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121. The Psychopath's Bible: For the Extreme Individual
by Christopher S. Hyatt, Jack, Dr. Willis, Christopher S. Hyatt
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Asin: 1561841749
Catlog: Book (2003-11)
Publisher: New Falcon Publications
Sales Rank: 189078
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In the most of the world, psychopaths have gotten a bad rap. That, of course, is quite understandable since almost all of the world's religious and social philosophies have little use for the individual except as a tool to be placed in service to their notion of something else: 'God,' or the 'collective,' or the 'higher good' or some other equally undefinable term. Only rarely, such as in Zen; in Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism; in some aspects of Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism; and in some schools of Existentialism, is the individual considered primal. Here, finally, is a book which celebrates, encourages and educates the best part of ourselves --- The Psychopath. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Book for the REAL CREATORS of the world
Are you a person who stands out from the crowd and can never really understand why? Do you look at others and think to yourself,"Why are they concerned with such trifling stupid matters?" Are you always trying to grow, strive for something higher, continually learn, thinking outside the box (i.e. current knowledge and standards of society) and become more?
If so, then you are the exception to the rule (i.e. the masses of the world). You are a creator and one of the few people who are progressing human evolution. You are now joining the few who have progressed this race from the cave men to where we are today.

The Psychopath's Bible will support you in your endeavors. It will assist and guide you in your quest to become more and awaken all of the talents that you possess. It will push you to continue to strive for higher goals and to physically manifest them in your life.

Remember, that we are all creatures of infinite power regardless of our CURRENT standing in society. Whether you are a CEO of a Fortune 500 company or a guy on the street that does not even have a shirt his back, you can realize all of your truly creative dreams and become the magnificient creature that WE ARE ALL born to be. This book in conjunction with "Undoing Yourself" and your unceasing desire to become more, will allow your dreams to become a reality.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Guide for the Gifted
The Psychopath's Bible provides a refreshing, much needed 'psychic elixir' for those individuals who have been branded as "psychopaths" by the society of the times. You know, the person who doesn't wear designer clothes, or who doesn't imitate those who yet manage some cheap imitation to get their 'friends' approval. Or the individual who dares to 'think'...REALLY think...for him or herself, despite being the 'laughing stock' of his or her 'peers.' Or the person who is continually 'pushing the envelope,' to the rage and fury of those little men in gray suits that skulk along the walls of any large corporation...or around your neighborhood block, for that matter. Of course you know the ones I'm talking about. The REAL Thinker is the odd one out. Why? Because each of us is a mirror to others. And the reflection they see in our mirrors show them what they are and are not, constantly. The "average;" the "normal," are generally the ones who never had an original thought in their lives and never will, and yet are so incompetent as to have trouble in stealing ideas from others. Sure, you know the kind. They're all around you! You have to put up with them everyday, just to earn your bread! I'm talking about the "bastions of society," as the herd (or, "masses") call the lackluster! Well, Hyatt's book certainly ISN'T for them!

What a pity, that most creative thinkers and doers are (at best) 'tolerated' by saying they, "think outside the box," or (more usually) hated, by being labeled a "psychopath." That's what this book is about. About resurrecting a NATURAL pride in the creative and productive individual...however the individual defines it for him or her self. And that is where it belongs-within the individual who has the courage to become more, do more, and to revel in the process, as much as in the achievement.

Hyatt's, et al, book is not "fluff" or "easy" more than is learning a new field of knowledge, or living a life of dedication, direction, and the courage of one's convictions. But it is necessary reading for all people who MUST be reminded that THEY are the true "Lords of the Earth," not the masses who benefit daily from the joys the 'rejects'...the "psychopaths"...continually create in all fields of human endeavor. To these "crazies," I HIGHLY recommend this book! Together with this author's other book, "Undoing Yourself with Energized Meditation and Other Devices," I'd say the courageous and determined among us have both a roadmap and a 'supply line' needed to achieve and become whatever it is we want to do and be...and with no holds barred. And all the while, enjoying who we are, while looking to none of the herd for approval, acceptance...or thanks.

4-0 out of 5 stars This book just might help
The Psychopath's Bible opens with a disclaimer intended as a standard CYA cap, and the next dozen or so pages continue this theme, warning the reader about the hazards of reading the terrible and horrifying material within, which is more than a little over the top for my taste, but entertaining nonetheless. It is primarily compiled of three 'manuals' and three appendices. Nicholas Tharcher summed up the basic theme of the book well in the Forward when he said: 'In some ways this is a book of social philosophy; in other was it is a book of technique. Which it is for you may depend more on your attitude than anything else' (pg 15).

The first manual is titled 'The Toxick Magician' in which very little is given that could be used for practical application and the little theory is a bit dodgy as it is not expounded. Thoughts are left vague and incomplete, perhaps to stimulate further thought and generated ideas on the part of the practitioner, but it looks sloppy and unfinished.

However, I found the second manual, 'Toxick Calculator', far more entertaining. It deals with what Hyatt terms the 'mathematics of power' and contains more detailed theory, as well as exercises with more practical applications than the first. In it, the reader gets gems like this: 'We are inherently irrational, although we like to fancy ourselves as rational beings......the truth is simple: we are irrational beings capable of rational thought.' (pg 109)

The third manual, 'The No-Where University, Sometimes Called P.U.' contains a selection of courses and literature, both printed and film, that a prospective psychopath will want to fill hirself in on in order to perfect hir transformation.

Much of what is contained within one can see easily reflected all around, friends, co-workers, etc. Particularly in the games played by world leaders. Consider this extract: 'Build tension in others and help them find a scapegoat. Do this in small and insignificant ways until you have the power and ability to move people to more gross and hideous behaviors. Help people realize how easy it is to lose things they have or want. The trick in all of this is not to become identified as the bearer of bad tidings - unless you are looking for people with a strong stomach' (pg 87). Sound familiar?

It's entertaining, an easy read, but at the same time insightful - though not terribly new. There is little that cannot be found within the works of Sun Tzu, Niccolo Machiavelli, Ayn Rand and the like. However, the ideas have been modernized, and deliberately injected with humour, which is fun. Then again, as he says 'I have written this book in the way I wanted to write it??not for the ease of the reader nor for the sake of favorable reviews' (pg 105).

For those who have not read much in this genre there is a lot you need to know, namely, you need to understand that 'no matter how pathetic, everyone is looking out for their best interests. For most people, their best interest consists of not being punished. Few play to win. They play to be safe while feeling morally superior to the winner' (pg 31), and this is an attitude that severely needs to be corrected if you really want to play the game. This book just might help.

5-0 out of 5 stars Are you an Extreme Individual?
This is one of the most important books ever published in the 21st Century (and its predecessor applies to the 20th!).... I strongly recommend this work to people who find themselves in a society that has little or nothing to offer them, outside of what they have to produce by their own efforts. Hats off to Doc and the gang for a job beyond well done! And horns to the fundamentalists who hate that such fine works continue to be made available to a public that demands excellence in their reading material! ... Read more

122. The Science of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Michael Hanlon
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Ever wondered what the end of the universe might actually look like? Why the number 42 is so significant? Or whether time travel really would put a stop to history as we know it? If so you are clearly a fan of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, releasing as a major motion picture in the summer of 2005. While much of the book is comprised of whimsical fantasy, such as talking mattresses, the Vogons, triple-breasted prostitutes and that Ol' Janx Spirit, like all good science fiction it drew on scientific fact. Adams was a science and technology enthusiast and his books were inspired--and sometimes, prefigured--by many of the great scientific debates of our times. The Science of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a lighthearted, accessible and informative tour of the real cutting-edge research behind this much-loved classic, including space tourism, parallel universes, instant translation devices, sentient computers, and more.
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123. The Vampire Armand : The Vampire Chronicles (Rice, Anne, Vampire Chronicles)
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In The Vampire Armand, Anne Rice returns to her indomitable Vampire Chronicles and recaptures the gothic horror and delight she first explored in her classic tale Interview with the Vampire (in which Armand, played by Antonio Banderas in the filmversion, made his first appearance as director of the Théâtre des Vampires).

