Testaments Betrayed: An Essay in Nine Parts

By Milan Kundera, Linda Asher

A remarkable and thought-provoking essay from one of many 20th century’s masters of fiction, Testaments Betrayed is written like a singular: an analogous characters look and reappear through the 9 elements of the e-book, as do the valuable subject matters that preoccupy the writer. Kundera is a passionate defender of the ethical rights of the artist and the distinction due a piece of paintings and its creator’s needs. The betrayal of both—often via their so much passionate proponents—is one of many key principles that informs this strikingly unique and chic book.

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Bazin at Work: Major Essays and Reviews From the Forties and Fifties

Bazin's influence on movie paintings, as theorist and critic, is taken into account to be more than that of any unmarried director, actor, or manufacturer. he's credited with nearly single-handedly constructing the learn of movie as an accredited highbrow pursuit, in addition to with being the religious father of the French New Wave. Bazin at Work is the 1st English choice of disparate Bazin writings because the visual appeal of the second one quantity of What Is Cinema? in 1971. It comprises paintings from Cahiers le cinema (which he based and that's the main influential unmarried severe periodical within the background of the cinema) and Esprit. He addresses filmmakers together with Rossellini, Eisenstein, Pagnol, and Capra and recognized motion pictures together with La Strada, Citizen Kane, Scarface, and The Bridge at the River Kwai.

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Cinema at the Margins (New Perspectives on World Cinema)

By Wheeler Winston Dixon

More and extra, quite a few canonical classics, corresponding to Michael Curtiz’s “Casablanca” (1942) or Victor Fleming’s “Gone With The Wind” (1939), are representing the complete movie output of an period, to a brand new iteration that is familiar with little of the prior, and is inspired by means of well known media to reside simply within the everlasting current. what is going to take place to the remainder of the movies that enchanted, knowledgeable and transported audiences within the Thirties, Nineteen Forties, or even as lately because the Sixties? This choice of essays goals to spotlight many of the lesser-known treasures of the earlier – these titles which were dismissed through today’s wave of cinema amnesia.

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Pass the Butterworms: Remote Journeys Oddly Rendered

By Tim Cahill

Tim Cahill, intrepid voyager and writer of A Wolverine Is consuming My Leg, is again, bringing with him one other pleasant number of adventure-travel writings which are jam-packed with the irreverent wit and appreciation for the absurd which are uniquely -- and hilariously -- his.

Whether taking an icy dip between polar bears on the North Pole, horseback using at the Mongolian steppes with the descendants of Genghis Khan, or having fun with cuisine like sauteed sago beetle and premasticated manioc beer, Cahill writes approximately his reviews along with his personal unique mix of enthusiasm and worry. go the Butterworms makes delectable examining for the armchair tourist, taking the riveted reader to areas the place simply Tim Cahill might dare go.

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Collected Essays

By Hanif Kureishi

This assortment starts within the early Eighties with The Rainbow signal, which was once written because the advent to the screenplay of My appealing Laundrette. It allowed Kureishi to extend upon the problems raised by way of the movie : race, type, sexuality - concerns that have been provoked via his youth and family members scenario. within the resulting many years, he has built those preliminary principles, specifically because the factor of Islam's relation to the West has turn into one of many burning problems with the time. Kureishi exhibits how versatile a sort the essay will be - as highbrow as Sontag or Adam Phillips, as casual and informal as Max Beerbohm, as cool and minimalist as Joan Didion, or as provocative as Norman Mailer. As along with his fictional paintings, those essays demonstrate Kureishi's skill to seize the mood of the days.

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How to Think Like Sherlock: Improve Your Powers of Observation, Memory and Deduction

By Daniel Smith

A enjoyable, interactive consultant to spice up one's powers of commentary utilizing the options of the world's most famed detective—mind palaces, nonverbal tells, lie detection, instinct, focus, alertness, good judgment, humans looking at, and more

"You see, yet you don't discover. the excellence is clear." Such have been the phrases of the grasp detective Sherlock Holmes to Dr. Watson, as he famous how his pal did not enforce Holmes's strategies. With this consultant readers will find out how to increase their powers of commentary, reminiscence, deduction, and reasoning. The e-book contains the newest concepts and theories throughout a number of themes: NLP, reminiscence mapping, physique language, details transferring, and pace reading—it may help readers examine the realm in a brand new mild, and extra importantly, provoke others. Packed choked with case stories, costs, and trivialities from the unique novels and brief stories, it additionally incorporates a sequence of enjoyable initiatives and video games that may make sure that readers will succeed in the top of the publication pondering just like the grasp of the technology of deduction. They will by no means examine a blouse cuff, trouser hem, or scuff of dust on a shoe within the similar means again!

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

By Freeman Dyson

From Galileo to today’s novice astronomers, scientists were rebels, writes Freeman Dyson. Like artists and poets, they're unfastened spirits who withstand the constraints 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 assumption of black holes. His descriptions of very good physicists like Edward Teller and Richard Feynman are enlivened by means of his personal recollections 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 area, and the prospect that paranormal phenomena may possibly exist but now not be scientifically verifiable.

Dyson additionally appears to be like past specific clinical inquiries to contemplate broader philosophical matters, similar to the boundaries of reductionism, the morality of strategic bombing and nuclear guns, the upkeep of our environment, and the dating among technological know-how and faith. those essays, by means of a special physicist who's additionally a prolific author, supply proficient insights into the historical past of technological know-how and clean views on contentious present debates approximately technological know-how, ethics, and faith.

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Borges and Philosophy: Self, Time, and Metaphysics

By W. H. Bossart

Jorge Luis Borges is stated as one of many nice Spanish writers of the 20th century. at the broader literary scene, he's famous as a latest grasp. His fascination with philosophy - in particular metaphysics - units him except his contemporaries. Borges preferred and formulated rigorous philosophical arguments, but in addition possessed the original skill to offer the main summary principles imaginatively in metaphors and logos. Borges wandered one of the nice masters looking an organization buy that he couldn't locate, and accordingly expressed a nostalgia for metaphysics as he misplaced himself in his labyrinths. Borges and Philosophy lines Borges' philosophical issues in his stories, essays, and poems and argues that regardless of his obvious skepticism in philosophical concerns, a cautious interpreting of Borges' texts unearths a coherent philosophical course that underlies his paintings.

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A Modest Proposal and Other Writings (Penguin Classics)

By Jonathan Swift

The political hassle of eire; the kingdom of religion in England; the charms of the Beggar's Opera; the significance of puns . . . this option gathers jointly a few of Swift's so much incredible prose, from excessive politics to social gossip, from savage tirades to lighthearted social satire. as well as his vintage essays, the gathering contains a number of of Swift's letters to Alexander Pope and different nice thinkers of the age.

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Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto

By Steve Almond

A New York Times top Seller

“Powerful...an very important read."Publishers Weekly

New York instances bestselling writer Steve Almond takes on America’s largest sacred cow: football

In Against Football, Steve Almond information why, after 40 years as a fan, he can now not watch the sport he nonetheless loves. utilizing a synthesis of memoir, reportage, and cultural critique, Almond asks a sequence of provocative questions:

• Does our habit to soccer foster a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and homophobia?
• What does it suggest that our society has transmuted the intuitive actual joys of childhood—run, bounce, throw, tackle—into a billion-dollar industry?
• How did a game that explanations mind harm develop into such an incredible brand for our associations of upper learning?

There hasn't ever been a booklet that exposes the darkish underside of America’s favourite video game with such searing candor.

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