Download E-books The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture PDF

Since its ebook through Sierra membership Books in 1977, The Unsettling of the USA has been famous as a vintage of yankee letters. In it, Wendell Berry argues that stable farming is a cultural improvement and religious self-discipline. Today’s agribusiness, despite the fact that, takes farming out of its cultural context and clear of households. for this reason, we as a country are extra estranged from the land—from the intimate wisdom, love, and care of it.

Sadly, his arguments and observations are extra appropriate than ever. We proceed to undergo lack of group, the devaluation of human paintings, and the destruction of nature lower than an economic climate devoted to the mechanistic pursuit of goods and earnings. even if “this ebook has now not had the satisfied destiny of being proved wrong,” Berry writes, there are reliable humans operating “to make whatever comely and enduring of our existence in this earth.” Wendell Berry is a type of humans, writing and dealing, as ever, with ardour, eloquence, and conviction.
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Download E-books Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America PDF

By Cornel West

During this strong assortment via considered one of trendy best African American intellectuals, Keeping Faith situates the present place of African americans, tracing the geneology of the "Afro-American uprising" from Martin Luther King to the increase of black innovative leftists. In Cornel West's arms problems with race and freedom are inextricably tied to questions of philosophy and, primarily, to a trust within the strength of the human spirit.
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Download E-books History and Utopia PDF

“Only a monster can permit himself the posh of seeing issues as they are,” writes E. M. Cioran, the Romanian-born thinker who has rightly been in comparison to Samuel Beckett.

In History and Utopia, Cioran the monster writes of politics in its broadest feel, of background, and of the utopian dream. His perspectives are, to claim the least, provocative. in a single essay he casts a scathing examine democracy, that “festival of mediocrity”; in one other he turns his uncompromising gaze on Russia, its historical past, its evolution, and what he calls “the virtues of liberty.” at the hours of darkness shadow of Stalin and Hitler, he writes of tyrants and tyranny with infrequent lucidity and convincing good judgment. In “Odyssey of Rancor,” he examines the deep-rooted dream in we all to “hate our neighbors,” to take rapid and irremediable revenge. And, within the ultimate essay, he analyzes the suggestion of the “golden age,” the biblical Eden, the utopia of such a lot of poets and thinkers.
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Download E-books Films that Work: Industrial Film and the Productivity of Media (Film Culture in Transition) PDF

The background of commercial movies - an orphan style of twentieth-century cinema composed of government-produced and industrially subsidized video clips that sought to accomplish the targets in their sponsors, instead of the inventive artists concerned - turns out to have left no hint in filmic cultural discourse. At its peak the commercial movie hired hundreds of thousands, produced a number of exchange journals and pageant circuits, engaged with giants of twentieth-century like Shell and AT & T, and featured the abilities of iconic actors and administrators reminiscent of Buster Keaton, John Grierson and Alain Resnais. this can be the 1st full-length publication, anthology, and annotated bibliography to research the commercial movie and its awesome history.

Exploring the potential for the commercial movie to discover renewed and unexplored components of media reviews, this outstanding quantity brings jointly well known students similar to Rick Prelinger and Thomas Elsaesser in a dialogue of the novel capability and new chances in contemplating the historical past of this unexplored company medium.

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Download E-books The News: A User's Manual (Vintage International) PDF

The information: A User’s guide is an insightful research of the impression of the incessant information desktop on us and our culture.
   The information is all over the place. We can’t cease always checking it on our laptop monitors, yet what's this doing to our minds? we're by no means taught how one can make feel of the torrent of stories we are facing day-by-day, which has an important effect on our feel of what concerns and of ways we must always lead our lives. Alain de Botton takes twenty-five archetypal information stories—including an aircraft crash, a homicide, a celeb interview, and a political scandal—and submits them to excessive research. Why are catastrophe tales frequently so uplifting? Why can we get pleasure from looking at politicians being introduced down? Why are upheavals in far away lands frequently so dull? What makes the affection lives of celebrities so fascinating? De Botton has written the final word consultant for our frenzied period, designed to deliver calm, realizing, and a degree of sanity to a news-obsessed age.

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Download E-books The New Gods PDF

Dubbed “Nietzsche with no his hammer” via literary critic James wooden, the Romanian thinker E. M. Cioran is called a lot for his profound pessimism and fatalistic method as for the lyrical, raging prose with which he communicates them. not like lots of his different works, comparable to On the Heights of Despair and Tears and Saints, The New Gods eschews his ordinary aphoristic process in want of extra large and analytic essays.
 
