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Measure Yourself Against the Earth: Essays Paperback – November 17, 2015

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Listed among the top 75 books of 2015 by The Hill Times

Praise for Mark Kingwell and Measure Yourself Against the Earth

"[Measure Yourself Against the Earth] is written in a fun, almost whimsical, tone that befits the topic, and lends well to readability"Library Journal

“Mark Kingwell is a beautiful writer, a lucid thinker and a patient teacher ... His insights are intellectual anchors in a fast-changing world.”—Naomi Klein, author of No Logo

"Illuminates on almost every page."The Los Angeles Times

"An original approach to where we are as a civilization."—The Washington Post

"An engaging collection from an urbane, observant writer of admirably lucid prose."—Kirkus Reviews

"Smoothly splicing together personal narrative, philosophical inquiry and historical analysis, frequent Harper's contributor [Mark] Kingwell ... wears his learning lightly."—Publishers' Weekly

"The writing is elegant, often poetic. It appeals to the thoughtful reader who thrives on insights into the way humans interact."—The Globe & Mail

"An enlivening continuation on Kingwell’s previous work as well as a good place to start for those new to him."—The Globe & Mail




Listed among the top 75 books of 2015 by The Hill Times

Praise for Mark Kingwell and Measure Yourself Against the Earth

"[Measure Yourself Against the Earth] is written in a fun, almost whimsical, tone that befits the topic, and lends well to readability"Library Journal

“Mark Kingwell is a beautiful writer, a lucid thinker and a patient teacher ... His insights are intellectual anchors in a fast-changing world.”―Naomi Klein, author of No Logo

"Illuminates on almost every page."The Los Angeles Times

"An original approach to where we are as a civilization."―The Washington Post

"An engaging collection from an urbane, observant writer of admirably lucid prose."―Kirkus Reviews

"Smoothly splicing together personal narrative, philosophical inquiry and historical analysis, frequent Harper's contributor [Mark] Kingwell ... wears his learning lightly."―Publishers' Weekly

"The writing is elegant, often poetic. It appeals to the thoughtful reader who thrives on insights into the way humans interact."―The Globe & Mail

"An enlivening continuation on Kingwell’s previous work as well as a good place to start for those new to him."―The Globe & Mail


From the Back Cover

Mark Kingwell is as at home discussing Battlestar Galactica as he is civility, can find the Plato in popular culture, and sees in idleness a deeply revolutionary gesture. In Measure Yourself Against the Earth, he brings his heady mixture of critical intelligence and infectious enthusiasm to bear on film, aesthetics, politics, leisure, literature and much more, showing us how each can help us to imagine and achieve the society we want. The concept of "the gift" unites many of these essays: it is in this idea, kingwell arguespersuasively, in which we may be able to refashion the real world of democracy. "An activist, fugitive democracy. A living democracy that is no opaque demand but a real thing—a society. Democracy: the gifet we keep on giving each other."

Smart, engaged, and wide rnaging, Mark Kingwell's Measure Yourself Against the Earth confirms its author as among our leading cultural theorists and philosophers.


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  • Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1771960469
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1771960465
  • Product Dimensions : 5.7 x 1 x 8.7 inches
  • Publisher : Biblioasis (November 17, 2015)
  • Language: : English
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