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Animal Farm (LATITUDES: RESOURCES TO INTEGRATE LANGAUGE ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCES)

Reproducible Series for teachers instructing George Orwell s classic Animal Farm


Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: The World's Great Drama: Drama Centered Language Arts Activities

In i Romeo and Juliet i Shakespeare creates a world of violence and generational conflict in which two young people fall in love and die because of that love The story is rather extraordinary in that the normal problems faced by young lovers are here so very large It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lover s affection for each other rather the Montagues and the Capulets are on opposite sides in a blood feud and are trying to kill each other on the streets of Verona Every time a member of one of the two families dies in the fight his relatives demand the blood of his killer Because of the feud if Romeo is discovered with Juliet by her family he will be killed Once Romeo is banished the only way that Juliet can avoid being married to someone else is to take a potion that apparently kills her so that she is burried with the bodies of her slain relatives In this violent death filled world the movement of the story from love at first sight to the union of the lovers in death seems almost inevitable br p What is so striking about this play is that despite its extraordinary setting one perhaps reflecting Elizabethan attitudes about hot blooded Italians it has become the quintessential story of young love Because most young lovers feel that they have to overcome giant obstacles in order to be together because they feel that they would rather die than be kept apart and especially because the language Shakespeare gives his young lovers is so exquisite allowing them to say to each other just what we would all say to a lover if we only knew how it is easy to respond to this play as if it were about all young lovers rather than about a particular couple in a very unusual world When the play was rewritten in the eighteen century as i The History and Fall of Caius Marius i the violent setting became that of a particularly discordant period in classical Rome when Leonard Berstein rewrote the play as i West Side Story i he chose the violent world of New York street gangs p


Black Arts (Jane Yellowrock, #7)

b Jane Yellowrock is a shape shifting skinwalker who always takes care of her own no matter the cost b br br When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife Molly he s convinced that she came to see her best friend Jane But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace br br Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches But the closer she draws to Molly the closer she draws to a new enemy one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced


The Bachelor of Arts

There are writers Tolstoy and Henry James to name two whom we hold in awe writers Turgenev and Chekhov for whom we feel a personal affection other writers whom we respect Conrad for example but who hold us at a long arm s length with their courtly foreign grace Narayan whom I don t hesitate to name in such a context more than any of them wakes in me a spring of gratitude for he has offered me a second home Without him I could never have known what it is like to be Indian Graham Greene br br Offering rare insight into the complexities of Indian middle class society R K Narayan traces life in the fictional town of Malgudi i The Dark Room i is a searching look at a difficult marriage and a woman who eventually rebels against the demands of being a good and obedient wife In i Mr Sampath i a newspaper man tries to keep his paper afloat in the face of social and economic changes sweeping India Narayan writes of youth and young adulthood in the semiautobiographical i Swami and Friends i and i The Bachelor of Arts i Although the ordinary tensions of maturing are heightened by the particular circumstances of pre partition India Narayan provides a universal vision of childhood early love and grief br br The experience of reading one of his novels is comparable to one s first reaction to the great Russian novels the fresh realization of the common humanity of all peoples underlain by a simultaneous sense of strangeness like one s own reflection seen in a green twilight Margaret Parton i New York Herald Tribune i br


The Iliad of Homer (Library of Liberal Arts)

This translation of Homer s Iliad by the poet and classicist Ennis Rees attempts to be both faithful to the original and accessible to the modern reader


Language Arts

The new novel from the best selling author of i Broken for You i spins the stories of a dedicated teacher his enigmatic son and a wartime survivor into an affecting tale of love loss and handwriting br br Charles Marlow teaches his high school English students that language will expand their worlds But linguistic precision cannot help him connect with his autistic son or with his ex wife who abandoned their shared life years before or even with his college bound daughter who has just flown the nest He s at the end of a road he s traveled on autopilot for years when a series of events forces him to think back on the lifetime of decisions and indecisions that have brought him to this point With the help of an ambitious art student an Italian speaking nun and the memory of a boy in a white suit who inscribed his childhood with both solace and sorrow Charles may finally be able to rewrite the script of his life br br b Sometimes the most powerful words are the ones you re still searching for b


The Art of War with Commentary by Guardian Martial Arts

Sun Tzu wrote this classic text more than years ago It continues to influence generals and others in the military but its applications to the martial artist or the businessperson or anyone who needs to manage people achieve objectives and risk defeat while attempting victory will find it relevant and insightful as well This edition contains every word of Sun Tzu s as well as very light commentary on some portions of the text by Shelby and Kelly Perkins owners of Guardian Martial Arts and Fitness As black belts managing their own martial arts studio for many years they know how Tzu s insights speak to the martial artist training for combat as well as how they relate to running a business Enjoy Tzu s timeless insight and a few comments here and there by Shelby and Kelly which are denoted with the letters GMA when they occur After you read some of them you will quickly grasp how you too can apply Tzu s advice to your own life in your own situation and in your own battles


Yoga and meditation coloring book for adults: With Yoga Poses and Mandalas

Yoga and meditation Coloring book for adults With Yoga Poses and Mandalas is an original coloring book designed to help you relax and to stimulate your creativity br br The detailed designs in the book feature human figures in various yoga poses as well as intricate mandalas This book will stimulate your creative side and it will help you unwind and forget about stress


The Shattered Court (The Four Arts, #1)

b First in a new fantasy series from the author of the Novels of the Half Light City b br br i Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire and a choice between loyalty and survival i br br The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries If a woman of royal blood manifests powers she is immediately bound by rites of marriage She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather Any magic more dangerous is forbidden br br Lady Sophia Kendall thirty second in line to the throne is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed or perhaps cursed with magic When a vicious attack by Anglion s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos Sophia is forced to flee the court Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie a member of the royal guard raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown br br Then Sophia s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process As a witch unbound by marriage rites Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it Faced with old secrets and new truths she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power br


