Hollywood Portraits: Hot-Light Techniques for Professional Photographers [EPUB]

Hollywood Portraits: Hot-Light Techniques for Professional Photographers [EPUB]
Hollywood Portraits: Hot-Light Techniques for Professional Photographers by Lou Szoke
2012 | EPUB | 7.95MB

With lighting techniques beneficial for professional photographers but also accessible for those less experienced with a camera, this handy reference offers insights into utilizing “hot lights” (tungsten-based continuous light sources) to achieve glamorous, Hollywood-inspired shots. This “Hollywood” lighting—characterized by dramatic contrast, sharp shadows, and a sultry mood—is simple to create and allows photographers to “sculpt” the subject, accentuating their best features while minimizing flaws.

Though the focus is on nostalgic lighting style, the book acknowledges modern advances in photographic technology and discusses how to produce these dazzling retro effects using both digital and traditional film cameras. Throughout the book, lighting diagrams showing the photograph’s setup accompany nearly every image, carefully illustrating the lighting techniques for easy re-creation.

Painting with a Lens [EPUB]

Painting with a Lens [EPUB]
Painting with a Lens: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Designing Artistic Images In-Camera by Rod Deutschmann, Robin Deutschmann
2011 | EPUB | 6.19MB

Arguing that photography should be about more than gear, shooting modes, and computer programs, this book highlights methods for creating artistic photographs in the moment a picture is taken, rather than later in the editing process. In stark contrast to the “fix everything in post production” approach dominating modern digital photography, this reference demonstrates a more purposeful approach to shooting each frame-carefully considering the subject’s focus and determining the best camera settings, lighting, lens choice, and composition to achieve that objective.

Beginning with basic controls that can have a profound effect on your images, such as shutter speed and aperture, it goes on to explore how these settings, along with white balance adjustment, can be used to draw out the artistic value inherent in a scene or subject. In addition, a section on selectively and intentionally adding blur effects explains how to create wild effects that cannot be achieved otherwise. Rather than relying on a computer to “fix” images, Painting with a Lens provides the tools essential to becoming an artist with a camera.

Photoshop Artist in Action: Uli Staiger's Inner City Express [Lynda]

Photoshop Artist in Action: Uli Staiger's Inner City Express [Lynda]
Photoshop Artist in Action: Uli Staiger's Inner City Express [Lynda] with Uli Staiger
Aug 26, 2014 | Level: Intermediate | MP4 + Exercise Files | 1 h 56 mins | 750.35MB

Photoshop allows artists to stretch the possibilities of photography almost as far as their imaginations can reach. Here Uli Staiger reveals his process for creating a complex scene from just a simple sketch and some source images. The end result: a train station of the future, built from images of normal, everyday platform scenes. Along the way, he'll show how to create breathtaking perspective, lighten the background to create a visible distance, paint in light and shadows, composite 3D objects into the scene, and create realistic lens flares without using any filters, plugins, or external software! It all starts with a little imagination. Bring yours and get inspired by a Photoshop artist in action.

Topics include:

  • Sketching out a concept
  • Masking reference images
  • Constructing a roof with the fill method
  • Building a looping track
  • Painting in light and reflections
  • Brightening the background to give the illusion of distance
  • Adding text and layer styles
  • Compositing, texturing, and lighting 3D objects
  • Adding smoke and dust to the scene

Just Available Light: Techniques for Digital Photographers [EPUB]

Just Available Light: Techniques for Digital Photographers [EPUB]
Just Available Light: Techniques for Digital Photographers by Rod Deutschmann, Robin Deutschmann
2013 | EPUB | 5.6MB

Emphasizing the usefulness of ambient lighting, this guidebook gives unlimited access to the methods used by professionals. Starting with a discussion of the advantages and challenges of working with natural light, the text then explores the positive impact it can have on a photographer’s creativity and how to deal with the compromises that using available light sometimes require. Examples from this preliminary section emphasize learning through experimentation. Next, the book explores camera settings including white balance, contrast, and saturation.

