Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology by Neil Postman

By Neil Postman

During this witty, frequently terrifying paintings of cultural feedback, the writer of Amusing Ourselves to Death chronicles our transformation right into a Technopoly: a society that now not in basic terms makes use of know-how as a aid method yet in its place is formed by way of it—with radical results for the meanings of politics, artwork, schooling, intelligence, and fact.

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Microserfs: A Novel by Douglas Coupland

By Douglas Coupland

They're Microserfs—six code-crunching desktop whizzes who spend upward of 16 hours an afternoon "coding" and consuming "flat" meals (food which, like Kraft singles, should be handed beneath closed doorways) as they fearfully experiment corporation email to benefit even if the good invoice goes to "flame" one among them. yet now there's an opportunity to develop into innovators rather than cogs within the gargantuan Microsoft desktop. The intrepid Microserfs are extraordinary out on their own—living jointly in a shared electronic flophouse as they desperately attempt to domesticate well-rounded lives and locate love amid the dislocated, subhuman whir and buzz in their computer-driven world.

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Seek!: Selected Nonfiction by Rudy Rucker

By Rudy Rucker

The essays and memoirs accrued in search! hint Rudy Rucker's trajectory in the course of the ultimate decade of the second one millennium. His subject matters contain synthetic lifestyles, chaos, the massive bang, Pieter Brueghel, the church of the subgenius, reside intercourse, arithmetic, technology fiction, and television evangelism. a working laptop or computer scientist and programmer, Rucker is an articulate, enticing advisor to the realm on each side of the pc monitor.

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Plant Tissue Culture Manual: Supplement 7 by Oluf L. Gamborg (auth.), K. Lindsey (eds.)

By Oluf L. Gamborg (auth.), K. Lindsey (eds.)

Plant tissue tradition has a protracted background, relationship again to the paintings of Gottlieb Haberlandt and others on the finish of the nineteenth century, however the linked innovations and strategies have reached a degree of usefulness and alertness which hasn't ever been larger. The technical suggestions have given new insights into basic features of plant differentiation and improvement, and feature lead the way to the id of techniques for the genetic manipula­ tion of vegetation. it's the target of this guide to carry a extensive diversity of those thoughts in a kind that's available to scholars and examine scientists of numerous backgrounds, together with people with very little prior adventure. the subjects of the handbook objective to mirror these learn components which were complex by means of tissue tradition expertise. As used to be the case for the sister quantity Plant Molecular Biology guide, the target has been from the beginning to supply a guide that's at domestic at the laboratory bench. The plastic-covered, ring-bound structure has proved to be most well-liked and is retained the following. both, the emphasis has been on generating a suite of particular step by step protocols, each one supplemented with an introductory textual content and sensible footnotes, to supply the following smartest thing to a manager at one's shoulder.

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Cinema Inferno: Celluloid Explosions from the Cultural by Robert G. Weiner, John Cline

By Robert G. Weiner, John Cline

<span><span style="padding:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt;"><span style="font-style:italic;">Cinema Inferno: Celluloid Explosions from the Cultural Margins</span><span> addresses major parts (and eras) of "transgressive" filmmaking, together with many subgenres and types that experience now not but obtained a lot severe cognizance. This choice of essays covers either modern motion pictures and people produced within the final 50 years to supply a theoretical framework for transgressive cinema and what that means.</span></span>
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This quantity starts with a few essays that learn the cultured of "realism," tracing it during the overdue Italian Neo-Realism of Pasolini, the early motion pictures of Melvin Van Peebles, and Canadian filmmaker man Maddin. one other part makes a speciality of '70s Italian horror and thrillers, together with a considerably varied exam of filmmaker Dario Argento, in addition to essays on significantly underrepresented administrators Lucio Fulci and Sergio Martino. a bit on long island appears to be like at either radical independents like Troma and Andy Milligan, in addition to the social context from which a view of the metropolis-in-decay emerged. Sections additionally conceal the experimental paintings of the Vienna motion crew and arguable filmmaker Michael Haneke, in addition to movies and genres too idiosyncratic and tense to slot at any place else, together with analyses of Nazi propaganda motion pictures, fundamentalist Christian "scare" videos, and postwar jap formative years motion pictures. the ultimate essays try and come to phrases with a mainstream flirtation with "transgressive" movie and Grindhouse aesthetics.</span></span>

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How To Think More About Sex: The School of Life by Alain de Botton

By Alain de Botton

We don’t imagine an excessive amount of approximately intercourse; we’re purely pondering it within the flawed way.

So asserts Alain de Botton during this rigorous and supremely sincere ebook designed to aid us navigate the intimate and fascinating – but usually complicated and hard – event that's intercourse. Few folks are likely to believe we’re totally general by way of intercourse, and what we’re speculated to be feeling hardly ever suits up with the truth. This booklet argues that 21st-century intercourse is eventually fated to be a balancing act among love and wish, and event and dedication. masking themes that come with lust, fetishism, adultery and pornography, Alain de Botton frankly articulates the dilemmas of contemporary sexuality, delivering insights and comfort to assist us imagine extra deeply and properly in regards to the intercourse we're, or aren’t, having.

Alain de Botton is the writer of ten bestselling books together with How Proust Can swap Your lifestyles and The Consolations of Philosophy. he's the founding father of residing structure, a social company that asks most sensible architects to construct vacation trips houses for condo round the united kingdom. he's additionally the founding father of the varsity of existence, which has prepare this sequence. For extra, see

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Thrillers (Genres in American Cinema) by Martin Rubin

By Martin Rubin

The mystery could be the preferred and common motion picture genre--and the main tricky to outline. Thrillers can include gangsters or ghosts, area helmets or fedoras. They cost our normal global with a spirit of unique, outdated event. they provide us excitement by way of making us uncomfortable--on the sting of our seats. Thrillers presents a entire remedy of this style, from silent serials to stalker motion pictures, from Alfred Hitchcock to Quentin Tarantino, from the good educate theft to L.A. private. This available, wide-ranging quantity is designed to attract scholars and common filmgoers alike, and exhibits how this visceral, double-faced movie style has aroused our excessive sensations all through a long time of yankee cinema.

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Material Culture in Europe and China, 1400–1800: The Rise of by S.A.M. Adshead

By S.A.M. Adshead

This ebook reinterprets the increase of consumerism when it comes to interplay among Europe and China 1400-1800. particularly, it examines the highbrow foundations of consumerism in nutrients, gown, take care of, utilities, info and symbolism. It highlights consumerism as an expression of either rationality and freedom and shows the confident position it has performed within the formation of the fashionable international. specific use is made from comparisons among advancements in Europe and China to distinguish both.

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