Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows

By Stefan Sasse

For the earlier seven years, we at ToweroftheHand.com have prided ourselves on being a most excellent resource of A track of Ice and Fire research, info, and hypothesis. there was approximately a metric ton of essays, discussion board posts, and encyclopedia entries logged on the web site up to now, all designed to provide the toughest of the middle fan the main lucrative adventure attainable whereas analyzing George R.R. Martin's seminal novels.

And now we’re taking all these years of mastery and utilizing them to an ebook.

Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows takes 5 of the site's so much prolific authors - together with its founders - and attracts out their most sensible, such a lot in-depth paintings but. in contrast to different Ice and Fire compendiums, the focal point of those essays is at the narrative, personality, and thematic parts of the tale itself, rather than the literary points surrounding the books.

Even larger, the TOTH editors are joined via a few of their solid pals, who in order that take place to be prime voices within the Game of Thrones neighborhood: A Podcast of Ice and hearth co-hosts Amin Javadi and Mimi Hoshut, WinterIsComing.net founder Phil Bicking, and A banquet of Ice and Fire co-author Chelsea Monroe-Cassel.

Altogether, the book’s 8 authors (and particular visitors) disguise a large gamut of topics and views, from the obvious to the main refined, difficult readers to examine the novels they love rather a lot in completely new - and extra enriching - methods.

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When You Are Engulfed in Flames

By David Sedaris

"David Sedaris's skill to rework the mortification of daily life into wildly pleasing art," (The Christian technology Monitor) is increased to wilder and extra exciting heights than ever during this amazing new book. 
Trying to make espresso whilst the water is close off, David considers utilizing the water in a vase of plant life and his chain of institutions takes him from the French geographical region to a hilariously uncomfortable reminiscence of shopping for medications in a cellular domestic in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from weird and wonderful conundrums of day-by-day life-having a lozenge fall out of your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a aircraft or armoring the home windows with LP covers to guard the home from neurotic songbirds-to the main deeply resonant human truths.  Culminating in a super account of his enterprise to Tokyo so as to give up smoking, David Sedaris's 6th essay assortment is a brand new masterpiece of comedian writing from "a author worthy treasuring" (Seattle Times). 

Praise for When you're Engulfed in Flames:

"Older, wiser, smarter and meaner, Sedaris...defies the chances once more by way of providing an clever tackle the banalities of an absurd life." --Kirkus Reviews

This newest assortment proves that not just does Sedaris nonetheless have it, yet he is additionally getting better....Sedaris's top stuff will still--after all this time--move, shock, and entertain."  --Booklist

Table of Contents:

It's Catching
Keeping Up
The Understudy
This outdated House
Buddy, are you able to Spare a Tie?
Road Trips
What I Learned
That's Amore
The Monster Mash
In the ready Room
Solutions to Saturday's Puzzle
Adult Figures Charging towards a Concrete Toadstool
Memento Mori
All the sweetness you'll Ever Need
Town and Country
Aerial
The guy within the Hut
Of Mice and Men
April in Paris
Crybaby
Old Faithful
The Smoking Section

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Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit

By Joseph Epstein

A dishy, incisive exploration of gossip—from superstar rumors to literary romans à clef, from own sniping to political slander—by one in all our “great essayists” (David Brooks)

To his winning examinations of a few of the main strong forces in sleek life—envy, ambition, snobbery, friendship—the willing observer and critic Joseph Epstein now provides Gossip. No trivial topic, regardless of its acceptance, gossip is everlasting and useful. Himself a grasp of the artwork, Epstein serves up pleasant mini-biographies of the nice Gossips of the Western international in addition to many selection bits from his personal event. He additionally makes a robust case that gossip has morphed from its out of date best—clever, mocking, a good deepest pleasure—to a corrosive new-school model, due to the succeed in of the mass media and the web. Gossip has even invaded politics and journalism, inflicting unsubstantiated details to be awarded as truth. modern gossip claims to bare fact, yet as Epstein exhibits, it’s our trust truthfully itself which may be destroyed through gossip.

Written in his trademark erudite and witty kind, Gossip captures the complexity of this immensely enjoyable topic.

