Postmodern Sublime:Technology and American Writing from Mailer to Cyberpunk Cornell University Press Joseph Tabbi
John Witherspoon´s American Revolution:Enlightenment and Religion from the Creation of Britain to the Founding of the United States Gideon Mailer
What does it mean to be an American, and what can America be today? To answer these questions, celebrated philosopher and journalist Bernard-Henri Lévy spent a year traveling throughout the country in the footsteps of another great Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville, whose Democracy in America remains the most influential book ever written about our country. The result is American Vertigo, a fascinating, wholly fresh look at a country we sometimes only think we know. From Rikers Island to Chicago mega-churches, from Muslim communities in Detroit to an Amish enclave in Iowa, Lévy investigates issues at the heart of our democracy: the special nature of American patriotism, the coexistence of freedom and religion (including the religion of baseball), the prison system, the ´´return of ideology? and the health of our political institutions, and much more. He revisits and updates Tocqueville´s most important beliefs, such as the dangers posed by ´´the tyranny of the majority,? explores what Europe and America have to learn from each other, and interprets what he sees with a novelist´s eye and a philosopher´s depth. Through powerful interview-based portraits across the spectrum of the American people, from prison guards to clergymen, from Norman Mailer to Barack Obama, from Sharon Stone to Richard Holbrooke, Lévy fills his book with a tapestry of American voices-some wise, some shocking. Both the grandeur and the hellish dimensions of American life are unflinchingly explored. And big themes emerge throughout, from the crucial choices America faces today to the underlying reality that, unlike the ´´Old World,? America remains the fulfillment of the world´s desire to worship, earn, and live as one wishes-a place, despite all, where inclusion remains not just an ideal but an actual practice. At a time when Americans are anxious about how the world perceives them and, indeed, keen to make sense of themselves, a brilliant and sympathetic foreign observer has arrived to help us begin a new conversation about the meaning of America. From the Hardcover edition.
In Hawthorne´s Shadow:American Romance from Melville to Mailer Samuel Chase Coale
White kids from the ´burbs are throwing up gang signs. The 2001 Grammy winner for best rap artist was as white as rice. And blond-haired sorority sisters are sporting FUBU gear. What is going on in American culture that´s giving our nation a racial-identity crisis? Following the trail blazed by Norman Mailer´s controversial essay ´´The White Negro,? Everything but the Burden brings together voices from music, popular culture, the literary world, and the media speaking about how from Brooklyn to the Badlands white people are co-opting black styles of music, dance, dress, and slang. In this collection, the essayists examine how whites seem to be taking on, as editor Greg Tate´s mother used to tell him, ´´everything but the burden?-from fetishizing black athletes to spinning the ghetto lifestyle into a glamorous commodity. Is this a way of shaking off the fear of the unknown? A flattering indicator of appreciation? Or is it a more complicated cultural exchange? The pieces in Everything but the Burden explore the line between hero-worship and paternalism. Among the book´s twelve essays are Vernon Reid´s ´´Steely Dan Understood as the Apotheosis of ´The White Negro,´? Carl Hancock Rux´s ´´The Beats: America´s First ´Wiggas,´? and Greg Tate´s own introductory essay ´´Nigs ´R Us.? Other contributors include: Hilton Als, Beth Coleman, Tony Green, Robin Kelley, Arthur Jafa, Gary Dauphin, Michaela Angela Davis, dream hampton, and Manthia diAwara.
The American Directory, and Traveller´s Companion:Containing a List of Inn-Keepers, on the Principal Mail State Roads, From Darien, (Geo,) To Boston, (Mass,), Showing the Distance From Each, And Also, From Washington City, Correctly Measured Lorenzo T. Hall
One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2009-- now adapted into the feature film Certain Women, starring Kristen Stewart-- award-winning writer Maile Meloy´s short stories explore complex lives in an austere landscape with the clear-sightedness that first endeared her to readers. Don´t miss her new novel, Do Not Become Alarmed. Meloy´s first return to short stories since her critically acclaimed debut, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It is an extraordinary new work from one of the most promising writers of the last decade. Eleven unforgettable new stories demonstrate the emotional power and the clean, assured style that have earned Meloy praise from critics and devotion from readers. Propelled by a terrific instinct for storytelling, and concerned with the convolutions of modern love and the importance of place, this collection is about the battlefields-and fields of victory-that exist in seemingly harmless spaces, in kitchens and living rooms and cars. Set mostly in the American West, the stories feature small-town lawyers, ranchers, doctors, parents, and children, and explore the moral quandaries of love, family, and friendship. A ranch hand falls for a recent law school graduate who appears unexpectedly- and reluctantly-in his remote Montana town. A young father opens his door to find his dead grandmother standing on the front step. Two women weigh love and betrayal during an early snow. Throughout the book, Meloy examines the tensions between having and wanting, as her characters try to keep hold of opposing forces in their lives: innocence and experience, risk and stability, fidelity and desire. Knowing, sly, and bittersweet, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It confirms Maile Meloy´s singular literary talent. Her lean, controlled prose, full of insight and unexpected poignancy, is the perfect complement to her powerfully moving storytelling.
The Mail and Express Fourth of July Prize Stories and Poems:Founded on the American Revolution (Classic Reprint) New York Mail and Express
This is a reissue of a modern classic. This book catapulted Norman Mailer to fame on its first publication in 1948. ´The best war novel to come out of the United States.´ - ´´The Times´´. This is Norman Mailer´s first novel. It is the book that catapulted him to instant fame. A modern classic, on every American Literature student´s reading list. Based on Mailer´s own experience of military service in the Philippines during World War Two, ´´The Naked and the Dead´´ is a graphically truthful and shattering portrayal of ordinary men in battle. First published in 1949, as America was still basking in the glories of the Allied victory, it altered forever the popular perception of warfare.
History of the Express Companies:And the Origin of American Railroads, Together With Some Reminiscences of the Latter Days of the Mail Coach and Baggage Wagon Business in the United States (Classic Reprint) Alexander Lovett Stimson
The Unanswered Argument Against the Constitutionality of the So-Called Comstock Postal Laws, and for the Inviolanility and Free and Equal Use of the United States Mail:Containing Citations From the Ablest American Statesmen and Jurists (Classic Reprint) T. B. Wakeman
Deliverance Mary Fields, First African American Woman Star Route Mail Carrier in the United States: A Montana History: Miantae Metcalf McConnell