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Contested Spaces

  10/02/2012       gelios123      0 Comments

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Contested Spaces
 
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David L. Balch

How are archaeology and art related to understanding New Testament texts, for example, narratives of the Lords Supper and other meals? An international group of archaeologists, art historians, and New Testament scholars investigate the function of spaces in Roman houses and temples in Pompeii, Herculaneum, Corinth, Rome, Ostia, Ephesus, and Judaea. Another concern is more fully to understand the relationship between different architectural forms, Roman domus, villae, and insulae, in relation to Pauls letters and the gospels, in order to enable informed interpretation of leadership, meal customs, social relationships, and ethics in those contested spaces.

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Korean

  10/02/2012       jmarasman      0 Comments

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Korean
 
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Suk-Jin Chang

Spoken by nearly 70 million people not only within the Korean Peninsula but also in five continents, Korean is one of a dozen major languages of the world. Yet outside Korea it is not as much studied as it should be, nor has it acquired commensurate international recognition. With its difficult sound system, rich word formation patterns, and complex sentence structures, Korean is one of the most challenging to learn as a foreign language, yet there is little that is written in English about Korean. This book eminently fills this gap. The author presents Korean in a lucid and readable manner covering topics from scripts to sounds, from words to sentences, and from discourse to text analysis. It is therefore both comprehensive and concise. It avoids unnecessary details but includes all essential subjects, and describes them in a well-organized theory-free prose. This book should be a handy reference for both teachers and students of Korean, especially those abroad. The author is one of the most eligible to write a monograph of this kind. He received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is Professor Emeritus of Seoul National University. He was the first president of the Linguistic Society of Korean. (Chin-W. Kim, University of Illinois)

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Pathorghata

  10/02/2012       ipka      0 Comments

High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Pathorghata is a village of Bhangura Upazila in the District of Pabna, Bangladesh. It is located in the southern part of Bhangura upazila along the bank of Baral river.

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African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston(a John Hope Franklin Center Book)

  10/02/2012       lavrentiy71      0 Comments

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African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston(a John Hope Franklin Center Book)
 
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Randy Weston

Anytime a jazz autobiography summons you to play the music being written about, it must be deemed a success. Randys autobiography is unorthodox in the sense that the focus is not overly detailed on the subject, the focal point is Randys quest to center himself in the spirit of Africa. This he manages to do spiritually, musically and even for awhile physically. There are no scandalous details about himself or others. No salacious stories about sexual exploits or drug abuse. In fact his personal life is very sparsely explored. Hopefully that is not what one would be looking for.The book has a real spiritual feel to it and that has been Randys mission since he first became interested in jazz music. He was always on a spiritual quest to understand and connect what we call jazz to its African beginnings. And that is really the direction of this very good read. He takes the reader around the world to all the places he has played in, some of them very unusual. As he shares these scenes, he is consistently revealing his thoughts about the motivation behind his compositions and what he was trying to accomplish musically, both through his writing and his performances. As Ive always stressed in interviews and whenever Ive spoken in public, my whole life I have been reading about and immersing myself in Africa. I have been forever fascinated by and deeply interested in the history of Africa, the current problems of Africa, the triumphs of the African people, the political situation in Africa...and that interest came long before I made my first trip there. p. 82Randy is probably one of the most underrated jazz artists around. And it is sad, because his commitment to Africa and the search for the roots of jazz, indeed all music may be the cause of this. He is sure this is the reason he is not often invited to the mainstream jazz clubs. My music is based in African culture.....The point is that this is our culture, its not just music....and its our way of life. I think because of that direction Ive had to try and open up other areas in which to perform our music. p. 260. His interest in Africa and ancestral rhythms is unmatched amongst his jazz peers. His allegiance to his mission led him to move from Brooklyn,NY and live in Morocco for 6 years. This, at a time when most jazz players were looking to Europe for their musical inspirations. I was listening to some of the compositions as I was reading about them, and the ability to do that really gives you a greater appreciation of the music. The use of different instruments on his recordings and how he was using those sounds to tell a story comes alive for the active listener. If you love jazz and are unfamiliar with Randy Weston, this book is a great place to start and thank goodness he includes an extensive discography, something other music biographies fail to do. This book will be a rewarding journey for any reader.

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Outfielders

  10/02/2012       regfwsufy      0 Comments

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Outfielders
 
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Jason Glaser

Great outfielders are very tough to find. They must be smart, fast, and strong. Readers learn the many different jobs an outfielder must perform in every game-from catching balls hit deep into the outfield to backing up the infielders. The greatest outfielders of the past and present are featured here, and detailed photographs bring their positions into sharp focus. Special exercises teach readers how to be just like these amazing players.

