American Audacity: In Defense of Literary Daring

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Liveright #ad - One of the most gifted literary essayists of his generation defends stylistic boldness and intellectual daring in American letters. Over the last decade william giraldi has established himself as a charismatic and uncompromising literary essayist, “a literature-besotted Midas of prose” Cynthia Ozick.

Now, american audacity gathers a selection of his most powerful considerations of American writers and themes—a “gorgeous fury of language and sensibility” Walter Kirn—including an introductory call to arms for twenty-first-century American literature, and a new appreciation of James Baldwin’s genius for nonfiction.

American Audacity: In Defense of Literary Daring #ad - With potent insights into the storied tradition of american letters, stanley fish, katie roiphe, as well as those cultural-literary themes that have concerned Giraldi as an American novelist bestsellers, Allan Gurganus, Harper Lee, the art of hate mail, ” American Audacity considers giants from the past Herman Melville, some of our most well-known living critics and novelists Harold Bloom, Elizabeth Spencer, the “problem” of Catholic fiction, Edgar Allan Poe, Denis Johnson, Cormac McCarthy, and written with a “commitment to the dynamism and dimensions of language, and his viral essay on bibliophilia.

Demanding that literature be audacious, american audacity is itself an act of intellectual daring, and urgent in its convictions, a compendium shot through with Giraldi’s “emboldened and emboldening critical voice” Sven Birkerts. At a time when literature is threatened by ceaseless electronic bombardment, grace, interiority, remain steadfastly itself in its employment of slowness, Giraldi argues that literature “must do what literature has always done: facilitate those silent spaces, and in its marshaling of aesthetic sophistication and complexity.

American audacity is ultimately an assertion of intelligence and discernment from a maker of “perfectly paced prose” The New Yorker, a book that reaffirms the pleasure and wisdom of the deepest literary values.

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The Ideal of Culture: Essays

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Axios Press #ad - It is just pure pleasure. Who is the greatest living essayist writing in English? Joseph Epstein would surely be at the top of anybody's list. Subjects range from domestic life to current social trends to an appraisal of “contemporary nuttiness. It follows the much acclaimed essays in biography, 2014, and Wind Sprints: Shorter Essays, A Literary Education and Other Essays, 2012, 2016.

He is witty. Epstein is penetrating. We also see ourselves a little more clearly. After reading Epstein, we see life with a fresh eye. Joseph epstein's the ideal of Culture: Essays is the fourth such volume from Axios Press and contains 63 essays. Above all, he is impossible to put down. He has a magic touch with words, that hard to define but immediately recognizable quality called style.

The Ideal of Culture: Essays #ad - This is what plutarch intended: life teaching by example, but with a wry smile and such a sure hand that we hardly notice the instruction.

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Essayism: On Form, Feeling, and Nonfiction

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New York Review Books #ad - Brian dillon’s style incorporates diverse features of the essay. By turns agglomerative, walter benjamin, seeking consolation and direction from michel de Montaigne, his is a branching book of possibilities, and dispassionate, digressive, Virginia Woolf, Georges Perec, and Susan Sontag, curious, associative, Theodor Adorno, passionate, Roland Barthes, Elizabeth Hardwick, to name just a few of his influences.

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. Whether he is writing on origins, or a number of other subjects, aphorisms, coherence, his command of language, 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, thought, anxiety, a dazzling and momentary suspension of disparate elements, his erudition, and feeling, vulnerability, again and again.

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What to Read and Why

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Harper #ad - In this brilliant collection, the distinguished novelist, and essayist celebrates the pleasures of reading and pays homage to the works and writers she admires above all others, the follow-up to her New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer, literary critic, from Jane Austen and Charles Dickens to Jennifer Egan and Roberto Bolaño.

In an age defined by hyper-connectivity and constant stimulation, Francine Prose makes a compelling case for the solitary act of reading and the great enjoyment it brings. Here, too, are original pieces in which Prose explores the craft of writing: "On Clarity" and "What Makes a Short Story. Written with her sharp critical analysis, and enthusiasm, wit, What to Read and Why is a celebration of literature that will give readers a new appreciation for the power and beauty of the written word.

Aubyn for his elegance and sophisticated humor; and Mark Strand for his gift for depicting unlikely transformations. Prose implores us to read mavis gallant for her marvelously rich and compact sentences, and her meticulously rendered characters who reveal our flawed and complex human nature; Edward St.

Inspiring and illuminating, what to read and why includes selections culled from Prose’s previous essays, and introductions, combined with new, on works by masters of the short story, never-before-published pieces that focus on her favorite works of fiction and nonfiction, reviews, and even on books by photographers like Diane Arbus.

What to Read and Why #ad - Prose considers why the works of literary masters such as mary shelley, including Roberto Bolaño, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Charles Dickens, and Jane Austen have endured, Jennifer Egan, and shares intriguing insights about modern authors whose words stimulate our minds and enlarge our lives, George Eliot, and Mohsin Hamid.

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ATTENTION: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction

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Random House #ad - 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. When it comes to making sense of our times with verve and imagination, few authors are more rewarding. Financial Times. At this crucial juncture in history, attentION is a guide for the perplexed—a handbook for anyone hoping to bring the wisdom of the past into the culture of the future.

