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Halls of Fame: Essays

By John D'Agata

"John D'Agata is an alchemist who adjustments trash into purest gold." ―Guy Davenport, Harper's

John D'Agata trips the never-ending corridors of America's myriad halls of status and faithfully reviews on what he reveals there. In a voice all his personal, he brilliantly maps his terrain in lists, university, and ludic narratives. With subject matters starting from Martha Graham to the Flat Earth Society, from the brightest gentle in Vegas to the artist Henry Darger, who died in obscurity, Halls of Fame hovers at the breaking point among prose and poetry, deep seriousness and excessive comedy, the topic and the self.

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Bad Feminist: Essays

By Roxane Gay

New York Times Bestseller

A selection of essays spanning politics, feedback, and feminism from one of many most-watched younger cultural observers of her iteration, Roxane Gay.

Pink is my favourite colour. I used to assert my favourite colour was once black to be cool, however it is pink—all colours of crimson. If i've got an adjunct, it's most likely crimson. I learn Vogue, and I’m no longer doing it satirically, although it may look that approach. I as soon as live-tweeted the September issue.”

In those humorous and insightful essays, Roxane homosexual takes us throughout the trip of her evolution as a lady (Sweet Valley High) of colour (The Help) whereas additionally taking readers on a experience via tradition of the previous few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting at the kingdom of feminism this day (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not just one in all a very insightful lady continuously becoming to appreciate herself and our society, but in addition considered one of our culture.

Bad Feminist is a pointy, humorous, and spot-on examine the ways that the tradition we devour turns into who we're, and an inspiring call-to-arms of the entire methods we nonetheless have to do better.

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The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History

By Stephen Jay Gould

"Gould is a average author; he has anything to assert and the inclination and talent with which to assert it."―P. B. Medawar, New York evaluate of Books

With revenues of good over a million copies in North the USA by myself, the industrial luck of Gould's books now fits their severe acclaim. Reissued in a bigger layout, with a good-looking new conceal, The Panda's Thumb will introduce a brand new iteration of readers to this exact author, who has taken the artwork of the medical essay to new heights.

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Arc, Issue 1.3 - Afterparty Overdrive


EDITORIAL: The party’s over
Simon Ings & Sumit Paul-Choudhury

FORWARD: From perception to Naches
Samuel Arbesman
How smart needs to our machines get, prior to we show pride in them?

SHORT tale: picking out Faces
Lavie Tidhar
You are not any longer a stunning or specified snowflake

INNER house: Dancing at the Ruins
Simon Ings
Strumming a lyre over the future’s burning remains

SHORT tale: restricted Edition
Tim Maughan
[i]Theft, threatening behaviour, felony harm? There’s an app for that

PRESENT annoying: The Singularity might be Stopped
Justin Pickard
Machines are poised to make us all redundant - yet provided that we enable them

SHORT tale: your whole Futures
David Gullen
[i]They left a death earth looking for a brand new domestic - yet their teenagers acquired there first

PREDICTIVE textual content: An finish to Sitting
Arc & Paul Graham Raven
An motion hero for the electronic age: Neal Stephenson talks to Arc

SHORT tale: Scrapmetal
Nan Craig
They instructed Nia her patches have been future-proof. New applied sciences - standard lies

TOMORROW undertaking: With nice Power
Brian David Johnson
Conversations encouraged through Arc’s successful brief story

PRIOR paintings: nighttime on the Singularity Disco
Sumit Paul-Choudhury
Music expresses what's most sensible in us – till it leaves us behind

MATERIALS: enjoyable and video games within the Garden
Christina Agapakis
Biology is pungent, squishy and gross. Let’s construct with it.

ESSAY: town via spectacles
David Binder
All the world’s a degree, if a brand new theatrical new release has its way


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India: A Million Mutinies Now

By V.S. Naipaul

A New York occasions Notable Book

Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s impassioned and prescient travelogue of his trips via his ancestral fatherland, with a brand new preface by way of the author.
Arising out of Naipaul’s lifelong obsession and keenness for a rustic that's right away his and completely alien, India: one million 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 prompt 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 observe on his place of origin, complementing his different India travelogues, An sector of Darkness and India: A Wounded Civilization.

