100 One-Night Reads: A Book Lover's Guide - download pdf or read online

By David C. Major, John S. Major

ISBN-10: 0307480895

ISBN-13: 9780307480897

Readers all over understand that not anything soothes the spirit like sinking right into a very good ebook. If you're certainly one of that satisfied band, you'll fast realize the authors of this encouraged analyzing consultant as kindred spirits. the following David and John significant have selected 100 books which can each one be delightfully fed on in a single quiet night. masking different types from myth to fiction, historical past to humor, secret to memoir, this addictive quantity gains books to check your whole moods—by either celebrated writers and talented unknowns, including:

•  Russell Baker  •  Willa Cather  • Raymond Chandler  •  F. Scott Fitzgerald  • Graham Greene  •  Edith Hamilton  •  Dashiell Hammett  •  Helene Hanff  •  Ernest Hemingway  •  Patricia Highsmith  • Shirley Jackson  •  Henry James  •  W. Somerset Maugham  •  Mary McCarthy  •  Walter Mosley  •  Vladimir Nabokov  •  Patrick O'Brian  •  Barbara Pym  •  Phillip Roth  •  Vikram Seth  •  Isaac Bashevis Singer  •  C. P. Snow  •  Dylan Thomas  •  Evelyn Waugh  •  Edith Wharton  •  Laura Ingalls Wilder  •  Virginia Woolf

Each choice includes an enjoyable dialogue of what makes the ebook distinctive, from an adventurous writing sort to a special humorousness. The Majors additionally percentage insights in regards to the authors and literary anecdotes, in addition to suggest different gem stones on an identical topic or via an analogous author.

A literary significant other to savour and check with repeatedly, a hundred One-Night Reads is a masterpiece in its personal correct!

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132) The liberation from natural guilt through baptism comes at the cost of one’s subjection to language, history and politics, one’s subsumption under the historical apparatuses whose reproduction resigns one 26 all’s well that ends well: agamben’s comic politics to the perpetual replay of tragedy. Yet does not the resistance against this secondary punishment, which is indeed fragile, hopeless and difficult to understand, leave us in the tragic logic, which, after all, is based precisely on the idea of natural guilt?

Agamben applies the concept to refer to a specific kind of action that, moreover, does not minimise but rather augments the possibilities of use. As we shall demonstrate repeatedly throughout this chapter, to affirm inoperativity is not to affirm inertia, inactivity or apraxia, let alone dysfunctionality or destruction, but rather a form of praxis that is devoid of any telos or task, does not realise any essence and does not correspond to any nature. It is this form of praxis that for Agamben manifests the originary feature of the human condition: ‘Because human beings neither are nor have to be any essence, any nature, or any specific destiny, their condition is the most empty and the most insubstantial of all’ (Agamben 2000: 94–5).

The perception that everything is possible – that I can do this and that – merely conceals one’s subjection to the apparatuses that feed on that very potentiality in setting human beings to work in actuality: The idea that anyone can do or be anything – the suspicion that not only could the doctor who examines me today be a video artist tomorrow but that even the executioner who kills me is actually, as in Kafka’s Trial, also a singer – is nothing but the reflection of the awareness that everyone is simply bending him- or her self according to the flexibility that is today the primary quality that the market demands from each person.

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