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Falling upwards: essays in defense of the imagination Hardcover – September 5, 2006

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About the Author

Lee Siegel is a renowned critic and essayist whose writing appears in Harper’s, The New Republic, Time, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, among other publications. He received the 2002 National Magazine Award for Reviews and Criticism. He is the author of Falling Upwards. Siegel is a senior editor at The New Republic. He lives with his wife and child in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; First Edition edition (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465078001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465078004
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,622,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JollyToo on June 14, 2015
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If you are wondering whether to spend your time reading Lee Siegel's work, you may want to begin by reading his opinion piece in the New York Times, June 6, 2015, "Why I Defaulted on My Student Loans." In it he says he borrowed money to get an education, but when it came time to repay his loans, he realized that doing so would interfere with the life he wanted to live as a writer. The thought of getting a paying job to earn money was abhorrent to him, so he rationalized that he was entitled to break promises and contracts because he came from "modest means." He deluded himself into believing that what he had to say as a writer was more important than what his actions said about him as a person. For him, "the road to character is often paved with family money and family connections" and apparently he couldn't afford the luxury of cultivating good character. He encourages others to follow his example by defaulting on their loans like he did. In addition to getting "as many credit cards as you can" before defaulting, he says one should "find a stable living situation" by "liv[ing] with or marry[ing] someone with good credit." He leaves the reader to wonder who his next victim will be - the credit card companies (after all, in his world they deserve it) or the trusting partner who keeps a roof over his head.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jb on June 15, 2015
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This book is for people who read to convince themselves that they're smart. This author seems to have written it for the same reason. However, it didn't work for me because I just feel dumb for buying it. If there are insights here, they're not developed to the point of being convincing; rather, there's less than meets the eye, deceptively clever babble delivered constantly with a sneer, and some degree of self pity here and there for good measure. But there is a least one redeeming thing about this book: it quotes good writers and wets one's appetite for good writing.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Maria on June 22, 2015
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Nothing here retained my attention.
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