Fallen Leaves: Last Words on Life, Love, War, and God

By Will Durant

Praised as a “revelatory” ebook by means of The Wall road Journal, this can be the final and so much own paintings of Pulitzer Prize–winning writer and historian Will Durant, found thirty-two years after his death.

The end result of Will Durant’s sixty-plus years spent discovering the philosophies, religions, arts, sciences, and civilizations from the world over, Fallen Leaves is the distilled knowledge of 1 of the world’s maximum minds, a guy with a well known expertise for rendering the insights of the previous available. Over the process Durant’s profession he bought a number of letters from “curious readers who've challenged me to talk my brain at the undying questions of human lifestyles and fate.” With Fallen Leaves, his ultimate e-book, he eventually approved their challenge.

In twenty-two brief chapters, Durant addresses every little thing from adolescence and outdated age to faith, morals, intercourse, warfare, politics, and artwork. Fallen Leaves is “a thought-provoking array of evaluations” (Publishers Weekly), delivering stylish prose, deep insights, and Durant’s revealing conclusions in regards to the perennial difficulties and maximum joys we are facing as a species. In Durant’s singular voice, here's a message of perception for everybody who has ever sought that means in lifestyles or the assistance of a realized pal whereas navigating life’s trip.

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Žižek : A Guide for the Perplexed

By Sean Sheehan

Some of the most widely-read thinkers writing this present day, Slavoj Žižek's paintings could be either exciting and confusing in equivalent degree. Žižek: A advisor for the puzzled is the main up to date consultant on hand for readers suffering to grasp the guidelines of this highly influential philosopher. Unpacking the philosophical references that fill Žižek's writings, the publication explores his impacts, together with Lacan, Kant, Hegel and Marx. From there, a bankruptcy on 'Reading Žižek' courses the reader throughout the ways in which he applies those center theoretical suggestions in key texts like Tarrying With the adverse, The Ticklish topic and The Parrallax View and in his books approximately pop culture like taking a look Awry and luxuriate in Your Symptom! significant secondary writings and movies that includes Žižek also are lined.

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Male Beauty: Postwar Masculinity in Theater, Film, and Physique Magazines

By Kenneth Krauss

Explores how a more youthful and extra delicate kind of masculinity emerged within the usa after international conflict II.

within the a long time that global conflict II, american citizens hunted for and infrequently founds symptoms of a brand new masculinity that used to be more youthful, delicate, and sexually ambivalent. Male Beauty examines the theater, movie, and magazines of the time so one can remove darkness from how each recommend a model of male gendering that intentionally contrasted, and infrequently clashed with, past constructs. This new postwar masculinity was once in huge half a made of the conflict itself. the necessity to comprise these men who fought the battle as men—many of whom have been a long way more youthful than what conventional male gender definitions may settle for as “manly”—extended the diversity of what may possibly and may be regarded as masculine. Kenneth Krauss provides to this research one of many first in-depth examinations of the way men who have been sexually interested in different men came across this rising idea of manliness through body magazines.

“The transformation of the way masculinity was once awarded and perceived after global battle II is on the vanguard of research in Male Beauty. This definition of what constituted the glance and attraction of the male gender broadened to incorporate a more youthful and extra delicate part of manhood. In a scholarly and personable method, Krauss files the best examples of this transition during the early Nineteen Sixties with over one hundred thirty photos.” — RAGE Monthly

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Four Arts of Photography: An Essay in Philosophy (New Directions in Aesthetics)

Four Arts of Photography explores the background of images during the lens of philosophy and proposes a brand new scholarly knowing of the artwork shape for the 21st century.

  • Re-examines the background of artwork images via 4 significant photographic routine and with case experiences of consultant images
  • Employs a top-down, concept to case process, in addition to a bottom-up, case to conception approach
  • Advances a brand new thought concerning the nature of images that's grounded in know-how yet doesn’t position it against painting
  • Includes commentaries by means of major philosophers of images, Diarmuid Costello and Cynthia A. Freeland

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The Picture in Question: Mark Tansey and the Ends of Representation

By Mark C. Taylor

A wealthy exploration of the chances of illustration after Modernism, Mark Taylor's new examine charts the common sense and continuity of Mark Tansey's portray by means of contemplating the philosophical rules at the back of Tansey's paintings. Taylor examines how Tansey makes use of structuralist and poststructuralist inspiration in addition to disaster, chaos, and complexity conception to create work that please the attention whereas frightening the brain. Taylor's transparent debts of thinkers starting from Plato, Kant, and Hegel to Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, and de guy can be a useful contribution to scholars and academics of art.

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Music at the Limits

By Edward W. Said

Music on the Limits is the 1st publication to collect 3 a long time of Edward W. Said's essays and articles on song. Addressing the paintings of various composers, musicians, and performers, acknowledged conscientiously attracts out music's social, political, and cultural contexts and, as a classically knowledgeable pianist, offers wealthy and sometimes awesome checks of classical song and opera.

Music on the Limits bargains either a clean point of view on canonical items and a party of ignored works through modern composers. stated faults the Metropolitan Opera in big apple for being too conservative and laments the best way opera superstars like Pavarotti have "reduced opera functionality to at the very least intelligence and a greatest of overproduced noise." He additionally displays at the censorship of Wagner in Israel; the worrisome pattern of proliferating track fairs; an opera in accordance with the lifetime of Malcolm X; the connection among track and feminism; the pianist Glenn Gould; and the works of Mozart, Bach, Richard Strauss, and others.

