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The Disappointment Artist

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Author: Jonathan Lethem
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571317901
Size: 45.29 MB
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 160
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Book Description: Lethem illuminates the process by which a child invents himself as a writer, and as a human being, through a series of approaches to the culture around him. In the title piece, a letter from his aunt (a children's book author) spurs a meditation on the value of writing workshops, the role and influence of reviews, and the uncomfortable fraternity of writers. In 'Defending The Searchers', Lethem explains how a passion for the classic John Wayne Western became occasion for a series of minor humiliations. In 'Identifying with Your Parents', an excavation of childhood love for superhero comics expands to cover a whole range of nostalgia for a previous generation's cultural artefacts. And '13/1977/21', which begins by recounting the summer he saw Star Wars twenty-one times, 'slipping past ushers who'd begun to recognize me...', becomes a meditation on the sorrow and solace of the solitary moviegoer.


Brooklyn Is

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Author: James Agee
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
ISBN: 0823250806
Size: 15.73 MB
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Category : Travel
Languages : en
Pages : 64
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Book Description: “Agee’s prose poem captures the textural variety of Brooklyn in language that bears reading aloud for its lilt, melody, and pleasingly pungent vocabulary.” —Booklist (starred review) For the first time in book form—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author Foreword by Jonathan Lethem, author Motherless Brooklyn In 1939, James Agee was assigned to write an article on Brooklyn for a special issue of Fortune on New York City. The draft was rejected for “creative differences,” and remained unpublished until it appeared in Esquire in 1968 under the title “Southeast of the Island: Travel Notes.” Crossing the borough from the brownstone heights over the Brooklyn Bridge out through backstreet neighborhoods like Flatbush, Midwood, and Sheepshead Bay that roll silently to the sea, Agee captured in 10,000 remarkable words, the essence of a place and its people. Propulsive, lyrical, jazzy, and tender, its pitch-perfect descriptions endure even as Brooklyn changes; Agee’s essay is a New York classic. Resonant with the rhythms of Hart Crane, Walt Whitman, and Thomas Wolfe, it takes its place alongside Alfred Kazin’s A Walker in the City as a great writer’s love-song to Brooklyn and alongside E. B. White’s Here Is New York as an essential statement of the place so many call home. “Agee’s rhapsodically detailed essay/prose poem is a Whitmanessque catalog, evoking a Brooklyn of ordinary people.” —Berkshire Eagle “Strikingly successful in uncovering America’s Brooklyn, its neighborhoods and its people . . . the book is startlingly beautiful.” —The Brooklyn Rail “Agee is a wonderfully poetic writer, and he weaves a beautiful portrait of the borough, covering the people and places in every corner of Brooklyn’s seventy-one miles” —Park Slope Reader


Seen And Not Seen

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Author: Jasun Horsley
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 1782796746
Size: 75.90 MB
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 316
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Book Description: Popular culture mirrors the human soul and it can't lie about the state it is in—which is what makes it an essential guide on the quest for self-knowledge. Seen and Not Seen: Confessions of a Movie Autist is a series of autobiographical explorations which slowly uncover the author's secret life to himself. Revisiting his former writings on film and deconstructing old texts, he engages in a literary dialogue with his past as he struggles to bust open his fantasy life and reach the truth behind it. Moving into and through the cultural, social and political dimensions of movies, the book maps previously undiscovered psychological and spiritual realms of the movie-going experience to create an engaging, thought-provoking, utterly original narrative about the essential acts of movie-watching, writing, and self-examination.


Brooklyn Is

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Author: James Agee
Publisher: Fordham University Press
ISBN: 0823250814
Size: 16.48 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Literary Collections
Languages : en
Pages : 64
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Book Description: For the first time in book form—a great writer’s classic celebration of the essence of Brooklyn. In 1939, James Agee was assigned to write an article on Brooklyn for a special issue of Fortune on New York City. The draft was rejected for “creative differences,” and remained unpublished until it appeared in Esquire in 1968 under the title “Southeast of the Island: Travel Notes.” Crossing the borough from the brownstone heights over the Brooklyn Bridge out through backstreet neighborhoods like Flatbush, Midwood, and Sheepshead Bay that roll silently to the sea, Agee captured in 10,000 remarkable words, the essence of a place and its people. Propulsive, lyrical, jazzy, and tender, its pitch-perfect descriptions endure even as Brooklyn changes; Agee’s essay is a New York classic. Resonant with the rhythms of Hart Crane, Walt Whitman, and Thomas Wolfe, it takes its place alongside Alfred Kazin’s A Walker in the City as a great writer’s love-song to Brooklyn and alongside E. B. White’s Here Is New York as an essential statement of the place so many call home. James Agee was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1909. One of the great prose stylists of the past century, Agee wrote in many forms—poetry, short stories, novels, essays, commentary, and criticism. In 1958 he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for A Death in the Family, and he also wrote the classic account of poor Southern farmers, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, accompanied by Walker Evans’s documentary photographs. With John Huston, he wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for The African Queen, and he was an influential film and theater critic for Time and The Nation. James Agee died in 1955 of a heart attack in a New York City taxicab. In the fall of 2005, the Library of America will publish a two-volume collection of his writings. Jonathan Lethem’s novels include Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, his most recent book is The Disappointment Artist. Lethem was born and raised in Brooklyn, where he still lives.


