“Each morning i might strike out for this temple of studying within the crisp autumn air . . . with a feeling of function and the conviction that this was once the place I belonged.”
—Marilyn Stasio from My examine Project
Inspired partially through Richard Altick’s The student Adventurers, the 13 writers in Curiosity’s Cats provide robust arguments for the price of hands-on learn, be it chasing records, cracking mysteries, interviewing long-lost matters, or vacationing unique and not-so-exotic locales.
Alberto Martinez explains how diligence with dates supplies clues to release the main tough historic puzzles. Jan Reid explores the adaptation among examine for an epic novel and examine to jot down the epic biography of a chum. Margot Livesey suspects that she maintains to put in writing novels just to do the learn. yet each essay testifies to the truth that examine is effective not just end result of the product which may end result from it, yet as the method itself fulfills a simple human need.
Contributors contain: Philip J. Anderson, Annette Kolodny, Theodore Kornweibel, Margot Livesey, Alberto Martinez, Bruce Joshua Miller, Katherine corridor web page, Jan Reid, Ali Selim, Marilyn Stasio, Ned Stuckey-French, Bruce White, and Steven B. Yates.
“Research has consistently appeared rather like homework to me. regardless of the subject, i think like a naughty schoolboy who’s cramming for an examination. What a reduction to gain i'm really not by myself. via a number of tools and situations, the writers during this interesting assortment display that examine, like exploration, is demanding, maddening, problematic, and onerous. yet like all nice explorer (or naughty schoolboy), we all know we won't succeed in our objective with out it, and the adventure is usually extra profitable than the destination.”
—Alan Cumming, actor and author
“In our age of the Twitter and the web, it’s one of these pleasure to determine the paintings of the essay so alive and robust. learn this booklet and rediscover that actual wisdom and connections nonetheless live on the resource: out within the box and contained in the human condition.”
—Dan Buettner, nationwide Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling writer of The Blue Zones
“No publication has greater portrayed the intimate, occasionally exasperating dating among author and examine. It’s all right here, and it’s by no means dull—the thrill of the chase, the unforeseen discoveries, the crushing setbacks, the exhilarating ‘Aha!’ moments. There’s even a stray bookworm—yes, a true one—that actually wriggles off the page.”
—Patricia T. O’Conner, writer of Woe Is I and, with Stewart Kellerman, Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language.
“If you've ever sensed a fabulous tale or a startling emotion hidden inside a historical rfile, photograph, artifact, or position, you can find many kindred spirits during this inspiring booklet. It made me are looking to drop every little thing to set out on a grand highbrow experience within the nearest archive.”
—Jack El-Hai, writer of The Nazi and the Psychiatrist and Non-Stop: A Turbulent background of Northwest Airlines