D'Amato, Paul (2006). The
Meaning of Marxism. Chicago, IL, Haymarket Books.
Paul d'Amato has done a great service to Marxists and radicals
everywhere by giving a concise, thorough, and up to date exposition
of the thought of Marx and Engels, and their followers to the
present day. The book makes short work of Marxist political
economy, which is a rare accomplishment in and of itself, and also
provides an engaging case for why Marx's thought is still relevant
today. In the Marxist spirit, it does not stop at explaining a
theory in mid-air; it never fails to make the ideas practical and
Damon, S. Foster (1979). A Blake Dictionary, the Ideas and
Symbols of William Blake. Boulder, Colo.
An indispensable guide to Blake's ideas and symbols.
Dante, Alighieri and John Ciardi (1977). The Divine Comedy: The
Inferno, the Purgatorio, and the Paradiso. New York,
Long narrative poem originally titled Commedia (about 1555 printed as La divina commedia) written about 1310-14 by Dante.
The work is divided into three major sections--Inferno,
Purgatorio, and Paradiso--which trace the journey of
a man from darkness and error to the revelation of the divine
light, culminating in the beatific vision of God. Its plot is simple: a
man is miraculously enabled to visit the souls in Hell, Purgatory,
and Paradise. He has two guides: Virgil, who leads him through the
Inferno and Purgatorio, and Beatrice, who introduces him to
Paradiso. Through these fictional encounters taking place from Good
Friday evening in 1300 through Easter Sunday and slightly beyond,
Dante the character learns of the exile that is awaiting him (an
actual exile that had already occurred at the time of writing).
This device allowed Dante not only to create a story out of his
exile but also to explain how he came to cope with personal
calamity and to offer suggestions for the resolution of Italy's
troubles as well. Thus, Dante's story is historically specific as
well as paradigmatic; his exile serves as a microcosm of the
problems of a country, and it also becomes representative of the
Fall of Man. The basic structural component of The Divine Comedy is the canto. The poem consists
of 100 cantos, which are grouped into the three major sections, or
canticles. Technically there are 33 cantos in each canticle and one
additional canto, contained in the Inferno, that serves as an introduction to the
entire poem. For the most part the cantos range from 136 to 151
lines. The poem's rhyme scheme is the terza rima (aba, bcb, cdc,
etc.) Thus, the divine number three is present in every part of the
work. Dante adopts the classical convention of a visit to the land
of the dead, but he adapts it to a Christian worldview by beginning
his journey there. The Inferno represents a false start during
which Dante, the character, must be disabused of harmful values
that somehow prevent him from rising above his fallen world.
Despite the regressive nature of the Inferno, Dante's meetings with
the damned are among the most memorable moments of the poem: the
Neutrals, the virtuous pagans, Francesca da Rimini, Filipo Argenti,
Farinata degli Uberti, Piero delle Vigne, Brunetto Latini, the
simoniacal popes, Ulysses, and Ugolino impose themselves upon the
reader's imagination with tremendous force. Nonetheless, the
journey through the Inferno primarily signifies a process of
separation and thus is only the initial step in a fuller
development. In the Purgatorio the
protagonist's spiritual rehabilitation commences. There Dante
subdues his own personality so that he will be able to ascend. He
comes to accept the essential Christian image of life as a
pilgrimage, and he joins the other penitents on the road of life.
At the summit of Purgatory, where repentant sinners are purged of
their sins, Virgil departs, having led Dante as far as human
knowledge is able--to the threshold of Paradise. Beatrice, who
embodies the knowledge of divine mysteries bestowed by Grace,
continues Dante's tour. In the Paradiso true heroic fulfillment is achieved. Dante's poem gives expression
to those figures from the past who seem to defy death and who
inspire in their followers a feeling of exaltation and a desire for
identification. The Paradiso is
consequently a poem of fulfillment and of completion.
Darío, Rubén (1965). Selected Poems of Rubén Darío. Austin, University of Texas Press.
Toward the close of the last century, the poetry of the Spanish-speaking world was pallid, feeble, almost a corpse. It needed new life and a new direction. The exotic, erratic, revolutionary poet who changed the course of Spanish poetry and brought it into the mainstream of twentieth-century Modernism was Félix Rubén García Sarmiento (1867-1916) of Nicaragua, who called himself Rubén Darío.
Since its original publication in 1965, this edition of Darío's poetry has made English-speaking readers better acquainted with the poet who, as Enrique Anderson Imbert said, "divides literary history into 'before' and 'after.'" The selection of poems is intended to represent the whole range of Darío's verse, from the stinging little poems of Thistles to the dark, brooding lines of Songs of the Argentine and Other Poems. Also included, in the epilogue, is a transcript of a radio dialogue between two other major poets, Federico García Lorca of Spain and Pablo Neruda of Chile, who celebrate the rich legacy of Rubén Darío..
Darrow, Clarence and Arthur Weinberg (1989). Attorney for the
Damned: Clarence Darrow in the Courtroom. Chicago, University
of Chicago Press.
"Clarence Darrow [was] perhaps the most effective courtroom
opponent of cant, bigotry, and special privilege that our country
has produced. All of Darrow's most celebrated pleas are here--in
defense of Leopold and Loeb (1924), of Lieutenant Massie (1932), of
Big Bill Haywood (1907), of Thomas Scopes (1925), and of himself
for attempted bribery."--The New
Darton, Eric (1999). Divided We Stand: A Biography of New York's
World Trade Center. New York, Basic Books.
When the World Trade Towers in New York City were erected at
the Hudson's edge, they led the way to a real estate boom that was
truly astonishing. Divided We Stand reveals the coming together and eruption of four volatile elements:
super-tall buildings, financial speculation, globalization, and
terrorism. The Trade Center serves as a potent symbol of the
disastrous consequences of undemocratic planning and
This book is a history of that skyscraping ambition and the
impact it had on New York and international life. It is a portrait
of a building complex that lives at the convergence point of social
and economic realities central not only to New York City but to all
industrial cities and suburbs. A meticulously researched historical
account based on primary documents, Divided We
Stand is a contemporary indictment of the prevailing urban
order in the spirit of Jane Jacobs's mid-century classic The Death and Life of Great American
Darwin, Charles (2005). On the Origin of Species. Cambridge,
Harvard University Press.
This work is rightly regarded as one of the most
important books ever published, and a knowledge of it should be
part of the intellectual equipment of every educated person. The
book remains surprisingly modern in its assertions and is also
remarkably accessible to the layman, much more so than recent
treatises necessarily encumbered with technical language and
This first edition had a freshness and uncompromising
directness that were considerably weakened in later editions, and
yet nearly all available reprints of the work are based on the
greatly modified sixth edition of 1872. In the only other modern
reprinting of the first edition, the pagination was changed, so
that it is impossible to give page references to significant
passages in the original. Clearly, this facsimile reprint of the
momentous first edition fills a need for scholars and general
Dashew, Linda and Steve Dashew (1997). Offshore Cruising
Encyclopedia. Tucson, Ariz., Beowulf.
The Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia has
inspired a generation of cruisers to untie their dock lines and go!
Packed with data on every facet of sailing, from design and systems
to the cruising lifestyle, it has provided sailors around the world
with the knowledge necessary to buy, equip, and prepare themselves
in the most efficient manner possible.
Davenport, Guy (1981). The Geography of the Imagination: Forty
Essays. San Francisco, North Point Press.
While the backbone of this collection is its defense and decoding
of the great modernists (Joyce, Pound) and early postmodernists
(Zukofsky, Olson), the book also forays into all sorts of other
areas: Dogon myth, Wittgenstein, Shaker aesthetics, hobbitry, the
invention of the buttonhole, Stan Brakhage, and Indian arrowheads,
to name but a few. Davenport's true genius is his ability to
synthesize: he arranges these disparate subjects into a single
staggering design so complete that the book seems to contain no
digressions, only elaborations. A thrilling collection; highly
Davenport, Guy (1993). Eclogues: Eight Stories. Baltimore,
Johns Hopkins University Press.
Mixtures of myth and fable, these tales have their origins in
Plutarch, Montaigne, The Acts of the
Apostles, Theokritos, and the daily newspaper. Eclogues is a
delight, and Guy Davenport proves a companionable and witty
Davenport, Guy (1997). Da Vinci's Bicycle: Ten Stories. New
York, New Directions.
This title collects ten short stories "full of allusion and
linguistic dazzle." The stories take famous people, e.g., Richard
Nixon, Leonardo Da Vinci, and James Joyce, and speculates on how
they "relate to contemporary life."
Davidowitz, Steven (1995). Betting Thoroughbreds: A
Professional's Guide for the Horseplayer. New York,
Davids, Kenneth (2001). Coffee: A Guide to Buying, Brewing, and
Enjoying. St. Martin's Griffin.
Now in its fourth revised edition, Kenneth Davids's comprehensive
and entertaining Coffee: A Guide to Buying Brewing, and
Enjoying remains an invaluable resource for anyone who truly
enjoys a good cup of coffee. It features updated information and
definitions, a history of coffee culture, tips on storing and
brewing, and other essential advice designed to improve the coffee
experience. Coffee lovers everywhere will welcome this lively,
complete guide to the fascinating world of America's national
Davies, Norman (1998). Europe: A History. New York,
Historian Davies (Heart of Europe, 1984)
is perfect for this ambitious project, a panoramic history of
Europe from prehistoric times to the present. He reminds readers
that East and West have much in common, beginning with a long,
conjoined history of events, personalities, movements, and
concepts. Narrative chapters alternate with tableaux of specific
events; there are numerous digressive inserts. The prose is elegant
throughout; Davies's comments are always insightful and frequently
witty. (Of the Western historians' dismissal of the Magyars as "not
a creative factor in Western history," he comments: "All this means
is that the Magyars did not reach Cambridge.") The author muses on
"the extreme contrast between the material advancement of European
civilization and the terrible regression in political and
intellectual values." At last, a truly pan-European history that
rests firmly on solid scholarship and exhibits wisdom and literary
elegance; highly recommended. - David Keymer, California State
Davies, R.W. (1998). Soviet Economic Development from Lenin to Khrushchev. Cambridge, UK; Cambridge University Press.
Provides a comprehensive survey of Soviet economic development from 1917 to 1965 in the context of the pre-revolutionary economy. In these years the Soviet Union was transformed from a predominantly agrarian country into a major industrial power. These developments resulted in great economic achievements at great human cost. Professor Davies discusses the inherent faults and strengths of the Soviet system, paying particular attention to the major controversies, and presents the results of recent Russian and Western research.
Davis, Angela Y. (1988). Angela Davis: An Autobiography. New
York, International Publishers.
From a childhood on Dynamite Hill in Birmingham, Alabama, to one of
the most significant political trials of the century, Angela Davis
describes in full the story of her life: from Carrie A. Tuggle
Elementary School to the U.S. Communist Party; from her political
activity in a New York high school to the Soledad Brothers; from
the faculty of the Philosophy Department at UCLA to the FBI's list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.
Davis, Angela Y. and Joy James, editor (1998). The Angela Y.
Davis Reader. Malden, MA, Blackwell Publishing. The Angela Y. Davis Reader presents eighteen essays from
her writings and interviews which have appeared in If They Come
in the Morning, Women, Race, and Class, Women,
Culture, and Politics, and Black Women and the Blues as well as articles published in women's, ethnic/black studies and
communist journals, and cultural studies anthologies. In four parts, "Prisons, Repression, and Resistance", "Marxism, Anti-Racism, and
Feminism", "Aesthetics and Culture", and recent interviews, Davis
examines revolutionary politics and intellectualism.
Davis's discourse chronicles progressive political movements and
social philosophy. It is essential reading for anyone interested in
contemporary political philosophy, critical race theory, social
theory, ethnic studies, American studies, African American studies,
cultural theory, feminist philosophy, gender studies.
Davis, Angela Y. (2003). Are Prisons Obsolete? New York,
Seven Stories Press.
"In this thoroughly researched book, Angela Davis swings a wrecking
ball into the racist and sexist underpinnings of the American
prison system. Her arguments are well wrought and restrained,
leveling an unflinching critique of how and why more than 2 million
Americans are presently behind bars, and the corporations who
profit from their suffering. Davis explores the biases that
criminalize communities of color, politically disenfranchising huge
chunks of minority voters in the process. Uncompromising in her
vision, Davis calls not merely for prison reform, but for nothing
short of 'new terrains of justice.' Another invaluable work in the Open Media Series by one of America's last truly fearless
public intellectuals." -Cynthia McKinney
Davis, Angela Y. (2016). Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement. Chicago, Haymarket Books.
Angela Davis again offers us an incisive, urgent, and comprehensive understanding of systematic racism, the grounds for intersectional analysis and solidarity, and the importance of working together as equals to unmask and depose systems of injustice. This wide-ranging and brilliant set of essays includes a trenchant analysis of police violence against people of color, of the systematic incarceration of black people in America, the grounds of Palestinian solidarity for the Left, the affirmation of transgender inclusion, and the necessity of opposing the G4S corporation and its high-profit empire dedicated to the institutionalization of racism in the name of security. These essays take us back in history to the founders of revolutionary and anti-racist struggle, but they also take us toward the possibility of ongoing intersectional solidarity and struggle. Angela Davis gathers in her lucid words our luminous history and the most promising future of freedom.
