Essays from the Nick of Time Essays from the Nick of Time

Essays from the Nick of Time

Reflections and Refutations

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Publisher Description

A new collection of prophetic essays from one of the sharpest practitioners of the form

Mark Slouka writes from a particular vantage point, one invoked by Thoreau, who wished "to improve the nick of time . . . to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future." At this bewildering convergence, Slouka asks us to consider what it means to be human and what we must revive, or reject, in order to retain our humanity in the modern world.

Collected over fifteen years, these essays include fascinating explorations of the relationship between memory and history and the nature of "tragedy" in a media-driven culture; meditations on the transcendent "wisdom" of the natural world and the role of silence in an age of noise; and arguments in defense of the political value of leisure time and the importance of the humanities in an age defined by the language of science and industry. Written in Slouka's supple and unerring prose, celebratory, critical, and passionate, Essays from the Nick of Time reawakens us to the moment and place in which we find ourselves, caught between the fading presence of the past and the neon lure of the future.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2010
October 26
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
208
Pages
PUBLISHER
Graywolf Press
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
6.4
MB

Customer Reviews

One Suitcase ,

Some real gems here

Some real gems here, a solid collection of essays. (I first encountered Mark Slouka last fall when I read his short story 'The Hare's Mask' which was selected to appear in the 'Best American Short Stories of 2011'.)

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