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Escape into Meaning: Essays on Superman, Public Benches, and Other Obsessions

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It became something of a sacred space for me, not because the scones were particularly great, but because it was where I discovered Emerson and was stamped with the joy of that first high. Courage is not simply physical bravery but also doing the right thing and standing up for what you believe; it's creativity, generosity and perseverance. Puschak occasionally gets too niche as he follows his obsessions down a rabbit hole; in “Superman Is Clark Kent,” for example, he compares and contrasts story lines from various Superman movies and spin-offs at such length that only superfans need apply, and in “Thinking in Oeuvres,” a dense meditation on Quentin Tarantino’s filmography that includes a not entirely convincing comparison to William Butler Yeats, he similarly struggles to engage those not deeply familiar with the essay’s subject. By turns poignant, relatable, and mind-bending, the definitions include whimsical etymologies drawn from languages around the world, interspersed with otherworldly collages and lyrical essays that explore forgotten corners of the human condition - from astrophe, the longing to explore beyond the planet Earth, to zenosyne, the sense that time keeps getting faster. In these four essays—“Nature,” “The American Scholar,” “The Divinity School Address,” and “Self-Reliance”—Emerson lays out his special brand of transcendentalism.

Ode to Public Benches - I'm a fan of walking around cities and sitting on their benches, drinking coffee and experiencing some of that nice ol' sonder and it turns out I'm doing right. In a swell of optimism, Emerson denies the idea that “given such an embryo, such a history must follow,” because it overlooks our capacity for creativity , the door in our mind that never closes: “At one whisper of these high powers, we awake from ineffectual struggles with this nightmare. The key point is that in universes such as Gibson's The Sprawl, the inhabitants lead meaningless lives in a world controlled by massive corporations therefore they have access to a special kind of freedom - they escaped the arduous process of assigning one's life a certain meaning and are free to do as they please.

He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity.

Everything I’ve written since that afternoon in Kenmore, including this book, I owe to his inspiration. His videos allowed me to appreciate film and art (and the human condition) at a deeper level, and this book makes me want to be his friend. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, best-selling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale - from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar.And if there’s anything the revolutions in social justice have taught me, it’s that our own privileges can block us from seeing the truth of others’ lives.

Connecting with other people, but most importantly to yourself through cinema, literature, comedy, etc. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. It’s his insatiable curiosity, his willingness to drill down into every single minute detail of his subject. If you don't, you'll probably wish the author's lengthy college reminiscence stayed out of the Emerson break-down.And their worst they just didnt manage to capture my interest in they subject or the narration, but at their best they were eye opening, with unique knowledge(for me at least) and perspectives. But to look at this as a stand-alone literary work:most of the essays poorly break some rules that make the arguments fall flat or the writing feel disjointed. This “impulse for meaning” is something Puschak also notices in the work of French philosopher Albert Camus, who details his “appetite for the absolute” in his essay “The Myth of Sisyphus.

Have you had the experience of finding yourself back in the same place again and again, after attempts to start over, with new friends, new partners? In high school, everything matters: tests, papers, homework, participation—all of it contributes to your grade, which contributes to your GPA. Perfect for fans of Trick Mirror and the writing of John Hodgman and Chuck Klosterman, Escape into Meaning is a compendium of fascinating insights into obsession. Learning, you learn, is not really a process of expanding your mind, but of watching it shrink against all there is to know. I took it to the mini café near the front, bought a coffee and a scone, and read until my life changed its direction, which took about forty minutes.Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan Republic, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Channel Islands, Comoros, Cook Islands, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Fiji, French Polynesia, Gabon Republic, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greenland, Guam, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico, Republic of the Congo, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Suriname, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Virgin Islands (U.

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