Ayoade on Top

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I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution

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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

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Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing

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Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics

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The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable

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The Hatred of Poetry

The Hatred of PoetryNo art has been denounced as often as poetry It s even bemoaned by poets I, too, dislike it, wrote Marianne Moore Many people agree they hate poetry, Ben Lerner writes, than can agree what poetry is I, too, dislike it and have largely organized my life around it and do not experience t

White

WhiteEllis offers a first work of nonfiction meditating on the social media age The result is both a defense of freedom of speech and a critique of the likeability factor that can impede it.

The Science of Storytelling

The Science of Storytellingn One of my absolute favourite writers Decca Aitkenhead n n Who would we be without stories nStories mould who we are, from our character to our cultural identity They drive us to act out our dreams and ambitions, and shape our politics and beliefs We use them to construct our relationships, to

The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature

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The Story of Kullervo

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Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene

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Coventry: Essays

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Literary Theory: An Introduction

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Anatomy of Criticism

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The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

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Against Interpretation and Other Essays

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