México prácticamente se le atravesó a Jorge Luis Borges: l. a. Biblioteca Nacional, que dirigió tantos años, estaba ubicada en l. a. calle bonaerense que lleva el nombre de nuestro país. En su infancia se corridoró con La conquista de México de William Prescott, que fue una de sus primeras lecturas. Ya de joven admiró al poeta mexicano Ramón López Velarde y, poco tiempo después, apareció en su vida Alfonso Reyes, a quien conoció en Argentina y siempre reconoció como uno de sus maestros. En este volumen Miguel Capistrán ha compilado por primera vez una valiosa antología de cuentos, poemas y ensayos del escritor argentino donde México es el protagonista o se asoma de manera circunstancial y enigmática. Borges y México también reúne los textos de una veintena de escritores que evocan e invocan sus encuentros con l. a. figura literaria y humana más common de los escritores hispanoamericanos. Sin duda, el presente libro constituye una prueba fehaciente del fervor de los escritoresy lectores mexicanos por el universo borgeano. En ese sentido, destaca el juicio definitivo de Octavio Paz en su luminoso ensayo "El arquero, l. a. flecha y el blanco": "El punto de vista de Borges es su arma infalible: trastorna todos los puntos de vista tradicionales y nos obliga a ver de otra manera las cosas que vemos o los libros que leemos".
By David Quammen
From the award-winning writer of The tune of the Dodo comes a set of essays within which numerous bizarre points of nature are tested. This publication includes stories of vegetarian piranha fish, unvoiced canine, and a systematic look for the genes that threaten to smash the cheetah.
By Eleanor Kaufman
The laudatory essay, during which one writer praises the paintings of one other, is usually characterised as an unimportant, even uncritical mode of writing. yet as Eleanor Kaufman argues in The Delirium of Praise, this mode of trade is critical and monstrous adequate to benefit scholarly consciousness. via no longer conforming to straightforward practices of serious discourse, laudatory essays provide new prestige to supposedly inferior sorts of communique and states of being -- together with chatter, silence, disorder, imbalance, and shortage of labor -- and emphasize affective states or feelings comparable to pleasure, friendship, and longing.
The Delirium of Praise examines a gaggle of 5 twentieth-century French intellectuals -- Georges Bataille, Maurice Blanchot, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Pierre Klossowski -- and their laudatory essays approximately one another. established as a round sequence of exchanges, the publication examines pairings of 2 thinkers with admire to a given subject. The alternate among Bataille and Blanchot takes up the topics of chatter and silence with reference to the novelist Louis-René des Forêts; the Blanchot-Foucault trade explores friendship and impersonality throughout the lens of Jacques Derrida; the Foucault-Deleuze alternate considers "absence of labor" ( désoeuvrement) and the vague French thinker Jacques Martin; the Deleuze-Klossowski trade revolves round the query of the in poor health physique and the individual of Nietzsche; and the ultimate trade among Klossowski and Bataille makes a speciality of imbalanced economies and the writings of the Marquis de Sade. the place the compliment is such a lot over the top, drawing close delirium, Kaufman locates a robust thought-energy that pushes the laudatory essay to its limits. In her end, she offers this certain mode of inspiration alternate as a kind of highbrow hospitality.
Kaufman uncovers a suspension of subjectivity, of character, even of position and time, that's either articulated within the laudatory essays and enacted by way of them. Her exam of this missed mode as practiced by means of 5 vital French thinkers bargains a different viewpoint on twentieth-century highbrow history.
No longer easily an research into depression, those targeted essays shape a part of a breathtaking get together of human behaviour from the time of the ancients to the Renaissance. God, devils, outdated age, nutrition, drunkenness, love and wonder are every one given equivalent attention during this all-encompassing exam of the human situation. all through historical past, a few books have replaced the area. they've got reworked the best way we see ourselves - and every different. they've got encouraged debate, dissent, conflict and revolution. they've got enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. they've got enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the nice thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose rules shook civilization and helped make us who we're.
The background of the left is mostly instructed as considered one of factionalism and department. This choice of essays casts new gentle in this heritage exhibiting in additional aspect how the bounds among marxism and anarchism were extra porous and extra efficient than is conventionally well-known. Bringing jointly unique and ground-breaking items on the superior and least identified actors in twentieth-century socialism, this e-book delivers to wreck new flooring through supplying a clean outlook on left wing synthesis within the twenty-first century. The political and social considered Gramsci, Sorel, and the Trinidadian, C. L. R. James, among others, are mentioned along key activities in twentieth century socialism together with the Situationist foreign, Socialisme ou Barbarie and lesser recognized council communists, carnival anarchists and anarchic currents within the American civil rights move. it is a needs to learn for college kids and students attracted to the improvement of socialist ideologies.
