Language and Silence: Essays on Language, Literature, and the Inhuman

Open Road Media - Originally published between 1958 and 1966, the essays that make up this collection ponder whether we have passed out of an era of verbal primacy and into one of post-linguistic forms—or partial silence. A keenly discriminating literary mind at work on what it loves” The New York Times Book Review. Language and silence is a book about language—and politics, meaning, silence, and the future of literature.

Steiner explores the idea of the abandonment of contemporary literary criticism, from the classics to the works of William Shakespeare, Leon Trotsky, Thomas Mann, Lawrence Durell, and more. The evolution and manipulation of language from the celebrated author of After Babel.





Activation of Energy: Enlightening Reflections on Spiritual Energy

Mariner Books - Following in the footsteps of his earlier works, this collection of essays from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin brings greater clarity to the stunning potential of human energy if it is properly channeled, as he describes, “upward and outward. While energy wrongly directed appears as depression, drug addiction, and violence, this legendary scholar—a priest who earned a doctorate in geology and studied the sciences extensively—promises that spiritual energy channeled correctly will become a true force in the universe, far outdistancing the potential of technological advance.

The renowned jesuit thinker explores science, theology, and the course of human evolution. Like other great visionary poets—Blake, Hopkins, Yeats—Teilhard engages the reader both intellectually and sensually. The washington Post Book World.





The Art of Being

Open Road Media - A guide to well-being from the renowned social psychologist and New York Times–bestselling author of The Art of Loving and Escape from Freedom. In the art of being, renowned humanist philosopher and psychoanalyst Erich Fromm draws from sources as varied as Sigmund Freud, and Karl Marx to find a new, Buddha, centered path to self-knowledge and well-being.

Though laptops, and tvs have in many ways made life more convenient, smartphones, they have also disconnected us from the real world. In order to truly live, we must first understand our purpose, Fromm argues, and the places where we lost it. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erich Fromm including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

The Art of Being - Days are spent going from screen to machine, machine to screen.





After Babel: Aspects of Language and Translation

Open Road Media - Translation, is at the very heart of human communication, he believes, and thus at the heart of human nature. From our everyday perception of the world around us, to creativity and the uninhibited imagination, to the often inexplicable poignancy of poetry, we are constantly translating—even from our native language.

A dazzling meditation on the very nature of language itself” from the world-renowned scholar and author of The Poetry of Thought Kirkus Reviews. A brilliant work .  .  . In his classic work, over the course of history, have humans developed thousands of different languages when the social, material, literary critic and scholar George Steiner tackles what he considers the Babel “problem”: Why, and economic advantages of a single tongue are obvious? Steiner argues that different cultures’ desires for privacy and exclusivity led to each developing its own language.





Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition

Mariner Books - An erudite, detailed inquirity into the philosophy of mind .  .  . And why do we call it a cat? an “intriguing and often fascinating” look at words, perceptions, and the relationship between them Newark Star-Ledger. In six remarkable essays, perception, Umberto Eco explores in depth questions of reality, and experience.

At once philosophical and amusing, Kant and the Platypus is a tour of the world of our senses, told by a master of knowing what is real and what is not. How do we know a cat is a cat .  .  . In kant and the platypus, the renowned semiotician, philosopher, and bestselling author of The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum explores the question of how much of our perception of things is based on cognitive ability, and how much on linguistic resources.

Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition - Here, eco is continental philosopher, semiotician, and cognitive scientist rolled all into one. Library Journal starred review. Basing his ideas on common sense, Eco shares a vast wealth of literary and historical knowledge, touching on issues that affect us every day.





The Book of God

Philosophical Library/Open Road - While europe was in an uproar over the right church, Spinoza was seeking the right God. Its youthful author lived in turbulent times, when the Western world was torn by civil and religious strife, and bullies, bigots and pseudo-prophets vied for the ear of a fearful people. Translated by Dr. Spinoza is today considered the Philosopher of Modern Times, as Aristotle was the Philosopher of Antiquity.

. Wolf from the dutch version of the author’s Tractatus de Deo et homine and edited and with an introduction by Dagobert D. In spite of which, he remains the best known and least read of the great thinkers. The book of god, one of his earliest works, came to light only a hundred years ago in two slightly varying Dutch manuscripts.

The Book of God - Runes. Appearing like a draft for his later Ethics, it is a Guide for the Bewildered. A. This book is the first known report of his findings. But those imbued with the longing for a better and freer life will find here a most rewarding fountain of faith. Those who see in philosophy no more than an intellectual exercise will have no difficulty dismissing it.





Essays in Science

Philosophical Library/Open Road - In this fascinating collection of articles and speeches, albert einstein reflects not only on the scientific method at work in his own theoretical discoveries, but also eloquently expresses a great appreciation for his scientific contemporaries and forefathers, including Johannes Kepler, James Clerk Maxwell, Isaac Newton, Max Planck, and Niels Bohr.

