By Richard Cobb
Paris and in different places (New York assessment Books Classics)
"His France—urban, northern, provincial, pedestrian, noisy, unpuritanical, festive—was not like, and predicated upon, one other France: bureaucratic, reliable, suburban, secure, rule—crazy, scared."
— Julian Barnes
"Prophet of the earlier, poete maudit, Richard Cobb is a visionary. His books will take you on a rare highbrow and emotional journey….Read them as you'll Gogol: looking for lifeless souls."
— Robert Darnton, the hot York evaluate of Books
"Cobb used to be a real historian of existence 'from below', utilizing archival facts to deliver alive the reality—and the suffering—of traditional people’s life. His essays approximately his personal lifestyles and occasions have a similar loving consciousness to aspect, to the feel of quotidian occasions, to actual humans and genuine feeling."
— Geoffrey Wheatcroft, New Statesman
About the Author
Richard Cobb (1917-1996) fell in love with France while he first visited in 1935. He went directly to write many works of history—some in French, a few in English—about the French Revolution and occupied France.
By Louis Althusser
There will be no doubt that Louis Althusser was once probably the most influential philosophers of the 20th century, and his effect subsists in lots of of the thoughts at the moment deployed in disciplines akin to cultural stories, social thought and literary criticism.
Yet Althusser was once additionally a number one highbrow within the French Communist occasion and a most effective player within the debates within the human sciences which are marked by means of the names of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Jacques Lacan and Georges Canguilhem. His writings have been significant interventions in a particular political and theoretical conjuncture and it's this point of his paintings that this new selection of formerly untranslated texts seeks to reflect.
Consisting of writings from the very peak of Althusser’s highbrow powers, throughout the interval 1966-67, this ebook covers, between different issues, the critique of Lévi-Strauss’s structuralism, the idea of discourse and its dating to psychoanalysis, where of Ludwig Feuerbach, the initiatives of Marxist philosophy, and the well-known “humanist controversy.”
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction via G.M. Goshgarian xi
The Philosophical Conjuncture and Marxist Theoretical learn 1
On Levi-Strauss 19
Three Notes on the thought of Discourses 33
On Feuerbach 85
The historic job of Marxist Philosophy 155
The Humanist Controversy 221
By Richard Greeman
This illustrated number of Greeman's Radical Rants and Internationalist Essays is a frontal assault on capitalism through a veteran socialist, pupil and activist. Greeman's satirical experiences, which diversity from the Rebellious Sixties to our Decadent Decade, care for globalized capitalism's challenge, innovative background and destiny customers for a brand new society. a few titles: "The Rolling Revolutions of 2011," "Capitalism's Terminal trouble? " "Where Are the Riots of Yesteryear? " "The Invisible International," "Deconstructing the 'Threat' of Radical Islam," "Religion and Repression within the U.S. (a Case of Political Pathology)" "Back within the U.S.S.R." "Victor Serge" and "Ecotopia: a chance You Can't Refuse."
Ian Birchall's review
By William H. Gass
From essentially the most well known essayists and novelists at paintings this day: a brand new choice of essays—his first considering the fact that Tests of Time, winner of the nationwide publication Critics Circle Award for feedback.
These twenty-five essays communicate to the character and price of writing and to the books that consequence from a deep dedication to the note. here's Gass on Rilke and Gertrude Stein; on associates akin to Stanley Elkin, Robert Coover, and William Gaddis; and on an organization of “healthy dissidents,” between them Rabelais, Elias Canetti, John Hawkes, and Gabriel García Márquez.
In the identify essay, Gass deals an annotated checklist of the fifty books that experience most affected his pondering and his paintings and writes approximately his first response to analyzing each one. one of the books: Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (“A lightning bolt,” Gass writes. “Philosophy used to be now not useless in the end. Philosophical objectives weren't extinguished. Philosophical attractiveness had no longer fled prose.”) . . . Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist (“A guy after my very own middle. he's in a position to the easiest lyrical stroke, as daring and direct as a line via Matisse, yet he may be complicated in a way that can forged Nabokov within the color . . . Shakespeare could have been smarter, yet he didn't be aware of as much.”) . . . Gustave Flaubert’s letters (“Here I learned—and learned—and learned.”) And after interpreting Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, Gass writes “I started to devour books like an alien worm.”
