Category: Essays

  • Download E-books What Is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics (Expanded Edition) PDF

    By Adrienne Rich

    America's enduring poet of judgment of right and wrong displays at the confirmed and capability function of poetry in modern politics and life.

    via journals, letters, goals, and shut readings of the paintings of many poets, Adrienne wealthy displays on how poetry and politics input and impinge on American existence. This multiplied version incorporates a new preface through the writer in addition to her post-9/11 "Six Meditations in preference to a Lecture."
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  • Download E-books A Passion for This Earth: Writers, Scientists, and Activists Explore Our Relationship with Nature and the Environment (David Suzuki Foundation Series) PDF

    David Suzuki's lifelong paintings as an environmentalist, naturalist, and scientist have encouraged numerous others of their struggle to avoid wasting the planet, 20 such devotees of them have contributed to this inspiring assortment. those reporters, scientists, writers and environmentalists have taken their enthusiasm for Suzuki's philosophy and funneled it into their very own own reminiscences, manifestos, and essays: Rick Bass describes his love for the Yaak Valley in Montana; Richard Mabey takes readers to a moonlit could night in Suffolk; David Helvarg tells country stirring seashore reminiscence from his youth. it doesn't matter what trip those writers take us on, the unifying topic in their paintings is usually an analogous: a deep and abiding love of nature — encouraged and shared via David Suzuki.
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  • Download E-books Telling Times: Writing and Living, 1954-2008 PDF

    By Nadine Gordimer

    An notable fulfillment, Telling Times displays the real spirit of the author as a literary beacon, ethical activist, and political visionary.

    Never sooner than has Gordimer, presented the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, released any such complete selection of her nonfiction. Telling Times represents the entire span of her works in that field—from the twilight of white rule in South Africa to the struggle to overthrow the apartheid regime, and such a lot lately, her position over the last seven years in confronting the modern phenomena of violence and the hazards of HIV.

    The diversity of this publication is magnificent, and the paintings in totality celebrates the full of life perseverance of the life-loving person within the face of political tumult, then the onslaught of a globalized global. The abiding passionate spirit that informs “A South African Childhood,” a younger autobiographical piece released in The New Yorker in 1954, are available in all of the book’s ninety-one items that span a interval of fifty-five years.

    Returning to a life of nonfiction paintings has develop into a rare event for Gordimer. She takes from one among her respected nice writers, Albert Camus, the conviction that the author is a “responsible individual” attuned now not by myself to commitment to the construction of fiction yet to the political vortex that unavoidably encompasses 20th- and twenty-first-century lifestyles. Born in 1923, Gordimer, who as a toddler was once formidable to turn into a ballet dancer, was once well-known at fifteen as a writing prodigy. Her sensibility was once as a lot formed via vast studying because it used to be to eye-opening sight, passing on her option to college the awful hard work compounds the place black gold miners lived. those dual decisives—literature and politics—infuse the booklet, which include old debts of the political surroundings, firsthand, after the Sharpeville bloodbath of 1960 and the Soweto rebellion of 1976, in addition to incisive close-up photos of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, between others. Gordimer revisits the ceaselessly suitable legacies of Tolstoy, Proust, and Flaubert, and engages vigorously with contemporaries like Susan Sontag, Octavio Paz, and Edward stated. yet a few of her so much sensuous writing is available in her travelogues, the place the politics of Africa combination seamlessly with its awe-inspiring nature—including incredible memories of formative years vacations beside South Africa’s coast of the Indian Ocean and a riveting account of her trip the size of the Congo River within the wake of Conrad.

    Gordimer’s physique of labor is a unprecedented imaginative and prescient of the realm that harks again to the sensibilities—political, ethical, and social—of Dickens and Tolstoy, yet with a decidedly shiny modern cognizance. Telling Times turns into either a literary exploration and notable record of social and political historical past in our times.

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  • Download E-books The Philosophical Roots of Anti-Capitalism: Essays on History, Culture, and Dialectical Thought (Studies in Marxism and Humanism) PDF

    By David Black

    Alfred Sohn-Rethel situated the foundation of philosophical abstraction within the "false conciousness" caused through the recent cash economic system of Greek Antiquity. within the Enlightenment the conceptual barrier Kant positioned among extraordinary truth and the "thing-in-itself" expressed, in Sohn-Rethel’s view, the reified attention stemming from commodity-exchange and the department of psychological and guide exertions. simply because Sohn-Rethel observed the total heritage of philosophy as branded by means of a undying common common sense, he pushed aside Hegel’s inspiration of "totality" as "idealist" and Hegel’s critique of Kantian dualism as beside the point to Marx’s critique of political economy.

    David Black, within the identify essay of
    The Philosophical Roots of Anti-Capitalism, indicates, contra Sohn-Rethel, that Marx’s exposition of the fetishism of commodities is historically-specific to capitalist construction, and hence can't clarify the origins of philosophy, which Black indicates to have concerned a number of ancient advancements in Greek society and tradition in addition to monetization. simply as Hegel’s critique of Kantian formalism informs Marx’s critique of capital, Hegel’s writings on how the right kind association of work could abolish the barrier Aristotle placed among construction and the "Realm of Freedom" prefigure Marx's efforts to formulate of a substitute for capitalism.