“...an priceless contribution to historic scholarship and libertarian politics. the gathering of essays inside the publication has the good advantage of delivering either analytical views on rules, and historic views on activities. The contributions learn classical topics in anarchist politics similar to person liberty, when additionally exploring extra ignored thinkers and issues from a libertarian viewpoint, similar to C.L.R. James and race. There could be little question that the quantity might be of significant curiosity to historians, theorists, scholars and activists.” —Darrow Schecter, Reader in Italian, institution of background, paintings heritage and Philosophy, college of Sussex
“Just what we'd like as we circulate right into a new part of insurrection opposed to the obscenity of capitalism: a restoration of the richness of our varied traditions of fight, with their weavings and bumpings. Time to maneuver on, time to redeem the struggles of the previous. A precious and welcome collection.” —John Holloway, writer of Change the realm with out Taking Power and professor of sociology, independent college of Puebla
“This is a welcome and crucial assortment that's bound to spark debates and help ongoing efforts to construct a liberatory stream during which Marxists and Anarchists can locate universal flooring and perform mutual admire and humility. during this interval of late-capitalism, survival itself is at stake. thought and perform, no matter if Marxism or Anarchism of their many manifestations, bring about lifeless ends with out cautious review of the realm because it is now.” —Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz
“An vital, redemptive selection of essays that questions narratives of sectarian distinction with no resorting to effortless solutions. In exploring the efficient frictions, convergences, agonisms and affinities that experience created and re-created the ‘black and red,’ the participants get well the overlooked histories of a capacious Left, one who repudiated ideological tension and sterile orthodoxies with no forsaking its socialist commons. Itself a version of such capaciousness, this can be a stimulating and invaluable work.” —Raymond B. Craib, affiliate Professor, division of background, Cornell collage
By Zadie Smith
"[These essays] mirror a full of life, unselfconscious, rigorous, erudite, and earnestly open brain that is busy refining its view of lifestyles, literature, and greatly in between."
-Los Angeles Times
break up into 5 sections-Reading, Being, Seeing, Feeling, and Remembering--Changing My Mind reveals Zadie Smith casting an acute eye over fabric either own and cultural. This enticing number of essays-some released right here for the 1st time-reveals Smith as a passionate and specified essayist, both at domestic on this planet of significant books and undesirable videos, kin and philosophy, British comedians and Italian divas. no matter if writing on Katherine Hepburn, Kafka, Anna Magnani, or Zora Neale Hurston, she brings deft care to the artwork of feedback with a method either sympathetic and insightful. Changing My Mind is journalism at its so much expansive, clever, and funny-a present to readers and writers either.
By Mary Oliver
Inside of those pages Mary Oliver collects twenty-six of her poems in regards to the birds which have been such a tremendous a part of her life-hawks, hummingbirds, and herons; kingfishers, catbirds, and crows; swans, swallows and, in fact, the snowy owl, between a dozen others-including ten poems that experience by no means ahead of been accumulated. She provides fantastically crafted essays, "Owls," chosen for the easiest American Essays sequence, and "Bird," a brand new essay that may absolutely take its position one of the classics of the genre.
In the phrases of the poet Stanley Kunitz, "Mary Oliver's poetry is ok and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her designated reward is to attach us with our resources within the flora and fauna, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations."
For an individual who values poetry and essays, for an individual who cares approximately birds, Owls and different Fantasies can be a valuable present; should you love either, it is going to be crucial analyzing.
By David Sedaris
Welcome to the hilarious, unusual, elegiac, outrageous international of David Sedaris. In bare, Sedaris turns the mania for memoir on its ear, mining the really wealthy terrain of his existence, his family members, and his particular worldview-a sensibility immediately take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable. A tart-tongued mom does dead-on imitations of her younger son's fearful tics, to the good leisure of his lecturers; a stint of Kerouackian wandering is undertaken (of course!) with a quadriplegic better half; a kinfolk gathers for a marriage within the face of coming near near dying. via all of it is Sedaris's unmistakable voice, surely one of many most up to date in American writing.
By Nicholson Baker
The bestselling writer of Vox and The Fermata devotes his hyperdriven interest and magnificently baroque prose to the fossils of punctuation and the lexicography of smut, providing to readers a provocative and infrequently hilarious get together of the ignored features of our adventure. 368 pp. 15,000 print.
By Paul Schrader