This I Believe

Author: Carlos Fuentes
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408837625
Format: PDF
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Carlos Fuentes is Mexico's most admired novelist, and this is his manifesto, and memoir, offering a rare and wonderful insight into the mind of a great writer. This I Believe is an A to Z of the things that he loves and believes in. In a series of inspired meditations and polemics, he embraces his subjects such as 'Balzac' and 'Beauty' and 'Sex' and 'Shakespeare'. The essays are woven together with the familiar Fuentes themes of politics, time and language, and through them runs the vein of his personal journey, his views on love, sex, women, friendship and family. From 'Amor' to 'Zürich', this is a collection of thoughts that is both witty and profoundly searching.

This I Believe

Author: Carlos Fuentes
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9780747573371
Format: PDF
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In a series of inspired meditations and polemics, Fuentes explores and celebrates subjects as disparate as 'Balzac' and 'Beauty'; 'Reading' and 'Revolution'; 'Sex' and 'Shakespeare'. The essays are woven together with the familiar Fuentes themes of politics, time and language; and through them runs the vein of his personal journey, his views on love, sex, women, friendship and family. In 'Children' Fuentes tells of the births of his daughters and gives a wrenching account of his son's short life; 'Silvia' is a paean to his wife. This I Believeis both intimate and universally resonant, and it leads us through a mind - via Kafka, Buñuel, Wittgenstein, Cervantes, Faulkner, Velazquez, and more - that is both witty and profoundly searching. Finally, in 'Zurich', an encounter with Thomas Mann teaches him (as Fuentes teaches us) that 'in literature, you only know what you can imagine'.

An Insatiable Dialectic

Author: Roberto Cantú
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443855944
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book includes studies by leading philosophers and cultural critics from Asia, Europe, and the Americas. The essays represent different philosophical traditions and contrasting cultural viewpoints in the arts, literature, architecture, philosophy, and the global politics of today. In spite of their discrepancies, the authors of these essays agree on one fundamental point: critical forums of this scope are crucial and thus necessary as we enter the twenty-first century. After two World Wars and the rise of Western and Eastern forms of totalitarianism, these core features of Western civilization – critique, modernity, and humanism – have been contested and dismissed as areas of mere academic interest. The contributors to this book challenge such a view. An Insatiable Dialectic: Essays on Critique, Modernity, and Humanism will be of benefit to scholars, college students, and to probing readers interested in a founding Western legacy that seldom appears as the focus of inquiry in a single book, herein divided into three parts: “Critique and Modernity,” “Humanism and the Humanities,” and “Traditions and Global Modernities.” While modernity and modernization have been embraced by nations around the globe, humanism and critique have almost disappeared from contemporary mainstream discourse, at times unjustly set aside as elitist, or as an obsolete domain of a liberal tradition that has failed to grasp the hard realities of our global age. This book disputes these short-sighted and clearly ideological positions, pointing to the radically transforming effects of modernization on the world’s traditional cultures, and the inevitable problems and challenges in areas relative to religious fundamentalisms, weakening political institutions, ecosystems ravaged by global technologies, and world-wide attempts by various nations to achieve economic and political stability. In the debates and tentative conclusions presented in this book, the reader will learn about the on-going dialectic that shapes modernity through a re-imagined humanism and critique, currently indispensable in an emerging world order in which democratic ideals and intercultural understanding are vanishing possibilities.

Alphabet meines Lebens

Author: Carlos Fuentes
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783596166015
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Essays on topics such as love, friendship, God, family, education, politics, death and various authors.

The A B Cs to Z of Godly Parenting

Author: Beverly J. Bond-Cox
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1479751227
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This inspirational little parenting book was written across many days and nights as were the two previous books by Dr. Cox. Unlike the other two books, however, this book began during the parenting years of her and her husbands four children and represents the congealment of wisdom across the years based on Dr. Coxs day-to-day experiences as a mother of four, clinical psychologist; seminary trained ordained minister, trained spiritual director and chaplain. This book is the how-to book that places God at the Center of parenting. At the heart of her writing is Dr. Coxs view of parenting as a sacred duty that must be taken seriously and done intentionally. She hopes that the readers, regardless of faith tradition find Godly wisdoms within these pages. Most of all, she hopes that she conveys that parenting is hard work with no short-cuts. Parenting is not one thing. For example, it is not just discipline, though discipline is important. And it is not just love, though love is essential. Parenting is multifaceted. Parenting requires commitment and energy. Her greatest hope is that parents will work on getting-it-right before its too late. Dr. Cox considers this her most important work, to date.

The Angry Genie

Author: Karl Ziegler Morgan
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806131221
Format: PDF, ePub
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A physicist with the Manhattan Project and Oak Ridge National Laboratory recounts harrowing tales of radiation accidents and near-disasters, revealing the actual and potential consequences of the clumsiness, recklessness, and carelessness of fallible human beings. 56 illustrations.

Reasons and Persons

Author: Derek Parfit
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191622443
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book challenges, with several powerful arguments, some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity. The author claims that we have a false view of our own nature; that it is often rational to act against our own best interests; that most of us have moral views that are directly self-defeating; and that, when we consider future generations the conclusions will often be disturbing. He concludes that moral non-religious moral philosophy is a young subject, with a promising but unpredictable future.

Desi Rap

Author: Ajay Nair
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739127216
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Desi Rap explores the connection between South Asian Americans and hip-hop as both a sociopolitical/cultural movement and performative identity. This groundbreaking collection of essays is the first book of its kind to interrogate ideas about ownership of culture while asserting the distinctness of South Asian American identity that has come through the use of and influence by hip-hop as a cultural art form.

The A to Z of a Life Philosophy

Author: RVM
Publisher: RVM School of Inspiration
ISBN: 8190688626
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Does your life have a philosophy? Do you live by strong principles, values and beliefs?Do you have a clear direction in life?Most people live life with a wish list, with some desires and some values added in, but only a few truly live with a precise philosophy.If a river had no banks, it would just overflow and create a flood. Our life too needs guidelines, to bank our energy and our resources, to help us be organized, to live meaningfully and to achieve success. This book is a simple guide for anyone to use to reflect upon life, to craft out a philosophy for themselves and to strategically memorize it. It is then up to you to live it.Those who create and follow their Life Philosophy are sure to see their lives transformed for the better.