Writing

Arts of the Possible
"I am a poet who knows the social power of poetry, a United States citizen who knows herself irrevocably tangled in her society's hopes, arrogance, and despair," Adrienne Rich writes.The essays in Arts of the Possible search for...

22.11.2015

The Din in the Head
One of America's foremost novelists and critics, Cynthia Ozick has won praise and provoked debate for taking on challenging literary, historical, and moral issues. In her spirited essay collection The Din in the Head, she focuses on the essential...

18.09.2013

Facing Unpleasant Facts (The Complete Works of George Orwell, Vol. 11)
These years saw the publication of The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia, and Coming Up for Air. The most important document that has come to light regarding Orwell's Spanish experiences is the deposition charging him and Eileen with espionage...

31.10.2013

The Beacon Book of Essays by Contemporary American Women
"A collection of strong pieces in a melange of voices and styles expressing the multiplicity of female experience. . . . Eloquent and inspiring."THE BLOOMSBURY REVIEW. "An engrossing and lively collection."PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.

14.03.2015

Sound Reporting
Perhaps you’ve always wondered how public radio gets that smooth, well-crafted sound. Maybe you’re thinking about starting a podcast, and want some tips from the pros. Or maybe storytelling has always been a passion of yours, and you want to learn...

01.08.2015

The Best Australian Essays 2014
The Best Australian Essays 2014I don’t read Australian authors. There—I said it. I claim to be this well-read person who feels the books I’ve read are responsible for the person I am, and yet—aside from binging on Aussie...

02.07.2017

The Look of Love
Swashbuckling sailors, dashing dukes, naughty nurses, and sexy steward-esses caught in webs of love, passion, betrayal, and intrigue: these are the raw materials of the romance novel--and the lusty covers that advertise them. In The Look of Love,...

12.09.2016

The Death of Picasso
For The Death of Picasso, Guy Davenport has gathered 27 essays and stories from throughout his career. The whole stands as his choice of the pieces he would have us read today if we are curious about what he’s been up to all this time. The...

01.07.2017

The Best American Essays 1990
Editor Justin Kaplan was unknown to me so I was able to read this volume with little bias based on who curated it. That being said, this collection didn't stand out from its predecessors. Many selections felt familiar, but not in memorable ways;...

12.10.2014

An Age Like This (The Collected Essays, Journalism & Letters, Vol. 1)
George Orwell is a major figure in twentieth-century literature. The author of Down and Out in Paris and London, Nineteen Eighty-four, and Animal Farm, he published ten books and two collections of essays during his...

14.11.2014

Now Read This III
The third in the "Now Read ThiS" series, Pearl & Cords's guide briefly describes and organizes approximately 500 of the most popular and current contemporary, mainstream fiction titles according to their primary appeal features-character,...

18.10.2017

Final Edition
Final Edition is a one-issue-only political magazine written by people who are aesthetes and literary writers and edited by Wallace Shawn, who seriously believes that part of our national problem is that the people who run the country have a crude...

10.08.2014

1001 Books for Every Mood
What are you in the mood for?A little romance? Get swept away with Scarlett and Rhett, become enriched in Love in the Time of Cholera, or understand the pangs of want with Jane Eyre.A...

25.11.2015

Portrait Inside My Head
“Immensely readable essays.…[Phillip Lopate] remains ‘a storyteller at heart’ who can liven up any subject with nimble anecdotes from his life.…Delightful” (The New York Times Book Review).In this stunning collection of...

30.10.2012

Jack London, Hemingway & the Constitution
Another excellent piece from Doctorow. Always love his writer's take on other famous authors (London and Hemingway are here, but also Dreiser, yay!). His analysis of the Constitution and his Commencement speech are lovely (and perhaps good documents...

19.10.2012

Metaphor & Memory
From the author of The Messiah of Stockholm and Art and Ardor comes a new collection of supple, provocative, and intellectually dazzling essays. In Metaphor & Memory, Cynthia Ozick writes about Saul Bellow and Henry James, William Gaddis and...

