By Martin Gardner
"[Gardner] zaps his ambitions with laserlike precision and wit."—Entertainment Weekly
Martin Gardner could be the wittiest, such a lot devastating unmasker of medical fraud and highbrow chicanery of our time. the following he muses on themes as varied as numerology, New Age anthropology, and the past due Senator Claiborne Pell's obsession with UFOs, as he mines americans' likely inexhaustible urge for food for undesirable technological know-how. Gardner's humorous, brilliantly unsettling exposés of reflexology and urine remedy can be required studying for a person attracted to "alternative" medication. In an international more and more tilted towards superstition, Did Adam and Eve Have Navels? will provide these people who prize good judgment and customary feel huge solace and notion. "Gardner is a countrywide treasure...I want [this] should be made obligatory interpreting in each excessive school—and in Congress."—Arthur C. Clarke "Nobody alive has performed greater than Gardner to unfold the certainty and appreciation of arithmetic, and to dispel superstition."— The New Criterion, John Derbyshire
By Rob Spillman, Lee Montgomery, Holly MacArthur, Win McCormackInconceivable, far-fetched, genuine? Today's technology headlines learn like futuristic stories. From nanobots and neutrinos to architeuthis, the genuine is usually stranger than the main speculative sci fi. In that vein, the newest version of Tin House beneficial properties fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that transcend the headlines into present, previous, and destiny medical reasons of "reality." There will even be speculative fiction, if there are people involved.
Tin House is a fantastically designed periodical that includes the simplest writers of our time along a brand new new release of expertise. content material comprises distinctive departments similar to "Lost and Found," within which writers overview missed or underrated books, and "Blithe Spirits" and "Readable Feast," which current stories and literary recipes for beverages and food.
By Gerry CanavanModern visions of the long run were formed by means of hopes and fears concerning the results of human know-how and international capitalism at the flora and fauna. In an period of weather switch, mass extinction, and oil scarcity, such visions became more and more catastrophic, even apocalyptic. Exploring the shut dating among technological know-how fiction, ecology, and environmentalism, the essays in eco-friendly Planets examine how technological know-how fiction writers were operating via this challenge. starting with H. G. Wells and passing via significant twentieth-century writers like Ursula okay. Le Guin, Stanislaw Lem, and Thomas Disch to modern authors like Margaret Atwood, China Miéville, and Paolo Bacigalupi—as good as fresh blockbuster movies like Avatar and District 9—the essays in eco-friendly Planets reflect on the real position for technology fiction in a tradition that now turns out to have a truly doubtful destiny. The ebook contains a longer interview with Kim Stanley Robinson and an annotated checklist for extra exploration of “ecological SF” and similar works of fiction, nonfiction, motion pictures, tv, comics, children’s cartoons, anime, games, song, and extra.
Contributors contain Christina Alt, Brent Bellamy, Sabine Höhler, Adeline Johns-Putra, Melody Jue, Rob Latham, Andrew Milner, Timothy Morton, Eric C. Otto, Michael web page, Christopher Palmer, Gib Prettyman, Elzette Steenkamp, Imre Szeman.
By Alice Walker
The Cushion within the Road unearths the Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist, poet, essayist, and activist on the peak of her literary powers, sharing clean vantages and a deepening engagement with our global. Walker writes that "we are past a inflexible class of colour, intercourse, or spirituality if we're really alive," and the items in The Cushion within the Road illustrate this concept fantastically. vacationing topics she has addressed all through her career—including racism, Africa, Palestinian unity, and Cuba—as good as addressing emergent matters, comparable to the presidency of Barack Obama on future health care, Walker explores her conflicting impulses to retreat into internal contemplation and to stay deeply engaged with the world.
Rich with humor and knowledge, and knowledgeable via Walker’s distinctive eye for the main points of human and ordinary event, The Cushion within the Road will please longtime Walker lovers in addition to people who find themselves new to her work.
By Edward W. Said
Music on the Limits is the 1st ebook to compile 3 many years of Edward W. Said's essays and articles on song. Addressing the paintings of various composers, musicians, and performers, acknowledged conscientiously attracts out music's social, political, and cultural contexts and, as a classically informed pianist, presents wealthy and infrequently wonderful tests of classical track and opera.
Music on the Limits deals either a clean viewpoint on canonical items and a party of missed works by means of modern composers. acknowledged faults the Metropolitan Opera in long island for being too conservative and laments the best way opera superstars like Pavarotti have "reduced opera functionality to not less than intelligence and a greatest of overproduced noise." He additionally displays at the censorship of Wagner in Israel; the worrisome pattern of proliferating song gala's; an opera in response to the lifetime of Malcolm X; the connection among track and feminism; the pianist Glenn Gould; and the works of Mozart, Bach, Richard Strauss, and others.