The story begins in the aftermath of Memnoch the Devil. Vampires from all over the globe have gathered around Lestat, who lies prostrate on the floor of a cathedral. Dead? In a coma? As Armand reflects on Lestat's condition, he is drawn by David Talbot to tell the story of his own life. The narrative abruptly rushes back to 15th-century Constantinople, and the Armand of the present recounts the fragmented memories of his childhood abduction from Kiev. Eventually, he is sold to a Venetian artist (and vampire), Marius. Rice revels in descriptions of the sensual relationship between the young and still-mortal Armand and his vampiric mentor. But when Armand is finally transformed, the tone of the book dramatically shifts. Raw and sexually explicit scenes are displaced by Armand's introspective quest for a union of his Russian Orthodox childhood, his hedonistic life with Marius, and his newly acquired immortality. These final chapters remind one of the archetypal significance of Rice's vampires; at their best, Armand, Lestat, and Marius offer keen insights into the most human of concerns.

The Vampire Armand is richly intertextual; readers will relish the retelling of critical events from Lestat and Louis's narratives. Nevertheless, the novel is very much Armand's own tragic tale. Rice deftly integrates the necessary back-story for new readers to enter her epic series, and the introduction of a few new voices adds a fresh perspective--and the promise of provocative future installments. --Patrick O'Kelley ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Suprising....
compared to the work that Anne's done recently. Memnoch and Pandora were, I think we'll all agree, mistakes. Servent of the Bones was marginally better. Violin....Violin was so awful that I couldn't force myself to finish it. And I LOVE Rice. But Armand...Armand was probably the best thing she's published since Body Thief. Maybe not quite as good as Body Thief, but up there...Armand was a little self-indulgent for my tastes and I think Rice has gotten a little tied up in the "let's live out my fantasies" phase. Interview and Vampire Lestat seemed to have a real passionate fire to them, like she didn't want to write them but she was driven to...her more recent books have been lacking this. I don't know, we'll see what happens with her next book. I'd have to say that if you're just getting interested in Rice now, read Vamp. Lestat, Cry to Heaven, Feast of All Saints, or The Witching Hour.....or Interview, for that matter.

Someone in another review mentioned that Armand seemed to do things that were completely out of character for him....that was the problem I was trying to work out in my head while I read it. That was probably the most disappointing aspect of the book, the distinctly un-Armand behaviors. Still, like I said, it's better than the other recent books Rice has written. Maybe she's got her touch back.

4-0 out of 5 stars It was a well worth read
Another story in the Vampire Chronicles series, The Vampire Armand tells the story of the memorable and striking figure of Armand. The previous installment in the Vampire Chronicles, David Talbot, philosopher of the undead and vampire himself, persuades Armand to tell his epic story. Armand struggles with whether or not to tell. It spans Armand's early and incomplete childhood memories of Kiev to being kidnapped and sold in Istanbul as a slave to Marius to Venice, Paris, and North America. Marius, himself ancient, educates Armand and his other young slaves in philosophy, law, history, and arranges for their sexual education. Anne Rice writes these scenes well, very descriptive. By this time, Marius and Armand have become more than master and slave or teacher and pupil. Armand is now a vampire; Marius having made him after a powerful sword fight fatally wounds the young redheaded hero. Enter the bad guys, a group of vampires who destroy other vampires for God. They damn Marius and vampires like him that live among mortals and love mortals and pass themselves as mortals. One night they destroy Marius' paintings (he is an artist in Venice), burn him and take Armand prisoner. The irony in Armand's imprisonment comes from the tension of his Russian Orthodox beliefs (he is deeply religious, actually in love with God, and prone to visions). His captors are truly evil, converting him to their beliefs. After much torture and resistance, he finally concedes to their ways and is trained to become one of their leaders. (This is where he entered in Interview With the Vampire, as coven master to the bad vampires who lived in the Theater of the Vampires in Paris.) While this novel is about Armand's struggles to integrate the Orthodox beliefs of his mortal life with his new life as an immortal, the story goes back to review previous narratives of Lestat and Louis. It gives a brief run-down of the whereabouts and doings of the other living vampires, and takes up where things left off in Memnoch the Devil. And as always, Rice's historical descriptions are vivid, enticing, and grab the imagination. I have mixed feelings about this book, as it seems that with this story the Vampire Chronicles have taken a turn toward soap opera. What's next in the Chronicles? I don't know, but I would like to see less melodrama, and I would like to see the next tale written from the perspective of Marius or Gabrielle (Lestat's mother). All in all it is a very well written book and does move evenly with the other stories even though it can be rather over dramatic at times. Shaena H.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Utterly Gorgeous Novel..
I read this and this is one of the very few books that has ever made me cry. I have come to feel for Armand as much as I do any of the other characters in this series. I think out of all of them, he's had it the hardest.

Overall, this is a gorgeous book. The descriptions are amazing, as if you are right in the heart of Venice. The love affair between Armand and Marius was beautiful and hearttrending as well.

A beautiful read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Where Ego needs her editor
I have always been a huge Anne Rice fan, but The Vampire Armand has convinced me that she needs the guidance of an editor. It's no small coincidence that her finest book is the one that employed the additional eye of an editor. There has, at least in my opinion, been a gradual decline in the quality of the books since Interview with the Vampire. Her ego is impeeding her work. A writer is not an editor. Love of their work will not give them the impartial view necessary to remove or modify those parts that just don't work. That's the problem with The Vampire Armand. Large parts of it just don't work. There's also a nagging tendency for the book to repeat itself over and over again. A very poor outing in my opinion.

2-0 out of 5 stars Boring and I am not that open minded...

I loved Interview with a vampire, vampire Lestat, queen of the damned, the tale of the body thief and Memnoch the Devil. Some reviewers felt that after the tale of the body thief Anne Rice started to lose her touch. I disagree, I believe all those books I mentioned were excellent. However, I couldn't finish the disgusting crap of a book "Vampire Armand". It was soooo boring. I actually enjoyed when Anne Rice would get into her historical lessons in previous books, so its not because this book was over discriptive that I hated it.

Where do I start?
Well I was pleasantly suprised that Armand was actually Ukrainian and was stolen into slavery from somewhere around Kiev. (me being born in Ukraine and having one of the character's in great Anne Rice's books was very pleasant, plus this was true historically that kids and women were stolen into slavery from ukraine at some point)
I always kinda closed my eyes and didn't mind to the homosexuality or bisexuality in her previous books. I think I am an opened minded person and I felt that this is a woman writing perhaps thats why she admires a man as a sexual objext to that extent. I still felt that the story and the characters were amazing in her previous material. This book was not only boring (story), but also very gay. As dumb as I may sound saying that:(. It sounded like a gay man's fantasy, although I wouldn't know what a typical gay male feels, so I am sorry if I offend anyone by saying this(I would think though its a pretty bad fantasy for anyone, whether you are gay or not). Perhaps I am being shallow and stereotyping. I just couldn't read about the sexual relationship of a young thin fragile boy and an older man. Besides that I was ok with reading about Lestat's attraction to David in previous books. I thought it was extremely boring and not to mention disgusting at times.
Considering that Armand was one of my favorite characters to begin with, I was looking forward to this book. Unfortunately I couldn't finish it. Getting through the nasty parts would be ok if the story was good. Unfortunately the story was boring and Armand a disapoitment as a character.

