The Cosmic Code [EPUB]

The Cosmic Code [EPUB]
The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature by Heinz R Pagels
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.29/6.79MB

This is one of the most important books on quantum mechanics ever written for general readers. Heinz Pagels, an eminent physicist and science writer, discusses and explains the core concepts of physics without resorting to complicated mathematics.

The two-part treatment outlines the history of quantum physics and addresses complex subjects such as Bell's theorem and elementary particle physics, drawing upon the work of Bohr, Gell-Mann, and others. Anecdotes from the personal documents of Einstein, Oppenheimer, Bohr, and Planck offer intimate glimpses of the scientists whose work forever changed the world.

The Bullet and the Ballot Box [EPUB]

The Bullet and the Ballot Box [EPUB]
The Bullet and the Ballot Box: The Story of Nepal's Maoist Revolution by Aditya Adhikari
2014 | EPUB | 2.56MB

The Bullet and the Ballot Box offers a rich and sweeping account of a decade of revolutionary upheaval. When Nepal’s Maoists launched their armed rebellion in the nineties, they had limited public support and many argued that their ideology was obsolete. Twelve years later they were in power, and their ambitious plan of social transformation dominated the national agenda. How did this become possible? Adhikari’s narrative draws on a broad range of sources – including novels, letters and diaries – to illuminate the history and human drama of the Maoist revolution.

An indispensible account of Nepal’s recent history, the book offers a fascinating case study of how communist ideology has been reinterpreted and translated into political action in the twenty-first century.

Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy [EPUB]

Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy [EPUB]
Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy by Kathryn Miles
2014 | EPUB | 4.7MB

The first complete moment-by-moment account of the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded—a hurricane like no other

The sky was lit by a full moon on October 29, 2012, but nobody on the eastern seaboard of the United States could see it. Everything had been consumed by cloud. The storm’s immensity caught the attention of scientists on the International Space Station. Even from there, it seemed almost limitless: 1.8 million square feet of tightly coiled bands so huge they filled the windows of the Station. It was the largest storm anyone had ever seen.

Initially a tropical storm, Sandy had grown into a hybrid monster. It charged across open ocean, picking up strength with every step, baffling meteorologists and scientists, officials and emergency managers, even the traditional maritime wisdom of sailors and seamen: What exactly was this thing? By the time anyone decided, it was too late.

And then the storm made landfall.

Sandy was not just enormous, it was also unprecedented. As a result, the entire nation was left flat-footed. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration couldn’t issue reliable warnings; the Coast Guard didn’t know what to do. In Superstorm, journalist Kathryn Miles takes readers inside the maelstrom, detailing the stories of dedicated professionals at the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service. The characters include a forecaster who risked his job to sound the alarm in New Jersey, the crew of the ill-fated tall ship Bounty, Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Christie, and countless coastal residents whose homes—and lives—were torn apart and then left to wonder . . . When is the next superstorm coming?

Killing Keiko: The True Story of Free Willy's Return to the Wild [EPUB]

Killing Keiko: The True Story of Free Willy's Return to the Wild [EPUB]
Killing Keiko: The True Story of Free Willy's Return to the Wild by Mark Simmons
2014 | EPUB | 3.92MB

In 1978, a young killer whale “Keiko” was collected off the east coast of Iceland and spent the next 18 years in human care. At Reino Aventura Park in Mexico, his home was not conducive to good health, and over time his condition deteriorated. In 1993, Keiko became the star of Free Willy, a Warner Bros. blockbuster movie, that enchanted the public and led children and adults to believe that a whale, long-held in the care of man, could successfully make its way in the wild.

Animal rights organizations lobbied for a real-life release program for Keiko, similar to his fictitious counterpart, and millions of dollars were raised to return the orca back to his home waters.

Author Mark Simmons was leader of the team of animal behaviorists brought to Iceland as part of the release project. But the program was doomed to failure from the start; plagued by hidden agendas and an organization unable to recognize that Keiko needed to learn to be wild before any chance at survival could exist.

