By Dromedary Hump
It is not usually one unearths an opinionated camel with humor, biting wit, slicing sarcasm, unabashed irreverence, outright blasphemy, and on-point arguments for rational concept and opposed to spiritual fable. An recommend of cause and customary feel, the writer debunks conventional believer apologetics and demanding situations theist platitudes, whereas delivering nutrition for notion and debate fodder for the neophyte to intermediate atheist. With a couple of hundred no-holds-barred, plain-speaking rants and essays on various non secular topics, The Atheist Camel Chronicles is the go-to booklet to discover a burr to put below the saddle of the holier than thou, or to glean retorts to the banal "Truths" that religionists use to reinforce their religion within the face of the medical Age and twenty first century fact. occasionally humorous, regularly difficult hitting and notion frightening, this booklet belongs within the library of each atheist, agnostic and skeptic who engages in debate and discourse with the religiously stricken.
The essays amassed right here illustrate a few of the variety, complexity, and curiosity of Edna O’Brien as a fiction author and dramatist. they're going to give a contribution to a broader appreciation of her paintings and to an evolution of latest severe methods, in addition to igniting extra curiosity within the many unexplored components of her enormous oeuvre.
Contributors: Mary Burke, Bertrand Cardin, Patricia Coughlan,
Michael Harris, Kathryn Laing, Sinead Mooney, Ann V. Norton,
Maureen O'Connor, Rebecca Pelan, Shirley Peterson,
Loredana Salis, Eve Walsh Stoddard, Michelle Woods
Stephen Jay Gould's writing is still the fashionable general through which well known technological know-how writing is judged. all through his paintings Gould has built a particular and private type of essay to regard nice medical matters within the context of biography. With i've got Landed, Gould once more utilized biographical views to the illumination of key medical techniques and their heritage. starting from the invention of the recent scourge of syphilis via Fracastero within the 16th century and Isabelle Duncan's nineteenth-century test at reconciling scripture and palaeontology to Freud's bizarre speculations approximately human phylogeny and up to date creationist assaults at the learn of evolution. As consistently, the essays brilliantly remove darkness from and elucidate the puzzles and paradoxes nice and small that experience fuelled the company of technology and opened our eyes to an international of unforeseen wonders.
By Peter Handke
1989 veröffentlichte Peter Handke den "Versuch über die Müdigkeit", ein Jahr danach folgte der "Versuch über die Jukebox". Den vorläufigen Abschluß dieser erzählerischen Umkreisungen des Alltags bildete der "Versuch über den geglückten Tag". Zwanzig Jahre später legt er einen neuen Versuch vor: "Versuch über den Stillen Ort". "Lang lang ist es her, daß ich einen Roman des englischen Schriftstellers A.J., 'Archibald Joseph', wenn ich mich nicht irre, Cronin gelesen habe, in einer deutschen Übersetzung, mit dem Titel 'Die Sterne blicken herab'. Es battle ein ziemlich dickes Buch, aber es liegt nicht an dem Autor und seiner Geschichte, die mich damals mitgenommen und begeistert hat, daß ich mich an kaum welche Einzelheiten erinnern kann. used to be mir von dem Roman geblieben ist, neben den Sternen, die fortwährend herabblicken: Eine englische Bergwerksgegend und die Chronik einer darbenden Bergleutefamilie, abwechselnd mit jener von betuchten Besitzern (wiederum: 'wenn ich mich nicht irre'). Viel später, angesichts des movies 'Wie grün battle mein Tal', von John Ford, gaukelten, im guten Sinn, die Bilder der Gesichter und Landschaften mir vor, daß es sich da, obwohl ich's doch besser wußte, nicht etwa um eine Verfilmung von Richard Llewellyns 'How eco-friendly My Valley was', vielmehr von Cronins 'The Stars Are having a look Down' handelte. Dabei habe ich doch von dem Epos der herabblickenden Sterne eine einzige Einzelheit behalten. Aber diese geht mir bis zum heutigen Tag nach, und sie ist es auch, welche den Ausgangspunkt für mein nun speedy schon lebenslanges Umkreisen und Einkreisen des Stillen Orts und der stillen Orte bildet, und mit der jetzt hier dementsprechend der Anfang des Versuchs darüber gemacht werden soll."
Hacking Europe strains the consumer practices of slicing video games in Warsaw, hacking software program in Athens, growing chaos in Hamburg, generating demos in Turku, and partying with computing in Zagreb and Amsterdam. targeting numerous eu international locations on the finish of the chilly battle, the booklet exhibits the electronic improvement used to be now not an solely American affair. neighborhood hacker groups appropriated the pc and cast new cultures round it just like the hackers in Yugoslavia, Poland and Finland, who confirmed off their methods and growing special “demoscenes.” jointly the essays mirror a various palette of cultural practices during which ecu clients domesticated laptop applied sciences. each one bankruptcy explores the mediating actors instrumental in introducing and spreading the cultures of computing round Europe. extra commonly, the “ludological” element--the function of mischief, humor, and play--discussed right here as an important for research of hacker tradition, opens new vistas for the learn of the historical past of technology.
By Clive James
Clive James offers the “prequel” to his celebrated Cultural Amnesia―forty-nine essays that shape a cultural schooling in a single terrific volume.
Six years after the much-heralded e-book of Cultural Amnesia, Clive James offers his “prequel”―forty-nine essays that he has chosen because the better of his half-century occupation. initially showing as As of This Writing, Cultural Cohesion examines the twisted cultural terrain of the 20th century in a single of the main available and cohesive volumes to be had. Divided into 4 sections―“Poetry,” “Fiction and Literature,” “Culture and Criticism,” and “Visual Images”―James reviews on poets like W. H. Auden and Phillip Larkin, novelists like D. H. Lawrence and Raymond Chandler (not to say Judith Krantz!), and filmmakers like Fellini and Bogdanovich. all through, James delights his readers together with his manic power and demanding aplomb. This quantity, that includes a brand new creation, is a one-volume cultural schooling that few contemporary books can rival.
By Sigmund Freud
A set of a few of Freud's most renowned essays, together with at the advent OF NARCISSISM; REMEMBERING, REPEATING and dealing via; past THE excitement precept; THE EGO AND THE identification and INHIBITION, SYMPTOM AND worry.
By Martin W. Sandler
Stories that background forgot but readers will remember
The merely factor new within the world,” stated Harry S. Truman, is the background you don't know.” during this clean and engaging number of ancient vignettes, Martin W. Sandler (author of Resolute and Atlantic Ocean) restores to reminiscence very important occasions, humans, and advancements which have been misplaced to time.
Though slightly identified this present day, those are significant ancient tales, from Ziryab, an eighth-century black slave whose impression on tune, delicacies, model, and manners nonetheless reverberates, to Cahokia, a twelfth century urban north of the Rio Grande, which at its zenith contained a inhabitants expected to were as excessive as 40,000 (more than any modern eu city), to the worst peacetime maritime catastrophe ever, the explosion and sinking of the Sultana at the Mississippi in 1865.
These stories are faraway from minutiae; they light up little-known American and international achievements, ingenuity, heroics, errors, and tragedies that modified the process background and resonate today.
Pulitzer Prize–winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, a number one melanoma health practitioner and researcher, selects the year’s top technology and nature writing from journalists who dive into their fields with interest and keenness, delivering must-read articles from a big selection of fields.