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Things That Can and Cannot Be Said: Essays and Conversations by Arundhati Roy & John Cusack, 2024

An activist and an actor reflect on Edward Snowden and the surveillance state in this collection that “reads like a whistleblower’s travel diary” (Disorient). In late 2014, Arundhati Roy, John Cusack, and Daniel Ellsberg traveled to Moscow to meet with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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    Hilary Mantel’s posthumous ‘A memoir of my former self’ is of course of great interest to fans of her fiction, but every one of the disparate, beautifully written pieces in this book is worth reading on its own merits.

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    Mythologies by Roland Barthes

    In this magnificent and often surprising collection of essays Barthes explores the myths of mass culture. Taking subjects as diverse as wrestling, films, plastic and cars, Barthes elegantly deciphers the symbols and signs embedded deep in familiar aspects of modern life, unmasking the hidden ideologies and meanings which implicitly affect our thought and behaviour.

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    Classic Krakauer Essays on Wilderness and Risk by Jon Krakauer

    Spanning an extraordinary range of subjects and locations, these articles take us from a horrifying avalanche on Mt. Everest to a volcano poised to obliterate a big chunk of greater Seattle at any moment; from a wilderness teen-therapy program run by apparent sadists to an otherwordly cave in New Mexico, studied by NASA to better understand Mars...

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    Fighting Against Western Imperialism by Andre Vltchek compiles ten modified essays that were written during just a few months of the onslaught of the Western imperialism all over the world.

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    In 1926: Living at the Edge of Time

    Travel back to the year 1926 and into the rush of experiences that made people feel they were living on the edge of time. Touch a world where speed seemed the very essence of life.

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    And so it begins -
    PASSING by Nella Larsen (1929) via Oshun Publishing imbibed at Yanaka Coffee
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    THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2023 Edited by Vivian Gornick via @marinerbooks brewed with Yanaka Coffee Yemen Bani Matar varietal
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    The Temptation to Exist

    This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank. Cioran writes incisively about Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, mystics, apostles, and philosophers.

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    Despite a disturbing rise in book bans, our state is, against all odds, becoming more and more of a literary hub.

    Our Senior Editor Lise Olsen collected the best by authors in 2023, from fiction to and essays. These are your Lone Star Must Reads of the Year: https://www.texasobserver.org/the-texas-observers-2023-must-read-lone-star-books?utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=audience

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    The Never Ending Life

    The Never Ending Life is an exploration of the twist between the brutal realities of life along with the fictitious happy ever afters that we all long for. A real story about all the different ingredients that when mixed together create the unique blend which is what we call...life. Each chapter in this book is one that we go through at the different stages and stops in our journey.

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    Impossible, Possible, and Improbable
    Science Stranger Than Fiction

    A scintillating collection of short essays that really does cover 'life, the Universe, and everything'.
    From the mysteries of the subatomic world to the curious property of water that makes our planet inhabitable, master of popular science John Gribbin delves into the astonishing facts that underlie our existence.

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    Science & Nature Writing

    A collection of the best science and nature articles written in 2021, selected by guest editor renowned marine biologist Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and series editor Jaime Green. Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, renowned marine biologist and co-founder of the All We Can Save climate initiative, compiles the best science and nature writing of the year.

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    Even if I'm never able to explain more than the very basic idea of Hélène Cixous's Double Oblivion of the Ourang-Outang, I will still offer all thanks to the literary gods for having brought it my way. What an incredible work, which I finished last night, and will go ahead and classify at least partially as , even as it probably also falls under , , , , and so much more. All hail the unclassifiables!

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    Hey, fannish members of my herd!

    "Spark: How Fanfiction and Fandom Can Set Your Creativity On Fire" is up for pre-order.

    It's edited by Improbable Press's Atlin Merrick and contains essays by me, academics like Henry Jenkins, professional writers like KJ Charles, Diane Duane, Claire O’Dell & George Ivanoff and fan writers/artists like Anarion and Hubblegleeflower!

    https://improbablepress.com/products/spark-how-fanfiction-and-fandom-can-set-your-creativity-on-fire

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    A SHIMMERING TAPESTRY OF ESSAYS, poetic and direct, woven from stories about life and love, illness and health, connection and loss. B PLUS

    https://bookshop.org/p/books/drawing-breath-essays-on-writing-the-body-and-grief-gayle-brandeis/18582442?ean=9798985652710

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    How can we tell our own stories while obeying the new dogma against triggering? We must remember how to listen with empathy, argues Dina Nayeri.

    Catch it at https://fictionable.world/blogs/dina-nayeri-fiction-memoir-biography-stories-triggering

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    🧵 : this the first in a series of that will eventually be stitched together into a related to 📚 and 📘. (1)

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    "Taken together, the essays reveal the dynamics of what the editors call an "imperial commons," a lively, empire-wide print culture. They show that neither empire nor book were stable, self-evident constructs. Each helped to legitimize the other."

    Hofmeyr, Isabel, and Antoinette Burton. Ten Books That Shaped the British Empire: Creating an Imperial Commons. 1 ed., Durham: Duke University Press, 2015., https://doi.org/10.1353/book.70934. @histodon @histodons @bookstodon (77)

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