    Part ,
    Critique of the Situationist Dialectic: artwork, classification attention and Reification, starts with Surrealism, whose "disappearance" as a innovative inventive and social strength man Debord and the Situationists sought to make up for by means of superseding the poetry of paintings with the poetry of lifestyles. besides highlighting Debord’s achievements in either concept and perform, Black issues to his philosophical shortcomings and relates those to Debord’s later "pessimistic" evaluate of the opportunity of innovative classification attention inside globalizing capitalism. The 4 essays partly 3 hide the Aristotelian anarchism, the ambivalent legacy of Lukács' conception of reification, Raya Dunayevskaya’s Hegelian-Marxist idea of "absolute negativity" as "revolution in permanance", and Gillian Rose’s philosophical problem to either postmodernism and "traditional" Marxism.
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  • Download E-books The Portable Edmund Wilson PDF

    By Edmund Wilson

    Here's a beneficiant collection of the literary feedback and different writings of the main flexible guy of letters in our fresh background. Editor Dabney rightly identifies Wilson's salient characteristics as ''his skill to attach the spheres of artwork and politics, to mediate among modernism and the literature of the past'' - and provides approximately 30 decisions that graphically exhibit those traits in action.
    Several own essays contain memoirs of his kin and their ''Old Stone House'' in upstate long island, compliment of his Princeton instructor Christian Gauss, and an extended account of his lifetime infatuation and friendship with Edna St. Vincent Millay. Indicative of Wilson's ''concern with social justice and responsibility'' are his sympathetic descriptions of the lives of coal miners and automobile staff and his penetrating research of ''The Partnership of Marx and Engels.''The better of the literary stories comprise his instinct of James Joyce as ''the nice poet of a brand new section of the human consciousness,'' his celebrated research of the ''psychic wound'' that made Dickens right into a nice ''dark'' novelist, and the masterly, wide-ranging essay on ''The old Interpretation of Literature.''
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  • Download E-books The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy PDF

    From Athens to ny, contemporary mass events all over the world have challenged austerity and authoritarianism with expressions of genuine democracy. For greater than 40 years, Murray Bookchin constructed those democratic aspirations right into a new left politics in response to well known assemblies, influencing quite a lot of political thinkers and social movements.

    With a foreword via the best-selling writer of The Dispossessed, Ursula okay. Le Guin, The subsequent Revolution brings jointly Bookchin’s essays on freedom and direct democracy for the 1st time, delivering a daring political imaginative and prescient which could flow us from protest to social transformation.
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  • Download E-books The Collected Papers of Otto Fenichel PDF

    Was once in deepest choice of Karl E. Pottharst, Ph.D. (1918-2000), a medical psychologist and a professor--property stamped in quite a few destinations and signed via Dr. Pottharst contrary inside of entrance conceal. "Otto Fenichel (born 2 December 1897 in Vienna; died 22 January 1946 in l. a.) was once a psychoanalyst of the so-called 'second generation'. Otto Fenichel began learning medication in 1915 in Vienna. Already as a truly younger guy, while nonetheless at school, he was once attracted via the circle of psychoanalysts round Freud. throughout the years 1915 and 1919, he attended lectures via Freud, and as early as 1920, elderly 23, he grew to become a member of the Viennese Psychoanalytic organization. In 1922 Fenichel moved to Berlin. in the course of his Berlin time, until eventually 1934, he was once a member of a bunch of Socialist and/or Marxist psychoanalysts (with Siegfried Bernfeld, Erich Fromm, Wilhelm Reich and others)...."
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  • Download E-books A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments PDF

    By David Foster Wallace

    During this exuberantly praised publication - a suite of 7 items on topics starting from tv to tennis, from the Illinois kingdom reasonable to the flicks of David Lynch, from postmodern literary thought to the intended enjoyable of touring aboard a Caribbean luxurious cruiseliner - David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction an identical interest, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facility that has overjoyed readers of his fiction, together with the bestselling Infinite Jest.
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  • Download E-books Our Only World: Ten Essays PDF

    By Wendell Berry

    Since the second one global struggle ended, the USA has played like a gyroscope wasting its stability, wobbling this fashion and that, not able to settle into itself and its personal nice promise. Wendell Berry has been a voice for that promise, a voice for cause and wish and pressing concern.

    As the U.S. prepares to depart its lengthy conflict in Afghanistan, it now needs to reflect on the need of sending troops again to Iraq, recalling common Colin Powell’s suggestion to President Bush: “If you holiday it, you personal it,” as
    the world’s sizzling spots threaten to unfold over the globe with the ferocity of a warfare of holy terror and desperation.

    The planet’s environmental difficulties appreciate no nationwide limitations. From soil erosion and inhabitants displacement to weather swap and failed strength guidelines, American governing periods are paid through enterprises to faux that discuss is the one democratic necessity and that options are in a position to withstanding unending hold up. past due Capitalism is going approximately its company of completing off the planet. And we electorate are left with a shell of what used to be proudly defined because the American Dream.

    In this new selection of 11 essays, Berry confronts head-on the need of transparent considering and direct motion. by no means one to disregard the current problem, he is familiar with that in simple terms truly said questions aid the knowledge their solutions require. For greater than fifty years we’ve had no larger spokesman and less eloquent recommend for the planet, for our households, and for the way forward for our youngsters and ourselves.
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