In Praise of the Stepmother is an erotic novel by Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010. Published in 1988, it is about a sexually open couple whose fantasies lead them to the edge of morality.
Bertrand Russell, on the other hand, is someone I would enjoy having a beer with. This collection of breezy and witty essays are a pleasure to read. As a person who wholeheartedly can get on board with his skepticism of the work ethic and his embrace of useless knowledge I think kicking back and People said Bush was elected because he was the kind of guy you'd like to have a beer with.
In Praise of Idleness By Bertrand Russell (1932) Like most of my generation, I was brought up on the saying: 'Satan finds some mischief for idle hands to do.' Being a highly virtuous child, I believed all that I was told, and acquired a conscience which has kept me working hard down to the present moment. But although my conscience has.
In this delightful essay Junichiro Tanizaki looks at Japanese aesthetics, and selects praise for all things delicate and nuanced, everything softened by shadows, and the patina of age, anything understated and simply natural, for instance the patterns of grain in old wood, the sound of rain falling from leaves, or washing over the footing of a stone lantern in a garden, and refreshing the moss.
A Reader on Reading by Alberto Manguel. This is a collection of short essays by Alberto Manguel. Alberto Manguel wrote The Dictionary of Imaginary Places and was an editor for many years.He muses on his own identity as a reader by talking about many personal issues on reading.
Early life and family. Mario Vargas Llosa was born to a middle-class family on March 28, 1936, in the southern Peruvian provincial city of Arequipa. He was the only child of Ernesto Vargas Maldonado and Dora Llosa Ureta (the former a radio operator in an aviation company, the latter the daughter of an old criollo family), who separated a few months before his birth.
The Rush for Second Place is a merely slim collection of some of Gaddis's non-fiction work, ranging from a book review, a small selection from his work on the secret history of the player piano, a bit autobiographical from his time on the Panama Canal, an updated satire featuring JR before congress, a few essays on such as religion and politics, a few speeches and tributes, and even a sample.
The ministries in pink and white went by, then a series of stores on Central street with brilliant shop windows. Now he entered the most pleasurable part of the commute, the true journey: a long street lined with trees with little traffic and huge villas which let their gardens come up to the pavements, hardly marked by low hedges.