Arts & Entertainments

Christopher Beha delivers a cutting send up of our cultural obsession with celebrity a deliciously witty and ultimately tender novel about the absurdity of fame and the complexity of love sure to appeal to fans of Maria Semple and Jess Walter br br A sharp edged satire with heart em Arts amp Entertainments em is the story of Handsome Eddie Hartley who at thirty three has forgone dreams of an acting career for the reality of life as a drama teacher at a boys prep school But when Eddie and his wife Susan discover they cannot have children it is one disappointment too many br br Weighted down with debt his wife s mounting unhappiness and his own deepening sense of failure Eddie is confronted with an alluring solution when an old friend turned web impresario suggests Eddie sell a sex tape he made with an ex girlfriend now a wildly popular television star Overcoming his initial moral qualms Eddie figures that in an era when any publicity is good publicity the tape won t cause any harm a decision that will have disastrous consequences and propel him straight into the glaring spotlight he once thought he craved br br A hilariously biting and incisive take down of our culture s monstrous obsession with fame em Arts amp Entertainments em is also a poignant and humane portrait of a young man s belated coming of age the complications of love and the surprising ways in which the most meaningful lives often turn out to be the ones we least expected to lead


Zen in the Martial Arts

A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action i Samurai Maximum i br br Under the guidance of such celebrated masters as Ed Parker and the immortal Bruce Lee Joe Hyams vividly recounts his more than years of experience in the martial arts In his illuminating story Hyams reveals to you how the daily application of Zen principles not only developed his physical expertise but gave him the mental discipline to control his personal problems self image work pressure competition Indeed mastering the spiritual goals in martial arts can dramatically alter the quality of your life enriching your relationships with people as well as helping you make use of all your abilities


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The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

With a style that is razor sharp an eye that never shies from the gritty details and a taste for stories that simultaneously shock disturb and entertain Charlie Huston is one of a kind And i The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death i is the type of story swift twisted hilarious somehow hopeful that only he could dream up br br The fact is whether it s a dog hit by a train or an old lady who had a heart attack on the can someone has to clean up the nasty mess And that someone is Webster Fillmore Goodhue who just may be the least likely person in Los Angeles County to hold down such a gig With his teaching career derailed by tragedy Web hasn t done much for the last year except some heavy slacking But when his only friend in the world lets him know that his freeloading days are over and he tires of taking cash from his spaced out mom and refuses to take any more from his embittered father Web joins Clean Team and soon finds himself sponging a Malibu suicide s brains from a bathroom mirror and flirting with the man s bereaved and beautiful daughter br br Then things get weird The dead man s daughter asks a favor Her brother s in need of somebody who can clean up a mess Every cell in Web s brain tells him to turn her down but something else makes him hit the Harbor Freeway at midnight to help her however he can Is it her laugh Her desperate tone of voice The chance that this might be history s strangest booty call Whatever it is soon enough it s Web who needs the help when gun toting California cowboys start showing up on his doorstep What s the deal Is it something to do with what he cleaned up in that motel room in Carson Or is it all about the brewing war between rival trauma cleaners Web doesn t have a clue but he ll need to get one if he s going to keep from getting his face kicked in Again And again And again br br Full of black humor stunning violence singular characters and neon dialogue i The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death i is classic Charlie Huston a wild ride that ll leave you breathless and shaken grinning and begging for more


Mortal Arts (Lady Darby Mystery, #2)

i Scotland i Lady Kiera Darby is no stranger to intrigue in fact it seems to follow wherever she goes After her foray into murder investigation Kiera must journey to Edinburgh with her family so that her pregnant sister can be close to proper medical care But the city is full of many things Kiera isn t quite ready to face the society ladies keen on judging her her fellow investigator and romantic entanglement Sebastian Gage and ultimately another deadly mystery br br Kiera s old friend Michael Dalmay is about to be married but the arrival of his older brother and Kiera s childhood art tutor William has thrown everything into chaos For ten years Will has been missing committed to an insane asylum by his own father Kiera is sympathetic to her mentor s plight especially when rumors swirl about a local girl gone missing Now Kiera must once again employ her knowledge of the macabre and join forces with Gage in order to prove the innocence of a beloved family friend and save the marriage of another


Tao Te Ching: The New Translation (Sacred Arts)

A vivid collection of ancient sayings and commentaries which speaks across the centuries and between cultures and people


Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception

b The bestselling author of i Zero i shows how mathematical misinformation pervades and shapes our daily lives b br br According to MSNBC having a child makes you stupid You actually lose IQ points i Good Morning America i has announced that natural blondes will be extinct within two hundred years Pundits estimated that there were more than a million demonstrators at a tea party rally in Washington D C even though roughly sixty thousand were there Numbers have peculiar powers they can disarm skeptics befuddle journalists and hoodwink the public into believing almost anything br br Proofiness as Charles Seife explains in this eye opening book is the art of using pure mathematics for impure ends and he reminds readers that bad mathematics has a dark side It is used to bring down beloved government officials and to appoint undeserving ones both Democratic and Republican to convict the innocent and acquit the guilty to ruin our economy and to fix the outcomes of future elections This penetrating look at the intersection of math and society will appeal to readers of i Freakonomics i and the books of Malcolm Gladwell


The Aeneid (Library of Liberal Arts, #212)

The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem written by Virgil between and BC that tells the legendary story of Aeneas a Trojan who travelled to Italy where he became the ancestor of the Romans It comprises lines in dactylic hexameter The first six of the poem s twelve books tell the story of Aeneas s wanderings from Troy to Italy and the poem s second half tells of the Trojans ultimately victorious war upon the Latins under whose name Aeneas and his Trojan followers are destined to be subsumed The hero Aeneas was already known to Greco Roman legend and myth having been a character in the Iliad composed in the th century BC Virgil took the disconnected tales of Aeneas s wanderings his vague association with the foundation of Rome and a personage of no fixed characteristics other than a scrupulous pietas and fashioned this into a compelling founding myth or national epic that at once tied Rome to the legends of Troy explained the Punic wars glorified traditional Roman virtues and legitimized the Julio Claudian dynasty as descendants of the founders heroes and gods of Rome and Troy


