Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments

By Michael Dirda

Readings
Literary Entertainments
Michael Dirda

The better of the column, "Readings," fromWashington submit publication global, by means of Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Dirda.

Since 1993Washington put up ebook international has released a per 30 days column by means of Michael Dirda known as "Readings." own, erudite, severe, and occasionally playful, those columns disguise a number of topics: classics in translation, highbrow historical past, children’s books, delusion and crime fiction, American and eu literature, poetry, cutting edge writing, the thrill of amassing first versions, rediscovering overlooked novels, ghost tales, instructing writing, and the demanding situations of parenthood and lifestyles quite often. Dirda is a writer’s reader and a reader’s author. he's an impeccable advisor to stable examining from the light—he loves P. G. Wodehouse—to scholarly esoterica. His columns are continually worthy a pause, continually worthy examining, consistently worthy coming again to. Readings provides his so much memorable essays, together with "The Crime of His existence" (a younger caper), "Bookman’s Saturday" (the scheming of a booklet collector), "Weekend with Wodehouse," "Mr. Wright" (an exemplary highschool teacher), "Listening to My Father," "Turning Fifty," and "Millennial Readings." it is a booklet to maintain in your bedside for finishing the day with pleasing reading.

Michael Dirda is a author and senior editor forWashington publish ebook international. for 3 years he used to be a board member of the nationwide ebook Critics Circle. His essays and studies have seemed in different courses. In 1993 Dirda got the Pulitzer Prize for unique Criticism.

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"Pleasures of a booklet reviewer: To open a brand new ebook tentatively, with indifference even, and to discover oneself once more in thrall—to a writer’s prose, to a thriller’s plot, to a thinker’s brain. permit the total broad international fall apart, as long as i will be able to learn one other web page. after which one other after that. after which 100 more."

"Book accumulating is usually a kind of hero worship—or heroine worship (no one bows less than I sooner than the genius of Angela Carter, Colette and Agatha Christie, to say merely 3 excessive Cs). After some time, even though, one yearns for greater than first versions and scholarly units of an author’s whole works. Enthusiasm spreads, insidiously, into what one could name supplementary areas."

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Smile When You're Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer

By Chuck Thompson

From Bangkok to Bogotá, a hilarious behind-the-brochures travel of picture-perfect locales, harmful locations, and hyped up hellholes from a man who is aware the reality approximately travel

Travel author, editor, and photographer Chuck Thompson has spent greater than a decade traipsing via thirty-five (and counting) international locations around the globe, and he is had adequate. sufficient of the half-truths demanded through journal editors, adequate of the without end recycled clichés considered as solid shuttle writing, and adequate of the gruesome secrets and techniques fiercely guarded by means of the shuttle undefined. yet often, he is had adequate of returning domestic from assignments and leaving the main attention-grabbing tales and the main provocative insights at the editing-room flooring. From getting swindled in Thailand to operating afoul of customs inspectors in Belarus, from defusing adverse Swedish rockers behind the scenes in Germany to a closed-door assembly with commute pros telling him why he is approximately to be fired once more, Thompson's no-holds-barred variety is clean, invigorating, and all these different adjectives trip writers use to explain spa vacation trips the place the most charm is a regular colonic.

Smile if you end up Lying takes readers on an impossible to resist sequence of adventures in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin the US, and past; information the consequences of globalization at the informal tourist and ponders the way forward for go back and forth as we all know it; and gives up a treasure trove of travel-industry secrets and techniques accumulated all through a decidedly speckled career.

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The Scientist as Rebel (New York Review Books (Paperback))

By Freeman Dyson

From Galileo to today’s beginner astronomers, scientists were rebels, writes Freeman Dyson. Like artists and poets, they're loose spirits who withstand the limitations their cultures impose on them. of their pursuit of nature’s truths, they're guided as a lot through mind's eye as through cause, and their maximum theories have the individuality and wonder of serious works of art.

Dyson argues that tips on how to comprehend technology is by way of realizing those that perform it. He tells tales of scientists at paintings, starting from Isaac Newton’s absorption in physics, alchemy, theology, and politics, to Ernest Rutherford’s discovery of the constitution of the atom, to Albert Einstein’s obdurate hostility to the belief of black holes. His descriptions of superb physicists like Edward Teller and Richard Feynman are enlivened through his personal memories of them. He seems with a skeptical eye at stylish medical fads and fantasies, and speculates at the way forward for weather prediction, genetic engineering, the colonization of house, and the prospect that paranormal phenomena might exist but no longer be scientifically verifiable.

