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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Religio Medici and Urne-Buriall
Religio Medici and Urne-Burial
Sir Thomas Browne
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: Stephen Greenblatt, Ramie Targoff

book image Shakespeare's Montaigne: The Florio Translation of the Essays, A Selection
Shakespeare's Montaigne
Michel de Montaigne
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There is no better to way to encounter Montaigne's searching, eloquent essays than as William Shakespeare did, in lyrical translation by his contemporary John Florio. Here noted Shakespearean scholar Greenblatt accompanies the texts with a learned and engaging essay, tracking Montaignian themes in such works as King Lear and The Tempest and setting his work in elegant context.
Contributors: Stephen Greenblatt , Peter Platt , John Florio