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The Government of the Tongue

by Seamus Heaney

In his volume of critical essays The Government of the Tongue, Seamus Heaney scrutinizes the poetry of many masterful poets. Throughout the collection, Heaney's gifts as a wise and genial reader are exercised...


White Girls

by Hilton Als

White Girls, Hilton Als’s first book since The Women fourteen years ago, finds one of The New Yorker's boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music...


Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives

by Elizabeth Benedict

Edited and with a contribution by Elizabeth Benedict, thirty of today's brightest literary lights turn their attention to the question of mentorship and influence.

For Denis Johnson, it was Leonard Gardner's...


Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature

by John Branscum & Wayne Thomas

Anthology of contemporary Appalachian literature travels through housing projects, forest-stripped ravines, and trailer high-rises, exploring Appalachia's vibrant migrant tradition.


Writings On Hashish And Alcohol: Charles Baudelaire

by Charles Baudelaire

In the 1840s, Charles Baudelaire was a regular member of the infamous Club des Hashischins ("Club of the Hashish-Eaters"), a Parisian literary group dedicated to the exploration of altered states of consciousness,...


Don't You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes

by Jaime Clarke & Ally Sheedy

No one captured the teen portion of the eighties as poignantly as writer-director John Hughes. Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Some Kind of Wonderful...


These Are the Breaks

by Idris Goodwin

These Are The Breaks is the debut essay collection of NEA award-winning playwright, HBO Def Poet, and critically acclaimed "indie" rapper, Idris Goodwin. Diverse in scope and wickedly satirical, Goodwin's poetic...


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...


The Double Life Is Twice as Good: Essays and Fiction

by Jonathan Ames

Wildly original novelist, essayist, and performance artist Jonathan Aames delivers his best collection yet—a hilarious, risqué, and loveable selection of articles, essays, and fiction, including several previously...


Portraits and Prayers

by Gertrude Stein

Portraits and Prayers is a collection of early essays and word portraits by the American writer Gertrude Stein. Her subjects often provide a description of what she observed in her Saturday salons.


Representations of the Intellectual

by Edward W. Said

In these six essays--delivered on the BBC as the prestigious Reith Lectures--Said addresses the ways in which the intellectual can best serve society in the light of a heavily compromised media and of special...


The Lantern-Bearers and Other Essays

by Robert Louis Stevenson & Jeremy Treglown

This anthology collects 33 of his finest pieces on diverse subjects.


What Do Women Want?: Essays by Erica Jong

by Erica Jong

Erica Jong's two rules of writing are "never cut funny" and "keep the pages turning." And Jong delivers in these twenty-six essays, coupling frank and risqu? stories about her own life with provocative pieces...


Something of Myself and Others

by Mary Kenny

‘We are all witnesses of our time, and this is something of a witness to mine.’ Something of Myself and Others is a fascinating collection of articles and reflections on the public and private life of one...


An Archaeology of Yearning

by Bruce Mills

The moving story of a father's bond with his autistic son embodies powerful themes of family relationships and human connections.


Sacred Monsters

by Edmund White

More than 20 essays-none previously published in book form-by the National Book Critics Circle finalist and author John Irving calls "one of the best writers of my generation." Edmund White is one of our most...


The Broken Book

by Fiona Farrell

A mix of poetry and prose, this compilation by New Zealand’s Fiona Ferrell is simultaneously a memoir, a meandering travel book, and a poetry collection. Demonstrating how a natural disaster can turn a life...


Anatomy of Restlessness: Selected Writings 1969-1989

by Bruce Chatwin

Although he is best known for his luminous reports from the farthest-flung corners of the earth, Bruce Chatwin possessed a literary sensibility that reached beyond the travel narrative to span a world of topics—from...


The Adding Machine

by William S. Burroughs

"Sheer pleasure. . . . Wonderfully entertaining."—Chicago Sun-Times

Acclaimed by Norman Mailer more than twenty years ago as "possibly the only American writer of genius," William S. Burroughs has produced a...


The Best American Travel Writing 2013

by Jason Wilson & Elizabeth Gilbert

A collection of the best travel writing pieces published in American periodicals during 2012.