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Comparing the Incomparable

Comparing the Incomparable

Author: Marcel Detienne
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804757496
Pages: 108
Year: 2008
A deliberately post-deconstructionist manifesto against the dangers of incommensurability, Marcel Detienne's book argues for and engages in the constructive comparison of societies of a great temporal and spatial diversity.
Black Iris

Black Iris

Author: Leah Raeder
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476786429
Pages: 384
Year: 2015-04-28
The next dark and sexy romantic suspense novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Unteachable, which was praised for its “lush, haunting prose, deft storytelling, and scorching sensuality” (M. Pierce, bestselling author of the Night Owl trilogy), and called “one of the best forbidden romances” (Lauren Blakely, New York Times bestselling author). “Love is not a thing that we create. It’s an undoing.” It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for. If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate. She’s not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own. But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it’s time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help. Which was the plan all along. Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true. She’s going to show them all.
A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues

A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues

Author: André Comte-Sponville
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0805045562
Pages: 368
Year: 2002-09-01
An incisive reassessment of eighteen classic human virtues--including mercy, justice, fidelity, courage, compassion, humility, and simplicity--draws on the timeless wisdom of philosophers ranging from Aristotle to Simone Weil to explain how such virtues can be applied in modern life. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
Semiotics and Interpretation

Semiotics and Interpretation

Author: Robert Scholes
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300030932
Pages: 161
Year: 1982
This book is intended as a companion piece to my earlier study, Structuralism in Literature, but differs from its predecessor in a number of respects. The study of structuralism was primarily theoretical, and its individual chapters were mainly devoted to discussions of the contributions certain Continental writers had made to the development of structuralism as an intellectual position.
Who Fears Death

Who Fears Death

Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101516003
Pages: 432
Year: 2011-06-07
Now optioned as a TV series for HBO, with executive producer George R. R. Martin! An award-winning literary author enters the world of magical realism with her World Fantasy Award-winning novel of a remarkable woman in post-apocalyptic Africa. In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways; yet in one region genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. A woman who has survived the annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the desert, hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different—special—she names her Onyesonwu, which means "Who fears death?" in an ancient language. It doesn't take long for Onye to understand that she is physically and socially marked by the circumstances of her conception. She is Ewu—a child of rape who is expected to live a life of violence, a half-breed rejected by her community. But Onye is not the average Ewu. Even as a child, she manifests the beginnings of a remarkable and unique magic. As she grows, so do her abilities, and during an inadvertent visit to the spirit realm, she learns something terrifying: someone powerful is trying to kill her. Desperate to elude her would-be murderer and to understand her own nature, she embarks on a journey in which she grapples with nature, tradition, history, true love, and the spiritual mysteries of her culture, and ultimately learns why she was given the name she bears: Who Fears Death.
Story Number 4

Story Number 4

Author: Eugène Ionesco
Publisher:
ISBN:
Pages: 24
Year: 1973
Little Josette looks for her father, who is not hiding.
The Gutenberg Elegies

The Gutenberg Elegies

Author: Sven Birkerts
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1429923946
Pages: 256
Year: 2006-11-14
"[A] THOUGHTFUL AND HEARTFELT BOOK...A literary cri de coeur--a lament for literature and everything implicit in it." --The Washington Post In our zeal to embrace the wonders of the electronic age, are we sacrificing our literary culture? Renowned critic Sven Birkerts believes the answer is an alarming yes. In The Gutenberg Elegies, he explores the impact of technology on the experience of reading. Drawing on his own passionate, lifelong love of books, Birkerts examines how literature intimately shapes and nourishes the inner life. What does it mean to "hear" a book on audiotape, decipher its words on a screen, or interact with it on CD-ROM? Are books as we know them dead? At once a celebration of the complex pleasures of reading and a boldly original challenge to the new information technologies, The Gutenberg Elegies is an essential volume for anyone who cares about the past and future of books. "[A] wise and humane book....He is telling us, in short, nothing less than what reading means and why it matters." --The Boston Sunday Globe "Warmly elegiac...A candid and engaging autobiographical account sketches his own almost obsessive trajectory through avid childhood reading....This profoundly reflexive process is skillfully described." --The New York Times Book Review "Provocative...Compelling...Powerfully conveys why reading matters, why it is both a delight and a necessity." --The Harvard Review
The Origin and Early Development of the Chinese Writing System

