The titles in this category deal with society at large - politics, history, religion, science, crime, etc.

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  1. On Bullshit

    On Bullshit


    One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Learn More
  2. One Ring Circus

    One Ring Circus: Dispatches from the World of Boxing


    Most readers of Katherine Dunn know and love her for her groundbreaking, National Book Award-nominated, bestselling novel GEEK LOVE; few, however are familiar with her journalistic work, in particular her essays and articles on boxing which she has penned over the last two and a half decades. Learn More
  3. Otherwise Known as the Human Condition

    Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews


    Geoff Dyer has earned the devotion of passionate fans on both sides of the Atlantic through his wildly inventive, romantic novels as well as several brilliant, uncategorizable works of nonfiction. All the while he has been writing some of the wittiest, most incisive criticism we have on an astonishing array of subjects—music, literature, photography, and travel journalism—that, in Dyer’s expert hands, becomes a kind of irresistible self-reportage. Learn More
  4. Outliers (trade paperback)

    Outliers: The Story of Success


    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of 'outliers'--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. Learn More
  5. The Partly Cloudy Patriot

    Partly Cloudy Patriot


    Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and, in doing so, investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. Learn More
  6. Philosophy: An Illustrated History Of Thought

    Philosophy: An Illustrated History of Thought


    Here is the essential guide to philosophy. Learn More
  7. The Pig

    Pig: In Poetic, Mythological, and Moral-Historical Perspective


    "The Pig is the Sun...." So begins Oskar Panizza's outrageously heretical and massively erudite essay on the pig, originally published in 1900 in his journal Zurich Discussions. Learn More
  8. The Pleasure Of Finding

    Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman


    The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is a magnificent treasury of the best short works of Richard P. Feynman - from interviews and speeches to lectures and printed articles. Learn More
  9. Poking A Dead Frog

    Poking A Dead Frog: Conversations With Today's Top Comedy Writers


    Amy Poehler, Mel Brooks, Adam McKay, George Saunders, Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, and many more take us deep inside the mysterious world of comedy in this fascinating, laugh-out-loud-funny book. Learn More
  10. Portable Henry Rollins

    Portable Henry Rollins


    A Rollins reader. Learn More
  11. Pretentiousness: Why It Matters

    Pretentiousness: Why It Matters


    Pretentiousness is for anyone who has braved being different, whether that's making a stand against artistic consensus or running the gauntlet of the last bus home dressed differently from everyone else. Learn More
  12. Program Or Be Programmed

    Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age


    The debate over whether the Net is good or bad for us fills the airwaves and the blogosphere. But for all the heat of claim and counter-claim, the argument is essentially beside the point: It’s here; it’s everywhere. Learn More
  13. Propaganda



    “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”—Edward Bernays, Propaganda Learn More
  14. Public Opinion

    Public Opinion


    A penetrative study of democratic theory and the role of citizens in a democracy, this classic by a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner offers a prescient view of the media's function in shaping public perceptions. Learn More
  15. Pulphead

    Pulphead: Essays


    In Pulphead, John Jeremiah Sullivan takes us on an exhilarating tour of our popular, unpopular, and at times completely forgotten culture. Simultaneously channeling the gonzo energy of Hunter S. Thompson and the wit and insight of Joan Didion, Sullivan shows us—with a laidback, erudite Southern charm that’s all his own—how we really (no, really) live now. Learn More
  16. Rad Dad

    Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood


    Combining the best of the award-winning magazine Rad Dad and the Daddy Dialectic blog, this compilation features the best essays written for fathers by a multitude of dads from different walks of life. Learn More
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    Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work And What They Mean


    Suddenly, comics are everywhere: a newly matured art form, filling bookshelves with brilliant, innovative work and shaping the ideas and images of the rest of contemporary culture. Learn More
  18. Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

    Reality Hunger: A Manifesto


    An open call for new literary and other art forms to match the complexities of the twenty-first century. Learn More
  19. Roomanitarian



    Henry Rollins returns to the combative prose that has won him critical acclaim and a legion of devoted fans. Learn More
  20. Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm

    Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm


  21. Sick In The Head

    Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy


    From the writer and director of Knocked Up and the producer of Freaks and Geeks comes a collection of intimate, hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years—including Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Roseanne Barr, Harold Ramis, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham. Learn More
  22. Silver Screen Fiend (paperback)

    Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film


    New York Times bestselling author, comedian, and actor Patton Oswalt shares his entertaining memoir about coming of age as a performer and writer in the late ’90s while obsessively watching classic films at the legendary New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. Learn More
  23. Sincerity

    Sincerity: How a moral ideal born five hundred years ago inspired religious wars, modern art, hipster chic, and the curious notion that we all have something to say (no matter how dull)


    A cultural and intellectual history of sincerity, from its emergence during the Protestant Reformation to its present incarnations and adversaries. Learn More
  24. Slouching Towards Bethlehem

    Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays


    The first nonfiction work by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains, forty years after its first publication, the essential portrait of America-- particularly California--in the sixties. Learn More
  25. Smothered in Hugs

    Smothered in Hugs: Essays, Interviews, Feedback, and Obituaries


    From the internationally acclaimed author of Ugly Man and one of “the last literary outlaws in mainstream American fiction” (Bret Easton Ellis) comes a survey of his cultural criticism. Learn More

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