Zadie smith“the best book I know of for talented but unacknowledged creators. This book is even more necessary today than when it first appeared. A masterpiece. Margaret atwood“No one who is invested in any kind of art. An illuminating and transformative book, writers, The Gift is cherished by artists, musicians, and completely original in its view of the world, and thinkers.
The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World #ad - . It is in itself a gift to all who discover the classic wisdom found in its pages.
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. 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 path to peace and rebirth? A Primer for Forgetting is a remarkable experiment in scholarship, a balm, autobiography, and social criticism by the author of the classics The Gift and Trickster Makes This World.
A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past #ad - 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. 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.
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.
Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and ArtFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - He first visits the old stories—hermes in greece, eshu in west africa, ginsberg, Duchamp, John Cage, Krishna in India, among others—and then holds them up against the lives and work of more recent creators: Picasso, Coyote in North America, and Frederick Douglass. In trickster makes this world, lewis Hyde brings to life the playful and disruptive side of human imagination as it is embodied in trickster mythology.
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. This new edition includes an introduction by Michael Chabon.
Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and OwnershipFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - 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, hyde brings the past to bear on present matters, and well-documented book, carefully argued, shedding fresh light on everything from the Human Genome Project to Bob Dylan's musical roots. 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.
Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership #ad - 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. 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.
So did the growth of creative communities, such as that of eighteenth-century science. 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.
Everyday Apocalypse: The Sacred Revealed in Radiohead, The Simpsons, and Other Pop Culture IconsBrazos Press #ad - Ultimately, dark presents apocalypse as honest self-assessment and other-centeredness in the here and now. The term "apocalypse" usually evokes images of mass destruction-burning buildings and nuclear fallout, or even rapture and tribulation. David dark challenges this narrow understanding in Everyday Apocalypse, calling his readers back to the root of the word, which is "revelation.
Through readings of flannery o'connor stories and savvy discussion of The Matrix themes, Dark calls us to imagine the apocalypse as a more watchful way of being in the world. 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.
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Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to CreativityPortfolio #ad - Diluting your product to make it more commercial will just make people like it less. The idea doesn't have to be big. How do new ideas emerge in a cynical, wittiest cartoons, ignore Everyone, expands on his sharpest insights, risk-averse world? Where does inspiration come from? What does it take to make a living as a creative person? Now his first book, and most useful advice.
It just has to be yours. If your plan depends on you suddenly being "discovered" by some big shot, your plan will probably fail. Things are made slowly and in pain. All existing business models are wrong. The sovereignty you have over your work will inspire far more people than the actual content ever will. There's no point trying to do the same thing as 250, 000 other young hopefuls, waiting for a miracle.
Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity #ad - Find a new one. Don't try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether. Macleod has opinions on everything from marketing to the meaning of life, but one of his main subjects is creativity. When hugh macleod was a struggling young copywriter, living in a YMCA, he started to doodle on the backs of business cards while sitting at a bar.
After learning macleod's 40 keys to creativity, you will be ready to unlock your own brilliance and unleash it on the world.
Mind Tools: The Five Levels of Mathematical RealityDover Publications #ad - Mind tools is a delight. San francisco chronicle"for those who gave up college mathematics for what seemed more liberal arts, Mind Tools, Rudy Rucker's book, is a dazzling refresher course. 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. This reader-friendly volume groups the patterns of mathematics into five archetypes: numbers, logic, space, infinity, and information. 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.
Mind Tools: The Five Levels of Mathematical Reality #ad - The washington post"approaching all of mathematics, and everything else, by way of information theory, Dr. Rudy rucker presents an accessible introduction to each of these important areas, reflecting intelligence gathered from the frontiers of mathematical thought. More than 100 drawings illuminate explorations of digital versus analog processes, communication as information transmission, logic as a computing tool, and other "mind tools.
Mind tools is an original and fascinating look at various aspects of mathematics that is sure to fascinate the nonmathematician.
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.
This second edition features forty pages of new material, new diagrams, and extensively revised notes. 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.
The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the WorldVintage #ad - Discusses the argument that a work of art is essentially a gift and not a commodity.
Four Futures: Life After Capitalism JacobinVerso #ad - A whirlwind tour through science fiction, social theory and the new technologies already shaping our lives, Four Futures is a balance sheet of the socialisms we may reach if a resurgent Left is successful, and the barbarisms we may be consigned to if those movements fail. In four futures, frase imagines how this post-capitalist world might look, deploying the tools of both social science and speculative fiction to explore what communism, rentism, socialism and exterminism might actually entail.
Could the current rise of real-life robocops usher in a world that resembles Ender’s Game? And sure, communism will bring an end to material scarcities and inequalities of wealth—but there’s no guarantee that social hierarchies, governed by an economy of “likes, ” wouldn’t rise to take their place.
Four Futures: Life After Capitalism Jacobin #ad - Capitalism is going to endpeter Frase argues that increasing automation and a growing scarcity of resources, thanks to climate change, will bring it all tumbling down.
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?Grove Press #ad - It is a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a religious zealot disguised as a mother who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in a north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the universe as a cosmic dustbin.
. A new york times bestseller: the “magnificent” memoir by one of the bravest and most original writers of our time—“A tour de force of literature and love” Vogue. It is the story of how a painful past, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, rose to haunt the author later in life, in search of her biological mother.
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? #ad - Why be happy when you could be normal? is a “singular and electric” memoir about a life’s work to find happiness The New York Times. One of the new york times’ “50 best memoirs of the past 50 Years” Jeanette Winterson’s bold and revelatory novels have established her as a major figure in world literature.
It is also a book about the power of literature, showing how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, or a life raft that supports us when we are sinking. Her internationally best-selling debut, oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, tells the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents, and has become a staple of required reading in contemporary fiction classes.
Witty, acute, and celebratory, home, why be happy When You Could Be Normal? is a tough-minded story of the search for belonging—for love, identity, fierce, and a mother.