BIG IDEAS//small books

Big Ideas/Small Books is a series of powerful, compact volumes designed to shatter conventional thinking on our most fundamental concerns.  

Morality.  Identity.  Conflict.  Violence.  The Body.  Time.  

What is the Big Idea? 

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BIG IDEAS//small books

Garret Keizer

Picador

American essayist and Harper’s contributing editor Garret Keizer offers a brilliant, literate look at our strip-searched, over-shared, viral-videoed existence. Body...

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Humiliation
Humiliation

BIG IDEAS//small books

Wayne Koestenbaum

Picador

Wayne Koestenbaum considers the meaning of humiliation in this eloquent work of cultural critique and personal reflection.The lives of people both famous and obscure are filled...

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Time
Time

BIG IDEAS//small books

Eva Hoffman

Picador

Novelist, cultural commentator, memoirist, and historian Eva Hoffman examines our ever-changing perception of time in this inspired addition to the BIG IDEAS/small books series Time...

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The Sixties
The Sixties

BIG IDEAS//small books

Jenny Diski

Picador

A brilliant, alternative take on sixties swinging London, Jenny Diski offers radical reconsiderations of the social, political, and personal meaning of that turbulent era.  What...

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Bodies
Bodies

BIG IDEAS//small books

Susie Orbach

Picador

Esteemed Psychotherapist and writer Susie Orbach diagnoses the crisis in our relationship to our bodies and points the way toward a process of healing.Throughout...

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Violence
Violence

BIG IDEAS//small books

Slavoj Zizek

Picador

Philosopher, cultural critic, and agent provocateur Slavoj Žižek constructs a fascinating new framework to look at the forces of violence in our world.Using history,...

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Moral Relativism
Moral Relativism

BIG IDEAS//small books

Steven Lukes

Picador

Moral relativism attracts and repels. What is defensible in it and what is to be rejected? Do we as human beings have no shared standards by which we can understand one another? Can we...

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  • Susie Orbach on GRITtv

    Susie Orbach's new book, Bodies, explores the role of the dieting and cosmetics industries in our visual culture and the world of marketing. The question is, can we fight back?

  • Embarrassing Email Mistakenly Sent

    From the Dear Wayne, I've Been Humiliated: Web Series, by Wayne Koestenbaum.

  • Hot Date, Cold Sore

    From the Dear Wayne, I've Been Humiliated: Web Series, by Wayne Koestenbaum.

  • Shy Coworker, Dirty Movies

    From the Dear Wayne, I've Been Humiliated: Web Series, by Wayne Koestenbaum.

  • Farted in Yoga

    From the Dear Wayne, I've Been Humiliated: Web Series, by Wayne Koestenbaum.

  • Fat or Pregnant?

    From the Dear Wayne, I've Been Humiliated: Web Series, by Wayne Koestenbaum.

  • Private Moment, YouTube Star

    From the Dear Wayne, I've Been Humiliated: Web Series, by Wayne Koestenbaum.

  • Book Party Faux Pas

    From the Dear Wayne, I've Been Humiliated: Web Series, by Wayne Koestenbaum.

  • Dear Wayne, I've Been Humiliated: Web Series

    With an unusual, disarming blend of autobiography and cultural commentary, noted poet and critic Wayne Koestenbaum takes us through a spectrum of mortifying circumstances—in history, literature, art, current events, music, film, and his own life. His generous disclosures and brilliant observations go beyond prurience to create a poetics of abasement.

  • Love is Evil

    Slavoj Zizek on Love and everything in between in 2 minutes.

  • Slavoj Zizek explains why the Sound of Music is racist

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  • Clip from The Pervert's Guide To Cinema

    THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA takes the viewer on an exhilarating ride through some of the greatest movies ever made. Serving as presenter and guide is the charismatic Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst. With his engaging and passionate approach to thinking, Zizek delves into the hidden language of cinema, uncovering what movies can tell us about ourselves.

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