Dyson additionally appears past specific medical inquiries to think about broader philosophical matters, similar to the boundaries of reductionism, the morality of strategic bombing and nuclear guns, the upkeep of our surroundings, and the courting among technology and faith. those essays, via a unique physicist who's additionally a prolific author, provide educated insights into the historical past of technology and clean views on contentious present debates approximately technology, ethics, and faith.

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Anglo-English Attitudes

By Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer's books were largely praised for his or her originality, type and diversity - features displayed much more boldly in his journalism. averting any specialism, writing on no matter what him at a given time, he has accomplished enviable freedom as an essayist, journalist and critic. ANGLO-ENGLISH ATTITUDES brings jointly his most sensible freelance paintings of the final fifteen years. There are sustained meditations on photographers (from canonical figures like Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa to the hardly identified grasp William Gedney), on painters (Bonnard, Gauguin), musicians (Coltrane, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) and shut serious engagements with writers (Camus, Graham Greene, Cormac McCarthy, Michael Ondaatje and Martin Amis). additionally listed here are idiosyncratic reflections on boxing, on amassing, on Airfix types and motion guy, and sometimes hilarious debts of his 'misadventures': flying in a Mig-29 in Moscow, at the razz with Def Leppard in Seoul, on safari in Africa, and in difficulty studying to freefall parachute. and lots more and plenty, a lot more...

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Bicycle Diaries

By David Byrne

A round-the-world bicycle journey with some of the most unique artists of our day.

city bicycling has turn into extra well known than ever as recession- strapped, climate-conscious urban dwellers reinvent easy transportation. during this wide-ranging memoir, artist/musician David Byrne-who has trusted a motorbike to get round manhattan urban because the early 1980s-relates his adventures as he pedals via an engages with many of the world's significant towns. From Buenos Aires to Berlin, he meets more than a few humans either recognized and usual, stocks his concepts on artwork, model, song, globalization, and the ways in which many locations have gotten extra bike-friendly. Bicycle Diaries is an experience on wheels conveyed with humor, interest, and humanity.

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Entre a prosa e a poesia: Bakhtin e o formalismo russo (Portuguese Edition)

By Cristovão Tezza

O que é poesia?

Sobre essa questão basic da teoria literária, o escritor Cristovão Tezza contrapõe o ponto de vista do pensador russo Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975) ao pensamento, hoje clássico, dos formalistas russos.

Com uma linguagem cativante e didática, o ensaio faz uma síntese do pensamento de Bakhtin e apresenta as linhas fundamentais das concepções formalistas de poesia. Ao ultimate, analisa um poema de Carlos Drummond de Andrade, apontando aspectos prosaicos da poesia e a fronteira entre as linguagens.

Lançado em 2003 pela Editora Rocco, e hoje esgotado, o livro foi considerado por Bóris Schnaiderman "um convite instigante ao diálogo e ao debate e, certamente, um dos pontos altos de nossa ensaística atual." (O Estado de S.Paulo, 5/10/2003)

Algumas opiniões da crítica:

"Seu trabalho mostra a necessidade de compreender os conceitos bakhtinianos no inside de sua filosofia da linguagem. É assim não só um trabalho sobre os conceitos de prosa e de poesia, mas é também uma lição de método para todos os estudiosos da obra de Bakhtin." (José Luiz Fiorin, Revista Cult, n.73, 2003)

"Uma importante contribuição." (Beth Brait, Folha de S.Paulo, 13/07/2003)

"Uma grande e estimulante surpresa." (José Castello, Jornal Rascunho, julho de 2003)

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Stardust

By Bruce Serafin

Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. STARDUST is a sequence of literary essays defining Bruce Serafin's international. The teenage Serafin is a charming determine, freshly arrived from the us and desirous to immerse himself within the specific delights of a nonetheless mostly frontier-era Vancouver. As a tender guy enrolled at SFU, he refuses the perm pressed upon him in a Chinatown barber store and eavesdrops on his rowdy pals in a Powell road residence residence. operating within the put up workplace, Serafin discovers Michel Tremblay's The fats girl round the corner is Pregnant and realizes for the 1st time that writing approximately working-class humans isn't just attainable, yet fascinating. He additionally discusses the paintings of Don DeLillo, Terry Glavin, Steve McCaffery, Northrop Frye, and William Henry Drummond. there is an engagement to those essays that gently sketches the workings of a brain eternally studying.

