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Damon Young - Author

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Books by Damon Young

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

Author: Damon Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2020

A Finalist for the NAACP Image Award A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction Longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay An NPR Best Book of the Year A Washington Independent Review of Books Favorite of the Year From the cofounder of VerySmartBrothas.com, and one of the most read writers on race and culture at work today, a provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the absurdities and anxieties of being Black in America For Damon Young, existing while Black is an extreme sport. The act of possessing black skin while searching for space to breathe in America is enough to induce a ceaseless state of angst where questions such as How should I react here, as a professional black person? and Will this white person's potato salad kill me? are forever relevant. What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker chronicles Young's efforts to survive while battling and making sense of the various neuroses his country has given him. It's a condition that's sometimes stretched to absurd limits: creating the farce where, as a teen, he wished for a white person to call him a racial slur just so he could fight him and have a great story about it; provoking the angst that made him question if being straight was something he could practice and get better at, like a crossover dribble; and generating the surreal experience of watching his Pittsburgh neighborhood getrify from predominantly Black to Portlandia . . . but with Pierogies. And, at its most devastating, it provides him reason to believe that his mother would be alive today if she were white. From one of our most respected cultural observers, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker is a hilarious and honest debut that is both a celebration of the idiosyncrasies and distinctions of Blackness and a critique of white supremacy and how we define masculinity.

Philosophy in the Garden

Philosophy in the Garden

Author: Damon Young Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Why did Marcel Proust have bonsai beside his bed? What was Jane Austen doing, coveting an apricot? How was Friedrich Nietzsche inspired by his 'thought tree'? In Philosophy in the Garden, Damon Young explores one of literature's most intimate relationships: authors and their gardens. For some, the garden provided a retreat from workaday labour; for others, solitude's quiet counsel. For all, it played a philosophical role: giving their ideas a new life. Philosophy in the Garden reveals the profound thoughts discovered in parks, backyards, and pot-plants. It does not provide tips for mowing overgrown couch grass, or mulching a dry Japanese maple. It is a philosophical companion to the garden's labours and joys.

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

Author: Damon Young Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/04/2019

A Finalist for the NAACP Image Award A Finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction Longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay An NPR Best Book of the Year A Washington Independent Review of Books Favorite of the Year From the cofounder of VerySmartBrothas.com, and one of the most read writers on race and culture at work today, a provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the ever-shifting definitions of what it means to be Black (and male) in America For Damon Young, existing while Black is an extreme sport. The act of possessing black skin while searching for space to breathe in America is enough to induce a ceaseless state of angst where questions such as How should I react here, as a professional black person? and Will this white person's potato salad kill me? are forever relevant. What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker chronicles Young's efforts to survive while battling and making sense of the various neuroses his country has given him. It's a condition that's sometimes stretched to absurd limits, provoking the angst that made him question if he was any good at the being straight thing, as if his sexual orientation was something he could practice and get better at, like a crossover dribble move or knitting; creating the farce where, as a teen, he wished for a white person to call him a racial slur just so he could fight him and have a great story about it; and generating the surreality of watching gentrification transform his Pittsburgh neighborhood from predominantly Black to Portlandia . . . but with Pierogies. And, at its most devastating, it provides him reason to believe that his mother would be alive today if she were white. From one of our most respected cultural observers, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker is a hilarious and honest debut that is both a celebration of the idiosyncrasies and distinctions of Blackness and a critique of white supremacy and how we define masculinity.

Hogyan gondolkodjunk a testedzesrol?

Hogyan gondolkodjunk a testedzesrol?

Author: Damon Young Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2018

Ki ne szeretne testileg es szellemileg is fitt lenni? p testben p llek - tartja a kzmonds. Manapsg azonban mintha pp az ellenkezA je lenne a trendi. Egyesek a testkkel, msok az agyuk rvn akarnak kitA nni. ElA bbiek azzal hivalkodnak, hogy izmosak, csinosak s nem strapljk magukat a gondolkodssal. Utbbiak viszont a tudsukra s kreativitsukra bszkk, s nem fecsrlik az idejket a testkre. Pedig a test s a szellem szorosan sszetartozik. A szerzA filozfiai s kultrtrtneti eszmefuttatsai mellett sajt pldjn keresztl mutatja be, hogyan kellene a testedzsrA l val gondolkodsunkat megvltoztatni, s miknt tudjuk fizikai erA fesztseinket szellemi feltltA dss alaktani. Az erklcsi s rtkrendi zA rzavar korban az nsegtA knyveknek is megjulsra van szksgk. Az let iskolja (The School of Life) sorozat egyfajta jjszlets. Olyan, mindannyiunkat rintA tmkkal foglalkozik, mint a pnz, a munka, a technolgia, a szex, a testedzs s az egyedllt.Alain de Botton,a sorozat szerkesztA je

