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And Other Essays Paperback – Illustrated, 30 July 2020
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A curious observer in the vast world is at the center of these astute and wonderfully varied essays. From climate change to the American obsession with certificates to the vanity of gym patrons to his education as a foodie, there is nothing that Michael Cohen does not wonder about. What's behind the early twenty-first century vogue for big books advocating atheism? he asks. What does it mean that some of us talk to ourselves aloud? And why can't our "big brains" save humanity? He explores it all with a touch of humor and an abundance of fascinating information. In the tradition of the best personal essays, these two dozen selections only seem sometimes to free-associate. Cohen knows his purpose, and in each essay, it isn't long before he leads us to discover that purpose along with him. There's a lifetime of reading and thinking poured into this collection, but it's never displayed showily. Like a friendly guide or a talented teacher (which he is), Cohen inspires our own curiosity and makes us wonder about all the things we've haven't thought to wonder about before.
-- Evelyn Somers, Associate Editor, the Missouri Review
- Publisher : Glass House Books; Illustrated edition (30 July 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 209 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1922332259
- ISBN-13 : 978-1922332257
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.35 x 22.86 cm
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