André Breton

By Claude Mauriac

André Breton et les surréalistes ont changé notre imaginative and prescient du monde. Voici les annales de leurs victoires et de leurs défaites. l. a. Révolution, L'Au-delà, Le Réel, Le Surréel, L'Amour : en cinq chapitres denses, rigoureux et documentés, Claude Mauriac se penche sur l'oeuvre et l. a. vie de Breton. Il examine le surréalisme dans ses rapports à l'esthétique, à l. a. politique, à l. a. faith, à los angeles vie comme cryptogramme. L'histoire de los angeles littérature, de Sade à Rimbaud, de Benjamin consistent à Lautréamont, s'en trouve rétrospectivement éclairée. Textes en major, cet essai intransigeant rend justice à un considérable, ainsi qu'à l'école littéraire l. a. plus importante depuis le romantisme où brillèrent, aussi, Aragon, Eluard et Desnos.

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In the American Grain (Second Edition) (New Directions Paperbook)

By William Carlos Williams

A re-creation of William Carlos Williams’ loving and groundbreaking publication approximately American background, with a brand new creation via Rick Moody.

even if in demand through D. H. Lawrence, this contemporary vintage went in most cases ignored in the course of the years after its e-book in 1925. but it really is “a primary e-book, crucial if one proposes to return to phrases with American literature” (Times Literary Supplement). William Carlos Williams was once now not a historian, yet he used to be thinking about the feel of yankee background. starting with Columbus’s discovery of the Indies and relocating on via Sir Walter Raleigh, Cotton Mather, Daniel Boone, George Washington, Ben Franklin, Aaron Burr, Edgar Allan Poe, and Abraham Lincoln, Williams present in the cloth of regularly occurring episodes new colors of that means and configurations of personality. He introduced a poetic mind's eye to the duty of reconstructing a stay culture for americans, and what effects is without doubt one of the best works of prose to were penned via any author of the 20 th century.

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Wallflower at the Orgy

By Nora Ephron

From her Academy Award—nominated screenplays to her bestselling fiction and essays, Nora Ephron is one in every of America’s such a lot proficient, prolific, and flexible writers. during this vintage choice of journal articles, Ephron does what she does most sensible: embody American tradition with love, cynicism, and unrivaled wit. From monitoring down the beginnings of the self-help move to dressing down the style world’s strongest booklet to taking pictures a glimpse of a mythical motion picture within the making, those undying items faucet into our enduring obsessions with superstar, nutrients, romance, outfits, leisure, and intercourse. no matter if casting her inventive eye on well known director Mike Nichols, Cosmopolitan journal founder Helen Gurley Brown—or herself, as she chronicles her personal good looks makeover—Ephron deftly weaves her journalistic ability with the intimate form of an essayist and the incomparable expertise of an exceptional storyteller.

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The Book of Other People

By Zadie Smith

A stellar host of writers discover the cornerstone of fiction writing: character

The ebook of different People is set personality. Twenty-five or so striking writers were requested by means of Zadie Smith to make up a fictional personality. through any degree, growing personality is on the middle of the fictitious company, and this e-book concentrates on writers who percentage a expertise for making anything recognizably human out of phrases (and, with regards to the picture novelists, pictures). however the function of the e-book is sort: instantly "realism"-if one of these factor exists-is now not the purpose. There are as many ways to create personality as there are writers, and this anthology includes a wealthy collection of remarkable examples.

The writers featured in The ebook of different People include:
Aleksandar Hemon
Nick Hornby
Hari Kunzru
Toby Litt
David Mitchell
George Saunders
Colm Tóibín
Chris Ware, and extra

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Wordwatching: field notes from an amateur philologist

By Julian Burnside

A bonzer (p. 288) dialogue of the unusual yet dinkum (p. 289) pedigree (p. 224) of the naughty (p. 202), nice (p. 212), and, occasionally, obscene (p. 217) English language.

We dwell in a torrent of phrases — from radio and tv, books and newspapers, and now from the web. yet, as Julian Burnside reminds us during this re-creation of the bestselling Wordwatching, phrases are a resource either one of excitement and tool, and will be deployed for reliable or for unwell.

Some of those essays discover curiosities in peculiar corners of the language just to remind us of the extreme richness of the English language. different items use small issues of language to demonstrate greater methods of cultural borrowing and alter. Burnside’s musings remind us that we must always no longer be alarmed on the instability of the language; fairly, we should always see its wanton borrowings as a resource of its energy and energy.

Wordwatching additionally reminds us of the necessity to concentrate on the misuse of language within the carrier of sinister reasons — no matter if political, ideological, social, or own. An ear well-tuned to the nuances of vocabulary inoculates the hearer by contrast epidemic of deception.

With 9 new essays, facing matters as different as points in time, fancy phrases, the issues with ‘issue’, bizarre sounds, oxymorons, and the fallacy of ‘wading in’, this revised and improved variation of Wordwatching is an interesting demonstration of the facility and the excitement of the English language.

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Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles and Speeches, 1998-2003

By Roberto Bolaño

The essays of Roberto Bolano in English at last.