Dissident Gardens

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Author: Jonathan Lethem
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385534949
Size: 71.30 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 384
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Book Description: A dazzling novel from one of our finest writers—an epic yet intimate family saga about three generations of all-American radicals At the center of Jonathan Lethem’s superb new novel stand two extraordinary women: Rose Zimmer, the aptly nicknamed Red Queen of Sunnyside, Queens, is an unreconstructed Communist who savages neighbors, family, and political comrades with the ferocity of her personality and the absolutism of her beliefs. Her precocious and willful daughter, Miriam, equally passionate in her activism, flees Rose’s influence to embrace the dawning counterculture of Greenwich Village. These women cast spells over the men in their lives: Rose’s aristocratic German Jewish husband, Albert; her cousin, the feckless chess hustler Lenny Angrush; Cicero Lookins, the brilliant son of her black cop lover; Miriam’s (slightly fraudulent) Irish folksinging husband, Tommy Gogan; their bewildered son, Sergius. Flawed and idealistic, Lethem’s characters struggle to inhabit the utopian dream in an America where radicalism is viewed with bemusement, hostility, or indifference. As the decades pass—from the parlor communism of the ’30s, McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, ragged ’70s communes, the romanticization of the Sandinistas, up to the Occupy movement of the moment—we come to understand through Lethem’s extraordinarily vivid storytelling that the personal may be political, but the political, even more so, is personal. Lethem’s characters may pursue their fates within History with a capital H, but his novel is—at its mesmerizing, beating heart—about love.


Das Buch Der Anderen

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Author: Zadie Smith
Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ISBN: 3462320424
Size: 46.60 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : de
Pages : 304
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Book Description: »Es gibt so viele Möglichkeiten, Figuren zu erschaffen, wie es Autoren gibt.« Zadie Smith 21 Autorinnen und Autoren ihrer Generation folgten Zadie Smiths Bitte, zugunsten der von ihr ins Leben gerufenen Charity-Organisation »826 New York«, die Kinder und Jugendliche zum Lesen und Schreiben ermutigen will, honorarfrei eine Short Story zu der vorliegenden Anthologie beizutragen.Die Vorgabe: eine Geschichte schreiben, in deren Mittelpunkt eine fiktive Person steht. So präsentiert Nick Hornby das äußerst wechselvolle Autorenleben des J. Johnson in fiktiven Verlagsankündigungen »Über den Autor« (illustriert von Posy Simmonds), Jonathan Safran Foers Großmutter Rhoda bietet Plätzchen an, um uns die Geschichte ihrer Herzuntersuchung zu versüßen, und Dave Eggers lässt uns teilhaben an der Geschichte des hoffnungslos verliebten Steinriesen »Theo«.Mit einer Einleitung von Zadie Smith und Geschichten einiger der besten jungen englischsprachigen Autorinnen und Autoren diesseits und jenseits des Atlantiks ist »Das Buch der anderen« so schillernd und innovativ wie seine Autoren und so lebendig und vielfältig wie seine Charaktere. Mit Beiträgen von: Edwidge Danticat, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Safran Foer, Andrew Sean Greer, Aleksandar Hemon, A.M. Homes, Nick Hornby (u. Posy Simmonds), Heidi Julavits, Miranda July, A.L. Kennedy, Hari Kunzru, Jonathan Lethem, Toby Litt, David Mitchell, Andrew O’Hagan, ZZ Packer, George Saunders, Zadie Smith, Adam Thirwell, Colm Tóibín, Vendela Vida »Dieses Buch ist ein Schaufenster. Wer stehen bleibt und durch die Scheibe späht, sieht die junge anglo-amerikanische Literatur.« Die Welt


The Vision

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Author: Jonathan Lethem
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 1101910909
Size: 28.41 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 24
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Book Description: From Jonathan Lethem’s classic collection, Men and Cartoons, a haunting, playful story about dress-up, superheroes, Mafia, love and treachery. “I first met the kid known as the Vision at second base, during a kickball game in the P.S. 29 gymnasium,” the narrator, Joel, explains. Decades later the Vision returns to his old Brooklyn neighborhood, no longer a young boy who dresses up in superhero costumes but a confident adult. But at a party with several mysterious visitors the Vision reveals some secrets still lingering, as the partygoers turn from party games to the uneasy weight of truth. This is an exemplary story from a modern master—poignant, witty, and entirely original. An eBook short.