The Mole People [EPUB]

The Mole People [EPUB]
The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City by Jennifer Toth
1995 | EPUB | 16.76MB

Thousands of people live in the subway, railroad, and sewage tunnels that form the bowels of New York City and this book is about them, the so-called mole people. They live alone and in communities, in subway tunnels and below subway platforms and this fascinating study presents how and why people move underground, who they are, and what they have to say about their lives and the “topside” world they’ve left behind.

Picking Up [EPUB]

Picking Up [EPUB]
Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City by Robin Nagle
2013 | EPUB | 0.8MB

America’s largest city generates garbage in torrents—11,000 tons from households each day on average. But New Yorkers don’t give it much attention. They leave their trash on the curb or drop it in a litter basket, and promptly forget about it. And why not? On a schedule so regular you could almost set your watch by it, someone always comes to take it away.

But who, exactly, is that someone? And why is he—or she—so unknown?

In Picking Up, the anthropologist Robin Nagle introduces us to the men and women of New York City’s Department of Sanitation and makes clear why this small army of uniformed workers is the most important labor force on the streets. Seeking to understand every aspect of the Department’s mission, Nagle accompanied crews on their routes, questioned supervisors and commissioners, and listened to story after story about blizzards, hazardous wastes, and the insults of everyday New Yorkers. But the more time she spent with the DSNY, the more Nagle realized that observing wasn’t quite enough—so she joined the force herself. Driving the hulking trucks, she obtained an insider’s perspective on the complex kinships, arcane rules, and obscure lingo unique to the realm of sanitation workers.

Nagle chronicles New York City’s four-hundred-year struggle with trash, and traces the city’s waste-management efforts from a time when filth overwhelmed the streets to the far more rigorous practices of today, when the Big Apple is as clean as it’s ever been.

Throughout, Nagle reveals the many unexpected ways in which sanitation workers stand between our seemingly well-ordered lives and the sea of refuse that would otherwise overwhelm us. In the process, she changes the way we understand cities—and ourselves within them.

Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood [EPUB]

Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood [EPUB]
Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J Mann
2014 | EPUB | 6.68MB

The Day of the Locust meets The Devil in the White City and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in this juicy, untold Hollywood story: an addictive true tale of ambition, scandal, intrigue, murder, and the creation of the modern film industry.

By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America’s new favorite pastime, and one of the nation’s largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence. Yet Hollywood’s glittering ascendency was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies—including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now.

In a fiendishly involving narrative, bestselling Hollywood chronicler William J. Mann draws on a rich host of sources, including recently released FBI files, to unpack the story of the enigmatic Taylor and the diverse cast that surrounded him—including three beautiful, ambitious actresses; a grasping stage mother; a devoted valet; and a gang of two-bit thugs, any of whom might have fired the fatal bullet. And overseeing this entire landscape of intrigue was Adolph Zukor, the brilliant and ruthless founder of Paramount, locked in a struggle for control of the industry and desperate to conceal the truth about the crime. Along the way, Mann brings to life Los Angeles in the Roaring Twenties: a sparkling yet schizophrenic town filled with party girls, drug dealers, religious zealots, newly-minted legends and starlets already past their prime—a dangerous place where the powerful could still run afoul of the desperate.

A true story recreated with the suspense of a novel, Tinseltown is the work of a storyteller at the peak of his powers—and the solution to a crime that has stumped detectives and historians for nearly a century.

The Intervals of Cinema [EPUB]

The Intervals of Cinema [EPUB]
The Intervals of Cinema by Jacques Rancičre
2014 | EPUB | 3.05MB

Cinema, like language, can be said to exist as a system of differences. In his latest book, acclaimed philosopher Jacques Rancičre looks at cinematic art in comparison to its corollary forms in literature and theatre. From literature, he argues, cinema takes its narrative conventions, while at the same time effacing literature’s images and philosophy; and film rejects theatre, while also fulfilling theatre’s dream.

