20th Century American Prose
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Hardcover      ISBN: 0684863472
A respected magazine editor and founder, a onetime spokesman for Generation X, offers a satiric, eloquent, and thoroughly traditionshattering memoir that discusses deaths of his parents from cancer, his raising of his younger brother, and more.
Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder
Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder
Paperback      ISBN: 0679764895
The author takes readers on a tour of his personal museum of natural oddities and optical illusions as he explores the imaginative origins of art and science
Modern American Memoirs
Modern American Memoirs
Paperback      ISBN: 0060927631
Combines excerpts from thirty-five twentieth-century memoirs, including the works of such notables as Russell Baker, James Baldwin, Margaret Mead, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Henry Adams
The 50s: The Story of a Decade
The 50s
The Story of a Decade
Paperback      ISBN: 0812983300
Including contributions by Elizabeth Bishop • Truman Capote • John Cheever • Roald Dahl • Janet Flanner • Nadine Gordimer • A. J. Liebling • Dwight Macdonald • Joseph Mitchell • Marianne Moore • Vladimir Nabokov • Sylvia Plath • V. S. Pritchett • Adrienne Rich • Lillian Ross • Philip Roth • Anne Sexton • James Thurber • John Updike • Eudora Welty • E. B. White • Edmund Wilson And featuring new perspectives by Jonathan Franzen • Malcolm Gladwell • Adam Gopnik • Elizabeth Kolbert • Jill Lepore • Rebecca Mead • Paul Muldoon • Evan Osnos • David Remnick The 1950s are enshrined in the popular imagination as the decade of poodle skirts and “I Like Ike.
Expelled from Eden: A William T. Vollman Reader
Expelled from Eden
A William T. Vollman Reader
Paperback      ISBN: 1560254416
Unpublished essays and correspondence, as well as selections from An Afghanistan Pciture Show and other major works, by the daring journalist and novelist reveals a never-before-seen side to the powerful literary artist. Original.
Just Before Dark: Collected Nonfiction
Just Before Dark
Collected Nonfiction
Hardcover      ISBN: 0944439306
Essays discuss food, travel, sports, and the writings of Ernest Hemingway, John D. MacDonald, Farley Mowat, Peter Matthiessen, and Paul Strand
Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time
Population 485
Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time
Paperback      ISBN: 0060958073
An oddball memoir of a small-town prodigal son turned volunteer with the local fire department who returns to his hometown after a decade of exile chronicles life in a village of 485 people in rural Wisconsin. Reprint.
A Short Autobiography
A Short Autobiography
Paperback      ISBN: 143919906x
A revelatory anthology of 19 personal essays and articles by the 20th-century literary master spans his career and includes a 1920 article written shortly after This Side of Paradise made him famous and a 1940 assessment of the times in which he lived. Original.
Infinity (Stage)
Infinity (Stage)
Hardcover      ISBN: 0472110365
Infinity (Stage) is a highly original study and poetic meditation on the themes of death, memory, identity, and representation in theater, film, and literature. Inspired in part by the death of his father, Spencer Golub's scholarly entertainment employs imaginative wordplay, subtle humor, and textual layering to talk about the impossibility of being real. Infinity (Stage) is a masterful piece of performative writing, a quasi-memoir of a mind staging and screening its inner life, embodying a theory of the nature of art and existence. This alternative approach to history uses mostly immaterial evidence, accident, and coincidence to subvert the widespread power and authority of the material world and its logical functions. The list of artists, authors, directors and other celebrities who make appearances includes Alfred Hitchcock, Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Fred Astaire, Harold Pinter, Herbert Blau, Jean Baudrillard, Jean Cocteau, Maurice Blanchot, Paul Auster, Peter Handke, Robert Wilson, Sam Shepard, Stanley Kubrick, Peter Greenaway, Maya Deren, Jocelyn Moorhouse, Tadeusz Kantor, Tom Stoppard, Vladimir Nabokov, and Rene Magritte, among others. The author's interdisciplinary approach, the scope of his sources and concerns, his blending of critical analysis and creative writing, and his atten-tion to different genres and styles (narrative; dramatic; aphoristic; science, detective, and post-modern fictions) will appeal to readers in theatre, film, performance studies, philosophy, and creative writing. The book will also be of interest to readers who have experienced loss and to those who perceive meaning in things un-remembered, mis-remembered, and unseen. "This book will change the way we think about theatre/film studies and their relation not only to ideology, politics, cultural studies, but to something far more demanding than enunciated and passing power relationships--to life." --Michal Kobialka, University of Minnesota Spencer Golub is Professor of Theatre and Comparative Lit-erature, Brown University. His books include The Recurrence of Fate: Theatre and Memory in Twentieth-Century Russia, which won the prestigious Joe Callaway Award.
No Touch Monkey: And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late
No Touch Monkey
And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late
Paperback      ISBN: 1580050972
Ayun Halliday may not make for the most sensible travel companion, but she is certainly one of the zaniest, with a knack for inserting herself (and her unwitting cohorts) into bizarre situations around the globe. Curator of kitsch and unabashed aficionada of pop culture, Halliday offers bemused, self-deprecating narration of events from guerilla theater in Romania to drug-induced Apocalypse Now reenactments in Vietnam to a perhaps more surreal collagen-implant demonstration at a Paris fashion show emceed by Lauren Bacall. From taming the wild dog packs of Bali to requiring the services of a bonesetter in Sumatra, Ayun Halliday offers up the best of her itinerant foibles as examples of how not to travel abroad. For instance, on layover in Amsterdam, Halliday finds unlikely trouble in the red-light district—eliciting the ire of a tiny, violent madam,—and is forced to explain tampons, which she admits, “might have looked like white cotton bullets lined up in their box,” to soldiers in Kashmir—“They’re for ladies. Bleeding ladies.” A self-admittedly bumbling vacationer, Halliday shares—with razorsharp wit and to hilarious effect—the travel stories most are too self-conscious to tell.