From his years as a wartime nurse in Washington, D. C. Memories of abraham lincoln, come touching glimpses of the dead and dying in military hospitals, and vivid impressions of the nation’s capital in a time of great crisis. Whitman’s travel yields memorable recollections of Boston, a walk through Central Park, the City of Denver, Niagara Falls, the Hudson Valley, and more.
Specimen Days and Collect Neversink #ad - . Along with the famed essay “democratic vistas, wildflowers, touching tributes to songbirds, ” there are scenes from the poet’s childhood, reflections on a last visit to Emerson, friendship and freedom; impressions of the music of Beethoven, the deaths of Lincoln and Longfellow and the painful process of aging.
Deeply felt and vividly expressed, specimen days and Collect is a richly rewarding experience, a rare excursion into the mind and heard of one of America’s greatest poets—and the America his poetry so richly commemorated. Whitman’s uniquely revealing impressions of the people, and events of his time—with a brilliant new introduction by Leslie Jamison, places, author of the bestselling The Empathy Exams.
One of the most creative and individual poets America has produced, Walt Whitman was also a prolific diarist, note-taker, and essayist whose intimate observations and reflections have profoundly deepened understanding of nineteenth-century American life.
Thoreau and the Language of TreesUniversity of California Press #ad - When thoreau wrote that the poet loves the pine tree as his own shadow in the air, he was speaking about himself. In short, he spoke their language. His portraits of them were so perfect, it was as if he could see the sap flowing beneath their bark. Trees were central to henry david Thoreau’s creativity as a writer, his work as a naturalist, his thought, and his inner life.
Included are one hundred excerpts from Thoreau’s writings about trees, paired with over sixty of the author’s photographs. Thoreau’s words are as vivid now as they were in 1890, when an English naturalist wrote that he was unusually able to “to preserve the flashing forest colors in unfading light.
Thoreau and the Language of Trees #ad - Thoreau and the language of Trees shows that Thoreau, with uncanny foresight, believed trees were essential to the preservation of the world. His lively essays show that trees were a thread connecting all parts of Thoreau’s being—heart, mind, and spirit. In this original book, his philosophical view of them, Richard Higgins explores Thoreau’s deep connections to trees: his keen perception of them, the poetry he saw in them, the joy they gave him, and how they fed his soul.
Leaves of Grass#ad - This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery. You may find it for free on the web.
FiguringVintage #ad - Among them are the astronomer maria mitchell, who did the same in art; the journalist and literary critic Margaret Fuller, who paved the way for women in science; the sculptor Harriet Hosmer, who sparked the feminist movement; and the poet Emily Dickinson. Emanating from these lives are larger questions about the measure of a good life and what it means to leave a lasting mark of betterment on an imperfect world: Are achievement and acclaim enough for happiness? Is genius? Is love? Weaving through the narrative is a set of peripheral figures—Ralph Waldo Emerson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, feminism, poetry, the rise and decline of religion, and Walt Whitman—and a tapestry of themes spanning music, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Darwin, Herman Melville, the history of science, Frederick Douglass, and how the intersection of astronomy, and Transcendentalist philosophy fomented the environmental movement.
. Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries—beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, who catalyzed the environmental movement.
Figuring #ad - Stretching between these figures is a cast of artists, mostly queer—whose public contribution have risen out of their unclassifiable and often heartbreaking private relationships to change the way we understand, experience, writers, and scientists—mostly women, and appreciate the universe.
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What MattersHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Le guin on the absurdity of denying your age: “if I’m ninety and believe I’m forty-five, I’m headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub. On cultural perceptions of fantasy: “The direction of escape is toward freedom. Ursula K. So what is ‘escapism’ an accusation of?”on breakfast: “Eating an egg from the shell takes not only practice, even courage, but resolution, possibly willingness to commit crime.
Ursula K. The collected best of ursula’s blog, no time to spare presents perfectly crystallized dispatches on what mattered to her late in life, her concerns with the world, and her wonder at it: “How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. In the last great frontier of life, she explored a new literary territory: the blog, old age, a forum where she shined.
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters #ad - Le guin took readers to imaginary worlds for decades. Deeply observed. Usa today “a book that truly does matter. Houston Chronicle. Billionaires, all of us. The pages sparkle with lines that make a reader glance up, searching for an available ear with which to share them.
The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great ConnectorsPenguin Books #ad - He takes us to trees in cities from manhattan to Jerusalem, burned mountainsides, North American, and boreal and areas on the front lines of environmental change eroding coastlines, forests Amazonian, and war zones. In each place he shows how human history, ecology, and well-being are intimately intertwined with the lives of trees.
Now, he brings his powers of observation to the biological networks that surround all species, including humans. Scientific, and contemplative, lyrical, Haskell reveals the biological connections that underpin all life. In a world beset by barriers, he reminds us that life’s substance and beauty emerge from relationship and interdependence.
The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors #ad - . Haskell repeatedly visits a dozen trees, microbes, fungi, exploring connections with people, and other plants and animals. The author of the pulitzer prize finalist the forest unseen visits with nature’s most magnificent networkers — trees “Both a love song to trees, an exploration of their biology, and a wonderfully philosophical analysis of their role they play in human history and in modern culture.
Science friday winner of the 2018 john burroughs medal for outstanding natural history writingdavid Haskell has won acclaim for eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world.
Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You AreFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Bold, balancing sanity and madness, intimate, Hiking with Nietzsche is about defeating complacency, and rich with insight, and coming to grips with the unobtainable. As kaag hikes, alone or with his family, but always with Nietzsche, he recognizes that even slipping can be instructive. A stimulating book about combating despair and complacency with searching reflection.
Heller mcAlpin, NPR. Org named a best book of 2018 by NPR. Both of kaag’s journeys are made in search of the wisdom at the core of Nietzsche’s philosophy, more crucially, yet they deliver him to radically different interpretations and, revelations about the human condition. Just as kaag’s acclaimed debut, american philosophy: a love story, seamlessly wove together his philosophical discoveries with his search for meaning, Hiking with Nietzsche is a fascinating exploration not only of Nietzsche’s ideals but of how his experience of living relates to us as individuals in the twenty-first century.
Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are #ad - Kaag sets off for the swiss peaks above Sils Maria where Nietzsche wrote his landmark work Thus Spoke Zarathustra. It is in the process of climbing, and through the inevitable missteps, that one has the chance, in Nietzsche’s words, to “become who you are. ". One of lit hub's 15 books you should read in september and one of outside's best books of falla revelatory alpine journey in the spirit of the great Romantic thinker Friedrich NietzscheHiking with Nietzsche: Becoming Who You Are is a tale of two philosophical journeys—one made by John Kaag as an introspective young man of nineteen, the other seventeen years later, in radically different circumstances: he is now a husband and father, and his wife and small child are in tow.
Just As I ThoughtFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Through her descriptions of her childhood in the Bronx and her experiences as an antiwar activist to her lectures on writing and her recollections of other writers, these pieces are always alive with Paley's inimitable voice, humor, and wisdom. This rich and multifaceted collection is Grace Paley's vivid record of her life.
Just As I Thought #ad - As close to an autobiography as anything we are likely to have from this quintessentially American writer, mother, Just As I Thought gives us a chance to see Paley not only as a writer and "troublemaker" but also as a daughter, sister, and grandmother.
A Miscellany RevisedLiveright #ad - His essays explore everything from Cubism to the circus, equally quick to analyze his poetic contemporaries and satirize New York society. Seven years later, George J. Cummings’s groundbreaking modernist poetry expanded the boundaries of language. Cummings. Formally fractured and yet gleefully alive and whole, E.
Firmage—editor of much of cummings’s work, including Complete Poems—broadened the scope of this delightfully eclectic collection, adding seven more poems and essays, and many of Cummings’s unpublished line drawings. Together, these pieces paint a distinctive portrait of Cummings’s eccentric, yet precise, genius.
A Miscellany Revised #ad - E. In a miscellany, cummings lent his delightfully original voice to “a cluster of epigrams, three speeches from an unfinished play, and forty-nine essays—most of them previously written for or published in magazines, ” a poem, anthologies, originally released in a limited run in 1958, or art gallery catalogues.
Like his poetry, and offbeat, biting, Cummings’s prose is lively; often witty, he is an intelligent observer and critic of the modern. A miscellany, confined to a private edition for decades, sheds further light on the prodigious vision and imagination of the most inventive poet of the twentieth century: E.
E. As cummings wrote in his original foreword, A Miscellany contains “a great deal of liveliness and nothing dead. This remains true today, more than fifty years after its original publication.
At the Same Time: Essays and SpeechesFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - A writer is someone who pays attention to the world, " Susan Sontag said in her 2003 acceptance speech for the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, and no one exemplified this definition more than she. Sontag also fearlessly addresses the dilemmas of post-9/11 America, from the degradation of our political rhetoric to the appalling torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib.
At the same time, compelling work from an american writer at the height of her powers, which includes a foreword by her son, is a passionate, David Rieff, who always saw literature "as a passport to enter a larger life, the zone of freedom. ". At the same time gathers sixteen essays and addresses written in the last years of Sontag's life, her deepest commitment, that reflect on the personally liberating nature of literature, when her work was being honored on the international stage, and on political activism and resistance to injustice as an ethical duty.
At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches #ad - Sontag's incisive intelligence, expressive brilliance, and deep curiosity about art, politics, and the writer's responsibility to bear witness have secured her place as one of the most important thinkers and writers of the twentieth century. She considers the works of writers from the little-known Soviet novelist Leonid Tsypkin, who struggled and eventually succeeded in publishing his only book days before his death; to the greats, such as Nadine Gordimer, who enlarge our capacity for moral judgment.
The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, 1837-1861 New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - As thoreau says, “it is in vain to write on the seasons unless you have the seasons in you. ”. It is a treasure trove of some of the finest prose in English and, for those acquainted with it, its prismatic pages exercise a hypnotic fascination. Yet at roughly seven thousand pages, or two million words, it remains Thoreau’s least-known work.
The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, 1837-1861 New York Review Books Classics #ad - This reader’s edition, rhythms, is the first to capture the scope, the largest one-volume edition of Thoreau’s Journal ever published, and variety of the work as a whole. Ranging freely over the world at large, the Journal is no less devoted to the life within. Henry david thoreau’s journal was his life’s work: the daily practice of writing that accompanied his daily walks, the revolving seasons, the workshop where he developed his books and essays, and a project in its own right—one of the most intensive explorations ever made of the everyday environment, and the changing self.