Built on these contradictions, the cinema is the real, material space in which one is moved by the spectacle of shadows. Thus, for Rancičre, film is the perpetually disappointed dream of a language of images.

Fatalism in American Film Noir [EPUB]

Fatalism in American Film Noir [EPUB]
Fatalism in American Film Noir: Some Cinematic Philosophy by Robert B Pippin
2012 | EPUB | 0.5MB

The crime melodramas of the 1940s known now as film noir shared many formal and thematic elements, from unusual camera angles and lighting to moral ambiguity and femmes fatales.

In this book Robert Pippin argues that many of these films also raise distinctly philosophical questions. Where most Hollywood films of that era featured reflective individuals living with purpose, taking action and effecting desired consequences, the typical noir protagonist deliberates and plans, only to be confronted by the irrelevance of such deliberation and by results that contrast sharply, often tragically, with his or her intentions or true commitments.

Pippin shows how this terrible disconnect sheds light on one of the central issues in modern philosophy--the nature of human agency. How do we distinguish what people do from what merely happens to them? Looking at several film noirs--including close readings of three classics of the genre, Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street, Orson Welles’s The Lady from Shanghai, and Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past--Pippin reveals the ways in which these works explore the declining credibility of individuals as causal centers of agency, and how we live with the acknowledgment of such limitations.

The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History [EPUB]

The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History [EPUB]
The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History by Gregory Paul Williams
2011 | EPUB | 103.96MB

The Story of Hollywood follows Hollywood from its dusty origins to its glorious rise to stardom. Lavishly illustrated with over 800 vintage images from the author’s private collection, the book tells the complete story of Hollywood including its eventual decline and urban renewal. Both the playground of stars and the boulevard of broken dreams, Hollywood transformed American society with its motion pictures that revolutionized the entertainment world. The Story of Hollywood brings new insights to readers. with a passion for Hollywood and its place in the history of film, radio, and television.

Scandals of Classic Hollywood [EPUB]

Scandals of Classic Hollywood [EPUB]
Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema by Anne Helen Petersen
2014 | EPUB | 3.59MB

Gossip meets history—a compulsively readable collection of Hollywood's most notorious clashes and controversies in the spirit of Hollywood Babylon

Believe it or not, America's fascination with celebrity culture was thriving well before the days of TMZ, Perez Hilton, Charlie Sheen's breakdown and allegations against Woody Allen. And the stars of yesteryear? They weren’t always the saints that we make them out to be. BuzzFeed columnist Anne Helen Petersen is here to set the record straight with Scandals of Classic Hollywood. Pulling little-known gems from the archives of film history, Petersen reveals eyebrow-raising information, including:

  • The smear campaign against the original It Girl, Clara Bow, started by her best friend
  • The heartbreaking story of Montgomery Clift’s rapid rise to fame, the car accident that destroyed his face, and the “long suicide” that followed
  • Fatty Arbuckle's descent from Hollywood royalty, fueled by allegations of a boozy orgy turned violent assault
  • Why Mae West was arrested and jailed for "indecency charges"
  • And much more

Part biography, part cultural history, these stories cover the stuff that films are made of: love, sex, drugs, illegitimate children, illicit affairs, and botched cover-ups. But it's not all just tawdry gossip in the pages of this book. The stories are all contextualized within the boundaries of film, cultural, political, and gender history, making for a read that will inform as it entertains. Based on Petersen's popular column on the Hairpin, but featuring 100% new content, Scandals of Classic Hollywood is sensationalism made smart.

Joy of Zentangle [EPUB]

Joy of Zentangle [EPUB]
Joy of Zentangle: Drawing Your Way to Increased Creativity, Focus, and Well-Being by Marie Browning, Suzanne McNeill, Sandy Bartholomew
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 10.79/11.01MB

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of pattern drawing that reduces stress while promoting creativity. This book will introduce readers to the basic theory of Zentangle and provide instructions for drawing over 100 tangle patterns from such Certified Zentangle Teachers as Suzanne McNeill, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, and Marie Browning. This beautiful book is filled with examples of Zentangle drawings as well as other art projects and compelling stories from those who have improved their well-being through Zentangle.