Einstein’s thoughtful examinations explain the “how” of scientific innovations both in his own theoretical work and in the scientific method established by those who came before him. This authorized ebook features a new introduction by neil Berger, and an illustrated biography of Albert Einstein, PhD, which includes rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Essays in Science - The authorized albert einstein archives Edition: An homage to the men and women of science, and an exposition of Einstein’s place in scientific history. While einstein is renowned as one of the foremost innovators of modern science, his discoveries uniquely his own, through his own words it becomes clear that he viewed himself as only the most recent in a long line of scientists driven to create new ways of understanding the world and to prove their scientific theories.





On Difficulty: And Other Essays

Open Road Media - George steiner deals with considerations that are simultaneously literary and philosophical, exploring themes of linguistic privacy and the changing technical, physiological, and social statuses of the act of reading. Ranging from critical topics such as the understanding of language to the meaning of meaning, inward speech to the relationship between erotic sensibility and linguistic convention, these eight essays posit myriad topics for exploration and dialogue.

. A distinguished collection of essays on language, literature, and philosophy from acclaimed scholar and critic George SteinerOn Difficulty is as provocative and relevant today as when its essays were first published.





A Poet's Glossary

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Hirsch’s entries will deepen readers’ relationships with their favorite poems and open greater levels of understanding in each new poem they encounter. Knowing how a poem works is essential to unlocking its meaning. Hirsch has delved deeply into the poetic traditions of the world, returning with an inclusive, international compendium.

   . An instant classic that belongs on the bookshelf of every serious poet and literature student” The Washington Post. A major addition to the literature of poetry, writers, edward hirsch’s sparkling new work is a compilation of forms, and folklore—an “absorbing” book all readers, groups, devices, isms, movements, aesthetics, teachers, rhetorical terms, and students of poetry will return to over and over The New Yorker.

A Poet's Glossary - Moving gracefully from the bards of ancient greece to the revolutionaries of Latin America, he provides thoughtful definitions for the most important lyrical vocabulary, from small formal elements to large mysteries, imbuing his work with a lifetime of scholarship and the warmth of a man devoted to his art.

Shot through with the enthusiasm, and sheer delight that made How to Read a Poem so beloved, authority, A Poet’s Glossary is a new classic.





John Gardner on Writing: On Becoming a Novelist, On Writers & Writing, and On Moral Fiction

Open Road Media - In on writers & writing, acclaimed novelist John Gardner discusses the craft of fiction writing, taking to task some of his best-known contemporaries in the process. Drawn from his two decades of experience in creative writing, Gardner balances his compassion for his students with his knowledge of the publishing industry, and truthfully relates his experiences of the hardships that lie ahead for aspiring authors.

He develops his argument by showing how artists and critics can reintroduce morality and substance to their work to improve society and cultivate our morality. Gardner criticizes some for writing disingenuous fiction, and commends others who produce literature that acts as a life-affirming force. Three books in one volume: advice and reflections on modern fiction from “one of the greatest creative writing teachers we’ve ever had” Frederick Busch.

John Gardner on Writing: On Becoming a Novelist, On Writers & Writing, and On Moral Fiction - And in on moral fiction, john gardner’s thesis is simple: “True art is by its nature moral. Since the book’s first publication, the passion behind Gardner’s assertion has both provoked and inspired readers. In examining the work of his peers, in his view, Gardner analyzes what has gone wrong, in modern art and literature, and how shortcomings in artistic criticism have contributed to the problem.

He offers insights into and exacting critiques on such writers as Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Saul Bellow, and John Cheever, while addressing his personal influences and delivering broad-ranging observations on literary culture. In on becoming a novelist, the developmental stages of literary growth, John Gardner advises the aspiring fiction author on such topics as the value of creative writing workshops, and the inevitable experience of writer’s block.





Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular

Mariner Books - Writing in general and the short Story in Particular is a master class in writing—especially short story writing—from the master himself. Annie Proulx. His skill at identifying talent and understanding story made him a legend within the industry as an unparalleled editor of short fiction. Drawing on a lifetime of experience and success, this practical guide explains essential techniques of writing fiction—from developing character to crafting plots to effectively employing literary techniques.

Rust hills championed the early work of literary luminaries such as Norman Mailer, Don DeLillo, John Cheever, Raymond Carver, and E. Clear and concise enough for any beginner but wise and powerful enough for any pro, Writing in General is a classic to be savored by both aspiring and seasoned writers. Wise advice on plot, character, and style from a legendary Esquire editor: “Every aspiring fiction writer ought to read this.

Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular - Writer’s digest over the course of his long and colorful career as fiction editor for Esquire magazine, L.