Scottish geographical region, Watkins tackles his rugged environs with reliable humor and smarts in this final trip of maturation and self-discovery.
Bill Watkins is the writer of the ebook feel best-seller A Celtic Childhood. Watkins was once born in Birminghamin 1950 right into a Welsh/Irish kin. either one of his mom and dad have been conventional singers. He realized to play the tin whistle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and mess around as a adolescence, and has been acting ever on the grounds that. As a tender guy he made his residing on frieght and fishing ships. Watkins has gained numerous awards for his poetry, and has contributed various articles to Private Eye, a satirical journal within the U.K., and the Glasgow Herald.

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Download E-books Insurrections of the Mind: 100 Years of Politics and Culture in America PDF

To commemorate the one centesimal anniversary of The New Republic, a rare anthology of essays culled from the documents of the acclaimed and influential magazine.

Founded by means of Herbert Croly and Walter Lippmann in 1914 to provide voice to the growing to be revolutionary circulate, The New Republic has charted and formed the kingdom of yank liberalism, publishing the various 20th century’s most crucial thinkers.

Insurrections of the Mind is an highbrow biography of this nice American political culture. In seventy essays, geared up chronologically via decade, a gorgeous choice of writers discover the pivotal problems with sleek the USA. Weighing in at the New Deal; America’s function in conflict; the increase and fall of communism; faith, race, and civil rights; the economic climate, terrorism, expertise; and the women’s circulation and homosexual rights, the essays during this remarkable quantity converse to The New Republic’s breathtaking ambition and succeed in. Introducing each one article, editor Franklin Foer presents colourful biographical sketches and a laugh anecdotes from the magazine’s background. daring and very good, Insurrections of the Mind is a party of a cultural, political, and highbrow establishment that has stood the try of time.

Contributors comprise: Virginia Woolf, Vladimir Nabokov, George Orwell, Graham Greene, Philip Roth, Pauline Kael, Michael Lewis, Zadie Smith, William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, James Wolcott, D. H. Lawrence, John Maynard Keynes, Langston Hughes, John Updike, and Margaret Talbot.

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Download E-books On Russian Music PDF

By Richard Taruskin

Over the earlier 4 many years, Richard Taruskin's courses have redefined the sphere of Russian-music research. This quantity gathers thirty-six essays on composers starting from Bortnyansky within the eighteenth century to Tarnopolsky within the twenty-first, in addition to the entire well-known names in among. a few of these items, just like the ones on Chaikovsky's alleged suicide and at the interpretation of Shostakovich's legacy, have gained status of their personal correct as decisive contributions to a few of the main major debates in modern musicology. an in depth advent lays out the most matters and a justification of Taruskin's method, noticeable either within the mild of his highbrow improvement and in that of the altering highbrow setting, which has been rather marked by means of the tip of the chilly conflict in Europe.

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Download E-books Signposts in a Strange Land: Essays PDF

By Walker Percy

At his loss of life in 1990, Walker Percy left a substantial legacy of uncollected nonfiction. Assembled in Signposts in an odd Land, those essays on language, literature, philosophy, faith, psychiatry, morality, and existence and letters within the South show the creative versatility of an writer thought of by means of many to be one the best sleek American writers.

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Download E-books Secular Philosophy and the Religious Temperament: Essays 2002-2008 PDF

By Thomas Nagel

This quantity collects contemporary essays and stories by means of Thomas Nagel in 3 topic components. the 1st part, together with the name essay, is worried with spiritual trust and a few of the philosophical questions hooked up with it, akin to the relation among faith and evolutionary thought, the query of why there's something instead of not anything, and the importance for human lifetime of our position within the cosmos. It contains a safety of the relevance of faith to technology schooling. the second one part issues the translation of liberal political concept, particularly in a world context. a considerable essay argues that the foundations of distributive justice that practice inside person geographical regions don't follow to the area as a complete. The 3rd part discusses the precise contributions of 4 philosophers to our realizing of what it truly is to be human--the kind of human attention and the resource of human values.

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Download E-books City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age PDF

By P. D. Smith

For the 1st time within the heritage of our planet, greater than part the population-3.3 billion people-is now dwelling in towns. City is the last word guidebook to our city centers-the signature unit of human civilization. With erudite prose and punctiliously selected illustrations, this special paintings of metatourism explores what towns are and the way they paintings. It covers historical past, customs and language, districts, delivery, funds, paintings, retailers and markets, and vacationer websites, making a beautifully distinctive portrait of the town via heritage and into the future.

The city explorer will experience essays on downtowns, suburbs, shantytowns and favelas, graffiti, skylines, crime, the theater, highway nutrients, game, eco-cities, and sacred websites, in addition to mini essays at the Tower of Babel, flash mobs, ghettos, skateboarding, and SimCity, between many others. Drawing on an enormous diversity of examples from internationally and all through background, City is widely illustrated with full-color images, maps, and different photographs. Acclaimed writer and autonomous pupil P. D. Smith explores what it was once prefer to reside within the first towns, how they've got developed, and why sooner or later, towns will play a fair larger function in human life.

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Download E-books Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage PDF

By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Palm Sunday is a self-portrait by way of an American genius. Vonnegut writes with beguiling wit and poignant knowledge approximately his favourite comedians, nation track, a lifeless good friend, a lifeless marriage, and diverse cockamamie elements of his all-too human trip via lifestyles. it's a paintings that resonates with Vonnegut’s singular voice: the magic sound of a born-story teller enthralling us with fact.

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