BIG THOUGHTS

Collections of essays, tomes on big ideas, philosophical treatises and more.

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  1. Loitering

    Loitering: New and Collected Essays

    $15.95

    Charles D’Ambrosio’s essay collection Orphans spawned something of a cult following. In the decade since the tiny limited-edition volume sold out its print run, its devotees have pressed it upon their friends, students, and colleagues, only to find themselves begging for their copy’s safe return. Learn More
  2. Magic Hours

    Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation

    $14.00

    In Magic Hours, award-winning essayist Tom Bissell explores the highs and lows of the creative process. Learn More
  3. Manhood for Amateurs

    Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son

    $14.99

    Michael Chabon “takes [his] brutally observant, unfailingly honest, marvelously human gaze and turns it on his own life” (Time) in this memoir Manhood for Amateurs. Learn More
  4. Maps & Legends

    Maps And Legends: Reading And Writing Along The Borderlands

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    Michael Chabon's sparkling first book of nonfiction is a love song in sixteen parts - a series of linked essays in praise of reading and writing, with subjects running from ghost stories to comic books, Sherlock Holmes to Cormac McCarthy. Learn More
  5. Massive Pissed Love: Nonfiction 2001-2014

    Massive Pissed Love: Nonfiction 2001-2014

    $19.95

    Richard Hell may best be known as a punk icon, a founding member of seminal bands Television, the Heartbreakers, and The Voidoids, but for decades he’s been a prominent voice in American letters. Learn More
  6. Me Talk Pretty One Day

    Me Talk Pretty One Day

    $16.00

    Another collection of Sedaris' hysterical essays. Learn More
  7. Meaty

    Meaty: Essays by Samantha Irby, Creator of the Blog BitchesGottaEat

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    Samantha Irby explodes onto the printed page with her debut collection of brand-new essays about trying to laugh her way through failed relationships, being black, taco feasts, bouts with Crohn's disease, and more. Learn More
  8. The Medium Is the Massage

    Medium Is the Massage

    $13.95

    An Inventory of Effects. Learn More
  9. Men Versus The Man

    Men Versus The Man

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    There is no irony in the fact that H.L. Mencken is a tall figure in the history of letters, and Robert Rives La Monte is wholly forgotten. Learn More
  10. Metastases Of Enjoyment

    Metastases Of Enjoyment: On Women And Causality

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    The experience of the Yugoslav war and the rise of “irrational” violence in contemporary societies provides the theoretical and political context of this book, which uses Lacanian psychoanalysis as the basis for a renewal of the Marxist theory of ideology. Learn More
  11. MFA vs NYC1

    MFA vs NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction

    $16.00

    Chad Harbach and contributors map out the “two cultures” of American fiction: MFA programs and NYC publishing. Learn More
  12. More Information Than You Require

    More Information Than You Require

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    The author of The Areas of My Expertise - also known as The Daily Show's 'Resident Expert' and the PC in the iconic Mac ads - picks up exactly where his first book left off. Exactly. Learn More
  13. My 1980s And Other Essays

    My 1980s And Other Essays

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    Wayne Koestenbaum returns with a zesty and hyper-literate collection of personal and critical essays. Learn More
  14. Naked

    Naked

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    Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. Learn More
  15. Nein. A Manifesto

    Nein. A Manifesto

    $16.00

    #FrequentlyAskedQuestions
    1. Ontology: what the fuck?
    2. Causality: why the fuck?
    3. Epistemology: how the why the fuck?
    4. Phenomenology: the fuck. Learn More
  16. Not Tht Kind Of Girl (paperback)

    Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"

    $16.00

    In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told. Learn More
  17. Obsolete

    Obsolete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us

    $15.95

    Thanks to advancing technology and shifting mores, the amount of change we experience in our lifetimes is truly exceptional. Objects and practices that are commonplace can very quickly become outmoded. In this witty and informative collection of short essays, journalist and social commentator Anna Jane Grossman takes a thoughtful look at what everyday apparatuses, ideas, and behaviors are quickly disappearing—or else have already left the building. Learn More
  18. One Ring Circus

    One Ring Circus: Dispatches from the World of Boxing

    $16.95

    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
  19. Otherwise Known as the Human Condition

    Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews

    $18.00

    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
  20. Outliers (trade paperback)

    Outliers: The Story of Success

    $16.99

    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
  21. The Partly Cloudy Patriot

    Partly Cloudy Patriot

    $15.00

    Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and, in doing so, investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. Learn More
  22. The Pig

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

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    "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
  23. The Pleasure Of Finding

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

    $15.95

    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
  24. Poking A Dead Frog

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

    $18.00

    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
  25. Portable Henry Rollins

    Portable Henry Rollins

    $19.95

    A Rollins reader. Learn More

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