Description : “Charming and erudite," from the author of Enlightenment Now, "The wit and insight and clarity he brings . . . is what makes this book such a gem.” —Time.com Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing—and why should we care? From the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature and Enlightenment Now. In this entertaining and eminently practical book, the cognitive scientist, dictionary consultant, and New York Times–bestselling author Steven Pinker rethinks the usage guide for the twenty-first century. Using examples of great and gruesome modern prose while avoiding the scolding tone and Spartan tastes of the classic manuals, he shows how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right. The Sense of Style is for writers of all kinds, and for readers who are interested in letters and literature and are curious about the ways in which the sciences of mind can illuminate how language works at its best.
Description : "In a sparkling series of remarks and observations, Dolven explores qualities of style both in general and through the parallel stories of two men: Sir Thomas Wyatt, a poet and diplomat in the court of Henry VIII; and his admirer Frank O'Hara, a poet and curator in the New York of Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson. Using Wyatt and O'Hara as foils, Dolven opens the larger question of what we talk about when we talk about style, in the 1530s, the 1950s, and today."--Provided by publisher.
Description : The Sense of Space brings together space and body to show that space is a plastic environment, charged with meaning, that reflects the distinctive character of human embodiment in the full range of its moving, perceptual, emotional, expressive, developmental, and social capacities. Drawing on the philosophies of Merleau-Ponty and Bergon, as well as contemporary psychology to develop a renewed account of the moving, perceiving body, the book suggests that our sense of space ultimately reflects our ethical relations to other people and to the place we inhabit. "I like the combination of sober scholarship with imaginative thought and writing. David Morris is fully at home in phenomenology, while being quite knowledgeable of existing and pertinent scientific literature. Having mastered both, he creates a dynamic tension between them, showing how each can fructify the other, albeit in very different ways. The result is truly impressive.
Description : Linguist, psychoanalyst, and cultural theorist, Julia Kristeva is one of the most influential and prolific thinkers of our time. Her writings have broken new ground in the study of the self, the mind, and the ways in which we communicate through language. Her work is unique in that it skillfully brings together psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice, literature, linguistics, and philosophy. In her latest book on the powers and limits of psychoanalysis, Kristeva focuses on an intriguing new dilemma. Freud and psychoanalysis taught us that rebellion is what guarantees our independence and our creative abilities. But in our contemporary "entertainment" culture, is rebellion still a viable option? Is it still possible to build and embrace a counterculture? For whom—and against what—and under what forms? Kristeva illustrates the advances and impasses of rebel culture through the experiences of three twentieth-century writers: the existentialist John Paul Sartre, the surrealist Louis Aragon, and the theorist Roland Barthes. For Kristeva the rebellions championed by these figures—especially the political and seemingly dogmatic political commitments of Aragon and Sartre—strike the post-Cold War reader with a mixture of fascination and rejection. These theorists, according to Kristeva, are involved in a revolution against accepted notions of identity—of one's relation to others. Kristeva places their accomplishments in the context of other revolutionary movements in art, literature, and politics. The book also offers an illuminating discussion of Freud's groundbreaking work on rebellion, focusing on the symbolic function of patricide in his Totem and Taboo and discussing his often neglected vision of language, and underscoring its complex connection to the revolutionary drive.
Description : How to Be a Man is a self-help guide for men. It speaks to men giving them advice on love, divorce, childrearing, and dress and grooming. It offers sound advice on many subjects such as dating and premarital sex. This book will help men to improve their lives by giving them simple but very important suggestions that will improve the quality of their lives. Many men grew up without a father in their home. This book is geared toward such men who may not have been taught the valuable life lessons that only a father can share. The book addresses many subjects that affect men today. Men have to get an education. How can men succeed in school? Many men are unemployed? How can they find and keep a job? What is the appropriate attire for a job interview? So many people are getting into driving accidents. How can a man avoid getting in to such accidents? How to Be a Man also gives tips on cooking, cleaning, and the proper etiquette. Is it okay to eat before your dinner guests? How can you save money when you are on a tight budget? How can you maintain good credit and repair damaged credit? How can you earn the respect of others? How can you assert yourself when disrespected? How can you get a woman to notice you? Is it okay to have sex on the first date? What is the proper way to put on a condom? How can you find the right woman? What is the best way to handle a divorce? How to Be a Man touches on many of these topics and more. Read How to Be a Man so that you can be the best man that you can be.