The authors demonstrate that thoughtful adjustment to these settings can yield images that more closely reflect the mood of the scene and minimize postproduction editing. Several chapters deal with modifying available light through the delicate use of reflectors to bounce light, polarizers to cut glare, and the proper procedure for adding neutral density filters to control brightness. With the techniques presented, photographers will learn to use available light to its fullest advantage.

Lighting Design for Modern Houses of Worship [EPUB]

Lighting Design for Modern Houses of Worship [EPUB]
Lighting Design for Modern Houses of Worship by Richard Cadena
2010 | EPUB | 3.55MB

Lighting Design for Modern Houses of Worship is a complete step-by-step guide to lighting design for people of all levels of experience. It covers everything from the basics of lighting, including the McCandless method, to more advanced topics like the jewel lighting method, lighting for video, color theory, rendering, visualization, documentation and paperwork.

Sing Not War [PDF]

Sing Not War [PDF]
Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America by James Marten
2011 | PDF | 2.66MB

After the Civil War, white Confederate and Union army veterans reentered--or struggled to reenter--the lives and communities they had left behind. In Sing Not War, James Marten explores how the nineteenth century's "Greatest Generation" attempted to blend back into society and how their experiences were treated by non-veterans.

Many soldiers, Marten reveals, had a much harder time reintegrating into their communities and returning to their civilian lives than has been previously understood. Although Civil War veterans were generally well taken care of during the Gilded Age, Marten argues that veterans lost control of their legacies, becoming best remembered as others wanted to remember them--for their service in the war and their postwar political activities. Marten finds that while southern veterans were venerated for their service to the Confederacy, Union veterans often encountered resentment and even outright hostility as they aged and made greater demands on the public purse.

Drawing on letters, diaries, journals, memoirs, newspapers, and other sources, Sing Not War illustrates that during the Gilded Age "veteran" conjured up several conflicting images and invoked contradicting reactions. Deeply researched and vividly narrated, Marten's book counters the romanticized vision of the lives of Civil War veterans, bringing forth new information about how white veterans were treated and how they lived out their lives.

Beating the Devil's Game [EPUB]

Beating the Devil's Game [EPUB]
Beating the Devil's Game: A History of Forensic Science and Criminal by Katherine Ramsland
2014 | EPUB | 1.02MB

Today, the basic precepts of criminal investigation—fingerprints, DNA, blood evidence—are known among professionals and lay people alike. But behind each of these familiar concepts is a fascinating story of the evolution of science and law, spearheaded by innovative thinkers, many of whom risked their careers for more perfect justice.

Dr. Katherine Ramsland, renowned expert in criminology, traces that development from thirteenth-century Chinese studies of decomposition through the Renaissance and the era of Newtonian physics to the marvels of the present day and beyond. Along the way, she introduces us to forensic pioneers and visionaries who galvanized the field, raised investigative standards, and whose efforts have kept us just steps ahead of increasingly sophisticated criminals.

The Making of a Scientist: A Memoir [EPUB]

The Making of a Scientist: A Memoir [EPUB]
The Making of a Scientist: A Memoir by Calvin S Fuller
2014 | EPUB | 2.63MB

The Making of a Scientist is Calvin Fuller’s story of his youth, education, and scientific career in the greatest research laboratory of the postwar era. When, after his death, his sons discovered their father’s memoir among his papers, they decided to share its rich cultural history of early 20th-century Chicago and its documentation of the creation of the solar cell at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Dr. Fuller’s achievement is all the more remarkable because he grew up in a family beset with financial instability. The Making of a Scientist is, above all, an inspiring story of making it in America.

Calculus For Dummies, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Calculus For Dummies, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Calculus For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Mark Ryan
2014 | EPUB | 8.8MB

Learn to:

  • Master differentiation and integration
  • Use the calculus microscope: limits
  • Analyze common functions
  • Score your highest in Calculus

Slay the calculus monster with this user-friendly guide

This hands-on, friendly guide makes calculus manageable—even if it makes you sweat! It leads you step-by-step through each concept, operation, and solution, explaining the “how” and “why” in plain English. Through detailed instruction and practical examples, you’ll soon learn that real-life calculus isn’t nearly the monster it’s made out to be!