The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts

The definitive magic reference book for Witches Wiccans and all devotees of the magical arts This is the real version of the archetypal master spell book of fantasy that has a place in our collective imagination The spell book also contains a brief history of and basic precepts of magic plus material about the tools of Witchcraft br br br Sales Handles br Today there are many books of spells for specific needs and occasions for the practising Wiccan witch but no comprehensive and inclusive magic reference book exists br This is the magical equivalent of a prize and inspirational cookbook nothing is too basic to be explained and yet sophisticated tastes as well as emergency situations are catered for br The book goes beyond merely the Wiccan tradition to include a multitude of eastern and western magical traditions whilst fulfilling the archetypal fantasy of the grand grimoire master spell book br From Merlin and Grimm s fairytales to Lord of the Rings Harry Potter and Disney s Sorcerer s Apprentice plus countless other fantasy stories the master spell book has a place in our collective imagination This book is that fantasy made real


Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts

Finally in paperback after six hardcover printings this international bestseller is an encyclopedic A Z masterpiece the perfect introduction to the very core of Western humanism Clive James rescues or occasionally destroys the careers of many of the greatest thinkers humanists musicians artists and philosophers of the twentieth century Soaring to Montaigne like heights em Cultural Amnesia em is precisely the book to burnish these memories of a Western civilization that James fears is nearly lost


On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts

People begin to see that something more goes to the composition of a fine murder than two blockheads to kill and be killed a knife a purse and a dark lane br br In this provocative and blackly funny essay Thomas de Quincey considers murder in a purely aesthetic light and explains how practically every philosopher over the past two hundred years has been murdered insomuch that if a man calls himself a philosopher and never had his life attempted rest assured there is nothing in him br br Introducing Little Black Classics books for Penguin s th birthday Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics with books from around the world and across many centuries They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan from Tierra del Fuego to th century California and the Russian steppe Here are stories lyrical and savage poems epic and intimate essays satirical and inspirational and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions br br Thomas de Quincey br br Thomas de Quincey s Confessions and an English Opium Eater and Other Writings is available in Penguin Classics


The History & Arts of the Dominatrix

THE HISTORY amp ARTS OF THE DOMINATRIX by Anne O Nomis br This much anticipated book is the illustrated treatise on the Dominatrix throughout history Begun in it has taken four years to come to be published with artwork illustrated with permission of the highest museums and libraries in the world br br No book previously existed on the subject Nomis set to work meticulously researching the most discreet and mysterious occupation of the Dominatrix This book reveals the ancient roots of the Dominatrix lie within sacred rituals to a Goddess Inanna who ruled one of the most important cities of the ancient world the city of Uruk or Warka With a Masters degree in archaeology and art history Nomis has included exerts of a hymn to the Goddess with rites of gender transformation punishment pain and ecstasy linked to the high en priestess named Enheduanna and images of the Goddess br br Into the English history record the secular profession appears in books from the th Century with flagellation prints of the Dominatrix in role of Whipstress and School Mistress The ladies providing birch discipline were interlinked with royalty nobility parliamentarians and secret societies By the th Century London held sumptuously appointed discipline houses run by Governess Dominatrices one of whom invented a special machine for whipping known as the Berkley Horse br br In the th Century the book presents rare vintage snapshots of mid th Century ladies of the bizarre underground in time space and place from London New York The Hague and The Herbertstrasse Lastly Nomis examines the contemporary occupation of the modern day Dominatrix and contributes a theory of their Seven Realm Arts characterizing their practices in a framework beyond the catch all term of BDSM This book is the seminal work on the subject of the Dominatrix her history and her arts as a unique craft br br Painstakingly researched The quintessential treatise on dominant women throughout the ages impressive work David Jackson DDI br br Illustrated with artwork and images from the British Museum Iraq Museum Penn Museum Oriental Institute of Chicago Fitzwilliam Museum of Cambridge University Villa of Mysteries Pompeii British Library Rare Books Library of Congress Washington DC National Portrait Gallery Yale Center for British Art Kinsey Institute with vintage images by artist John Willie from B lier Press vintage Dominatrices from DDI Magazine Atom Age and private collection contemporary artwork by Natasha Gornik Kate Peters Phil Miller Nuit d Or and Lucina Nathanael br br The book has been produced in a stunning first edition hardback inspired by the Victorian forbidden book with gold foil and quarter bound accentuating the art of book fetish A special collector s release it is available in a limited edition of copies only each individually numbered available from the publisher website in the UK a target blank href http www historyofthedominatrix com rel nofollow www historyofthedominatrix com a br br Also available as an e book kindle however without the beautiful design format of the hardcopy due to limitations of software associated with e books


Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts

i Modern Magick i is the most popular most complete step by step instruction manual on how to do real magick that has ever been published Already over people are using it br br Author Donald Michael Kraig wrote this after teaching the information in classes for ten years It is refined tested and easy to understand It is filled with exercises techniques and rituals to help you It is presented in a series of eleven lessons Follow the lessons practice the rituals and techniques and by the end of your work you will be a magician br What does it cover Rituals healing initiation talismans astral travel creative visualization psychic self defense evocation of spirits the Kabalah physical exercise and magical tools such as wands br br Want more You ll also learn the secrets of true meditation how to use the Tarot how to remember your dreams how to do the rituals of Western Magick including rituals of the Pentagram Hexagram Middle Pillar Rose Cross and Watchtower You ll learn how to manipulate magical energy secrets of relaxation Wicca pathworking Tantra and sex magick br br Once you have finished working your way through this book you will be an accomplished magician You will be able to perform real magick Then this book will become the most valuable reference tool in your collection of books br br What if you want to know even more about a subject No problem Each chapter has a bibliography so you can go even deeper into any topic There is an annotated bibliography at the end with even more resources br br In the new second edition the contents pages contain more information so it is even easier to find what you need but there is also an entirely new appendix with answers to many of the most frequently asked questions that Kraig has received over the years This book is a must