The Origin and Early Development of the Chinese Writing System

Author: William G. Boltz
Publisher: Eisenbrauns
ISBN:
Pages: 205
Year: 1994

The Lais of Marie de France

The Lais of Marie de France

Author: Marie
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0140447598
Pages: 164
Year: 1999
Marie de France (fl. late twelfth century) is the earliest known French woman poet and her lais - stories in verse based on Breton tales of chivalry and romance - are among the finest of the genre. Recounting the trials and tribulations of lovers, the lais inhabit a powerfully realized world where very real human protagonists act out their lives against fairy-tale elements of magical beings, potions and beasts. De France takes a subtle and complex view of courtly love, whether telling the story of the knight who betrays his fairy mistress or describing the noblewoman who embroiders her sad tale on the shroud for a nightingale killed by a jealous and suspicious husband.
The Geranium on the Window Sill Just Died, But Teacher You Went Right on

The Geranium on the Window Sill Just Died, But Teacher You Went Right on

Author: Albert Cullum
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0825200636
Pages: 60
Year: 1971
Illustrations by a variety of artists accompany brief text describing children's feelings about and experiences with teachers and school.
Idea of Prose

Idea of Prose

Author: Giorgio Agamben
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791423808
Pages: 138
Year: 1995-07-06
This book consists of prose pieces that find a new form of expression for philosophy, an expression showing the inseparability of idea and prose--the very form of truth.
Échanges et diffusion dans la préhistoire méditerranéenne

Échanges et diffusion dans la préhistoire méditerranéenne

Author: Bernard Vandermeersch
Publisher:
ISBN: 2735504565
Pages: 187
Year: 2003

Sign Painting Project

Sign Painting Project

Author: Francis Alÿs
Publisher: Steidl Dap
ISBN: 3865212905
Pages: 200
Year: 2011
The Sign Painting Project came into being between 1993 and 1997 through a collaboration between Francis Alÿs and professional billboard-painters from Mexico City, particularly Rotulistas Juan Garcia, Enrique Huerta and Emilio Rivera. Alÿs brought the billboard-painters some of his small-format oil paintings and asked them if they would copy and enlarge these motifs. Today the resulting paintings are scattered throughout the world. This book presents the grand scale and multifaceted motifs of the Sign Painting Project for the first time.
Of Problematology

Of Problematology

Author: Michel Meyer
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226521508
Pages: 310
Year: 1995-08-15
Michel Meyer offers a new beginning for philosophy rooted in a theory of questioning that he calls "problematology." Meyer argues that a new beginning is necessary in order to resituate philosophy, science, and linguistic analysis, and he proposes a global view of rationality by returning to the nature of questioning itself. For Meyer, philosophy does not solve problems or give answers but instead shows how propositions are related to a whole field of questions that give them meaning. Reason is identified not with answers but with the question-answer process. Meyer pursues this new theory of reason and meaning in a critique of Western philosophy from Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle through Heidegger, Wittgenstein, and Foucault. He provides a detailed analysis of Descartes' notion of radical doubt and demonstrates its implications for the subsequent philosophical tradition that ignored the questioning process while pursuing an unshakable foundation for knowledge. Meyer argues that recent work in rhetoric points toward a theory of radical questioning and claims that the methods of rhetoric and argumentation must be turned back on philosophy itself in order to recover the original significance of metaphysics as the science of ultimate questions.
Panthers in the Hole

Panthers in the Hole

Author: Bruno Cenou, David Cenou
Publisher: Phoneme Media
ISBN: 1939419816
Pages: 128
Year: 2016-06-14
In 1972, three prison inmates, Robert Hillary King, Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace, were put in solitary confinement in Louisiana State Penitentiary, (a.k.a. Angola Prison), after the killing of a prison guard. Originally imprisoned for their militant involvement in the Black Panther party, Robert King spent 29 years in solitary confinement before his conviction was overturned and he was released. Wallace was released in 2013, after more than 41 years in prison, and died soon after of liver cancer. In November of 2014, Woodfox had his conviction overturned by the US Court of Appeals, and in April 2015 his lawyer applied for an unconditional writ for his release. As of June of 2015, that release has been blocked by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Despite two documentary films, a long-running campaign by Amnesty International, and appeals from the murdered prison guard's widow, Albert Woodfox remains the longest-serving U.S. prisoner in solitary confinement. What is it like to spend decades in solitary confinement for a crime you did not commit? Panthers in the Hole relates the experience of three men whose lives were snatched away by a prison system that seems more at home in a totalitarian regime than contemporary America.