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Diary (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)

By Witold Gombrowicz

Just ahead of the outbreak of worldwide warfare II, younger Witold Gombrowicz left his domestic in Poland and set sail for South the US. In 1953, nonetheless residing as an expatriate in Argentina, he started his Diary with certainly one of literature's such a lot memorable openings:

Gombrowicz's Diary became an enormous selection of essays, brief notes, polemics, and confessions on myriad matters starting from political events to literature to the knowledge of loss of life. now not a standard magazine, Diary is in its place the statement of a super and stressed brain. largely considered as a masterpiece, this significant paintings forced Gombrowicz's awareness for a decade and a part until eventually he penned his ultimate access in France, almost immediately ahead of his demise in 1969.

Long out of print in English, Diary is now provided in a handy unmarried quantity that includes a brand new preface through Rita Gombrowicz, the author's widow and literary executor. This variation additionally contains ten formerly unpublished pages from the 1969 section of the diary.

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The Time of Our Lives: A conversation about America

By Tom Brokaw

Who we're, the place we’ve been, and the place we have to move now, to recapture the yank dream
Now with a brand new Foreword via the author
“The top presentation of the demanding situations dealing with the country—and the prospective solutions—I've ever seen.”—P. J. O’Rourke
Tom Brokaw, identified and liked for his landmark paintings in American journalism and for the New York Times bestsellers The maximum Generation and Boom!, now turns his consciousness to the demanding situations that face the US within the new millennium, to provide reflections on how we will be able to restoration America’s greatness.
Rooted within the values, classes, and verities of generations earlier and of his South Dakota upbringing, Brokaw weaves jointly inspiring tales of american citizens who're creating a distinction and private tales from his family historical past, to have interaction us in a talk approximately our state and to proportion principles for a way we will revitalize the promise of the yank Dream. Inviting us to foster a rebirth of relatives, neighborhood, and civic engagement as profound because the one who helped win global conflict II, outfitted our postwar prosperity, and ushered within the Civil Rights period, Brokaw strains the interesting, unnerving alterations in sleek life—in values, schooling, public carrier, housing, the net, and more—that have remodeled our society within the a long time because the age of thrift within which he used to be raised. In delivering rules from americans who're switch brokers of their groups, Brokaw supplies us a nourishing imaginative and prescient of hopefulness in an age of lowered expectations.

“Inspiring stories of ways humans from various walks of lifestyles have came upon how one can be of provider to their groups and country.”—Walter Isaacson

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Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

By Nick Offerman

By way of turning out to be a strong mustache, masticating pork, construction a chair, or wooing a lady, who greater to coach you than the constantly captivating, continually manly Nick Offerman, most sensible referred to as Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comedian voice and extremely actual services in carpentry, Paddle your personal Canoe features stories from Offerman’s adolescence (born, actually, in the course of an Illinois cornfield) to his theater days in Chicago to the, frankly, remarkable seduction of his spouse, Megan Mullally. Offerman additionally stocks his hard-bitten conflict ideas within the arenas of manliness, love, kinds, and faith, and important suggestion on getting the maximum excitement out of woodworking, various meats, open air recreations, and different palatable entrees.

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Anglo-English Attitudes

By Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer's books were extensively praised for his or her originality, sort and variety - characteristics displayed much more boldly in his journalism. warding off any specialism, writing on no matter what him at a given time, he has completed enviable freedom as an essayist, journalist and critic. ANGLO-ENGLISH ATTITUDES brings jointly his top freelance paintings of the final fifteen years. There are sustained meditations on photographers (from canonical figures like Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa to the hardly recognized grasp William Gedney), on painters (Bonnard, Gauguin), musicians (Coltrane, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) and shut severe engagements with writers (Camus, Graham Greene, Cormac McCarthy, Michael Ondaatje and Martin Amis). additionally listed below are idiosyncratic reflections on boxing, on accumulating, on Airfix versions and motion guy, and infrequently hilarious money owed of his 'misadventures': flying in a Mig-29 in Moscow, at the razz with Def Leppard in Seoul, on safari in Africa, and in difficulty studying to freefall parachute. and masses, a lot more...

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Essays Ancient and Modern

By T. S. Eliot

A suite of essays grappling with essentially the most major issues of our time, Essays old and Modern unearths Eliot’s options on his literary contemporaries and predecessors, the position of faith in a mundane society, and the continued culture of the classics in sleek schooling. Astute and erudite, the following we see the interior strategies of 1 of our best minds, articulated in a few of his so much eloquent and direct prose.

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