Between Parentheses collects many of the newspaper columns and articles Bolano wrote over the past 5 years of his existence, in addition to the texts of a few of his speeches and talks and some scattered prologues. “Taken together,” because the editor Ignacio Echevarría feedback in his creation, they supply “a own cartography of the author: the nearest factor, between all his writings, to a type of fragmented ‘autobiography.’” Bolano’s profession as a nonfiction author begun in 1998, the yr he turned well-known in a single day for The Savage Detectives; he used to be abruptly favourite for articles and speeches, and he took to this new vocation like a duck to water. Cantankerous, irreverent, and insufferably opinionated, Bolano additionally might be gentle (about his relations and favourite locations) in addition to a fierce suggest for his heroes (Borges, Cortázar, Parra) and his favourite contemporaries, whose books he learn assiduously and promoted generously. A difficult critic, he announces that during his “ideal literary kitchen there lives a warrior”: he argues for braveness, and particularly for bravery within the face of failure. Between Parentheses totally lives as much as his personal calls for: “I ask for creativity from literary feedback, creativity in any respect levels.”

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Critical Mass: Four Decades of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades, and Hurrahs

By James Wolcott

James Wolcott’s profession as a critic has been unrivaled, from his early Seventies dispatches for The Village Voice to the literary insurance made him both feared and recognized to his must-read stories at the cultural climate for Vanity Fair. Bringing jointly his top paintings from around the many years, this assortment exhibits Wolcott as gourmand, intrepid reporter, memoirist, and valuable naysayer.
        we start with “O.K. Corral Revisited,” Wolcott’s career-launching account of the famed Norman Mailer–Gore Vidal dust-off at the original Dick Cavett Show. He is going directly to think of (or re-examine) the towering figures of our tradition, between them Lena Dunham Patti Smith, Johnny Carson, Woody Allen, and John Cheever. And we witness his mythical takedowns, that have entered into the literary lore of our time. In an age the place loads of again scratching and softball pitching move for feedback, Critical Mass bargains a bracing flavor of the true thing. 

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Essays in Science

By Albert Einstein

The approved Albert Einstein information variation: An homage to the boys and ladies of technological know-how, and an exposition of Einstein’s position in clinical history

during this interesting choice of articles and speeches, Albert Einstein displays not just at the medical procedure at paintings in his personal theoretical discoveries, but additionally eloquently expresses an excellent appreciation for his clinical contemporaries and forefathers, together with Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell, Max Planck, and Niels Bohr. whereas Einstein is popular as one of many optimal innovators of recent technology, his discoveries uniquely his personal, via his personal phrases it turns into transparent that he considered himself as in simple terms the newest in an extended line of scientists pushed to create new methods of figuring out the realm and to turn out their clinical theories.

Einstein’s considerate examinations clarify the “how” of medical recommendations either in his personal theoretical paintings and within the medical process verified through those that got here prior to him.

This approved ebook incorporates a new advent by way of Neil Berger, PhD, and an illustrated biography of Albert Einstein, such as infrequent photographs and never-before-seen records from the Albert Einstein files on the Hebrew collage of Jerusalem.

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The Routes of Man: How Roads Are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today

By Ted Conover

From the Pulitzer Prize finalist and nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award–winning writer of Newjack, an soaking up booklet approximately roads and their strength to alter the world.

Roads bind our world—metaphorically and literally—transforming landscapes and the lives of the folk who inhabit them. Roads have unheard of strength to affect groups, unite worlds and sunder them, and exhibit the hopes and fears of these who shuttle them.

With his great eye for element and his contagious enthusiasm, Ted Conover explores six of those key byways world wide. In Peru, he strains the adventure of a load of infrequent mahogany over the Andes to its starting place, an untracked a part of the Amazon basin quickly to be traversed by means of a brand new east-west path throughout South the United States. In East Africa, he visits truckers whose travels were associated with the global unfold of AIDS. within the West financial institution, he screens street checkpoints with Israeli infantrymen after which passes via them with Palestinians, witnessing the injustices and risk borne by way of either side. He shuffles down a frozen riverbed with youngsters escaping their Himalayan valley to determine how a brand new street will have an effect on the now-isolated Indian zone of Ladakh. From the passenger seat of a brand new Hyundai piling up the miles, he describes the exuberant upsurge in motor vehicle tradition as highways proliferate throughout China. And from inside of an ambulance, he bargains an apocalyptic yet specific imaginative and prescient of Lagos, Nigeria, the place congestion and chaos on freeways sign the increase of the worldwide megacity.

A lively, pressing booklet that unearths the prices and advantages of being connected—how, from historical Rome to the current, roads have performed a very important position in human lifestyles, advancing civilization whilst they set it again.

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Paper Trails: True Stories of Confusion, Mindless Violence, and Forbidden Desires, a Surprising Number of Which Are Not about Marriage

By Pete Dexter

Within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, prior to he earned nationwide approval for his award-winning novels, Pete Dexter was once a newspaper columnist. per week, in a couple of hundred phrases, Dexter lower on to the center of the yank personality at a time of nationwide turmoil and an important swap. With haunting urgency, his columns laid naked the violence, hypocrisy, and desperation he observed at the streets of Philadelphia and within the areas he visited around the state. yet he reveled, too, within the lighter part of his personal lifestyles, sharing scenes with the indefatigable Mrs. Dexter, their younger daughter, and a sequence of unforgettable creatures who strayed into their lives. it doesn't matter what stuck Dexter's eye, it was once illuminated through his darkish, extraordinary humor.

Collected right here for the 1st time are eighty-two of the simplest of these spellbinding, finely wrought pieces--with a brand new creation by way of the author--assembled through Rob Fleder, editor of the bestselling "Sports Illustrated fiftieth Anniversary Book." "Paper Trails" is searing, heart-breaking, and irresistibly humorous, occasionally unexpectedly. As Pete Hamill says in his foreword, those essays "are nearly as good because it ever gets."

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