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Happiness: Ten Years of n+1

The first anthology of America's preferable highbrow magazine.
n+1 seemed within the fall of 2004, the brainchild of a gaggle of writers figuring out of a small condo. meant to restore the leftist social feedback and leading edge literary research that was once the hallmark of the Partisan overview and different midcentury magazines, n+1 was once a rejoinder to the consumerism and complacency of the Bush years. It hasn't bogged down considering. n+1 has given us the main clear-eyed reporting at the 2008 crash and the Occupy flow, the easiest feedback of publishing tradition, and the 1st sociological document at the hipster. No media, new or outdated, has escaped its ire as n+1's outspoken members have taken on truth television, Twitter, credentialism, drone moves, and web porn.
Happiness, published at the party of n+1's 10th anniversary, collects the simplest of the journal as chosen via its editors. those essays are fiercely contentious, disconcertingly astute, and screamingly humorous. They discover our smooth ambitions of happiness and take a looking ethical stock of the unusual occasions we are living in. Founding lighting fixtures Chad Harbach, Keith Gessen, Benjamin Kunkel, Marco Roth, and Mark Greif are featured along Elif Batuman, Rebecca Curtis, Emily Witt, and different younger skills introduced by means of n+1.
This n+1 anthology is the definitive paintings of the definitive twenty-first century highbrow magazine.

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Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

By Christopher Hitchens

"All high-quality feedback first defines what we're confronting," the overdue, nice jazz critic Whitney Balliett as soon as wrote. by way of that degree, the essays of Christopher Hitchens are within the first tier. for almost 4 a long time, Hitchens has been telling us, in pitch-perfect prose, what we confront once we grapple with first principles-the rules of cause and tolerance and skepticism that outline and tell the principles of our civilization-principles that, to undergo, has to be defended anew by means of each generation.

"A brief record of the best dwelling conversationalists in English," acknowledged The Economist, "would most likely need to comprise Christopher Hitchens, Sir Patrick Leigh-Fermor, and Sir Tom Stoppard. nice brilliance, outstanding powers of remember, and speedy wit are in actual fact priceless in maintaining dialog at those cosmic degrees. attraction could be valuable, too." Hitchens-who staunchly declines all deals of knighthood-hereby invitations you to sit down at a democratic dialog, to be engaged, and to be reasoned with. His wisdom is bold, an encyclopedic treasure, and but one has the sensation, studying him, of listening to anyone pondering out loud, following the inexorable common sense of his idea, anywhere it could actually lead, unafraid to show fraudulence, denounce injustice, and excoriate hypocrisy. Legions of readers, admirers and detractors alike, have realized to learn Hitchens with anything coming near near awe at his felicity of language, the oxygen in each sentence, the enviable wit and his readiness, even eagerness, to struggle a foe or mount the ramparts.

the following, he offers clean perceptions of such figures as diverse as Charles Dickens, Karl Marx, Rebecca West, George Orwell, J.G. Ballard, and Philip Larkin are matched in brilliance through his stinky discussions and intrepid observations, accrued from a life of touring and reporting from such locations as Iran, China, and Pakistan.

Hitchens's directness, attractiveness, flippantly carried erudition, severe and mental perception, humor, and sympathy-applied as they're the following to a stunning number of subjects-all set a typical for the essayist that has hardly ever been matched in our time. What emerges from this fundamental quantity is an highbrow self-portrait of a author with an exemplary stability of goal and a love affair with the delights and seductions of the English language, a guy anchored in a profound and humane imaginative and prescient of the human eager for cause and justice.

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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014

“Undeniably beautiful . . . The essays within the assortment [are] meditations that exhibit not just how technological know-how really occurs but additionally who or what propels its immutable humanity.” — Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

“A stimulating compendium.” — Kirkus Reviews

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and writer Deborah Blum selects the year’s top technological know-how and nature writing from writers who stability learn with humanity and within the method discover riveting tales of discovery around the disciplines.

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