The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric

Who sets language policy today Who made whom the grammar doctor Lacking the equivalent of l Acad mie fran aise we English speakers must find our own way looking for guidance or vindication in source after source McGuffey s Readers introduced nineteenth century students to correct English Strunk and White s Elements of Style and William Safire s column On Language provide help on diction and syntax to contemporary writers and speakers Sister Miriam Joseph s book The Trivium The Liberal Arts of Logic Grammar and Rhetoric invites the reader into a deeper understanding one that includes rules definitions and guidelines but whose ultimate end is to transform the reader into a liberal artist br br A liberal artist seeks the perfection of the human faculties The liberal artist begins with the language arts the trivium which is the basis of all learning because it teaches the tools for reading writing speaking and listening Thinking underlies all these activities Many readers will recognize elements of this book parts of speech syntax propositions syllogisms enthymemes logical fallacies scientific method figures of speech rhetorical technique and poetics The Trivium however presents these elements within a philosophy of language that connects thought expression and reality br br Trivium means the crossroads where the three branches of language meet In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance students studied and mastered this integrated view of language Regrettably modern language teaching keeps the parts without the vision of the whole Inspired by the possibility of helping students acquire mastery over the tools of learning Sister Miriam Joseph and other teachers at Saint Mary s College designed and taught a course on the trivium for all first year students The Trivium resulted from that noble endeavor br br The liberal artist travels in good company Sister Miriam Joseph frequently cites passages from William Shakespeare John Milton Plato the Bible Homer and other great writers The Paul Dry Books edition of The Trivium provides new graphics and notes to make the book accessible to today s readers Sister Miriam Joseph told her first audience that the function of the trivium is the training of the mind for the study of matter and spirit which constitute the sum of reality The fruit of education is culture which Mathew Arnold defined as the knowledge of ourselves and the world May this noble endeavor lead many to that end


Meaning in the Visual Arts

Since its original publication Erwin Panofsky s i Meaning in the Visual Arts i has been standard reading for students of art history It is both an introduction to the study of art and for those with more specialized interests a profound discussion of art and life in the Middle Ages and Renaissance Panofsky s historical technique reveals an abundance of detail detail he skillfully relates to the life and work of individual painters and their times br br The papers in this volume represent a cross section of Panofsky s major work Included are selections from his well known i Studies in Iconology i and i The Life and Art of Albrecht D rer i plus an introduction and an epilogue The History of Art as a Humanistic Discipline and Three Decades of Art History in the United States Impressions of a Transplanted European as well as pieces written especially for this collection All display Panofsky s vast erudition and deep commitment to a humanistic conception of art and art history br


Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts

Play fool to catch wise proverb of Jamaican slaves Confrontations between the powerless and powerful are laden with deception the powerless feign deference and the powerful subtly assert their mastery Peasants serfs untouchables slaves laborers and prisoners are not free to speak their minds in the presence of power These subordinate groups instead create a secret discourse that represents a critique of power spoken behind the backs of the dominant At the same time the powerful also develop a private dialogue about practices and goals of their rule that cannot be openly avowed In this book renowned social scientist James C Scott offers a penetrating discussion both of the public roles played by the powerful and powerless and the mocking vengeful tone they display off stage what he terms their public and hidden transcripts Using examples from the literature history and politics of cultures around the world Scott examines the many guises this interaction has taken throughout history and the tensions and contradictions it reflects Scott describes the ideological resistance of subordinate groups their gossip folktales songs jokes and theater their use of anonymity and ambiguity He also analyzes how ruling elites attempt to convey an impression of hegemony through such devices as parades state ceremony and rituals of subordination and apology Finally he identifies with quotations that range from the recollections of American slaves to those of Russian citizens during the beginnings of Gorbachev s i glasnost i campaign the political electricity generated among oppressed groups when for the first time the hidden transcript is spoken directly and publicly in the face of power His landmark work will revise our understanding of subordination resistance hegemony folk culture and the ideas behind revolt


History of Art: A Survey of he Major Visual Arts from the Dawn of History to the Present Day

For s of art lovers both amateur amp professional esthetic life began with Janson as his History of Art is often called In the st edition published in he spoke to that perennial reader he gently called the troubled layman His opening paragraph revealed his sympathy Why is this supposed to be art he quoted rhetorically How often have we heard this question asked or asked it ourselves perhaps in front of one of the strange disquieting works that we are likely to find nowadays in the museum or art exhibition Keeping that curious questioning perspective in mind he wrote a history of art from cave painting to Picasso that was singularly welcoming illuminating amp exciting Sojourning thru this book a reader is offered every amenity for a comfortable trip Because he never assumes knowledge on the part of the reader a recent immigrant from Mars could comprehend Western art from this text The only assumption the Jansons have made is that with a little guidance everyone can come to understand the artifacts that centuries of architecture sculpture design amp painting have deposited in our paths Countless readers have proven the Jansons right amp found their lives enriched in the process


Impro for Storytellers (Theatre Arts)

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The Forbidden Heir (The Four Arts, #2)

i She fled to save her life but surviving what comes next might destroy everything she believes in i br br The royal witches of Anglion have always been bound to serve their country But Lady Sophia Mackenzie whose unbound magic and near claim to the crown made her a target was forced to flee Anglion leaving behind a dead assassin and shattered loyalties Now she finds herself in Illvya where the magic is everything she s been taught to fear and the only person she can trust is her new husband Cameron br br Sophia and Cameron must navigate a strange world of illicit temptations dangerous threats and political intrigue where as a royal witch Sophia is both prized and reviled br br As she begins to master her powers the factions seeking to control Sophia close in and her magical and emotional bonds with Cameron are pushed to the limit To survive long enough to claim the future she seeks she may have to choose between love and loyalty and hope the price of her choice is one she can bear


What Good Are the Arts?