In the concluding essay, “Evil,” Gass enlarges upon the subjects of creative caliber and cultural values which are significant to the books he has thought of, lots of which search to bare the worst in humans whereas admiring what they do best.
As Gass writes, “The precise alchemists don't swap lead into gold, they modify the area into words.”
A Temple of Texts is Gass at his so much alchemical.
Collected listed below are the writings of Ring Lardner, Zane gray, the Giants' immortal Christy Mathewson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Finley Peter Dunne (who for a time used to be America's most well-liked stand-up comedian after Mark Twain), Burt Standish (creator of that all-American hero, Frank Merriwell), and plenty of extra. Baseball's golden period could have lengthy seeing that handed, yet within the pages of on the outdated Ballgame, you can actually sit down within the bleachers for a nickel.
Relive the golden period of baseball with undying classics from:
Albert G. Spalding
Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Brig. Gen. Fredrick Funston
Alfred H. Spink
Burt L. Standish
Finley Peter Dunne
Grover Cleveland Alexander
Ralph D. Blanpied
Charles E. Van Loan
By Leslie Jamison
From own loss to phantom illnesses, The Empathy Exams is a daring and incredible assortment, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize
A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay choice of Spring 2014
Beginning along with her event as a scientific actor who used to be paid to behave out indicators for scientific scholars to diagnose, Leslie Jamison's visceral and revealing essays ask crucial questions on our simple knowing of others: How should still we care approximately one another? How will we consider another's soreness, in particular whilst ache may be assumed, distorted, or played? Is empathy a device wherein to check or maybe grade one another? via confronting pain―real and imagined, her personal and others'―Jamison uncovers a private and cultural urgency to think. She attracts from her personal stories of disease and physically harm to have interaction in an exploration that extends a long way past her lifestyles, spanning wide-ranging territory―from poverty tourism to phantom illnesses, road violence to truth tv, disease to incarceration―in its look for one of those sight formed through humility and grace.
By Brian Morris
Over the process an extended occupation, Brian Morris has created a magnificent physique of attractive and insightful writings—from social anthropology and ethnography to politics, background, and philosophy—that is offered to the layperson with out sacrificing analytical rigor. yet earlier, the essays accumulated right here, initially released in imprecise journals and political magazines, were principally unavailable to the vast readership to which they're so obviously proper. the other of arcane, really good writing, Morris’s paintings takes an interdisciplinary procedure that provides connections among a number of scholarly pursuits and anarchist politics and notion. there's a lengthy historical past of anarchist writers drawing upon works in quite a number fields, and Morris’s essays either discover earlier connections and recommend ways in which huge currents of anarchist inspiration can have new and ever-emerging relevance for anthropology and lots of alternative ways of figuring out social relationships.
By Theodore Dreiser
By John Horgan
While German writer W. G. Sebald died in a vehicle coincidence on the age of fifty-seven, the literary international mourned the lack of a author whose oeuvre it used to be simply commencing to take pleasure in. via released interviews with and essays on Sebald, award-winning translator and writer Lynne Sharon Schwartz bargains a profound portrait of the author, who has been praised posthumously for his unflinching explorations of old cruelty, reminiscence, and dislocation.
With contributions from poet, essayist, and translator Charles Simic, New Republic editor Ruth Franklin, Bookworm radio host Michael Silverblatt, and extra, The Emergence of reminiscence deals Sebald’s personal voice in interviews among 1997 as much as a month earlier than his dying in 2001. additionally integrated are cogent bills of just about all of Sebald’s books, thematically associated with occasions within the individuals’ personal lives.
Contributors contain Carole Angier, Joseph Cuomo, Ruth Franklin, Michael Hofmann, Arthur Lubow, Tim Parks, Michael Silverblatt, Charles Simic, and Eleanor Wachtel.