I do not recommend this book at all. Although it seems that a lot of people liked, so I suggest reading some other reviews. I am giving it 2 stars only because it still resembles Anne Rice and I didn't care about the overuse of the word velvet lol ... Read more

124. Perrine's Story and Structure
by Thomas R. Arp, Greg Johnson
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For decades this concise guide has introduced students to the major elements of fiction, teaching students how to read, understand, and evaluate the genre. ... Read more

125. Discovering Children's Literature (3rd Edition)
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A concise introduction to the world of literature for infants, children, and adolescents, this popular book taps the work of well-known scholars to provide its foundation in genre theory while clearly relating the books it recommends to practical teaching applications.After first defining literature and literacy, and examining relevant aspects of children's development, the author explores each of the traditional literature genres in turn; and provides a firm structure for evaluation that will serve future teachers well as they approach any form of literature. Each chapter asks the student for reflections, opinions, and participation through suggested projects and activities.For elementary and high school teachers of English and Language Arts. ... Read more

126. The Annotated Sherlock Holmes : 2 Vols. in One
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, William S. Baring-Gould
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5-0 out of 5 stars For the Sherlock Homes enthusiasts
If you ever wanted to read the entire Sherlock Holmes canon, this is the best book to buy. Also, if you are one of those Sherlock fans, you will certainly appreciate this book. Apart from Conan Doyle's original text, this book presents lots of interesting information about Victorian England, linking it with the text. If Holmes spends a crown on something, Baring-Gould will not only calculate its value today but will also show you a picture of the coins at that time. If Holmes and Dr. Watson have to take a transportation to go somewhere, Baring-Gould will show a picture and description of the exact transportation they used. Finally, if the two inseparable friends have to investigate something in a specific address, the book shows a map or picture of the site. However, the book most interesting quality is an extensive research the editor made in order to sort the stories chronologically, not in the order Conan Doyle wrote them but in the order they in fact happened. All those details make the book so real that after you finish this book, you will get a strange feeling that the most famous fictitious detective in the world really lived at 221b Baker Street or a strange feeling that Holmes was not simply a delusion of Dr. Watson, himself the alter ego of Conan Doyle.

5-0 out of 5 stars A godsend for any Holmes fan
Sherlock Holmes has been an obsession of mine since adolescence. When I came across this relatively expensive set of books in junior high school, I ran home and did every chore in the world in my entire neighborhood for three straight days --and added up the dimes and quarters people would give me until I had enough to buy these two volumes. They have been with me ever since. For the first time, I understood what all those words were that I couldn't find in a dictionary, with illustrations and explanations. Even more amazing, I learned that Sherlock Holmes was a real person -- or at least, the editors of these books believed so! The product of a great generation of Holmes fanatics, this collection is full of the arguments over what each story means, what has been included by Dr. Watson, and what must have been left out to protect the innocent. The one truly indispensable volume for Holmes fans, "The Annotated Sherlock Holmes" is an unadulterated joy!

5-0 out of 5 stars YESSS!
Awesome is the only word I can think of to describe this particular collection--there is all the novels and stories with amplifing info on particular items in the story/novel you are reading listed on the sides of the pages, ala footnotes (sidenotes?)--and the supplementary info is staggering, with bios of Doyle, Holmes, Watson AND Moriarty, the history of Holmes on stage, screen and in print, 221B Baker Street info, etc.--these sections take up at LEAST the front 3rd or 4th of the 1st volume alone! If you are a Holmes fan, you MUST find and buy this collection ASAP!

5-0 out of 5 stars "But he had not the supreme gift of the artist.
the knowledge of when to stop." Thus remarks Holmes to Lestrade about the villainous Jonas Oldacre

( By the bye giving an excellent piece of advice to all artists, villainous or not. Truly the stage, as Watson keeps reminding us, lost a great actor when Holmes embarked upon the profession of consulting detective )

It would appear that Jonas, in his attempt to send the innocent John Hector Mc Farlane to the gallows, could not resist adding a final touch which brought his nefarious plans crashing down---he planted a stain of blood on the wall upon which Mc Farlane's fingerprint would be found!

Lestrade: "You are aware that no two thumb-marks are alike ? "
Holmes: "I have heard something of the kind. "

Whereupon Wiliaim S Baring-Gould, greatest of Holmseian addict/scholars treats us to a footnote on the margin regarding Galton's method of fingerprining, given to the British Association in 1899 and concludes that--

By my gold amethyst encrusted snuff-box, this is fun!

It's the best rendering of Conan Doyle's canon, complete with maps of London, illustrations from Collier's, vintage 1903; coats of arms, photographs, drawings--in brief, the world of S.H. made explicable, and vivid.

Naturally you knew that when Watson informs us that their long suffering landlady, Mrs.Hudson, lived on the first floor flat, he's using it in the English sense: what we Americans would call 'the second floor.' Or that a 'life preserver' was a short bludgeon, usually of flexible cane, whalebone, or the like loaded with lead at one end. Or that--- what was that about the supreme gift of the artist?

5-0 out of 5 stars If you purchase only ONE book to add to the canon...
...then this should be the one. It is a true pleasure to curl up with this book. Explore massive additional resources which inform you about London at the time of Sherlock Holmes' adventures.

You can't go wrong purchasing this on. The only drawback - the books are REALLY LARGE. If you travel a lot I doubt you'll take this one with you!

Bill ... Read more

127. How to Write a Children's Book and Get It Published
by BarbaraSeuling
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5-0 out of 5 stars Enormously Informative
Recently I have read approximately five books on writing for children. I found Barbara Seulings book to be the best of the lot. She realistically portrays the difficulty in breaking into the children's market in the '90s, yet she encourages the reader and provides a wealth of helpful information to do just that. Barabara Seulings book is easily readable for a reference book and one that anyone interested in writing for children today should have in their personal library. Good job Ms. Seuling -

5-0 out of 5 stars Barbara Seuling Is Very Knowledgeable and Practical: I Know
Barbara Seuling was my instructor when I took a two-year writing course in writing children's literature from The Institute of Children's Literature. Ms. Seuling is exceedingly knowledgeable, skillful, talented, and very practical about writing children's literature and getting it published. Also, she writes instructions that are very easy to understand. I highly recommend this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Place to Start
Are you thinking that you MIGHT want to be a children's writer? Maybe you have a story that the family loves but are wondering what to do next. This book is a great place to start. Ms. Seuling gives step-by-step instructions for categorizing your work, editing, formatting the manuscript and deciding where to send it. Great references for related information in the back, too. This is not a perfect book for someone already on the way to being published, but it's a great little book for beginners.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good resource
This book is divided into five parts. Each part is designed to help you in progressing towards the publishing of a book/play/poem/story for children. This is not a quick process. The key ingredient to this book being successful is that the book shows you what is involved.

In the first section of the book, Seuling discusses the world of children's books. This will give you an idea of the history of children's books and help you become familiar with the lingo.

In the second and third sections (Developing Your Ideas and Writing Your Book, respectively), she talks about some of the pitfalls (she calls sabotage) and talks about what is required for different kinds of books (for instance, what is needed for an Easy Reader versus a Chapter Book). To help you, the author includes the titles of books that best exemplify the kind of book she is discussing. Now, you can check out the book and see the example for yourself.

In the fourth and fifth sections (Selling Your Book and A Publisher in Your Future), she explains how the publishing field works. With this information in hand, you can make your submission more professional and increase your chances of getting a contract.

For each chapter in the book, she summarizes the key points and gives you "assignments" which will help you internalize the material and become an expert. The only problem with the assignments is that there is no right or wrong answer. You will need to assume that you are doing it correctly. If you follow the assignments, however, you will learn a lot.

Most importantly, Seuling has appendices that list a wealth of information on helping you become a successful writer for children. If nothing else, the book is worth it for those lists (things like marketing information, editorial services, references, and reviews of children's books). I would recommend this book for anyone thinking of writing for children.

3-0 out of 5 stars what is a childrens book
If you are thinking about writing a childrens book, this is a good resource. Looking at what a childrens book is, how to develop ideas, and how to sell the completed work. ... Read more

128. The Subject is Writing: Essays by Teachers and Students
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In this unique compilation of essays, Bishop brings together the voices of teachers and students to affirm that the content of writing classrooms is the work that these individuals do together. ... Read more

129. The Brief Bedford Reader
by Jane E. Aaron, Dorothy M. Kennedy, X. J. Kennedy
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Brief Bedford Reader is excellent
I purchased this book to use as a text for a composition course I teach. It features excellent sections on composition topics like cause and effect, narration, process analysis, classification, etc. The selections in the book really are "brief". Most are between three and five pages long. The topics and authors addressed are real-world, high interest issues that make great discussion pieces. Personally, I enjoyed reading the selections. They are excellent casual reading pieces.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Bedford Reader
An excellent collection of stylistically important works. Very well-organized and informative as well as fun to read. ... Read more

130. Illuminations
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Studies on contemporary art and culture by one of the most original, critical and analytical minds of this century. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Benjamin's Greatest Hits
This is the only theoretical text that I have read, with pleasure, in recent memory. Given the conventional prolixity, obfuscation, and circumlocution of contemporary academic prose in the humanities, the fact that you can read Benjamin with pleasure marks him as outstanding.