Said wrote his incisive evaluations as either an insider and an expert. He observed tune as a mirrored image of his rules on literature and background and paid shut realization to its composition and inventive percentages. Eloquent and incredible, Music on the Limits preserves a massive measurement of Said's exceptional highbrow paintings and cements his recognition as the most influential and groundbreaking students of the 20 th century.

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Flow: Nature's Patterns: A Tapestry in Three Parts

By Philip Ball

From the swirl of a wisp of smoke to eddies in rivers, and the large chronic typhoon process that's the good spot on Jupiter, we see related kinds and styles anyplace there's stream - no matter if the circulation of wind, water, sand, or flocks of birds. it's the complicated dynamics of stream that constructions our surroundings, land, and oceans.

Part of a trilogy of books exploring the technology of styles in nature via acclaimed technology author Philip Ball, this quantity explores the elusive ideas that govern move - the technological know-how of chaotic behavior.

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast begins with the query: Is good looks destined to finish in tragedy? Drawing on large fieldwork in Colombia, Michael Taussig scrutinizes the frightened, audacious, and infrequently harmful makes an attempt humans make to rework their our bodies via plastic surgery and liposuction. He balances an exam of surgical procedures intended to augment an individual’s attractiveness with a frequently disregarded counterpart, surgical procedures performed—often on excessive profile criminals—to conceal one’s id. Situating this globally shared phenomenon in the financial, cultural, and political background of Colombia, Taussig hyperlinks the country’s lengthy civil battle and its physically mutilation and torture to the sweetness at huge, sketching Colombia as a rustic whose excessive aesthetic stakes make it a level the place the most vital and challenging principles in regards to the physique are performed out.

Central to Taussig’s exam is George Bataille’s suggestion of depense, or “wasting.” whereas depense is usually used as a critique, Taussig additionally seems on the exuberance such squandering creates and its place as a riding monetary strength. Depense, he argues, is exactly what those tactics are all approximately, and the beast at the different aspect of good looks shouldn't be brushed off as uncomplicated recompense. instantly theoretical and colloquial, public and intimate, Beauty and the Beast is a true-to-place ethnography—written in Taussig’s trademark voice—that tells a thickly layered yet regularly available tale concerning the lengths to which individuals will visit be bodily remade.

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Police Aesthetics: Literature, Film, and the Secret Police in Soviet Times

By Cristina Vatalescu

The files rising from the key police files of the previous Soviet bloc have triggered scandal after scandal, compromising respected cultural figures and unexpectedly finishing political careers. "Police Aesthetics" deals a revealing and liable method of such fabrics. making the most of the partial commencing of the key police records in Russia and Romania, Vatulescu specializes in their so much notorious holdings--the own files--as good as on videos the police backed, scripted, or authored. during the records, she profits new insights into the writing of literature and increases new questions on the ethics of analyzing. She exhibits how police records and movies stimulated literature and cinema, from autobiographies to novels, from high-culture classics to avant-garde experiments and renowned blockbusters. In so doing, she opens a clean bankruptcy within the heated debate in regards to the dating among tradition and politics in twentieth-century police states.

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Sor Juana: Or, The Traps of Faith

By Octavio Paz

Because of each person for twin language poetry! here's my first providing of Paz at the tracker, i believe. now not twin language.

trans Margaret Sayers Peden

Mexico's top poet, essayist, and cultural critic writes of a Mexican poet of over again and one other international, the area of seventeenth-century New Spain. His topic is Sor Juana Inés de los angeles Cruz, the main notable determine in all of Spanish-American colonial literature and one of many nice poets of her age.

Her lifestyles reads like a unique. A lively and precocious woman, certainly one of six illegitimate kids, is shipped to reside with family within the capital urban. She turns into recognized for her attractiveness, wit, and awesome erudition, and is taken into the courtroom because the Vicereine's protégée. for 5 years she enjoys the pleasures of existence at court--then suddenly, at twenty, enters a convent for all times. but, no recluse, she transforms the convent locutory right into a literary and highbrow salon; she amasses a powerful library and collects medical tools, reads insatiably, composes poems, and corresponds with literati in Spain. To the consternation of the prelates of the Church, she persists in circulating her poems, redolent extra of the courtroom than the cloister. Her performs are played, volumes of her poetry are released out of the country, and her genius starts off to be well-known during the Hispanic global. without notice she surrenders her books, forswears all literary goals, and indicators in blood a renunciation of secular studying. the remainder is silence. She dies years later, at forty-six.

Octavio Paz has lengthy been intrigued via the enigmas of Sor Juana's character and profession. Why did she turn into a nun? How may possibly she surrender her lifelong ardour for writing and studying? Such questions could be responded purely within the context of the realm within which she lived. Paz supplies a masterly portrayal of the existence and tradition of recent Spain and the political and ideological forces at paintings in that autocratic, theocratic, male-dominated society, within which the subjugation of girls used to be absolute.

Just as Paz illuminates Sor Juana's existence through putting it in its ancient surroundings, so he situates her paintings in terms of the traditions that nurtured it. With serious authority he singles out the traits that distinguish her paintings and mark her strong point as a poet. To Paz her writings, like her existence, epitomize the fight of the person, and specifically the person girl, for artistic achievement and self-expression.

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