15.12.2015

Essays
“Full of what you might call conversation starters: tricky propositions about morality... politics, privilege, runaway nationalist fantasies, collective guilt, and art as a force for change (or not)...It’s a treat to hear him speak his curious...

01.08.2016

Youngblood 2.0
Stay tuned to the evolution of a generation. Coming off the compelling success of the first Youngblood book, the unstoppable voices of our young gain greater momentum in this second volume. Gathering the best essays from the years 1997 and 1998 of...

05.03.2013

The Seven Deadly Sins
This sparkling curiosity was inspired by Ian Fleming, who had the fine idea of asking eminent writers to comment on the deadly sins for THE TIMES of London. The result is a witty display of erudition as each author essays his or her...

18.01.2016

With My Trousers Rolled
Over the last twenty years Joseph Epstein has published more than eighty familiar essays. Taken together, these essays constitute a continuing autobiography. Although the tone in this collection, his fifth - which owes its title to T. S. Eliot's...

09.05.2013

Between Religion and Rationality
In this book, acclaimed Dostoevsky biographer Joseph Frank explores some of the most important aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century Russian culture, literature, and history. Delving into the distinctions of the Russian novel as well as the...

23.07.2014

Fixed Ideas
It looks like a book and it's sold as a book, but it's really a piece that first appeared in The New York Review of Books. But it's by Joan Didion, one of my top five favorite authors, so if she wants to call it a book, it's a book. Ms....

28.01.2017

The Telephone Booth Indian
A classic work on Broadway sharpers, grifters, and con men by the late, great New Yorker journalist A. J. Liebling.Often referred to as “Liebling lowlife pieces,” the essays in The Telephone Booth Indian...

21.02.2015

Letters, Numbers, Forms
The first English translation of essays from one of the twentieth century's most intriguing avant-garde writersCompiled from two volumes of Raymond Queneau's essays (Bâtons, chiffres et lettres and Le Voyage en...

05.02.2014

The Hall of Uselessness
An essential collection of essays from an eminent critic.Simon Leys’ cultural and political commentary has spanned four decades, with no corner of the arts escaping his sharp eye and acerbic wit. The Hall of Uselessness forms the most...

13.05.2016

Just Enough Liebling
Abbott Joseph Liebling was one of the greatest of all New Yorker writers, a colorful figure who helped set the magazine's urbane tone and style. Just Enough Liebling gathers in one volume the vividest and most enjoyable of his...

12.06.2018

Politi og anarki
Outside Norway, Jens Bjørneboe is primarily known for his trilogy The History of Bestiality, which comprises the books Moment of Freedom (1966), The Powderhouse (1969), and The Silence (1973). However, most...

28.05.2016

Approaching Eye Level
I liked some of these essays, but sometimes found her analysis of people and relationships overwrought and overly philosophical. There's a weird pomposity to her tone at times; she seems to think she has a lot of insight when it comes to people and...

15.09.2015

Fiction and the Figures of Life
First, an admission. Gass’s first collection of essays is lightyears beyond my intellectual level. Switching between heavy philosophical investigations to poetical and opaque literary meditations (by way of book reviews), the essays here...

13.01.2014

My Unwritten Books
By one of the world's foremost literary critics, George Steiner's "My Unwritten Books" meditates upon seven books he had long had in mind to write, but never did. Massively erudite, the essays are also brave, unflinching, and wholly personal. In...

07.06.2014

The Exact Location of the Soul
Richard Selzer selects from his own classic essays, culled from three decades of writing. Published along with his favorites are five new essays, including "Phantom Vision" and "Braindeath," and an introduction detailing the making of this virtuoso...

29.05.2017

Storia della letteratura inglese
Il volume si apre con la riflessione sul contributo altissimo che i romantici inglesi hanno saputo dare alla poesia e alla cultura europea, segnando al tempo stesso uno dei momenti cruciali dello sviluppo della letteratura nazionale. Segue poi...