Benjamin's project was itself outstanding. He aimed at a synthesis of Marxism, mysticism, German romanticism--in a sense, theology, materialist philosophy, and poetry. His critical approaches and thinking embodies the characteristics he praises in literary texts; Benjamin thinks poetically.

This eclectic collection of material, emphasizing Benjamin's later (and more Marxist) ideas, is not unlike a sampler of related but different confections. It's mistaken to think of Benjamin's various intellectual leanings as discrete ideologies or outright contradictions; instead, to borrow from Wittgenstein, consider his ideas to be different members of a family that resemble one another and are clearly related but live different lives in different contexts.

Benjamin's essay "Unpacking my Library," for example, looks on the surface like a confession of self-indulgence, but (in my opinion) deals in a clever and powerful way with the ways in which we inherit, buy, trade, classify, and value our heritage and cultures. This is truly fascinating material!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, every sentence an insight
Benjamin is one of the few 20th century philosophers who can convey profound thoughts in language that isn't at all opaque. His sentences are always perfectly clear - no pretentious literary or Marxist jargon (thank God). The only thing that makes it slow reading is that you always want to stop, put the book down, and think about what he's just said.

For example, a passage from his essay on Kafka:

'The definition of it which Kafka has given applies to the sons more than to anyone else: "Original sin, the old injustice committed by man, consists in the complaint that he has been the victim of an injustice, the victim of original sin." But who is accused of this inherited sin - the sin of having produced an heir - if not the father by the son? Accordingly the son would be the sinner. But one must not conclude from Kafka's definition that the accusation is sinful because it is false. Nowhere does Kafka say that it is made wrongfully. A never-ending process is at work here, and no cause can appear in a worse light than the one for which the father enlists the aid of these officials and court offices . . . '

This is not opacity for the sake of being opaque; he is trying to get at something incredibly complex, something that (unlike most literary criticism) actually helps you appreciate Kafka and understand him a little better. Benjamin doesn't peel away layers of an onion to arrive at a single shining insight; he presents a simple idea, expands on it a little, and lets you put on the layers of complexity yourself. Read these essays carefully, and it will be obvious why entire schools of thought have sprung up around single paragraphs, why people have devoted their lives to figuring out the ramifications of a single sentence . . .

Benjamin accomplishes something rare: in writing about art, he succeeds in telling us something about life in modern times. And his insights never seem forced; they flow naturally from what he is discussing. For example, his essay on Leskov, "This process of assimilation, which takes place in depth, requires a state of relaxation that is becoming rarer and rarer. If sleep is the apogee of physical relaxation, boredom is the apogee of mental relaxation. Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away. His nesting places - the activies that are intimately associated with boredom - are already extinct in the cities and are declining in the country as well. With this the gift for listening is lost and the comminity of listeners disappears. For storytelling is always the art of repeated stories, and this art is lost when the stories are no longer retained."

A simple little paragraph on storytelling, but soon you start thinking about how the art of writing has changed since Benjamin's time, and what effect television and the movies have had on the way we live, on "boredom" and mental relaxation . . . anyway, I'm probably starting to get pretentious which Benjamin, thankfully, never does.

Above all this entire collection is filled with something increasingly rare nowadays, a genuine love of books. Forget all the Marxist stuff in other reviews, all Benjamin is really doing, finally, is talking about some books that he likes. That he succeeds in doing much more is a testament to his brilliance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Talking Walls
For Walter Benjamin, the defining characteristic of modernity was mass assembly and production of commodities, concomitant with this transformation of production is the destruction of tradition and the mode of experience which depends upon that tradition. While the destruction of tradition means the destruction of authenticity, of the originary, in that it also collapses the distance between art and the masses it makes possible the liberation which capitalism both obscures and opposes. Benjamin believes that with the destruction of tradition, libratory potentialities are nonetheless created. The process of the destruction of aura through mass reproduction brings about the "destruction of traditional modes of experience through shock," in response new forms of experience are created which attempt to cope with that shock.

Allegoresis and collection are the twin foci around which the elliptical writings of Walter Benjamin orbit. The former, as a mode of criticism, transforms the latter practice into a version of materialist historicism. Instead of constructing further barriers between his own practice and the practices of the historical moment he would transcend, Benjamin embraces the underside of his own theories in "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." There he proclaims the disintegration of the aura and champions the revolutionary potential which is thus released. It will be of use therefore, to look at some of his other references to the aura. It's as though Benjamin takes more seriously than Marx the notion that capitalism contains its own subversion--the path to subversion is not to resist and revolt, but to accede and accelerate...

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the effort
Walter Benjamin put everything he knew into everything he wrote. It all resonates. This makes for challenging reading - at times, it seems like what he is saying is simply too much at a tilt with everything one thinks one knows to seem comprehensible. Then, suddenly, one tilts, and the extraordinary reach, eloquence and power of this man's reading hits home. Benjamin is difficult in the only legitimate way - because what he is trying to say can be said no other way.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfection
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131. The Windblown World: The Journals Of Jack Kerouac 1947-1954
by Jack Kerouac, Douglas Brinkley
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Jack Kerouac is best known through the image he put forth in hisautobiographicalnovels. Yet it is only his prolific journals, in which he set down the rawmaterial of hislife and thinking, that reveal to us the real Kerouac—his true, honest, deep,private,philosophical self.

In Windblown World, distinguished Americanist Douglas Brinkley hasgathereda selection of journal entries from the most pivotal period of Kerouac’s life,1947–1954.Here is Kerouac as a hungry young writer finishing his first novel, The TownandCity, while forging crucial friendships with Allen Ginsberg, William S.Burroughs,and Neal Cassady. Truly a self-portrait of the artist as a young man, thesejournals show asensitive soul charting his own progress as a writer and responding to hisliteraryforebears. Finally and perhaps most appealing to Kerouac’s legion of fans, thejournalstell of the events that would eventually be immortalized in On the Road,asKerouac narrates two trips across the United States and Mexico and slowlycultivates hisidea for a jazz novel. This unique and indispensable volume is sure to garnermajorcritical attention and become an integral element of the Beat oeuvre. ... Read more

132. Letters to a Young Conservative
by Dinesh D'Souza
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The best-selling enfant terrible of the Reagan revolution offers advice to today's budding conservatives--the very people he sees as the true "radicals" of tomorrow.

Dinesh D'Souza rose to national prominence as one of the founders of the Dartmouth Review, a leading voice in the rebirth of conservative politics on college campuses in the 1980s.

He fired the first popular shot against political correctness with his best-selling exposé Illiberal Education. Now, after serving as a Reagan White House staffer, the managing editor of Policy Review, and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution, he addresses the next generation in Letters to a Young Conservative. Drawing on his own colorful experiences, both within the conservative world and while skirmishing with the left, D'Souza aims to enlighten and inspire young conservatives and give them weapons for the intellectual battles that they face in high school, college, and everyday life. Letters to a Young Conservative also illuminates the enduring themes that for D'Souza anchor the conservative position: not "family values" or patriotism, but a philosophy based on natural rights and a belief in universal moral truths.

With a light touch, D'Souza shows that conservatism needn't be stodgy or defensive, even though it is based on preserving the status quo. To the contrary, when a conservative has to expose basic liberal assumptions to scrutiny, he or she must become a kind of imaginative, fun-loving, forward-looking guerrilla--philosophically conservative but temperamentally radical.