  • A quick overview of calculus — get an easy-to-follow introduction to calculus and make sense of the two big ideas of the subject: differentiation and integration
  • Power through the prerequisites — warm up to calculus with reviews of pre-algebra and algebra, geometry, functions and their graphs, and trigonometry
  • The sky’s the limit — find the lowdown on limits and continuity and take a stab at evaluating limits
  • Go off on a tangent — discover the deal with differentiation orientation, differentiation rules, differentiation and the shape of curves, and differentiation problems
  • To infinity and back — get a handle on integration and infinite series, from using the integral to solve problems to taming the infinite with improper integrals

Open the book and find:

  • Easily digestible explanations of key calculus concepts
  • The rules, definitions, and formulas you need to know
  • Clever shortcuts and real-world examples
  • Why calculus works
  • The logic underlying the calculus ideas
  • How to use differentiation to solve problems
  • Integration techniques and how to approximate area
  • Ten calculus tips to remember

Statistics: 1,001 Practice Problems For Dummies [EPUB]

Statistics: 1,001 Practice Problems For Dummies [EPUB]
Statistics: 1,001 Practice Problems For Dummies by Consumer Dummies
2014 | EPUB | 8.31MB

1,001 practice opportunities to score higher in statistics

1,001 Statistics Practice Problems For Dummies takes you beyond the instruction and guidance offered in Statistics For Dummies to give you a more hands-on understanding of statistics. The practice problems offered range in difficulty, including detailed explanations and walk-throughs.

In this series, every step of every solution is shown with explanations and detailed narratives to help you solve each problem. With the book purchase, you’ll also get access to practice statistics problems online. This content features 1,001 practice problems presented in multiple choice format; on-the-go access from smart phones, computers, and tablets; customizable practice sets for self-directed study; practice problems categorized as easy, medium, or hard; and a one-year subscription with book purchase.

  • Offers on-the-go access to practice statistics problems
  • Gives you friendly, hands-on instruction
  • 1,001 statistics practice problems that range in difficulty

1,001 Statistics Practice Problems For Dummies provides ample practice opportunities for students who may have taken statistics in high school and want to review the most important concepts as they gear up for a faster-paced college class.

A Concise Introduction to Logic, 12th Edition [PDF]

A Concise Introduction to Logic, 12th Edition [PDF]
A Concise Introduction to Logic, 12th Edition by Patrick J Hurley
2014 | PDF | 45.27MB

Unsurpassed for its clarity and comprehensiveness, Hurley's A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC is the #1 introductory logic book on the market. In this Twelfth Edition, Hurley continues to build upon the tradition of a lucid, focused, and accessible presentation of the basic subject matter of logic, both formal and informal. The edition's new Previews connect a section's content to real-life scenarios, using everyday examples to "translate" new notions and terms into concepts that readers unfamiliar with the subject matter can relate to. An extensive, carefully sequenced collection of exercises guides readers toward greater proficiency with the skills they are learning.

The Broom of the System [Audiobook]

The Broom of the System [Audiobook]
The Broom of the System [Audiobook] by David Foster Wallace, read by Robert Petkoff 2010 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 30 mins | 454.93MB

The "dazzling, exhilarating" (San Francisco Chronicle) debut novel from the best-selling author of Infinite Jest, available for the first time as an audiobook.

Cleveland in 1990 - the setting for most of the story - borders the Great Ohio Desert (or G.O.D.), a man-made area filled with black sand, meant to restore a sense of the sinister to Midwestern life. The confused heroine is 24-year-old Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman who, despite her proximity to the sinister G.O.D., has a ridiculous life. Her friends hang out at Gilligans Isle, a theme bar; her grandfather designed a Cleveland suburb in the precise outline of Jayne Mansfield's body; her brother Stonecipher Beadsman IV is nicknamed the Antichrist; and her boyfriend, Rick Vigorous, half of the publishing firm of Frequent and Vigorous, is insane about Lenore but impotent when he's with her, so he tells her stories as a substitute for sex.