Returning to a lot of Cioran’s favourite issues, The New Gods explores humanity’s attachment to gods, loss of life, worry, and disease, in essays that change largely in shape and method. In “Paleontology” Cioran describes a trip to a museum, discovering the particularly pedestrian vacation spot rife with decay, loss of life, and human weak spot. In one other bankruptcy, Cioran explores suicide in shorter, impressionistic bursts, whereas “The Demiurge” is a shambolic exploration of man’s courting with reliable, evil, and God. the entire whereas, The New Gods reaffirms Cioran’s trust in “lucid despair,” and his personal signature mix of pessimism and skepticism in language that by no means fails to be a excitement. maybe his prose itself is an issue opposed to Cioran’s near-nihilism: there's good looks in his books.

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Download E-books The Fire: Collected Essays of Robin Blaser PDF

By Robin Blaser

Spanning 4 many years of meditation at the avant-garde in poetry, artwork, and philosophy, the essays accumulated in The hearth reveal Robin Blaser's strikingly clean point of view on "New American" poets, deconstructive philosophies, present occasions, and the country of humanities now. The essays, accumulated in a single quantity for the 1st time, contain commentaries on Jack Spicer, Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Mary Butts, George Bowering, Louis Dudek, Christos Dikeakos, and J. S. Bach.

Blaser emerged from the "Berkeley Renaissance" of the Forties and Nineteen Fifties having studied less than mythical medieval pupil Ernst Kantorowicz and having been a massive player within the burgeoning literary scene. His reaction to the cultural and political occasions of his time has been to build a poetic voice that provides a novel viewpoint on a shareable world—and to pose that voice along others as a resource of countermemory and capability service provider. Conceived as conversations, those essays brilliantly replicate that ethos as they re-read the cultural occasions of the previous fifty years.
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Download E-books Jordens smartaste ord: Språkliga gåtor och mänskligt tänk PDF

By Fredrik Lindström

Det finns ett ord som antagligen är det första i alla språks födelse, som har samma innebörd världen över och som fortfarande används på samma sätt. Fredrik Lindström ger oss förklaringen och bakgrunden until denna gemensamma nämnare och tar oss därifrån vidare until eventually sin syn på vår språkliga kreativitet, hur den gestaltar sig i takt med att vår uppfattning om det barnsliga kontra det vuxna förändras. Sedan ungdomskulturen skapades har språket blivit ett annat, lika stor betydelse har samhällets omvandling inneburit. Vi gör ständigt nya språkliga val beroende på vår omgivning och Lindström kan berätta om våra personnamns historia, vilka skällsord som återvänds och varför vi svär så mesigt i Sverige. males också mycket annat innehåller denna personliga och aktuella bok, som även den är kryddad med välfunna "ordspalter".
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Download E-books Where the Stress Falls PDF

By Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag has stated that her earliest concept of what a author could be used to be "someone who's drawn to everything." Thirty-five years after her first selection of essays, the now vintage Against Interpretation, our most crucial essayist has selected greater than 40 longer and shorter items from the final 20 years that illustrate a deeply felt, kaleidoscopic array of pursuits, passions, observations, and concepts.

"Reading" deals ardent, freewheeling concerns of talismanic writers from her personal inner most canon, resembling Marina Tsvetaeva, Randall Jarrell, Roland Barthes, Machado de Assis, W. G. Sebald, Borges, and Elizabeth Hardwick. "Seeing" is a chain of luminous and incisive encounters with movie, dance, images, portray, opera, and theatre. And within the ultimate part, "There and Here," Sontag explores a few of her personal commitments: to the paintings (and activism) of judgment of right and wrong, to the concreteness of old figuring out, and to the vocation of the author.

Where the strain Falls documents a superb American writer's pressing engagement with essentially the most major aesthetic and ethical problems with the past due 20th century, and offers an excellent and clear-eyed appraisal of what's at stake, during this new century, within the survival of that inheritance.

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Download E-books What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World PDF

By Robert Hass

Universally lauded poet Robert Hass bargains a gorgeous, wide-ranging selection of essays on paintings, mind's eye, and the normal world—with accompanying images throughout.

What mild Can Do is an impressive significant other piece to the previous U.S. Poet Laureate’s Pulitzer Prize and nationwide publication Award-winning poetry assortment, Time and Materials, in addition to his previous ebook of essays, the NBCC Award-winner Twentieth Century Pleasures. Haas brilliantly discourses on a lot of his favourite topics—on writers starting from Jack London to Wallace Stevens to Allen Ginsberg to Cormac McCarthy; on California; and at the paintings of images in numerous memorable pieces—in What mild Can Do, a awesome literary treasure that would most sensible be defined as “luminous.”

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