Category: Essays

Central Park: An Anthology

By Andrew Blauner

A wild evening open air with invoice Buford. A soccer culture with Nathaniel wealthy. A jog round the reservoir with Mark Helprin as he "protects" Jacqueline Onassis from imagined damage. The 843 conscientiously deliberate acres of imperative Park haven't merely crept into the hearts of its 38 million annual viewers, but in addition into the lifestyles and paintings of a various array of writers who come to experience its usual treatment for city chaos.

In Central Park, a dozen unique items commissioned specifically for this booklet are observed through a handful of loved classics. Francine Prose displays on open-air performances by way of Nina Simone and James Brown; Jonathan Safran Foer writes a production delusion of the park; Buzz Bissinger meditates on how the park outlined his youth; and Marie Winn definitively solutions Holden Caulfield's query of the place the geese cross while the ponds freeze over.

This bright assortment provides valuable Park in all its different glory, with an ode on each web page to a fifty-one-block swath of certain ny magic. A must-read for the hundreds of thousands who think about the park their very own, and a memento for the numerous extra who stopover at, it will likely be a typical for years to come.

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

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

This anthology brings jointly probably the most memorable items from fresh years, comprises Alan Bennett’s Diary, Christopher Hitchens on invoice Clinton’s presidency, Terry Castle’s hotly-debated analyzing 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 lots more and plenty even more.

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The Carnivore's Manifesto: Eating Well, Eating Responsibly, and Eating Meat

By Patrick Martins, Mike Edison

One of The Atlantic's most sensible nutrients Books of 2014
Fifty how you can be an enlightened carnivore, whereas taking higher care of our planet and ourselves, from the founding father of sluggish meals USA.

We have advanced as meat eaters, pronounces Patrick Martins, and it is futile to disclaim it. yet, given the damaging forces of the fast-food and manufacturing facility farming, we have to make shrewdpermanent, educated offerings concerning the nutrients we consume and the place it comes from. In 50 brief chapters, Martins cuts via set up zealotry and the deceptive jargon of foodstuff labeling to stipulate real looking steps each person can take to join the sustainable-food move. With wit, and perception, and no small quantity of provocation, THE CARNIVORE'S MANIFESTO is either a progressive name to palms and a rollicking sturdy learn that would motivate, have interaction, and problem a person drawn to the best way we consume today.

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The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays (New York Review Books Classics)

By Simon Leys

An NYRB Classics Original

Simon Leys is a Renaissance guy for the period of globalization. A amazing pupil of classical chinese language paintings and literature and one of many first Westerners to acknowledge the appalling toll of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Leys additionally writes with unfailing intelligence, seriousness, and chunk approximately ecu artwork, literature, background, and politics and is an unflinching observer of the method we are living now.

The corridor of Uselessness is the main wide number of Leys’s essays to be released thus far. In it, he addresses topics starting from the chinese language angle to the earlier to the mysteries of Belgium and Belgitude; deals photographs of André Gide and Zhou Enlai; takes on Roland Barthes and Christopher Hitchens; broods on the Cambodian genocide; displays at the spell of the ocean; and writes with willing appreciation approximately writers as various as Victor Hugo, Evelyn Waugh, and Georges Simenon. all through, The corridor of Uselessness is marked with the deep wisdom, skeptical intelligence, and passionate conviction that experience made Simon Leys probably the most robust essayists of our time.

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Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writing

By Neal Stephenson

#1 New York Times bestselling writer Neal Stephenson is, comfortably, the most effective and most precious writers alive. He’s taken sf to locations it’s by no means been (Snow Crash, Anathem). He’s reinvented the historic novel (The Baroque Cycle), the overseas mystery (Reamde), and either whilst (Cryptonomicon).

Now he treats his legion of enthusiasts to Some Remarks, a captivating selection of essays—Stephenson’s first nonfiction paintings seeing that his lengthy essay on know-how, In the Beginning…Was the Command Line, greater than a decade ago—as good as new and formerly released brief writings either fiction and non.

Some Remarks is an impressive exhibit of a brilliantly creative brain and ability, as he discourses on every little thing from Sir Isaac Newton to Star Wars.

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How Beautiful It Is And How Easily It Can Be Broken: Essays

By Daniel Mendelsohn

Whether he is on Broadway or on the video clips, contemplating a brand new bestseller or revisiting a literary vintage, Daniel Mendelsohn's judgments during the last fifteen years have provoked and dazzled with their deep erudition, disarming emotionality, and tart wit. Now, How appealing it really is and the way simply it may be Broken demonstrates why he's one in all our best critics. Writing with a full of life intelligence and arresting originality, he brings his specific mixture of scholarly rigor and conversational ease to endure throughout eras, cultures, and genres, from Roman video games to video games.

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The Berlin Novels of Alfred Döblin: Wadzek's Battle with the Steam Turbine, Berlin Alexanderplatz, Men without Mercy and November, 1918

By David B. Dollenmayer

One in all a small variety of books in English at the health care provider novelist who used to be run out of Germany and France by way of the Nazis. a slightly attention-grabbing determine who wrote a few old novels, yet is basically recognized for "Berlin Alexanderplatz", a unique of the city Germany of his time.

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The Torturer in the Mirror

By Ramsey Clark

Ahead of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, prior to the yank public observed the notorious photographs from Abu Ghraib, the CIA went to the White apartment with a query: What, in keeping with the structure, used to be the road setting apart interrogation from torture—and may well that line be moved? The White condo legal professionals' answer—in the shape of criminal files later often called the "Torture Memos"—became the US's justification for conducting torture.
The Torturer within the reflect indicates us how whilst one among us tortures, we're all implicated within the crime. In 3 uncompromising essays, Iraqi dissident Haifa Zangana, former US lawyer common Ramsey Clark, and professor of sociology Thomas Ehrlich Reifer train us how bodily and psychologically insidious torture is, how deep a mark it leaves on either its sufferers and its practitioners, and the way worthy it truly is for us as a society to carry torturers dependable.

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