New PDF release: Bellow: A Biography

By James Atlas

ISBN-10: 0375759581

ISBN-13: 9780375759581

With this masterly and unique paintings, Bellow: A Biography, nationwide publication Award nominee James Atlas offers the 1st definitive account of the Nobel Prize–winning author’s turbulent own existence, because it spread out opposed to the history of twentieth-century events—the melancholy, international struggle II, the upheavals of the sixties—and amid all of the complexities of the Jewish-immigrant event in the United States, which generated a colourful new literature.

Drawing upon an enormous physique of unique study, together with Bellow’s vast correspondence with Ralph Ellison, Delmore Schwartz, John Berryman, Robert Penn Warren, John Cheever, and lots of different luminaries of the twentieth-century literary neighborhood, Atlas weaves a wealthy and revealing portrait of 1 of the main gifted and enigmatic figures in American highbrow history.

Detailing Bellow’s risky marriages and various tempestuous relation-ships with girls, publishers, and buddies, Bellow: A Biography is a powerful chronicle of 1 of the superior writers within the English language, whose prize-winning works contain Herzog, The Adventures of Augie March, and, such a lot recently, Ravelstein.

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In fact, all these companies seem to be adding or subtracting at least one feature per week; if anything, this is the best argument for not assuming that their platforms are somehow just a way in which “the Net” speaks to us. If “the Net” does have a voice when it speaks to us, it’s that of a schizophrenic. Given his McLuhanesque medium-centrism, it’s not surprising that Carr has little to say about fighting all the digital distractions he identifies: his notion of the ever-permanent and rigid “Net” prevents him from identifying structural reforms that can result in less destruction (“My interest is description, not prescription,” Carr told the New York Observer).

Does it contain important lessons that we all need to heed and perhaps incorporate into our institutions? Does it help us rediscover longforgotten truths about human nature? More and more people— not just ivory tower intellectuals but also regular soldiers in the Internet war, people who join Anonymous and vote for representatives of Pirate Parties in elections—are answering these questions in the affirmative. It’s this propensity to view “the Internet” as a source of wisdom and policy advice that transforms it from a fairly uninteresting set of cables and network routers into a seductive and exciting ideology—perhaps today’s über-ideology.

This might fit quite nicely with David Cameron’s rhetoric of the “Big Society”—whereby individuals take on the roles formerly performed by public institutions—but it would be a mistake to treat the two approaches as producing the same content through different means. Some content is simply unlikely to get crowdfunded. 28 9781610391382-text_morozov 12/13/12 4:10 PM Page 29 The Nonsense of “the Internet”—and How to Stop It Johnson, however, does not want to make his case for reforming the NEA on aesthetic grounds; for him, Kickstarter is better because it’s more Internet-like and more participatory.

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