Category: Essays

Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation by Tom Bissell

By Tom Bissell

In Magic Hours, award-winning essayist Tom Bissell explores the highs and lows of the artistic method. he's taking us from the set of The colossal Bang Theory to the 1st novel of Ernest Hemingway to the ultimate paintings of David Foster Wallace; from the movies of Werner Herzog to the movie of Tommy Wiseau to the editorial assembly during which Paula Fox's paintings was once relaunched into the realm. initially released in magazines comparable to The Believer, The New Yorker, and Harper's, those essays symbolize ten years of Bissell's most sensible writing on each point of creation—be it Iraq battle documentaries or video-game personality voices—and will impress as a lot suggestion as they do laughter.

What are sitcoms for precisely? Can paintings be either undesirable and genius? Why do a little books live on and others vanish? Bissell's exploration of those questions make for gripping, unforgettable reading.

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Voting Power and Procedures: Essays in Honour of Dan by Rudolf Fara, Dennis Leech, Maurice Salles

By Rudolf Fara, Dennis Leech, Maurice Salles

This choice of essays honouring Dan Felsenthal and Moshé Machover reconsiders foundational facets of the size of vote casting energy. the explicit case of vote casting strength in two-tier platforms - for example the USA process and the european method - is analysed. in addition significant strength indices - Penrose, Banzhaf, Shapley-Shubik and others are revisited. The booklet proposes new vote casting approaches and experiences recognized systems and/or apportionment tools both from a technical or ancient aspect of view.

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BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age by John Palfrey

By John Palfrey

Libraries this day are extra very important than ever. greater than simply ebook repositories, libraries can develop into bulwarks opposed to essentially the most the most important demanding situations of our age: unequal entry to schooling, jobs, and information.

In BiblioTech, educator and know-how professional John Palfrey argues that any one looking to perform the twenty first century must know how to discover and use the tremendous shops of knowledge on hand on-line. And libraries, which play an important function in making those abilities and knowledge to be had, are in danger. with a view to live on our speedily modernizing international and dwindling executive investment, libraries needs to make the transition to a electronic destiny once possible—by digitizing print fabric and making sure that born-digital fabric is publicly to be had online.

Not all of those alterations might be effortless for libraries to enforce. yet as Palfrey boldly argues, those changes are very important if we are hoping to save lots of libraries and, via them, the yank democratic perfect.

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Why Not Socialism? by G. A. Cohen

By G. A. Cohen

Is socialism fascinating? Is it even attainable? during this concise ebook, one of many world's best political philosophers provides with readability and wit a compelling ethical case for socialism and argues that the hindrances in its approach are exaggerated.

There are instances, G. A. Cohen notes, once we all behave like socialists. On a camping out journey, for instance, campers wouldn't dream of charging one another to take advantage of a football ball or for fish that they occurred to seize. Campers don't provide in simple terms to get, yet relate to one another in a spirit of equality and neighborhood. may such socialist norms be fascinating throughout society as an entire? Why now not? complete societies might fluctuate from tenting journeys, however it remains to be appealing whilst humans deal with one another with the equivalent regard that such journeys exhibit.

But, notwithstanding fascinating it can be, many declare that socialism is very unlikely. Cohen writes that the largest hindrance to socialism isn't, as frequently argued, intractable human selfishness--it's quite the shortcoming of noticeable ability to harness the human generosity that's there. missing these capability, we depend out there. yet there are lots of methods of confining the sway of the marketplace: there are fascinating alterations that could stream us towards a socialist society during which, to cite Albert Einstein, humanity has "overcome and complicated past the predatory level of human development."

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The Horizons of Continental Philosophy: Essays on Husserl, by José Huertas-Jourda (auth.), Hugh J. Silverman, Algis

By José Huertas-Jourda (auth.), Hugh J. Silverman, Algis Mickunas, Theodore Kisiel, Alphonso Lingis (eds.)

lacan. Barthes. Jakobson. Horkheimer. Adorno. Gadamer. Ricoeur. Foucault. Deleuze. Derrida. lyotard. Vattimo. Kofman. and Irigaray also are a part of that outer horizon of continental philosophy. the aim of this quantity even though is to set up that area in the middle of continental philosophy -­ particularly in terms of the paintings of Husserl. Heidegger. and Merleau-Ponty -- and to maneuver out to a couple of its quite a few horizons. on occasion. those horizons are set by way of the heritage of philosophy. in others by means of more moderen instructions in modern philosophy. and in others through substitute modes of philosophizing. The horizons additionally seem in parts as assorted as epistemology and the philosophy of technological know-how. metaphysics. philosophical psychology. and aesthetics. in addition. those limits are set by means of the relationships among philosophy and different disciplines resembling psychology. conversation idea. and the humanities. however the quantity is prepared round all the 3 significant figures within the phenomenological center of continental philosophy. The twelve essays offer very important investigations into present learn -- they characterize the diversity and talents of latest paintings relating to Husserl. Heidegger. and Merleau-Ponty. In themselves although they point out advances in philosophical learn and are rarely uncomplicated commentaries on those 3 figures. Husserl. Heidegger. and Merleau-Ponty represent texts at the foundation of which phenomenology is taken to its limits -- or even beyond.

