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Turn Around Bright Eyes

by Rob Sheffield

Once upon a time I was falling apart. Now I'm always falling in love.

Pick up the microphone.

When Rob Sheffield moved to New York City in the summer of 2001, he was a young widower trying to start a new life...


Psychogeography

by Will Self & Ralph Steadman

The very best of Will Self's columns for the Independent on the oddities of place, with Ralph Steadman's trademark illustrations.


Ninety 9

by Vanessa Berry

In the 1990s, when music was recorded on cassettes and movies on VHS, Vanessa Berry was reacting to the loneliness of life in the suburbs by constructing imaginary worlds and identities from video hits, late-night...


The Swiftly Tilting Worlds of Madeleine L'Engle

by Luci Shaw

In honor of Madeleine L'Engle's 80th birthday, a host of prominent writers and academics gather to create this unique collection. Madeleine's circle of friends and peers (writers, poets, scholars, theologians)...


The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays

by Simon Leys

An NYRB Classics Original

Simon Leys is a Renaissance man for the era of globalization. A distinguished scholar of classical Chinese art and literature and one of the first Westerners to recognize the appalling...


Trilogy

by Hilda Doolittle & Aliki Barnstone

The classic Trilogy by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle, 1886-1961), including a large section of referential notes for readers and students, compiled by Professor Aliki Barnstone.As civilian war poetry (written under...


How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

by Kiese Laymon

Author and essayist Kiese Laymon is one of the most unique, stirring, and powerful new voices in American social and cultural commentary. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America is a collection of...


Burning Down the House

by Charles Baxter

Graywolf reissues one of its most successful essay collections with two new essays and a new foreword by Charles BaxterAs much a rumination on the state of literature as a technical manual for aspiring writers,...


Lit, Migration & the 'War on Terror'

by Fiona Tolan, Stephen Morton & Anastasia Valassopoulos

This is a major new collection of essays on literary and cultural representations of migration and terrorism, the cultural impact of 9/11, and the subsequent 'war on terror'. The collection commences with analyses...


Yonder

by Siri Hustvedt

Sparkling essays on a variety of subjects--literature, art, popular culture, autobiography--by a renowned young American novelist.

In her brilliant and daring novels The Blindfold and The Enchantment of Lily...


Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

by Rick Riordan

Which Greek god makes the best parent?

Would you want to be one of Artemis’ Hunters?

Why do so many monsters go into retail?

Spend a little more time in Percy Jackson’s world—a place where the gods bike among...


Playing House: Notes of a Reluctant Mother

by Lauren Slater

Acclaimed author Lauren Slater ruminates on what it means to be family.

 

Lauren Slater’s rocky childhood left her cold to the idea of ever creating a family of her own, but a husband, two dogs, two children,...


Halls of Fame

by John D'Agata

“John D’Agata is an alchemist who changes trash into purest gold.” —Guy Davenport, Harper’s

John D’Agata journeys the endless corridors of America’s myriad halls of fame and faithfully reports on...


A Personal Calligraphy

by Mary Pratt

Mary Pratt is famous throughout Canada for her luminous paintings and prints. Her 1995 exhibition, The Art of Mary Pratt: The Substance of Light, drew record-breaking crowds on its tour of Canada. It also resulted...


Cotton Tenants: Three Families

by James Agee, John Summers & Walker Evans

A re-discovered masterpiece of reporting by a literary icon and a celebrated photographer

In 1941, James Agee and Walker Evans published Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a 400-page prose symphony about three tenant...


remembered rapture

by bell hooks

Drawing on her experiences as a professor of English and the author of sixteen highly acclaimed books, critic bell hooks presents an insightful collection of essays on the process and politics of writing. Centrally,...


Shakespeare's England: Life in Elizabethan & Jacobean Times

by R E Pritchard

This is an intriguing and fascinating collection of excerpts from some of the best, wittiest and most unusual sixteenth and seventteenth century writing.


Sentimentalism in Nineteenth-Century America: Literary and Cultural Practices

by Mary G. De Jong

Tracing the eighteenth-century origins of sentimentalism, the collection illustrates its proliferation in nineteenth-century America. Sentimental writings by both sexes played a major role in the formation of...


The Difficulty of Being

by Jean Cocteau & Elizabeth Sprigge

Reflections on life and art from the legendary filmmaker-novelist-poet-genius.

By the time he published The Difficulty of Being in 1947, Jean Cocteau had produced some of the most respected films and literature...


An Appetite for Poetry

by Frank Kermode

Frank Kermode is one of the pre-eminent practitioners of the art of criticism in the English speaking world. It has been his distinction to make a virtue � as all the best critics have done � of the necessarily...