Hailed as exhilarating and suggestive Spectator thought provoking and entertaining David Lodge Sunday Times and incisive and inspirational Guardian What Good are the Arts offers a delightfully skeptical look at the nature of art John Carey one of Britain s most respected literary critics here cuts through the cant surrounding the fine arts debunking claims that the arts make us better people or that judgments about art are anything more than personal opinion But Carey does argue strongly for the value of art as an activity and for the superiority of one art in particular literature Literature he contends is the only art capable of reasoning and the only art that can criticize Literature has the ability to inspire the mind and the heart towards practical ends far better than any work of conceptual art Here then is a lively and stimulating invitation to debate the value of art a provocative book that anyone seriously interested in the arts should read Michael Dirda The Washington Post br


Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan

Explains in detail the weapons techniques strategies and principles of combat that made the Japanese warrior a formidable foe An essential work for anyone with an interest in Japanese battle techniques or military traditions


Animal Farm (LATITUDES: RESOURCES TO INTEGRATE LANGAUGE ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCES)

Reproducible Series for teachers instructing George Orwell s classic Animal Farm


Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: The World's Great Drama: Drama Centered Language Arts Activities

In i Romeo and Juliet i Shakespeare creates a world of violence and generational conflict in which two young people fall in love and die because of that love The story is rather extraordinary in that the normal problems faced by young lovers are here so very large It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lover s affection for each other rather the Montagues and the Capulets are on opposite sides in a blood feud and are trying to kill each other on the streets of Verona Every time a member of one of the two families dies in the fight his relatives demand the blood of his killer Because of the feud if Romeo is discovered with Juliet by her family he will be killed Once Romeo is banished the only way that Juliet can avoid being married to someone else is to take a potion that apparently kills her so that she is burried with the bodies of her slain relatives In this violent death filled world the movement of the story from love at first sight to the union of the lovers in death seems almost inevitable br p What is so striking about this play is that despite its extraordinary setting one perhaps reflecting Elizabethan attitudes about hot blooded Italians it has become the quintessential story of young love Because most young lovers feel that they have to overcome giant obstacles in order to be together because they feel that they would rather die than be kept apart and especially because the language Shakespeare gives his young lovers is so exquisite allowing them to say to each other just what we would all say to a lover if we only knew how it is easy to respond to this play as if it were about all young lovers rather than about a particular couple in a very unusual world When the play was rewritten in the eighteen century as i The History and Fall of Caius Marius i the violent setting became that of a particularly discordant period in classical Rome when Leonard Berstein rewrote the play as i West Side Story i he chose the violent world of New York street gangs p


Black Arts (Jane Yellowrock, #7)

b Jane Yellowrock is a shape shifting skinwalker who always takes care of her own no matter the cost b br br When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife Molly he s convinced that she came to see her best friend Jane But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace br br Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches But the closer she draws to Molly the closer she draws to a new enemy one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced


The Bachelor of Arts

There are writers Tolstoy and Henry James to name two whom we hold in awe writers Turgenev and Chekhov for whom we feel a personal affection other writers whom we respect Conrad for example but who hold us at a long arm s length with their courtly foreign grace Narayan whom I don t hesitate to name in such a context more than any of them wakes in me a spring of gratitude for he has offered me a second home Without him I could never have known what it is like to be Indian Graham Greene br br Offering rare insight into the complexities of Indian middle class society R K Narayan traces life in the fictional town of Malgudi i The Dark Room i is a searching look at a difficult marriage and a woman who eventually rebels against the demands of being a good and obedient wife In i Mr Sampath i a newspaper man tries to keep his paper afloat in the face of social and economic changes sweeping India Narayan writes of youth and young adulthood in the semiautobiographical i Swami and Friends i and i The Bachelor of Arts i Although the ordinary tensions of maturing are heightened by the particular circumstances of pre partition India Narayan provides a universal vision of childhood early love and grief br br The experience of reading one of his novels is comparable to one s first reaction to the great Russian novels the fresh realization of the common humanity of all peoples underlain by a simultaneous sense of strangeness like one s own reflection seen in a green twilight Margaret Parton i New York Herald Tribune i br


The Iliad of Homer (Library of Liberal Arts)

This translation of Homer s Iliad by the poet and classicist Ennis Rees attempts to be both faithful to the original and accessible to the modern reader


Language Arts

The new novel from the best selling author of i Broken for You i spins the stories of a dedicated teacher his enigmatic son and a wartime survivor into an affecting tale of love loss and handwriting br br Charles Marlow teaches his high school English students that language will expand their worlds But linguistic precision cannot help him connect with his autistic son or with his ex wife who abandoned their shared life years before or even with his college bound daughter who has just flown the nest He s at the end of a road he s traveled on autopilot for years when a series of events forces him to think back on the lifetime of decisions and indecisions that have brought him to this point With the help of an ambitious art student an Italian speaking nun and the memory of a boy in a white suit who inscribed his childhood with both solace and sorrow Charles may finally be able to rewrite the script of his life br br b Sometimes the most powerful words are the ones you re still searching for b


The Art of War with Commentary by Guardian Martial Arts

Sun Tzu wrote this classic text more than years ago It continues to influence generals and others in the military but its applications to the martial artist or the businessperson or anyone who needs to manage people achieve objectives and risk defeat while attempting victory will find it relevant and insightful as well This edition contains every word of Sun Tzu s as well as very light commentary on some portions of the text by Shelby and Kelly Perkins owners of Guardian Martial Arts and Fitness As black belts managing their own martial arts studio for many years they know how Tzu s insights speak to the martial artist training for combat as well as how they relate to running a business Enjoy Tzu s timeless insight and a few comments here and there by Shelby and Kelly which are denoted with the letters GMA when they occur After you read some of them you will quickly grasp how you too can apply Tzu s advice to your own life in your own situation and in your own battles


Yoga and meditation coloring book for adults: With Yoga Poses and Mandalas

Yoga and meditation Coloring book for adults With Yoga Poses and Mandalas is an original coloring book designed to help you relax and to stimulate your creativity br br The detailed designs in the book feature human figures in various yoga poses as well as intricate mandalas This book will stimulate your creative side and it will help you unwind and forget about stress


The Shattered Court (The Four Arts, #1)

b First in a new fantasy series from the author of the Novels of the Half Light City b br br i Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire and a choice between loyalty and survival i br br The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries If a woman of royal blood manifests powers she is immediately bound by rites of marriage She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather Any magic more dangerous is forbidden br br Lady Sophia Kendall thirty second in line to the throne is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed or perhaps cursed with magic When a vicious attack by Anglion s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos Sophia is forced to flee the court Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie a member of the royal guard raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown br br Then Sophia s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process As a witch unbound by marriage rites Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it Faced with old secrets and new truths she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power br