14.02.2016

Four Essays
Lovely essays. Enjoyed the diversity. Would like to read more of his works."I wish everyone would write only about what he knows""The man who smells nice in fact stinks""I may serve in turn as a model to avoid""Condemn yourself and...

08.07.2017

The Doctor with Two Heads
Weissman focuses especially on how cultures of both art and science have shifted and changed over the last decade. He suggests that experimental art and science have their best chance in a republic of skeptics.

04.01.2017

One Life at a Time, Please
Abbey at his best -- if most controversial. After all "Immigration and Liberal Taboos" is *the* notorious piece. The one in which he sullies an otherwise remarkable body of work. And not because immigration is an issue unworthy of discussion, but...

28.04.2014

The Last Empire
Like his National Book Award—winning United States, Gore Vidal’s scintillating ninth collection, The Last Empire, affirms his reputation as our most provocative critic and observer of the modern American scene. In...

16.08.2013

An Uncertain Inheritance
In this eloquent collection of essays—from the editor of the national bestseller Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression—contributors reveal their experiences in caring for family through illness and...

06.08.2017

My Less Than Secret Life
My Less Than Secret Life is the companion volume to Jonathan Ames's first memoirish endeavor, "the mildly perverted and wildly amusing" (Vanity Fair) What's Not to Love? This collection of the cult author's fiction and essays includes Ames's public...

26.03.2015

A Voice Still Heard
Man of letters, political critic, public intellectual, Irving Howe was one of America’s most exemplary and embattled writers. Since his death in 1993 at age 72, Howe’s work and his personal example of commitment to high principle, both literary and...

26.06.2017

By-Line
I love this anthology. I wasn't going to read it again, one or two, but I couldn't stop.Hemingway's journalism informed many of his fictional stories and they are damned good pieces of writing. I read it with a mixture of admiration and...

31.01.2016

Selected Writings
William Hazlitt (1778-1830) developed a variety of identities as a writer: essayist, philosopher, critic of literature, drama and art, biographer, political commentator, and polemicist. Praised for his eloquence, he was also reviled by conservatives...

22.06.2014

Collected Prose
Polish poet and essayist Zbigniew Herbert easily stands beside Nobel Prize laureates Milosz and Szymborska as part of a remarkable literary tradition. Though Herbert is very much an Eastern European writer, the urgency, vitality, and relevance of...

12.11.2012

The Best Business Stories of the Year
Andrew Leckey, nationally syndicated investment columnist for the Chicago Tribune Company, is also visiting professor in Business and Economics Journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication. He was previously a...

02.06.2015

Modern dédain
Werd er vroeger opgekeken tegen intellectuelen, vandaag moet je je schamen als je je in zaken van de geest verdiept. De minachting neemt zulke groteske vormen aan dat zelfs media en educatieve instellingen die zeggen kunst en cultuur te propageren,...

21.10.2015

Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit
Bold and impassioned, sharp and defiant, Leslie Marmon Silko's essays evoke the spirit and voice of Native Americans. Whether she is exploring the vital importance literature and language play in Native American heritage, illuminating the...

15.12.2013

Selected Essays
Gore Vidal--novelist, playwright, critic, screenwriter, memoirist, indefatigable political commentator & controversialist--is America's premier man of letters. No other living writer brings more sparkling wit, vast learning, indelible...

25.12.2012

All Art is Propaganda
As a critic, George Orwell cast a wide net. Equally at home discussing Charles Dickens and Charlie Chaplin, he moved back and forth across the porous borders between essay and journalism, high art and low. A frequent commentator on literature,...

11.06.2014

The Outlaw Bible of American Essays
Like its highly acclaimed companions, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and The Outlaw Bible of American Literature, this edition is a prime for generational revolt and an enduring document of the visionary tradition of authenticity and...

24.09.2016

A Passion for Books
Every single book lover needs to read this. No, I’m serious, all of you! If you love collecting books, reading books, wandering through bookstores, making lists of books you still have to read, etc. this collection will be a delight. I can’t think...

