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Claire Lehmann

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Claire Lehmann is an Australian journalist and the founding editor of Quillette.
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Big Ideas for Curious Minds
An Introduction to Philosophy
The School of Life - Sep 03, 2019
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Children are, in many ways, born philosophers. This is a book designed to harness their spontaneous philosophical interest and develop it.Without prompting children often ask some of the largest questions about time, mortality, happiness and the meaning of life. Yet all too often their inborn curiosity is not developed and, with age, the questions ...
Claire Lehmann
Jan 26, 2021
This book is a terrific book for young kids. My son (aged 7) has devoured it since Christmas, & has recently been talking about what the "wise response" is to various problems, & tells me to turn the news off because "it doesn't show the whole picture."      source
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Peter Skomoroch
The Guarded Gate
Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America
Daniel Okrent - May 19, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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NAMED ONE OF THE “100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF THE YEAR” BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW From the widely celebrated New York Times bestselling author of Last Call—this “rigorously historical” (The Washington Post) and timely account of how the rise of eugenics helped America keep out “inferiors” in the 1920s is “a sobering, valuable contribution to discu...
Claire Lehmann
Jun 18, 2019
Fascinating review of an important book. 'The Guarded Gate' thoroughly documents the depth & breadth of American eugenics projects. Like Prohibition it was a movement propelled by elites who were animated by class prejudice      source
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Fareed Zakaria
The Shock of the New
The Hundred-Year History of Modern Art--Its Rise, Its Dazzling Achievement, Its Fall
Robert Hughes - Aug 13, 1991 (first published in 1980)
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A beautifully illustrated hundred-year history of modern art, from cubism to pop and avant-garde. More than 250 color photos....
Claire Lehmann
Jul 07, 2018
The Shock of the New, by Robert Hughes: Australia's finest art critic, who left parochial Oz for NYC. Has marvelous insights into modern art & its refection of historical shifts. Less enthusiastic about postmodern art & its self-consciousness & nihilism.      source
History of Art
H. W Janson - Jan 01, 1991 (first published in 1962)
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Janson's History of Art has introduced the vast world of Western art to millions of readers and has inspired generations of artlovers since it was first published in 1962. The fourth edition of this great classic is the most lavish, most thorough, and most accessible ever, with many new features added to its unsurpassed text and peerless quality of...
Claire Lehmann
Jul 07, 2018
A History of Art, by H.W. Janson: A beautiful, majestic book full of the history of western art from the ancient world to the present. Doesn't hold back from criticism where necessary. (NB: He doesn't include women, but is still worth reading.)      source
A Study of History, Vol. 1
Abridgement of Volumes I-VI
Arnold J. Toynbee - Dec 10, 1987 (first published in 1947)
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Arnold Toynbee's A Study of History has been acknowledged as one of the greatest achievements of modern scholarship. A ten-volume analysis of the rise and fall of human civilizations, it is a work of breath-taking breadth and vision. D.C. Somervell's abridgement, in two volumes, of this magnificent enterprise, preserves the method, atmosphere, text...
Claire Lehmann
Jul 07, 2018
A Study of History, by Arnold Toynbee: This is a 12 volume history charting the life cycle of civilizations: genesis, growth, time of troubles, universal state, & disintegration. Great stuff on the creative minority. (Get your hands on an abridged version)      source
Civilisation
a personal view
Kenneth Clark - Jan 01, 1969 (first published in 2007)
This book provides a genealogy of radical Basque nationalism and the means by which this complex, often violent, political movement has reinforced Basque identity. Radical nationalists are mobilized by a shared frame of reference where ethnicity and violence are intertwined in a nostalgic recreation of a golden age and a quasi-religious imperative ...
Claire Lehmann
Jul 07, 2018
Civilisation, A Personal View, by Kenneth Clark (Book/TV show) Clark narrates the long view of civilization through the detail of fine works of art, from the Ancient World to the present. Clark's gentle charm & mastery of subject is incredibly endearing.      source
From Dawn to Decadence
1500 to the Present
Jacques Barzun - May 15, 2001 (first published in 2000)
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Highly regarded here and abroad for some thirty works of cultural history and criticism, master historian Jacques Barzun has now set down in one continuous narrative the sum of his discoveries and conclusions about the whole of Western culture since 1500.In this account, Barzun describes what Western Man wrought from the Renaisance and Reformation ...
Claire Lehmann
Jul 07, 2018
From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, by Jacques Barzun Highly readable account of modern European cultural history. Barzun has a prose style that is highly engaging particularly for the young reader.      source
Sexual Personae
Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
Camille Paglia - Aug 20, 1991 (first published in 1990)
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From ancient Egypt thru the 19th century, Sexual Personae explores the provocative connections between art & pagan ritual; between Emily Dickinson & the Marquis de Sade; between Lord Byron & Elvis Presley. It ultimately challenges the cultural assumptions of both conservatives & traditional liberals. 47 photographs....
Claire Lehmann
Jul 07, 2018
Sexual Personae, by Camille Paglia: Paglia was Bloom's PhD student. Sexual Personae took decades to get published because it didn't conform to trendy theory. She uses the Dionysian vs Apollonian frame to describe the long arc of human creative achievement      source
The Western Canon
The Books and School of the Ages
Harold Bloom - Sep 01, 1995 (first published in 1994)
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Literary critic Harold Bloom's The Western Canon is more than a required reading list—it is a vision. Infused with a love of learning, compelling in its arguments for a unifying written culture, it argues brilliantly against the politicization of literature and presents a guide to the great works of the western literary tradition and essential writ...
Claire Lehmann
Jul 07, 2018
The Western Canon, by Harold Bloom: Bloom puts Shakespeare at the center of the Canon and credits the Bard with inventing what we understand to be modern psychology. Also has a useful index for which translations to read of the original classical texts.      source
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