Kemal is a rising young businessman about to become engaged to the ideal woman, when he falls in love with 18-year-old Fusun, a boutique clerk. As this new relationship bursts over him, Kemal is so impassioned that he doesn’t see why he can’t have a wife and a lover. Both women dump him, but he remains obsessed with Fusun, eventually tracking her down and courting her for eight years, even though she’s married by then. Kemal, though self-absorbed, is so earnest and inventive in his plans and theories that he’s an unexpectedly engaging protagonist. And the inward focus of his emotional story is balanced by his habit of collecting objects for his museum. Started as part of his obsession, this collection of figurines, candles, glasses—anything related to Fusun—expands to document a wide range of Turkish life from the mid-1970s on. In fact Pamuk, the Nobel laureate, has been working for the last decade to establish such a museum as a tribute to his own enduring beloved, Istanbul.

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ISBN: 9780307386243
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Published: Vintage - October 5th, 2010

Ramo is an economist who has ruminated through many think tanks and is now the managing director of Kissinger Associates, a geostrategic advisory firm. Quite in keeping with the subject of his alarmingly-titled book, Ramo is also a competitive aerobatic pilot. What begins as the foreboding argument that destabilization is inevitable, and even necessary, becomes a case for radical new ways of thinking—new ways of “thinking” that are ambiguously “unthinkable.”  Such innovative thought processes involve phenomena like power physics and mashups, a kind of perspective shared by artists, such as Picasso’s concept of Cubism or Anselm Kiefer’s painting, Deutchslands Geisteshelden; or the science of Danish physicist Per Bak.  The latter struggled with the limits of language to describe the states of “organized instability” he encountered in his work; he was confronting nonlinear science, which moves from the unthinkable to the indescribable.  Baffling? Yes.  Incomprehensible? No.

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ISBN: 9780316118118
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 2nd, 2010

Morris Dickstein has written a history of the Great Depression through the arts of that period. The thirties ushered in a national culture, for the first time, because of the advent of radio, records, and movies. The books we read, poetry we recited, movies, photographs, design, and art we saw, the music we heard, sang, and danced to are recalled and cast in a new light. Dickstein deals with race and proletarian literature and escapist entertainment. Dancing in the Dark, as seen through Rogers and Astaire, was our effort to “assert a life-saving grace, unity and style against the encroaching darkness.” The need for collective energy created a sense of public purpose that took people past themselves. That desire can be felt in unlikely places, such as the movie The Wizard of Oz: the isolated and lonely Dorothy learns she can get home only by working with others. This period is one of the few in American history when collective action superseded individualism.

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ISBN: 9780393072259
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 14th, 2009

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ISBN: 9780393338768
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 6th, 2010