. A masterpiece. Margaret atwood“No one who is invested in any kind of art. An illuminating and transformative book, The Gift is cherished by artists, musicians, and completely original in its view of the world, writers, and thinkers. A manifesto of sorts for anyone who makes art and cares for it. Zadie smith“the best book I know of for talented but unacknowledged creators.
A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the PastFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - It forges a new vision of forgetfulness by assembling fragments of art and writing from the ancient world to the modern, weighing the potential boons forgetfulness might offer the present moment as a creative and political force. We live in a culture that prizes memory—how much we can store, the quality of what’s preserved, how we might better document and retain the moments of our life while fighting off the nightmare of losing all that we have experienced.
It also turns inward, using the author’s own life and memory as a canvas upon which to extol the virtues of a concept too long taken as an evil. One of our true superstars of nonfiction” David Foster Wallace, Lewis Hyde offers a playful and inspiring defense of forgetfulness by exploring the healing effect it can have on the human psyche.
A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past #ad - Drawing material from hesiod to jorge luis borges to elizabeth Bishop to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, from myths and legends to very real and recent traumas both personal and historical, A Primer for Forgetting is a unique and remarkable synthesis that only Lewis Hyde could have produced. But what if forgetfulness were seen not as something to fear—be it in the form of illness or simple absentmindedness—but rather as a blessing, a balm, a path to peace and rebirth? A Primer for Forgetting is a remarkable experiment in scholarship, autobiography, and social criticism by the author of the classics The Gift and Trickster Makes This World.
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This new edition includes an introduction by Michael Chabon. Twelve years after its first publication, Trickster Makes This World—authoritative in its scholarship, loose-limbed in its style—has taken its place among the great works of modern cultural criticism.
Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and OwnershipFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Suspicious of the current idea that all creative work is "intellectual property, " Lewis Hyde turns to America's founding fathers—men like John Adams, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson—in search of other ways to value the fruits of human wit and imagination. What he discovers is a rich tradition in which knowledge was assumed to be a commonwealth, not a private preserve.
For the founding fathers, democratic self-governance itself demanded open and easy access to ideas. And so did the flourishing of public persons, the very actors whose "civic virtue" brought the nation into being. In this lively, carefully argued, hyde brings the past to bear on present matters, and well-documented book, shedding fresh light on everything from the Human Genome Project to Bob Dylan's musical roots.
Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership #ad - So did the growth of creative communities, such as that of eighteenth-century science. Common as air offers a stirring defense of our cultural commons, that vast store of art and ideas we have inherited from the past that continues to enrich our present. Common as air allows us to stand on the shoulders of America's revolutionary giants and to see beyond today's narrow debates over cultural ownership.
What it reveals is nothing less than an inspiring vision of how to reclaim the commonwealth of art and ideas that we were meant to inherit.
Everyday Apocalypse: The Sacred Revealed in Radiohead, The Simpsons, and Other Pop Culture IconsBrazos Press #ad - Often, our attempts to interpret the imagery of the book of Revelation seem to carry us far away from our day-to-day existence. Ultimately, dark presents apocalypse as honest self-assessment and other-centeredness in the here and now. This engaging book holds enormous appeal for readers interested in the pursuit of everyday spirituality.
He draws on the sometimes unlikely wisdom of popular culture-including The Simpsons and films like The Truman Show-to highlight how the imagination can expose our moral condition. David dark challenges this narrow understanding in Everyday Apocalypse, calling his readers back to the root of the word, which is "revelation.
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. The term "apocalypse" usually evokes images of mass destruction-burning buildings and nuclear fallout, or even rapture and tribulation.
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Sex, Ecology, Spirituality: The Spirit of Evolution, Second EditionShambhala #ad - From the emergence of mind, he traces the evolution of human consciousness through its major stages of growth and development. In this tour de force of scholarship and vision, Ken Wilber traces the course of evolution from matter to life to mind and describes the common patterns that evolution takes in all three of these domains.
He particularly focuses on modernity and postmodernity: what they mean; how they impact gender issues, ecological concerns, psychotherapy, and various liberation movements; and how the modern and postmodern world conceive of Spirit. This second edition features forty pages of new material, new diagrams, and extensively revised notes.
Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing UpHarperBusiness #ad - In reboot, he inspires everyone to hold themselves responsible for their choices and for the possibility of truly achieving their dreams. Work does not have to destroy us. Reboot is a journey of radical self-inquiry, helping you to reset your life by sorting through the emotional baggage that is holding you back professionally, and even more important, in your relationships.
Jerry has taught ceos and their top teams to realize their potential by using the raw material of their lives to find meaning, to build healthy interpersonal bonds, and to become more compassionate and bold leaders. Work can be the way in which we achieve our fullest self, Jerry firmly believes. One of the start-up world’s most in-demand executive coaches—hailed as the “CEO Whisperer” Gimlet Media—reveals why radical self-inquiry is critical to professional success and healthy relationships in all realms of life.
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. Now, jungian therapy, this venture capitalist turned executive coach shares his unusual yet highly effective blend of Buddhism, and entrepreneurial straight talk to help leaders overcome their own psychological traumas. Reboot moves and empowers us to begin this journey.
Mind Tools: The Five Levels of Mathematical RealityDover Publications #ad - Rudy rucker presents an accessible introduction to each of these important areas, reflecting intelligence gathered from the frontiers of mathematical thought. Rucker's latest and most exciting book opens vistas of dazzling beauty — scenes that blend order with chaos, reality with fantasy, that startle you with their depths of impenetrable mystery.
Martin Gardner. He rekindles the wonder that can come from contemplating logarithms, exponential curves and transcendental numbers. The new york times book review"one of Rucker's greatest assets is his ability to make complexities comprehensible to the general reader without lecturing. The washington post"approaching all of mathematics, and everything else, by way of information theory, Dr.
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Now, as a globetrotting professional magician turned motivational speaker, he presents his secrets for connecting with the people you meet on a daily basis. With the same mix of insight and storytelling from his popular TEDx talk "How to Magically Connect with Anyone, " Brian delivers:*Engaging, personal, and wild stories from a career in magic.
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