Trickster Makes This World

Trickster Makes This World : How Disruptive Imagination Creates Culture.

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"Art is a lie that tells the truth." - Pablo Picasso

Picasso disrupted the world around him, and in doing so he reshaped it. That is the Trickster spirit. Playful, mischievous, subversive, amoral. Tricksters are a great bother to have around, but paradoxically they are also indispensable heroes of culture, because ourworld - with its complexity and ambiguity, its beauty and its dirt - was trickster's creation, and the work is not yet finished.

Authoritative in its scholarship, supple and dynamic in its style, Trickster Makes This World encourages you to think and see afresh.

'Artists of whatever sort need Trickster's help from time to time: when you're blocked or stuck, take an aimless walk and let your mind off its leash, and call on Trickster. He's the opener of dreams, of roads, and of possibilities.' - Margaret Atwood
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 298g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1847672256
  • 9781847672254
  • 141,210

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Hyde is one of our true superstars of non-fiction - this book not only covers its subject in more depth and comprehension than anything before (anything I've read, anyway) but it also ends up being about ...well, everything. The guy's both brilliant (intellectually, literarily) and wise (psychologically, spiritually, you-name-itally). -- David Foster Wallace Dazzling ... rewards repeated reading. -- Michael Chabon A masterpiece ... The thrilling thing about reading non-fiction such as Hyde's is not just that it gives you new thoughts: it also changes the way you think. * * Scotland on Sunday * * [Hyde] is one of those quirky, eccentric Wise Children the United States sometimes throws up-a sort of Thoreau-cum-anthropologist-cum-seer...[Trickster] should be read by anyone interested in the grand and squalid matter of all things human...A glorious grab-bag stuffed with necessary loot, a joyful plum pudding rich in treasures. -- Margaret Atwood * * Los Angeles Times * * Brilliant...By the time he is done he has folded language, culture, and the very habit of being human into his ken. * * The New Yorker * * Hyde is far more than an astute cultural critic; he's an original and important thinker. Pass it on. -- Geoff Dyer Intriguing ... His big ideas are seriously good ones ... Hyde's own bravuraraids on literacy, as on the world's great oral traditions, pay off here in a genuinely original way. -- David Lan * * Guardian * * Reading Trickster Makes This World - an act of pure pleasure from first to last - forever altered, and profoundly deepened, my understanding of the relationship between storytelling and the world. -- Michael Chabon Hyde is an armchair analyst issuing a moral commentary about individuality which is urgently needed now, when American culture is so threatened by conformity and materialism. -- Jackie Wullschlager * * FT * * This captivating book is crammed with . . . nuggets of analysis, erudition and wisdom. -- Lloyd Evans * * Spectator * * Hyde is persuasive and is at his most interesting on contemporary tricksters. -- Colin Waters * * The Sunday Herald * *
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About Lewis Hyde

Lewis Hyde was born in Boston and studied at the Universities of Minnesota and Iowa. In addition to Trickster Makes This World, he is the author of The Gift, a defence of the importance of creativity in our increasingly money-orientated society. Editor of On the Poetry of Allen Ginsberg and The Essays of Henry D. Thoreau, Hyde is now writing a defence of the 'cultural commons', that vast store of ideas and art we have inherited from the past. A MacArthur Fellow and former Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, Hyde is currently the Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College in Ohio.
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