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  1. What Are Intellectuals Good For?

    What Are Intellectuals Good For?

    $15.00

    What Are Intellectuals Good For? contains searching appraisals of a large gallery of twentieth-century intellectuals, including Randolph Bourne, Dwight Macdonald, Lionel Trilling, Irving Howe, Isaiah Berlin, William F. Buckley Jr., Allan Bloom, Richard Rorty, Stanley Fish, Christopher Lasch, Edward Said, Ellen Willis, and Christopher Hitchens. Learn More
  2. Welcome to the Desert of the Real

    Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates

    $17.95

    Liberals and conservatives proclaim the end of the American holiday from history. Now the easy games are over; one should take sides. Learn More
  3. We Learn Nothing (paperback)

    We Learn Nothing: Essays And Cartoons

    $16.00

    Satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider here turns his most unflinchingly funny, brutally honest mind to the dark truths of the human condition. Learn More
  4. The Way The World Works

    Way the World Works: Essays

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    Nicholson Baker, who "writes like no one else in America" (Newsweek), here assembles his best short pieces from the last fifteen years. Learn More
  5. Utilitarianism: A Guide for the Perplexed

    Utilitarianism: A Guide for the Perplexed

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    A student's introduction to the historical context, key themes and current debates in Utilitarianism. Learn More
  6. Unfinished Projects

    Unfinished Projects: Decolonization and the Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre

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    The philosophical roots of Sartre’s anti-colonial stance. Learn More
  7. True Stories, Well Told

    True Stories, Well Told: From the First 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction Magazine

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    Creative nonfiction is the literary equivalent of jazz: it’s a rich mix of flavors, ideas, voices, and techniques—some newly invented, and others as old as writing itself. Learn More
  8. Things That Are

    Things That Are

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    The debut collection of a writer whose accolades precede her: a Whiting Award, a Rona Jaffe Award, a Best American Essays selection, and a Pushcart Prize, all received before her first book-length publication. This book represents a major break-out of an entirely new brand of nonfiction writer, in a mode like that of Ander Monson, John D'Agata, and Eula Biss, but a new sort of beast entirely its own. Learn More
  9. The Wordy Shipmates

    The Wordy Shipmates

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    The Wordy Shipmates is Sarah Vowell's exploration of the Puritans and their journey to America to become the people of John Winthrop's 'city upon a hill' - a shining example, a 'city that cannot be hid.' Learn More
  10. The Vintage Mencken

    The Vintage Mencken

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    The finest and fiercest essays of the great literary iconoclast. Learn More

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