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--Fighting Political Correctness
--Authentic vs. Bogus Multiculturalism
--Why Government Is the Problem
--When the Rich Get Richer
--How Affirmative Action Hurts Blacks
--The Feminist Mistake
--All the News That Fits
--How to Harpoon a Liberal
--The Self-Esteem Hoax
--A Republican Realignment?
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5-0 out of 5 stars Liberals still don't get it.
I just received D'Souza's book, so I haven't had the chance to read every chapter. The few I have read were very informative, entertaining, and on target concerning the main differences between liberals and conservatives. D'Souza's wry sense of humor is definitely a plus. It's interesting, but hardly startling, that those who gave the book one star are the sort of liberal who resorts to "postmodernist gibberish" and ad hominem attacks when confronted with facts and common sense. The very things Mr. D'Souza says liberals resort to when they want to avoid hearing the truth about themselves. Referring to Mr. D'Souza as "The Gunga Din of Conservatism" was supposed to be insulting, I guess. I gather the person who wrote that mistakenly believes that Gunga Din was a member of an oppressed minority in need of protection from evil, conservative white men. If so, then he is sadly ignorant of both Kipling AND D'Souza. I feel this is an excellent book that should, but won't, be required reading for all college freshmen BEFORE they are assaulted with liberal hogwash by their left-wing professors. This book deserves SIX stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars Packed with Knowledge!
Dinesh D'Souza has produced earlier incisive, groundbreaking books. Illiberal Education and The End of Racism are both thought-provoking reads for conservatives and liberals alike, but this is one has an additional purpose: a comprehensive outline of conservative doctrine and a blanket condemnation of the opposing points of view. D'Souza revisits some previously published opinions, and if he doesn't always support them with fact, he does bring heartfelt argument to the fore. He also refers back to his other two books when illumination is needed. The book, as the title suggests, is formatted as a series of letters to a college student, complete with fond recollections of the author's days as a conservative firebrand at Dartmouth. Even constrained by this gimmick, D'Souza is an entertaining writer who delights in, "harpooning liberals," eloquently if with slight regard for fairness. We recommend this book as an ideological dessert for potential conservatives, more than as a soup-to-nuts guide to conservatism - and its no-shades-of-gray approach may even help liberals prepare their counterarguments.

1-0 out of 5 stars No more Americans?
Mr. D'Souza seems intent on dividing America into irreconcilable groups, liberals and conservatives. Most people in the street would be shocked to know that we aren't Americans anymore but - liberals and conservatives locked in a culture war, and that one can be a liberal by default, by failing to kowtow to the author's views.

This, and every other country needs uniters, not dividers. September 11 doesn't seem to have given conservatives any reason to reconsider their divisiveness.

5-0 out of 5 stars It is good to be reminded of why Reagan was right.
July 2, 2004. Saw Farenheit 911 this week and needed an antidote. (...) I had received Letters to a Young Conservative as a gift two years ago and had it in my "to read" pile. I came of political age under Reagan. He was the first president I could vote for. He was the first politician I ever volunteered for. He provided a very positive and affirming vision of what it means to be an American and how to participate in our democracy and the world. Up until the 60's it was pretty clear what it meant to be an American. Most people agreed on a large number of core values. Somehow in that drug/sex haze that begat me (born 1964), our parents decided to try and throw everything before out and start over. D'Souza does a very good job of reminding us why that was a silly idea and how the legacy of free everything still haunts us today.

This is the kind of book you can pick up anytime and open to any chapter and find thought provoking prose. Each chapter has a specific topic or theme. If you want to understand the falacy of the Anti-Globalists argument, turn to chapter 26 (particularly relevant given current events). Want to understand why the Catholics, once the party of Kennedy, are now up for grabs? Want to know how and why the heartland of America, once working class Democrats, are now all Republicans? Turn to chapter 29. My favorite is probably chapter 18, "How to Harpoon a Liberal". Full of juicy tidbits from his many campus visits and the direct confontations with tenured liberal professors and brainwashed freshmen students. When you are young and still rebelling against your parents, it is fashionable to take up any cause identified on the "fringe". When you are older and hopefully have your own family, you usually come to realize the value of law, society, family, values, and why "traditions" work. When I was young, I was also incredibly fearless, egotistical and selfish. I thought nothing could hurt me, I knew most of the answers and whatever I liked was right. In the end, much of the liberal agenda is selfish kids not growing up, not accepting responsibility and learning to trust others.

The young liberal would say "whatever feels good, do it". The young conservative has an uncomfortable feeling with that. Something about imposing his minute by minute egotistical desires on the world doesn't seem right. If you feel this discomfort and want to know why and how to explain it, read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sacred Cows into Hamburger
Dinesh reinforces Ronal Reagan's assertion that "Liberals out of power are funny."

As an outsider to the American political milieu, Dinesh shares his unique, incisive perspective through a series of short letters to an imaginary college freshman. His "take no prisoners" approach will anger many. ... Read more

133. H. P. Lovecraft: Against The World, Against Life
by Michel Houellebecq
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134. Players : The Mysterious Identity of William Shakespeare
by Bertram Fields
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4-0 out of 5 stars Fun but Flawed
This is nearly a great book.For 26 chapters Mr. Fields writes well and then loses it in the last chapter.

In Players, Mr. Fields investigates the identity of William Shakespeare.While doing so, Mr. Fields divides the world into Stratfordians (those who believe the man from Stratford actually wrote the plays) and "anti-Strats" (those who believe someone else actually wrote the plays).In my experience most serious scholars--and I do not consider myself anything more than an amateur Shakespearean scholar myself--don't really question that the man from Stratford wrote the plays and, despite my lowly status, I place myself firmly in the Stratford man's camp.On the other hand, many amateur Shakespeareans--Mr. Fields is, after all, a novelist and entertainment lawyer--love the conspiracy theory and the search for an alternate identity for Shakespeare.

All that being said, Mr. Fields has written a wonderfully fascinating and readable account.His experience in the law serves him well as he sifts through the available evidence and fairly tries to give points where points are due to both the strats and anti-strats.There are some inaccuracies but he does a reasonable job.In the last part of the book he weighs the evidence for some of the most popular "real Shakespeares" from the obvious (Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford) to the ridiculous (Queen Elizabeth).For the most part, I felt he presented the evidence reasonably well; mainly because he stood back and let the evidence speak for itself without making too many judgements.

In the last chapter, however, he makes a case for the plays being written cooperatively between Oxford and Shakespeare with Oxford supplying the bulk and the rustic Shakespeare providing those parts that would please the groundlings.When Oxford dies in 1603, he has left behind a number of mostly finished plays that his son-in-law, Stanley, reworks with Shakespeare and gradually releases.Along the way, help and advice is gotten from people ranging from Marloe & Jonson to Francis Bacon.Whew!At one point, Fields asks how Shakespeare can be the author of these plays since so little written evidence points to him.I would ask Fields how such a magnificent conspiracy between so many important people could be perpetrated without a single piece of written evidence (a letter, someone's journal) pointing to it.

I have to admit, this last chapter threw me for a loop and colored my enjoyment of the rest of the book.Like most "unmasked conspiracies" it is fun to read and exciting in its intrigue but the fact is (and at least Fields admits this) it is likely we will never know for sure.However, I am of the type that believes the burden of proof lies on the anti-strats (to borrow another phrase from Mr. Fields).Works of genius are, by definition, created by a genius.A genius is someone who reaches far beyond what is expected or typical of the time.Say whatever you want about how Shakespeare's upbringing and experience could never have prepared him to write these wonderful plays.Barring incontrovertible evidence, I find it easier to believe that the Stratford man somehow had the ability to rise above his experience and create these works than that a conspiratorial group effort managed the same.

But read the book and decide for yourself.It's worth it.

