HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Lapham's Quarterly - Lines of Work: Volume…
Loading...

Lapham's Quarterly - Lines of Work: Volume IV, Number 2, Spring 2011

by Lewis H. Lapham (Editor)

Other authors: Grace Kinckle Adams (Contributor), Theodor Adorno (Contributor), Aristotle (Contributor), Ōyama Shirō (Contributor), Bai Juyi (Contributor)86 more, Isabella Mary Beeton (Contributor), St. Benedict (Contributor), Sven Birkerts (Contributor), Charlotte Brontë (Contributor), Robert Burton (Contributor), Louis C.K. (Contributor), John Calvin (Contributor), Leslie T. Chang (Contributor), Geoffrey Chaucer (Contributor), Anton Chekhov (Contributor), Philip Connors (Contributor), Eleanor Coppola (Contributor), Marie Curie (Contributor), Ed Dante (Contributor), Lydia Davis (Contributor), Alain de Botton (Contributor), Daniel Defoe (Contributor), Dionysius of Halicarnassus (Contributor), Theodore Dreiser (Contributor), Umberto Eco (Contributor), Barbara Ehrenreich (Contributor), Ralph Ellison (Contributor), Olaudah Equiano (Contributor), Gustave Flaubert (Contributor), Robert Frost (Contributor), Nikolai Gogol (Contributor), Woody Guthrie (Contributor), Hesiod (Contributor), E.T.A. Hoffmann (Contributor), Donovan Hohn (Contributor), Homer (Contributor), Langston Hughes (Contributor), Agnès Humbert (Contributor), Harriet Jacobs (Contributor), Katherine Johnson (Contributor), Mike Judge (Contributor), Ben Kafka (Contributor), Franz Kafka (Contributor), Philip Larkin (Contributor), Edwin Lefèvre (Contributor), Liu Jian (Contributor), Martin Luther (Contributor), Niccolò Machiavelli (Contributor), Norman Maclean (Contributor), David Mamet (Contributor), Bernard Mandeville (Contributor), Marcus Aurelius (Contributor), Karl Marx (Contributor), Herman Melville (Contributor), Mencius (Contributor), Arthur Miller (Contributor), Steven Millhauser (Contributor), Charles Mingus (Contributor), George Moore (Contributor), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Contributor), Nebmare-Nakht (Contributor), Susan Orlean (Contributor), Pliny the Elder (Contributor), Plutarch (Contributor), François Rabelais (Contributor), Theodore Roethke (Contributor), John Ruskin (Contributor), Bertrtand Russell (Contributor), Sei Shōnagon (Contributor), Mary Shelley (Contributor), Adam Smith (Contributor), Robert Southey (Contributor), Paula Speck (Contributor), Philip Dormer Stanhope (Contributor), John Steinbeck (Contributor), Gloria Steinem (Contributor), Peter Stothard (Contributor), Sushruta (Contributor), Terence (Contributor), Mark Twain (Contributor), Usama ibn Munqidh (Contributor), Thorstein Veblen (Contributor), Roberta Victor (Contributor), Virgil (Contributor), Tom Wolfe (Contributor), Women of the Third Estate (Contributor), Richard Yates (Contributor), Yoshida Kenkō (Contributor), Ivan Zhiga (Contributor), Zhuangzi (Contributor), Émile Zola (Contributor)

Series: Lapham's Quarterly (IV-2)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
252630,695 (4)None

None.

None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

Showing 2 of 2
A mostly interesting collection of excerpts, anecdotes, images, and charts on the themes of work and idleness, from Egypt circa 1160 BCE to 1844 Paris and 21st c. Minnesota. The writers and artists represented include Pliny the Elder, Charles Mingus, Machiavelli, Chekhov, Rabelais, Gloria Steinem, Mark Twain, Roberta Victor, Ôyama Shirô, Olaudah Equiano, Pieter Bruegel, Miguel Rio Banco, & Doris Ulman. The range of voices, vocations, and localities reveals the multiplicity of values and meanings ascribed to human labor and leisure since ancient times, with something for everyone.