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Stick to drawing comics, monkey brain! : cartoonist ignores by Scott Adams

By Scott Adams

We all know Scott Adams, the author of Dilbert, and his insights into the loopy international of commercial, on demonstrate in his renowned sketch and bestselling books. yet there is even more to lifestyles than paintings, and it seems that the guy at the back of Dogbert and the Pointy-Haired Boss has an both outrageous tackle lifestyles open air the cubicle. Now Adams ventures into uncharted territory during this choice of greater than 150 Read more...

summary: we all know Scott Adams, the author of Dilbert, and his insights into the loopy international of industrial, on show in his well known sketch and bestselling books. yet there is even more to lifestyles than paintings, and it seems that the fellow at the back of Dogbert and the Pointy-Haired Boss has an both outrageous tackle existence open air the cubicle. Now Adams ventures into uncharted territory during this number of greater than one hundred fifty brief items on every thing from lunar actual property to exploding bladders, let alone politics, faith, courting, undies, alien lifestyles, and the threat of auto singing.--From writer description

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The Gospel of Wealth Essays and Other Writings by Andrew Carnegie

By Andrew Carnegie

Words of knowledge from American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie

concentrating on Carnegie's most famed essay, "The Gospel of Wealth," this e-book of his writings, released right here jointly for the 1st time, demonstrates the overdue metal magnate's ideals on wealth, poverty, the general public sturdy, and capitalism. Carnegie's dedication to making sure and selling the welfare of his fellow people via philanthropic deeds ranged from donations to universities and museums to setting up greater than 2,500 public libraries within the English-speaking international, and he gave away greater than $350 million towards these efforts in the course of his lifetime. The Gospel of Wealth is an eloquent testomony to the significance of charitable giving for the general public good.

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Models, Methods and Decision Support for Management: Essays by Andreas Klose (auth.), Professor Dr. Peter Kischka,

By Andreas Klose (auth.), Professor Dr. Peter Kischka, Professor Dr. Rolf H. Möhring, Professor Dr. Ulrike Leopold-Wildburger, Professor Dr. Dr. Franz-Josef Radermacher (eds.)

This name represents an formidable venture, particularly a extensive view at the nature of clever choice making, that's characterised by way of versions and strategies within the framework of determination aid for administration. With this name we wish to mirror the scope of our box, yet, while, honor our colleague th Paul Stahly at the social gathering of his sixty five birthday. Paul Stahly has over many years invested his strength in constructing the realm of Operations examine from one of these huge viewpoint. He has performed this not just at his chairs on the HSG / college of St. Gallen and the collage of Linz, but in addition on a large foreign point as editor of ITOR and as influential member of all of the Operations examine societies within the German conversing international locations. He has, specifically, enriched our quarter through application-oriented examine and business initiatives in fields equivalent to logistics, emergency making plans, [mance, and others, and he was once pivotal in strengthening the cooperation among the nationwide and foreign OR societies, specific within the German conversing zone. VI accordingly, many colleagues who partially cooperated very heavily with him, have contributed to this monograph. a few of these contributions were provided at a colloquium in January 2001 in St. Gallen in honor of Paul Stahly. This colloquium was once attended via many colleagues coming from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy or even from the United States.

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In the Presence of the Past: Essays in Honor of Frank Manuel by R.T. Bienvenu, M. Feingold

By R.T. Bienvenu, M. Feingold

The vast canvas coated via the articles within the current quantity celebrates the range and richness of the writings of Frank Manuel in the course of a scholarly profession that spans over 5 many years. the themes of the articles - starting from technology to utopia, from theology to political suggestion - reflect some of the subject matters Manuel has written approximately with erudition, aptitude and unusual belief. it is just becoming that during paying tribute to one of these defiant mind every one writer brings to his remedy a different standpoint and texture, the results of his personal unique forays into the historical past of rules. but underlying the entire essays is the conviction that the research of the intersection of people and concepts nonetheless yields a wealthy harvest. offered to Frank at the celebration of his 80th birthday, within the Presence o/the previous honors a instructor, a chum and, specially, a student. R. T. Bienvenu and M. Feingold (eds). ln the presence of the previous. vii. MARTIN PERETZ Frank Manuel: An Appreciation It was once eventually as a result of Frank Edward Manuel that i made a decision (however belatedly) to forgo a formal educational occupation. due to the fact I had now not left lots as a leafscar at the tree of the scholarly tradition this isn't a truth which an individual else might have cause to note. it's also no longer, i'm chuffed so as to add, anything for which Manuel can be specially remembered.

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