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Harold McGee, Food & Cooking

August 13th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Boeken Maarten | Comments Off on Harold McGee, Food & Cooking

Harold McGee, Food & Cooking

Harold McGee’s original On Food and Cooking was widely acclaimed as a masterpiece on publication in 1984. Now completely revised and updated, this encyclopedic book renders the everyday miracles of the kitchen wondrous and fascinating, and sheds light on questions that have puzzled generations of cooks.

Daniel Kahneman, Ons feilbare denken

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Daniel Kahneman, Ons feilbare denken

Daniel Kahneman is een van de meest invloedrijke psychologen ter wereld. In 2002 kreeg hij de Nobelprijs voor de Economie voor zijn onderzoek met Amos Tversky naar hoe mensen denken en beslissingen nemen. Zijn gedachtegoed heeft diepgaand effect gehad op vele terreinen, onder andere economie, geneeskunde en politiek. Ons feilbare denken brengt al die jaren onderzoek en wetenschap in één boek samen, en werd wereldwijd een bestseller.

Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens

June 7th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Boeken Maarten | Comments Off on Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens

Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens

Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power… and our future.

Joseph Brodsky, Vingt sonnets à Marie Stuart

December 8th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on Joseph Brodsky, Vingt sonnets à Marie Stuart

Joseph Brodsky, Vingt sonnets à Marie Stuart

Composés en 1974, ces poèmes sont nés d’une promenade au jardin du Luxembourg, à Paris, où le poète en exil croise la statue de Marie Stuart, dans l’allée des reines de France. Plusieurs figures de femmes qui ont compté pour lui se superposent à la silhouette de la reine d’Écosse, reine de France par son bref mariage avec François II. Dans une langue qui joue sur les deux registres du trivial et du sublime, de la citation et de son détournement, l’évocation amoureuse est l’occasion pour le poète d’une rêverie mélancolique sur l’exil et la séparation, la mémoire et l’histoire, la littérature européenne, les bifurcations de son propre destin. Le choix du sonnet, forme exemplaire de la culture européenne, est aussi un hommage à ceux écrits par Marie Stuart.

Philippe de Montebello, Martin Gayford, Rendez-vous with Art

November 27th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on Philippe de Montebello, Martin Gayford, Rendez-vous with Art

Philippe de Montebello, Martin Gayford, Rendez-vous with Art

This book is about how we experience art, how we look at it, how we think about it. It is structured in the form of a series of conversations in some of the best-known museums in the world, but also outside the museums, where we often look upon art in a completely different way. The two protagonists are Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for 31 years to 2008, and the art critic Martin Gayford. In the process, both men convey, with subtlety and brilliance, the delights and significance of their subject matter.

Raymond Carver, Collected Stories

November 26th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on Raymond Carver, Collected Stories

Raymond Carver, Collected Stories

Jay McInerney summed up Raymond Carver’s legacy with these words: “One aspect of what Carver seemed to say to us – even to someone who had never been inside a lumber mill or a trailer park – was that literature could be fashioned out of strict observation of real life, wherever and however it was lived, even if it was lived with a bottle of Heinz ketchup on the table and the television set droning. This was news at a time when academic metafiction was the regnant mode. His example reinvigorated realism as well as the short-story form.”

Gregory Clark, The Son Also Rises

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Gregory Clark, The Son Also Rises

How much of our fate is tied to the status of our parents and grandparents? How much does this influence our children? More than we wish to believe. While it has been argued that rigid class structures have eroded in favour of greater social equality, The Son Also Rises proves that movement on the social ladder has changed little over eight centuries. Using a novel technique — tracking family names over generations to measure social mobility across countries and periods — renowned economic historian Gregory Clark reveals that mobility rates are lower than conventionally estimated, do not vary across societies, and are resistant to social policies. The good news is that these patterns are driven by strong inheritance of abilities and lineage does not beget unwarranted advantage. The bad news is that much of our fate is predictable from lineage. Clark argues that since a greater part of our place in the world is predetermined, we must avoid creating winner-take-all societies.

Clark examines and compares surnames in such diverse cases as modern Sweden, fourteenth-century England, and Qing Dynasty China. He demonstrates how fate is determined by ancestry and that almost all societies — as different as the modern United States, Communist China, and modern Japan — have similarly low social mobility rates. These figures are impervious to institutions, and it takes hundreds of years for descendants to shake off the advantages and disadvantages of their ancestors. For these reasons, Clark contends that societies should act to limit the disparities in rewards between those of high and low social rank.

Hannah Arendt, Essays in Understanding

November 26th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on Hannah Arendt, Essays in Understanding

Hannah Arendt, Essays in Understanding

Few thinkers have addressed the political horrors and ethical complexities of the twentieth century with the insight and passionate intellectual integrity of Hannah Arendt. She was irresistible drawn to the activity of understanding, in an effort to endow historic, political, and cultural events with meaning. Essays in Understanding assembles many of Arendt’s writings from the 1930s, 1940s, and into the 1950s. Included here are illuminating discussions of St. Augustine, existentialism, Kafka, and Kierkegaard: relatively early examinations of Nazism, responsibility and guilt, and the place of religion in the modern world: and her later investigations into the nature of totalitarianism that Arendt set down after The Origins of Totalitarianism was published in 1951. The body of work gathered in this volume gives us a remarkable portrait of Arendt’s developments as a thinker—and confirms why her ideas and judgments remain as provocative and seminal today as they were when she first set them down.

Marie Luise Knott, Unlearning with Hannah Arendt

November 24th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on Marie Luise Knott, Unlearning with Hannah Arendt

Marie Luise Knott, Unlearning with Hannah Arendt

After observing the trial of Adolf Eichmann, Hannah Arendt articulated her controversial concept of the ‘banality of evil’, thereby posing one of the most chilling and divisive moral questions of the twentieth century: How can genocidal acts be carried out by non-psychopathic people? By revealing the full complexity of the trial with reasoning that defied prevailing attitudes, Arendt became the object of severe and often slanderous criticism, losing some of her closest friends as well as being labelled a ‘self-hating Jew’. And while her theories have continued to draw innumerable opponents, Arendt’s work remains an invaluable resource for those seeking greater insight into the more problematic aspects of human nature. Anchoring its discussion in the themes of laughter, translation, forgiveness, and dramatization, Unlearning with Hannah Arendt explores the ways in which the iconic political theorist ‘unlearned’ recognized trends and patterns – both philosophical and cultural – to establish a theoretical praxis all her own. Through an analysis of the social context and intellectual influences – Karl Jaspers, Walter Benjamin, and Martin Heidegger – that helped shape Arendt’s process, Knott has formed a historically engaged and incisive contribution to Arendt’s legacy.



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