(Ace Records) 24 tracks, recorded 1964-67 for Okeh Records!
A new collection of critical and personal essays on the writing life, from National Book Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Joyce Carol Oates. ´´Why do we write?´´With this question Joyce Carol Oates, in this new collection of seminal essays and criticism, begins an imaginative exploration of the writing life and all its attendant anxieties, joys, and futilities. Leading her quest is a desire to understand the source of the writer´s inspiration: Do subjects haunt those who might bring them back to life until the writer submits? Or does something ´´happen´´ to us, a sudden ignition of a burning flame? Can the appearance of a muse-like Other bring about a writer´s best work? In Soul at the White Heat, Oates deploys her keenest critical faculties, conjuring contemporary and past voices whose work she deftly and creatively dissects for clues to these elusive questions. Virginia Woolf, John Updike, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, J. M. Coetzee, Margaret Atwood, Joan Didion, Zadie Smith, and many others appear as predecessors and peers - material through which Oates sifts in acting as literary detective, philosopher, and student. The book is at its most thrilling when watching the writer herself at work, and Oates provides rare insight into her own process in candid, self-aware dispatches from the author´s writing room. Longtime admirers of Joyce Carol Oates´ novels as well as her nonfiction will discover much to be inspired by and obsess upon in this inventive collection from an American master. As the New York Times has said of her essays, ´´Oates´s writing has always seemed effortless: urgent, unafraid, torrential. She writes like a woman who walks into rough country and doesn´t look back.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susan Ericksen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005493/bk_harp_005493_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The marriages of desire.... From the multitalented and versatile Gloria Vanderbilt comes a passionate, sensual, witty, and puzzling tale of erotic obsession, beauty, and revenge, told in tandem by two women obsessed with the same man - and, ultimately, with each other. Talbot Bingham is a renowned architectural genius who, with his formidable wife, Priscilla, creates an architectural community. When he dies unexpectedly in the middle of their 10th wedding anniversary celebration, the devastated Priscilla is left as keeper of the flame of Talbot´s genius. Going through her husband´s archives, she comes unexpectedly upon a pile of neatly tied letters and the shocking secret of her husband´s intimate life - a discovery that shatters the foundation of her soul and spirit. Obsession explores the mysteries of the human heart and the nature of sexuality and obsession, provoking questions about who we choose to love - and why. The listener is left to decide if the other woman represents another facet of Priscilla, or if Priscilla herself has invented the other woman who completed the world her husband so recently inhabited. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gloria Vanderbilt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/001927/bk_harp_001927_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Soul at the White Heat:Inspiration, Obsession, and the Writing Life Ecco Joyce Carol Oates
From her balcony every evening, Vivian secretly watches her handsome, hot neighbor as he swims and lounges at their apartment complex pool. When he shows up at her door one night, she´s sure he´s just there to deliver some misdirected mail. But suddenly, Duke Johnson is touching her. Dominating her. Carrying out sexual plans that she could only dream of - exactly the ones she´s dreamed of, in fact. How does he seem to know the contents of her dirty little fantasies? The ones she´d never tell a soul about. And will he carry this one through to the end? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stella Bloom. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/069521/bk_acx0_069521_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.