Whether he is writing on origins, coherence, and feeling, a dazzling and momentary suspension of disparate elements, his command of language, thought, or a number of other subjects, aphorisms, vulnerability, his erudition, anxiety, and his own personal history serve not so much to illuminate or magnify the subject as to discover it anew through a kaleidoscopic alignment of attention, again and again.
Essayism: On Form, Feeling, and Nonfiction #ad - A compelling ode to the essay form and the great essaysists themselves, from Montaigne to Woolf to Sontag. Essayism is a book about essays and essayists, a study of melancholy and depression, a love letter to belle-lettrists, and an account of the indispensable lifelines of reading and writing.
ATTENTION: Dispatches from a Land of DistractionRandom House #ad - Cohen will hunt after neglected shards of the past, minor histories, and charge them with an immediacy in the present. He tackles a surprising range of subjects to underline distraction’s role in our fraught predicament and to argue that paying attention could help us get out of it. Circus, and Azerbaijan.
Throughout attention, cohen directs his sharp gaze at home and abroad, calling upon his extraordinary erudition and unrivaled ability to draw connections between seemingly unlike things to show us how to live without fear in a world overflowing with information. He is experimenting with the essay form much more, and more cleverly, than any major American writer today.
The wall street journal “in Attention, Joshua Cohen makes an eclectic argument for how to improve our lives. In essays, jonathan franzen, art, donald trump, and letters—many appearing here for the first time—cohen covers the full depth and breadth of modern life: politics, and psychology, Wikipedia, the media, fake Caravaggios, and subjects as diverse as Google, literature, John Zorn, Bernie Sanders, travel, Gertrude Stein, music, landscape photography, Aretha Franklin, Gustav Mahler, criticism, Olympic women’s fencing, diary entries, memoir, Edward Snowden, fictional animals, Atlantic City casinos, the closing of the Ringling Bros.
ATTENTION: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction #ad - In each piece, he projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his, and a voice as witty, profound, and distinct as any in American letters. Attention reveals a fresh, vital literary voice as it covers seemingly every imaginable topic relating to modern life. Entertainment weekly “Joshua Cohen may be America’s greatest living writer.
Certain American States: StoriesFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - These are stories of breakups, and strained family ties; dead brothers and distant surrogate fathers; loneliness, happenstance, abandonment, starting over, and learning to let go. As with her acclaimed novels nobody is ever missing and the Answers, she gives life to a group of subtly complex, instantly memorable characters whose searches for love, struggles with grief, and tentative journeys into the minutiae of the human condition are simultaneously gripping and devastating.
One of financial times and TLS's Best Books of 2018. One of granta’s best young american novelists, catherine lacey, the Whiting Award-winning author of The Answers, showcases her literary style in short fiction with Certain American States, a collection of stories about ordinary people seeking—and failing to find—the extraordinary in their lives.
Catherine lacey brings her narrative mastery to Certain American States, her first collection of short stories. Lacey’s elegiac and inspired prose is at its full power in this collection, further establishing her as one of the singular literary voices of her generation. One of the wall street journal's Best Short Story Collections of 2018.
Certain American States: Stories #ad - A woman leaves her dead husband’s clothing on the street, only for it to reappear on the body of a stranger; a man reads his ex-wife’s short story and neurotically contemplates whether it is about him; a young woman whose Texan mother insists on moving to New York City with her has her daily attempts to get over a family tragedy interrupted by a mute stranger showing her incoherent messages on his phone.
. Named a summer read by vanity Fair, Nylon, The Guardian, Bustle and Literary Hub.
In the Dark RoomFitzcarraldo Editions #ad - In defiance of so much that is ephemeral, this is a book that will live. John banville, winner of the Booker Prize for The Sea in 2005. G. It is narrated through the prism of the author’s experience of losing both his parents, his father when he was on the cusp of adulthood and of trying, his mother when he was sixteen, after a breakdown some years later, to piece things together.