Arts & Entertainments

Christopher Beha delivers a cutting send up of our cultural obsession with celebrity a deliciously witty and ultimately tender novel about the absurdity of fame and the complexity of love sure to appeal to fans of Maria Semple and Jess Walter br br A sharp edged satire with heart em Arts amp Entertainments em is the story of Handsome Eddie Hartley who at thirty three has forgone dreams of an acting career for the reality of life as a drama teacher at a boys prep school But when Eddie and his wife Susan discover they cannot have children it is one disappointment too many br br Weighted down with debt his wife s mounting unhappiness and his own deepening sense of failure Eddie is confronted with an alluring solution when an old friend turned web impresario suggests Eddie sell a sex tape he made with an ex girlfriend now a wildly popular television star Overcoming his initial moral qualms Eddie figures that in an era when any publicity is good publicity the tape won t cause any harm a decision that will have disastrous consequences and propel him straight into the glaring spotlight he once thought he craved br br A hilariously biting and incisive take down of our culture s monstrous obsession with fame em Arts amp Entertainments em is also a poignant and humane portrait of a young man s belated coming of age the complications of love and the surprising ways in which the most meaningful lives often turn out to be the ones we least expected to lead


Zen in the Martial Arts

A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action i Samurai Maximum i br br Under the guidance of such celebrated masters as Ed Parker and the immortal Bruce Lee Joe Hyams vividly recounts his more than years of experience in the martial arts In his illuminating story Hyams reveals to you how the daily application of Zen principles not only developed his physical expertise but gave him the mental discipline to control his personal problems self image work pressure competition Indeed mastering the spiritual goals in martial arts can dramatically alter the quality of your life enriching your relationships with people as well as helping you make use of all your abilities


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The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

With a style that is razor sharp an eye that never shies from the gritty details and a taste for stories that simultaneously shock disturb and entertain Charlie Huston is one of a kind And i The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death i is the type of story swift twisted hilarious somehow hopeful that only he could dream up br br The fact is whether it s a dog hit by a train or an old lady who had a heart attack on the can someone has to clean up the nasty mess And that someone is Webster Fillmore Goodhue who just may be the least likely person in Los Angeles County to hold down such a gig With his teaching career derailed by tragedy Web hasn t done much for the last year except some heavy slacking But when his only friend in the world lets him know that his freeloading days are over and he tires of taking cash from his spaced out mom and refuses to take any more from his embittered father Web joins Clean Team and soon finds himself sponging a Malibu suicide s brains from a bathroom mirror and flirting with the man s bereaved and beautiful daughter br br Then things get weird The dead man s daughter asks a favor Her brother s in need of somebody who can clean up a mess Every cell in Web s brain tells him to turn her down but something else makes him hit the Harbor Freeway at midnight to help her however he can Is it her laugh Her desperate tone of voice The chance that this might be history s strangest booty call Whatever it is soon enough it s Web who needs the help when gun toting California cowboys start showing up on his doorstep What s the deal Is it something to do with what he cleaned up in that motel room in Carson Or is it all about the brewing war between rival trauma cleaners Web doesn t have a clue but he ll need to get one if he s going to keep from getting his face kicked in Again And again And again br br Full of black humor stunning violence singular characters and neon dialogue i The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death i is classic Charlie Huston a wild ride that ll leave you breathless and shaken grinning and begging for more


Mortal Arts (Lady Darby Mystery, #2)

i Scotland i Lady Kiera Darby is no stranger to intrigue in fact it seems to follow wherever she goes After her foray into murder investigation Kiera must journey to Edinburgh with her family so that her pregnant sister can be close to proper medical care But the city is full of many things Kiera isn t quite ready to face the society ladies keen on judging her her fellow investigator and romantic entanglement Sebastian Gage and ultimately another deadly mystery br br Kiera s old friend Michael Dalmay is about to be married but the arrival of his older brother and Kiera s childhood art tutor William has thrown everything into chaos For ten years Will has been missing committed to an insane asylum by his own father Kiera is sympathetic to her mentor s plight especially when rumors swirl about a local girl gone missing Now Kiera must once again employ her knowledge of the macabre and join forces with Gage in order to prove the innocence of a beloved family friend and save the marriage of another


Tao Te Ching: The New Translation (Sacred Arts)

A vivid collection of ancient sayings and commentaries which speaks across the centuries and between cultures and people


Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception

b The bestselling author of i Zero i shows how mathematical misinformation pervades and shapes our daily lives b br br According to MSNBC having a child makes you stupid You actually lose IQ points i Good Morning America i has announced that natural blondes will be extinct within two hundred years Pundits estimated that there were more than a million demonstrators at a tea party rally in Washington D C even though roughly sixty thousand were there Numbers have peculiar powers they can disarm skeptics befuddle journalists and hoodwink the public into believing almost anything br br Proofiness as Charles Seife explains in this eye opening book is the art of using pure mathematics for impure ends and he reminds readers that bad mathematics has a dark side It is used to bring down beloved government officials and to appoint undeserving ones both Democratic and Republican to convict the innocent and acquit the guilty to ruin our economy and to fix the outcomes of future elections This penetrating look at the intersection of math and society will appeal to readers of i Freakonomics i and the books of Malcolm Gladwell


The Aeneid (Library of Liberal Arts, #212)

The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem written by Virgil between and BC that tells the legendary story of Aeneas a Trojan who travelled to Italy where he became the ancestor of the Romans It comprises lines in dactylic hexameter The first six of the poem s twelve books tell the story of Aeneas s wanderings from Troy to Italy and the poem s second half tells of the Trojans ultimately victorious war upon the Latins under whose name Aeneas and his Trojan followers are destined to be subsumed The hero Aeneas was already known to Greco Roman legend and myth having been a character in the Iliad composed in the th century BC Virgil took the disconnected tales of Aeneas s wanderings his vague association with the foundation of Rome and a personage of no fixed characteristics other than a scrupulous pietas and fashioned this into a compelling founding myth or national epic that at once tied Rome to the legends of Troy explained the Punic wars glorified traditional Roman virtues and legitimized the Julio Claudian dynasty as descendants of the founders heroes and gods of Rome and Troy


