By Michael Dirda

From Pulitzer Prize-winning e-book critic Michael Dirda comes a set of his such a lot own and fascinating essays at the literary life—the ideal spouse for any lover of books.

Michael Dirda has been hailed as "the best-read individual in America" (The Paris Review) and "the most sensible e-book critic in America" (The ny Observer). as well as the Pulitzer Prize he was once offered for his experiences in The Washington Post, he picked up an Edgar from the secret Writers of the US for his most up-to-date ebook, On Conan Doyle.

Dirda's most modern quantity collects fifty of his witty and wide-ranging reflections on literary journalism, booklet amassing, and the writers he loves. achieving from the classics to the post-moderns, his allusions dance from Samuel Johnson, Ralph Waldo Emerson and M. F. ok. Fisher to Marilynne Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson, and David Foster Wallace. Dirda's subject matters are both varied: literary pets, the misplaced artwork of cursive writing, booklet inscriptions, the pleasures of technological know-how fiction conventions, writer photos, novelists in outdated age, Oberlin university, a 12 months in Marseille, writer's block, and masses extra, to not omit a number of rants approximately Washington lifestyles and American tradition. As admirers of his prior books will count on, there are annotated lists galore—of ideal e-book titles, nice event novels, favourite phrases, crucial books approximately books, and liked children's classics, in addition to a revealing peek on the titles Michael retains on his personal nightstand.
Funny and erudite, sometimes poignant or indignant, Browsings is a party of the analyzing existence, a fan's notes, and the best reward for any booklover.

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MacKinnon, for example, argues convincingly against the liberal distinction between violence and sex in rape and pornography, a distinction that, in addition to denying what should be the obvious fact that violence is sex for the rapist, has helped to make pornography sound merely sexy, and therefore to protect it. If she and Dworkin use the word violence to describe pornography that would normally be classified as nonviolent (for example, porno films with no explicit sado-masochism or scenes of rape), it is because they define as violent the power relation that they see inscribed in the sex acts pornography represents.

There is, for example, a gay and lesbian history of which many of us were not aware until recent studies brought aspects of that history to our attention. Part of this history brings to light more or less underground gay communities in Europe and the United States before the Unpublished lecture given in London, 1996. i s t h e r e a g ay a r t ? | 32 modern period, communities in which we see rudimentary forms of what we would call a gay or lesbian culture. I will pass over for the moment the relation of this field of studies to the claim that the homosexual did not exist as a person—that there was only same-sex behavior—before he or she was invented in the mid-nineteenth century, a claim that might be thought of as erasing a whole area of gay studies.

The ancient Greek model, as both Foucault and David Halperin describe it, made for a brutal reduction of the person to his sexual behavior: phallic penetration of another’s body not only expressed virility but also was a sign of social superiority, an expression of something we might call the (male) citizen-essence. This binary model is a striking example of the misogyny inherent in homophobia, even though it was not opposed to homosexuality per se. In a sense, the Greeks were so open about their revulsion to what they understood as female sexuality, and so untroubled in their thinking about the relation between power and phallic penetration, that they didn’t need to pretend, as nineteenth-century sexologists did, that men who went to bed with other men were all secretly women.

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