Poor Lenore is also under the influence of the great-grandmother for whom she was named, a woman who had been Wittgenstein's student and who has taught her great-granddaughter that words create reality. Gramma has convinced Lenore: ''All that really exists of my life is what can be said about it.'' Circumscribed by what others say, Lenore feels not quite in control of her own existence.

Fiercely intelligent and entertaining, this debut novel from one of the most innovative writers of our generation explores the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality.

Infinite Jest, Part III: The Endnotes [Audiobook]

Infinite Jest, Part III: The Endnotes [Audiobook]
Infinite Jest, Part III: The Endnotes [Audiobook] by David Foster Wallace, read by Sean Pratt
2013 | MP3@32 kbps + PDF | 7 hrs 29 mins | 110.13MB

These are the endnotes to David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, a gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America. Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.

Fives and Twenty-Fives [Audiobook]

Fives and Twenty-Fives [Audiobook]
Fives and Twenty-Fives [Audiobook] by Michael Pitre, read by Kevin T Collins, Nick Sullivan, Jay Snyder, Fajer Al-Kaisi
2014 | MP3@32 kbps | 11 hrs 55 mins | 164.28MB

It’s the rule—always watch your fives and twenty-fives. When a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb, stay in the vehicle and scan five meters in every direction. A bomb inside five meters cuts through the armor, killing everyone in the truck. Once clear, get out and sweep twenty-five meters. A bomb inside twenty-five meters kills the dismounted scouts investigating the road ahead.

Fives and twenty-fives mark the measure of a marine’s life in the road repair platoon. Dispatched to fill potholes on the highways of Iraq, the platoon works to assure safe passage for citizens and military personnel. Their mission lacks the glory of the infantry, but in a war where every pothole contains a hidden bomb, road repair brings its own danger.

Lieutenant Donavan leads the platoon, painfully aware of his shortcomings and isolated by his rank. Doc Pleasant, the medic, joined for opportunity, but finds his pride undone as he watches friends die. And there’s Kateb, known to the Americans as Dodge, an Iraqi interpreter whose love of American culture—from hip-hop to the dog-eared copy of Huck Finn he carries—is matched only by his disdain for what Americans are doing to his country.

Returning home, they exchange one set of decisions and repercussions for another, struggling to find a place in a world that no longer knows them. A debut both transcendent and rooted in the flesh, Fives and Twenty-Fives is a deeply necessary novel.

The Debba [Audiobook]

The Debba [Audiobook]
The Debba [Audiobook] by Avner Mandelman, read by George Guidall
2011 | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 21 mins | 214.72MB

In Middle East lore the Debba is a mythical Arab hyena that can turn into a man who lures Jewish children away from their families to teach them the language of the beasts. To the Arabs he is a heroic national symbol; to the Jews he is a terrorist. To David Starkman, “The Debba” is a controversial play, written by his father the war hero, and performed only once, in Haifa in 1946, causing a massive riot.

By 1977, David is living in Canada, having renounced his Israeli citizenship and withdrawn from his family, haunted by persistent nightmares about his catastrophic turn as a military assassin for Israel. Upon learning of his father’s gruesome murder, he returns to his homeland for what he hopes will be the final time. Back in Israel, David discovers that his father's will demands he stage the play within forty-five days of his death, and though he is reluctant to comply, the authorities’ evident relief at his refusal convinces him he must persevere. With his father’s legacy on the line, David is forced to reimmerse himself in a life he thought he’d escaped for good.

The heart-stopping climax shows that nothing in Israel is as it appears, and not only are the sins of the fathers revisited upon the sons, but so are their virtues—and the latter are more terrible still. Disguised as a breathtaking thriller, Avner Mandelman’s novel reveals Israel’s double soul, its inherent paradoxes, and its taste for both art and violence. The riddle of the Debba—the myth, the play, and the novel— is nothing less than the tangled riddle of Israel itself.

