Category Archives: Essays

100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater

By Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl is a mom of 3 and one in all America's best-known playwrights. She has written a stunningly unique ebook of essays whose issues variety from the main minimum and private topics to the main encompassing concerns of artwork and tradition. The titles themselves converse to the volume's strong point: "On lice," "On dozing within the theater," "On motherhood and stools (the furnishings kind)," "Greek mask and Bell's palsy."

100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write is a e-book within which chimpanzees, Chekhov, and baby care are both at domestic. a colourful, provocative exam of the probabilities of the theater, it's also a map to a truly specific inventive sensibility, and an unforeseen advisor for an individual who has selected an artist's existence.

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Música al límite

By Edward W. Said

Cubriendo una gran variedad de compositores e intérpretes, acknowledged analiza el contexto social y político de los angeles música y ofrece perspectivas ricas y a menudo sorprendentes. Reflexiona sobre l. a. censura de Wagner en Israel, l. a. relación entre música y feminismo, y las obras de Beethoven, Bruckner, Rossini Schuman y Stravinski, entre otros. Siempre elocuente y profundo, y con frecuencia revelador, "Música al límite" refuerza los angeles reputación de stated como uno de los intelectuales de referencia del siglo XX.

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Hold the Enlightenment

By Tim Cahill

In his most modern choice of death-defying exploits and far-flung travels, Outside journal editor Tim Cahill visits the aspect of an energetic volcano in Ecuador, the Saharan salt mines and the biggest poisonous waste unload within the Western Hemisphere. He additionally ventures to discover a Caspian tiger in Turkey and immense centipedes within the Congo. Cahill is likely one of the final nice intrepid reporters, and his thirty wildly wonderful essays demonstrate glowing wit and unstinting interest. whilst now not at the circulation, he debunks hoary notions of the kindness of dolphins and ruminates on faith, demise and the puzzling phenomenon of yoga. captivating, incisive and completely fearless, Cahill is the fitting trip better half.

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Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid

From certainly one of America’s so much celebrated poets, Nikki Giovanni, comes this poignant selection of poetry that celebrates the straightforward pleasures of daily life and the bonds we percentage with these closest to us.

“This slender quantity delights on each web page. There are tales, imaginings, whimsy, and startling pictures which end up the poet’s energy and her command of language . . . someone with a love of language may be overjoyed with this ebook and the ongoing booklet of America’s valuable poet.”—San Francisco booklet Review

The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred hobbies and encouraged songs, became hearts and expert generations. She's been hailed as a healer and as a countrywide treasure. yet Giovanni's middle is living within the daily, the place kin and fanatics assemble, associates commune, and people not with us are remembered. And at each amassing there's food—food as sustenance, foodstuff as aphrodisiac, meals as reminiscence. A pot of beans is flavored along with her mother's sighs—this sigh half cardamom, that one the essence of clove; a lover requests a ceremonial dinner as an confirmation of ongoing ardour; homage is paid to the main conventional appetizer: soup.

With Chasing Utopia, Giovanni calls for that the prosaic—flowers, birdsong, winter—be visible as poetic, and reaffirms once more why she is as full of life, "remarkable" (Gwendolyn Brooks), "wonderful" (Marian Wright Edelman),"outspoken, prolific, lively" (New York Times), and proper as ever.

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By Ali Smith

“A stimulating blend of literary feedback, essay, and fiction” (The New Yorker) from the incomparable Ali Smith

Artful is a party of literature’s worthy in and to the world—it is ready the issues paintings can do, the issues paintings is made up of, and the quicksilver nature of all artfulness. a mystical hybrid that refuses to be tied right down to both fiction or the essay shape, Artful is narrated via a personality who's haunted—literally—by a former lover, the author of a chain of lectures approximately artwork and literature. Ali Smith’s heady powers as a novelist and brief tale author harmonize together with her prepared perceptions as a reader and critic to shape a residing factor that reminds us that lifestyles and artwork are by no means separate.

