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book image On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry
On Being Blue
William H. Gass
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On Being Blue is a book about everything blue—sex and sleaze and sadness, among other things. It brings us the world in a word as only William H. Gass, among contemporary American writers, can do.
Contributors: Michael Gorra

book image Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture
Waiting for
Daniel Mendelsohn
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Daniel Mendelsohn—hailed by The Economist as one of the finest critics writing in the English language today—brings together a selection of his recent critical essays.

book image Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II
Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II
Martin Filler
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There is no better guide through the exciting and bewildering world of modern architecture than Martin Filler: he is learned, opinionated, and witty. Here he addresses such venerable figures as Buckminster Fuller and Edward Durell Stone as well as recent projects in Beijing, Athens, and at Ground Zero. “Filler’s razor-sharp mind and sharper tongue set him apart. We gobble up what he thinks, as well as how he serves it up.” —*Architectural Record*

book image The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays
Hall of Uselessness
Simon Leys
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“Simon Leys is living proof of Benjamin Franklin's dictum that a cultured individual should be a jack of all trades.” (Sydney Morning Herald). Here the eminent sinologist and frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books turns his attention to such subjects as the Cultural Revolution, Nabokov, Hitchens, Orwell, Simenon, Confucius, and the fate of the university.

book image We Have Only This Life to Live: The Selected Essays of Jean-Paul Sartre, 1939–1975
We Have Only This Life to Live
Jean-Paul Sartre
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This new selection, the first in English to draw on Sartre's entire Collected Essays as well as unpublished work, includes appreciations of Faulkner, Bataille, and Giacometti; sketches of the US from his visit in the 1940s; reflections on politics; portraits of Camus and Merleau-Ponty; and a candid reckoning with his own career.
Contributors: Ronald Aronson, Adrian van den Hoven

book image Growing Up Absurd
Growing Up Absurd
Paul Goodman
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Growing Up Absurd, originally commissioned as a study of juvenile delinquency and later a bible of the 1960s student rebellion, remains essential and troubling reading for anyone who cares about the problems of the young.”
—A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Contributors: Casey Blake , Susan Sontag

book image Religio Medici and Urne-Buriall
Religio Medici and Urne-Burial
Sir Thomas Browne
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This new edition of Browne’s two most enduring and beloved works, in which he ponders life, death, religion, and healing, has been assembled by the bestselling author of Will in the World, Stephen Greenblatt, and Renaissance scholar Ramie Targoff. It includes an extensive introduction and helpful annotations.
Contributors: Ramie Targoff, Stephen Greenblatt

book image Masscult and Midcult: Essays Against the American Grain
Masscult and Midcult
Dwight Macdonald
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Essayist and provocateur Dwight Macdonald was not afraid to slay sacred cows, and he did so with glee. In this newly gathered collection, Macdonald takes on Ernest Hemingway, James Agee, Tom Wolfe, Webster’s Dictionary, the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, and, most famously, the possibly pernicious ascendancy of popular culture.
Contributors: John Summers , Louis Menand

book image In Tearing Haste: Letters between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor
In Tearing Haste
Patrick Leigh Fermor, Deborah Devonshire
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"Spanning half a century, bursting with wit and conviviality, In Tearing Haste collects the letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor and Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire. The result is surely one of the great 20th-century correspondences." —The Observer (UK)
Contributors: Charlotte Mosley

book image Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking
Poison Penmanship
Jessica Mitford
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Jessica Mitford, celebrated for her exposé The American Way of Death, spent her career chronicling the mischief people get up to in the pursuit of profit. Poison Penmanship—beach reading for journalism junkies and lovers of mordant wit—collects 17 of her finest pieces and fills each out with the story of how she got the scoop and, no less fascinating, how the story developed after publication.
Contributors: Jane Smiley