Vladimir Nabokov: Selected Letters 1940-1977 [EPUB]

Vladimir Nabokov: Selected Letters 1940-1977 [EPUB]
Vladimir Nabokov: Selected Letters 1940-1977 by Vladimir Nabokov
2012 | EPUB | 4.67MB

If Vladimir Nabokov's fiction merits any criticism, it is for its iciness. The master himself declared in a 1977 BBC interview, "My characters cringe as I come near them with my whip. I have seen a whole avenue of imagined trees losing their leaves at the threat of my passage." Nabokov's correspondence, however, reveals a far warmer individual, though one ever-ready with a verbal shiv. This volume begins with a 1923 letter to his mother, written while he was a farmhand in the French Alps, and ends with a 1977 letter sent to his wife, Vera, for Mother's Day: "My dearest, your roses, your fragrant rubies, glow red against a background of spring rain..."

Nabokov's son, Dmitri, and Matthew Bruccoli have created the fullest, and by far the most amusing, portrait of the serious artist as trickster. There's the famous letter to Burma-Vita, in which Nabokov offers the company an advertising jingle (alas, they turned him down). There's the best, and most amusing, account of "l'affaire Lolita." Here is his response to his New Yorker editor, Katharine White: "Let me thank you very warmly for your frank and charming letter about LOLITA. But after all how many are the memorable literary characters whom we would like our teen-age daughters to meet? Would you like our Patricia to go on a date with Othello? Would we like our Mary to read the New Testament temple against temple with Raskolnikov? Would we like our sons to marry Emma Rouault, Becky Sharp or La belle dame sans merci?"

In another letter, however, he takes care to thank White for a "chubby check." (One wishes this phrase had gained greater circulation.) Nabokov again and again comes off as a difficult author, challenging his publishers left, right, and center over issues large (and there were many) and as well as those that were niggling. Calling the British paperback cover of Laughter in the Dark "atrocious, disgusting, and badly drawn besides having nothing to do whatever with the contents of the book," he tells his U.K. publisher, "I would appreciate if you would use your influence and have them substitute a pretty dark-haired girl, or a palmtree, or a winding road, or anything else for this tasteless abomination." Still, one is most often convinced that he's right, even when he makes the large claim that the French film Les Nymphettes infringes on his rights, "since this term was invented by me for the main character in my novel Lolita."

Not only is this volume endlessly quotable, it also reads like a great epistolary novel--fraught with high thought, high drama, and the delightfully unexpected. Who would have guessed that Nabokov would ask Hugh Hefner, "Have you ever noticed how the head and ears of your Bunny resemble a butterfly in shape, with an eyespot on one hindwing?"

The Man From the USSR & Other Plays [EPUB]

The Man From the USSR & Other Plays [EPUB]
The Man From the USSR & Other Plays by Vladimir Nabokov
2012 | EPUB | 2.18MB

Four plays and two essays on drama, written during Nabokov's émigré years before his writings in English earned him worldwide fame. Translated and with Introductions by Dmitri Nabokov.

The Book of Lost Books [EPUB]

The Book of Lost Books [EPUB]
The Book of Lost Books: An Incomplete History of All the Great Books You'll Never Read by Stuart Kelly
2006 | EPUB | 2.0MB

In an age when deleted scenes from Adam Sandler movies are saved, it’s sobering to realize that some of the world’s greatest prose and poetry has gone missing. This witty, wry, and unique new book rectifies that wrong. Part detective story, part history lesson, part exposé, The Book of Lost Books is the first guide to literature’s what-ifs and never-weres.

In compulsively readable fashion, Stuart Kelly reveals details about tantalizing vanished works by the famous, the acclaimed, and the influential, from the time of cave drawings to the late twentieth century. Here are the true stories behind stories, poems, and plays that now exist only in imagination:

  • Aristophanes’ Heracles, the Stage Manager was one of the playwright’s several spoofs that disappeared.
  • Love’s Labours Won may have been a sequel to Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost–or was it just an alternative title for The Taming of the Shrew?
  • Jane Austen’s incomplete novel Sanditon, was a critique of hypochondriacs and cures started when the author was fatally ill.
  • Nikolai Gogol burned the second half of Dead Souls after a religious conversion convinced him that literature was paganism.
  • Some of the thousand pages of William Burroughs’s original Naked Lunch were stolen and sold on the street by Algerian street boys.
  • Sylvia Plath’s widower, Ted Hughes, claimed that the 130 pages of her second novel, perhaps based on their marriage, were lost after her death.

