Penetrating insights from one of the most exciting and original thinkers of the 20th century. Benjamin's writings on art, history & translation are as powerful today they ever were.
How can words so simple pierce through the soul so deeply? Reed's lyrics, from the Velvet Underground to his solo career, are pure honesty, turning a brave face to the madness of reality. That's how.
These may just be photographs of beautiful buds & sinewy stems set against a stark white background, but look again & you'll find surprises in both color & form that Zuckerman teases out with his lens.
Long before hipster culture invaded America, experimental artists - Pollock, Davis, Kerouac, to name a few - gave birth to the modern notion of cool. A fresh look at a century-defining idea.
Funny, insightful, & engaging, this deeply personal look into the life & work of the prolific writer is a divine spark for any aspiring writer.
This fascinating true story of the bitter quarrel between the Age of Enlightenment’s most famous philosophers is both an absorbing cultural record & an entertaining look at rivalry.
A finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Awards, Lynne Tillman’s eclectic collection of essays cover everything from art & literature to President Obama in her perpetually wise & witty voice.
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Sanders’ memoir pulses with an almost religious intensity. He’s one of our most acclaimed essayists, and it’s easy to see why in his writing about his boyhood in the 60s and learning to open himself up to experience.
A Los Angeles Times bestseller, Malka Marom’s intimate portrait of Joni Mitchell is groundbreaking revelation of the creative process and emotional struggles of the most iconic musicians of the modern era.
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