. Boldly combining the highly personal with the brilliantly scholarly, In the Dark Room explores the question of how memory works emotionally and culturally. Drawing on the lessons of centuries of literature, philosophy and visual art, Dillon interprets the relics of his parents and of his childhood in a singularly original and arresting piece of writing reissued for the first time since its original publication in 2005, and including a new foreword from prize-winning biographer Frances Wilson.
In the dark room is a wonderfully controlled yet passionate meditation on memory and the things of the past, Beckett beautifully reduced to “time and grief and self, that remain: on what, fewer, those that are lost and those, in a late work, so-called”. Sebald, by way of sir Thomas Browne and Marcel Proust and Walter Benjamin.
In the Dark Room #ad - Retracing his steps through his own life and the lives of the family in the midst of which he grew up, Brian Dillon takes for guides some of the great connoisseurs of melancholy, from St Augustine to W. The result is a deeply moving testament, free of sentimentality and evasion, to life's intricacies and the pleasures and the inevitable pains they entail.
All for Nothing New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - A wealthy family tries--and fails--to seal themselves off from the chaos of post-World War II life surrounding them in this stunning novel by one of Germany's most important post-war writers. In east prussia, january 1945, the German forces are in retreat and the Red Army is approaching. Yet in the main, life continues as banal, their hedged bets, until their caution, and complicit as ever for the family, wondrous, and their denial are answered by the wholly expected events they haven't allowed themselves to imagine.
All for nothing, was the last novel by Walter Kempowski, published in 2006, one of postwar Germany's most acclaimed and popular writers. Auntie runs the estate as best she can since eberhard von Globig, and her bookish twelve-year-old son, a special officer in the German army, went to war, leaving behind his beautiful but vague wife, Katharina, Peter.
All for Nothing New York Review Books Classics #ad - . As the road fills with germans fleeing the occupied territories, the Georgenhof begins to receive strange visitors--a Nazi violinist, a dissident painter, a Baltic baron, even a Jewish refugee. The von globig family's manor house, the Georgenhof, is falling into disrepair.
The Best American Essays 2018 The Best American Series ®Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Go undercover in north korea, hang out in the 1970s New York music scene, delve into the question of race in the novels of William Faulkner, and take a family road trip cum art pilgrimage. Expertly guided by als’s instinct and intellect, The Best American Essays 2018 showcases great essays as well as irresistibly eclectic ones.
The pulitzer–prize winning and guggenheim-honored hilton als curates the best essays from hundreds of magazines, bringing “the fierce style of street reading and the formal tradition of critical inquiry, reads culture, and websites, journals, race, and gender” New York Times to the task. These experiences and more immersive slices of concentrated life await.
The Best American Essays 2018 The Best American Series ® #ad - The essay, but you know an essay when you see it, and you know a great one when you feel it, is indefinable, like love, like life, because it is concentrated life, ” writes Hilton Als in his introduction. .
Condition of SecrecyNew Directions #ad - The condition of secrecy confirms that Inger Christensen is “a true singer of the syllables” C. Some essays are autobiographical with memories of Christensen’s school years during the Nazi occupation of Denmark, and others are political, touching on the Cold War and Chernobyl. The condition of secrecy also covers the ars poetica of lu chi 261-303 CE; William Blake and Isaac Newton; and such topics as randomness as a universal force and the role of the writer as an agent of social change.
Wright, and “a formalist who makes her own rules, then turns the game around with another rule” Eliot Weinberger. Here, she formulates with increasing clarity the basis of her approach to writing, and provides insights into how she composed specific poetry volumes. For the first time available in english, a selection of some of Inger Christensen’s most insightful essays and poetic prose piecesThe Condition of Secrecy is a poignant collection of essays by Inger Christensen, widely regarded as one of the most influential Scandinavian writers of the twentieth century.
Condition of Secrecy #ad - As the new york times proclaimed, “Despite the rigorous structure that undergirds her work—or more likely, because of it—Ms. Christensen’s style is lyrical, even playful. The same could be said of Christensen’s essays. D.
The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - Selected and with an introduction by darryl pinckney, the Collected Essays gathers more than fifty essays for a fifty-year retrospective of Hardwick’s work from 1953 to 2003. For hardwick, the essay was an imaginative endeavor, a serious form, criticism worthy of the literature in question. The first-ever collection of essays from across Elizabeth Hardwick's illustrious writing career, including works not seen in print for decades.