10.05.2015

In Deep
Maxine Kumin's 17th poetry collection, published in the spring of 2010, is Where I Live: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010. Her awards include the Pulitzer and Ruth Lilly Poetry Prizes, the Poets’ Prize, and the Harvard Arts and Robert Frost Medals....

29.01.2017

A Reader on Reading
In this major collection of his essays, Alberto Manguel, whom George Steiner has called “the Casanova of reading,” argues that the activity of reading, in its broadest sense, defines our species. “We come into the world intent on finding narrative...

18.11.2013

The Next American Essay
In this singular collection, John D'Agata takes a literary tour of lyric essays written by the masters of the craft. Beginning with 1975 and John McPhee's ingenious piece, "The Search for Marvin Gardens," D'Agata selects an example of creative...

17.06.2013

Quotation Marks
Written with characteristic verve, Quotation Marks considers, among other subjects, how we depend upon the most quotable men and women in history, using great writers to bolster what we ourselves have to say. The entertaining turns and reversals of...

25.01.2016

The New Vichy Syndrome
Western Europe is in a strangely neurotic condition of being smug and terrified at the same time. On the one hand, Europeans believe they have at last created an ideal social and political system in which man can live comfortably. In many ways,...

17.05.2015

I've Heard the Vultures Singing
During her days as a park ranger, Lucia Perillo loved nothing more than to brave the Cascade Mountains alone, taking special pride in her daring solo skis down the raw, unpatrolled slopes of Mount Rainier. Then, in her thirties, she was diagnosed...

10.01.2015

...And I Worked at the Writer's Trade
The title of this book suggests autobiography, but this is not autobiography, except for one chapter. It is mostly literary criticism, a discussion of American letters during the author’s lifetime. The literary work itself should be the focus of the...

08.02.2017

A Line Out for a Walk
The personal essays collected in A Line Out for a Walk are a delight. Some have aged better than others, the ones on health and reading seem almost prophetic today. The collection builds to the end, some of the earlier essays lingered too long on...

04.12.2014

Je m'appelle Livre et je vais vous raconter mon histoire
Quand Livre raconte sa propre vie, c’est une histoire de plus de 5000 ans qui commence !Des tablettes sumériennes à l'arrivée de l'e-book, Livre présente avec beaucoup d'humour son autobiographie. Et sa vie se lit comme...

24.11.2016

Literary Journalism
Some of the best and most original prose in America today is being written by literary journalists. Memoirs and personal essays, profiles, science and nature reportage, travel writing -- literary journalists are working in all of these forms with...

26.08.2015

An Artificial Wilderness
An Artificial Wilderness: Essays on 20th-Century Literature (William Morrow and Company, New Yourk, 1987)This book by Sven Birkerts -- whose fine essays have appeared in The New Republic, The New York Review of...

25.10.2012

The Image of the City
When Charles Williams died in 1945 there remained to us of his work, besides his published books and those which he had in preparation for the press, a number of essays which had appeared in periodicals and elsewhere, many of which contain important...

09.10.2014

The "Big Read" (Big Read 2003)
Background facts, storylines, biographies, original reviews - everything you could ever want to know about the nation's favourite books and the people who wrote them.

20.11.2012

Readings
Intimate, humorous, and insightful, Readings is a collection of classic essays and reviews by Michael Dirda, book critic of the Washington Post and winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. From a first reading of Beckett and...

06.04.2015

La bellezza e l'inferno
La bellezza e l'inferno: fra questi poli opposti che richiamano il pensiero di Albert Camus si estende il campo di forze frequentato da Roberto Saviano, il luogo che genera la sua visione della vita, dell'impegno e dell'arte.Introdotti...

21.05.2018

Aglio, menta e basilico
Il volume raccoglie gli scritti e i racconti inediti dell'autore marsigliese. Tutti testi che hanno naturalmente a che vedere con quelli che sono i temi fondamentali della sua opera: Marsiglia, il mare e il noir mediterraneo, genere letterario che...

