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On Immunity: An Inoculation (Gates Notes - Cărți recomandate de Bill Gates)

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In this bold, fascinating book, Eula Biss addresses a chronic condition of fear - fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what may be in your children's air, food, mattresses, medicines, and vaccines. Reflecting on her own experience as a new mother, Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. She extends a conversation with other mothers to meditations on Voltaire's Candide, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Susan Sontag's AIDS and Its Metaphors, and beyond.

On Immunity is an inoculation against our fear and a moving account of how we are all interconnected - our bodies and our fates.

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ISBN-13: 9780992974749
ISBN-10: 0992974747
Pagini: 208
Dimensiuni: 126 x 198 x 22 mm
Greutate: 0.27 kg
Editura: Fitzcarraldo Editions
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Praise for "Notes from No Man's Land"

"The most accomplished book of essays anyone has written or published so far in the twenty-first century . . . It is strident and brave in its unwillingness to offer comfort . . . It is unimpeachably great." --Kyle Minor, "Salon
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"I fought with this book. I shouted, 'Amen!' I cursed at it for being so wildly wrong and right. It's so smart, combative, surprising, and sometimes shocking that it kept me twisting and turning in my seat like I was on some kind of sociopolitical roller coaster ride. Eula Biss writes with equal parts beauty and terror. I love it." --Sherman Alexie