Whether destroyed (Socrates’ versions of Aesop’s Fables), misplaced (Malcolm Lowry’s Ultramarine was pinched from his publisher’s car), interrupted by the author’s death (Robert Louis Stevenson’s Weir of Hermiston), or simply never begun (Vladimir Nabokov’s Speak, America, a second volume of his memoirs), these missing links create a history of literature for a parallel world. Civilized and satirical, erudite yet accessible, The Book of Lost Books is itself a find.

The Magical Chorus [EPUB]

The Magical Chorus [EPUB]
The Magical Chorus: A History of Russian Culture from Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn by Solomon Volkov
2008 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.8/2.18MB

From the reign of Tsar Nicholas II to the brutal cult of Stalin to the ebullient, uncertain days of perestroika, nowhere has the inextricable relationship between politics and culture been more starkly illustrated than in twentieth-century Russia. In the first book to fully examine the intricate and often deadly interconnection between Russian rulers and Russian artists, cultural historian Solomon Volkov (who experienced firsthand many of the events he describes) brings to life the human stories behind some of the greatest masterpieces of our time.

Here is Tolstoy, who used his godlike place among the Russian people to rail against the autocracy, even as he eschewed violence; Gorky, the first native writer to openly welcome the revolution and who would go on to become Stalin’s closest cultural advisor; Solzhenitsyn, who famously brought the horrors of the Soviet regime to light. Here. too, are Nabokov, Pasternak, Mayakovsky, Akhmatova. In each case, Volkov analyzes the alternate determination and despair, hope and terror borne by writers in a country where, in Solzhenitsyn’s maxim, “a great writer is like a second government.”

This is also the story of the nation’s leading lights in painting, music, dance, theater, and cinema—Kandinsky and Malevich, Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky, Diaghilev and Nijinsky, Stanislavsky and Meyerhold, and Eisenstein and Tarkovsky—and the ways in which their triumphs influenced, and were influenced by, the leadership of the time.

With an insider’s insight, Volkov describes what it was like to work under constant threat of arrest, exile, or execution. He reminds us of the many artists who were compelled to live as émigrés, and explores not only their complicated relationships with their adopted countries but Russia’s love-hate relationship with Western culture as a whole—a relationship that has grown increasingly charged in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse.

Epic in scope and intimate in detail, The Magical Chorus is the definitive account of a remarkable era in Russia’s complex cultural life.

The Giants of Russian Literature [The Modern Scholar]

The Giants of Russian Literature [The Modern Scholar]
The Giants of Russian Literature: Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov [The Modern Scholar] by Liza Knapp
2008 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF Booklet | 7 hrs 45 mins | 214.21MB

Russian literature of the 19th century is among the richest, most profound, and most human traditions in the world. This course explores this tradition by focusing on four giants: Ivan Turgenev, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, and Anton Chekhov. Their works had an enormous impact on Russian understanding of the human condition. And, just as importantly, these works have been one of Russia's most significant exports: Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov have become part of our literary heritage. And our understanding of the novel is based in large part on the masterpieces of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, while Chekhov has defined modern notions of the short story. In this course, Knapp acquaints you with the authors, their lives and their times, and their most important works.

The Gentle Barbarian: The Life and Work of Turgenev [EPUB]

The Gentle Barbarian: The Life and Work of Turgenev [EPUB]
The Gentle Barbarian: The Life and Work of Turgenev by V S Pritchett
2011 | EPUB | 2.16MB

'A gentle giant', as the Goncourts called him, Turgenev emerged from the barbarous yet doting rules of a terrible mother, whose cruelties to her serfs are at the heart of his hatred of serfdom. He was saturated in femininity and could not write unless he was in love. When he freed himself from his mother, he became enslaved by the famous Spanish singer, Pauline Viardot, married to a Frenchman. He was heir to vast estates, a convinced Westerner, proud to be both European and deeply Russian, and one of the most civilized men of his time.