Davis, Angela Y. (2012). The Meaning of Freedom: And Other
Difficult Dialogues. San Francisco, CA, City Lights
This book is a collection of Davis' lectures from 1994 through
2009, interweaving themes of freedom and bias based on race,
gender, and sexual orientation. Davis is at her best linking these
perceptively separate segments into a broader concept of freedom
across all the lines that separate us.
Davis, Mike (1990). City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los
Angeles. London; New York, Verso.
"An eye-opening account of the economic, political, intellectual
and architectural development of 20th-century Los Angeles, City of Quartz is a deeply troubling
look at a city beset by environmental time bombs vast inequities of
wealth and chronic, increasingly brutal racial violence...The city
that takes shape in this elegantly argued book seems to be swiftly
heading toward some Armageddon. Few books shed as much light on
their subjects as this opionated and original excavation of Los
Angeles from the mythical debris of its past and future."--Sara
Frankel, The San Francisco
Davis, Mike (2006). Planet of Slums. London; New York,
Urban theorist Davis takes a global approach to documenting the
astonishing depth of squalid poverty that dominates the lives of
the planet's increasingly urban population, detailing poor urban
communities from Cape Town and Caracas to Casablanca and Khartoum.
Davis argues health, justice and social issues associated with
gargantuan slums (the largest, in Mexico City, has an estimated
population of 4 million) get overlooked in world politics: "The
demonizing rhetorics of the various international 'wars' on
terrorism, drugs, and crime are so much semantic apartheid: they
construct epistemological walls around gecekondus, favelas, and
chawls that disable any honest debate about the daily violence of
economic exclusion." Though Davis focuses on individual
communities, he presents statistics showing the skyrocketing
population and number of "megaslums" (informally, "stinking
mountains of shit" or, formally, "when shanty-towns and squatter
communities merge in continuous belts of informal housing and
poverty, usually on the urban periphery") since the 1960s. Layered
over the hard numbers are a fascinating grid of specific area
studies and sub-topics ranging from how the Olympics has spurred
the forceful relocation of thousands (and, sometimes, hundreds of
thousands) of the urban poor, to the conversion of formerly second
world countries to third world status. Davis paints a bleak picture
of the upward trend in urbanization and maintains a stark outlook
for slum-dwellers' futures.
Davis, Mike (2007). Buda's Wagon: A Brief History of the Car
Bomb. London, Verso.
In this provocative history, Mike Davis traces the its worldwide use and development, in the process exposing the role of state intelligence agencies--particularly those of the United States, Israel, India, and Pakistan--in globalizing urban terrorist techniques. Davis argues that it is the incessant impact of car bombs, rather than the more apocalyptic threats of nuclear or bio-terrorism, that is changing cities and urban lifestyles, as privileged centers of power increasingly surround themselves with "rings of steel" against a weapon that nevertheless seems impossible to defeat.
Davis, Miles and Quincy Troupe (1989). Miles: The Autobiography. New York, Simon and Schuster. Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he discusses the women in his life. But above all, Miles talks about music and musicians, including the legends he has played with over the years: Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Trane, Mingus, and many others.
Davis, Wade (1988). Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the
Haitian Zombie. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina
Haitian zombification, a subject that has provoked a great deal of
sensational reporting in the popular press and skepticism in
anthropological circles, is analyzed in this fascinating work. The
author delves into its physiological, social, and psychological
impact, the result of two years of on-site study of the structure
and function of the Bizango secret societies. He presents an
extensive analysis of the chemical composition of various poisons
reputed to induce a physiological state that could simulate death.
To transform a person so affected into a zombie through antidotes
is part of the pharmacopoeia of the Bizango societies. Of interest
both to social scientists and the medical profession.
Davis, Wade (1996). One River: Explorations and Discoveries in
the Amazon Rain Forest. New York, Simon &
Wade Davis is an ethnobotanist interested in the native uses of
plants, especially psychotropics. He finds many such plants in the
travels he recounts in, especially coca and curare. (The first,
famously, is a curse in the First World but is a necessity in the
Andes, where it promotes the digestion of many kinds of food
plants.) Framing Davis's narrative is an account of the dangerous
World War II-era Amazonian expeditions undertaken by his mentor,
Harvard biologist Richard Evans Schultes. Davis describes a few
hair-raising encounters of his own, making this a fine book of
Davis, Wade (2001). Light at the Edge of the World: A Journey
through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures. Washington, D.C.,
National Geographic Society.
Ethnobotanist and anthropologist Davis, author of One River (1996) and Shadows
in the Sun (1998), has traveled the world for 25 years, pen
and camera in hand, to study the myriad ways indigenous people live
in physical and spiritual intimacy with the natural world. Driven
by curiosity and a profound respect for the "ethnosphere,"
humanity's diverse "thoughts, beliefs, myths, and intuitions,"
Davis has dwelled among the people of the Arctic, the Amazon,
Haiti, Kenya, Borneo, Australia, and Tibet, learning their modes of
being, cosmologies, and botanical expertise. His quest has rendered
him acutely sensitive to the connection between biodiversity and
cultural diversity, and as he portrays in pellucid language and
magnificent photographs healers, shamans, hunters, and men, women,
and children adept at survival in the most demanding of
wildernesses, he decries the rampant environmental destruction and
globalization that are decimating indigenous cultures, thus
depriving future generations of their knowledge, wisdom, and unique
perspectives. Aesthetically powerful in both word and image, this
essential volume opens readers' eyes and imaginations to the
wonders of the earth and humanity's varied "insights into the very
nature of existence," a bounty and legacy we simply cannot do
Dawidoff, Nicholas (2002). Baseball: A Literary Anthology.
New York, Library of America: Distributed to the trade in the U.S.
by Penguin Putnam Inc. Baseball: A Literary Anthology offers a lively mix of
stories, memoirs, poems, news reports, and insider accounts about
all aspects of the great American game, from its pastoral
nineteenth-century beginnings to its apotheosis as the undisputed
national pastime. Here are the major leaguers and the bush
leaguers, the umpires and broadcasters, the wives and girlfriends
and would-be girlfriends, fans meticulously observant and lovingly,
fanatically obsessed. Here too are the teams of storied greatness -
the Yankees, the Dodgers, the Red Sox - and the luminaries who made
them legendary. Unforgettable portraits of icons such as Christy
Matthewson, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and Jackie Robinson are joined
by glimpses of lesser-known characters such as the erudite Moe
Berg, the catcher who could speak a dozen languages "but couldn't
hit in any of them."
Drawing from the work of novelists from Ring Lardner to Don
DeLillo, sportswriters from Damon Runyon to Red Smith, and poets
from William Carlos Williams to Yusef Komunyakaa, and gathering
essays and player profiles from John Updike, Gay Talese, Roger
Angell, and David Remnick, Baseball: A Literary Anthology is a
varied and exuberant display of what baseball has meant to American
writers. Among the highlights: Philip Roth considers the terrible
thrill of the adolescent centerfielder; Richard Ford listens to
minor league baseball on the radio while driving cross-country;
Amiri Baraka remembers the joy of watching the Newark Eagles play
Negro League ball; Stephen King follows his son's team on their
riveting journey toward a Little League championship. Bringing
together tales of ambition and heartbreak, childlike wonder and
implacable disappointment, raw strength and even rawer emotion, Baseball: A Literary Anthology tells a
rich and vital story about the sport that has always! been more
than just a game in the hearts of Americans.
Dawkins, Richard (2003). A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on
Hope, Lies, Science, and Love. Boston, Houghton Mifflin
The first collection of essays from renowned scientist and
best-selling author Richard Dawkins is an enthusiastic declaration,
a testament to the power of rigorous scientific examination to
reveal the wonders of the world. In these essays Dawkins revisits
the meme, the unit of cultural information that he named and wrote
about in his groundbreaking work The Selfish
Gene. Here also are moving tributes to friends and
colleagues, including a eulogy for novelist Douglas Adams, author
of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; correspondence with the
evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould; and visits with the famed
paleoanthropologists Richard and Maeve Leakey at their African
wildlife preserve. The collection ends with a vivid note to
Dawkins's ten-year-old daughter, reminding her to remain curious,
to ask questions, and to live the examined life.
Dawkins, Richard (2006). The God Delusion. Boston, Houghton
Richard Dawkins, in The God Delusion,
tells of his exasperation with colleagues who try to play both
sides of the street: looking to science for justification of their
religious convictions while evading the most difficult implications
- the existence of a prime mover sophisticated enough to create and
run the universe, "to say nothing of mind reading millions of
humans simultaneously." Such an entity, he argues, would have to be
extremely complex, raising the question of how it came into
existence, how it communicates - through spiritons! - and where it
resides. Dawkins is frequently dismissed as a bully, but he is only
putting theological doctrines to the same kind of scrutiny that any
scientific theory must withstand. No one who has witnessed the
merciless dissection of a new paper in physics would describe the
atmosphere as overly polite.
Dawson, Fielding (1982). Krazy Kat & 76 More: Collected
Stories, 1950-1976. Santa Barbara, Black Sparrow
Fielding Dawson (August 2, 1930 - January 5, 2002) was a beat-era
author of short stories and novels, a student of the Black
Mountain College. He was also a painter and collagist whose
works were seen in several books of poetry & many literary
Day, Dorothy and Robert Ellsberg (2005). Dorothy Day, Selected Writings: By Little and by Little. Maryknoll, N.Y., Orbis Books.
This edition of Dorothy Day: Selected Writings marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of death of one of the most challenging and inspiring figures of recent history. Dorthy Day (1897-1980) was co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, and currently a candidate for sainthood in the Catholic Church. In her lifelong option for the poor and her unstinting devotion to active nonviolence, Day fashioned a new face for the gospel in our time. Dorothy Day: Selected Writings is widely recognized as the essential and authoritative guide to her life and work. The writings collected here reflect her spirit: meditative, ironical, combative, filled with love for the Catholic Worker family, and suffused with her special sense of the 'holy sublimity of the everyday.'
Day, Richard B. and Daniel F. Gaido, editors and translators
(2011). Witnesses to Permanent Revolution: The Documentary
Record. Chicago, IL, Haymarket Books.
The theory of permanent revolution has long been associated with
Leon Trotsky. Though he was the most brilliant of its proponents,
these newly translated documents, most of them translated into
English for the first time, demonstrate that Trotsky was only one
of several leading figures of international Marxism engaged in a
debate, sparked by the first Russian Revolution in 1905, about the
form workers' struggle would take in less developed countries.
Among the figures included in these discussions were Karl Kautsky,
Rosa Luxemburg, Franz Mehring, Parvus, and David Ryazanov.
Sometimes reading debates between figures on the left, involving
historical references readers may not be familiar with, can be a
daunting or even demoralising experience. But the brilliant and
precise annotating of this collection, along with a short
introduction to each piece, makes every article accessible to a
wide range of readers. Witnesses to Permanent Revolution is a fascinating and thoughtprovoking book and one that genuinely
sheds new light on past debates about socialism that can help to
inform the future.
De Chirico, Giorgio (1968). Hebdomeros: A Novel. London,
Written in 1929, this is the great metaphysical painter's only
novel. Though it is a rare example of surrealistic prose, De
Chirico had, by the time he wrote it, rejected surrealism in
painting and embraced a metaphysical classicism. The result is an
original blending of styles, a series of vignettes and visions,
surprisingly fresh after six decades, written with complete disdain
for time and space. The eponymous Hebdomeros remembers, imagines
and experiences images and events: he describes gods and
innkeepers; is horrified of gastronomes ("he considered
strawberries and figs the most immoral fruits"); attacks
fashionable artists ("the living and walking symbol of human
stupidity"); and invents scenarios that are often more like those
of Lewis Carroll than of Huysmans or Homer. With subjects ranging
from the thrill of everyday objects and sensations to the story of
the prodigal son, De Chirico leaps wildly from non sequitur
"Hebdomeros had never thought of associating the idea of hangovers
with that of fish" to bizarre conceptions of "eternal noon."
Replete with hallmark melancholy, foreboding and Freudian imagery -
close, in fact, to a prose translation of De Chirico's early work
on canvas - Hebdomeros is a fascinating
look into a creative mind.
De Coppet, Laura and Alan Jones (1987). The Art Dealers: The
Powers Behind the Scene Tell How the Art World Really Works.
New York, Three Rivers Press.
This book, a collection of reminiscences with fifty-five fine art
dealers, works to correct misconceptions and shed light on the
dealer's intricate, fascinating, and difficult profession.
De Quincey, Thomas and Barry Milligan (2003). Confessions of an
English Opium-Eater and Other Writings. London; New York,
In this remarkable autobiography, Thomas De Quincey hauntingly
describes the surreal visions and hallucinatory nocturnal
wanderings he took through London-and the nightmares, despair, and
paranoia to which he became prey-under the influence of the
then-legal painkiller laudanum. Forging a link between artistic
self-expression and addiction, Confessions seamlessly weaves the
effects of drugs and the nature of dreams, memory, and imagination.
First published in 1821, it paved the way for later generations of
literary drug users, from Baudelaire to Burroughs, and anticipated
psychoanalysis with its insights into the subconscious.
