Wherever the Sound Takes You: Heroics and Heartbreak in Music Making
David Rowell is a professional journalist and an impassioned amateur musician. He’s spent decades behind a drum kit, pondering the musical relationship between equipment and emotion. In Wherever the Sound Takes You
, he explores the essence of music’s meaning with a vast spectrum of players, trying to understand...
Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America
How Cold War America came to attribute human evolutionary success to our species' unique capacity for murder
After World War II, the question of how to define a universal human nature took on new urgency. Creatures of Cain charts the rise and precipitous fall in Cold War America of a theory that...
Nervous States: Democracy and the Decline of Reason
In this age of intense political conflict, we sense objective fact is growing less important. Experts are attacked as partisan, statistics and scientific findings are decried as propaganda, and public debate devolves into personal assaults. How did we get here, and what can we do about it?
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