George Steiner at the New Yorker

By George Steiner

Among 1967 and 1997, George Steiner wrote greater than a hundred thirty items on a good variety of subject matters for The New Yorker, making new books, tricky rules, and unexpected topics appear compelling not just to intellectuals yet to “the universal reader.” He possesses a famously surprising brain: paganism, the Dutch Renaissance, children’s video games, war-time Britain, Hitler’s bunker, and chivalry allure his curiosity up to Levi-Strauss, Cellini, Bernhard, Chardin, Mandelstam, Kafka, Cardinal Newman, Verdi, Gogol, Borges, Brecht, Wittgenstein, Chomsky, and paintings historian/spy Anthony Blunt. Steiner makes an awesome consultant from the Risorgimento in Italy to the literature of the Gulag, from the heritage of chess to the iconic significance of George Orwell. time and again every little thing Steiner seems to be at in his New Yorker essays is made to bristle with a few actual prospect of growing to be freshly exciting or stunning.

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A Temple of Texts: Temple of Texts: Essays (American Literature Series)

Winner of the 2007 Truman Capote Award for Literary feedback, "A Temple of Texts" is the newest severe assortment from certainly one of America's maximum essayists and novelists. the following, William H. Gass can pay homage to the readerly facet of the literary adventure through turning his serious sensibility upon all of the books that formed his personal improvement as a reader, author, and individual. With essays on figures starting from William Shakespeare and Gertrude Stein to Flann O'Brien and Robert Burton, Gass creates a "temple" of readerly devotion, a suite of serious explorations as amazing and incisive as readers have come to count on from this literary grasp, but additionally an incredibly own window into the author's personal literary development.

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Stone Age Economics

Stone Age Economics is a vintage examine of anthropological economics, first released in 1974. As Marshall Sahlinsstated within the first variation, "It has been encouraged by way of the potential for 'anthropological economics,' a standpoint indebted relatively to the character of the primitive economies than to the kinds of a bourgeois science." Ambitiously tackling the character of financial lifestyles and the way to review it relatively, the e-book contains six reports which mirror the author's rules on revising conventional perspectives of the hunter-gatherer and so-called primitive societies, revealing them to be the unique prosperous society. The booklet examines notions of construction, distribution and trade in early groups and examines the hyperlink among economics and cultural and social elements. It includes a suite of certain and heavily comparable experiences of tribal economies, of household creation for livelihood, and of the submission of family creation to the cloth and political calls for of society at large.

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Ayn Rand Reader

By Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead, which turned probably the most influential and generally learn philosophical novels of the 20th century, made Ayn Rand recognized. An impassioned proponent of cause, rational self-interest, individualism, and laissez-faire capitalism, she expressed her particular perspectives in different works of fiction and non-fiction which were introduced jointly for the 1st time during this extraordinary volume.Containing excerpts from all her novels--including Atlas Shrugged, Anthem, and We The Living--The Ayn Rand Reader is an ideal advent when you have by no means learn Rand, and offers lecturers with an outstanding consultant to the fundamentals of her point of view.

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The Fight and Other Writings (Penguin Classics)

Hazlitt is without doubt one of the maximum masters of English prose type and this new choice demonstrates the diversity and richness of his writing. the quantity comprises vintage items of drama and literature feedback, akin to his essays on Shakespeare and Coleridge, in addition to much less recognized fabric from his social and political journalism. This assortment encourages the reader to re-evaluate the character of serious writing, which Hazlitt transforms into an artwork shape.

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Willkommen im sonnigen Tschernobyl: Verstrahlt, verseucht, vergiftet - eine Erkundung der schlimmsten Orte der Welt

By Andrew Blackwell

Eine Liebeserklärung an unsere zerstörte Welt

Während eines sechsmonatigen Aufenthalts in Indien fasziniert Andrew Blackwell nicht das Tadsch Mahal, sondern Kanpur, die Stadt mit der höchsten Umweltverschmutzung des Landes. Damit ist sein Interesse für Orte ungewöhnlicher und drastischer Umweltzerstörung geweckt! Er reist nach Tschernobyl, in einen kanadischen Ölsandtagebau, zum großen »Müllteppich« im Pazifik, in ein Kahlschlaggebiet am Amazonas …

Doch anstatt das Ende der Welt auszurufen, erzählt Andrew Blackwell von dem Schönen und Tragischen, dem Faszinierenden und Absurden dieser Orte und der Menschen, die dort wohnen. Mit journalistischem Scharfsinn und einer guten component trockenen Humors macht er deutlich, worum es eigentlich geht: Die Welt ist schön, selbst da, wo wir sie schon zerstört haben, und sie ist erhaltenswert. Ein Buch, das die Augen öffnet, und eine großartige Liebeserklärung an die einzige Welt, die wir haben.

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Why Orwell Matters

By Christopher Hitchens

In this generally acclaimed biographical essay, Christopher Hitchens assesses the lifestyles, the achievements, and the parable of the nice political author and player George Orwell. In real emulative and contrarian variety, Hitchens is either admiring and competitive, sympathetic but severe, taking real degree of his topic as hero and challenge. Answering either the detractors and the fake claimants, Hitchens tears down the façade of sainthood erected through the hagiographers and rebuts the critics aspect through element. He examines Orwell and his views on fascism, empire, feminism, and Englishness, in addition to his outlook on the United States, a rustic and tradition in the direction of which he exhibited a lot ambivalence. even if considering empires or dictators, race or category, nationalism or pop culture, Orwell's ethical outlook continues to be critical in a global that has gone through gigantic adjustments within the fifty years on the grounds that his dying. Combining the easiest of Hitchens's polemical punch and highbrow attractiveness in a tightly woven and sophisticated argument, this booklet addresses not just why Orwell concerns at the present time, yet how he'll proceed to subject in a destiny, doubtful world.Christopher Hitchens, some of the most incisive minds of our personal age, meets Orwell at the web page during this provocative come across of wit, rivalry and ethical truth.

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