Dear, Ian and M. R. D. Foot (2001). The Oxford Companion to
World War II. Oxford; New York, Oxford University
This work has more than 1,700 alphabetically arranged
entries. More than 160 scholars contributed to the volume, most
from universities in Britain. Entries range from 50 words to almost
30 pages on major countries. Almost every aspect of the war is
covered, including its effect on civilians. The many biographical entries include
both political and military persons. By far the most exhaustive
essays are reserved for countries, all of which have standard
subsections such as "Domestic Life, Economy, and War Effort" and
"Government." The entry for the U.S. includes 27 pages of text and
eight statistical tables. Briefer entries treat countries that were
neutral during the war, for example, Sweden and Turkey.
In addition to statistics within entries, there are special
tables accompanying articles. Unfortunately there is no index or
table of contents for these tables. Cross-references within entries
are noted by asterisks; there are limited see also references at
the ends of articles. Like other Oxford companions, there is no
More than 100 line-drawn maps provide battle information as
well as sites of death and concentration camps and the Manhattan
Project. A separate section of color maps shows territorial changes
between 1939 and 1945, the British and French empires, and other
themes. A chronology begins in 1931 with Japanese troops occupying
Manchuria and lists events under five geographic regions to the
formal surrender of the Japanese on September 2, 1945. A list of
place-name changes shows current and wartime names (e.g., Gdansk
Debord, Guy (2003). Complete Cinematic Works: Scripts, Stills,
Documents. Oakland, CA, AK Press.
Guy Debord (1931-1994) was the most influential member of the
Situationist International, the avant-garde group that triggered
the May 1968 revolt in France. His book The
Society of the Spectacle is considered the most important
theoretical work of the 20th century.
But while Debord's written work is some of the most notorious
in the world of political and cultural radicality, deemed "the
cornerstone cliche of postmodernism," his films have until now
remained tantalizingly inaccessible.
After being withdrawn from circulation for nearly two decades
(by Debord himself, to call attention to the 1984 assassination of
the producer of the films, Gerard Lebovici), all six films were
featured in a special "Guy Debord -Retrospective" at the 2001
Venice Film Festival and re--released in France in 2002.
The most famous of the films is Debord's cinematic adaptation
of his own book, The Society of the Spectacle. As passages from the
book are read in voiceover, the text is illuminated via direct
illustration or various types of ironic contrast, by clips from
Russian and Hollywood features (Battleship
Potemkin, For Whom the Bell
Tolls, Johnny Guitar, etc.), TV
commercials, softcore porn, newsreels and documentary footage.
Some of the other films evoke Debord's adventures in the
bohemian underworld of Paris during the 1950s, and in others Debord
attacks the film medium itself, directly challenging the viewer by
critiquing the traditional separation of spectacle and
Ken Knabb's translation of Debord's Complete Cinematic Works accompanies the
long-awaited English versions of these films, which will be coming
to the United States in 2003. The scripts are illustrated with 62
stills, and Debord's own annotations help elucidate the subtleties
of these astonishing works, which are like nothing else in cinema
Debs, Eugene V. (2009). Writings of Eugene V. Debs: A Collection
of Essays. St Petersburg, Fla., Red and Black
A collection of speeches, pamphlets and writings from Eugene V.
Debs, from 1888 to 1925. Beginning his career as an organizer
for the American Railway Union, Debs ran for President on
the Socialist Party ticket 5 times, polling up to 6 percent of the
total vote in 1912. Jailed in 1919 for an antiwar speech in Ohio, Debs ran for President from his jail cell in 1920, polling
almost a million votes -- 3.4 percent of the total votes cast. Debs' skills were legendary, and with good reason. As
you examine these writings the power of his language is evident.
The speeches are well crafted, full of familiar ideas and images,
and most of all, clearly spell out what Debs was trying to
Defoe, Daniel (2002). Moll Flanders. New York, Modern
Written in a time when criminal biographies enjoyed great success,
Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders details the life of the irresistible
Moll and her struggles through poverty and sin in search of
property and power. Born in Newgate Prison to a picatresque mother,
Moll propels herself through marriages, periods of success and
destitution, and a trip to the New World and back, only to return
to the place of her birth as a popular prostitute and brilliant
thief. The story of Moll Flanders vividly illustrates Defoe's
themes of social mobilitity and predestination, sin, redemption and
Defoe, Daniel and John J. Richetti (2001). Robinson Crusoe.
Daniel Defoe's most famous novel was published in 1719 with the
full title, The Life and Strange and Surprising Adventures of
Robinson Crusoe. It is based, in fact, upon the experiences of
Alexander Selkirk who had run away to sea in 1704 and requested to
be left on an uninhabited island to be rescued five years later.
Defoe himself was in his late fifties when he wrote the book, which
is often considered to be the first English novel. Crusoe ends up
on a desert island in the manner of Selkirk.With only a few
supplies from the ship he builds a house, a boat and a new life.
His island is not wholly uninhabited, though, and there is the
exciting but ominous presence of cannibals who Crusoe occasionally
encounters and saves a native from. The latter becomes his servant,
Man Friday. The crew of a mutinying ship finally rescue our hero,
but it is his adventure on the island that interests us.
DeGroff, Dale and George Erml (2002). The Craft of the Cocktail:
Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master Bartender, with 500
Recipes. New York, Clarkson Potter/Publishers. The Craft of the
Cocktail, by Dale DeGroff, surpasses ordinary bar guides by
not only providing directions for nearly every imaginable mixed
drink but also serving as a trove of cocktail lore. After
presenting a brief history of the bartender's art, DeGroff gives a
history of each of the major liquors. He discusses drink-mixing
techniques, including a thoughtful, dispassionate resolution of
bartending's enduring dispute: shaking versus stirring. The
inventory of mixed drinks is suitably comprehensive, and a
concluding glossary aids readers with definitions of otherwise
Deitch, Kim and Simon Deitch (2002). The Boulevard of Broken
Dreams. New York, Pantheon Books.
One of the godfathers of American underground comics, Deitch grew
up among animators, and this graphic novel is his twisted
allegorical history of the rise and fall of American animation.
Spanning from 1927 (when theatrical cartoons began to hit their
stride) to 1993, it's crammed with intrigue, mysteries and Deitch's
trademark exploding page layout. The story concerns a close-knit
group of employees of a minor animation studio, Fontaine Talking
Fables, but it's driven by a malevolent talking cat named Waldo
who's just real enough to drive some of the cartoonists who created
him into alcoholism and madness. (Waldo's been appearing in one
form or another in Deitch's work for 35 years.) It helps to know a
bit about animation history to catch some of the jokes (animator
Winsor Newton and his creation "Milton the Mastodon", for instance,
are clearly inspired by Winsor McCay and Gertie the
Dinosaur). But even without this knowledge, the culture of the
studios comes across clearly and the story's complicated chronology
is remarkably engaging, albeit weirdly paced. Deitch has an odd,
idiosyncratic visual style: his real-world characters are crudely
two-dimensional, but they're drawn into distinctly un-cartoony
tableaux of squalor and shadow. His funny animal characters,
meanwhile, have all the squishable malleability of their
silver-screen counterparts with an additional tinge of dark
Delany, Samuel R. (2001). Dhalgren. New York, Vintage
In Dhalgren, perhaps one of the most profound and
bestselling science fiction novels of all time, Samuel R. Delany
has produced a novel "to stand with the best American fiction of
the 1970s" (Jonathan Lethem).
Bellona is a city at the dead center of the United States.
Something has happened there. The population has fled. Madmen and
criminals wander the streets. Strange portents appear in the
cloud-covered sky. And into this disaster zone comes a young man -
poet, lover, and adventurer - known only as the Kid. Tackling
questions of race, gender, and sexuality, Dhalgren is a literary
marvel and groundbreaking work of American magical realism.
Delany, Samuel R. (2002). Nova. New York, Vintage
Given that the suns of Draco stretch almost sixteen light years
from end to end, it stands to reason that the cost of
transportation is the most important factor of the 32nd century.
And since Illyrion is the element most needed for space travel,
Lorq von Ray is plenty willing to fly through the core of a
recently imploded sun in order to obtain seven tons of it. The
potential for profit is so great that Lorq has little difficulty
cobbling together an alluring crew that includes a gypsy musician
and a moon-obsessed scholar interested in the ancient art of
writing a novel. What the crew doesn't know, though, is that Lorq's
quest is actually fueled by a private revenge so consuming that
he'll stop at nothing to achieve it. In the grandest manner of
speculative fiction, Nova is a wise and witty classic that
casts a fascinating new light on some of humanity's oldest truths
and enduring myths.
Deleuze, Gilles (1995). Negotiations, 1972-1990. New York,
Columbia University Press.
Deleuze (What Is Philosophy?) is not only one of the most
influential of recent French philosophers but one of the most
wide-ranging as well. The present volume, which consists mostly of
interviews but also includes a few essays, describes his recent
concerns. Deleuze gained attention with Anti-Oedipus, a radical
criticism of psychoanalysis, written together with Felix Guattari.
After an account of this work, Deleuze discusses his long
collaboration with Guattari. Deleuze then shifts gears, and his
analysis of the cinema, based on the philosophy of Henri Bergson,
occupies center-stage. Deleuze's discussion of Michel Foucault
(1926-84), a close friend, comes next; and the book concludes with
a discussion of power in society, a main theme of Foucault's work.
However diverse his interests, Deleuze has always remained a
philosopher in the strict sense. The section of Deleuze's latest
work that covers the history of philosophy, focusing on Leibniz,
brings out this aspect of his thought.
Deleuze, Gilles (2006). Nietzsche and Philosophy. New York,
Columbia University Press. Nietzsche and Philosophy has long been recognized as one
of the most important accounts of Nietzsche's philosophy, acclaimed
for its rare combination of scholarly rigour and imaginative
interpretation. Yet this is more than a major work on Nietzsche:
the book opened a whole new avenue in post-war thought. Here
Deleuze shows how Nietzsche began a new way of thinking which
breaks with the dialectic as a method and escapes the confines of
DeLillo, Don (1972). End Zone. Boston, Houghton
Don DeLillo's second novel, a sort of Dr. Strangelove meets North Dallas Forty, solidified his place in the
American literary landscape in the early 1970s. The story of an
angst-ridden, war-obsessed running back for Logos College in West
Texas, End Zone is a heady and hilarious conflation of
Cold War existentialism and the parodied parallelism of
battlefield/sports rhetoric. When not arguing nuclear endgame
strategy with his professor, Major Staley, narrator Gary Harkness
joins a brilliant and unlikely bunch of overmuscled gladiators on
the field and in the dormitory. In characteristic fashion, DeLillo
deliberately undermines the football-is-combat cliche by having one
of his characters explain: "I reject the notion of football as
warfare. Warfare is warfare. We don't need substitutes because
we've got the real thing." What remains is an insightful
examination of language in an alien, postmodern world, where a
football player's ultimate triumph is his need to play the
DeLillo, Don (1979). Running Dog. New York, Vintage
DeLillo's Running Dog, originally published in 1978,
follows Moll Robbins, a New York city journalist trailing the
activities of an influential senator. In the process she is dragged
into the black market world of erotica and shady, infatuated men,
where a cat-and-mouse chase for an erotic film rumored to "star"
Adolph Hitler leads to trickery, maneuvering, and bloodshed. With
streamlined prose and a thriller's narrative pace, Running
Dog is a bright star in the modern master's early career.
DeLillo, Don (1980). Ratner's Star. New York, Vintage
One of DeLillo's first novels, Ratner's Star follows
Billy, the genius adolescent, who is recruited to live in
obscurity, underground, as he tries to help a panel of estranged,
demented, and yet lovable scientists communicate with beings from
outer space. It is a mix of quirky humor, science, mathematical
theories, as well as the complex emotional distance and sadness
people feel. Ratner's Star demonstrates both the thematic
and prosaic muscularity that typifies DeLillo's later and more
recent works, like The Names (which is also available in
DeLillo, Don (1989). Americana. New York, N.Y., U.S.A.,
In search of his roots, a successful but unhappy TV executive takes
off for the heartland of America."This first novel is peopled with
characters alienated not only from one another, but from
themselves. It has the smell of staleness and despair. It is also,
with its deadly accurate observations, its veracious dialogue, and
its consistency of view, brilliantly written," maintained Publishers Weekly.
DeLillo, Don (1989). Libra. Boston, Mass., G.K.