4-0 out of 5 stars May Be Flawed But At Least Fair to Both Sides
The two issues of The Shakespeare Mystery are: 1. who wrote the plays, sonnets and poems attributed to a "William Shakespeare" in the late 1500's and 2. the fervent almost-religious zealousness of those on the extreme ends of the spectrum to completely discredit, humiliate and vilify the opposing side, which does nothing to further honest scholarship in the field. It only fuels an "us vs them" mentality that seems more political than intellectual. Despite its flaws, particularly lacking a bibliography and notes on primary sources, "Players" at least attempts to be fair to both sides of the question without being zealous. Other writers have tried to cement their positions in historical concrete where there is only plaster paris later to be undone by other writers. The real point that Fields is trying to make is that each side of the Shakespeare authorship question has their strengths and weaknesses, and the jury still has yet to see enough evidence. Other books have assumed their position correct and have painstakingly made their argument with a kind of biased analysis. This book at least comes from the perspective of looking at known facts of the period relating to Shakespeare (assuming that Fields' scholarship is legitimate and thorough) and analyzing them in terms of several possibilities. For example, Fields shows much of the documentary evidence indicating that the man from Stratford was heavily involved in investing in the theatre companies that performed much of the Shakespeare canon, as well as his involvement as a performer, facts often minimized by anti-Stratfordians and Oxfordians. However, sometimes the author does draw a conclusion or two without explaining his reasoning. For example, Oxfordians have often pointed to the statement "...the first heir of my invention..." used in the dedication of "Venus and Adonis" to mean the first use of the name "Shakespeare" as a pseudonym. Since many of the plays had already been performed at the time of this publication, Oxfordians have discredited the notion that the word "invention" meant Shakespeare's first written or published work as assumed by Stratfordians. Fields asserts that "invention" probably doesn't mean the first use of the pseudonym but fails to state his reasoning and what the meaning of the word might be. He simply goes on to another subject. Nevertheless, I think the work overall brings a new angle onto the Shakespeare mystery that has been lacking. With the exception of the book "Who Wrote Shakespeare?" most books are ardently written from one side or the other with much ferocious zeal and portray the other side as either being dogmatic or snobbish. This book at least attempts to do neither. But there is a third issue. Fields is an entertainment lawyer in Hollywood, not a literary scholar or historian by trade, which shows in his lack of citing source material adequately. I will also say that his writing is at least above average for one working in Hollywood. The other question remains: when will a professional historian of academic stature successfully tackle this problem?? So far, in the last few years, it has been mainly those outside of academia who have written books on the subject. Academicians have steared wide of the authorship question asserting that there is no question that the man from Stratford is Shakespeare. They still write large 700-page tomes that continually use phrases such as "he must have been a law clark" or "his heretofore undocumented trip to Italy" and so forth. Keep me posted please if someone of the reputation of Alison Weir decides to put their reputation on the line and enter the Shakespeare abyss.
Steve W.

5-0 out of 5 stars Most insightful work on the Shakespeare Mystery
Born to illiterate parents, unable to write himself, somehow William Shakespeare, a butcher's apprentice produces works only a well educated, well traveled and well born could be credited with. The key to the author's conclusions is that the writer had to be Cambridge educated. The prime suspect(s) are then presented in excellant detail. A must read for anyone who is intrigued by this mystery.

2-0 out of 5 stars There is much better available.
I give this work two stars-- not based on my own reading, but after having just viewed Mr. Field's appearance on Larry King. To my dismay, neither Mr. Fields or Larry King acknowledged the fine scholarly works that already exist opposing the "Received Theory" of authorship. Mr. Field's comments on the program suggest he has not read other works such as Joseph Sobran's excellent "Alias Shakespeare." Although Sobran was not the first to postulate the Oxfordian view of authorship, he has gone far beyond other all other writers on the subject, and has made a great many original discoveries in support of the Earl of Oxford as the real Shakespeare. Sobran's discoveries can be found both in "Alias" and on Sobran's web page. Sobran's works are both pleasant and exciting reading, and they demolish the alternative theories which Mr. Fields presented on King's show. However, if it takes a Hollywood lawyer on Larry King to get more people interested in the subject, I say that's a good thing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Who Wrote Shakespeare's Works?
There is an ongoing mystery as to which persons wrote all of the many works of William Shakespeare. This author and others believe that portions of Shakespeare's works were written by at least two other people. The actual identity of the author(s) will forever be a mystery. However, Fields does research and travels to England to answer some of the questions and gives ideas on who he thinks the actual authors really are.

The book is interesting and enjoyable. There is an author interview available on the Larry King Live web site. Since the author is Larry King's personal attorney as well the author of this book, his inclusion on the Larry King Live show may be a favor and not based entirely on the quality of the book. ... Read more

135. The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (Oxford Dictionary of Nusery Rhymes)
by Iona Archibald Opie, Peter Opie
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Here is a brand new edition of the classic anthology of nursery rhymes--over 500 rhymes, songs, nonsense jingles, and lullabies traditionally handed down to young children. Included are all of your favorites, ranging from "Yankee Doodle Came to Town" and "A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go" to "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep," Jack and Jill" and "Old Mother Hubbard." And complementing the rhymes are nearly a hundred illustrations, including reproductions of early art found in ballad sheets and music books, which highlight the development of children's illustrations over the last two centuries.

With each piece, Iona and Peter Opie introduced a wealth of information, noting the earliest known publications of the rhyme, describing how it originated, illustrating changes in wording over time, and indicating variations and parallels in other languages. Moreover, in the general introduction, the Opies discuss the different types of rhyme and the earliest published collections, and they address such questions as who was Mother Goose and whether or not individual rhymes originally portrayed real people. For this second edition, the notes have been updated and extended in light of recent scholarship, providing an unrivaled wealth of literary and bibliographic information.

The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes is now more than ever an indispensable reference source for scholars and book collectors as well as a volume to be treasured by parents and children alike. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Getting dated.
This is the second edition, published in 1997, of the original Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, also by Iona and Peter Opie, which appeared in 1951. The Preface to the Second Edition explains that the authors gathered many new references over the intervening four decades, and thanks several correspondents for still further additions and corrections. There is, consequently, much more information in the apparatus of the newer edition. However, the revisions are not thorough enough; I still get the sense that I am reading a book put together in the years after World War II.

For one thing, the Introduction appears to have been completely untouched; there are no references to any publication after 1951 (with the exception of references to two recent compilations by the Opies), and most date from the 1940's (for example, the reference on p. 3 to "two admirable Presidential Addresses by Lord Raglan to the Folk-Lore Society, 20 Mar. 1946, and 5 Mar. 1947"). Moreover, the discussion evinces a strange English elitism that may have seemed conventional six decades ago, but has not worn well with time. For example, the Opies seem to consider it a great fillip to the status of nursery rhymes that some of them can be shown to have been written by respected members of the English upper class; but we would consider these figures second or third-rate authors today (for example, Sir Charles Sedley). Also, there is too much blue-blooded in-group banter; for example, under "Bo Peep," one finds this assertion: "it is on record that in his early days Irving played the part of the wolf in Little Bo-Peep at Edinburgh." OK, who is Irving? If you want your book to be read by the generations that succeed you, you must not make allusions that are comprehensible only to your peers and coevals.

Finally, the book is unnecessarily difficult to use. I STILL cannot find "Pop Goes the Weasel" in here; either I am an idiot or the indices are inadequate. I think the latter.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderfull!
It's simply wonderfull! More than 500 nursery rhymes, lullabies, riddles with intresting notices about origin. A real treasure for me and for my site:

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone interested in NRs and their origin
This is the seminal publication on nursery rhymes, IMO. The Opies have been collecting information about nursery rhymes for more than 50 years. The second edition of their OD of NR was published last year (1997) and is greatly updated on the first. It includes indepth analysis of over 550 nursery rhymes. I've been unable to find a NS of my knowledge that isn't included in there.

It makes a great present for a new-born, or his/her parents more like! ... Read more

136. Who We Are : On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer
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137. Phonetic Symbol Guide
by Geoffrey K. Pullum, William A. Ladusaw
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Phonetic Symbol Guide is a comprehensive and authoritative encyclopedia of phonetic alphabet symbols, providing a complete survey of the hundreds of characters used by linguists and speech scientists to record the sounds of the world's languages.