08.11.2014

Great Books for Every Book Lover
Can't decide what to read? Imagine a list of the greatest books described in concise, insightful and witty profiles to browse in search of the next perfect read. 2002 Great Books for Every Book Lover offers all this and more, reviewing each book...

14.06.2014

My Misspent Youth
Meghan Daum is one of the most celebrated nonfiction writers of her generation, widely recognized for the fresh, provocative approach with which she unearths hidden fault lines in the American landscape. From her well-remembered New Yorker essays...

24.01.2014

Building Bridges
Engaging, surprising and filled with practical and often counterintuitive advice, these ten essays will change the way you think about technological progress and business innovation. Nicholas Carr, the former executive editor of the Harvard Business...

22.12.2015

English Is Broken Here
When Coco Fusco and collaborator Guillermo Gomez-Pena toured the country in a cage as "authentic natives," their provocative performance piece enraged some and enthralled others. Known for using performance to explore the boundaries of ethnicity in...

31.07.2013

Shelf Life
Suzanne Shea has always loved a good book-and she's written five of them, all acclaimed. In the course of her ten-year career, she's done a good bit of touring, including readings and drop-ins at literally hundreds of bookstores. She never visited...

14.12.2016

A Place in the News
A Place in the News uniquely combines a brief, comprehensive history of women in the American newspaper business over the last one hundred years with a sharp assessment of their present status. Having interviewed over one hundred and fifty present...

04.08.2017

The Wet Collection
Joni Tevis’s concern is with the precise relationship of components in the world: how one element in an environment interacts with others. How does the antique taxidermy in a natural science museum relate to the living birds outside the window? How...

07.05.2013

Writing Beyond The Ending
I wrote this title/author down in the back of my copy of The Handmaid's Tale during my second reading of the book when a...

07.10.2017

How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays
En quittant Roumanie il y a plus de huit ans, je laissais là-bas non seulement une partie de ma famille et des amis, mais aussi d’une grande bibliothèque dont j’ai apporté au Canada peu de livres (surtout des écrivains roumains)...

27.02.2014

P.S.
Millions of Studs Terkel fans have come to know the prizewinning oral historian through his landmark books—“The Good War”, Hard Times, Working, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, and many others. Few people realize,...

11.06.2015

Listening Against the Stone
Listening Against the Stone brings together selections spanning the breadth of the work of Brenda Miller, including six essays that have won the Pushcart Prize. These deeply personal essays paint a picture of how her sense of spirituality has...

27.07.2017

The Best of Slate
Slate pioneered online journalism-and now, in celebration of its 10th anniversary, a collection of its smartest, funniest and best reporting. When Slate launched in June 1996, the web was a novelty and internet journalism...

16.07.2015

A Trance After Breakfast
A collection of lyrical travel writings from celebrated writer and NPR commentator Alan Cheuse.Along with luggage and tickets, we always travel with that which it is impossible to leave behind: ourselves, our spirits, our souls. By...

04.12.2015

Falling Upwards
Sex and the City, Saul Bellow, Eyes Wide Shut, Dante and the American self, Barbara Kingsolver, acting in Hollywood, Soviet painting in Soho, Angels in America, Jane Austen in the present, J.K. Rowling--nothing escapes Lee Siegel's...

21.11.2013

Pengion Classics the Decay of Lying and Other Essays
In The Decay of Lying Oscar Wilde uses his decadent ideology in an attempt to reverse and therefore reject his audiences' 'normal' conceptualizations of nature, art and morality. Wilde's views of life and art are illustrated through the use...

30.05.2015

Here Lies My Heart
This book is for the once, never, and much married. For believers and skeptics, love's fools and love's thieves. It is for people with long memories and long histories and for people who reinvent themselves in every new town, new decade, new...

09.09.2013

Taste & Technique in Book Collecting
Larry McMurtry recommends this is in his own memoir regarding book dealing as one of the best books on collecting he's read. I'm not sure I would go that far, but appreciate its distinct contribution to the genre. Written by a dealer in a time when...

