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When You Are Engulfed in Flames

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

"David Sedaris's ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art," (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book. Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds-to the most deeply resonant human truths. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection is a new masterpiece of comic writing from "a writer worth treasuring" (Seattle Times). Praise for When You Are Engulfed in Flames:"Older, wiser, smarter and meaner, Sedaris...defies the odds once again by delivering an intelligent take on the banalities of an absurd life." --Kirkus ReviewsThis latest collection proves that not only does Sedaris still have it, but he's also getting better....Sedaris's best stuff will still--after all this time--move, surprise, and entertain." --BooklistTable of Contents:It's CatchingKeeping UpThe UnderstudyThis Old HouseBuddy, Can You Spare a Tie?Road TripsWhat I LearnedThat's AmoreThe Monster MashIn the Waiting RoomSolutions to Saturday's PuzzleAdult Figures Charging Toward a Concrete ToadstoolMemento MoriAll the Beauty You Will Ever NeedTown and CountryAerialThe Man in the HutOf Mice and MenApril in ParisCrybabyOld FaithfulThe Smoking Section

Р. Дж. Коллингвуд Принципы искусства

Р. Дж. Коллингвуд Принципы искусства

Робин Джордж Коллингвуд (1889—1943) – английский философ, историк, теоретик искусства (с 1935 – профессор Оксфордского университета по кафедре метафизической философии). Диапазон творческого наследия Р. Дж. Коллингвуда чрезвычайно широк и включает в себя разнообразные проблемы истории, философии, эстетики, религиоведения, политики. Основные труды Р. Дж. Коллингвуда были опубликованы в 30-х – начале 40-х годов: «Очерк философского метода» («Essay on Philosophical Method») – 1933, «Принципы искусства» («The Principles of Art») – 1938, «Автобиография» («An Autobiography») – 1939, «Очерк метафизики» («Essay on Metaphysics») – 1940, «Идея истории» («The Idea of History»), которую он не успел завершить (первое издание в 1946 году), «Новый Левиафан» («The New Leviaphan») – 1947. В своих философско-исторических трудах, опираясь на гегельянские идеи, Коллингвуд развивает последние и создает свою оригинальную концепцию истории. Этот подход выделяет его из позитивистского и неопозитивистского контекста Англии 20—40-х годов. Книга «Принципы искусства» отмечена несомненным влиянием эстетики Дж. Вико, а также Б. Кроче, с которым Коллингвуд был в дружеских отношениях, переводил его труды. Однако Коллингвуд разрабатывает здесь оригинальную «теорию воображения», по-новому интерпретируя учение об идеях классического английского эмпиризма Локка и Юма. В книге также содержится широкий обзор истории формирования эстетической теории, от древнегреческих философов до современных Коллингвуду эстетических доктрин Т. С. Элиота. Все это делает труд «Принципы искусства» интересным как для специалистов, так и для широкого круга читателей, интересующихся проблемами философии, эстетики, искусства и литературы.

Pulse

Pulse

The stories in Julian Barnes' long-awaited third collection are attuned to rhythms and currents: of the body, of love and sex, illness and death, connections and conversations. Each character is bent to a pulse, propelled on by success and loss, by new beginnings and endings. In 'East Wind' a divorced estate agent falls in love with a European waitress, but is tempted, despite his happiness, to investigate her past; in 'The Limner' a deaf painter discovers his patron's likeness after spending time among his staff. Anchored off the coast of Brazil, Garibaldi spies his future wife through a telescope, and in 'Marriage Lines', a widower returns to a remote Scottish Island to relive a favourite holiday. These are also lives in flux - in the 'stages, transitions, arguments; incompatibilities which grow' - as in the title story, where a man reflects on the break-up of his marriage, brought into new perspective by the actions of his parents; two writers, a 'good team', return from an event rehearsing familiar arguments; in 'Gardener's World', a couple bond, fall out and bond again over flowers and vegetable patches. Positioned in between are a series of evenings at 'Phil & Joanna's', where among the topics of conversation - the environment, politics, the Britishness of marmalade, toilet graffiti and the perils of smoking - we witness the guests' lives shift in sections over the course of a year. Ranging from the domestic to the extraordinary, from the vineyards of Italy to the English seaside in winter, the stories in Pulse resonate and spark, each imbued with the humour, poignancy and perception that marks all Julian Barnes' work. This is an imaginative and expertly-constructed new collection from a master of the form.

Scott Hatch A. GMAT For Dummies

Scott Hatch A. GMAT For Dummies

Learn to: Score higher on the GMAT and get into the business school of your choice Improve your skills to conquer the verbal and quantitative sections Write clearly and effectively to ace the analytical writing section Prepare for the big day with expert strategies for solving integrated reasoning problems Review your math knowledge and verbal skills with the interactive flashcards, and take 5 simulated GMAT tests on the companion CD Practice your skills and score your highest on the GMAT Nervous about taking the GMAT? Don't sweat it! This hands-on, friendly guide gives you all the preparation you need to maximize your score and outsmart your competition. You'll discover how to think the GMAT way and chart your study progress with updated practice questions, math and grammar reviews, and five full-length practice exams. Conquer the verbal section – get the 4-1-1 on how to spot the common types of errors for sentence corrections, how to read through a passage quickly and effectively, and how to break apart and analyze arguments Ace analytical writing – discover what the GMAT is looking for in the analytical writing section and find pointers on writing a well- organized and compelling essay Make sense of math – find plain-English explanations of what you'll encounter in the quantitative section, from basic arithmetic and algebra to more complex concepts like coordinate geometry Rip through the reasoning – get strategies for approaching the integrated reasoning section and find out how to extract data from tables, charts, and graphs Open the book and find: A plain-English explanation of the test's format What to bring on exam day How to make educated guesses Common pitfalls to avoid Tips and advice to calm your nerves Proven ways to save time and beat the clock Ten writing errors to avoid Guidance on increasing your chances of gaining admission to the business school of your choice CD Includes Five full-length practice tests in timed and untimed modes, flashcards to review important formulas and concepts, and a set of integrated reasoning practice questions. See the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements.

Robot Dreams

Robot Dreams

From the Bestselling Author of I, Robot His name is synonymous with all that is best in science fiction. The New York Times In a career spanning nearly fifty years, Isaac Asimov science writer, historian, and futurist accurately predicted how technological breakthroughs would be developed and utilized, years before they became reality. His foresight envisioned calculators, computerized cars, and advances in the field of robotics in such popular books as I, Robot; Robots and Empire; and The Robots of Dawn. Robot Dreams spans the body of his fiction from the 1940s to the mid-1980s, featuring all of the classic Asimovian themes from the scientific puzzle and the extraterrestrial thriller to the psychological discourse presented by the author in an introductory essay. In addition to the title story (a Locus poll winner, and Hugo and Nebula Award finalist), this collection features several of Asimov s robot tales. A robopsychologist must outwit a machine determined to stay hidden in Little Robot Lost; a woman s talent for Light Verse overshadows her true accomplishments with her robot servants; and The Last Question presented to computer after computer over a hundred billion years may remain forever unanswered. Classic science fiction . . . includes many of Asimov s best. Chronicle The collection gathers 20 of Asimov s greatest (with Asimov, the word great is no mere hyperbole), older short stories, plus one new tale written especially for this book, and an important essay which opens the book. Starlog"