Zentangle for Beginners [EPUB]

Zentangle for Beginners [EPUB]
Zentangle for Beginners: Unleash Your Creativity With Zentangle Art, Patterns, and Shapes by Tatyana Williams
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.9/0.9MB

Unleash Your Creativity With Zentangle Art, Patterns, and Shapes

Indulging yourself here will not only help you unleash your creativity, it will take you on a journey towards peace. Zentangle does not only enable your creative thinking, it also possesses many life lessons. It will help you dis-entangle yourself from the daily constraints and barriers under which we move forever without even knowing it. It will show you how your every action, every move is another stroke in the grand painting of your life and how not being able to change it is one of the most wonderful gifts that you could be given.

Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn...

  • What is Zentangle
  • The Truth Behind Zentangle
  • Zentangle Theory
  • Wondrous Use
  • Designs and Patterns
  • Zentangle Meditation
  • Art Collectibles and Gifts
  • Simplicity and Freedom of Zentangle
  • Much, much more!

Zentangle Basics, Expanded Workbook Edition [EPUB]

Zentangle Basics, Expanded Workbook Edition [EPUB]
Zentangle Basics, Expanded Workbook Edition: A Creative Art Form Where All You Need is Paper, Pencil & Pen by Suzanne McNeil
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.37/3.42MB

Zentangle Basics introduces you to today's hottest trend in drawing meditation. Using only pencil, pen, and paper, you'll learn how to draw 25 original tangles, and discover inspiring ideas for incorporating these designs into your art. This expanded workbook edition includes an interactive bonus section where you can get started with warm-up exercises, practice tangling, and experiment with strings and shading.

With benefits including stress relief, inspiration, and improved self-esteem, Zentangle can be done anywhere and no special artistic talent is required. Tangles can be used to decorate wearables and home decor objects as well as cards, scrapbook pages and journals. Best of all, you can tangle even if you have never drawn anything before.

Zentangle 2, Expanded Workbook Edition [EPUB]

Zentangle 2, Expanded Workbook Edition [EPUB]
Zentangle 2, Expanded Workbook Edition: Featuring Ideas for Scrapbooks & Journals by Suzanne McNeill
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 5.71/5.77MB

Expand your exploration of the Zentangle process with Zentangle 2, Expanded Workbook Edition! Inside you’ll find more than 40 new tangle patterns and border designs to use in embellishing scrapbooks, sketchbooks, journals, cards, paintings, quilts, and more. Discover the possibilities of decorating words and turning simple line drawings like butterflies and animals into exquisite art. Use the new interactive workbook section to play, experiment, and create. Tantalizing color brings your art to life as the calming and reflective process of Zentangle brings your life into your art.

Zentangle 3, Expanded Workbook Edition [EPUB]

Zentangle 3, Expanded Workbook Edition [EPUB]
Zentangle 3, Expanded Workbook Edition: Tangling With Rubber Stamps by Suzanne McNeill
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 6.05/6.09MB

Explore tangle possibilities and discover a host of new techniques with Zentangle 3, Expanded Workbook Edition! This inspiring book offers 40 original tangle patterns and a host of new ideas for combining rubber stamps and tangles to create rich and delightful graphics.

Begin with the Zen of basic tangling, filling in the spaces between simple lines one step at a time. Then start turning rubber stamp shapes into spectacular designs! Create beautiful Zentangle-inspired art by enhancing rubber stamp outlines with tangles. Make your stamp an intriguing focal point surrounded by tangle sections. Use the interactive workbook to master tangles and shading for your Zentangle stamp art.

Zentangle 4: 40 More Tangles [EPUB]

Zentangle 4: 40 More Tangles [EPUB]
Zentangle 4: 40 More Tangles by Suzanne McNeill
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 5.84/5.9MB

This book features 40 New tangles, plus, techniques for using color with your Zentangle drawings to add an exciting new dimension to scrapbooks, cards and journals.

