One of our most important cultural critics, at the top of her form, comments on a wide range of topics in both general and academic culture. In Loaded Words the inimitable literary and cultural critic Marjorie Garber invites readers to join her in a rigorous and exuberant exploration of language. What links the pieces included in this vibrant new collection is the author's contention that all words are inescapably loaded-that is, highly charged, explosive, substantial, intoxicating, fruitful, and overbrimming-and that such loading is what makes language matter. Garber casts her keen eye on terms from knowledge, belief, madness, interruption, genius, and celebrity to humanities, general education, and academia. Included here are an array of stirring essays, from the title piece, with its demonstration of the importance of language to our thinking about the world; to the superb qMad Lib, q on the concept of madness from Mad magazine to debates between Foucault and Derrida; to pieces on Shakespeare, qthe most culturally loaded name of our time, q and the Renaissance. With its wide range of cultural references and engaging style coupled with fresh intellectual inquiry, Loaded Words will draw in and enchant scholars, students, and general readers alike.... Test, a and a list of twenty-one inventors, creators, and thinkers (aprofiles in brilliancea) for the rapidly approaching twenty-first century. ... a basketball star ( Allen Iverson), a singer (Audra McDonald), a foreign-policy expert (Fareed Zakaria), a chef (Thomas Keller), ... At a bookstall in the Amsterdam airport I came upon a volume titled Think Like a Genius: The Ultimate User a#39;s Manual for Your Brain. Writtenanbsp;...
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