Measure Yourself Against the Earth: Essays [EPUB]

Measure Yourself Against the Earth: Essays [EPUB]
Measure Yourself Against the Earth: Essays by Mark Kingwell
2015 | EPUB | 0.8MB

Mark Kingwell is as at home discussing Battlestar Galactica as he is civility, can find the Plato in popular culture, and sees in idleness a deeply revolutionary gesture. In Measure Yourself Against the Earth, he brings his heady mixture of critical intelligence and infectious enthusiasm to bear on film, aesthetics, politics, leisure, literature and much more, showing us how each can help us to imagine and achieve the society we want. The concept of "the gift" unites many of these essays: it is in this idea, Kingwell argues persuasively, in which we may be able to refashion the real world of democracy. "An activist, fugitive democracy. A living democracy that is no opaque demand but a real thing—a society. Democracy: the gift we keep on giving each other."

Smart, engaged, and wide ranging, Mark Kingwell's Measure Yourself Against the Earth confirms its author as among our leading cultural theorists and philosophers.

Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama [EPUB]

Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama [EPUB]
Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama by Sam Leith
2012 | EPUB | 2.62MB

Rhetoric is all around us. It's what inspires armies, convicts criminals, and makes or breaks presidential candidates. And it isn't just the preserve of politicians. It's in the presentation to a key client, the half-time talk in the locker room, and the plea to your children to eat their vegetables. Rhetoric gives words power: it persuades and cajoles, inspires and bamboozles, thrills and misdirects. You have been using rhetoric yourself, all your life. After all, you know what a rhetorical question is, don't you?

In Words Like Loaded Pistols, Sam Leith traces the art of persuasion, beginning in ancient Syracuse and taking us on detours as varied and fascinating as Elizabethan England, Milton's Satanic realm, the Springfield of Abraham Lincoln and the Springfield of Homer Simpson. He explains how language has been used by the great heroes of rhetoric (such as Cicero and Martin Luther King Jr.), as well as some villains (like Adolf Hitler and Richard Nixon.)

Leith provides a primer to rhetoric's key techniques. In Words Like Loaded Pistols, you'll find out how to build your own memory-palace; you'll be introduced to the Three Musketeers: Ethos, Pathos and Logos; and you'll learn how to use chiasmus with confidence and occultation without thinking about it. Most importantly of all, you will discover that rhetoric is useful, relevant – and absolutely nothing to be afraid of.

The Big Blue Book of French Verbs, Second Edition [PDF]

The Big Blue Book of French Verbs, Second Edition [PDF]
The Big Blue Book of French Verbs, Second Edition by David Stillman, Ronni Gordon
2008 | PDF | 5.03MB

Become a French verb virtuoso with this unbeatable reference!

The Big Blue Book of French Verbs is the most comprehensive resource available for learning and mastering French verbs. Designed for beginning through advanced learners, this indispensable guide will help you conjugate verbs with ease, enabling you to communicate in French confidently. Inside you will find:

  • 555 fully conjugated verbs, listed alphabetically
  • More than 5,000 example sentences with mini-dialogs
  • Numerous contextual examples for each verb
  • The Top 50 verbs, with clearly distinguished range of usage
  • More than 2,300 verbs cross-referenced to conjugation models
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