Zentangle from the Heart [EPUB]

Zentangle from the Heart [EPUB]
Zentangle from the Heart by Jeanne Paglio, Michael Hale
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 7.58/7.69MB

The tangles in Zentangle from the Heart are designed to inspire and help others along their journey in the mindful art of tangling. With spaces provided for tangling, the pages are chock full of ideas that will encourage creativity, build confidence, increase focus and relieve stress.

Zentangle, No Boundaries [EPUB]

Zentangle, No Boundaries [EPUB]
Zentangle, No Boundaries by Jeanne Paglio
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.91/3.06MB

No boundaries means just that. Use Zentangle to establish art with no boundaries that similar to doodling, is more directed. Increase focus, productivity, and best of all, learn to relax. Tangling daily can make those benefits, and others, possible. This workbook has dedicated spaces for tangling and ideas for doing so. Color and black and white illustrations are presented in an easy to execute manner. Young and old can enjoy this art form. In Zentangle, there are no mistakes, only opportunities.

The Zentangle Untangled Workbook [EPUB]

The Zentangle Untangled Workbook [EPUB]
The Zentangle Untangled Workbook: A Tangle-a-Day to Draw Your Stress Away by Kass Hall
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 13.29/13.65MB
"Life is short, certainly too short to be concerned too much with rules about drawing." --Kass Hall

In Zentangle Untangled, Kass Hall introduced you to the relaxing, innovative art of Zentangle. Now in The Zentangle Untangled Workbook, you'll get enough Zentangle instruction and inspiration to last all year long.

Filled with dozens of new tiles and four never-before seen tangles designed especially for this book, you'll be using Zentangle in ways you never dreamed. Create shapes, letterforms, borders, even Zendalas as you master each new tangle, all while reducing stress through the intentional act of creating repetitive patterns. Perfect for artists of all levels, this workbook will immerse you in a daily meditation of Zentangle.

Insides you'll find:

  • Seven step-by-step demonstrations to help you get started.
  • Inspiration and guidance on how to use those tangles to create unique and beautiful tiles throughout the year.
  • More than 400 blank or partially started tiles so you can practice all year inside this book and without the fear of the blank page.
  • It's time to tangle!

Zenspirations Dangle Designs [EPUB]

Zenspirations Dangle Designs [EPUB]
Zenspirations Dangle Designs by Joanne Fink
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.62/2.74MB

Patterning is fun, relaxing and can add a "Wow" factor to any design. Zenspirations dangles are a unique form of patterning...and although they look complicated, they are actually easy to create. If you enjoyed Joanne's first book, Zenspirations Paterns & Lettering then you'll love Zenspiration Dangle Designs.

Zenspirations: Letters & Patterning [EPUB]

Zenspirations: Letters & Patterning [EPUB]
Zenspirations: Letters & Patterning by Joanne Fink
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 5.59/5.77MB

Patterning is fun, easy and relaxing. It is a great way to add interest and texture to any design. Whether you like to journal, draw, doodle, design, or craft, you'll find a world of inspiration here. These decorative borders, frames, shapes, and alphabets will appeal to a spectrum of tastes and styles.

Time to Tangle with Colors [EPUB]

Time to Tangle with Colors [EPUB]
Time to Tangle with Colors: Coloring Ideas and Techniques inspired by Zentangle by Marie Browning
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 9.44/9.61MB

More than simply coloring regions of a tangle design, this book offers lessons which enable even the novice artist to use a brush pen to color 48 delightful Zentangle animals, plants and flowers.

Oakland's Chinatown (Images of America) [EPUB]

Oakland's Chinatown (Images of America) [EPUB]
Oakland's Chinatown (Images of America) by William Wong
2012 | EPUB | 44.13MB

Oakland's Chinatown has a history every bit as compelling as its more famous neighbor across San Francisco Bay. Chinese have been a presence in Oakland since the 1850s, bringing with them a rich and complex tradition that survived legalized discrimination that lingered until the 1950s. Once confined to a small area of downtown where restaurants stir-fried, laundries steamed, and vegetable stands crowded the sidewalks, Chinese gradually moved out into every area of Oakland, and the stands evolved into corner groceries that cemented entire neighborhoods. Chinese helped Oakland grow into a modern business and cultural center and have gained prominence in every aspect of the city's commerce, politics, and arts.