Said wrote his incisive opinions as either an insider and an expert. He observed track as a mirrored image of his principles on literature and historical past and paid shut cognizance to its composition and artistic chances. Eloquent and magnificent, Music on the Limits preserves an enormous size of Said's awesome highbrow paintings and cements his attractiveness as probably the most influential and groundbreaking students of the 20 th century.
By Simon J. BronnerThis energetic reader lines the hunt for American culture and nationwide id via folklore and folklife from the nineteenth century to the current. via an attractive set of essays, Folk Nation indicates how American thinkers and leaders have used folklore to specific the that means in their nation. Simon Bronner has conscientiously chosen statements via public intellectuals and renowned writers in addition to by means of students, all selected for his or her clarity and importance as provocative texts in the course of their time. the typical thread operating all through is the worth of folklore in expressing or denying an American nationwide tradition.
This textual content increases well timed concerns in regards to the personality of yank tradition and the course of yank society. The essays exhibit the improvement of perspectives of yankee nationalism, multiculturalism, and commercialism. Provocative subject matters contain debates over the connection among pop culture and people tradition, the individuality of an American literature and humanities according to folks assets, the fabrication of people heroes equivalent to Pecos invoice and Paul Bunyan as propaganda for patriotism and nationalism, the romanticizations of vernacular tradition through popularizers comparable to Walt Disney and Ben Botkin, using folklore for ethnocentric reasons, and the political deployment of folklore by way of conservatives as trademarks of "traditional values" and civil virtues and through liberals as logos of multiculturalism and tolerance of different existence.
The booklet additionally strains the talk over who conveyed the parable of "America." used to be it the nation's poets and artists, its teachers, its politicians and leaders, its groups and native academic associations, its subject parks and gala's, its motion picture moguls and entertainers? Folk Nation exhibits how the method of defining the yank mystique via folklore was once on the center of debates between writers and thinkers in regards to the price of Davey Crockett, John Henry, quilts, cowboys, and immigrants as symbols of the US.
By H. Paul Shuch
This ebook is a suite of essays written via those that have led, and proceed to steer, the quest for extraterrestrial intelligence. It experiences the historical past of the topic, info present-day technology and expertise, and appears forward to the future.
By P. M. Forni
Most humans could agree that considerate habit and customary decency are in brief provide, or just forgotten in moved quickly lives of emails, cell phones, and multi-tasking. In Choosing Civility, P. M. Forni identifies the twenty-five principles which are so much crucial in connecting successfully and fortunately with others. In transparent, witty, and, well...civilized language, Forni covers themes that come with:
* consider carefully earlier than Asking Favors
* supply confident Criticism
* chorus from Idle Complaints
* recognize Others' Opinions
* do not Shift accountability and Blame
* deal with Your site visitors
* settle for and provides Praise
Finally, Forni offers examples of ways to place every one rule into perform and so make life-and the lives of others-more relaxing, companionable, and rewarding.
Choosing Civility is an easy, functional, completely measured, and quietly magical guide at the misplaced paintings of civility and compassion.
By Mario Vargas Llosa
One of Latin Am erica's such a lot garlanded novelists―and the recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature―Mario Vargas Llosa is additionally an acute and wide-ranging cultural critic and an acerbic political commentator. Touchstones collects Vargas Llosa's incredible readings of seminal twentieth-century novels, from Heart of Darkness to The Tin Drum; incisive essays on political and social thinkers; and modern items on September 11 and the instant aftermath of the struggle in Iraq.
Fantastically clever, encouraged, and miraculous, Touchstones is a landmark selection of essays from one of many world's prime writers and intellectuals.
The first anthology of America's most well known 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 cutting edge literary research that used to be the hallmark of the Partisan evaluate and different midcentury magazines, n+1 was once a rejoinder to the consumerism and complacency of the Bush years. It hasn't bogged down for the reason that. n+1 has given us the main clear-eyed reporting at the 2008 crash and the Occupy circulation, the simplest 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 individuals have taken on fact television, Twitter, credentialism, drone moves, and net porn.
Happiness, published at the get together of n+1's 10th anniversary, collects the simplest of the journal as chosen through its editors. those essays are fiercely contentious, disconcertingly astute, and screamingly humorous. They discover our sleek objectives of happiness and take a looking out ethical stock of the unusual instances we are living in. Founding lighting Chad Harbach, Keith Gessen, Benjamin Kunkel, Marco Roth, and Mark Greif are featured along Elif Batuman, Rebecca Curtis, Emily Witt, and different younger abilities introduced by means of n+1.
This n+1 anthology is the definitive paintings of the definitive twenty-first century highbrow magazine.