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book image Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War
Theater of Cruelty
Ian Buruma
Buruma
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Many of the filmmakers and artists Ian Buruma covers in his new collection, which focuses on the themes of war, film, and the visual arts, come from Germany and Japan and deal with World War II. What unifies the book is less the question of war itself than the way people deal with violence and cruelty, in the arts and in life.

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 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 Unknown Masterpieces: Writers Rediscover Literature's Hidden Classics
Unknown
Edwin Frank
Frank
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In this original collection, several of today's finest writers introduce little-known treasures of literature that they count among their favorite books.

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 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 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 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 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 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.