Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s theory of the five stages of grief may be among the most powerful received ideas of our era. But in this well-researched, illuminating book, Ruth Davis Konigsberg uses both science and sympathy to argue against the five stages and toward a more rounded understanding of this fundamental human emotion.
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Stanford’s technology maven Clifford Nass dissects the curious web of emotions and expectations that bind man and machine, discovering that hardwired components of our brains, evolved to deal with organic beings, adapt themselves instinctively to creatures of silicon and plastic, too.
In 1945, Life magazine could print a frontal picture of a topless, six-year-old Natalie Wood. In the year 2000, loving mother Cynthia Stewart was prosecuted for snapping a candid shot of her eight-year-old daughter in the shower, intended solely for family viewing. Poet Lynn Powell smartly ponders this telling change in attitudes and laws.
Anointed by Utne Reader as one of a select hundred transformative visionaries, ecologist and philosopher David Abram here attempts to imaginitively engineer the reunion of contemporary man and his animal-respecting ancestors, seeking in near-shamanistic terms a new perspective on where we fit in the vast web of life.
Alison Gopnik pulls profound questions out of the minds of babes.
Is there a unifying engine of desire behind the variegated affections of humanity? Yale psychologist Paul Bloom attempts to parse the hidden mechanisms underlying our preferences, be they sexual, musical, or literary.
The virtual reality pioneer and author of You Are Not a Gadget talks with Andrew Keen about the problem of “digital humanism.”
A dedicated gamer’s reflections on the power, the potential, and the price of ever-multiplying virtual worlds.
“Changing styles not only mark time and help us hide its ravages but also satisfy an innate desire for the new.”
Mark Doty unforgettably remembers his early marriage and the awakening sexuality of the affair it engendered; Jeanette Winterson concocts a wickedly irreverent modern myth; James Lord, Robert Bolaño, Tom McCarthy, and Jennifer Egan are among the rest of the contributors to Granta’s — dare I say it — orgy of good writing on the subject of sex.
A novelist’s unique investigation into the mysteries of brain and body.
Ariel Gore’s new book looks at the complex, sometimes unhappy, relationship modern women have with…happiness.
Will Self and Ralph Steadman go on another head(y) trip.
The award-winning author of Newjack looks at how roads all over the globe serve to bind together — and divide — those who use them.
“This advert may well be the Cadillac of all lonely hearts adverts…”