Music and History: Bridging the Disciplines

This publication starts with an easy query: Why have not historians and musicologists been speaking to each other?
Historians often glance to all facets of human task, together with track, on the way to higher comprehend the prior. Musicologists inquire into the social, cultural, and old contexts of musical works and musical practices to enhance theories concerning the meanings of compositions and the importance of musical production. either disciplines study how humans symbolize their stories. This number of unique essays, the 1st of its variety, argues that the dialog among students within the fields can turn into richer and extra jointly informing.
The quantity good points an eloquent own essay by means of historian Lawrence W. Levine, whose paintings has encouraged an entire new release of students engaged on African American tune in American background. the 1st six essays deal with broadly various facets of musical tradition and background starting from girls and well known tune through the French Revolution to nineteenth-century song publishing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. extra essays by way of students open air of musicology and background characterize a brand new form of disciplinary bridging through the use of the equipment of cultural experiences to examine cross-dressing in 19th- and early twentieth-century opera and blues responses to lynching within the New South. The final 4 essays supply types for collaborative, multidisciplinary study with a unique emphasis on renowned track.
Jeffrey H. Jackson, Memphis, Tennessee, is affiliate Professor of heritage at Rhodes university. he's the writer of Making Jazz French: song and sleek existence in Interwar Paris and Paris less than Water:  How town of sunshine Survived the good Flood of 1910. Stanley C. Pelkey, Portage, Michigan, is assistant professor of tune at Western Michigan collage. he's a member of the varsity tune Society, and his paintings has seemed in music-related periodicals.

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Distrust That Particular Flavor

By William Gibson

Notwithstanding most sensible recognized for his fiction, William Gibson is as a lot well-liked for his state of the art observations at the international we are living in now. initially published in courses as diverse as Wired, the New York Times, and the Observer, those articles and essays disguise thirty years of considerate, observant lifestyles, and are mentioned within the wry, humane voice that fanatics of Gibson have come to crave.

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Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird

By Mary McDonagh Murphy

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Harper Lee’s liked vintage To Kill a Mockingbird, filmmaker Mary Murphy has interviewed well known figures—including Oprah, Anna Quindlen, and Tom Brokaw—on how the e-book has impacted their lives. those interviews are compiled in Scout, Atticus, and Boo, definitely the right significant other to at least one of an important American books of the twentieth Century. Scout, Atticus, and Boo also will characteristic a foreword from acclaimed author Wally Lamb.

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The Empathy Exams: Essays

By Leslie Jamison

From own loss to phantom illnesses, The Empathy Exams is a daring and incredible assortment, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay choice of Spring 2014

Beginning along with her adventure as a scientific actor who used to be paid to behave out signs for clinical scholars to diagnose, Leslie Jamison's visceral and revealing essays ask crucial questions about our easy knowing of others: How may still we care approximately one another? How do we suppose another's ache, particularly while ache might be assumed, distorted, or played? Is empathy a device through which to check or perhaps grade one another? by means of confronting pain―real and imagined, her personal and others'―Jamison uncovers a private and cultural urgency to believe. She attracts from her personal stories of disorder and physically damage to interact in an exploration that extends a ways past her lifestyles, spanning wide-ranging territory―from poverty tourism to phantom illnesses, road violence to truth tv, ailment to incarceration―in its look for one of those sight formed through humility and grace.

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Susan Sontag (Critical Lives)

By Jerome Boyd Maunsell

“My notion of a author: somebody drawn to ‘everything.’” This assertion by means of Susan Sontag (1933–2004) looked as if it would mirror her personal existence as an essayist, diarist, filmmaker, playwright, and novelist writing on a startling variety of topics—from literature, dance, movie, and portray to melanoma, AIDS, and the ethics of conflict reportage. for lots of critics, her paintings captures the twentieth-century global larger than nearly the other. during this new biography, Jerome Boyd Maunsell attracts on Sontag’s wide diaries to supply a much more intimate portrait than ever sooner than of her struggles in love, marriage, motherhood, and writing.
Exploring the surprising scope of Sontag’s lifestyles and paintings, Maunsell strains her progress in the course of her highbrow occupation at Chicago, Oxford, and the Sorbonne. He discusses her short-lived marriage to Philip Rieff at seventeen, the start of her son, and her next relationships with girls. As Maunsell follows the intense arc of her lifestyles, he delves into her literary existence in long island within the Nineteen Sixties; travels along with her to Hanoi, Cuba, and China; and surveys her paintings in Sweden and France within the Seventies, the place she became to filmmaking. Maunsell concludes by means of interpreting her striking rebirth as a novelist and critic within the Nineteen Eighties and ’90s after her prognosis with melanoma within the mid-1970s.
supplying a whole photo of Sontag as a personal individual and public determine, this concise biography casts new mild in this pivotal determine in literary and cultural history.

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The Digital Divide: Arguments for and Against Facebook, Google, Texting, and the Age of Social Netwo rking

This definitive paintings at the perils and promise of the social- media revolution collects writings via latest most sensible thinkers and cultural commentators, with an all-new advent by means of Bauerlein.

Twitter, fb, e-publishing, blogs, distance-learning and different social media bring up essentially the most divisive cultural questions of our time. a few see the technological breakthroughs we are living with as hopeful and democratic new steps in schooling, info amassing, and human development. yet others are deeply involved by way of the eroding of civility on-line, declining examining behavior, withering awareness spans, and the treacherous results of 24/7 peer strain on our young.

With The Dumbest Generation, Mark Bauerlein emerged because the leading voice opposed to the improvement of an overpowering electronic social tradition. however the electronic Divide does not take aspects. Framing the dialogue in order that best voices from around the spectrum, supporters and detractors alike, have the ability to weigh in at the profound matters raised by way of the recent media-from questions of studying abilities and realization span, to cyber-bullying and the electronic playground- Bauerlein's new e-book takes the talk to a better ground.