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Things Beyond Resemblance: Collected Essays on Theodor W. Adorno (Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts)

By Robert Hullot-Kentor

Theodor W. Adorno was once an incredible twentieth-century thinker and social critic whose writings on oppositional tradition in artwork, song, and literature more and more stand on the heart of latest highbrow debate. during this first-class assortment, Robert Hullot-Kentor, generally considered as the main individual American translator and commentator on Adorno, gathers jointly 16 essays he has written concerning the thinker during the last two decades.

The establishing essay, "Origin Is the Goal," pursues Adorno's thesis of the dialectic of enlightenment to raised comprehend the pressing social and political state of affairs of the U.S.. "Back to Adorno" examines Adorno's concept that sacrifice is the primordial kind of human domination; "Second Salvage" reconstructs Adorno's unfinished research of the transformation of track in radio transmission; and "What Is Mechanical replica" revisits Adorno's feedback of Walter Benjamin. additional essays conceal a large diversity of subject matters: Adorno's affinities with Wallace Stevens and Nabokov, his advanced dating with Kierkegaard and psychoanalysis, and his serious examine of renowned music.

Many of those essays were revised, with new fabric further that emphasizes the relevance of Adorno's suggestion to the USA this day. Things past Resemblance is a well timed and richly analytical assortment the most important to the learn of severe idea, aesthetics, continental philosophy, and Adorno.

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On Tennis: Five Essays

David Foster Wallace's impressive writing on tennis, amassed for the 1st time in an specific digital-original edition.

A "long-time rabid fan of tennis," and a domestically ranked tennis participant in his adolescence, David Foster Wallace wrote concerning the online game like not anyone else. ON TENNIS offers David Foster Wallace's 5 essays at the activity, released among 1990 and 2006, and hailed as many of the maximum and such a lot leading edge activities writing of our time.

This full of life and interesting assortment starts with Wallace's personal event as a prodigious tennis participant ("Derivative recreation in twister Alley"). He additionally demanding situations the activities memoir style ("How Tracy Austen Broke My Heart"), takes us to the united states Open ("Democracy and trade on the U.S. Open"), and profiles of 2 of the world's maximum tennis avid gamers ("Tennis participant Michael Joyce's specialist Artistry as a Paradigm of sure Stuff approximately selection, Freedom, challenge, pleasure, Grotesquerie, and Human Completeness" and "Federer either Flesh and Not"). With infectious enthusiasm and large center, Wallace's writing indicates us the sweetness, complexity, and brilliance of the sport he enjoyed top.

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Life of the Party: Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child

By Bert Kreischer

A choice of outrageous tales via the standup comedian, television host, and idea for the motion picture National Lampoon's Van Wilder

Bert Kreischer does not know the way to assert "no." If he did, he do not need gotten himself combined up with a gaggle of Russian mobsters on a category journey to Moscow, incomes him his nickname: "The Machine." He should not have wrestled with a endure or swum with sharks on nationwide tv. He don't have (possibly) smoked PCP with a celeb of Saturday evening dwell. And he should not have been named the number 1 Partier within the kingdom by means of Rolling Stone, encouraged the motion picture nationwide Lampoon's Van Wilder, or played standup to sellout crowds around the country.

The tales Kreischer stocks in Life of the Party are a guidebook on how to not develop up. From his fraternity days at Florida country collage, to his upward push as a standup, to his marriage and primary brushes with fatherhood, Kreischer indicates you a direction that won't lead you to adulthood or own progress. however it will lead you to a shitload of fun.

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Aloft (Vintage Departures)

By William Langewiesche

Greater than a decade after the booklet of Inside the Sky, Aloft is a very revised, accelerated, and up-to-date version of this vintage textual content, that is commonly considered as the main lyrical and incisive ebook on flying.
 
In those essays, William Langewiesche considers how flying has altered not just how we stream concerning the earth, but in addition how we view our international and our position in it. With bright descriptions of the aesthetics and pleasure of flight, he additionally writes of the hazards that flatter this good looks: the perils of air site visitors regulate, and the hazards of anxious passengers and undesirable climate. packed with spare and stylish prose, Aloft is an interesting trip into the sky.

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