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The Best American Essays 2004

The Best American Essays 2004

2004 ·
·3.93·179 Ratings ·323 Pages
“ The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together. ” ― Carl Sagan
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    Pragmatism has been called America's only major contribution to philosophy. But since its birth was announced a century ago in 1898 by William James, pragmatism has played a vital role in almost every area of American intellectual and cultural life, inspi
  • To the Finland Station

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  • The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University

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    Has American higher education become a dinosaur?Why do professors all tend to think alike? What makes it so hard for colleges to decide which subjects should be required? Why do teachers and scholars find it so difficult to transcend the limits of their d
  • Masscult and Midcult: Essays Against the American Grain

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    A New York Review Books OriginalAn uncompromising contrarian, a passionate polemicist, a man of quick wit and wide learning, an anarchist, a pacifist, and a virtuoso of the slashing phrase, Dwight Macdonald was an indefatigable and indomitable critic of A
  • The Best American Essays 2006

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    "The essays in this volume are powerful, plainspoken meditations on birthing, dying, and all the business in between," writes Lauren Slater in her introduction to the 2006 edition. "They reflect the best of what we, as a singular species, have to offer, w
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