Brown University

The News: A User's Manual

by Alain de Botton
Pantheon, February 2014   ISBN: 978-030737912-2
Price: $26.95

“Short and pithy essays drill down beneath the news item to the general absurdity of life and observations of how the media is constantly feeding us information without real context.  Interspersed throughout are references to art, literature, and culture and their more enduring messages in contrast to the impression left by the news of a desperate lack of humanity.  This is a thought-provoking look at the impact of news on culture and individuals.”--Vanessa Bush, Booklist

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