Short History of the Shadow (Reaktion Books - Essays in Art and Culture)

Stoichita's compelling account untangles the historical past of 1 of the main enduring demanding situations to beset Western artwork - the depiction and meanings of shadows.

"discriminating, encouraged interrogation ... miraculous analysis"—Marina Warner, Tate Magazine

"Ambitious and a excitement to learn ... a completely beneficial book."—Times greater Education Supplement
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Critical Entertainments: Music Old and New

By Charles Rosen

An terribly proficient musician and author, Charles Rosen is a peerless commentator at the background and function of song. Critical Entertainments brings jointly some of the essays that experience confirmed him as the most influential and eloquent voices within the box of tune in our time.

These essays hide a large variety of musical kinds, old sessions, and issues--from Bach via Brahms to Carter and Schoenberg, from contrapuntal keyboard track to opera, from functionality practices to track background as a self-discipline. They revisit Rosen's favourite matters and pursue a few much less general paths. They courtroom controversy (with powerful reviews approximately functionality on ancient tools, the so-called New Musicology, and the alleged "death" of classical tune) and supply enlightenment on topics as different as tune dictionaries and the aesthetics of level fright. All are unified through Rosen's abiding matters and incomparable variety. In sum, Critical Entertainments is a treasury of the substantial studying, wit, and perception that we've got come to anticipate from this striking author. it's going to satisfaction all track lovers.

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The Skeptic's Annotated Bible

By Steve Wells

"Finally, Wells has released his well-known on-line source in publication shape. This quantity belongs in each considering person's library--and in each inn room in America..." 
Sam Harris, writer of the New York Times bestsellers The finish of religion, Letter to a Christian kingdom, the ethical Landscape, and Free Will.
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The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to be Happy

By Michael Foley

In a wry tackle how modern tradition is antithetical to happiness, Michael Foley paints a philosophical yet highly exciting portrait of the cultural landscape—and comes up smiling

The excellent news is that the nice thinkers from historical past have proposed an analogous concepts for happiness and fulfillment—the undesirable information is that those grow to be the very issues so much discouraged by means of modern tradition. This knotty obstacle is the topic of Michael Foley's wry and available research into how the fascinating states of healthiness and delight are continually undermined by way of sleek life. He examines the elusive of happiness universal to philosophy, religious teachings, and modern psychology, then indicates how those have gotten more and more tricky to use in an international of excessive expectancies. the typical demanding situations of incomes a residing, keeping a courting, and getting older have gotten battlegrounds of existential angst and self-loathing in a tradition that calls for conspicuous intake, high-octane partnerships, and perpetual early life. eventually, instead of denouncing and rejecting the age, Foley offers an exciting technique of not only accepting yet embracing today's world—finding happiness in its absurdity.
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How to Read the Bible

Master Bible student and instructor Marc Brettler argues that today’s modern readers can merely comprehend the traditional Hebrew Scripture via figuring out extra in regards to the tradition that produced it. And so Brettler unpacks the literary conventions, ideological assumptions, and old stipulations that tell the biblical textual content and demonstrates how sleek severe scholarship and archaeological discoveries make clear this attention-grabbing and complicated literature.

Brettler surveys consultant biblical texts from assorted genres to demonstrate how smooth students have taught us to “read” those texts. utilizing the “historical-critical procedure” lengthy well known in academia, he publications us in examining the Bible because it used to be learn within the biblical interval, self sustaining of later non secular norms and interpretive traditions. knowing the Bible this fashion shall we us take pleasure in it as an attractive textual content that speaks in a number of voices on profound issues.

This e-book is the 1st “Jewishly delicate” creation to the historical-critical procedure. not like different introductory texts, the Bible that this e-book speaks approximately is the Jewish one—with the three-part TANAKH association, the series of books present in sleek published Hebrew variations, and the bankruptcy and verse enumerations utilized in latest Jewish models of the Bible. In an afterword, the writer discusses how the historical-critical process can assist modern Jews relate to the Bible as a non secular textual content in a extra significant way.


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Agamben and Politics: A Critical Introduction (Thinking Politics)

By Sergei Prozorv

Tracing how the common sense of inoperativity works within the domain names of language, legislation, background and humanity, Agamben and Politics systematically introduces the elemental techniques of Agamben's political concept and a seriously translates his insights within the wider context of up to date philosophy.

Agamben's commentators and critics are inclined to specialize in his robust critique of the Western political culture within the Homo Sacer sequence. yet this slim concentration serves to vague the final constitution of Agamben's political concept, that is neither unfavourable nor serious yet affirmative. Sergei Prozorov brings out the affirmative temper of Agamben's political proposal, targeting the idea that of inoperativity, which has been vital to Agamben's paintings from his earliest writings.
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Stephen King: America's Storyteller

By Tony Magistrale

This research of the paintings of Stephen King explores the exceptionally American fears and foibles that King has celebrated, condemned, and usually tested during his wildly winning career.

• offers separate chapters on significant works of Stephen King, together with The Shining, The Stand, It, Dolores Claiborne, and The darkish Tower

• features a chronology of Stephen King's existence and 40-year career

• deals a concluding interview with Stephen King

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Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

By John Gray

The British bestseller Straw canine is a thrilling, radical paintings of philosophy, which units out to problem our such a lot adored assumptions approximately what it capability to be human. From Plato to Christianity, from the Enlightenment to Nietzsche and Marx, the Western culture has been according to smug and inaccurate ideals approximately humans and their position on this planet. Philosophies akin to liberalism and Marxism give some thought to humankind as a species whose future is to go beyond common limits and overcome the Earth. John grey argues that this trust in human distinction is a deadly phantasm and explores how the area and human existence glance as soon as humanism has been eventually deserted. the result's a thrilling, occasionally worrying booklet that leads the reader to query our deepest-held ideals. Will Self, within the New Statesman, known as Straw canines his booklet of the 12 months: "I learn it as soon as, I learn it two times and took notes . . . i presumed it that good." "Nothing gets you considering up to this tremendous e-book" (Sunday Telegraph).

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