Jonathan Lethem And The Galaxy Of Writing

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Author: Joseph Brooker
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1350003786
Size: 13.17 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 224
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Book Description: Author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude, Jonathan Lethem is one of the most celebrated and significant American writers working today. This new scholarly study draws on a deep knowledge of all Lethem's work to explore the range of his writing, from his award-winning fiction to his work in comics and criticism. Reading Lethem in relation to five themes crucial to his work, Joseph Brooker considers influence and intertextuality; the role of genres such as crime, science fiction and the Western; the imaginative production of worlds; superheroes and comic book traditions; and the representation of New York City. Close readings of Lethem's fiction are contextualized by reference to broader conceptual and comparative frames, as well as to Lethem's own voluminous non-fictional writing and his adaptation of precursors from Franz Kafka to Raymond Chandler. Rich in critical insight, Jonathan Lethem and the Galaxy of Writing demonstrates how an understanding of this author illuminates contemporary literature and culture at large.


Motherless Brooklyn

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Author: Jonathan Lethem
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307789128
Size: 45.25 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 336
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Book Description: A complusively readable riff on the classic detective novel from America's most inventive novelist Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book "Utterly original and deeply moving." —Esquire Brooklyn's very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, Lionel Essrog is an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in startling and original ways. Together with three veterans of the St. Vincent's Home for Boys, he works for small-time mobster Frank Minna's limo service cum detective agency. Life without Frank Minna, the charismatic King of Brooklyn, would be unimaginable, so who cares if the tasks he sets them are, well, not exactly legal. But when Frank is fatally stabbed, one of Lionel's colleagues lands in jail, the other two vie for his position, and the victim's widow skips town. Lionel's world is suddenly topsy-turvy, and this outcast who has trouble even conversing attempts to untangle the threads of the case while trying to keep the words straight in his head. Motherless Brooklyn is a brilliantly original, captivating homage to the classic detective novel by one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation.


The Graphic Novel

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Author: Jan Baetens
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316123375
Size: 24.59 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages :
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Book Description: This book provides both students and scholars with a critical and historical introduction to the graphic novel. Jan Baetens and Hugo Frey explore this exciting form of visual and literary communication, showing readers how to situate and analyse graphic novels since their rise to prominence half a century ago. Several key questions are addressed: what is the graphic novel? How do we read graphic novels as narrative forms? Why is page design and publishing format so significant? What theories are developing to explain the genre? How is this form blurring the categories of high and popular literature? Why are graphic novelists nostalgic for the old comics? The authors address these and many other questions raised by the genre. Through their analysis of the works of many well-known graphic novelists - including Bechdel, Clowes, Spiegelman and Ware - Baetens and Frey offer significant insights for future teaching and research on the graphic novel.


The Cambridge Companion To Bob Dylan

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Author: Kevin J. H. Dettmar
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521886945
Size: 38.11 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 185
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Book Description: A lively set of new essays on Dylan's work as a writer and composer and on his place in American culture.


Songbooks

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Author: Eric Weisbard
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 147802139X
Size: 50.48 MB
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Category : Music
Languages : en
Pages : 552
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Book Description: In Songbooks, critic and scholar Eric Weisbard offers a critical guide to books on American popular music from William Billings's 1770 New-England Psalm-Singer to Jay-Z's 2010 memoir Decoded. Drawing on his background editing the Village Voice music section, coediting the Journal of Popular Music Studies, and organizing the Pop Conference, Weisbard connects American music writing from memoirs, biographies, and song compilations to blues novels, magazine essays, and academic studies. The authors of these works are as diverse as the music itself: women, people of color, queer writers, self-educated scholars, poets, musicians, and elites discarding their social norms. Whether analyzing books on Louis Armstrong, the Beatles, and Madonna; the novels of Theodore Dreiser, Gayl Jones, and Jennifer Egan; or varying takes on blackface minstrelsy, Weisbard charts an alternative history of American music as told through its writing. As Weisbard demonstrates, the most enduring work pursues questions that linger across time period and genre—cultural studies in the form of notes on the fly, on sounds that never cease to change meaning.