DeLillo's ninth novel takes its title from Lee Harvey Oswald's
zodiac sign, the sign of "balance." And, as in all his fiction
(Running Dog, The Names, White Noise),
DeLillo's perfectly realized aim is to balance plot, theme and
structure so that the novel he builds around Oswald (an unlikely
and disturbingly sympathetic protagonist) provokes the reader with
its clever use of history, its dramatic pacing and its immaculate
and detailed construction. The plot of the novel is history
itselfand history, here, is a system of plots and conspiracies: the
U.S. government has plotted to invade Cuba, and there are CIA
agents who want retribution against President Kennedy for his
halfhearted support of the Bay of Pigs operation; there are Cubans
plotting revenge on JFK for the same reason and for, they fear, his
plot to forge a rapprochement with Castro; there is a lone gunman,
Oswald, who is conspired upon by history and circumstance, and who
himself plots against the status quo. The novel bears dissection on
many levels, but is, taken whole, a seamless, brilliant work of
compelling fiction. What makes Libra so unsettling is DeLillo's
ability to integrate literary criticism into the narrative,
commenting throughout on the nature and conventions of fiction
itself without disturbing the flow of his story. The characters are
storytellers: CIA agents and Cuban immigrants retell old plots in
their minds and write fantasy plots to keep themselves alive;
Nicholas Branch, also of the CIA, has spent 15 years writing an
in-house history of the assassination that will never uncover its
deepest secrets and that in any case no one will read; Oswald,
defecting to the Soviet Union, hopes to write short stories of
contemporary American lifedyslexic, he is aware of words as
pictures of themselves not simply as name tags for the material
world. DeLillo interweaves fact and fiction as he draws us
inexorably toward Dallas, November 22. The real people (Jack Ruby,
Oswald, his mother and Russian wife) are retrieved from history and made human, their stories involving and absorbing; the imagined
characters are placed into history as DeLillo imagines it to have
come to pass. By subtly juxtaposing the blinding intensity of
DeLillo's own crystal-clear, composite version of events against
the blurred reality of the Zapruder film and other artifacts of the
actual assassination, Libra ultimately becomes a comment on the
entire body of DeLillo's work: Why do we understand fiction to
reflect truth? Why do we trust a novelist to tell us the whole
story? And what is the truth that fiction reveals?
DeLillo, Don (1991). Mao II. New York, N.Y., U.S.A.,
In MAO II, Don DeLillo presents an
extraordinary new novel about words and images, novelists and
terrorists, the mass mind and the arch-individualist. At the heart
of the book is Bill Gray, a famous reclusive writer who escapes the
failed novel he has been working on for many years and enters the
world of political violence when he gets the chance to aid a
hostage trapped in a basement in war-torn Beirut, a nightscape of
Semtex explosives. Gray's dangerous departure leaves two people
stranded: his brilliant, fixated assistant, Scott, and the strange
young woman who is Scott's lover - and Bill's. MAO II is a series of set-pieces built around the
theme of searching for meaning in a post-modern world.
DeLillo, Don (2003). Cosmopolis: A Novel. New York,
It is an April day in the year 2000 and an era is about to end --
those booming times of market optimism when the culture boiled with
money and corporations seemed more vital and influential than
governments. Eric Packer, a billionaire asset manager at age
twenty-eight, emerges from his penthouse triplex and settles into
his lavishly customized white stretch limousine. On this day he is
a man with two missions: to pursue a cataclysmic bet against the
yen and to get a haircut across town. His journey to the barbershop
is a contemporary odyssey, funny and fast-moving. Stalled in
traffic by a presidential motorcade, a music idol's funeral and a
violent political demonstration, Eric receives a string of visitors
-- his experts on security, technology, currency, finance and
theory. Sometimes he leaves the car for sexual encounters and
sometimes he doesn't have to.
Dellinger, David (1996). From Yale to Jail: The Life Story of a Moral Dissenter. Yonkers, NY, Rose Hill Books.
A thorough, thoughtful memoir of a lifetime of service to the principles of nonviolence. Born into a wealthy Republican family, his father a respected Boston attorney, Dellinger became a rebel while still young by rejecting the comfortable path to success mapped out for him. From his first forays into hobo jungles and the hard life of the homeless--undertaken during the Depression while an undergraduate at Yale--he accepted any and all risks. With the onset of WW II, his experiences in Nazi Germany and the knowledge that the U.S. had supported Hitler's military buildup kept him from registering for the draft--an act of defiance that landed him in federal prison on two occasions during the war. Although subsequent antiwar activities included a now-famous role as one of the defendants in the Chicago Seven trial (stemming from protests during the 1968 Democratic Convention), Dellinger was also deeply involved in the civil-rights movement, and acted as editor/publisher of Liberation, for many years the primary outlet for dissenting American voices. His close contact with other activists--from Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bayard Rustin to Abbie Hoffman and Tom Hayden--permits Dellinger to offer a frank review of their actions and motives, but his memoir is most remarkable for its depiction of the trials and tribulations of one man's life of conscience. At times more rambling than riveting; still, overall, an open, inspiring chronicle, a personal history of more than half a century of dissent in America.
Dellinger, David (1970). Revolutionary Nonviolence. New York, Doubleday Anchor.
This collection of short essays from 1943-1969, many of which originally appeared in Liberation magazine, bear witness to a quarter century of pacifist and civil rights activity. An abiding humanism is central to Dellinger's tactics and tenets.
Denis, Nelson A. (2015). War Against All Puerto Ricans:
Revolution and Terror in America's Colonyl. New York, NY,
A powerful, tragic, and untold history of U.S. intervention into
the politics of Puerto Rico. From the U.S. invasion in 1898 to the
modern day struggle for self-determination, Nelson Denis provides a
panoramic history of an island once referred to by the New York
Times as a significant "commercial value, it would be much
better for Puerto Rico to come at once under the beneficent sway of
these United States than to engage in doubtful experiments at
Based on oral histories, personal interviews, eyewitness accounts,
congressional testimony, and recently de-classified FBI files, War Against All Puerto Ricans tells the story of a
revolution integral to Puerto Rican history, but virtually unknown
to the American public: the Puerto Rican independence revolt of
1950. After over fifty years of military occupation and colonial
rule, the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico staged an unsuccessful
armed insurrection against the United States. Violence swept
through Puerto Rico: assassins were sent to kill President Harry
Truman, gunfights roared in eight towns, police stations and post
offices were burned down. In order to suppress the uprising, the
U.S. Army deployed thousands of troops and bombarded two towns,
marking the first time in history that the U.S. bombed its own
In telling this story, Nelson Denis traces the lives of the key
figures that shaped, directed and destroyed the revolution,
including Pedro Albizu Campos, president of the Nationalist Party
and leader of the Puerto Rican independence movement, who was
eventually imprisoned and died under mysterious circumstances. It
is an unflinching account of the gunfights, prison riots, political
intrigue, FBI and CIA covert activity, and mass
hysteria that accompanied this tumultuous period in Puerto Rican
Dennett, Daniel Clement (1995). Darwin's Dangerous Idea:
Evolution and the Meanings of Life. New York, Simon &
Dennett, the author of Consciousness
Explained (Little, Brown, 1991) and director of the Center
for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, challenges us to examine
Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection with renewed,
emphatic vigor. Current controversies associated with the origin of
life, sociobiology, punctuated equilibrium, the evolution of
culture and language, and evolutionary ethics are investigated
rigorously within the context of Darwinian science and philosophy.
Dennett challenges the ideas of several imminent scientists,
including Roger Penrose and Stephen Jay Gould, who, Dennett
asserts, tend to limit the power or implications of Darwin's
dangerous ideas. Gould's influential publications have contributed
to a seriously distorted perception of evolutionary biology,
according to Dennett. As he explores issues of morality and
consciousness, Dennett essentially extends the theories of natural
selection far beyond the biological disciplines. - Donald G. Frank,
Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta
Denning, Michael (1998). The Cultural Front: The Laboring of
American Culture in the Twentieth Century. London; New York,
The American Thirties was a period of fertile political coalitions
that drew largely from grass-roots labor and Civil Rights activism
to give New Deal liberalism its left-wing content and orientation.
Denning (American studies, Yale) is ostensibly concerned here with
an examination of the cultural counterpart to that American popular
front. The breadth of his study is stunning, ranging from the
compositional innovations of Duke Ellington and blues
popularizations of Josh White to the Marxist critical theorizing of
Kenneth Burke, from Orson Welles's Shakespeare adaptations to
Tillie Olson's feminist-labor stories. But this is not a work of
popular history in any sense; it is a model of currents in cultural
studies. Denning has produced a work that will sit alongside Warren
Susman's Culture as History (Pantheon, 1985) as the deepest contemplation of Depression-era
popular (and high) culture. - Library
Desani, G. V. (2007). All About H. Hatterr. New York, New
York Review Books.
Wildly funny and wonderfully bizarre, All
About H. Hatterr is one of the most perfectly eccentric and
strangely absorbing works modern English has produced. H. Hatterr
is the son of a European merchant officer and a lady from Penang
who has been raised and educated in missionary schools in Calcutta.
His story is of his search for enlightenment as, in the course of
visiting seven Oriental cities, he consults with seven sages, each
of whom specializes in a different aspect of "Living." Each teacher
delivers himself of a great "Generality," each great Generality
launches a new great "Adventure," from each of which Hatter escapes
not so much greatly edified as by the skin of his teeth. The book
is a comic extravaganza, but as Anthony Burgess writes in his
introduction, "it is the language that makes the book. . . . It is
not pure English; it is like Shakespeare, Joyce, and Kipling,
Desmond, Adrian J. and James R. Moore (1991). Darwin. New
York, N.Y., Viking Penguin.
A sweeping biography in which Desmond (The
Ape's Reflexion) and Moore (The
Post-Darwinian Controversies) illustrate not only the
familiar Darwinian thesis that life evolves--that it depends on an
interplay of nature and culture and of inherited and acquired
traits--but also the contemporary thesis that all science is in
some way autobiographical. On a personal level, the authors say,
Darwin developed from a pleasure-loving descendant of doctors and
industrialists into an adventurer who undertook a five-year voyage
around the world, and then into a recluse, a mad scientist racked
by a mysterious illness, possibly psychogenic in origin, ruefully
observing in his ten children the weaknesses he believed they had
inherited by his marrying his first cousin. Professionally, Darwin
was an observer and collector, interested in geology and zoology,
famous in his own day for his tireless study of barnacles, worm
castings, and pigeons, reluctant to theorize or to affirm the
principles of evolution that had been evident to his grandfather
Erasmus and were confirmed by most of the scientific community.
Placing Darwin in context, Desmond and Moore demonstrate how social
and political forces (the role of Malthus, the political radicals
associated with the Westminster Review) contributed to his reading
of nature. They also show Darwin participating in the
professionalization of science, which developed from a collection
of pious, wealthy gentlemen amateurs into various specialized and
secularized disciplines with their own hierarchies and competition.
Desmond, Matthew (2016). Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. New York, NY, Crown.
Through both personal stories and data, Desmond proves that eviction undermines self, family, and community, bearing down disproportionately hard on women with children. In Milwaukee, being behind on rent gives landlords the opening to serve an eviction notice, which leads to a court date. On the face of it, it may seem easy to side with the landlords—of course tenants should pay their rent. But as Evicted pulls back layer after layer, what's exposed is a cycle of hurt that all parties—landlord, tenant, city—inflict on one another. Whether readers agree with Desmond's conclusions for how to break this cycle in order to strengthen families and neighborhoods, it's obvious by the end of Evicted that there is no easy fix, and that people—some addicts, some criminals—will slip through the cracks. But it should be just as obvious that we must still try.
Deutscher, Isaac (1980). The Prophet Armed:
Trotsky 1879-1921; The Prophet Outcast:
Trotsky, 1929-1940 and The Prophet Unarmed:
Trotsky, 1921-1929. Oxford; New York, Oxford University
Isaac Deutscher's three-volume biography of the great Russian
Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky although written over one half
century ago remains the standard biography of the man.
Deutscher, Isaac (1967). Stalin: A Political Biography. London, Oxford University Press.
The author makes no attempt to deny the enormous and notorious crimes that Stalin has committed. But in mitigation he pleads the revolutionary and military circumstances under which the Soviet dictator has had to make his way, and asks for recognition of Stalin's creative accomplishments in transforming Russia into a modern socialist state. In tracing Stalin's ideological development, his struggle to achieve supreme power and the uses to which he put that power, Mr. Deutscher covers no small part of the main currents of Soviet history. Nearly half the text deals with Russia's foreign relations and their reaction on her domestic affairs. Some critics allege that the author's views have been too much colored by Trotsky's interpretations. But in general this seems probably as adequate a biography as we shall have until the passage of time shall have lent us still truer perspective.
Devlin, Tom, editor (2015). Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five
Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels.
Montreal, Quebec, Drawn & Quarterly.
An illustrated history of Canadian micro-publisher Drawn &
Quarterly. With hundreds of pages of comics by Drawn &
Quarterly cartoonists, D+Q: 25 features new work by
Kate Beaton, Chester Brown, Michael DeForge, Tom Gauld, Miriam
Katin, Rutu Modan, James Sturm, Jillian Tamaki, Yoshihiro Tatsumi
alongside rare and never-before-seen work from Guy Delisle, Debbie
Drechsler, Julie Doucet, John Porcellino, Art Spiegelman, and
Adrian Tomine, and a cover by Tom Gauld. Editor Tom Devlin digs
into the company archives for rare photographs, correspondence, and
comics; assembles biographies, personal reminiscences, and
interviews with key D+Q staff; and curates essays by
Margaret Atwood, Sheila Heti, Jonathan Lethem, Deb Olin Unferth,
Heather O'Neill, Lemony Snicket, Chris Ware, and noted comics
Di Giovanni, Janine (2003). Madness Visible: A Memoir of
War. New York, Knopf.
