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Part biography of one of the most influential philosophers of 19th century, part memoir, Hiking with Nietzsche is an exploration, of Nietzsche’s work and life, his relationships, thoughts and his search for meaning. It is, also, the author’s self-exploration and a thorough insight into his own life, his marriage, fatherhood and himself. John Kaag followed in Nietzsche’s footsteps, like Mann, Adorno, Jung, Levi, Hesse and many other of his pilgrims did, on the hills of Sils – Maria in Switzerland, where he wrote Thus Spoke Zarathustra. And, he did it twice. First time as a nineteen-year-old young man, almost killing himself on the verge of anorexia and the second 18 years later visiting the same place with his wife and young daughter, retracing the same steps and paths but coming to different conclusions and contemplating different questions.

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ISBN: 9780374170011
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 25th, 2018

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As a longtime fan of Jessica Hopper’s vigilant, fearless music criticism, Night Moves is the book I’ve been pining for. A series of vignettes about her coming of age in the Chicago music scene, the pieces are as shaky with youth as a Ferlinghetti poem, and they come together to form one jagged love poem to a city and a way of life. There’s something markedly elegiac about the life Hopper describes, a roiling, breathing cityscape where the escape from the robotic crawl of gentrification seemed still possible. Can young adults still live like this in a city? Riding bikes through electric summer nights? God, I hope so. Night Moves made me feel very young and very old at the same time: a painful, singular elation.

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ISBN: 9781477317884
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Published: University of Texas Press - September 18th, 2018

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After two traumatic head injuries (recounted in fascinating, harrowing detail) Bathurst began losing her hearing in her late 20s. Deafness was not a haven of peace and quiet from a noisy world, but a nightmare of confusion, frustration, and broken connections that left Bathurst increasingly isolated and ashamed. “Hearing gave you other people,” she notes. Without it, she was alone. But she was lucky. Her hearing loss was actually caused by otosclerosis, and surgery restored 80% of it. While never at home in deafness, Bathurst learned a lot from and about it. Along with her own story she tells those of members of the military and musicians (the one who would speak on the record about it) who have been deafened by their work. She also explains the complex physiology of the ear and the equally complicated psychology of the deafened struggling to negotiate a world directed by sound. She critiques society’s unwillingness to acknowledge the widespread hearing loss caused by machinery, weapons, and earbuds, and contrasts it with the supportive and intensely visual community of the congenitally deaf. Throughout this vivid and thought-provoking memoir she explores all aspects of sound, a phenomenon so powerful and versatile it can lull us to sleep, send us in to transcendence, or drive us mad.

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ISBN: 9781771643825
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Published: Greystone Books - October 2nd, 2018