Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews, 1989-2010 - Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer’s writing can be acerbic, intellectual, critical, irreverent, hilarious, or any combination of these. All his essays, though, display his keen intelligence and insatiable curiosity.  In the introduction to OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE HUMAN CONDITION (Graywolf, $18), Dyer describes why he chose his particular literary path.  “What,” he asks, “could be nicer than one day to be writing a review of a novel or exhibition and the next to be going off to Moscow to write about flying a MiG-29?”  He divides the book into sections he calls Visuals, Verbals, Musicals, Variables, and Personals, an arrangement that showcases the versatility of his critical eye. 

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ISBN: 9781555975791
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 29th, 2011

How Did You Get This Number - Sloane Crosley

Sloane Crosley follows up her bestselling I Was Told There’d be Cake with an equally entertaining, somewhat darker, collection of essays.  In HOW DID YOU GET THIS NUMBER  (Riverhead, $15), we hear about Crosley’s stint buying stolen furniture; her roommate, a kleptomaniac with an eating disorder; and the author’s travels to Paris, Portugal, and Alaska. Witty, and as engaging as a close friend, Crosley makes even a bear attack seem hilarious, and when she turns to everyday events, they suddenly seem worthy of a story. These essays take the reader along on adventures big and small as Crosley observes the craziness that happens around her.

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ISBN: 9781594485190
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 3rd, 2011

Why Architecture Matters - Paul Goldberger

The best way to understand architecture? Walk the streets, Paul Goldberger advises. But to inform those perambulations, take along the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic’s concise WHY ARCHITECTURE MATTERS (Yale Univ., $16). A guide to the basic elements of buildings, Goldberger’s lively primer discusses scale, proportion, light, space, texture, and materials, giving these general features specific contexts and exploring their emotional effects. Architecture matters, he demonstrates, when it goes beyond the purely functional (though even the humblest shed makes an impact on its surroundings) to partake of the qualities of art. Goldberger surveys buildings around the world, pointing to how they reflect social ideas, embody values, stand as cultural icons, and serve as the common ground on which different generations can meet. He includes D.C. in his tour; see what he thinks of the Hirshhorn, the National Gallery, and the National Building Museum.

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ISBN: 9780300168174
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Published: Yale University Press - March 29th, 2011