This fully revised second edition incorporates the major revisions to the International Phonetic Alphabet made in 1989 and 1993. Also covered are the American tradition of transcription stemming from the anthropological school of Franz Boas; the Bloch/Smith/Trager style of transcription; the symbols used by dialectologists of the English language; usages of specialists such as Slavicists, Indologists, Sinologists, and Africanists; and the transcription proposals found in all major textbooks of phonetics.

With sixty-one new entries, an expanded glossary of phonetic terms, added symbol charts, and a full index, this book will be an indispensable reference guide for students and professionals in linguistics, phonetics, anthropology, philology, modern language study, and speech science.

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4-0 out of 5 stars This 2nd edition is even better, but...
This is a precious and useful reference book. It covers most of history of IPA and of the American usage(s) in transcription, with some minor gaps (e.g., the symbol for dental voiced affricate used by Gleason and Hall, the special use of reversed small capital U in Hockett, etc.). It is a trustworthy guide for the traditions of transcription it covers: I learned a lot about them. Some moot points of the new IPA are duly commented upon and clarified, too. The Continental European tradition, on the contrary, is only cursorily hinted at (e.g., Meillet-Cohen, Slavic linguistics, but not Dialectology and Linguistic Geography, both Romance and Germanic) and so is the tradition of Africanists (Beach and Doke are taken into account, but not, e.g., Guthrie). Being grateful to the authors for the service they paid to the community of linguists and anthropologists, might I hope for a little bit larger coverage in a next edition?

5-0 out of 5 stars Anyone involved in phonetics needs this book!
A completely thorough guide to phonetics, including all symbols considered and ever used in the IPA, American system, and various specialized systems (such as those of eskimologists, etc.). An absolute must and a great improvement from the first edition. ... Read more

138. The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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139. A Celebration of Literature and Response: Children, Books, and Teachers in K-8 Classrooms, Second Edition
by Marjorie R. Hancock
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Asin: 0131109022
Catlog: Book (2003-07-22)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 219966
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Reinforced by teachers' experiences in actual classrooms, this book provides a wealth of ideas for projects, readings, and response-based activities that will engage all learners in the joy of reading and responding to literature. It blends an appreciation of children's books across all genres with an emphasis on meaningful instructional strategies for literacy programs. Coverage of multicultural/international literature helps illustrate the universality of themes in children's literature—providing a basis for establishing a library of literature that expresses the totality of children's experiences and speaks to children from all cultures and backgrounds.Coverage is based on Louise Rosenblatt's transactional theory of reader response, and organized around five main “celebrations” that the author uses as a framework for uniting the findings of reader-response theory with quality children's literature and exemplary reflective, literature-based practice. Includes expanded coverage on multicultural/international literature—including numerous examples of children's literature written and published in other countries. Includes extensive coverage of reader responses to literature—oral and written responses, as well as those made through the visual arts.For teachers of Children's Literature.@SUBBULLET = Introduces future teaches to the full range of children's responses to literature—encourages the use of a variety of strategies to elicit authentic, heartfelt, meaningful responses from pupils.@BULLET = An appendix on children's literature awards.@SUBBULLET = Highlights exemplary children's literature across all genres—focuses students' attention on established standards and offers guidance for choosing literature that meets such standards.@CONTENTSBEG = @BREAKER = CONTENTS@PARTHEAD = I. CELEBRATING LITERATURE, RESPONSE, AND TEACHING.@CHLIST = 1. Literature, Teaching, and Reader Response: Balancing Books and Readers in the Classroom.@CHLIST = 2. Reader Response to Literature: From Rosenblatt's Theory to Research to Classroom Practice.@PARTHEAD = II. CELEBRATING LITERATURE AND LITERARY GENRES.@CHLIST = 3. The Art of the Picture Book: The Balance of Text and Illustration.@CHLIST = 4. Traditional Tales and Modern Fantasy: The Domain of Imagination.@CHLIST = 5. Poetry: The Power and Pleasure of Language.@CHLIST = 6. Realistic and Historical Fiction: The Boundary of Reality.@CHLIST = 7. Nonfiction: The Realm of Biography and Informational Books.@CHLIST = 8. Multicultural and International Literature: Appreciating Cultural and Global Diversity.@PARTHEAD = III. CELEBRATING RESPONSE CONNECTIONS TO LITERATURE.@CHLIST = 9. Talking About Books: From Oral Response to Literature Circles.@CHLIST = 10. Literature Response Journals: Written Reflections during Reading.@CHLIST = 11. Literature as a Model for Writing: Apprenticing the Author's Craft.@CHLIST = 12. Drama, Art, and Music: Expressive Arts as Response.@CHLIST = 13. Response to Nonfiction: Blending Efferent and Aesthetic Response.@PARTHEAD = IV. CELEBRATING INTERTEXTUAL AND INTERDISCIPLINARY CONNECTIONS.@CHLIST = 14. Interdisciplinary and Intertextual Connections: Response through Literature Clusters, Theme Explorations, and Twin Texts.@PARTHEAD = V. CELEBRATING RESPONSE GROWTH THROUGH ASSESSMENT.@CHLIST = 15. Documenting Response to Literature: Authentic Perspectives.@CHLIST = Appendix A: Children's Book Awards and Recognition.@CHLIST = Appendix B: Professional Resources.@CHLIST = Appendix C: Children's Literature and Technology.@COPYRIGHT = © 2004, @PAGES = 448 pp., @BINDING = Paper@ISBN = 0-13-110902-2@TCODE = 1090O-6@COURSECODE = SE0306:@COURSENAME = Children's Literature / Methods@COURSECODE = HE0415:@COURSENAME = Children's Literature@CGPAGE = Course Guide Page@CONTENTSEND = @BREAKER = SUPPLEMENTS<P> Generic Supplements@SUPPLEMENT = ESOL Strategies for Teaching Content: Facilitating Instruction for English Language Learners (0-13-090845-2) @SUPPLEMENT = The Portfolio Planner: Making Professional Portfolios Work For You (0-13-081314-1) @SUPPLEMENT = Positive Behavioral Supports: Five Plans for Teachers (0-13-042187-1) @SUPPLEMENT = Surviving Your First Year of Teaching: Guidelines for Success (0-13-032573-2) @OTHERBREAKER = OTHER TITLES OF INTEREST@OTHERTITLE = Jacobs/Tunnell, Children's Literature, Briefly, 3/E, 2004 (0-13-049924-2)@OTHERTITLE = Norton/Norton, Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children's Literature, 6/E, 2003 (0-13-042207-X)@OTHERTITLE = Hillman, Discovering Children's Literature, 3/E, 2003 (0-13-042332-7)@OTHERTITLE = Darigan/Tunnell/Jacobs, Children's Literature: Engaging Teachers and Children in Good Books, 2002 (0-13-081355-9)@OTHERTITLE = Jacobs/Tunnell/Darigan, Children's Literature Database, A Resource for Teachers, Parents and Media Specialists, 2/E, 2002 (0-13-094618-4)@OTHERTITLE = Ertmer, Education on the Internet: 2002-2003 update, ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Okay but lacking real depth
I chose this book for a children's literature class that I lead based mostly on cost.The other recommended texts in this area are very expensive and I wanted my students to be able to purchase quality trade books as well.I need to supplement the reading a great deal because of the cursory nature of the chapters regarding various genres.For the money, it's a fine text but be aware that it leaves out a great deal that that other books - such as Norton's Through the Eyes of a Child from the same publisher - cover in greater depth.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hands-On Children's Literature
Marjorie Hancock introduces teachers to some of the best titles in Children's Literature. Going beyond mere introductions, she suggests methods for implementing various response methods and for integrating Children's Literature into the classroom.She has taken the effort toinclude titles for both elementary and middle school classrooms in onevolume, so that teachers are able to become acquainted with a wide varietyof genres as well as titles. An especially impressive section is herchapter on poetry, where she not only defines the various forms, butprovides examples of each style. This is a concise volume, andit doeslack the pictures that many other texts have. The references to children'sliterature websites, and authors' homepages are a valuable resource tooland help integrate modern technology with the printed page -- a skill thatis sorely needed as we enter the new millenium. ... Read more

140. A Collection of Essays
by George Orwell
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Catlog: Book (1970-06-01)
Publisher: Harcourt
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Imagine any of today's writers of "creative nonfiction" dispatching a rogue elephant before an audience of several thousand. Now, imagine the essay that would result. Can we say "narcissism"? As part of the Imperial Police in Burma, George Orwell actually found himself aiming the gun, and his record--first published in 1936--comprises eight of the highest voltage pages of English prose you'll ever read. In "Shooting an Elephant," Orwell illumines the shoddy recesses of his own character, illustrates the morally corrupting nature of imperialism, and indicts you, the reader, in the creature's death, a process so vividly reported it's likely to show up in your nightmares ever after. "The owner was furious, but he was only an Indian and could do nothing.... Among the Europeans opinion was divided.The older men said I was right,the younger men said it was a damn shame to shoot an elephant for killing a coolie, because an elephant was worth much more than any damn Coringheecoolie."

