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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

book image Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers
Moral Agents
Edward Mendelson
Mendelson
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One of contemporary America’s leading critics and scholars offers a provocative reassessment of the lives and work of eight influential twentieth-century American writers: Lionel Trilling, Dwight Macdonald, W.H. Auden, William Maxwell, Saul Bellow, Alfred Kazin, Norman Mailer, and Frank O’Hara.

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 Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II
Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II
Martin Filler
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 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 In Tearing Haste: Letters between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor
In Tearing Haste
Patrick Leigh Fermor, Deborah Devonshire
fermor
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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 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 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 Dreams of Earth and Sky
Dreams of Earth and Sky
Freeman Dyson
Dyson
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Dyson's new collection includes reminiscences, lucid explanations of scientific concepts, and an engagingly imaginative approach to the triumphs, blunders, mysteries, and dreams of scientific inquiry into the natural world.

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.