Books, Movies, Rhythm, Blues: Twenty Years of Writing About by Nick Hornby

By Nick Hornby

EISBN-13: 9780698156906

A new selection of nonfiction writing on tradition from the bestselling writer of High Fidelity.

Books, videos, Rhythm, Blues brings jointly the easiest of Nick Hornby's non-fiction items on movie and television, writers and painters and track, and together with one extraordinary fragment of autobiography. With material starting from the Sundance competition to Abbey highway Studios, from P.G. Wodehouse to The West Wing, those are items that 'were written for enjoyable, or simply because I felt I had issues to claim and time to assert them, or as the commissions have been strange and creative, or simply because ... i used to be being requested to move someplace I had by no means been before.'

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Nature has built far more into vision and into the mind in general than we can know without science, and it has done so in ways that are the same in normal human minds of whatever ethnic or cultural origin. 30 2 EVOLUTION , ADAPTATION, AND ADAPT ED M IN DS Evo lut i on by na tu r a l selection is a simple principle with staggeringly complex and unpredictable results. ”2 Since distinguished biologists, like Dawkins himself in The Blind Watchmaker and Climbing Mount Improbable, have written excellent, accessible introductions to evolution, I will not attempt to cover their ground, but will merely prepare a path toward an evolutionary account of art and the art of fiction in particular.

Third, adaptationists do not assume the current adaptiveness of any adaptation. Evolution built into dung beetles a craving for the smell and taste of dung. That still serves them well. Likewise it built into humans cravings for sweet and fat, preferences adaptive when high-�energy food sources were hard to obtain but worth the effort, but now, with candy stores and burger bars so temptingly close, maladaptive, raising the risk of obesity, heart attack, and diabetes. The key elements of adaptation are design for some function.

Once the advantages of belonging to a hominid band had become overwhelming, the main pressure for our forebears became to secure their share of the resources obtained through the band’s efforts. They beneÂ�fited by maximizing their own gains without alienating others, by allying with them strategically, outwitting them strategically, and resisting being outwitted in return.

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