This essay alone would be worth the cover price, and the dozen other pieces collected here prove that, given the right thinker/writer, today's journalism actually can become tomorrow's literature. "The Art of Donald McGill," ostensibly an appreciation of the jokey, vaguely obscene illustrated postcards beloved of the working classes, uses the lens of popular culture to examine the battle lines and rules of engagement in the war of the sexes, circa 1941. "Politics and the English Language" is a prose working-out of Orwell's perceptions about the slippery relationship of word and thought that becomes a key premise of 1984. "Looking Back on the Spanish War" is as clear-eyed a veteran's memoir of the nature of war as you're likely to find, and Orwell's long ruminations on the wildly popular "good bad" writers Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling showcase his singular virtues--searing honesty and independent thinking. From English boarding schools to Gandhi's character to an early appreciation of Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer, these pieces give an idiosyncratic tour of the first half of the passing century in the company of an articulate and engaged guide.Don't let the idea that Orwell is an "important" writer put you off reading him. He's really too good, and too human, to miss. --Joyce Thompson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Political, but not in conventional ways.
Orwell was anti-fascist as the last reviewer wrote, but he was also anti-communist,having seen it first hand in Spain. His life as an author was quite dymnamic. You can see a change in his politics from book to book. His early death leads you to wonder what Orwell would have written about the space age. This book is so well written that you will find enjoyment in subjects that you care nothing about. His Essays on Dickens and Kipling were more insightful than the semester in college I spent on 19th century English Literature.

His reflections on Ghandi expose the flaws that most Ghandi fans ignore or hide. He then goes on to celebrate the man for his virtues.

His look at Henry Miller was amazing. Orwell saw through the shock value of Miller's 1930s autobiography and recognized great writing when his contemporaries dismised the work as pornography.

Orwell's easy language coupled with genius-level insight make this a book to read again and again.

5-0 out of 5 stars A left-wing and anti-fascist bible.
These essays range from the highly political to writing about human nature. In one essay Orwell points out that in most people there exists an idealistic part of the personality and a part of the personality that seek comfort and tells us to look after number one.

In England Your England (taken from Orwell's book The Lion and the Unicorn) Orwell asks whether the English ruling class is evil or stupid, which he also asks in Looking Back on the Spanish War.This is asked in connection with the fact that the ruling class appeased Hitler.

Although England Your England is good it shows Orwell at his weakest in making predictions-- such as the view that only a socialist nation can really fight effectively.

In the essay Marrakech the poverty of North African Arabs is shown, also the poverty of the Jews, along with the anti-semitism of Europeans in North Africa..

Perhaps Orwell is a little too harsh on Charles Dickens in the essay about this great English author.

I can only convey a little in this review. Read this book and enjoy the Orwell's experience!. Once one has read Orwell's great non-fiction, with an open mind, one cannot quite think exactly like one though before. The power of his reasoning is great-and this is why some people don't want you to read Orwell.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great with tea and obligatory biscuit
George Orwell, writer of such great classics as "No Winston, two plus two is five" and "All animals are equal" truely outdid himself with this book. His essay, "Such, and Such Were the Joys," is worth the price of the book alone. The descriptions therein, in the vein of 1984, are detailed and vivid to the point where I almost feel as if I remember and understand Orwell's childhood better than my own. In this essay one also catches a glimpse of what made Orwell the writer he was: a poor, pessimistic, sickly lad whose talent could have created it's own entire cannon if he'd lived longer and enjoyed a more work conducive atmosphere. For every reader who breathes to read, this book is an oxygen tank. (like the one they have at the bottom of the slopes in Aspen.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff, Mostly
Note that all the essays in this collection are available online, most of them at multiple sites.

This sample of Orwell's essays is representative but perhaps a little too small. At least two other essays, "A Hanging" and "Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool" should have been included.

"Such, Such Were the Joys" is a moving reminiscence of boarding school, where Orwell had a miserable time as a frail student on "reduced fees".

"Charles Dickens" is a long piece of literary-social criticism. It is insightful on Dickens the man and his politics, and how they relate to his work. Orwell notes the class limitations on Dickens's outlook, but feels that in spite of them, Dickens is a "free intelligence".

"Rudyard Kipling" is an essay in the same style. Orwell admits Kipling's faults but feels that despite them, he produced better poetry than most of his contemporaries. This is put down to his writing about/for a class with a sense of responsibility.

"The Art of Donald McGill", "Raffles and Miss Blandish" and "Boys' Weeklies" are essays that analyse public sentiment through a survey of popular literature and art. These essays are the best in the genre, and definitely among Orwell's best essays.

"Inside the Whale" is an essay about contemporary (1920-1940) serious literature. Parts I and III praise Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer; part II reviews literature between the wars. The image of a transparent whale (inside which Henry Miller sits) is arresting, but this essay is not otherwise a very good one. Orwell says several obvious or false things about 1920s writers, misrepresents the Auden group, and is somewhat hyperbolic about Henry Miller.

"England your England" is an essay about the English national spirit, and is very revealing about Orwell's own patriotism.

"Looking Back on the Spanish War" -- Orwell fought with a Trotskyist militia in Spain; his experiences are recounted in Homage to Catalonia. This is a brief reminiscence. Hopefully it will inspire you to read the book.

"Politics and the English Language" has been very influential; its thesis is that the use of cliches and euphemisms leads to muddy thinking which makes totalitarianism bearable. It includes his six rules of good writing. Orwell also makes this point in the brilliant appendix to 1984.

"Marrakech" and "Shooting an Elephant" are essays about colonialism. The latter describes it from much closer range; it describes an experience Orwell had as a colonial administrator in Burma and is one of his most famous essays.

"Reflections on Gandhi" discusses Gandhi's personal ethics and political philosophy. Orwell's critique of Gandhi is memorable:

"The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection, that one is sometimes willing to commit sins for the sake of loyalty, that one does not push asceticism to the point where it makes friendly intercourse impossible, and that one is prepared in the end to be defeated and broken up by life, which is the inevitable price of fastening one's love upon other human individuals. No doubt alcohol, tobacco, and so forth, are things that a saint must avoid, but sainthood is also a thing that human beings must avoid."

"Why I Write" is an account of Orwell's development as a writer. Orwell claims that the political purpose was foremost in all his writing, and ends this essay with the famous aphorism that "good prose is like a windowpane."

4-0 out of 5 stars The end of all isms....
Orwell was not only a keen observer of human nature and somebody who had the guts and foresight to condemn extremism from all corners he was also essentially a great humanitarian. The care he takes in using discriminating language and urging others to do so is a great legacy and one we are in dire need of today in this era of thoughtless engineering and sloganeering and aliteracy among the literate. His disemination of Gandhi and his sceptical stance towards hero worship is also badly in need of being reread and rejuvinated. All saints should be pronounced guilty until proven innocent would be a laudable addition to public life, or church for that matter. Orwell is without missionary zeal except when it comes to writing itself which he describes as a disease as well as a cure and a matter of seriousness for soul evaluation.
Anything penned by the man who gave us the following explanation for fascism is worth contemplating:
"The dog which performs his tricks because he is afraid of the whip is not yet well trained enough. The really well trained dog does his somersaults without being asked to perform." ... Read more

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