The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts

The definitive magic reference book for Witches Wiccans and all devotees of the magical arts This is the real version of the archetypal master spell book of fantasy that has a place in our collective imagination The spell book also contains a brief history of and basic precepts of magic plus material about the tools of Witchcraft br br br Sales Handles br Today there are many books of spells for specific needs and occasions for the practising Wiccan witch but no comprehensive and inclusive magic reference book exists br This is the magical equivalent of a prize and inspirational cookbook nothing is too basic to be explained and yet sophisticated tastes as well as emergency situations are catered for br The book goes beyond merely the Wiccan tradition to include a multitude of eastern and western magical traditions whilst fulfilling the archetypal fantasy of the grand grimoire master spell book br From Merlin and Grimm s fairytales to Lord of the Rings Harry Potter and Disney s Sorcerer s Apprentice plus countless other fantasy stories the master spell book has a place in our collective imagination This book is that fantasy made real


Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts

Finally in paperback after six hardcover printings this international bestseller is an encyclopedic A Z masterpiece the perfect introduction to the very core of Western humanism Clive James rescues or occasionally destroys the careers of many of the greatest thinkers humanists musicians artists and philosophers of the twentieth century Soaring to Montaigne like heights em Cultural Amnesia em is precisely the book to burnish these memories of a Western civilization that James fears is nearly lost


On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts

People begin to see that something more goes to the composition of a fine murder than two blockheads to kill and be killed a knife a purse and a dark lane br br In this provocative and blackly funny essay Thomas de Quincey considers murder in a purely aesthetic light and explains how practically every philosopher over the past two hundred years has been murdered insomuch that if a man calls himself a philosopher and never had his life attempted rest assured there is nothing in him br br Introducing Little Black Classics books for Penguin s th birthday Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics with books from around the world and across many centuries They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan from Tierra del Fuego to th century California and the Russian steppe Here are stories lyrical and savage poems epic and intimate essays satirical and inspirational and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions br br Thomas de Quincey br br Thomas de Quincey s Confessions and an English Opium Eater and Other Writings is available in Penguin Classics


The History & Arts of the Dominatrix

THE HISTORY amp ARTS OF THE DOMINATRIX by Anne O Nomis br This much anticipated book is the illustrated treatise on the Dominatrix throughout history Begun in it has taken four years to come to be published with artwork illustrated with permission of the highest museums and libraries in the world br br No book previously existed on the subject Nomis set to work meticulously researching the most discreet and mysterious occupation of the Dominatrix This book reveals the ancient roots of the Dominatrix lie within sacred rituals to a Goddess Inanna who ruled one of the most important cities of the ancient world the city of Uruk or Warka With a Masters degree in archaeology and art history Nomis has included exerts of a hymn to the Goddess with rites of gender transformation punishment pain and ecstasy linked to the high en priestess named Enheduanna and images of the Goddess br br Into the English history record the secular profession appears in books from the th Century with flagellation prints of the Dominatrix in role of Whipstress and School Mistress The ladies providing birch discipline were interlinked with royalty nobility parliamentarians and secret societies By the th Century London held sumptuously appointed discipline houses run by Governess Dominatrices one of whom invented a special machine for whipping known as the Berkley Horse br br In the th Century the book presents rare vintage snapshots of mid th Century ladies of the bizarre underground in time space and place from London New York The Hague and The Herbertstrasse Lastly Nomis examines the contemporary occupation of the modern day Dominatrix and contributes a theory of their Seven Realm Arts characterizing their practices in a framework beyond the catch all term of BDSM This book is the seminal work on the subject of the Dominatrix her history and her arts as a unique craft br br Painstakingly researched The quintessential treatise on dominant women throughout the ages impressive work David Jackson DDI br br Illustrated with artwork and images from the British Museum Iraq Museum Penn Museum Oriental Institute of Chicago Fitzwilliam Museum of Cambridge University Villa of Mysteries Pompeii British Library Rare Books Library of Congress Washington DC National Portrait Gallery Yale Center for British Art Kinsey Institute with vintage images by artist John Willie from B lier Press vintage Dominatrices from DDI Magazine Atom Age and private collection contemporary artwork by Natasha Gornik Kate Peters Phil Miller Nuit d Or and Lucina Nathanael br br The book has been produced in a stunning first edition hardback inspired by the Victorian forbidden book with gold foil and quarter bound accentuating the art of book fetish A special collector s release it is available in a limited edition of copies only each individually numbered available from the publisher website in the UK a target blank href http www historyofthedominatrix com rel nofollow www historyofthedominatrix com a br br Also available as an e book kindle however without the beautiful design format of the hardcopy due to limitations of software associated with e books


Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts

i Modern Magick i is the most popular most complete step by step instruction manual on how to do real magick that has ever been published Already over people are using it br br Author Donald Michael Kraig wrote this after teaching the information in classes for ten years It is refined tested and easy to understand It is filled with exercises techniques and rituals to help you It is presented in a series of eleven lessons Follow the lessons practice the rituals and techniques and by the end of your work you will be a magician br What does it cover Rituals healing initiation talismans astral travel creative visualization psychic self defense evocation of spirits the Kabalah physical exercise and magical tools such as wands br br Want more You ll also learn the secrets of true meditation how to use the Tarot how to remember your dreams how to do the rituals of Western Magick including rituals of the Pentagram Hexagram Middle Pillar Rose Cross and Watchtower You ll learn how to manipulate magical energy secrets of relaxation Wicca pathworking Tantra and sex magick br br Once you have finished working your way through this book you will be an accomplished magician You will be able to perform real magick Then this book will become the most valuable reference tool in your collection of books br br What if you want to know even more about a subject No problem Each chapter has a bibliography so you can go even deeper into any topic There is an annotated bibliography at the end with even more resources br br In the new second edition the contents pages contain more information so it is even easier to find what you need but there is also an entirely new appendix with answers to many of the most frequently asked questions that Kraig has received over the years This book is a must


