Essays from the Nick of Time: Reflections and Refutations

Essays from the Nick of Time: Reflections and Refutations

Mark Slouka


A new number of prophetic essays from one of many sharpest practitioners of the form

Mark Slouka writes from a selected vantage element, one invoked by means of Thoreau, who needed "to increase the nick of time . . . to face at the assembly of 2 eternities, the earlier and future." At this bewildering convergence, Slouka asks us to contemplate what it potential to be human and what we needs to revive, or reject, so that it will hold our humanity within the glossy international.

Collected over fifteen years, those essays contain interesting explorations of the connection among reminiscence and historical past and the character of "tragedy" in a media-driven tradition; meditations at the transcendent "wisdom" of the flora and fauna and the function of silence in an age of noise; and arguments in safety of the political worth of relaxation time and the significance of the arts in an age outlined by way of the language of technology and undefined. Written in Slouka's supple and unerring prose, celebratory, severe, and passionate, Essays from the Nick of Time reawakens us to the instant and position during which we discover ourselves, stuck among the fading presence of the previous and the neon entice of the future.

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