The Who, the What, and the When [PDF]

The Who, the What, and the When [PDF]
The Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History by Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman, Matt Lamothe
2014 | PDF | 309.38MB

In the bestselling tradition of The Where, the Why, and the How, this offbeat illustrated history reveals 65 people you've probably never heard of, but who helped shape the word as we know it. Muses and neighbors, friends and relatives, accomplices and benefactors—such as Michael and Joy Brown, who gifted Harper Lee a year's worth of wages to help her write To Kill a Mockingbird. Or John Ordway, the colleague who walked with Lewis and Clark every step of the way. Each eye-opening story of these unsung heroes is written by a notable historian and illustrated by a top indie artist, making The Who, the What, and the When a treasure trove of word and image for history buffs, art lovers, and anyone who rejoices in unexpected discovery.

Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design, 3rd Edition [EPUB]

Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design, 3rd Edition by Steven Heller
2014 | EPUB | 15.33MB

Author and design expert Steven Heller has revisited and revised the popular classic Design Literacy by revising many of the thoughtful essays from the original and mixing in thirty-two new works. Each essay offers a taste of the aesthetic, political, historical, and personal issues that have engaged designers from the late nineteenth century to the present—from the ubiquitous (the swastika, antiwar posters) to the whimsical (MAD magazine parodies). The essays are organized into eight thematic categories—persuasion, mass media, language, identity, information, iconography, style, and commerce.

This revised edition also highlights recent trends in graphic design such as aesthetic changes in typography in the digital age and the nexus between graphic design and wired culture. This is an eclectic look at how, why, and if graphic design influences our ever-evolving, diverse world.

Postmodernism: A Beginner's Guide [EPUB]

Postmodernism: A Beginner's Guide [EPUB]
Postmodernism: A Beginner's Guide by Kevin Hart
2011 | EPUB | 0.2MB

This addition to Oneworld's bestselling Beginner's Guide series draws on everything from the Nike culture of branded America to the groundbreaking theories of Derrida and Baudrillard. Adopting the role of tour guide, award-winning writer Kevin Hart leads the reader through the pitfalls, conundrums and complexities that characterize postmodernism, while providing an overview of the many different approaches (philosophical, cultural, literary) to the subject. All the major thinkers are introduced - from Derrida to Blanchot, Irigaray to Foucault, and more besides while the book is unique among introductory guides in its consideration of the role of religion in a postmodern world.

Symbolism: A Comprehensive Dictionary, 2nd Edition [PDF]

Symbolism: A Comprehensive Dictionary, 2nd Edition [PDF]
Symbolism: A Comprehensive Dictionary, 2nd Edition by Steven Olderr
2012 | PDF | 7.77MB

The use of symbolism remains an art, not a science. Different people use symbols in a variety of ways and each symbol can have diverse meanings, even within the same culture. Not surprisingly, determining the meaning of symbols can be difficult.

This valuable reference defines the general symbolism of over 15,000 terms, from ancient to modern, as well as specialized meanings in mythology, religion, art, literature, folklore, flower language, astrology, heraldry, numerology, and cultures the world over. From "0" to "Zu," each entry catalogs all possible connotations, listed by culture when appropriate, creating the most comprehensive symbolism dictionary available.

The Liberation of Painting [PDF]

The Liberation of Painting [PDF]
The Liberation of Painting: Modernism and Anarchism in Avant-Guerre Paris by Patricia Leighten
2013 | PDF | 13.39MB

The years before World War I were a time of social and political ferment in Europe, which profoundly affected the art world. A major center of this creative tumult was Paris, where many avant-garde artists sought to transform modern art through their engagement with radical politics. In this provocative study of art and anarchism in prewar France, Patricia Leighten argues that anarchist aesthetics and a related politics of form played crucial roles in the development of modern art, only to be suppressed by war fever and then forgotten.

