Art, Sex, Politics

Published Date: February 3, 2018


In a new, provocative collection of essays, William Eaton, the author of Surviving the Twenty-First Century, shares the pleasures of a life full of questions, tastes, reading and more visual arts. “That we are animals, that is as sure as ever. How savagely we behave toward one another and toward other species and inorganic others. How we rub affectionately up against one another and—however desperately—make love.”

About the Author

In between drawings, William Eaton has been an award-winning journalist, novelist, writer of erotic fiction, intellectual essays, and dialogues. Surviving the Twenty-First Century, a collection of his essays from, was published by Serving House in 2015. One of Eaton’s dialogues, The Professor of Ignorance Condemns the Airplane, was staged in New York in 2014. He is the Editor of Zeteo: The Journal of Interdisciplinary Writing. He holds graduate degrees from Columbia and the City University of New York, and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.


Engaged, non-doctrinaire, well-read, independent-minded, Eaton shows us that in an age of media distraction and academic specialization a thinking person can still make a path. – Sven Birkerts, Editor of Agni and author of The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age

Beautiful and wise and moving book! – Amy Friedman, author of Desperado’s Wife: A Memoir and Nothing Sacred· A Conversation with Feminism

A delicacy full of surprises and pleasures. Entertaining, yet packs a quiet intellectual wallop. – Claire Stewart, author of As Long as we Both Shall Eat: A History of Wedding Food and Feasts

Full of insights and speculations, and very enjoyable to read. In the Eaton world linkages are everywhere. – Nahid Rachlin, author of Persian Girls (memoir), Foreigner, and Jumping Over Fire (novels)

William Eaton finds arresting themes in unusual places. The writing is masterful and wonderfully absorbing .” – Edward F. Mooney, author of On Soren Kierkegaard· Dialogue, Polemics, Lost Intimacy and Time

William Eaton never doesn’t think. You may not always (or ever) agree with him. But I don’t always agree with Montaigne either. For the price of a sandw ich plus tax, Eaton’s little book could start you thinking about your own life, perhaps in ways you never before considered. – Nina Mishkin, writer and lawyer

So thought-provoking and so poetic that I didn’t want it to end. It makes the reader want to respond in some way. That’s how I felt. – Carol Wills, poet and mother

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