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Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite

By June Casagrande

What do suicidal pandas, doped-up rock stars, and a unadorned Pamela Anderson have in universal? They’re all a heck of much more fascinating than analyzing approximately predicate nominatives and hyphens. June Casagrande is aware this and has invented an entire new twist at the grammar booklet. Grammar Snobs Are nice colossal Meanies is a laugh-out-loud humorous selection of anecdotes and essays on grammar and punctuation, in addition to hilarious opinions of the self-appointed language experts.

Chapters include:

  • I’m scripting this whereas Naked—The Oh-So Steamy Predicate Nominative

  • Semicolonoscopy—Colons, Semicolons, Dashes, and different Probing Annoyances

  • I’ll Take "I consider Like a Moron" for $200, Alex—When to place Punctuation inside of citation Marks

  • Snobbery Up with that you aren't positioned Up—Prepositions

  • Is Dangler on your Memo or Are you simply happy to work out Me?

  • Hyphens—Life-Sucking, Mom-and-Apple-Pie-Hating, Mime-Loving, Nerd-Fight-Inciting Daggers of the Damned

Casagrande grants useful and enjoyable language classes no longer stumbled on at any place else, demystifying the topic and taking it again from the snobs. in brief, it’s a grammar booklet humans will truly are looking to read—just for the joys of it.

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The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

By Marina Keegan

The moment New York Times bestseller and publishing phenomenon: Marina Keegan’s posthumous choice of award-winning essays and tales “sparkles with expertise, humanity, and early life” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

Marina Keegan’s megastar used to be at the upward thrust while she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in may possibly 2012. She had a play that used to be to be produced on the manhattan Fringe competition and a role anticipating her at The New Yorker. Tragically, 5 days after commencement, Marina died in a motor vehicle crash.

Marina left in the back of a wealthy, deeply expansive trove of writing that, like her identify essay, captures the wish, uncertainty, and probability of her new release. Her brief tale “Cold Pastoral” was once released on Her essay “Even Artichokes Have Doubts” used to be excerpted within the Financial Times, and her ebook used to be the point of interest of a Nicholas Kristof column in The ny Times. hundreds of thousands of her contemporaries have replied to her paintings on social media.

As Marina wrote: “We can nonetheless do something. we will swap our minds. we will be able to begin over…We’re so younger. We can’t, we mustn't ever lose this feeling of risk simply because in any case, it’s all we have.” The contrary of Loneliness is an unforgettable selection of Marina’s essays and tales that articulates the common fight we all face as we work out what we aspire to be and the way we will be able to harness our abilities to affect the area. “How do you mourn the lack of a fiery expertise that was once slightly a tendril prior to it used to be snuffed out? resolution: learn this e-book. A clear-eyed observer of human nature, Keegan may take a shrewdpermanent idea...and make it anything appealing” (People).

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The Void of Ethics: Robert Musil and the Experience of Modernity (Avant-Garde & Modernism Studies)

In a pluralistic society with no absolute criteria of judgment, how can somebody reside an ethical lifestyles? this can be the query Robert Musil (1880-1942), an Austrian-born engineer and mathematician grew to become author, requested in essays, performs, and fiction that grapple with the ethical ambivalence of recent existence. notwithstanding unfinished, his enormous novel of Vienna within the febrile days sooner than global struggle I, The guy with out Qualities, is pointed out through German students because the most vital literary paintings of the 20th century.

In a clean exam of his essays, notebooks, and fiction, Patrizia McBride reconstructs Musil's knowing of ethics as a realm of expertise that eludes language and proposal. After situating Musil's paintings inside its modern cultural-philosophical horizon, in addition to the historic history of emerging nationwide Socialism, McBride exhibits how the writer's thought of ethics as a void may be understood as a coherent and cutting edge reaction to the crises haunting Europe after global conflict I. She explores how Musil rejected the superseded, rationalistic morality of humanism, whereas at the same time critiquing the irrationalism of latest artwork events, together with symbolism, impressionism, and expressionism. Her paintings unearths Musil's striking relevance today-particularly these facets of his notion that made him retro in his personal time: a dedication to battling moral fundamentalism and a literary mind's eye that validates the pluralistic personality of contemporary life.

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