Música al límite

By Edward W. Said

Cubriendo una gran variedad de compositores e intérpretes, acknowledged analiza el contexto social y político de l. a. música y ofrece perspectivas ricas y a menudo sorprendentes. Reflexiona sobre l. a. censura de Wagner en Israel, los angeles relación entre música y feminismo, y las obras de Beethoven, Bruckner, Rossini Schuman y Stravinski, entre otros. Siempre elocuente y profundo, y con frecuencia revelador, "Música al límite" refuerza los angeles reputación de acknowledged como uno de los intelectuales de referencia del siglo XX.

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Conscientious Objections: Stirring Up Trouble About Language, Technology and Education

By Neil Postman

In a chain of feisty and finally hopeful essays, one in all America's sharpest social critics casts a sensible eye over modern tradition to bare the worst -- and the easiest -- of our behavior of discourse, traits in schooling, and obsessions with technological novelty. Readers will locate themselves rethinking lots of their bedrock assumptions: may still schooling transmit tradition or protect us opposed to it? Is technological innovation growth or a chiefly American habit? while everybody watches an identical tv courses -- and tv manufacturers do not discriminate among the audiences for Sesame highway and Dynasty -- is formative years whatever greater than a sentimental suggestion? Writing within the traditions of Orwell and H.L. Mencken, Neil Postman sends surprise waves of wit and important intelligence throughout the cultural desolate tract.

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Bodies in Motion and at Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality

By Thomas Lynch

Masterful essays that remove darkness from not just how we die but additionally how we live.

Thomas Lynch, poet, funeral director, and writer of the hugely praised The Undertaking, winner of an American publication Award and finalist for the nationwide publication Award, maintains to envision the relatives among the "literary and mortuary arts." "Lynch engages the reader with a mix of poetic and funerary elements....his voice is wealthy and generous."―Richard Bernstein, New York Times "[W]hat makes him any such high-quality essayist is that it truly is simply the company of lifestyle and dying to him."―Los Angeles occasions e-book Review "Few readers will stroll clear of this quantity lower than shocked and grateful."―Jay Parini, writer of Benjamin's Crossing "A luminous paintings of words."―Nicholas Delbanco, writer of What Remains

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The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

For greater than one thousand years, the adventures of King Arthur and his Knights of the around desk were retold throughout Europe. they've got encouraged probably the most vital works of ecu literature, fairly within the medieval interval: the romances of Chrétien de Troyes, Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, Sir Gawain and the golf green Knight and Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. within the 19th century, curiosity within the Arthurian legend revived with Tennyson, Wagner and Twain. This significant other outlines the evolution of the legend from the earliest documentary resources to Spamalot, and analyses how a number of the significant motifs of the legend were handed down in either medieval and glossy texts. With a map of Arthur's Britain, a chronology of key texts and a consultant to additional studying, this quantity itself will give a contribution to the continued fascination with the King and his many legends.

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Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design

By Steven Heller

Even supposing created to meet ephemeral wishes, nice works of picture layout frequently turn into memorable cultural icons representing the days and areas in their origins. layout Literacy offers ninety-three "object lessons," particular histories interpreting the contexts during which famous, unknown, and nameless works have made decisive contributions to the evolution of image layout. Steven Heller and Karen Pomeroy create a mosaic of layout tales that supply a chain of necessary classes in how layout works and a fascinating background of photo layout from the past due 19th century to the current. Tracing the advance of every paintings, Heller and Pomeroy clarify its position in layout heritage and the way it pertains to the cultural milieu from which it emerged. layout Literacy is a brief therapy for designers and scholars of layout struggling with a nutrition of an excessive amount of "eye candy" and hungry to appreciate the forces at paintings in the back of the visible energy of significant works of photo design.

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The implicit argument of layout Literacy is that even imagemakers need to decelerate sometimes to imagine non-visually approximately what they do. photograph layout has a earlier, and designers' activities have outcomes. It's an enormous cultural task, and people who perform it desire criteria that transcend communicative brute strength -- Print

Highly readable and informative, frequently concentrating on one item and delivering a few fascinating insights into the object's construction and effect. scholars of photo layout historical past will locate attractive research and important issues of view to contemplate. layout Literacy will entice either the final reader, whose interest might be piqued by means of spotting a few of our most famed icons, and professionals/practitioners, whose wisdom and sensitivity to layout should be heightened via those considerate essays -- Choice

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At the Old Ballgame: Stories From Baseball's Golden Era

Before multimillion-dollar salaries, luxurious bins, and participant moves grew to become synonymous with expert activities, there existed the idea in enjoying easily "for the affection of the game." not anything captures that spirit higher than those twenty vintage items approximately America's favourite hobby.
Collected listed here are the writings of Ring Lardner, Zane gray, the Giants' immortal Christy Mathewson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Finley Peter Dunne (who for a time was once America's hottest slapstick comedian after Mark Twain), Burt Standish (creator of that all-American hero, Frank Merriwell), and plenty of extra. Baseball's golden period could have lengthy on account that handed, yet within the pages of on the outdated Ballgame, you could sit down within the bleachers for a nickel.

Relive the golden period of baseball with undying classics from:
Albert G. Spalding
Henry Chadwick
Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Grantland Rice
Sol White
Brig. Gen. Fredrick Funston
Zane Grey
Candy Cummings
Alfred H. Spink
Burt L. Standish
Lester Chadwick
Finley Peter Dunne
Christy Mathewson
Damon Runyon
Grover Cleveland Alexander
Gerald Beaumont
Ring Lardner
Hugh Fullerton
Ralph D. Blanpied
Charles E. Van Loan
P.G. Wodehouse

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Seek: Reports from the Edges of America & Beyond

By Denis Johnson

Part political disquisition, half shuttle magazine, half self-exploration, Seek is a set of essays and articles within which Denis Johnson primarily takes at the world.And no longer an obliging, easygoing global both; yet really one within which horror and sweetness exist in such proximity that they could good be interchangeable. the place violence and poverty and ethical transgression cross unchecked, even not noted. a global of such wild, rocketing power that, greedy it, something in any respect is possible.

Whether touring via war-ravaged Liberia, mingling with the crowds at a Christian Biker rally, exploring his personal authority matters during the lens of this nation's military teams, or trying to unearth his internal assets whereas mining for gold within the wilds of Alaska, Johnson writes with a mix of humility and funny candor that's all over present.

With the breathtaking and sometimes haunting lyricism for which his paintings is popular, Johnson considers in those items our desire for transcendence. And, as readers of his past paintings recognize, Johnson's route to consecration usually calls for a limning of the darkest abyss. If the trail to wisdom lies in event, Seek is an interesting checklist of Johnson's profoundly relocating pilgrimage.

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Public Figures (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

By Jena Osman

Public Figures is an essay-poem with photos and textual content that starts with a playful inspiration test: statues of individuals in public areas have eyes, yet what are they taking a look at? to respond to that question, Jena Osman units up a digital camera to trace the gaze of a couple of statues in Philadelphia—mostly nineteenth century army figures sporting guns. How does their viewpoint vary from our personal? and the way does it examine, say, to the viewpoint of alternative watchful army figures, reminiscent of drone pilots? during this publication, Osman combines the histories at the back of those statues with poetic narratives that ask us to consider our personal relational positions, and the way our personal daily gaze will be complicit with the gun-sights of battle. Public Figures illustrates how heritage is remodeled, or even erased, through monuments and different public files of occasions. via poetry, these histories will be made seen back. cost for the net reader’s spouse at http://publicfigures.site.wesleyan.edu.

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