I also had personal reasons to be suspicious of tool collecting. Although I come from a family of insufferably handy men—men able to wire a house, rebuild a transmission, frame a wall without calling an expert or consulting a book—I am profoundly unhandy. By the traditional measures of American manhood, I am, essentially, a Frenchwoman. (Donovan Hohn, “Lost Symbols”)

Lagunitas Censored Copper Ale
Tröegs Sunshine Pils
  MusicalGlass | May 14, 2011 |
I enjoyed Lines of Work. The editors pick of excerpts and quotes contrast the universal themes of the need for work and labor, versus the desire for leisure and idleness. The pictures were very good too, Jean-Francois Millet's The Sower is my favorite.

Favorite excerpts include: Norman MacLean's experiences as a lumberjack before the era of chainsaws, he was on the other end of a 2-person saw with a sadistic jack whose "pace was set to kill me off." An excerpt of Homer's seven year tryst with Calypso in The Odyssey, "they lost themselves with love," but Homer leaves to return home to his wife. Nebmare-nakht in 1160 BC Egypt gives advice for young men, "Love writing, shun dancing." Roberta Victor in a piece from Studs Terkel's Working (1974) tells her experiences as a high-price call girl in Manhattan, "You leave and go back.. to what? To an emptiness. You got all this money in your pocket and nobody to care about."

Susan Orlean writes about the King of the African Ashanti tribe who lives in a small Bronx apartment with a throne, "Everyone always has a problem for the King." Edwin Lefevre's Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (1923) is "a font of investing wisdom" according to Alan Greenspan and considered a classic about stock trading. Paula Speck's essay "Six Seconds" is about families who sue for damages when their loved ones experience foreknowledge before dieing, such as in a plane accident or falling off a building; court precedent values each second of "I'm about to die" horror at about $3,000/sec, on average. "Where a medieval man might have been grateful for a chance to pray, we sue." Leslie Chang's excerpt from Factory Girls (2008) is about a Chinese factory that makes most of the worlds running shoes is a fascinating glimpse of mass industry and the social life within its walls. Woodie Guthrie's lyrics "Lulow Massacre" is a moving tribute to a real event in 1914, the deadliest strike in the history of the United States.

--Review by Stephen Balbach, via CoolReading (c) 2011 cc-by-nd ( )
  Stbalbach | Mar 25, 2011 |
Showing 2 of 2
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lapham, Lewis H.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, Grace KinckleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adorno, TheodorContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
AristotleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ōyama ShirōContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bai JuyiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beeton, Isabella MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benedict, St.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Birkerts, SvenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brontë, CharlotteContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burton, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
C.K., LouisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Calvin, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chang, Leslie T.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chaucer, GeoffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chekhov, AntonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Connors, PhilipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coppola, EleanorContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Curie, MarieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dante, EdContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, LydiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Botton, AlainContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Defoe, DanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dionysius of HalicarnassusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dreiser, TheodoreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eco, UmbertoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ehrenreich, BarbaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellison, RalphContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Equiano, OlaudahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Flaubert, GustaveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frost, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gogol, NikolaiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Guthrie, WoodyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
HesiodContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoffmann, E.T.A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hohn, DonovanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
HomerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hughes, LangstonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Humbert, AgnèsContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jacobs, HarrietContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, KatherineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Judge, MikeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kafka, BenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kafka, FranzContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Larkin, PhilipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lefèvre, EdwinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Liu JianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Luther, MartinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Machiavelli, NiccolòContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maclean, NormanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mamet, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mandeville, BernardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marcus AureliusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marx, KarlContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Melville, HermanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
MenciusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, ArthurContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Millhauser, StevenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mingus, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, GeorgeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mozart, Wolfgang AmadeusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nebmare-NakhtContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Orlean, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pliny the ElderContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
PlutarchContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rabelais, FrançoisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roethke, TheodoreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ruskin, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russell, BertrtandContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sei ShōnagonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shelley, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, AdamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Southey, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Speck, PaulaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stanhope, Philip DormerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Steinbeck, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Steinem, GloriaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stothard, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
SushrutaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
TerenceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Twain, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Usama ibn MunqidhContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Veblen, ThorsteinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Victor, RobertaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
VirgilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolfe, TomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Women of the Third EstateContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yates, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yoshida KenkōContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zhiga, IvanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
ZhuangziContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zola, ÉmileContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (4)
0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3
3.5
4 2
4.5
5

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 134,745,778 books! | Top bar: Always visible