This is his story.

Chekhov: A Biography [EPUB]

Chekhov: A Biography [EPUB]
Chekhov: A Biography by V S Pritchett
2011 | EPUB | 1.86MB

V.S. Pritchett explores the connections between Chekhov's life and art, showing how Chekhov often based his fiction on experiences of his difficult early years where he was responsible for his impoverished family, and as a young doctor, reported on the conditions of the Russian penal colony at Sakhalin. Later he continued his medical career, even when he became a well-known writer and playwright.

This book focuses on the short stories of Chekhov often neglected in favor of his plays and discusses why Chekhov was a success in both mediums. Pritchett, himself a master of the short story, is a uniquely qualified to write this superb biography.

The Amazing Bud Powell [EPUB]

The Amazing Bud Powell [EPUB]
The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop by Guthrie P Ramsey Jr
2013 | EPUB | 6.38MB

Bud Powell was not only one of the greatest bebop pianists of all time, he stands as one of the twentieth century’s most dynamic and fiercely adventurous musical minds. His expansive musicianship, riveting performances, and inventive compositions expanded the bebop idiom and pushed jazz musicians of all stripes to higher standards of performance. Yet Powell remains one of American music’s most misunderstood figures, and the story of his exceptional talent is often overshadowed by his history of alcohol abuse, mental instability, and brutalization at the hands of white authorities.

In this first extended study of the social significance of Powell’s place in the American musical landscape, Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. shows how the pianist expanded his own artistic horizons and moved his chosen idiom into new realms. Illuminating and multi-layered, The Amazing Bud Powell centralizes Powell’s contributions as it details the collision of two vibrant political economies: the discourses of art and the practice of blackness.

Time and Chance: An Autobiography [EPUB]

Time and Chance: An Autobiography [EPUB]
Time and Chance: An Autobiography by L Sprague de Camp
2011 | EPUB | 485.79KB

Time and Chance is the autobiography of Hugo, World Fantasy and SFWA Grand Master Award-winning author, L. Sprague de Camp. It is a fascinating insight into a man who began writing in the late 1930's and remained an active voice in the genre up until his death in the last year of the twentieth century, and who was a prime mover in the formation of the fields of Science Fiction and Fantasy as we know them today.

Modern Book Collecting [EPUB]

Modern Book Collecting [EPUB]
Modern Book Collecting: A Basic Guide to All Aspects of Book Collecting: What to Collect, Who to Buy from, Auctions, Bibliographies, Care, Fakes and Investments, Donations, Definitions, and More by Robert A Wilson
2010 | EPUB | 5.51MB

Modern Book Collecting offers advice that answers all the basic questions a book lover and collector might have—what to collect and where to find it, how to tell a first edition from a reprint, how to build an author collection, how to get the best price from dealers, how to understand the prices and rarity of books, and more. With a handy dictionary of terms used in auction and dealer catalogs and a new section on Internet resources, this is a must-have guide for book lovers.

45 Master Characters [EPUB]

45 Master Characters [EPUB]
45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters, Revised Edition by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 465.1/382.48KB

Create unforgettable characters your readers will love!

Want to make your characters and their stories more compelling, complex, and original than ever before? 45 Master Characters is here to help you explore the most common male and female archetypes--the mythic, cross-cultural models from which all characters originate.

  • Explore a wide variety of character profiles including heroes, villains, and supporting characters.
  • Learn how to use archetypes as foundations for your own unique characters
  • Examine the mythic journeys of heroes and heroines--the progression of events upon which each archetype's character arc develops--and learn how to use them to enhance your story.

Complete with examples culled from literature, television, and film, 45 Master Characters illustrates just how memorable and effective these archetypes can be--from "Gladiators" and "Kings" like Rocky Balboa and Captain Ahab to "Amazons" and "Maidens" like Wonder Woman and Guinevere. Great heroes and villains are necessary to bring any story to life; let this guide help you create characters that stand the test of time.