"It is only possible to love one war," writes di Giovanni in this
devastating memoir of the Balkans, quoting another intrepid war
journalist, Martha Gellhorn. For Gellhorn, it was the Spanish Civil
War; for di Giovanni, it's the series of conflicts that, since
1991, have consumed the republics of the former Yugoslavia.
Expanded from a Vanity Fair article,
this book presents a harrowing firsthand account of a region's
spiral into madness. Di Giovanni, a senior foreign correspondent
for The Times (London), was there
almost from the beginning: she shuddered through the first icy
winter of the Sarajevo siege (the longest in modern history); she
sipped tea with Arkan, the dreaded leader of the ethnic-cleansing
paramilitary Tigers; she stood shoulder to shoulder with Serb
revolutionaries on "Day One" of the overthrow of Slobodan
Milosevic. The book deals primarily with di Giovanni's experiences
covering the most recent war-1999's conflict in Kosovo-but it moves
through time from the initial dissolution of Yugoslavia to the most
recent, guardedly optimistic attempts at reconstruction. Di
Giovanni provides ample historical context to the fighting (readers
seeking to understand the separatist impulse of the Montenegrin
Orthodox Church or Milosevic's "mother complex" have plenty of
evidence to play with), but eventually, the names and dates of
massacres and treaties pale next to the spectacle of pure horror: a
dog trotting by with a human hand in its mouth; a crazed woman
lying naked in full view of snipers, begging to be shot. Di
Giovanni has written a tragic book that vividly memorializes the
millions who suffered in the name of religion, nationality and
di Lampedusa, Giuseppe Tomasi and Archibald Colquhoun (2007). The Leopard: With Two Stories and a Memory. New York,
Pantheon. The Leopard is set in Sicily in 1860, as Italian
unification is coming violently into being, but it transcends the
historical-novel classification. E.M. Forster called it, instead,
"a novel which happens to take place in history." Lampedusa's
Sicily is a land where each social gesture is freighted with
nuance, threat, and nostalgia, and his skeptical protagonist, Don
Fabrizio, is uniquely placed to witness all and alter absolutely
nothing. Like his creator, the prince is an aristocrat and an
astronomer, a man "watching the ruin of his own class and his own
inheritance without ever making, still less wanting to make, any
move toward saving it." Far better to take refuge in the night
skies. What renders The Leopard so beautiful, and so despairing, is
Lampedusa's grasp of human frailty and his vision of Sicily's arid
terrain--"comfortless and irrational, with no lines that the mind
could grasp, conceived apparently in a delirious moment of
creation; a sea suddenly petrified at the instant when a change of
wind had flung waves into frenzy." Though the author had long had
the book in mind, he didn't begin writing it until he was in his
late 50s. He died at 60, soon after it was rejected as
Archibald Colquhoun's lyrical translation also contains 70 more
precious pages of Lampedusa--a memoir, a short story, and the first
chapter of a novel. In Places of My Infancy the author
warns that "the reader (who won't exist) must expect to be led
meandering through a lost Earthly Paradise. If it bores him. I
don't mind." Luckily, the reader does exist; even more luckily,
boredom is not an option.
Di Prima, Diane (1998). Loba. New York, Penguin
A prolific writer generally associated with the Beat Generation, Di
Prima deserves wider recognition. This epic poem, originally
published in 1978 as a work in progress (eight parts) in a nicely
illustrated edition, appears here in its completed form (16 parts)
for the first time. For Di Prima the Loba, or she-wolf, represents
a fundamental feminine principle, a powerful force underlying
female sexuality. With reference to legendary figures including
Eve, Helen of Troy, the Virgin Mary, and Kali, she explores this
mysterious energy as the source of a unique female consciousness.
The strength of these poems lies in Di Prima's ability to "make it
new "-to synthesize mythological elements from a wide range of
cultures into a unique vision based on Navajo wolf mythology.
Di Prima, Diane (1998). Memoirs of a Beatnik. New York,
Long regarded as an underground classic for its gritty and
unabashedly erotic portrayal of the Beat years, Memoirs of a
Beatnik is a moving account of a powerful woman artist coming of
age sensually and intellectually in a movement dominated by a small
confederacy of men, many of whom she lived with and loved. Filled
with anecdotes about her adventures in New York City, Diane di
Prima's memoir shows her learning to "raise her rebellion into
art," and making her way toward literary success. Memoirs of a Beatnik offers a fascinating narrative
about the courage and triumphs of the imagination.
Dick, Philip K. (1968). Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday.
By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species
into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained
coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford
one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses,
birds, cats, sheep. . . They even built humans. Emigrees to Mars
received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them
from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial
humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when
androids didn't want to be identified, they just blended in. Rick
Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to
find rogue androids, and to retire them. But cornered, androids
tended to fight back, with deadly results.
Dick, Philip K. (1993). Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said.
New York, Vintage Books.
On October 11 the television star Jason Taverner is so famous that
30 million viewers eagerly watch his prime-time show. On October 12
Jason Taverner is not a has-been but a never-was -- a man who has
lost not only his audience but all proof of his existence. And in
the claustrophobic betrayal state of Flow My Tears, the Policeman
Said, loss of proof is synonyms with loss of life. Taverner races
to solve the riddle of his disappearance", immerses us in a
horribly plausible Philip K. Dick United States in which everyone
-- from a waiflike forger of identity cards to a surgically altered
pleasure -- informs on everyone else, a world in which omniscient
police have something to hide. His bleakly beautiful novel bores
into the deepest bedrock self and plants a stick of dynamite at its
Dick, Philip K. (1992). The Man in the High Castle. New
York, Vintage Books.
It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. the few Jews who
still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I
Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years
earlier the United States lost a war--and is now occupied jointly
by Nazi Germany and Japan. This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel
is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in
science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction
and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision
of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to
Dick, Philip K. (2000). The Philip K. Dick Reader. New York,
His religions, psychoses, divorces, and drug use aside, Philip K.
Dick changed the face of American science fiction with his
mind-bending writing. There may be readers who have only heard of
him as the mind behind Blade Runner (based on his novel Do Androids
Dream of Electric Sheep?). But even casual PKD fans should take a
look at these 24 short stories, among them, Second Variety, from
which the movie Screamers was made, and We Can Remember It for You
Wholesale, basis of the Schwarzenegger film Total Recall. Other
standouts include The Turning Wheel, The Last of the Masters, Tony and the Beetles, and The Minority Report. Readers will
recognize PKD's trademark themes: capitalism and the American dream
run amok, a disquieting loss of ability to distinguish friends from
enemies, and humans versus machines.
Dick, Philip K. (1991). Ubik. New York, Vintage
Philip K. Dick's searing metaphysical comedy of death and salvation
is a tour de force of panoramic menace and unfettered slapstick, in
which the departed give business advice, shop for their next
incarnation, and run the continual risk of dying yet again.
Dickens, Charles (1992). Oliver Twist. New York, Knopf:
Distributed by Random House.
Novel by Charles Dickens, published serially from 1837 to 1839 in
Bentley's Miscellany and in a three-volume book in 1838. The novel
was the first of the author's works to depict realistically the
impoverished London underworld and to illustrate his belief that
poverty leads to crime. Written shortly after adoption of the Poor
Law of 1834, which halted government payments to the poor unless
they entered workhouses, Oliver Twist used the tale of a friendless
child, the foundling Oliver Twist, as a vehicle for social
criticism. While the novel is Victorian in its emotional appeal, it
is decidedly unsentimental in its depiction of poverty and the
criminal underworld, especially in its portrayal of the cruel Bill
Sikes, who kills his kindly girlfriend Nancy for helping Oliver and
who is himself accidentally hung by his own rope.
Dickens, Charles (1993). Nicholas Nickleby. New York, Knopf:
Distributed by Random House, Inc.
Novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in 20 monthly
installments by "Boz" from 1838 to 1839 and published in book form
in 1839. An early novel, this melodramatic tale of young Nickleby's
adventures as he struggles to seek his fortune in Victorian England
resembles The Pickwick Papers in
structure, although not always in tone. Throughout, comic events
are interspersed with Dickens' moving indictment of society's ill
treatment of children and the cruelty of the educational
Dickens, Charles (2000). David Copperfield. New York, Modern
Hugely admired by Tolstoy, David Copperfield is the novel that
draws most closely from Charles Dickens's own life. Its eponymous
hero, orphaned as a boy, grows up to discover love and happiness,
heartbreak and sorrow amid a cast of eccentrics, innocents, and
villains. Praising Dickens's power of invention, Somerset Maugham
wrote: "There were never such people as the Micawbers, Peggotty and
Barkis, Traddles, Betsey Trotwood and Mr. Dick, Uriah Heep and his
mother. They are fantastic inventions of Dickens's exultant
imagination, you can never quite forget them."
Dickens, Charles (2002). A Christmas Carol. New York,
An immediate bestseller when it was first published in December
1843, A Christmas Carol has endured
ever since as a perennial Yuletide favorite. Charles Dickens's
beloved tale about the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who comes to know
the meaning of kindness, charity, and goodwill through a haunting
Christmas Eve encounter with four ghosts, is a heartwarming
celebration of the spirit of Christmas.
Dickens, Charles and Edward Chauncey Baldwin (1906). A Tale of
Two Cities. Chicago, Scott, Foresman & company.
Novel by Charles Dickens, published both serially and in book form
in 1859. The story is set in the late 18th century against the
background of the French Revolution. Although Dickens borrowed from
Thomas Carlyle's history, The French
Revolution, for his sprawling tale of London and
revolutionary Paris, the novel offers more drama than accuracy. The
scenes of large-scale mob violence are especially vivid, if
superficial in historical understanding. The complex plot involves
Sydney Carton's sacrifice of his own life on behalf of his friends
Charles Darnay and Lucie Manette. While political events drive the
story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting
both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess--the latter
memorably caricatured in Madame Defarge, who knits beside the
guillotine. The book is perhaps best known for its opening lines,
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," and for
Carton's last speech, in which he says of his replacing Darnay in a
prison cell, "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have
ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have
Dickens, Charles and Charlotte Mitchell (2003). Great
Expectations. London, Penguin Books.
This was Dickens' second-to-last complete novel. It was first
published as a weekly series in 1860 and in book form in 1861.
Early critics had mixed reviews, disliking Dickens' tendency to
exaggerate both plot and characters, but readers were so
enthusiastic that the 1861 edition required five printings. Similar
to Dickens' memories of his own childhood, in his early years the
young Pip seems powerless to stand against injustice or to ever
realize his dreams for a better life. However, as he grows into a
useful worker and then an educated young man he reaches an
important realization: grand schemes and dreams are never what they
first seem to be. Pip himself is not always honest, and careful
readers can catch him in several obvious contradictions between his
truth and fantasies. Victorian-era audiences were more likely to
have appreciated the melodramatic scenes and the revised, more
hopeful ending. However, modern critics have little but praise for
Dickens' brilliant development of timeless themes: fear and fun,
loneliness and luck, classism and social justice, humiliation and
honor. Some still puzzle over Dickens' revision that ends the novel
with sudden optimism, and they suggest that the sales of Dickens'
magazine All the Year Round, in which
the series first appeared, was assured by gluing on a happy ending
that hints Pip and Estella will unite at last. Some critics point
out that the original ending is better because it is more realistic
since Pip must earn the self-knowledge that can only come from
giving up his obsession with Estella. However, Victorian audiences
eagerly followed the story of Pip, episode by episode, assuming
that the protagonist's love and patience would win out in the end.
Modern editions contain both denouements for the reader to choose a
Dickey, James (1967). Poems 1957-1967. Middletown, CT,
Wesleyan University Press.
Since World War II, in a wholesome display of the instinct for
survival, American poetry has gradually returned to a kind of
public usefulness. It is almost as though, thinking of the common
reader, poets had recalled a warning from The
Waste Land: "He's been in the Army four years, he wants a
good time / and if you don't give it to him, there's others will."
The generation of Lowell, Jarrell, and Wilbur, following that of
Eliot, Pound and Stevens, represents a great step in the direction
of that good time. Another generation of Waste Lands and Cantos and
Harmoniums, and the audience for Poetry might have withered or
scholared away entirely. Introducing the first book, "Into the
Stone," John Hall Wheelock said: "James Dickey reveals
himself as a poet concerned primarily with the direct impact of
experience, the complex of sensations, feelings and responses
involved when we are living something rather than thinking about
it." The best of Dickey's poems achieve living characterizations
reminiscent of Randall Jarrell's. Whether he is speaking in the
first person, as in "The Shark's
Parlor" and "Sustainment," or in
an imaginary persona as in "Power and
Light" and "Falling" (to cite
only four of the wholly successful poems in the book), he convinces
us of the human voice and predicament.
Dickie, John (2008). Delizia! The Epic History of the Italians and Their Food. New York, Free Press.
Everyone loves Italian food. But how did the Italians come to eat so well? The answer lies amid the vibrant beauty of Italy's historic cities. For a thousand years, they have been magnets for everything that makes for great eating: ingredients, talent, money, and power. Italian food is city food. With its delectable mix of vivid storytelling, groundbreaking research, and shrewd analysis, Delizia! is as appetizing as the dishes it describes. This passionate account of Italy's civilization of the table will satisfy foodies, history buffs, Italophiles, travelers, students -- and anyone who loves a well-told tale.
