Where Have You Been?: Selected Essays

By Michael Hofmann

An experience with a roving genius of literary criticism

Michael Hofmann―poet, translator, and highbrow vagabond―has validated himself as one of many keenest critics of up to date literature. accurately nestled among the covers of Where have you ever Been?, he bargains a hand to steer us and an encouraging whisper in our ear, best us on a visit via what to learn, easy methods to imagine, and why to love. And whereas those essays endure sharp insights that might aid us revisit writers with a clean eye, also they are a narrative of affection among a reader and his precious books.
within the thirty essays amassed the following, Hofmann brings his signature wit and sustained serious mastery to a poetic, penetrating, and candid dialogue of the writers and artists of the final hundred years. listed here are the essential poets with out which modern poetry will be unimaginable―Elizabeth Bishop, "the poets' poets' poet," the "ghostly ability" of Robert Lowell, and the fellow he calls the best English poet in view that Shakespeare, Ted Hughes. yet he additionally illumines the melancholy of John Berryman and the antics of poetry's bogeyman, Frederick Seidel.
In essays on artwork which are themselves artistic endeavors, Hofmann's agile and significant brain explores a panoply of matters from the mastery of translation to the simplest day activity for a poet. What those assorted gemstones proportion are the critic's insatiable interest and nice attraction. Where have you ever Been? is an unmissable trip with literature's such a lot impossible to resist flaneur.

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The Uncollected David Rakoff: Including the entire text of Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish

Bestselling and Thurber Prize–winning slapstick comedian David Rakoff used to be some of the most unique, delightfully acerbic voices of his new release. the following, in a single position, is the simplest of his formerly uncollected material—most by no means sooner than released in booklet form.
 
David Rakoff’s singular character spills from each web page of this witty and pleasing quantity, including commute good points, early fiction works, popular culture feedback, and transcripts of his such a lot memorable appearances on public radio’s Fresh Air and This American Life

These writings chart his transformation from fish out of water, meekly arriving for school in 1982, to a proud New Yorker bluntly opining on how one can stroll appropriately within the urban. They exhibit his unheard of skill to trap the pleasures of solitary objectives like cooking and crafting, particularly in occasions of difficulty; in addition to the ups and downs within the life-span of a friendship, if it is a true courting or an imaginary correspondence among Gregor Samsa and Dr. Seuss (co-authored with Jonathan Goldstein). additionally integrated is his novel-in-verseLove, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish
 
By turns hilarious, incisive and deeply relocating, this assortment highlights the numerous elements of Rakoff’s large expertise and exhibits the arc of his notable career.

With a foreword via Paul Rudnick.

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The Latin Deli: Prose and Poetry

By Judith Ortiz Cofer

Reviewing her novel, the road of the sunlight, the hot York occasions booklet evaluate hailed Judith Ortiz Cofer as "a author of genuine presents, with a real and significant tale to tell." these presents are on ample reveal within the Latin Deli, an evocative selection of poetry, own essays, and brief fiction within which the dominant subject—the lives of Puerto Ricans in a brand new Jersey barrio—is drawn from the author's personal formative years. Following the directive of Emily Dickinson to "tell all of the fact yet inform it slant," Cofer methods her fabric from quite a few angles.

An acute longing for place of birth is the poignant topic of the identify poem, which opens the gathering. Cofer's traces introduce us "to a lady of no-age" presiding over a small shop whose wares—Bustelo espresso, jamon y queso, "green plantains placing in stalks like votive offerings"—must fulfill, notwithstanding imperfectly, the wishes and hungers of these who've left the islands for the city Northeast. equally affecting is the quick tale "Nada," during which a mother's grief over a son killed in Vietnam steadily consumes her. Refusing the medals and flag proferred through the govt ("Tell the Mr. President of the USA what I say: No, gracias."), in addition to the consolations of her acquaintances in El construction, the girl starts off to provide away all her possessions The narrator, upon listening to the girl say "nada," displays, "I let you know, that note is sort of a drain that sucks every thing down."

As rooted as they're in a selected immigrant event, Cofer's writings also are wealthy in common issues, particularly these concerning the rigors, confusions, and wonders of turning out to be up. whereas set within the barrio, the essays "American History," "Not for Sale," and "The Paterson Public Library" take care of matters that may be these of any delicate younger girl coming of age in the United States: romantic attachments, kin with mom and dad and friends, the hunt for wisdom. And in poems equivalent to "The lifetime of an Echo" and "The goal of Nuns," Cofer bargains eloquent ruminations at the secret of wish and the clash among the flesh and the spirit.

