Passionate and rollicking personal and intellectual essays by philosopher Crispin Sartwell. Philosopher, music critic, and syndicated columnist Crispin Sartwell has forged a distinctive and fiercely original identity over the years as a cultural commentator. In books about anarchism, art and politics, Native American and African American thought and culture, Eastern spirituality, and American transcendentalism, Sartwell has relentlessly insisted on an ethos rooted in unadorned honesty with oneself and a healthy skepticism of others. This volume of selected popular writings combines music and art criticism with personal memoir about addiction and rebellion, as well as cultural commentary on race, sexuality, cynicism, and the meaning of life. aCrispin Sartwell deserves to be recognized as the heir to a distinctively American intellectual legacy. Like the American acynicsa he lovesaTwain, Bierce, Menckenahe is fiercely individualistic, deeply antiauthoritarian, and slavishly aligned with no creed or academic discipline. He uses his significant erudition not to escape the ordinary or himself, but rather to let loose richesaof insight, suffering, and beautyathrough a relentless examination of life, culture, and reality. Sartwell is also, in my opinion, the best philosophical prose stylist of his generation. His writingacrystalline, vivid, and intoxicatingais an uncontrollable substance. And though Sartwell swaggers, provokes, and sometimes infuriates, he does so with a tacit humility and self-scrutiny, which empowers readers to follow his example and convert their own rage into beauty.a a Elizabeth Walden, Bryant University aCrispin Sartwell is the most important philosophical voice of his generation. He has risen into the public consciousness in the last two decades due to his controversial views on social, political, and cultural subjects. Through television appearances, journalism, and blogging, along with his numerous scholarly books, he has made a reputation as a thinker of serious thoughts. Yet, there is a lightness to his world that is irreverent, fun, and entertaining. These essays reflect some of his best writing from the past fifteen years. They are highly readable, but they are also profound reflections on the subjects that will draw many of us into deeper ponderings about the meaning of life, or, more to the point, the meaning of our lives.a a Randall Auxier, author of Time, Will, and Purpose: Living Ideas from the Philosophy of Josiah RoyceThere are all kinds of reasons people engage in substance abuse, or that they say they do. They are medicating their ... Ia#39;ve had moments where I liked the way booze or pot made me feel, but whole long periods where I didna#39;t at all, where I just felt stupid and sick ... No, the only thing addiction to nicotine gum has going for it is that you chew it, then you spit it out, then you jones for another piece. Believe itanbsp;...
|Title||:||How to Escape|
|Publisher||:||SUNY Press - 2014-08-13|