"A beautiful exercise in consciousness; in bringing both intelligence and experience to bear on a subject that has implications for the way one behaves in the world." --"Los Angeles Times"
Praise for "On Immunity: """ "Biss ably tracks the progress of immunization. . . . Biss also administers a thoughtful, withering critique to more recent fears of vaccines--the toxins they carry, from mercury to formaldehyde, and accusations of their role in causing autism. The author keeps the debate lively and surprising, touching on Rachel Carson here and 'Dr. Bob' there. She also includes her father's wise counsel, which accommodates the many sides of the topic but arrives at a clear point of view: Vaccinate. Brightly informative, giving readers a sturdy platform from which to conduct their own research and take personal responsibility." --"Kirkus Reviews," starred review "[A] far-reaching and unusual investigation into immunity. . . . Artfully mixing motherhood, myth, maladies, and metaphors into her presentation, Biss transcends medical science and trepidation." --"Booklist," starred review "Eula Biss sanely takes on the anti-vaccine mob." --"Vanity Fair""" "Deftly interweaving personal history, cultural analysis, science journalism, and literary criticism, "On Immunity" investigates vaccinations from many angles--as the mechanism that protects us from disease, a metaphor for our wish for invulnerability, and a class-based privilege. . . . [Biss] has been compared to Joan Didion, and the reasons are obvious here. Like Didion she has a gift for coming at her subjects from all sides, in unsentimental, lyrical prose." --"Bookforum" "A thoughtful and probing analysis of the cultural myths surrounding vaccination. Biss mines within herself and within her community to understand how and why such myths gain traction in society." --Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of "What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine" Praise for "Notes from No Man's Land"
"The most accomplished book of essays anyone has written or published so far in the twenty-first century . . . It is strident and brave in its unwillingness to offer comfort . . . It is unimpeachably great." --Kyle Minor, "Salon
"
"I fought with this book. I shouted, 'Amen!' I cursed at it for being so wildly wrong and right. It's so smart, combative, surprising, and sometimes shocking that it kept me twisting and turning in my seat like I was on some kind of sociopolitical roller coaster ride. Eula Biss writes with equal parts beauty and terror. I love it." --Sherman Alexie
"A beautiful exercise in consciousness; in bringing both intelligence and experience to bear on a subject that has implications for the way one behaves in the world." --"Los Angeles Times"
Praise for "On Immunity: """ "Subtle, spellbinding. . . . Sontag said she wrote" Illness as Metaphor" to 'calm the imagination, not to incite it, ' and" On Immunity" also seeks to cool and console. But where Sontag was imperious, Biss is stealthy. She advances from all sides, like a chess player, drawing on science, myth, literature to herd us to the only logical end, to vaccinate." --"The New York Times Book Review""" ""On Immunity" casts a spell. . . . There's drama in watching this smart writer feel her way through this material. She's a poet, an essayist and a class spy. She digs honestly into her own psyche and into those of 'people like me, ' and she reveals herself as believer and apostate, moth and flame." --Dwight Garner, "The New York Times""" "Fascinating. . . . Biss can turn practically anything into a metaphor for immunity: Bram Stoker's Dracula, the Occupy Wall Street movement, immigration policy, Greek mythology. . . . By exploring the anxieties about what's lurking inside our flu shots, the air, and ourselves, she drives home the message that we are all responsible for one another. "On Immunity" will make you consider that idea on a fairly profound level." --"Entertainment Weekly, "Grade: A "Biss's gracious rhetoric and her insistence that she feels 'uncomfortable with both sides' of the rancorous fight may frustrate readers looking for a pro-vaccine polemic. Yet her approach might actually be more likely to sway fearful parents, offering them an alternative set of images and associations to use in thinking about immunization. . . . Compelling. . . . This is writing designed to conquer anxiety." --"The New Yorker""" "Deftly interweaving personal history, cultural analysis, science journalism, and literary criticism, "On Immunity" investigates vaccinations from many angles--as the mechanism that protects us from disease, a metaphor for our wish for invulnerability, and a class-based privilege. . . . [Biss] has been compared to Joan Didion, and the reasons are obvious here. Like Didion she has a gift for coming at her subjects from all sides, in unsentimental, lyrical prose." --Meghan O'Rourke, "Bookforum""" "Eula Biss sanely takes on the anti-vaccine mob." --"Vanity Fair""" "[An] elegant, intelligent and very beautiful book, which occupies a space between research and reflection, investigating our attitudes toward immunity and inoculation through a personal and cultural lens." --"Los Angeles Times """ "Biss ably tracks the progress of immunization. . . . Biss also administers a thoughtful, withering critique to more recent fears of vaccines--the toxins they carry, from mercury to formaldehyde, and accusations of their role in causing autism. The author keeps the debate lively and surprising, touching on Rachel Carson here and 'Dr. Bob' there. She also includes her father's wise counsel, which accommodates the many sides of the topic but arrives at a clear point of view: Vaccinate. Brightly informative, giving readers a sturdy platform from which to conduct their own research and take personal responsibility." --"Kirkus Reviews," starred review "[A] far-reaching and unusual investigation into immunity. . . . Artfully mixing motherhood, myth, maladies, and metaphors into her presentation, Biss transcends medical science and trepidation." --"Booklist," starred review "A thoughtful and probing analysis of the cultural myths surrounding vaccination. Biss mines within herself and within her community to understand how and why such myths gain traction in society." --Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of "What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine"
Praise for "On Immunity: """ "New York Times Book Review" Top Ten Book of the Year Finalist for the National Book Critic Award in Criticism "New York Times "Bestseller "" "Subtle, spellbinding. . . . Sontag said she wrote" Illness as Metaphor" to 'calm the imagination, not to incite it, ' and" On Immunity" also seeks to cool and console. But where Sontag was imperious, Biss is stealthy. She advances from all sides, like a chess player, drawing on science, myth, literature to herd us to the only logical end, to vaccinate." --Parul Sehgal, "The New York Times Book Review""" ""On Immunity" casts a spell. . . . There's drama in watching this smart writer feel her way through this material. She's a poet, an essayist and a class spy. She digs honestly into her own psyche and into those of 'people like me, ' and she reveals herself as believer and apostate, moth and flame." --Dwight Garner, "The New York Times" "Deftly interweaving personal history, cultural analysis, science journalism, and literary criticism, "On Immunity" investigates vaccinations from many angles--as the mechanism that protects us from disease, a metaphor for our wish for invulnerability, and a class-based privilege. . . . [Biss] has been compared to Joan Didion, and the reasons are obvious here. Like Didion she has a gift for coming at her subjects from all sides, in unsentimental, lyrical prose." --Meghan O'Rourke," Bookforum""" "A welcome antidote--or 'inoculation, ' as the subtitle suggests--against the toxic shouting match occurring between 'anti-vaxxers' and their opponents. . . . Biss leaps nimbly through a vertiginous range of subjects. . . . Brilliant and entertaining."--"The Boston Globe""" "Fascinating. . . . Biss can turn practically anything into a metaphor for immunity: Bram Stoker's Dracula, the Occupy Wall Street movement, immigration policy, Greek mythology. . . . By exploring the anxieties about what's lurking inside our flu shots, the air, and ourselves, she drives home the message that we are all responsible for one another. "On Immunity" will make you consider that idea on a fairly profound level." --"Entertainment Weekly, "Grade: A "Elegant and bracing. . . . Biss approaches the [essay] form with the sensibility of a poet. . . . "On Immunity" is remarkable for its scope. Biss's reading of the political dimensions of vaccination, on the ways in which one's own health and sickness are contingent on that of others, is particularly thoughtful and penetrating."--"Slate" "[An] elegant, intelligent and very beautiful book, which occupies a space between research and reflection, investigating our attitudes toward immunity and inoculation through a personal and cultural lens." --"Los Angeles Times """ "Biss's gracious rhetoric and her insistence that she feels 'uncomfortable with both sides' of the rancorous fight may frustrate readers looking for a pro-vaccine polemic. Yet her approach might actually be more likely to sway fearful parents, offering them an alternative set of images and associations to use in thinking about immunization. . . . Compelling. . . . This is writing designed to conquer anxiety." --"The New Yorker""" "Biss ably tracks the progress of immunization. . . . Biss also administers a thoughtful, withering critique to more recent fears of vaccines--the toxins they carry, from mercury to formaldehyde, and accusations of their role in causing autism. The author keeps the debate lively and surprising, touching on Rachel Carson here and 'Dr. Bob' there. She also includes her father's wise counsel, which accommodates the many sides of the topic but arrives at a clear point of view: Vaccinate. Brightly informative, giving readers a sturdy platform from which to conduct their own research and take personal responsibility." --"Kirkus Reviews," starred review "[A] far-reaching and unusual investigation into immunity. . . . Artfully mixing motherhood, myth, maladies, and metaphors into her presentation, Biss transcends medical science and trepidation." --"Booklist," starred review "A thoughtful and probing analysis of the cultural myths surrounding vaccination. Biss mines within herself and within her community to understand how and why such myths gain traction in society." --Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of "What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine"

Notă biografică

Eula Biss is the author of "The Balloonists" and "Notes from No Man's Land," which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism and which "Salon" deemed "the most accomplished book of essays anyone has written or published so far in the twenty-first century." Her work has appeared in "The""Believer," "Harper's Magazine," and "The New York Times." She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Howard Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in the Chicago area and teaches at Northwestern University.