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Literary essays

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In Memory of Memory

In Memory of Memory

Author: Maria Stepanova Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/02/2021

With the death of her aunt, Maria Stepanova is left to sift through an apartment full of faded photographs, old postcards, letters, diaries, and heaps of souvenirs: a withered repository of a century of life in Russia. Carefully reassembled with calm, steady hands, these shards tell the story of how a seemingly ordinary Jewish family somehow managed to survive the myriad persecutions and repressions of the last century. In dialogue with writers like Roland Barthes, W. G. Sebald, Susan Sontag and Osip Mandelstam, IN MEMORY OF MEMORY is imbued with rare intellectual curiosity and a wonderfully soft-spoken, poetic voice. Dipping into various forms - essay, fiction, memoir, travelogue and historical documents - Stepanova assembles a vast panorama of ideas and personalities and offers an entirely new and bold exploration of cultural and personal memory.

A Short History of the Blockade

A Short History of the Blockade

Author: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Jordan Abel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2021

Why I Am Not Going To Buy A Computer

Why I Am Not Going To Buy A Computer

Author: Wendell Berry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2021

The Correspondence of Samuel Butler with His Sister May

The Correspondence of Samuel Butler with His Sister May

Author: Daniel F. Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1962.

The Correspondence of Samuel Butler with His Sister May

The Correspondence of Samuel Butler with His Sister May

Author: Daniel F. Howard Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1962.

Let Me Tell You What I Mean

Let Me Tell You What I Mean

Author: Joan Didion Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2021

From one of our most iconic and influential writers: twelve pieces never before collected that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of this legendary figure. Mostly drawn from the earliest part of her astonishing five-decade career, Didion writes about a Gamblers Anonymous meeting, a visit to William Randolph Hearst's castle at San Simeon, a reunion of WWII veterans in Las Vegas, and about topics ranging from Nancy Reagan to Robert Mapplethorpe, Martha Stewart and Ernest Hemingway. With an Introduction by Hilton Als, this stunning collection reveals what would become her subjects: the press, politics, California robber barons, women, the act of writing, and her own self-doubt. Each piece is classic Didion: incisive, bemused, and stunningly prescient.

A Forest on Many Stems

A Forest on Many Stems

Author: Laynie Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

A Forest on Many Stems: Essays on the Poet's Novel provides a unique entrance to the rare prose of many remarkable modern and contemporary poets including Etel Adnan, Renee Gladman, Langston Hughes, Kevin Killian, Alice Notley, Fernando Pessoa, Rainer Maria Rilke, Leslie Scalapino, Jack Spicer, and Jean Toomer, whose approaches to the novel defy conventions of plot, character, setting, and action. Contributors Brian Blanchfield, Anne Boyer, John Keene, Monica de la Torre, Cedar Sigo, and C. D. Wright bring a variety of insights, approaches, and writing styles to the subject with creative and often surprising results.

Fire Flood and Plague

Fire Flood and Plague

Author: Sophie Cunningham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2021

A World Out of Reach

A World Out of Reach

Author: Meghan O'Rourke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2021

In beautifully written and powerfully thought prose, A World Out of Reach offers a crucial record of COVID-19 and the cataclysmic spring of 2020-a record for us to share with one another, and for posterity, in the voices of writers of disparate backgrounds. When the coronavirus outbreak came to the West, The Yale Review began asking writers to think out loud on the page about the unfolding international crisis, to capture the immediacy of a swiftly changing global pandemic. This crisis has mostly been told through the voices of journalists, scientists, and politicians, but in this collection, poets, essayists, scholars, and health care workers provide a more intimate and diverse account. Ranging from high matters of policy to ancient history to personal stories of how individuals were surviving their days, this vivid compilation presents a first draft of one of most tumultuous periods in modern history. Contributors: Katie Kitamura * Laura Kolbe * Nitin Ahuja * Natasha Randall * Rena Xu * Alicia Christoff * Miranda Featherstone * Maya C. Popa * Major Jackson * John Witt * Octavio Luiz Motta Ferraz * Joan Naviyuk Kane * Emmeline Clein * Nell Freudenberger * Briallen Hopper * Brandon Shimoda * Ben Purkert * Yusef Komunyakaa * Laren McClung * Eric O'Keefe-Krebs * Sean Lynch * Millicent Marcus * Meghana Mysore * Rachel Jamison Webster * Emily Ziff Griffin * Rowan Ricardo Philips * Kathryn Lofton * Monica Ferrell * Russell Morse * Randi Hutter Epstein * Noreen Khawaja * Victoria Chang * Joyelle McSweeney * Khameer Kidia * Emily Greenwood * Elisa Gabbert * Emily Bernard * Hafizah Geter * Emily Gogolak * Roger Reeves

Homo Irrealis

Homo Irrealis

Author: Andre Aciman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2021

In Homo Irrealis Andre Aciman explores what the present tense means to artists who cannot grasp the here and now. Irrealis is not about the present, or the past, or the future, but about what might have been but never was but could in theory still happen. From meditations on subway poetry and the temporal resonances of an empty Italian street, to considerations of the lives and work of Sigmund Freud, Constantine Cavafy, W. G. Sebald, John Sloan, Eric Rohmer, Marcel Proust, and Fernando Pessoa, and portraits of cities such as Alexandria and St. Petersburg, Homo Irrealis is a deep reflection of the imagination's power to shape our memories under time's seemingly intractable hold.

What If We Stopped Pretending

What If We Stopped Pretending

Author: Jonathan Franzen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2021

The climate change is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can't prevent it. 'Today, the scientific evidence verges on irrefutable. If you're younger than sixty, you have a good chance of witnessing the radical destabilization of life on earth-massive crop failures, apocalyptic fires, imploding economies, epic flooding, hundreds of millions of refugees fleeing regions made uninhabitable by extreme heat or permanent drought. If you're under thirty, you're all but guaranteed to witness it. If you care about the planet, and about the people and animals who live on it, there are two ways to think about this. You can keep on hoping that catastrophe is preventable, and feel ever more frustrated or enraged by the world's inaction. Or you can accept that disaster is coming, and begin to rethink what it means to have hope.' This is Jonathan Franzen's controversial New Yorker essay, published as a single volume that discusses a planet on the cusp of and what and how individuals can respond to that.

Rein Gold

Rein Gold

Author: Elfriede Jelinek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/01/2021

2004 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Elfriede Jelinek's REIN GOLD reconstructs the events of Wagner's epic Ring cycle and extends them into the present day. Originally written as a libretto for the Berlin State Opera, REIN GOLD is a 'buhnenessay', an essay for the stage, structured in the form of a dialogue between Wotan, father of the gods, and his favourite daughter, Brunnhilde, in the third act of THE VALKYRIE. The book opens with Brunnhilde diagnosing her father Wotan to be a victim of capitalism because he, too, has fallen into the trap of wanting to own a castle he cannot afford. In stream of consciousness monologues, Brunnhilde and Wotan touch on a number of events from the days of the Nibelungen Saga to the 2008 financial crisis caused by the US subprime mortgage crisis and the role of banks therein, and through Marx's ideas as developed in DAS KAPITAL, written almost contemporaneously with Wagner's Ring cycle. While rooted in Wagner's libretto, this sophisticated mesh of interwoven ideas also covers recent and current events, such as the way world leaders act in times of financial crisis, or the murders committed by the German neo-Nazi NSU group. Jelinek offers fascinatingly rich context for current political debates, as well as some intriguing new ideas, while never straying far from her leitmotif, the birth of capitalism.