The Art of Reading

The Art of Reading

Author: Damon Young Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/08/2017

A beautiful celebratory tribute to the powers of one of our most undervalued skills - an ideal gift for the avid reader. 'What you are doing right now is, cosmically speaking, against the odds.' As young children, we are taught to read, but soon go on to forget just how miraculous a process it is, this turning of scratches and dots into understanding, unease and inspiration. Perhaps we need to stop and remember, stop and learn again how to read better. Damon Young shows us how to do exactly this, walking alongside some of the greatest readers who light a path for us - Borges, Plato, Woolf. Young reads passionately, selectively, surprisingly - from superhero noir to speculative realism, from Heidegger to Heinlein - and shows his reader how cultivating their inner critic can expand their own lives as well as the lives of those on the pages of the books they love.

Art of Reading

Art of Reading

Author: Damon Young Format: eBook Release Date: 10/08/2017

A beautiful celebratory tribute to the powers of one of our most undervalued skills - an ideal gift for the avid reader.'What you are doing right now is, cosmically speaking, against the odds.'As young children, we are taught to read, but soon go on to forget just how miraculous a process it is, this turning of scratches and dots into understanding, unease and inspiration. Perhaps we need to stop and remember, stop and learn again how to read better.Damon Young shows us how to do exactly this, walking alongside some of the greatest readers who light a path for us - Borges, Plato, Woolf. Young reads passionately, selectively, surprisingly - from superhero noir to speculative realism, from Heidegger to Heinlein - and shows his reader how cultivating their inner critic can expand their own lives as well as the lives of those on the pages of the books they love.

Distraction

Distraction

Author: Damon Young Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/04/2016

Most of us struggle with distraction every day: the familiar feeling that our attention is not quite where it should be. We feel it at work and at home and it can be frustrating and uncomfortable. But what is distraction? In his lucid, timely book, Damon Young shows that distraction is more than too many stimuli, or too little attention. It is actually a matter of value - to be distracted is to be torn away from what is worthwhile in life. And for Young, what is most worthwhile is freedom: not simply rights or legal liberties, but the capacity to patiently, creatively craft one's own life. Exploring the lives of such luminaries as Henri Matisse, Karl Marx, Seneca and Henry James, Young exposes distraction in work, technology, art, politics and intimacy. With warmth and wit, he reveals what is most valuable, and what is best avoided, in the pursuit of a life of one's own.

The Art of Reading

The Art of Reading

Author: Damon Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2016

We are not born readers, we learn to turn words into worlds. But why is fine writing lauded while excellent reading is ignored? In The Art of Reading, philosopher Damon Young reveals the pleasures of this intimate pursuit through a rich sample of literature- from Virginia Woolf's diaries to Batman comics. He writes with honesty and humour about the blunders and revelations of his own bookish life. Devoting each chapter to a literary virtue-curiosity, patience, courage, pride, temperance, justice-The Art of Reading celebrates the reader's power- to turn shapes on a page into a lifelong adventure.

How to Think About Exercise

How to Think About Exercise

Author: Damon Young, The School of Life Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2014

It can often seem as though existence is split in two: body and mind, flesh and spirit, moving and thinking. In the office or at study we are 'mind workers', with superfluous bodies. In the gym we stretch, run and lift, but our minds are idle. Damon Young challenges this idea, revealing how fitness can develop our bodies and minds as one. Exploring exercises and sports with the help of ancient and modern philosophy, he uncovers the pleasures, virtues and big ideas of fitness. By exercising intelligently, we are committing to wholeness: enjoying and enhancing our full humanity. One in the new series of books from The School of Life, launched January 2014: How to Age by Anne Karpf How to Develop Emotional Health by Oliver James How to Be Alone by Sara Maitland How to Deal with Adversity by Christopher Hamilton How to Think About Exercise by Damon Young How to Connect with Nature by Tristan Gooley

Distraction

Distraction

Author: Damon Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2010

Most of us struggle with distraction every day: the familiar feeling that our attention is not quite where it should be. We feel it at work and at home and it can be frustrating and uncomfortable. But what is distraction? In his lucid, timely book, Damon Young shows that distraction is more than too many stimuli, or too little attention. It is actually a matter of value - to be distracted is to be torn away from what is worthwhile in life. And for Young, what is most worthwhile is freedom: not simply rights or legal liberties, but the capacity to patiently, creatively craft one's own life. Exploring the lives of such luminaries as Henri Matisse, Karl Marx, Seneca and Henry James, Young exposes distraction in work, technology, art, politics and intimacy. With warmth and wit, he reveals what is most valuable, and what is best avoided, in the pursuit of a life of one's own.