Dickinson, Emily and Thomas Herbert Johnson (1997). The Complete
Poems of Emily Dickinson. Boston, Back Bay Books, Little, Brown
Complete is the keyword here as this is the only edition currently
available that contains all of Dickinson's poems. The works were
originally gathered by editor Johnson and published in a
three-volume set in 1955.
DiEugenio, James and Lisa Pease (2003). The Assassinations:
Probe Magazine on JFK, MLK, RFK and Malcolm X. Los Angeles, CA,
Probing deep into four hidden histories, the material released
should dispel any notions of 'lone nuts' or coincidence. These
articles cut a clear path through the thick jungle of
disinformation that has grown around these events and expose the
truly hideous teratomas that thrive and bloom under the canopy of
Diski, Jenny (2009). The Sixties. New York, Picador.
Like many other members of her generation, journalist and author Diski (On Trying to Keep Still) was drifting during the 1960s: she took drugs, had sex, and spent time in mental institutions in her attempts to subvert the Establishment. Cutting through the patina of nobility, nostalgia and idealism by which most of her fellows remember the time, Diski describes a counterculture ruled by intense self-absorption, a misguided, idealist attempt at radical reform that led directly to the corruption of the '80s. Diski brings as much objectivity to bear as she can, and her British perspective keeps her a few paces removed from the conflicts over civil rights and Vietnam. Her writing is pointed, holding many (herself included) to rigorous scrutiny, a cultural deconstruction that pushes back against the generally accepted, media-friendly, and very American image of the free-love '60s. Even readers familiar with the history will find her insights absorbing and eyebrow-raising. Though her conclusion falls short of condemnation-their motives were too pure for that-Diski makes succinct, clever and meaningful arguments exposing a self-mythologizing generation and its ultimate failures of both fore- and hindsight.
DK Publishing (1997). Chronicle of the Cinema. New York, DK
This entry in the Dorling Kindersly "Chronicle" series is the most beautiful of the
recent histories of the moving picture's first century. Within nine
sections, each year begins with a page of significant events and a
full-page photo or stunningly reproduced poster. Ensuing pages
include black-and-white and color photos with text and smaller
posters. In eight relatively brief special essays (covering sound,
studios, color, Academy Awards, cameras, hit movies, music, and
special effects), a great deal of information is covered in an
even-handed manner. No genre is shortchanged; the international
scene is covered; most, if not all, major stars and directors
receive their due. General and film indexes make all this
information easily accessible. For scholars it may be just a
refresher, while for others, it will work as a handsome
introduction. For both it will be an aesthetic delight.
Dodd, David G. (commentary, editor); Alan Trist (editor) (2005). The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics: The Collected
Lyrics of Robert Hunter and John Barlow, Lyrics to All Original
Songs, with Selected Traditional and Cover Songs. New York,
Do you know the way to Fennario? Or wonder where the Nuthatch
winters? What is the "Buck Dancer's Choice?" And where do the four
winds dwell? If these are questions that leave you wondering then
David Dodd's The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics may just be the skeleton key you've been looking for. Every
Deadhead knows there is something profound hidden within their
lyrics, even if most of the nuances go by unnoticed. Why are the
obscure tales of their characters' (Jack Straw, Black Peter, August
West, et al) trials and tribulations on the psychedelic Americana
landscape so intriguing? What is the deal with the reoccurring
imagery that popped in and out of their songs for decades (the
crows, light and darkness, rolling rivers, gambling, playing cards,
space, and, of course, roses)? It is clear the Grateful
Dead's lyricists Robert Hunter and John Barlow tapped into the
well of the collective subconscious for material, but rarely were
any explanations provided. Fans were basically on their own to put
the pieces together themselves, until now.
Doig, Jameson W. (2001). Empire on the Hudson: Entrepreneurial
Vision and Political Power at the Port of New York Authority.
New York, Columbia University Press.
Doig traces the evolution of the Port Authority from the battles
leading to its creation in 1921 through its conflicts with the
railroads and its expansion to build bridges and tunnels for motor
vehicles. Chronicling the adroit maneuvers that led the Port
Authority to take control of the region's airports and seaport
operations, build the largest bus terminal in the nation, and
construct the World Trade Center, Doig reveals the rise to power of
one of the world's largest specialized regional governments.
Donald, David Herbert (1995). Lincoln. New York, Simon &
The man who became our greatest president seems, from our vantage
point, to have been an obvious choice for the job. But as esteemed
Lincoln scholar Donald indicates in this magisterial yet intimate
new biography, when people first began discussing the idea of
Lincoln for president in 1860, the prairie lawyer had few of the
usual qualifications for the office. There was no inevitability
about his progress from Springfield, Illinois, to Washington, D.C.,
a path Donald nonetheless follows in luxuriant detail. Writing as
complete and as believable a psychological portrait as possible
from this distance, the author tells of a man who started with few
advantages but spent his whole life learning and growing.
Ironically, Lincoln was by nature a reactor, not an instigator; he
believed his existence was controlled by a higher authority. From
the deprivations of his frontier childhood, Lincoln "carried away
from his brief schooling the self-confidence of a man who has never
met his intellectual equal." Lincoln took considerable time,
though, finding the niche whereby he could support himself; the
legal field eventually drew him, and drew out his talents, as did
his interest in politics. How he eventually became the leading
Republican in Illinois, then president, and then successful
commander-in-chief is a wondrous story, and it is brilliantly
Dondis, Donis A. (1973). A Primer of Visual Literacy.
Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press.
Dondis provides an in-depth analysis of visual literacy and the
development of visual awareness and experience from the point of
birth through the then-innovative technology of television. Dondis
describes the categorization of images along a popular to fine art
scale and stresses the impact that photography has on visual
Doniger, Wendy (2009). The Hindus: An Alternative History.
New York, Penguin Press.
Learned, fluent, and entertaining in spite of the complexity of
this ambitious undertaking, Doniger is also controversial, a role
she embraces, confident that fresh viewpoints are essential to
understanding the worlds that shaped the Hindu tradition, and the
ways Hindus shaped society. While Doniger delves deeply into the
Vedas and the "two great poems," Ramayana and Mahabharata, she
searches other spheres for clues to the lives of women and the
lower castes. She also analyzes depictions of animals, which are
central to Hindu tales and the "cultural ideal" of nonviolence. As
she energetically parses the relationships between gods and humans,
karma and renunciation, asceticism and sensuality, priests and
kings, men and women, she is also seeking glimpses into everyday
Hindu life during each of India's empires. Lavishly detailed,
dynamic, and encompassing, Doniger's multidimensional history
celebrates Hindu wisdom, diversity, and pluralism with knowledge,
insight, and passion. --Donna Seaman
Donne, John and Charles M. Coffin (1967). The Complete Poetry of
John Donne. New York, Modern Library.
Donne's poetry embraces a wide range of secular and religious
subjects. He wrote cynical verse about inconstancy, poems about
true love, Neoplatonic lyrics on the mystical union of lovers'
souls and bodies and brilliant satires and hymns depicting his own
spiritual struggles. The two "Anniversaries" - "An Anatomy of the World" (1611) and "Of the Progress of the Soul" (1612)--are elegies
for 15-year-old Elizabeth Drury.
Whatever the subject, Donne's poems reveal the same
characteristics that typified the work of the metaphysical poets:
dazzling wordplay, often explicitly sexual; paradox; subtle
argumentation; surprising contrasts; intricate psychological
analysis; and striking imagery selected from nontraditional areas
such as law, physiology, scholastic philosophy, and
Dorn, Edward (2013). Edward Dorn: Collected Poems.
Manchester, England, Carcanet Press Ltd. Dorn was associated with Black Mountain poets Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan, writers who,
like Dorn, took their early bearings from Charles
For the reader coming to Dorn for the first time, and
faced with a book this long and this unusual, there are three good
places to start, none of which is the beginning: the love poems of Nine Songs (1965), the first book of his psychedelic
cowboy epic Gunslinger (1968), and the posthumously
published Chemo Sabe (2001), in which the dying poet
describes his cancer against the background of the Clinton
impeachment and American foreign policy adventures.
Dorn's poetry is many things at once: rangy and
compressed, rough and refined, metaphysical and crude, slangy and
grandiloquent, subtle and hectoring. He has recesses of esoteric
knowledge yet his poems are riddled with pop culture, buzzing with
philosophy, history, high and low politics, theology and economics.
- Patrick McGuinness
Dorn, Edward (1989). Gunslinger. Durham, [N.C.], Duke
The late Ed Dorn wrote a masterpiece with "Gunslinger", an anti-epic poem that prefigures many
post-modern gestures from its 60s era starting point. Funny,
cartoonish, erudite to the extreme, it also locates a tuned
lyricism in the Western vernaculars that Dorn uses: the
metaphysical aspect of our legends, the sheer questing for answers
as Euro-Americans come treading closer to a West coast that will
stop them and force them to settle and create lives from dust and
ingenuity, comes alive in way that never escapes the zaniness of Dorn's narrating inquiry into the nature of the
Dorsey, Pat and Morningstar Inc. (2004). The Five Rules for
Successful Stock Investing: Morningstar's Guide to Building Wealth
and Winning in the Market. Hoboken, N.J., John
"By resisting both the popular tendency to use gimmicks that
oversimplify securities analysis and the academic tendency to use
jargon that obfuscates common sense, Pat Dorsey has written a
substantial and useful book. His methodology is sound, his examples
clear, and his approach timeless." Christopher C. Davis Portfolio
Manager and Chairman, Davis Advisors. Over the years, people from
around the world have turned to Morningstar for strong,
independent, and reliable advice. The Five
Rules for Successful Stock Investing includes stock research
and investment strategies covering a wide range of stock-related
Dos Passos, John (2000). Manhattan Transfer. Boston,
Houghton Mifflin Co.
Considered by many to be John Dos Passos's greatest work, Manhattan Transfer is an
"expressionistic picture of New York" (New
York Times) in the 1920s that reveals the lives of wealthy
power brokers and struggling immigrants alike. From Fourteenth
Street to the Bowery, Delmonico's to the underbelly of the city
waterfront, Dos Passos chronicles the lives of characters
struggling to become a part of modernity before they are destroyed
Dos Passos, John (2003). Novels, 1920-1925. New York, N.Y.,
Library of America.
Written in the decade before the publication of his famous U.S.A. trilogy, the three early novels
collected in this volume record the emergence of John Dos Passos as
a bold and accomplished chronicler of the upheavals of the early
Dos Passos drew upon his experiences as a volunteer ambulance
driver serving near Verdun in writing One
Man's Initiation: 1917 (1920), in which an idealistic young
American learns of the fear, uncertainty, and camaraderie of war
through his encounters with French soldiers and civilians. The
unexpurgated text presented in this volume restores passages
censored by the novel's original publisher. In Three Soldiers (1921) Dos Passos engaged in a
deeper exploration of World War I and its psychological impact upon
an increasingly fractured civilization. The novel depicts the
experiences of Fuselli, a store clerk from San Francisco
pathetically eager to win promotion; Chrisfield, an Indiana farmer
who comes to hate army discipline; and Andrews, an introspective
aspiring composer from New York, as they fight in the final battles
of the war and then confront a world in which an illusory peace
offers little respite from the dehumanizing servility and
regimentation of militarized life.
Dos Passos described Manhattan
Transfer (1925), a kaleidoscopic portrait of New York City
in the first two decades of the 20th century, as "utterly fantastic
and New Yorkish." Drawing on the naturalism of Theodore Dreiser and
the modernism of James Joyce, the novel follows the rising and
falling fortunes of more than a dozen characters as they move
through a bewildering maze of tenements and skyscrapers in which
Wall Street speculators, theatrical celebrities, impoverished
immigrants, and anarchist rebels all strive to make sense out of
the chaos of modern urban existence.
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor (2001). The Best Short Stories of Fyodor
Dostoevsky.. New York, Modern Library.
This collection, unique to the Modern Library, gathers
seven of Dostoevsky's key works and shows him to be equally adept
at the short story as with the novel. Exploring many of the same
themes as in his longer works, these small masterpieces move from
the tender and romantic White Nights, an archetypal
nineteenth-century morality tale of pathos and loss, to the famous Notes from the Underground, a story of guilt,
ineffectiveness, and uncompromising cynicism, and the first major
work of existential literature. Among Dostoevsky's prototypical
characters is Yemelyan in The Honest Thief, whose tragedy
turns on an inability to resist crime. Presented in chronological
order, in David Magarshack's celebrated translation, this is the
definitive edition of Dostoevsky's best stories.
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor (1955). The Brothers Karamazov..
Chicago, Britannica Great Books.
A passionate philosophical novel that enters deeply into the
ethical debates of God, free will, and morality. It is a spiritual
drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, and reason, set
against a modernizing Russia. Dostoyevsky composed much of the
novel in Staraya Russa, which inspired the main setting. Since its
publication, it has been acclaimed all over the world by
intellectuals as one of the supreme achievements in
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor (1982). Crime and Punishment.
Pennsylvania, Franklin Library.
Novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, published in 1866 as Prestupleniye i nakazaniye. Dostoyevsky's first
masterpiece, the novel is a psychological analysis of the poor
student Raskolnikov, whose theory that humanitarian ends justify
evil means leads him to murder a St. Petersburg pawnbroker. The act
produces nightmarish guilt in Raskolnikov. The narrative's
feverish, compelling tone follows the twists and turns of
Raskolnikov's emotions and elaborates his struggle with his
conscience and his mounting sense of horror as he wanders the
city's hot, crowded streets. In prison, Raskolnikov comes to the
realization that happiness cannot be achieved by a reasoned plan of
existence but must be earned by suffering. The novel's status as a
masterpiece is chiefly a result of its narrative intensity and its
moving depiction of the recovery of a man's diseased spirit.
Doucet, Julie (2006). My Most Secret Desire. Montreal,
Quebec. New York, Drawn & Quarterly.
Originally published in her comic book Dirty
Plotte, then collected in 1995 (and slightly expanded for
this edition), Doucet's adaptations of her dreams are some of her
weirdest, strongest and funniest work. The French-Canadian artist
writes in hilariously crumpled English (one story is called "An
Happy Ending Nigthmare" [sic]) and draws herself as an abject,
bedheaded mess ambling through a world littered with garbage. She
doesn't seem to hold anything back from her subconscious - sexual
fantasies, genital mutilations, messy apartments - they're all
represented. One section is devoted to dreams in which she turns
into a man; another long piece presents a series of dreams about
having a baby (who variously has a tail or is a small cat or "wants
to go back in"). Doucet's sense of humor is intimately tied to her
cluttered but striking visual style: one of the book's funniest
strips is a one-pager in which she imagines what it would be like
to shave if she were a man, mimicking the facial contortions (and
bloody nicks) of men looking into a mirror with a razor and
concluding with an ear-to-ear grin as she yells, "Haaaaaaaaaaaa!!!"
The more screwed-up her fantasies are, the more entertaining they
get, and almost every panel is a scribbly, quirky delight.
Douglass, Frederick (1994). Autobiographies. New York,
Library of America: Distributed to the trade in the U.S. by Penguin
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., editor: Narrative of
the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave; My Bondage and
My Freedom; Life and Times. For the first time in a single
authoritative volume, the eloquent and revolutionary memoirs of the
rebellious slave who galvanized the nation. Douglass's narratives,
classics of American writing, stunned the world and have shocked
and moved readers ever since. Fascinating firsthand accounts of
slavery and abolitionism, John Brown and Abraham Lincoln, Civil
War, Reconstruction, and the emerging struggle for civil rights,
they are above all the inspiring story of a self-made American: a
slave who became an adviser to presidents, minister to Haiti, and
one of the most powerful African-American voices in history.
Douglass, Frederick, John W. Blassingame, et al. (2001). Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American
Slave. New Haven, Yale University Press.
In 1845, just seven years after his escape from slavery, the young
Frederick Douglass published this powerful account of his life in
bondage and his triumph over oppression. The book, which marked the
beginning of Douglass's career as an impassioned writer,
journalist, and orator for the abolitionist cause, reveals the
terrors he faced as a slave, the brutalities of his owners and
overseers, and his harrowing escape to the North. It has become a
classic of American autobiography.
This edition of the book, based on the authoritative text that
appears in Yale University Press's multivolume edition of the Frederick Douglass Papers, is the only
edition of Douglass's Narrative designated as an Approved Text by the Modern Language Association's
Committee on Scholarly Editions. It includes a chronology of
Douglass's life, a thorough introduction by the eminent Douglass
scholar John Blassingame, historical notes, and reader responses to
the first edition of 1845.
Dower, John W. (2017). The Violent American Century: War and Terror since World War II. Chicago, IL, Haymarket Books.
Addresses the U.S.-led transformations in war conduct and strategizing that followed 1945 -- beginning with brutal localized hostilities, proxy wars, and the nuclear terror of the Cold War, and ending with the asymmetrical conflicts of the present day. The military playbook now meshes brute force with a focus on non-state terrorism, counterinsurgency, clandestine operations, a vast web of overseas American military bases, and - most touted of all - a revolutionary new era of computerized "precision" warfare. By contrast to World War II, postwar death and destruction is comparatively small. By any other measure, it is appalling -- and shows no sign of abating.
Downey, Morgan (2009). Oil 101. New York, NY, Wooden Table
Since 1859, oil has enabled and defined our economic, social and
political landscape. Throughout this time, abundant supply ensured
low, stable prices and the inner workings of the oil industry
remained relatively obscure. Following a century and a half of
relative calm, oil prices have become much more volatile as the
sustainability and growth of reliable supply sources have been
brought into question. Downey provides the facts one needs to
understand oil, from its history and chemistry, to refining,
finished products, storage, transportation, alternatives, and how
prices are determined every day in global wholesale oil markets and
how those markets are connected to prices at the pump.
Dowson, John (1974). A Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology
and Religion, Geography, History, and Literature. Ludhiana,
Lyall Book Depot.
Originally published in 1894, Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology remains the
most comprehensive, authoritative, and concise work on the subject.
It is to all intents and purposes a dictionary of Hinduism, and
although there have been other larger and more diffuse attempts at
the subject, none has been more successful. Revised over a number
of years, this volume is a reprint of the seventh edition,
considered to be the work at the height of its usefulness for the
reader. Arranged alphabetically, the dictionary has hundreds of
entries on a host of deities and myths, demons, etymology, ethics,
esoteric writings, faith, fire, Hell, sacrifice, incarnations,
mystic words, philosophy, revelation, sleep, the supreme soul, the
three worlds and many other subjects, ending with a Sanskrit index
and a general index.
Doyle, Arthur Conan (1960). The Complete Sherlock Holmes.
Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday.
This volume, authorized by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's estate,
contains all 4 full-length novels and all 56 short stories
featuring Sherlock Holmes. At over a thousand pages, the weighty
tome is a perfect gift for budding amateur sleuths, and it is an
ideal companion for a long stay on a desert island (or a leisurely
trip through the English countryside). As the reader wades past the
tense introductions of A Study in
Scarlet and moves towards such classic tales as The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, and The Final Problem, she is sure to draw
her own conclusions about Holmes's veiled past and his quirky
relationship with his "Boswell", Watson. Doyle never revealed much
about Holmes's early life, but the joy of reading the complete
Holmes is assembling the trivia of each story into something like a
portrait of the detective and his creator. By the end of the long
journey through London and across Europe, with a long stopover at
Reichenbach Falls), one is apt to have found a friend for life. - Patrick O'Kelley
Draper, Hal (1977). Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution. New
York, Monthly Review Press.
Dreiser, Theodore (2003). An American Tragedy. New York,
Library of America: Distributed to the trade in the U.S. by Penguin
A tremendous bestseller when it was published in 1925, An American Tragedy is the culmination of Theodore
Dreiser's elementally powerful fictional art. Taking as his point
of departure a notorious murder case of 1910, Dreiser immersed
himself in the social background of the crime to produce a book
that is both a remarkable work of reportage and a monumental study
of character. Few novels have undertaken to track so relentlessly
the process by which an ordinary young man becomes capable of
committing a ruthless murder, and the further process by which
social and political forces come into play after his arrest.
In Clyde Griffiths, the impoverished, restless offspring of a
family of street preachers, Dreiser created an unforgettable
portrait of a man whose circumstances and dreams of self-betterment
conspire to pull him toward an act of unforgivable violence. Around
Clyde, Dreiser builds an extraordinarily detailed fictional
portrait of early twentieth-century America, its religious and
sexual hypocrisies, its economic pressures, its political
corruption. The sheer prophetic amplitude of his bitter
truth-telling, in idiosyncratic prose of uncanny expressive power,
continues to mark Dreiser as a crucially important American writer. An American Tragedy, the great
achievement of his later years, is a work of mythic force, at once
brutal and heartbreaking.
Dresch, Paul (2000). A History of Modern Yemen. Cambridge;
New York, Cambridge University Press.
Yemen's modern history is unique and deserves to be better
understood. While the borders of most Middle East states were
defined by colonial powers after the collapse of the Ottoman
Empire, a single Yemeni state was not formed until 1990. In fact,
much of Yemen's twentieth-century history was taken up constructing
such a state, forged after years of civil war. The book is
augmented by illustrations, maps and a detailed chronology.
Dreyfuss, Robert (2005). Devil's Game: How the United States
Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam. New York, Metropolitan
Drawing on extensive archival research and interviews with dozens
of policy makers and CIA, Pentagon, and foreign service
officials, Robert Dreyfuss follows the trail of American collusion
from support for the Muslim Brotherhood in 1950s Egypt, to links
with Khomeini and Afghani jihadists, to longstanding ties between
radical Islamists and the leading banks of the West. The result is
as tragic as it is paradoxical: originally deployed as pawns to
foil nationalism and communism, extremist mullahs and ayatollahs
now dominate the landscape, thundering against freedom of thought,
science, women's rights, secularism--and their former patron.
Chronicling a history of double-dealing, cynical exploitation, and
humiliating embarrassment that continues to this day, Devil's Game
reveals a pattern that, far from furthering democracy or security,
ensures a future of blunders and blowback.
Drury, Shadia B. (1988). The Political Ideas of Leo Strauss.
New York, St. Martin's Press.
This book explores the political thought of Leo Strauss, a
philosopher most noted for playing a key role in neoconservative
thought in America. Drury explores Strauss's thought and its role
in American politics, exposing what she argues are the elitist,
nearly authoritarian strains within it and those who follow it. A
polemic against Strauss and his followers, the original edition has
won Drury little friendship from the neoconservative camp and this
revised edition with a new introduction is sure to continue the
controversy among political theorists.
Drury, Shadia B. (1994). Alexandre Kojève: The Roots of
Postmodern Politics. New York, St. Martin's Press.
Alexandre Kojve (1902-1968) was Hegel's most famous interpreter,
reading Hegel through the eyes of Marx and Heidegger
simultaneously. The result was a wild if not hypnotic mlange of
ideas. In this book, Drury reveals the nature of Kojve's
Hegelianism and the extraordinary influence it has had on French
postmodernists on the left (Raymond Queneau, Georges Bataille, and
Michel Foucault) and American postmodernists on the right (Leo
Strauss, Allan Bloom, and Francis Fukuyama). According to Drury,
Kojve followed Hegel in thinking that reason has triumphed in the
course of history, but it is a cold, soulless, instrumental, and
uninspired rationalism that has conquered and disenchanted the
world. Drury maintains that Kojve's conception of modernity as the
fateful triumph of this arid rationality is the cornerstone of
postmodern thought. Kojve's picture of the world gives birth to a
dark romanticism that manifests itself in a profound nostalgia for
what reason has banished - myth, madness, disorder, spontaneity,
instinct, passion, and virility. In Drury's view, these ideas
romanticize the gratuitous violence and irrationalism that
characterize the postmodern world.
Du Bois, W. E. B. and David L. Lewis (1992). Black
Reconstruction in America 1860-1880. New York,
Du Bois took a revolutionary new look at Reconstruction in the
1930's, providing a fresh view that went largely ignored until
recent books by Foner and Litwack resuscitated this overlooked
period in American history. Du Bois summons up his great
intellectual bearing to illustrate that from being the unmitigated
failure that Reconstruction has long been portrayed as, it was the
crucible of civil rights legislation, a time when there was very
definitely hope that America would redefine itself along more
egalitarian lines. While the book deals predominately with the
black man's point of view, Du Bois offers a principled Marxist view
of labor relations at the time, and how the leading Radical
Republicans tried to come to terms with the new industrial society
that was emerging in America.
Du Bois was a very compelling writer, he cuts through the
layers of history to reveal the soul of the persons most greatly
affected by Reconstruction. He charts the troubled waters of the
Civil War, and the Presidential attempts at Reconstruction which
followed the Union victories in the South. He provides a candid
view of Lincoln, who struggled with his own prejudices, but
eventually came to accept the black man because of the pivotal role
he played in the war.
Dube, Wolf Dieter (1973). Expressionism. New York, Praeger
Dufty, David F. (2012). How to Build an Android: The True Story
of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection. New York, Henry Holt
The stranger-than-fiction story of the creation and loss of an
artificially intelligent android of science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick. Readers get a fascinating inside look at
the scientists and technology that made this amazing android
Duggan, Christopher (2014). A Concise History of Italy, 2nd Edition. Cambridge; New York, Cambridge University Press.
Duggan's acclaimed introduction to Italy charts the country's history from the fall of the Roman Empire in the west to the present day and surveys the difficulties Italy has faced during the last two centuries in forging a nation state. Duggan weaves together political, economic, social and cultural history, and stresses the alternation between materialist and idealist programmes for forging a nation state. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to offer increased coverage of nineteenth and twentieth-century Italy, as well as a new section devoted to Italy in the twenty-first century.
Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne (2015). An Indigenous Peoples' History of
the United States. Boston, Beacon Press. An Indigenous Peoples' History pulls up the paving stones
and lays bare the deep history of the United States, from the corn
to the reservations. If the United States is a 'crime scene,' as
she calls it, then Dunbar-Ortiz is its forensic scientist. A
sobering look at a grave history. -Vijay Prashad
Durrenmatt, Friedrich (1991). The Physicists. New York,
Grove Weidenfeld. The Physicists is a provocative and
darkly comic satire about life in modern times, by one of europe's
foremost dramatists and author of the internationally celebrated
The Visit. The world's greatest physicist, Johann Wilhelm Mobius,
is in a madhouse, haunted by recurring visions of King Solomon. He
is kept company by two other equally deluded scientists: one who
thinks he is Einstein, another who believes he is Newton. It soon
becomes evident, however, that these three are not as harmleely
lunatic as they appear. Are they, in fact, really mad? Or are they
playing some murderous game, with the world as the stake? For
Mobius has uncovered the mystery of the universe - and therefore
the key to its destruction - and Einstein and Newton are vying for
this secret that would enable them to rule the earth. Added to this
treacherous combination is the world renowned pscychiatrist in
charge, the hunchbacked Mathilde von Zahnd, who has some diabolical
plans of her own. With wry, penetrating humor, The Physicists probes beneath the surface of modern
existence and, like Marat/Sade,
questions whether it is the mad who are the truly insane.
Dugan, Alan (2001). Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry.
New York, Seven Stories Press.
In this complete collection that tracks his 40-year career and its
shifting concerns, Alan Dugan -- winner of the National Book Award,
the Pulitzer Prize, and the Prix de Rome from the National
Institute of Arts and Letters -- adds to his legend with nearly
three dozen new poems. Dugan spent World War II in the Army Air
Corps, and several of his early poems are wry testaments to the
somber business of modern warfare. Others plumb the depths of
existential angst with bracing black humor and brio.
Duiker, William J. (2000). Ho Chi Minh. New York,
Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969) fought for half a century to free Vietnam
from foreign domination, and the story of his life illuminates the
ongoing struggle between colonialism and nationalism that still
shapes world history. William J. Duiker, who served in Saigon's
U.S. embassy during the Vietnam War, spent 30 years delving into
Vietnamese and European archives, as well as interviewing Minh's
surviving colleagues, in order to write this definitive biography.
The son of a civil servant from a traditionally rebellious
province, the future president of North Vietnam was known for more
than 20 years as Nguyen That Thanh. It was under this name that he
founded the Vietnamese Communist Party, having concluded after
reading Lenin's analysis of imperialism that revolutionary Marxism
was the most effective tool to achieve Vietnam's independence. He
spent 30 years in exile, cementing his communist ties in Moscow and
working with Vietnamese rebels from a base in China, before
assuming the name Ho Chi Minh in 1942, when the forces unleashed by
World War II seemed to be clearing the way for Vietnamese
liberation. French intransigence and American anti-communism would
delay the emergence of an independent, united Vietnam for another
30 years, but Ho became an icon who inspired the communist North
and the Southern Vietcong to keep fighting. Focusing almost
exclusively on political events and ideological debates, Duiker
depicts Ho as a nationalist first and foremost, but also as a
convinced (though pragmatic) Marxist who believed socialism would
help his country modernize and correct ancient inequities.
Dumas, Alexandre (1999). The Three Musketeers. New York,
Novel by Alexandre Dumas pere, published in French as Les Trois Mousquetaires in 1844. A historical
romance, it relates the adventures of four fictional swashbuckling
heroes who lived during the reigns of the French kings Louis XIII
and Louis XIV. At the beginning of the story D'Artagnan arrives in
Paris from Gascony and becomes embroiled in three duels with the
three musketeers Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. The four become such
close friends that when D'Artagnan serves an apprenticeship as a
cadet, which he must do before he can become a musketeer, each of
his friends takes turns sharing guard duty with him. The daring
escapades of the four comrades are played out against a background
of court intrigue involving the powerful Cardinal Richelieu. Dumas
wrote two sequels that concerned D'Artagnan and the three
musketeers: Vingt Ans apres (Twenty Years After, 1845) and Le Vicomte de Bragelonne ou dix ans plus
tard (The Vicomte de Bragelonne; or,
Ten Years Late, 1848-50).
Dumas, Bob A. and John E. McCarthy (2007). Transition to Higher
Mathematics: Structure and Proof. Boston,
This text is designed to help students develop the abstract
mathematical thinking skills necessary for success in later
upper-level majors math courses. As lower-level courses such as
calculus rely more exclusively on computational problems to service
students in the sciences and engineering, math majors increasingly
need clearer guidance and more rigorous practice in proof
technique to prepare themselves for advanced math curriculum.
With their friendly writing style Bob Dumas and John
McCarthy teach students how to organize and structure their
mathematical thoughts, how to read and manipulate abstract
definitions, and how to prove or refute proofs by effectively
evaluating them. A wealth of exercises give students the practice
Duncan, David Ewing (1998). Calendar: Humanity's Epic Struggle
to Determine a True and Accurate Year. New York,
The days march along, one by one, oblivious of the human effort to
impose order on them--chopping them into seconds, minutes and hours
and then grouping them into weeks, months, years, decades,
centuries and millennia. The effort stretches from the markings
someone made on an eagle bone about 13,000 years ago to the
oscillations of the cesium clock. And still we have to tinker to
make the calendar fit the tropical or solar year of 365.242199
days, or 365 days, five hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds. Duncan
traces the story engagingly, telling of calendars based on the
seasons of the Nile and the cycles of the moon, of the Julian and
Gregorian reforms and of the consternation that ensued in England
when the nation finally switched from the Julian to the Gregorian
calendar in 1752, necessitating a correction that took 11 days from
the "Old Style" calendar and made many people believe their lives
had been shortened. As The Ladies Diary: or, Woman's Almanack
reminded its readers: "1752 September hath only XIX Days in this
Year" because "The Account of Time has each Year run a-head of Time
by the Sun." It still does, by about 25.96 seconds a year, which
means that tinkering will continue.
Duncan, Robert Edward (1969). The Opening of the Field.
This was Robert Duncan's first major collection - originally
brought out in 1960. In it Duncan introduced his "Structures of
Rime," the open series he has since continued in his two subsequent
collections, "Roots and Branches"
(1964) and "Bending the Bow" (1968),
and in which he affirms his belief in the universal integrity of
the poem itself in the living process of language.
Duncan, Robert Edward (1969). Roots and Branches: Poems. New
York, New Directions Publishing Corporation.
Nominally attached to the Black Mountain school, Robert Duncan is
indebted primarily to the technique of Williams and superficially
to the esthetics of Olson. Covered with the measles of multiple
allusions, haphazardly read in everything from the classics to the
Surrealists or the theosophists, Duncan's intellectual growth
resembles a convolvulus spreading its tendrils across a floating
world, catching a bit of information here, an insight there.
In much the same way, as man can be considered always more than
the sum of his thoughts, so the majority of poems in Roots and Branches appear to be always more than
the poems themselves, each of them part of an evolving process,
anti-scientific in temperament, yet strangely scientific in method.
That is to say, all statements remain more or less relative,
awaiting the "corroboration" of further statements, and just so all
significations seem tentative. Thus emerging only to be expunged,
Robert Duncan's microscopic particulars extend backwards and
forwards, within and without, entertaining a moment-by-moment
accretion and subtraction. On the subjective level, a kind of
libidinous drift; on the objective one, a philosophic
Duncan, Robert Edward (1971). Bending the Bow. London,
Duncan's peers, who included Kenneth Rexroth, Charles Olson, and
Robert Creeley, along with the many dynamic literary movements he
was involved in, helped shape his poetics. However, his spiritual
upbringing was also deeply influential. After Duncan's mother died
during his birth, he was adopted by a couple who practiced an
occult religion known as theosophy. With reincarnation among its
articles of faith, theosophy sees every event in life as
cosmologically significant and unified with all others. The
influence is evident in much of his work, including the title poem
of Bending the Bow and selections from
the series "Passages."
Duncombe, Stephen (2002). Cultural Resistance Reader.
London; New York, Verso.
From the Diggers seizing St. Georges Hill in 1649 to Hacktivists
staging virtual sit-ins in the 21st century, from the retributive
fantasies of Robin Hoods to those of gangsta rappers, culture has
long been used as a political weapon. This expansive and carefully
crafted reader brings together many of the classic texts that help
to define culture as a tool of resistance. With illuminating
introductions throughout, it presents a range of theoretical and
historical writings that have influenced contemporary debate,
providing tools for the reader's own interventions. In these pages
can be found the work of Karl Marx, Matthew Arnold, Antonio
Gramsci, C.L.R. James, Bertolt Brecht, Walter Benjamin, Theodor
Adorno, Virginia Woolf, Mikhail Bakhtin, Stuart Hall, Christopher
Hill, Janice Radway, Eric Hobsbawm, Abbie Hoffman, Mahatma Gandhi,
Dick Hebdige, Hakim Bey, Raymond Williams, Robin Kelley, Tom Frank
and more than a dozen others - including a number of new
activists/authors published here for the first time.
Duras, Marguerite (1976). India Song. New York, Grove Press:
distributed by Random House.
Unseen voices narrate this story of the affair between the haunting
Anne-Marie Stretter and the disgraced French vice-consul in Lahore.
In the India of 1937, with the smell of the laurels and leprosy
permeating the air, the characters perform a dance of doomed love
to the strains of a dying colonialism.
Duras, Marguerite (1990). Four Novels. New York, Grove
Four novels: The Square, Moderato Cantabile,
Ten-thirty on a Summer Night, The Afternoon of Mr.
Duras, Marguerite and Joël Farges (1987). Marguerite Duras.
San Francisco, City Lights Books.
Durgnat, Raymond (1974). Jean Renoir. Berkeley, University
of California Press.
Beneath his grieved and echoing humanity, the mature Renoir is
often exactly what he calls himself, "a child of the belle epoque,"
full of dreamlike childlike insouciance, of anarchist sympathies
(in at least four of his films, by my count, the "murderers" go
free), of penchants for amateur theatricals, for spyglasses, for
the raw and underlying decorum of seas and rivers, even floods (it
seems only fitting that the first of the films he made in Hollywood
was called Swamp Water). What Death and God are for Bergman, Nature
and Love are for Renoir. His is a landscape of transformations, but
without theology, without dogma, a humanist and pantheist
landscape, contradictory, persevering, hedonistic, invincibly
tolerant. One remembers especially the quick triumphant endings
(Dalio and Gabin plunging across the snow under the shadow of the
German border patrol), or those dying away on a melodious comic
diminuendo (Boudou the unlikely bridegroom mindlessly upsetting the
boat that was carrying him and his bride to respectability,
ungraciously sharing scraps of his beggar's feast with a donkey,
resuming his destiny as king of the road - as wry and spry and
magical an ending as any I know in the history of films). -- Robert
Durgnat, Raymond (1999). WR: Mysteries of the Organism.
London, British Film Institute.
In Dusan Makajev's controversial and explicit WR: Mysteries of
the Organism (1971), 'WR' is Wilhelm Reich , maverick
intellectual, sexual pioneer and theorist of 'Orgone energy', but
also 'world revolution'. WR stages an encounter between
psychotherapy and Marxism, sexual permissiveness and socialism.
Juxtaposing hippie America and cold war Yugoslavia, it's a film of
ideas and sensations which speaks urgently to the contemporary
Raymond Durgnat thinks that WR is an adventure playground,
a 'jungle gym' which the film's spectators enter and interact with.
It's intellectual cinema, and a film which prophesied the horror of
the conflict and slaughter in what is now the former Yugoslavia.
One of the last published works of a legendary film critic.
Duriez, Colin (2000). The C.S. Lewis Encyclopedia: A Complete
Guide to His Life, Thought, and Writings. Wheaton, Ill.,
Essential information on C.S. Lewis's life, relationships, and
beliefs, as well as the main themes and characters in his work.
Substantial essays on the major aspects of Lewis's life, a complete
list of his works, and a guide that categorizes many of the related
articles is also included.
Dyer, Geoff (1996). But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz. New York, North Point Press.
In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skillfully evokes the music and the men who shaped modern jazz. Drawing on photos, anecdotes, and, most important, the way he hears the music, Dyer imaginatively reconstructs scenes from the embattled lives of some of the greats: Lester Young fading away in a hotel room; Charles Mingus storming down the streets of New York on a too-small bicycle; Thelonious Monk creating his own private language on the piano. However, music is the driving force of But Beautiful, and wildly metaphoric prose that mirrors the quirks, eccentricity, and brilliance of each musician's style.
Dylan, Bob (2004). Chronicles: Volume One. London; New York,
Simon & Schuster.
By turns revealing, poetical, passionate and witty, Chronicles:
Volume One is a mesmerizing window on Bob Dylan's thoughts and
influences. Dylan's voice is distinctively American: generous of
spirit, engaged, fanciful and rhythmic. Utilizing his unparalleled
gifts of storytelling and the exquisite expressiveness that are the
hallmarks of his music, Bob Dylan turns Chronicles: Volume
One into a poignant reflection on life, and the people and
places that helped shape the man and the art. Through Dylan's eyes
and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first
arrives in Manhattan. Dylan's New York is a magical city of
possibilities -- smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings;
transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations
are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough. With the
book's side trips to New Orleans, Woodstock, Minnesota and points
west, Chronicles: Volume One is an intimate and intensely
personal recollection of extraordinary times.
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