One-Letter Words, a Dictionary [EPUB]

One-Letter Words, a Dictionary [EPUB]
One-Letter Words, a Dictionary by Craig Conley
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 467.47/723.84KB

Merriam-Webster, move over!

Until now, no English dictionary ever found the fun or the fascination in revealing the meanings of letters. One-Letter Words, a Dictionary illuminates the more than 1,000 surprising definitions associated with each letter in the English alphabet. For instance, Conley uncovers seventy-six distinct uses of the letter X, the most versatile, most printed letter in the English language. Using facts, figures, quotations, and etymologies, the author provides a complete and enjoyable understanding of the one-letter word.

Conley teaches us that each letter's many different meanings span multiple subjects, including science—B denotes a blood type and also is a symbol for boron on the periodic table of elements—and history—in the Middle Ages, B was branded on a blasphemer's forehead. With the letter A, he reminds us that A is not only a bra size, but also a musical note.

One-Letter Words, a Dictionary is a rich, thought-provoking, and curious compendium of the myriad definitions attributed to each letter of the English alphabet. This book is the essential desk companion, gift, or reference volume for a vast array of readers: wordsmiths, puzzle lovers, teachers, students, librarians, and armchair linguists will all find One-Letter Words, a Dictionary a must-have.

The Dance of Character and Plot [EPUB]

The Dance of Character and Plot [EPUB]
The Dance of Character and Plot by DiAnn Mills
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 484.95/661.53KB

When a writer steps onto the page of a novel, a dance of rhythm and beauty begins. The writer is inspired to create story, and that passion unfolds onto the pages of a vibrant novel.

Do you have a burning passion to pen a novel but don't know where to begin? Have you been writing but your work still remains unpublished? Are you ready to take positive steps toward pursuing your dream of creating a polished novel? Look no further!

The Dance of Character and Plot by award-winning author and writing coach DiAnn Mills will show you how to write a novel from idea to self-editing. This step-by-step instructional guide is packed with clear and concise information, examples of techniques, and fresh exercises to apply to your writing project.

You'll learn how to:

  • Create characters with distinct personalities
  • Build the dynamics of setting
  • Plot like a pro
  • Understanding point of view
  • Write sparkling dialogue
  • And much more!

Are you ready to stretch and begin The Dance of Character and Plot?

Writing the Fiction Synopsis [EPUB]

Writing the Fiction Synopsis [EPUB]
Writing the Fiction Synopsis: A Step by Step Approach, 2nd Edition by Pam McCutcheon
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.04/1.44MB

Never dread a synopsis again! Pam McCutcheon, multi-published author and acclaimed guru of the synopsis, guides you step-by-step through the process of creating the synopsis you need to understand your novel and market your manuscript.

Updated and revised, this second edition is organized as an interactive workbook using extensive examples and worksheets to help you create and understand:

  • What a synopsis is and why you need one
  • What to put in your synopsis, what to leave out, and why
  • How to include plot and character development in your synopsis
  • How to add tone, mood, and considerations important to your genre
  • Three methods to start your synopsis
  • The key to a good synopsis
  • How to write a back cover blurb
  • How to use the plotting board to build your synopsis

Our Moon Has Blood Clots [EPUB]

Our Moon Has Blood Clots [EPUB]
Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits by Rahul Pandita
2013 | EPUB | 899.39KB

Rahul Pandita was fourteen years old in 1990 when he was forced to leave his home in Srinagar along with his family, who were Kashmiri Pandits: the Hindu minority within a Muslim-majority Kashmir that was becoming increasingly agitated with the cries of ‘Azadi’ from India.

The heartbreaking story of Kashmir has so far been told through the prism of the brutality of the Indian state, and the pro-independence demands of separatists. But there is another part of the story that has remained unrecorded and buried.

Our Moon Has Blood Clots is the unspoken chapter in the story of Kashmir, in which it was purged of the Kashmiri Pandit community in a violent ethnic cleansing backed by Islamist militants. Hundreds of people were tortured and killed, and about 3,50,000 Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their homes and spend the rest of their lives in exile in their own country.

Rahul Pandita has written a deeply personal, powerful and unforgettable story of history, home and loss.