23.05.2016

For the Republic
For the Republic is an explicitly political collection in which, through studies of a number of thinkers, Scialabba lays out his indictment in characteristically graceful prose. Given their origins as reviews and short essays, only a few of the...

15.11.2014

The Broken Estate
This book recalls an era when criticism could change the way we look at the world. In the tradition of Matthew Arnold and Edmund Wilson, James Wood reads literature expansively, always pursuing its role and destiny in our lives. In a series of...

20.02.2016

100 Must-Read American Novels
This is the definitive literary guide to the one hundred best American novels, giving witty, concise, and insightful reviews; historical and literary context; and opinions as to why these novels were chosen as must-reads. It also features an...

04.09.2015

The Blue Devils of Nada
The author begins the book with an inspirational prologue with quotes such as "Man, most critics feel that unless brownskin U.S. writers are pissing and moaning about injustice, they have nothing to say...," "art is a species of deliberate modality...

24.06.2017

Owning It All
This is a deeply felt and highly informed essay collection about life in the American west by one of the finest writers ever to emerge from that region. As the Seattle Times has said of Owning It All: "You may never again see the...

18.07.2016

Addison and Steele
I love to stand in front of and admire the Vanity Fair "Spy" prints at The Grand Hotel when I visit. I love the droll humor and suppose the packed frames on a green wall is a 02.03.2013

Ladybird by Design
Ladybird By Design is a fascinating look at the social and design history of the well-known publisher Ladybird Books, released to celebrate 100 years since the familiar ladybird was first registered as a logo in 1915.Ladybird by Design...

21.12.2013

The Loss Library and Other Unfinished Stories
 “Not writing is always a relief and sometimes a pleasure. Writing about what cannot be written, by contrast, is the devil’s own job.”In this unusual text, a blend of essay, fiction, and literary genealogy, South African novelist Ivan Vladislavic...

05.10.2016

Cheek by Jowl
Aqueduct Press is pleased to announce the release of Cheek by Jowl, a collection of talks and essays on how and why fantasy matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin. In these essays, Le Guin argues passionately that the homogenization of our world...

11.06.2016

Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community
In this new collection of essays, Wendell Berry continues his work as one of America’s most necessary social commentators. With wisdom and clear, ringing prose, he tackles head-on some of the most difficult problems which face us as we near the end...

29.10.2014

Fictional Worlds
“Create Your Own World!” is a motto of visionary artists. All enjoy escaping into, & journeying within, fictional realms. Some aspire to create their own unique artistic worlds. Fictional Worlds, intended for readers who love literature &...

25.01.2018

Graywolf Forum Three
In the current information age, "memory" is as likely to be an attribute of a computer as a human being. In Graywolf Forum Three: The Business of Memory, editor Charles Baxter invites twelve creative writers to contemplate the...

01.05.2017

Rota 66
Vencedor do prêmio Jabuti de 1993, 'Rota 66 - A história da polícia que mata' é uma rigorosa investigação sobre o trabalho da Polícia Militar de São Paulo entre as décadas de 1970 e 1990. Nele, Caco...

18.02.2013

Home
With a new introduction by the author. This new edition re-present's seminal collection of essays by one of our foremost African-American thinkers. These audacious essays range from short, impressionistic pieces on urban life and culture to longer...

10.11.2012

Among the Gently Mad
A field guide for the modern book collectorFrom the author of A Gentle Madness-a book with more than seventy thousand copies in print that delighted bibliophiles everywhere-comes a twenty-first-century guide...

15.01.2016

The Essential Ellen Willis
Out of the Vinyl Deeps, published in 2011, introduced a new generation to the incisive, witty, and merciless voice of Ellen Willis through her pioneering rock music criticism. In the years that followed, Willis’s daring insights went...

27.09.2013

I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac
After two full-length collections of fiction that mixed his irreverent treatment of form and gritty real-life candor (The Book of Freaks, Prose. Poems. A Novel.), Jamie Iredell delivers an assured and honest collection of personal essays. I Was a...

19.01.2015