Elizabeth hardwick wrote during the golden age of the American literary essay. In the essays collected here she covers civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s, Wharton—and the changes in American fiction, and writes about the foundations of American literature—Melville, James, describes places where she lived and locations she visited, though her reading is wide and international.
The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick New York Review Books Classics #ad - For hardwick, ” writes pinckney, “the poetry and novels of America hold the nation’s history. Here is an exhilarating chronicle of that history. She contemplates writers’ lives—women writers, rebels, Americans abroad—and the literary afterlife of biographies, letters, and diaries.
Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in NarrativeCatapult #ad - Filled with clarity and wit, underlain with formidable erudition. Publishers weekly starred review"How lovely to discover a book on the craft of writing that is also fun to read. Sebald’s emigrants was the first novel to show Alison how forward momentum can be created by way of pattern, rather than the traditional arc— or, in nature, wave.
Alison asserts that the best stories follow patterns in nature, and by defining these new styles she offers writers the freedom to explore but with enough guidance to thrive. Maris kreizman, reaches a peak, grows tense, vultureas jane alison writes in the introduction to her insightful and appealing book about the craft of writing: “For centuries there’s been one path through fiction we’re most likely to travel— one we’re actually told to follow—and that’s the dramatic arc: a situation arises, subsides .
Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative #ad - G. It will appeal to serious readers and writers alike. A publishers weekly best book of 2019one of Poets & Writers' Best Books for Writers“A boundlessly inventive look at narrative form. But something that swells and tautens until climax, then collapses? Bit masculosexual, no? So many other patterns run through nature, tracing other deep motions in life.
Other writers of nonlinear prose considered in her “museum of specimens” include Nicholson Baker, Jamaica Kincaid, David Mitchell, Clarice Lispector, Marguerite Duras, Gabriel García Márquez, Caryl Phillips, Anne Carson, Susan Minot, and Mary Robison. Meander, spiral, explode is a singular and brilliant elucidation of literary strategies that also brings high spirits and wit to its original conclusions.
Essays OneFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - In essays one, commentaries, davis has, for the first time, gathered a selection of essays, and lectures composed over the past five decades. Jonathan franzen has called her “a magician of self-consciousness, ” while Rick Moody hails her as "the best prose stylist in America. And for claire messud, “Davis's signal gift is to make us feel alive.
Best known for her masterful short stories and translations, Davis’s gifts extend equally to her nonfiction. In this first of two volumes, from john ashbery’s translation of Rimbaud to Alan Cote’s painting, her subjects range from her earliest influences to her favorite short stories, and from the Shepherd’s Psalm to early tourist photographs.
Essays One #ad - A selection of essays on writing and reading by the master short-fiction writer Lydia DavisLydia Davis is a writer whose originality, influence, and wit are beyond compare. On display is the development and range of one of the sharpest, most capacious minds writing today.
Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - Recalling that triumphant wager, the intricacies of Proust’s world night after night, like Sheherazade, unfolding, Czapski showed to men at the end of their tether that the past remained present and there was a future in which to hope. In a series of lectures, and movingly evoked the work’s originality, Czapski described the arc and import of Proust’s masterpiece, depth, sketched major and minor characters in striking detail, and beauty.
Proust had staked the art of the novelist against the losses of a lifetime and the imminence of death. Eric karpeles has translated this brilliant and altogether unparalleled feat of the critical imagination into English for the first time, and in a thoughtful introduction he brings out how, in reckoning with Proust’s great meditation on memory, Czapski helped his fellow officers to remember that there was a world apart from the world of the camp.
Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp New York Review Books Classics #ad - The first translation of painter and writer Józef Czapski's inspiring lectures on Proust, first delivered in a prison camp in the Soviet Union during World War II. During the second world war, and with nothing but memory to go on, as a prisoner of war in a Soviet camp, the Polish artist and soldier Józef Czapski brought Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time to life for an audience of prison inmates.