Cofer's targets as a author are possibly said so much explicitly within the essay "The fantasy of the Latin lady: I simply Met a lady Named Maria." Recalling certainly one of her early poems, she notes how its message continues to be her project: to go beyond the constraints of language, to attach "through the human-to-human channel of art."

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Selected Writings, Volume 2: Part 1 (1927-1930)

By Walter Benjamin

Within the frenzied ultimate years of the Weimar Republic, amid financial cave in and mounting political disaster, Walter Benjamin emerged because the most unique working towards literary critic and public highbrow within the German-speaking international. quantity 2 of the chosen Writings is now to be had in paperback in parts.

In half 1, Benjamin is represented by way of of his maximum literary essays, "Surrealism" and "On clone of Proust," in addition to through an extended article on Goethe and a beneficiant collection of his wide-ranging statement for Weimar Germany's newspapers.

Part 2 includes, as well as the $64000 longer essays, "Franz Kafka," "Karl Kraus," and "The writer as Producer," the prolonged autobiographical meditation "A Berlin Chronicle," and prolonged discussions of the background of images and the social scenario of the French author, formerly untranslated shorter items on such matters as language and reminiscence, theological feedback and literary heritage, astrology and the newspaper, and on such influential figures as Paul Valery, Stefan George, Hitler, and Mickey Mouse.

Review

[Praise for the one-volume hardcover edition]
For those that comprehend simply the small choice of essays and longer texts formerly translated into English, this e-book could be a revelation. chosen Writings: quantity 2 spanning the interval from his abandonment of academia and his emergence as an immense literary journalist in 1927 to his close to silencing after the Nazis seized energy and his exile in 1934, exhibits the author at his gleaming best.
(Paul Mattick big apple instances ebook Review)

[Praise for the one-volume hardcover edition]
The interval from 1927 to 1934 spanned during this quantity was once for Walter Benjamin either grievous and fertile...The variety of subject matters and views is gigantic. It extends from issues on kitsch and pornography to repeated encounters, own or oblique, with Gide, Kierkegaard and surrealism. The cultural heritage of toys fascinates Benjamin as he documents his personal Berlin youth. Insights into 'Left-Wing Melancholy' trade with suggestions on Mickey Mouse, on Chaplin, and on graphology.
(George Steiner The Observer)

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Understanding Brecht

By Walter Benjamin

Having met within the overdue Nineteen Twenties in Germany, Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht--both independently minded Marxists with a deep figuring out of and passionate dedication to the emancipatory power of cultural practices--discussed, argued, and corresponded on subject matters as various as Fascism and the paintings of Franz Kafka. In knowing Brecht, Benjamin's so much delicate and probing writing at the dramatic and poetic paintings of his pal and educate is gathered. along his attention-grabbing analyses of Brecht's "epic theatre" and commentaries on his verse, we discover Benjamin's masterful essay "The writer as manufacturer, " in addition to an extract from his diaries that recounts the serious conversations on aesthetics and politics held among the 2.

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Role Models

By John Waters

Here, from the incomparable John Waters, is a paean to the facility of subversive suggestion that would pride, amuse, enrich―and fortunately horrify―readers everywhere.

Role types is, in truth, a self-portrait instructed via intimate profiles of favourite personalities―some recognized, a few unknown, a few felony, a few strangely center of the line. From Esther Martin, proprietor of the scariest bar in Baltimore, to the playwright Tennessee Williams; from the atheist chief Madalyn Murray O'Hair to the insane martyr Saint Catherine of Siena; from the English novelist Denton Welch to the timelessly beautiful singer Johnny Mathis―these are the intense figures who helped the writer shape his personal model of neurotic happiness.

Role versions is a private invitation into some of the most distinctive, perverse, and hilarious creative minds of our time.

