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Escape into Meaning: Essays on Superman, Public Benches, and Other Obsessions

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If you don't, you'll probably wish the author's lengthy college reminiscence stayed out of the Emerson break-down. The video essays of Evan Puschak opened up a world of like-minded nerds who like to overthink art to me.

Certainly worth reading if you enjoy essay collections, consume a lot of books, and need something new, and with moderate expectations, it’ll be a nice relaxing time. Any opinions in the examples do not represent the opinion of the Cambridge Dictionary editors or of Cambridge University Press or its licensors. Puschak reads like a young Oliver Sacks at times -- no small compliment -- and his reflections can be similarly elegant and masterly. Instead, Christianity adopted a “vulgar tone of preaching” that commands its followers to “subordinate your nature to Christ’s nature,” that speaks of “revelation as somewhat long ago given and done, as if God were dead. The word evokes iconic figures like Einstein, Beethoven, Picasso, and Steve Jobs, whose cultural contributions have irreversibly shaped society.Puschak uses Yeats’s 1919 poem “The Second Coming” to showcase how Yeats’s poetry fits into his philosophy of history. The key point is that in universes such as Gibson's The Sprawl, the inhabitants lead meaningless lives in a world controlled by massive corporations therefore they have access to a special kind of freedom - they escaped the arduous process of assigning one's life a certain meaning and are free to do as they please. In a major work of scholarship both erudite and very funny, Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from Biblical times to the age of Twitter. It might just be the very reason why I love his videos while providing a completely new perspective to his thoughts.

There are times where one can find themselves a bit isolated in their wonder for otherwise trivial aspects of life. So it is with this calamity: it does not touch me: some thing which I fancied was a part of me, which could not be torn away without tearing me, nor enlarged without enriching me, falls from me and leaves no scar. Not an Academic by any stretch of the imagination, he's like an artsy, self-taught friend who never runs out of conversation topics. For Emerson, Jesus was someone who had the courage to seek the infinite in himself, and his example should have been an inspiration for the rest of us to do the same.The topics are wide and varied, but delivered in an easy to read format, and include citations in a separate appendix. There are ways Emerson’s exaltation of the self goes too far, but it’s also an essential message, made all the more essential for the beauty of its articulation.

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