Praise for attention“Dazzling in its scope. If curiosity is a writer’s greatest innate gift, Joshua Cohen may be America’s greatest living writer. The washington post “Cause for celebration and close study. He is experimenting with the essay form much more, and more cleverly, than any major American writer today.

ATTENTION: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction #ad - The wall street journal “in Attention, Joshua Cohen makes an eclectic argument for how to improve our lives. 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.

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Busy Monsters: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Has a delicate sweetness that shows through at just the right moments. Ron charles, washington post book worldechoing a narrative line that includes Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller, William Giraldi’s Busy Monsters has been hailed as one of the most exciting fiction debuts in years. Penned with a linguistic bravado that explores the diaphanous line between fiction and fact, this “very funny, very inventive début novel” The New Yorker has at last revived the great American picaresque tradition.

The best literary present.

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Hold the Dark: A Novel

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Liveright #ad - Wolf expert russell core is called in to investigate these killings and discovers an unholy truth harbored by Medora before she disappears. At the start of another pitiless winter, wolves have taken three children from the remote Alaskan village of Keelut, including the six-year-old son of Medora and Vernon Slone.

When her husband returns home to discover his boy dead and his wife missing, he begins a maniacal pursuit that cuts a bloody swath across the frozen landscape. Now a netflix original film starring alexander skarsgard, nature and evil collide in what “stands out as one of the decade’s best books of its kind” Alan Cheuse, and Jeffrey WrightAt the edge of civilization, Riley Keough, Boston Globe.

Hold the Dark: A Novel #ad - Written with “force and precision and grace” john Wilwol, New York Times Book Review Hold the Dark is a “taut and unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness” Dennis Lehane. With the help of a local police detective, core attempts to find Medora before her husband does, setting in motion a deadly chain of events in this “chilling, mysterious, and completely engaging novel” Tim O’Brien that marks the arrival of a major American writer.

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Dickinson's Nerves, Frost's Woods: Poetry in the Shadow of the Past

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Columbia University Press #ad - In essays that pair different poems—“ozymandias, ” “the red wheelbarrow, ” “after great pain, ” “in a station of the metro, ” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, ” “On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer, a formal feeling comes, ” among others—Logan reconciles history and poetry to provide new ways of reading poets ranging from Shakespeare and Shelley to Lowell and Heaney.

In these striking essays, logan presents the poetry of the past through the lens of the past, attempting to bring poems back to the world in which they were made. Logan’s criticism is informed by the material culture of that world, the Métro lighting in 1911 Paris, whether postal deliveries in Regency London, or the wheelbarrows used in 1923.

Dickinson's Nerves, Frost's Woods: Poetry in the Shadow of the Past #ad - Logan shows that criticism cannot just root blindly among the words of the poem but must live partly in a lost world, in the shadow of the poet’s life and the shadow of the age. In dickinson’s nerves, frost’s woods, william Logan, the noted and often controversial critic of contemporary poetry, returns to some of the greatest poems in English literature.

He reveals what we may not have seen before and what his critical eye can do with what he loves. Deeper knowledge of the poet’s daily existence lets us read old poems afresh, providing a new way of understanding poems now encrusted with commentary.

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He Held Radical Light: The Art of Faith, the Faith of Art

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Above all, filled with moving, he held Radical Light is a love letter to poetry, surprising, and sometimes funny encounters with the poets Wiman has known. Ammons stands up in front of an audience and refuses to read. A moving meditation on memory, and eternity by one of our most celebrated poetsWhat is it we want when we can’t stop wanting? And how do we make that hunger productive and vital rather than corrosive and destructive? These are the questions that animate Christian Wiman as he explores the relationships between art and faith, oblivion, death and fame, heaven and oblivion.

R. He held radical light is as urgent and intense as it is lively and entertaining—a sharp sequel to Wiman’s earlier memoir, My Bright Abyss. Seamus heaney opens a suddenly intimate conversation about faith; Mary Oliver puts half of a dead pigeon in her pocket; A.

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Notes from the Fog: Stories

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Vintage #ad - It’s these characters and others that over the course of thirteen short stories showcase Marcus’s compassion, imagination, and mordant humor. Here a hapless, corporate drone finds love after being disfigured from testing his employer’s newest nutrition supplement; a father starts to suspect that his son’s precocity has turned sinister; and two architects in a failing marriage must consider the ethics of artificially inciting emotion as they construct a memorial to a terrorist attack.

Ben marcus returns with a collection of timely dystopian visions of alienation in a modern world. Never has existential catastrophe been so much fun.

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Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - If every outlet for book criticism suddenly disappeared — if all we had were reviews that treated books like any other commodity — could the novel survive? In a gauntlet-throwing essay at the start of this brilliant assemblage, just as surely as critics require a steady supply of new fiction, Cynthia Ozick stakes the claim that, novelists need great critics to build a vibrant community on the foundation of literary history.

. Uncompromising and brimming with insight, these essays are essential reading for anyone facing the future of literature in the digital age. In a collection that includes new essays written explicitly for this volume, one of our sharpest and most influential critics confronts the past, present, and future of literary culture.

Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays #ad - For decades, ozick herself has been one of our great critics, as these essays so clearly display. She offers models of critical analysis of writers from the mid-twentieth century to today, and Kafka, from Saul Bellow, all assembled in provocatively named groups: Fanatics, Figures, to William Gass and Martin Amis, Monsters, Bernard Malamud, and others.

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