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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Thomas Pynchon
Tristes Tropiques
Claude Lévi-Strauss, Patrick Wilcken, John Weightman, Doreen Weightman
Richard III
William Shakespeare
The Dwarf
Alexandra Dick, Pär Lagerkvist
The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen, Cecil Day-Lewis
Labyrinths
Richard Wolin
Giotto to Dürer: Early Renaissance Painting in the National Gallery
Jill Dunkerton, Susan Foister, Dillian Gordon, Nicholas Penny
Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics
Hubert L. Dreyfus, Paul Rabinow
Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel
Steven Weisenburger
Thinking the Twentieth Century: Intellectuals and Politics in the Twentieth Century - Tony Judt, Timothy Snyder Imagine yourself - an intelligent, well-educated reader, fully versed in the mad turns of this wicked century... careening from catstrophe to catastrophe... soaked in bad faith... and yet phantasms of promise... and you are spending a series of afternoons in the living room of man who is dying and who is nearly a genius -- and you converse -- or rather, he converses, holds court -- and you try to sound smart once and awhile -- and sometimes he lets you get away with it... and often not... and you will have some idea of what Tim Snyder is up against....

Snyder is fairly young -- early 40s -- and knows a lot. But it is all artificial. External and pretentious. It is history learned by the book. Judt, by contrast, breaths the ideas and men he discusses -- it is a part of his fabric -- stuff he has thought about for decades in a deep and serious way. He is not always right about his material -- but he is always there with his material. And often, he is deeply smart. (A very Judtean, very Upper West Side Jewish intellectual expression, of course...)

This is not a book for everyone. But those who are well versed in the sad train of the 20th century, and who understand Judt's allergies -- his natural recoil from everything dogmatic, authoritarian, intolerant and arrogant..., his deeply humanistic anti-fascism... will find much of interest here.