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Sightings: Extraordinary Encounters with Ordinary Birds

By Sam Keen

In twelve interwoven essays, Sam willing, the hot York occasions best-selling writer of fireplace within the stomach, stocks moments of spirituality and perception that he's skilled whereas fowl observing. willing has been blessed with moments of good looks that he translates with wit, knowledge, and a little bit down-home philosophy. From his youth ramblings within the Tennessee desolate tract to a heartbreaking force via Arizona to a walk at the shore of Lake Michigan on his seventieth birthday, listed here are meditations on such common principles as friendship, the character of the soul, and the disgruntlement that incorporates getting precisely what you will want. Watercolor renderings of lovely birds equivalent to the Indigo Bunting, our lord god chook, and the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker around out the gathering, making SIGHTINGS a stunning and encouraging quantity.

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Les jongleurs de mots : de François Villon à Raymond Devos

By Patrice Delbourg

Dans «Les Jongleurs de mots», Patrice Delbourg a réuni tous ceux qui, de François Villon à Raymond Devos, ont fait valser los angeles langue et chanter l'impertinence...
Dans une somme de six hundred pages, qui court docket du Moyen Age aux années Mitterrand, il rend un bel hommage à tous ceux, poètes, romanciers, moralistes, comiques, paroliers, chansonniers, dramaturges, qui, même si certains d'entre eux se sont suicidés, l'ont aidé à ne jamais désespérer...tous portraiturés à los angeles pointe nice, avec un gai savoir. (Jérôme Garcin - Le Nouvel Observateur du 18 décembre 2008)

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The World According to Clarkson

By Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson stocks his critiques on as regards to every thing in The international in response to Clarkson. Jeremy Clarkson has obvious far more of the area than such a lot. He has, as they are saying, been round a section. And accordingly, he is bought one or issues to inform us approximately the way it all works; and being Jeremy Clarkson he isn't approximately to voice them quietly, humbly, and with no nice dollops of humor. In The international in keeping with Clarkson, he unearths why it really is that an excessive amount of technology is undesirable for our wellbeing and fitness, Seventies rock tune is not anything to feel embarrassment about, searching foxes whereas inebriated and donning night-sights is neither huge nor shrewdpermanent, we needs to paintings tougher to dispose of cricket, and that he likes the Germans (well, sometimes). With a powerful dose of logic that's not often, if ever, stumbled on contained in the M25, Clarkson hilariously assaults the pompous, the ridiculous, the absurd, and the downright idiotic, whereas additionally celebrating the eccentric, the shrewdpermanent, and the sheer bloody outstanding. much less a manifesto for residing and extra a highway map to fashionable existence, The global based on Clarkson is the funniest e-book you are going to learn this 12 months. do not go away domestic with no it. The international based on Clarkson is a hilarious selection of Jeremy's Sunday occasions columns and the 1st in his The international in response to Clarkson series which additionally contains And one other Thing; For Crying Out Loud! and How challenging Can It Be?

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Green Thoughts, Green Shades: Contemporary Poets on the Early Modern Lyric

By Jonathan F. S. Post

What a satisfaction it truly is to learn those astute essays by means of poets one admires approximately poets one has valuable for years! The serious intelligence and vigorous writing on each web page should still attract a large viewers. scholars of the Early sleek Lyric will locate a lot to refresh their figuring out; the overall reader could be seduced -- and rewarded."--Chana Bloch, writer of Mrs. Dumpty and co-translator of The tune of Songs"This is a excellent assortment, shrewdly conceived and brilliantly achieved, which may be learn by way of somebody who loves poetry. As a few of our so much entire modern poets ruminate at the poetry of the 17th century, additionally they remove darkness from the practices and chances of twenty-first century poetry."--Michael Schoenfeldt, writer of Bodies and Selves in Early smooth England"All poetry in English reaches again a technique or one other for its pith and beauty to the 16th and 17th centuries. there's regularly, in each actual poem, a few seed or component of that interval, honey of lute track or devotional chew. i feel that is going for Frank O'Hara and Allen Ginsberg, for Elizabeth Bishop and Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Lowell, for Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams and Marianne Moore, for Mark Strand and Frank Bidart and Louise Glck, for C. D. Wright and Michael Palmer, and for the younger poets in collage and highschool. you could pay attention it and think it, via limitless variations--and because of this this booklet is a brilliant idea."--Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States"I am extremely joyful through Jonathan Post's assortment. there's no different assortment or anthology of this type, or perhaps remotely related, on hand to scholars of poetry of the prior, or to readers of up to date poets. Green recommendations, eco-friendly colours is the liveliest selection of feedback i've got learn in a protracted time." - Richard Howard,

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