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Your Vigor for Life Appalls Me: Robert Crumb Letters 1958-1977
Your Vigor for Life Appalls Me
Robert Crumb Letters 1958-1977
Paperback      ISBN: 1560973102
“I feel that my work is but a feeble expression of something that in itself is vague and doubtful… Sometimes when I probe myself I find that my intentions in art aren't as sincere as they should be… I realize that I’m fairly good at drawing, but you see that’s only because I've done so much of it, and it seems sometimes that the only reason I have stuck at it so diligently is because I have to sort of get even with society for not accepting me… Subconsciously I want to make myself immortal among men, leave my mark on the earth to compensate for social inadequacy… So I draw.
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers
The Art of Fiction
Notes on Craft for Young Writers
Paperback      ISBN: 0679734031
A guide to creative writing examines diverse facets of writing technique, and contains analyses of works by writers from Homer to Mark Twain
Portable Nietzsche
Portable Nietzsche
Paperback      ISBN: 0140150625
Selections from the books, notes, and letters of this 19th century philosopher
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again
Essays and Arguments
Paperback      ISBN: 0316925284
Acclaimed as one of "Generation X"'s most talented writers, the author of Infinite Jest presents seven witty, compelling essays on subjects ranging from tennis to literary theory to forced fun aboard an ocean liner. Reprint. Tour. NYT.
Giving Good Weight
Giving Good Weight
Paperback      ISBN: 0374516006
"You people come into the market—the Greenmarket, in the open air under the down pouring sun—and you slit the tomatoes with your fingernails. With your thumbs, you excavate the cheese. You choose your stringbeans one at a time. You pulp the nectarines and rape the sweet corn. You are something wonderful, you are—people of the city—and we, who are almost without exception strangers here, are as absorbed with you as you seem to be with the numbers on our hanging scales." So opens the title piece in this collection of John McPhee's classic essays, grouped here with four others, including "Brigade de Cuisine," a profile of an artistic and extraordinary chef; "The Keel of Lake Dickey," in which a journey down the whitewater of a wild river ends in the shadow of a huge projected dam; a report on plans for the construction of nuclear power plants that would float in the ocean; and a pinball shoot-out between two prizewinning journalists. "You people come into the market—the Greenmarket, in the open air under the down pouring sun—and you slit the tomatoes with your fingernails. With your thumbs, you excavate the cheese. You choose your stringbeans one at a time. You pulp the nectarines and rape the sweet corn. You are something wonderful, you are—people of the city—and we, who are almost without exception strangers here, are as absorbed with you as you seem to be with the numbers on our hanging scales." So opens the title piece in this collection of John McPhee's classic essays, grouped here with four others, including "Brigade de Cuisine," a profile of an artistic and extraordinary chef; "The Keel of Lake Dickey," in which a journey down the whitewater of a wild river ends in the shadow of a huge projected dam; a report on plans for the construction of nuclear power plants that would float in the ocean; and a pinball shoot-out between two prizewinning journalists.
Letters to a Young Poet
Letters to a Young Poet
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0394741048
A new translation of ten letters penned by Rilke from 1903 to 1908, which encompass his words of advice and encouragement to an aspiring young writer
Irving History, Tales, and Sketches
Irving History, Tales, and Sketches
Hardcover      ISBN: 0940450143
Presents satires of New York City history, politics, and society
The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick: Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings
The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick
Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings
Paperback      ISBN: 0679747877
Collects articles on science fiction and related topics, chapters from an unfinished novel, excerpts from journals, and other writings
Crofter and the Laird
Crofter and the Laird
Paperback      ISBN: 0374514658
When John McPhee returned to the island of his ancestors—Colonsay, twenty-five miles west of the Scottish mainland—a hundred and thirty-eight people were living there. About eighty of these, crofters and farmers, had familial histories of unbroken residence on the island for two or three hundred years; the rest, including the English laird who owned Colonsay, were “incomers.” Donald McNeill, the crofter of the title, was working out his existence in this last domain of the feudal system; the laird, the fourth Baron Strathcona, lived in Bath, appeared on Colonsay mainly in the summer, and accepted with nonchalance the fact that he was the least popular man on the island he owned. While comparing crofter and laird, McPhee gives readers a deep and rich portrait of the terrain, the history, the legends, and the people of this fragment of the Hebrides. When John McPhee returned to the island of his ancestors—Colonsay, twenty-five miles west of the Scottish mainland—a hundred and thirty-eight people were living there. About eighty of these, crofters and farmers, had familial histories of unbroken residence on the island for two or three hundred years; the rest, including the English laird who owned Colonsay, were “incomers.” Donald McNeill, the crofter of the title, was working out his existence in this last domain of the feudal system; the laird, the fourth Baron Strathcona, lived in Bath, appeared on Colonsay mainly in the summer, and accepted with nonchalance the fact that he was the least popular man on the island he owned. While comparing crofter and laird, McPhee gives readers a deep and rich portrait of the terrain, the history, the legends, and the people of this fragment of the Hebrides.
Piano Lessons: Music, Love, & True Adventures
Piano Lessons
Music, Love, & True Adventures
Paperback      ISBN: 0385318219
The author describes his midlife decision to learn to play the piano, a lifelong dream that made him reevaluate his life achievements and that was bolstered by his admiration for accomplished pianists