The Ghosts of Birds

The Ghosts of Birds

by Eliot Weinberger

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Overview

A new collection from “one of the world’s great essayists” (The New York Times)

The Ghosts of Birds offers thirty-five essays by Eliot Weinberger: the first section of the book continues his linked serial-essay, An Elemental Thing, which pulls the reader into “a vortex for the entire universe” (Boston Review). Here, Weinberger chronicles a nineteenth-century journey down the Colorado River, records the dreams of people named Chang, and shares other factually verifiable discoveries that seem too fabulous to possibly be true. The second section collects Weinberger’s essays on a wide range of subjects—some of which have been published in Harper’s, New York Review of Books, and London Review of Books—including his notorious review of George W. Bush’s memoir Decision Points and writings about Mongolian art and poetry, different versions of the Buddha, American Indophilia (“There is a line, however jagged, from pseudo-Hinduism to Malcolm X”), Béla Balázs, Herbert Read, and Charles Reznikoff. This collection proves once again that Weinberger is “one of the bravest and sharpest minds in the United States” (Javier Marías).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811226189
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 286,961
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Eliot Weinberger is an essayist, editor, and translator. He lives in New York City.

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