Genius & Anxiety

Author: Norman Lebrecht

Publisher: Scribner

ISBN: 1982134267

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

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This lively chronicle of the years 1847­–1947—the century when the Jewish people changed how we see the world—is “[a] thrilling and tragic history…especially good on the ironies and chain-reaction intimacies that make a people and a past” (The Wall Street Journal). In a hundred-year period, a handful of men and women changed the world. Many of them are well known—Marx, Freud, Proust, Einstein, Kafka. Others have vanished from collective memory despite their enduring importance in our daily lives. Without Karl Landsteiner, for instance, there would be no blood transfusions or major surgery. Without Paul Ehrlich, no chemotherapy. Without Siegfried Marcus, no motor car. Without Rosalind Franklin, genetic science would look very different. Without Fritz Haber, there would not be enough food to sustain life on earth. What do these visionaries have in common? They all had Jewish origins. They all had a gift for thinking in wholly original, even earth-shattering ways. In 1847, the Jewish people made up less than 0.25% of the world’s population, and yet they saw what others could not. How? Why? Norman Lebrecht has devoted half of his life to pondering and researching the mindset of the Jewish intellectuals, writers, scientists, and thinkers who turned the tides of history and shaped the world today as we know it. In Genius & Anxiety, Lebrecht begins with the Communist Manifesto in 1847 and ends in 1947, when Israel was founded. This robust, magnificent, beautifully designed volume is “an urgent and moving history” (The Spectator, UK) and a celebration of Jewish genius and contribution.

Summary of Norman Lebrecht's Genius & Anxiety

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN: 166939896X

Category: History

Page: 51

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 In 1846, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, a composer, came to visit his sister, Fanny, in Berlin. He had a present for her: a proof copy of his new piano trio in C minor, a work of joyous vivacity. #2 Felix’s relationship with his sister was very close, but he never allowed her to publish any of her songs. He was afraid that her piano works might hurt his reputation. #3 In 1847, Felix died of a stroke, just like his mother. He had been exhausted from conducting and painting, and his hands had gone numb. He had been conducting six morbid Lieder, opus 71, when his hands lost sensation. #4 The death of Felix Mendelssohn, at 38, reminds people of Mozart’s at a similar age. His reputation falls like a cemetery angel in a winter storm. Wagner, in his mid-thirties, seizes the opportunity to discredit him and prove his own credentials.

Contemporary Feminist Life-Writing

Author: Jennifer Cooke

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108808190

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

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Contemporary Feminist Life-Writing is the first volume to identify and analyse the 'new audacity' of recent feminist writings from life. Characterised by boldness in both style and content, willingness to explore difficult and disturbing experiences, the refusal of victimhood, and a lack of respect for traditional genre boundaries, new audacity writing takes risks with its author's and others' reputations, and even, on occasion, with the law. This book offers an examination and critical assessment of new audacity in works by Katherine Angel, Alison Bechdel, Marie Calloway, Virginie Despentes, Tracey Emin, Sheila Heti, Juliet Jacques, Chris Krauss, Jana Leo, Maggie Nelson, Vanessa Place, Paul Preciado, and Kate Zambreno. It analyses how they write about women's self-authorship, trans experiences, struggles with mental illness, sexual violence and rape, and the desire for sexual submission. It engages with recent feminist and gender scholarship, providing discussions of vulnerability, victimhood, authenticity, trauma, and affect.

The Aristocracy of Talent

Author: Adrian Wooldridge

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241391504

Category: Social Science

Page: 354

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THE TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR *Shortlisted for the 2021 Financial Times and McKinsey & Company Business Book of the Year Award* 'This unique and fascinating history explains why the blame now being piled upon meritocracy for many social ills is misplaced-and that assigning responsibilities to the people best able to discharge them really is better than the time-honoured customs of corruption, patronage, nepotism and hereditary castes' Steven Pinker Meritocracy: the idea that people should be advanced according to their talents rather than their status at birth. For much of history this was a revolutionary thought, but by the end of the twentieth century it had become the world's ruling ideology. How did this happen, and why is meritocracy now under attack from both right and left? Adrian Wooldridge traces the history of meritocracy forged by the politicians and officials who introduced the revolutionary principle of open competition, the psychologists who devised methods for measuring natural mental abilities and the educationalists who built ladders of educational opportunity. He looks outside western cultures and shows what transformative effects it has had everywhere it has been adopted, especially once women were brought into the meritocractic system. Wooldridge also shows how meritocracy has now become corrupted and argues that the recent stalling of social mobility is the result of failure to complete the meritocratic revolution. Rather than abandoning meritocracy, he says, we should call for its renewal.

Commitment & Controversy Living in Two Worlds

Author: Jeremy Rosen

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1664193448

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 228

View: 2198

Can one reconcile a scientific, intellectual, cultural world view with a commitment to a religious way of life? Jeremy Rosen believes you can and should combine them. His goal is to educate, to present different perspectives and arguments, in the hope that his readers will be encouraged to think for themselves and choose a way of life that suits their personalities, their histories and their priorities. No two people are identical, either mentally or physically, so that choice is essential to fulfil one’s aspirations and maintain one’s integrity. This is my fourth collection of blogs and essays covering 2019 through 2021. It deals with Jewish religious and political issues, Bible, festivals, culture and ideas, and anti-Judaism. These pieces are designed to instruct and entertain without being too heavy or technical. And I am always delighted to get feedback.

Tribal Theory

Author: Barbara Allyn

Publisher: Barbara Allyn Hutchinson

ISBN: 9780995251465


Page: 204

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A Global Healing Framework recognizing the Genius of Anxiety, Depression & Trauma

Aesthetics of Anxiety

Author: Ruth Ronen

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791476677

Category: Philosophy

Page: 199

View: 8908

Places anxiety at the heart of the aesthetic experience.

Modernist Literary Collaborations Between Women and Men

Author: Russell McDonald

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316512657

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

View: 3401

This book examines literary collaborations between women and men, revealing how deeply imbued and valuable gender conflict was in modernism.

Embracing Anxiety

Author: Karla McLaren

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 9781683644415

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

View: 1763

An in-depth guide for engaging with anxiety—not as an affliction, but as an essential source of foresight, intuition, and energy for completing your tasks and projects. If you're facing anxiety, you've probably got one thing on your mind—how to make it go away. But what if this challenging emotion were actually trying to help? "When we ignore or repress our anxiety,” teaches Karla McLaren, "it can overwhelm us. But when we learn to welcome it with skill, we can access its remarkable gifts." Engaged with wisely, anxiety is your task completion ally—it helps you to focus, plan, take action, and fulfill your goals. With Embracing Anxiety, you'll join this acclaimed educator and researcher to explore: • Principles and practices to befriend your anxiety at every level of intensity (before it overwhelms you) • Strategies to engage with anxiety as a resource for foresight, conscientiousness, and motivation • Why fear, panic, worry, and anxiety are not the same, and tools to work with each effectively • How anxiety blends with anger, sadness, and other emotions, and how to clarify these compounded states • Using McLaren’s Conscious Questioning practice to engage with anxiety and garner its insights • How to embrace procrastination and still get things done "When you identify, listen to, and act on anxiety skillfully, you support its purpose," teaches McLaren, "and allow it to recede naturally until it is needed again." With Embracing Anxiety, you'll learn how to get this powerful emotion on your side.


Author: Henry Mayhew,Mark Lemon,Tom Taylor,Sir Francis Cowley Burnand,Owen Seaman,Shirley Brooks

Publisher: N.A


Category: English wit and humor

Page: 540

View: 5801