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Musical Imaginations: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Creativity, Performance and Perception

  10/02/2012       mandea      0 Comments

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Musical Imaginations: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Creativity, Performance and Perception
 
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David Hargreaves

Musical imagination and creativity are amongst the most abstract and complex aspects of musical behaviour, though, until recently, they have been difficult to subject to empirical enquiry. However, music psychology and some allied disciplines have now developed, both theoretically and methodologically, to the point where some of these topics are now firmly within our grasp. The study of creativity and imagination is growing rapidly in disciplines including psychology, sociology, neuroscience, and education. The inter- and multidisciplinary study of music, and developments in music psychology in particular, mean that studies of musical imagination and creativity in action are now distinctly possible Musical Imaginations is a wide ranging, multidisciplinary review of the latest theory and research on musical creativity, performance and perception by some of the most eminent scholars in their respective disciplines. The topics addressed in this book include the investigation of creativity and imagination in music and emotion, composition and improvisation, performance and performance traditions, listening strategies, different musical genres and cultural belief systems, social collaboration, identity formation, and the development of psychologically-based strategies and interventions for the enhancement of performing musicians. With creativity now a topic of significant interest, this book will be valuable to all those in the fields of psychology, sociology, neuroscience, education, as well as to musicians themselves - dealing with practical as well as theoretical issues in music therapy, performance and education. The study of creativity and imagination is growing rapidly in disciplines including psychology, sociology, neuroscience, and education. The inter- and multidisciplinary study of music, and developments in music psychology in particular, mean that studies of musical imagination and creativity in action are now distinctly possible. This book undertakes a multidisciplinary review of these developments. It contains a wide range of contributions by some of the most eminent scholars in their respective disciplines, representing a comprehensive account of the state of the art of theory and research on musical creativity, performance and perception.

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Virginia Woolf, Modernity and History: Constellations with Walter Benjamin

  10/02/2012       nokia243      0 Comments

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Virginia Woolf, Modernity and History: Constellations with Walter Benjamin
 
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Angeliki Spiropoulou

This book analyses the representation of the past and the practice of historiography in the fiction and critical writings of Virginia Woolf, and draws parallels between Woolfs historiographical imagination and the thought of Walter Benjamin, the German philosopher of history and key theorist of modernity.

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Money, Corruption, and Political Competition in Established and Emerging Democracies

  10/02/2012       Flashman2      0 Comments

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Money, Corruption, and Political Competition in Established and Emerging Democracies
 
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Jonathan Mendilow

Money, Corruption, and Competition in Established and Emerging Democracies, edited by Jonathan Mendilow, investigates the effectiveness of public subsidization of political competition as an anti-corruption mechanism. The exponential growth of advertising and polling techniques, the need to reach wider publics, and the inability to raise commensurate funds from ordinary members confront parties with ever-increasing difficulty to budget their apparatus. The use of contribution solicitation from corporations and wealthy individuals, drawing on the unpaid use of public services as sources or the imposition of contributions from government employees and contractors, and the sale of policies, concessions, or access to policy makers are commonly perceived as solutions corrosive to democratic governance. Such solutions shade into one another. Even where provider-consumer connections are only implied, donations by corporations and rich donors involve the desire to surmount the democratic constraints of one man one vote in order to gain disproportionate influence on the policy making process. An alternative resolution of the budgetary conundrum adopted by most democracies is the subsidization of political competition. This collection clarifies outcomes that are critical to an assessment of the ramifications for modern democracy. What do Western countries experiences with public funding tell us about unforeseen changes in the role of parties and their behavior that are seen as additional costs of the public subsidization of political competition? What can we learn from experiments with subsidization in different contexts about possible pitfalls that should be taken into account, especially when public subsidies are adopted by new and emerging democracies? Answers to such questions are critical if democratic principles and institutions that were formed in an earlier age are to be adjusted to modern needs. In a politically divisive climate, the contributors to this essential collection provide thoughtful insight to some of the most important public and economic policy questions facing our world today.

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Jazz Books in the 1990s

  10/02/2012       vova4ka      0 Comments

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Jazz Books in the 1990s
 
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Janice Leslie Greenberg

This annotated bibliography contains over 700 entries covering adult non-fiction books on jazz published from 1990 through 1999. Entries are organized by category, including biographies, history, individual instruments, essays and criticism, musicology, regional studies, discographies, and reference works. Three indexes--by title, author, and subject--are included.

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Whiteout

  10/02/2012       NvDestro      0 Comments

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Whiteout
 
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Ken Follett

Like no other suspense author in his genre, Follett reinvents the thriller with each new storyline. But nothing matches the intricate, knife-edge drama of Whiteout. A missing canister of a deadly virus. A lab technician bleeding from the eyes. Toni Gallo, the security director of a Scottish medical research firm, knows she has problems, but she has no idea of the nightmare to come. As a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north, several people converge on a remote family house. Stanley Oxenford, the research companys director, has everything riding on the drug he is developing to fight the virus-but he isnt the only one: His grown children, who have come to spend Christmas, have their eyes on the money it will bring; Toni Gallo, forced to resign from the police department in disgrace, is betting her career on keeping the drug safe; a local television reporter, determined to move up, has sniffed the story, even if he has to bend the facts to tell it; and a violent trio of thugs is on its way to steal it for a client already waiting-though what the client really has in mind is something that will shock them all. As the storm worsens, the emotional sparks-jealousies, distrust, sexual attraction, rivalries-crackle; desperate secrets are revealed; hidden traitors and unexpected heroes emerge. Filled with startling twists at every turn, Whiteout rockets Follett to a class by himself.

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