Leighten examines the circle of artists—Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, František Kupka, Maurice de Vlaminck, Kees Van Dongen, and others—for whom anarchist politics drove the idea of avant-garde art, exploring how their aesthetic choices negotiated the myriad artistic languages operating in the decade before World War I. Whether they worked on large-scale salon paintings, political cartoons, or avant-garde abstractions, these artists, she shows, were preoccupied with social criticism. Each sought an appropriate subject, medium, style, and audience based on different conceptions of how art influences society—and their choices constantly shifted as they responded to the dilemmas posed by contradictory anarchist ideas. According to anarchist theorists, art should expose the follies and iniquities of the present to the masses, but it should also be the untrammeled expression of the emancipated individual and open a path to a new social order. Revealing how these ideas generated some of modernism’s most telling contradictions among the prewar Parisian avant-garde, The Liberation of Painting restores revolutionary activism to the broader history of modern art.

Beyond Grief: Sculpture and Wonder in the Gilded Age Cemetery [EPUB]

Beyond Grief: Sculpture and Wonder in the Gilded Age Cemetery [EPUB]
Beyond Grief: Sculpture and Wonder in the Gilded Age Cemetery by Cynthia Mills
2014 | EPUB | 14.91MB

Beyond Grief explores high-style funerary sculptures and their functions during the turn of the twentieth century. Many scholars have overlooked these monuments, viewing them as mere oddities, a part of an individual artist's oeuvre, a detail of a patron's biography, or local civic cemetery history. This volume considers them in terms of their wider context and shifting use as objects of consolation, power, and multisensory mystery and wonder.

Art historian Cynthia Mills traces the stories of four families who memorialized their losses through sculpture. Henry Brooks Adams commissioned perhaps the most famous American cemetery monument of all, the Adams Memorial in Washington, D.C. The bronze figure was designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who became the nation’s foremost sculptor. Another innovative bronze monument featured the Milmore brothers, who had worked together as sculptors in the Boston area. Artist Frank Duveneck composed a recumbent portrait of his wife following her early death in Paris; in Rome, the aging William Wetmore Story made an angel of grief his last work as a symbol of his sheer desolation after his wife’s death.

Through these incredible monuments Mills explores questions like: Why did new forms--many of them now produced in bronze rather than stone and placed in architectural settings--arise just at this time, and how did they mesh or clash with the sensibilities of their era? Why was there a gap between the intention of these elite patrons and artists, whose lives were often intertwined in a closed circle, and the way some public audiences received them through the filter of the mass media? Beyond Grief traces the monuments' creation, influence, and reception in the hope that they will help us to understand the larger story: how survivors used cemetery memorials as a vehicle to mourn and remember, and how their meaning changed over time.

Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much [Audiobook]

Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much [Audiobook]
Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much [Audiobook] by Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir, read by Robert Petkoff
2013 | M4A@64 kbps + EPUB + AZW3 | 8 hrs 47 mins | 243.64MB

In the blockbuster tradition of Freakonomics, a Harvard economist and a Princeton psychology professor team up to offer a surprising and empowering new way to look at everyday life, presenting a paradigm-challenging examination of how scarcity—and our flawed responses to it—shapes our lives, our society, and our culture.

Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do organizations get stuck firefighting? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? These questions seem unconnected, yet Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir show that they are all are examples of a mindset produced by scarcity.

Drawing on cutting-edge research from behavioral science and economics, Mullainathan and Shafir show that scarcity creates a similar psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need. Busy people fail to manage their time efficiently for the same reasons the poor and those maxed out on credit cards fail to manage their money. The dynamics of scarcity reveal why dieters find it hard to resist temptation, why students and busy executives mismanage their time, and why sugarcane farmers are smarter after harvest than before. Once we start thinking in terms of scarcity and the strategies it imposes, the problems of modern life come into sharper focus.