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book image The Legacy of Isaiah Berlin
Legacy of Isaiah Berlin
Mark Lilla, Ronald Dworkin, Robert B. Silvers
Silvers
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The papers given at the New York Institute for the Humanities conference collected in this volume concentrate on three aspects of Berlin's concept of pluralism.

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
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This new selection, the first in English to draw on Sartre's entire Collected Essays as well as unpublished work, includes appreciations of Faulkner, Bataille, and Giacometti; sketches of the US from his visit in the 1940s; reflections on politics; portraits of Camus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 Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy
Blackballed
Darryl Pinckney
Pinckney
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Darryl Pinckney's first book in over ten years covers the participation of blacks in US electoral politics, from Reconstruction to the Supreme Court’s recent decision striking down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and what it may mean for the political influence of black voters in future elections.

book image Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking
Poison Penmanship
Jessica Mitford
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

book image Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture
Waiting for
Daniel Mendelsohn
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 Masscult and Midcult: Essays Against the American Grain
Masscult and Midcult
Dwight Macdonald
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 The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays
Hall of Uselessness
Simon Leys
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 Poets in a Landscape
Poets in a Landscape
Gilbert Highet
Highet
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Scholar Highet introduces us to the lives and work of seven of ancient Rome's greatest poets. But what makes this book special is the rich context the author provides. The result is an entirely sui generis amalgam of travel writing, biography, criticism, and pure poetry. "Here is scholarship in the old sense, humane, unpedantic, open-minded and totally free of academic jargon." —The Irish Times
Contributors: Michael C. J. Putnam

book image Growing Up Absurd
Growing Up Absurd
Paul Goodman
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 On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry
On Being Blue
William H. Gass
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

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