The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric

Who sets language policy today Who made whom the grammar doctor Lacking the equivalent of l Acad mie fran aise we English speakers must find our own way looking for guidance or vindication in source after source McGuffey s Readers introduced nineteenth century students to correct English Strunk and White s Elements of Style and William Safire s column On Language provide help on diction and syntax to contemporary writers and speakers Sister Miriam Joseph s book The Trivium The Liberal Arts of Logic Grammar and Rhetoric invites the reader into a deeper understanding one that includes rules definitions and guidelines but whose ultimate end is to transform the reader into a liberal artist br br A liberal artist seeks the perfection of the human faculties The liberal artist begins with the language arts the trivium which is the basis of all learning because it teaches the tools for reading writing speaking and listening Thinking underlies all these activities Many readers will recognize elements of this book parts of speech syntax propositions syllogisms enthymemes logical fallacies scientific method figures of speech rhetorical technique and poetics The Trivium however presents these elements within a philosophy of language that connects thought expression and reality br br Trivium means the crossroads where the three branches of language meet In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance students studied and mastered this integrated view of language Regrettably modern language teaching keeps the parts without the vision of the whole Inspired by the possibility of helping students acquire mastery over the tools of learning Sister Miriam Joseph and other teachers at Saint Mary s College designed and taught a course on the trivium for all first year students The Trivium resulted from that noble endeavor br br The liberal artist travels in good company Sister Miriam Joseph frequently cites passages from William Shakespeare John Milton Plato the Bible Homer and other great writers The Paul Dry Books edition of The Trivium provides new graphics and notes to make the book accessible to today s readers Sister Miriam Joseph told her first audience that the function of the trivium is the training of the mind for the study of matter and spirit which constitute the sum of reality The fruit of education is culture which Mathew Arnold defined as the knowledge of ourselves and the world May this noble endeavor lead many to that end


Meaning in the Visual Arts

Since its original publication Erwin Panofsky s i Meaning in the Visual Arts i has been standard reading for students of art history It is both an introduction to the study of art and for those with more specialized interests a profound discussion of art and life in the Middle Ages and Renaissance Panofsky s historical technique reveals an abundance of detail detail he skillfully relates to the life and work of individual painters and their times br br The papers in this volume represent a cross section of Panofsky s major work Included are selections from his well known i Studies in Iconology i and i The Life and Art of Albrecht D rer i plus an introduction and an epilogue The History of Art as a Humanistic Discipline and Three Decades of Art History in the United States Impressions of a Transplanted European as well as pieces written especially for this collection All display Panofsky s vast erudition and deep commitment to a humanistic conception of art and art history br


Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts

Play fool to catch wise proverb of Jamaican slaves Confrontations between the powerless and powerful are laden with deception the powerless feign deference and the powerful subtly assert their mastery Peasants serfs untouchables slaves laborers and prisoners are not free to speak their minds in the presence of power These subordinate groups instead create a secret discourse that represents a critique of power spoken behind the backs of the dominant At the same time the powerful also develop a private dialogue about practices and goals of their rule that cannot be openly avowed In this book renowned social scientist James C Scott offers a penetrating discussion both of the public roles played by the powerful and powerless and the mocking vengeful tone they display off stage what he terms their public and hidden transcripts Using examples from the literature history and politics of cultures around the world Scott examines the many guises this interaction has taken throughout history and the tensions and contradictions it reflects Scott describes the ideological resistance of subordinate groups their gossip folktales songs jokes and theater their use of anonymity and ambiguity He also analyzes how ruling elites attempt to convey an impression of hegemony through such devices as parades state ceremony and rituals of subordination and apology Finally he identifies with quotations that range from the recollections of American slaves to those of Russian citizens during the beginnings of Gorbachev s i glasnost i campaign the political electricity generated among oppressed groups when for the first time the hidden transcript is spoken directly and publicly in the face of power His landmark work will revise our understanding of subordination resistance hegemony folk culture and the ideas behind revolt


History of Art: A Survey of he Major Visual Arts from the Dawn of History to the Present Day

For s of art lovers both amateur amp professional esthetic life began with Janson as his History of Art is often called In the st edition published in he spoke to that perennial reader he gently called the troubled layman His opening paragraph revealed his sympathy Why is this supposed to be art he quoted rhetorically How often have we heard this question asked or asked it ourselves perhaps in front of one of the strange disquieting works that we are likely to find nowadays in the museum or art exhibition Keeping that curious questioning perspective in mind he wrote a history of art from cave painting to Picasso that was singularly welcoming illuminating amp exciting Sojourning thru this book a reader is offered every amenity for a comfortable trip Because he never assumes knowledge on the part of the reader a recent immigrant from Mars could comprehend Western art from this text The only assumption the Jansons have made is that with a little guidance everyone can come to understand the artifacts that centuries of architecture sculpture design amp painting have deposited in our paths Countless readers have proven the Jansons right amp found their lives enriched in the process


Impro for Storytellers (Theatre Arts)

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The Forbidden Heir (The Four Arts, #2)

i She fled to save her life but surviving what comes next might destroy everything she believes in i br br The royal witches of Anglion have always been bound to serve their country But Lady Sophia Mackenzie whose unbound magic and near claim to the crown made her a target was forced to flee Anglion leaving behind a dead assassin and shattered loyalties Now she finds herself in Illvya where the magic is everything she s been taught to fear and the only person she can trust is her new husband Cameron br br Sophia and Cameron must navigate a strange world of illicit temptations dangerous threats and political intrigue where as a royal witch Sophia is both prized and reviled br br As she begins to master her powers the factions seeking to control Sophia close in and her magical and emotional bonds with Cameron are pushed to the limit To survive long enough to claim the future she seeks she may have to choose between love and loyalty and hope the price of her choice is one she can bear


What Good Are the Arts?

Hailed as exhilarating and suggestive Spectator thought provoking and entertaining David Lodge Sunday Times and incisive and inspirational Guardian What Good are the Arts offers a delightfully skeptical look at the nature of art John Carey one of Britain s most respected literary critics here cuts through the cant surrounding the fine arts debunking claims that the arts make us better people or that judgments about art are anything more than personal opinion But Carey does argue strongly for the value of art as an activity and for the superiority of one art in particular literature Literature he contends is the only art capable of reasoning and the only art that can criticize Literature has the ability to inspire the mind and the heart towards practical ends far better than any work of conceptual art Here then is a lively and stimulating invitation to debate the value of art a provocative book that anyone seriously interested in the arts should read Michael Dirda The Washington Post br


Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan

Explains in detail the weapons techniques strategies and principles of combat that made the Japanese warrior a formidable foe An essential work for anyone with an interest in Japanese battle techniques or military traditions