Books for The Deep Thinker

Inspiration
Inspiration

Three writers pay homage to their unlikely influences in these remarkable and moving essays.

What Time Is It?
What Time Is It?

John Berger Selçuk Demirel

Visionary thinker John Berger and Turkish artist Selçuk Demirel came together came together for the last time to create this precious little volume about time.

Denial: The Unspeakable Truth
Denial: The Unspeakable Truth

Keith Kahn-Harris

The Holocaust never happened. The planet isn’t warming. Vaccines cause autism. There is no such thing as AIDS. The Earth is flat. Kahn-Harris sets out not just to unpick denialists’ arguments, but to investigate what lies behind them. The conclusions he reaches are disturbing and uncomfortable.

How Shostakovich Changed My Mind
How Shostakovich Changed My Mind

Stephen Johnson

Winner of the 2021 Rubery Book Award. BBC music broadcaster Stephen Johnson (who has Bipolar Disorder himself) explores the power of Shostakovich’s music during Stalin’s reign of terror, and writes of the extraordinary healing effect of music on the mind for sufferers of mental illness.

Epiphany
Epiphany

Each of the books in this collection reveals a moment of sudden, life-changing, epiphany.

Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment – Signed Copy
Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment – Signed Copy

A. J. Lees

In this extraordinary memoir, neuroscientist Andrew Lees explains how William Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch and troubled drug addict, played an unlikely part in his medical career.

Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment
Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment

A. J. Lees

In this extraordinary memoir, neuroscientist Andrew Lees explains how William Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch and troubled drug addict, played an unlikely part in his medical career.

Portrait Inside My Head
Portrait Inside My Head

Phillip Lopate

In this revealing collection of personal essays, renowned essayist, Phillip Lopate, shares his unique view on the big subjects of parenthood, marriage, sex, friendship, and ‘the nail parings of daily life’. At turns funny, tender, and searingly honest, he searches with a cool eye for that elusive truth about himself and the world.

Essays on the Self
Essays on the Self

Virginia Woolf

The essays in this collection are, of course, not merely concerned with the self. Woolf does also discuss the rights of women, the revolutions of modernity, the past, present and future of the novel. She is eloquent on social inequality and the agony of war.

Attention! A (Short) History
Attention! A (Short) History

Joshua Cohen

A dazzling meditation on the philosophical, scientific, and historical roots of attention, an attempt to pin down this elusive state of being.

Things I Don’t Want To Know
Things I Don’t Want To Know

Deborah Levy

Things I Don’t Want to Know is a unique response to George Orwell from one of our most vital contemporary writers. Taking Orwell’s famous list of motives for writing as the jumping-off point for a sequence of thrilling reflections on the writing life, this is a perfect companion not just to Orwell’s essay, but also to Levy’s own, essential oeuvre.

Junkspace with Running Room
Junkspace with Running Room

Rem Koolhaas Hal Foster

In Junkspace, architect Rem Koolhaas itemised in delirious detail how our cities are being overwhelmed. His celebrated jeremiad is here updated and twinned with Running Room, a fresh response from architectural critic Hal Foster.

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