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  • Masscult and Midcultby Dwight Macdonald; John Summers; Louis Menand

    New York Review Books 2011; US$ 16.95

    A New York Review Books Original An uncompromising contrarian, a passionate polemicist, a man of quick wit and wide learning, an anarchist, a pacifist, and a virtuoso of the slashing phrase, Dwight Macdonald was an indefatigable and indomitable critic of America?s susceptibility to well-meaning cultural fakery: all those estimable, eminent, prizewinning... more...

  • Moving Beyond Wordsby Gloria Steinem

    Open Road Media 2012; US$ 14.99

    Steinem?s career-spanning collection of essays?each one a book in itself?re-imagine everything from the masculinization of wealth to Freudian thought and aging With cool humor and rich intellect, Gloria Steinem strips bare our social constructions of gender and race, explaining just how limiting these invented cultural identities can be.  ... more...

  • My 1980s and Other Essaysby Wayne Koestenbaum

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 16.99

    Wayne Koestenbaum returns with a zesty and hyper-literate collection of personal and critical essays Wayne Koestenbaum has been described as "an impossible lovechild from a late-night, drunken three-way between Joan Didion, Roland Barthes, and Susan Sontag" ( Bidoun ). In My 1980s and Other Essays , a collection of extravagant range and style,... more...

  • Mémoire sur la science de l'hommeby comte de de Rouvroy; Ligaran

    Primento Digital Publishing 2015; US$ 2.99

    Extrait : "Le pas le plus utile dans les sciences est toujours celui qui suit immédiatement les derniers qui ont été faits. L'entreprise scientifique qui contribue le plus aux progrès des lumières est toujours celle que les travaux les plus récents des hommes de génie ont préparée ; car les idées les plus justes, lorsqu'elles se trouvent trop en avant... more...

  • The New Negroby Alain Locke

    Touchstone 2014; US$ 18.00

    From the man known as the father of the Harlem Renaissance comes a powerful, provocative, and affecting anthology of writers who shaped the Harlem Renaissance movement and who help us to consider the evolution of the African American in society. With stunning works by seminal black voices such as Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullen, and W.E.B. DuBois,... more...

  • Nos Filles et nos Filsby Ernest Legouvé; Ligaran

    Primento Digital Publishing 2015; US$ 2.99

    Extrait : "Que Marguerite fût la plus mignonne petite fille du monde, c'est ce que sa mère, Mme Dubreuil, pense sans le dire, et ce que tous ses amis disent en le pensant. Pourtant Marguerite a un grand défaut : elle ne veut pas absolument parler anglais. En vain a-t-on fait venir pour elle une bonne de Londres, en vain sa mère lui parle-t-elle anglais... more...

  • Off Rampby Hank Stuever

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 23.99

    "I'm the one they send to the trailer park outside Chimayo, New Mexico, to see the place where the guy went crazy and shot somebody. I'm the one who gets sent to the monster truck show, Lollapalooza concerts, the world's biggest bridal fair. Readers warm to my style . . . unless it drives them to apoplexy." -H.S. Take the off ramp to the world... more...

  • The Other Glass Teatby Harlan Ellison

    Open Road Media 2014; US$ 9.99

    In the late 1960s, Harlan Ellison launched a weekly column for the Los Angeles Free Press , where he uncompromisingly discussed the effects of television on modern society. He assaulted everything from television sitcoms to corrupt politicians, talk shows to military massacres. Today, more than four decades later, almost all of his criticism still... more...

  • The Other Seriousby Christy Wampole

    HarperCollins 2015; US$ 15.99

    An original collection of incandescent cultural criticism, both experimental and personal, full of pragmatic advice for how to live a considered, joyful existence in our era of screen living and hipster irony, by a Gen-X Princeton professor and contributor to The New York Times The essays in The Other Serious examine the signature phenomena of... more...

  • Our Only Worldby Wendell Berry

    Counterpoint 2015; US$ 24.00

    Essayist, novelist, and poet, Wendell Berry has written more than thirty books. He lives and works in his native Kentucky with his wife, Tanya Berry, and their children and grandchildren. more...