The ebook comprises essays through Steven Johnson, Nicholas Carr, Don Tapscott, Douglas Rushkoff, Maggie Jackson, Clay Shirky, Todd Gitlin, and plenty of extra. even though those items were formerly released, the association of The electronic Divide offers them freshness and new relevancy, making them a part of a unmarried rfile readers can use to actually get a deal with on on-line privateness, the perils of a plugged-in formative years, and different technology-related scorching topics.

Rather than dividing the publication into "pro" and "con" sections, the essays are prepared by means of subject-"The mind, the Senses," "Learning in and out of the Classroom," "Social and private Life," "The Millennials," "The destiny of Culture," and "The Human (and Political) Impact." Bauerlein contains a brief headnote and a pill bio approximately every one contributor, in addition to proper contextual details in regards to the resource of the selection.

Bauerlein additionally offers a brand new creation that strains the improvement of the controversy, from the preliminary electronic Age zeal, to a wave of skepticism, and to a 3rd level of mirrored image that wavers among feedback and endorsement.

Enthusiasms for the electronic Age has cooled with the passage of time and the piling up of real-life examples that turn out the hazards of an online-focused tradition. although, there's nonetheless a lot debate, comprising millions of commentaries and thousands of books, approximately how those applied sciences are rewriting our futures. Now, with this well timed and definitive quantity, readers can eventually minimize throughout the clamor, learn the some of the best writings from either side of The electronic Divide, and make extra educated judgements in regards to the presence and position of know-how of their lives.

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Why Orwell Matters

By Christopher Hitchens

In this largely acclaimed biographical essay, Christopher Hitchens assesses the existence, the achievements, and the parable of the nice political author and player George Orwell. In precise emulative and contrarian kind, Hitchens is either admiring and competitive, sympathetic but serious, taking precise degree of his topic as hero and challenge. Answering either the detractors and the fake claimants, Hitchens tears down the façade of sainthood erected by way of the hagiographers and rebuts the critics element by means of element. He examines Orwell and his views on fascism, empire, feminism, and Englishness, in addition to his outlook on the United States, a rustic and tradition in the direction of which he exhibited a lot ambivalence. even if pondering empires or dictators, race or classification, nationalism or pop culture, Orwell's ethical outlook continues to be crucial in an international that has passed through giant alterations within the fifty years considering his loss of life. Combining the simplest of Hitchens's polemical punch and highbrow attractiveness in a tightly woven and refined argument, this ebook addresses not just why Orwell concerns at the present time, yet how he'll proceed to subject in a destiny, doubtful world.Christopher Hitchens, the most incisive minds of our personal age, meets Orwell at the web page during this provocative come across of wit, competition and ethical truth.

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Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition

By Umberto Eco

How will we comprehend a cat is a cat? And why will we name it a cat? How a lot of our conception of items is predicated on cognitive skill, and what kind of on linguistic assets? the following, in six impressive essays, Umberto Eco explores intensive questions of fact, conception, and event. Basing his principles on good judgment, Eco stocks an unlimited wealth of literary and old wisdom, bearing on matters that impact us on a daily basis. right away philosophical and fun, Kant and the Platypus is a journey of the area of our senses, instructed via a grasp of understanding what's actual and what's not.

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De la sabiduría egoísta (Taurus Great Ideas)

By Francis Bacon

Ideas que han cambiado el mundo

A lo largo de l. a. historia, algunos libros han cambiado el mundo. Han transformado l. a. manera en que nos vemos a nosotros mismos y a los demás. Han inspirado el debate, los angeles discordia, los angeles guerra y l. a. revolución. Han iluminado, indignado, provocado y consolado. Han enriquecido vidas, y también las han destruido.

Taurus publica las obras de los grandes pensadores, pioneros, radicales y visionarios cuyas rules sacudieron l. a. civilización y nos impulsaron a ser quienes somos.

Los célebres escritos de Francis Bacon sobre temas que van desde los angeles ira y l. a. ambición, al matrimonio, los angeles riqueza, los angeles envidia, el imperio o l. a. sabiduría, lo consagraron como uno de los padres fundadores del pensamiento científico moderno, con su rechazo de los angeles superstición y su énfasis en las pruebas y los angeles experimentación, los angeles investigación y l. a. argumentación racional.

Comentarios sobre l. a. colección nice Ideas:

«De veras que l. a. edición es primorosa y pocas veces contenido y continente pueden encontrarse mejor ensamblados y unidos. ¡Qué portadas! Para enmarcar. [...] Ante las nice rules, solo cabe quitarse el sombrero. ¡Chapeau!»

«Taurus propone un doble envite con este lanzamiento. Por un lado aumenta su compromiso con el ensayo; por otro, recupera el gusto por l. a. estética. A los volúmenes se les ha proporcionado una portada delicada y cuidada (copian el unique británico) que invita a l. a. lectura.»
La Razón

«Un fenómeno editorial.»
The Guardian

«Aparte de los contenidos, en basic muy bien elegidos, son tan bonitos que si los ven seguro que cae alguno.»
El País

«Ideas revolucionarias, crónicas de exploraciones, pensamientos radicales# vuelven a los angeles vida en estas cuidadísimas ediciones, muy atractivas para nuevos lectores.»
Mujer Hoy

«Grandes principles bien envueltas. De Cicerón a Darwin, esta colección entra por los ojos.»
Rolling Stone

«Original y bella iniciativa los angeles emprendida por Taurus con su colección nice Ideas.»
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«Hay libros inmortales, libros únicos que contienen pensamientos y reflexiones capaces de cambiar el mundo, tesoros en miniatura reagrupados en los angeles colección nice ideas.»
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