BIG THOUGHTS

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

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  1. Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010

    Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010

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    An eclectic volume introduced by David Sedaris and compiled by Dave Eggers and students of his San Francisco writing center, who don’t leave a stone unturned in their search for nonrequired gems. Learn More
  2. Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011

    Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011

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    An eclectic volume introduced by Guillermo del Toro and compiled by Dave Eggers and students of his San Francisco writing center, who don’t leave a stone unturned in their search for nonrequired gems. Learn More
  3. Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012

    Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012

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    The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Learn More
  4. Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014

    Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014

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    The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Learn More
  5. Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015

    Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015

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    Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Orphan Master’s Son, works with group of high school students out of 826 San Francisco to select the year’s best new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and category-defying gems aimed at readers 15 and up. Learn More
  6. Blink

    Blink: The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking

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    In his landmark bestseller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Learn More
  7. Both Flesh And Not

    Both Flesh and Not: Essays

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    Beloved for his epic agony, brilliantly discerning eye, and hilarious and constantly self-questioning tone, David Foster Wallace was heralded by both critics and fans as the voice of a generation. Learn More
  8. The Boy Who Could Change the World

    Boy Who Could Change the World: The Writings of Aaron Swartz

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    In his too-short life, Aaron Swartz reshaped the Internet, questioned our assumptions about intellectual property, and touched all of us in ways that we may not even realize. Learn More
  9. Bright-Sided (trade paperback)

    Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

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    A sharp-witted knockdown of America’s love affair with positive thinking and an urgent call for a new commitment to realism. Learn More
  10. Cat Is Art Spelled Wrong

    Cat Is Art Spelled Wrong

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    Fifteen writers, all addressing not just our fascination with cat videos, but also how we decide what is good or bad art, or art at all; how taste develops, how that can change, and why we love or hate something. It's about people and technology and just what it is about cats that makes them the internet's cutest despots. Learn More
  11. Censorship Now!!

    Censorship Now

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    In this outrageous and hilarious new essay collection, underground music icon Ian F. Svenonius tackles such diverse subjects as IKEA, Apple, the weather, the gentrification of punk by indie rock, Marion Barry, the film Heathers, Christian pornography, vampires, hoarding, the role of sugar in empire-building, how to properly tip at restaurants, the return of the hat in men's fashion, and other highly topical matters. Learn More
  12. Changing My Mind (trade paperback)

    Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays

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    A sparkling collection of Zadie Smith’s nonfiction over the past decade. Learn More
  13. Chuck Klosterman IV

    Chuck Klosterman IV

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    A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas. Learn More
  14. Confessions of an Antinatalist

    Confessions of an Antinatalist

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    Life is a mixture of good and bad, or so they say. Trouble is, there’s no way to determine where a particular life might fall along fortune’s spectrum. Learn More
  15. Consider the Lobster

    Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays

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    A brilliant and hilarious new collection of essays from the author of Infinite Jest. Learn More
  16. Context

    Context

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    One of the internet’s most celebrated hi-tech culture mavens returns with this second collection of essays and polemics. Learn More
  17. Dance of the Reptiles

    Dance of the Reptiles: Rampaging Tourists, Marauding Pythons, Larcenous Legislators, Crazed Celebrities, and Tar-Balled Beaches: Selected Columns

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    If you think the wildest, wackiest stories that Carl Hiaasen can tell have all made it into his hilarious, bestselling novels, think again. Learn More
  18. Deliriously Happy

    Deliriously Happy: and Other Bad Thoughts

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    Do you like dogs? Babies? Baby dogs? Have you ever eaten ice cream or had love troubles? Wish there were dirty parts in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the book for you. Learn More
  19. Distrust That Particular Flavor (trade paperback)

    Distrust That Particular Flavor

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    William Gibson is known primarily as a novelist, with his work ranging from his groundbreaking first novel, Neuromancer, to his more recent contemporary bestsellers Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, and Zero History. Learn More
  20. Dress Your Family In Corduroy & Denim

    Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim

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    The new, eagerly awaited collection of personal essays from the author of the #1 bestseller Me Talk Pretty One Day. Learn More
  21. Eating the Dinosaur (trade paperback verision)

    Eating the Dinosaur

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    A Book of All-New Pop Culture Pieces by Chuck Klosterman. Learn More
  22. Empire of Illusion

    Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

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    A culture that cannot distinguish between reality and illusion dies. And we are dying now. We will either wake from our state of induced childishness, one where trivia and gossip pass for news and information, one where our goal is not justice but an elusive and unattainable happiness, to confront the stark limitations before us, or we will continue our headlong retreat into fantasy. Learn More
  23. The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness

    Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness

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    The incomparable Rebecca Solnit, author of more than a dozen acclaimed, prizewinning books of nonfiction including Men Explain Things To Me, brings the same dazzling writing to the essays in The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness; hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "globally wide-ranging and topically urgent and the Boston Globe as "luminous and precise.". Learn More
  24. The End Of War (paperback)

    End Of War

    $13.00

    War is a fact of human nature. As long as we exist, it exists. That's how the argument goes. Learn More
  25. Essays

    Essays by Wallace Shawn

    $13.95

    In these beautiful essays, Wallace Shawn takes us on a revelatory journey in which the personal and political become one. Learn More

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