A central task in contemporary political philosophy is to identify principles governing political life where citizens disagree deeply on important questions of value and, more generally, about the proper ends of life. The distinctively liberal response to this challenge insists that the state should as far as possible avoid relying on such contested issues in its basic structure and deliberations. David McCabe critically surveys influential defenses of the liberal solution and advocates modus vivendi liberalism as an alternative defense of the liberal state. Acknowledging that the modus vivendi approach does not provide the deep moral consensus that many liberals demand, he defends the liberal state as an acceptable compromise among citizens who will continue to see it as less than ideal. His book will interest a wide range of readers in political philosophy and political theory.
The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studios back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion—along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.
The essays in this book focus on the controversies concerning Britains economic performance between the mid-nineteenth century and the First World War. The overriding theme is that Britains own resources were consistently more productive, more resilient and more successful than is normally assumed. And if the economys achievement was considerable, the influence on it of external factors (trade, international competition, policy) were much less significant than is normally supposed. The book is structured as follows: Part One: The Method of Historical Economics Part Two: Enterprise in Late Victorian Britain Part Three: Britain in the World Economy, 1846-1913.
Mračna, sirova, krvava, crnohumorna... strana holivudske tvornice snova, svi ti odbačeni glumci, ambiciozni roditelji i statisti, zaluđenici red carpetom, kao i cijela galerija marginalaca utkani su u ovu glasovitu knjigu. Razlog je to i da se našla na mnogim milenijskim listama najboljih – Modern Library i časopis Time, između ostalih, uvrstili su Dan skakavaca među stotinu najboljih romana napisanih na engleskom jeziku u dvadesetom stoljeću. Unatoč zavodljivoj glavnoj junakinji pravi je (knjiški) bombončić ambiciozni slikar Hackett, nalik na američku varijantu Kafkina Josefa K., ili na Ulricha Roberta Musila, a ako ćemo nama bliže, na Krležina Filipa Latinovicza . Sljedeću usporednicu možemo povezati s još jednim našim kapitalcem Marinkovićem i njegovim Kiklopom, pa pridodati i Joyceova Uliksa – oba naslova baš kao i Westov Dan skakavaca, koji asocira na starozavjetnu pošast, upravo mitski lebde nad naizgled banalnim vrludanjima običnika. Sve su ove paralele zgodne, a vjerojatno je najzanimljivija slična porazna ekonomska stvarnost te kriza morala i istinskih vrijednosti u depresiji 1930-ih i ovovjekoj recesiji, što Skakavce i danas čini itekako aktualnim.
In the New Realms, love can be the most dangerous battle of all...Terak has fought all enemies to claim Larissa. It doesnt matter his own Clan looks upon the union with misgivings. It doesnt matter her family see a monster when they see him.It doesnt matter, because Larissa is his. And any who would try to take her away? Theyll see what a Gargoyle will do to protect his mate.*****NOTE: Stone Embrace is not a complete story. It would best be described as an extended 30 page epilogue to the novel Stone Guardian. Youll probably have the most enjoyment reading this story if you have read Stone Guardian and already know the characters and world of the Entwined Realms series.
One Mind by Larry Dossey M.D., is a perfect book to read as the new year dawns. Why is this discussion so needed today? Because as Dr. Dossey explains, the collective One Mind of which were all a part, is a vision that is powerful enough to confront the threats to our existence that we now face… from climate change to terrorism and war.In his beautifully written and well researched book, Larry Dossey explores the many ways of experiencing a transcendent, unifying state of being called One Mind... in altered states, mystical experiences, reverie, epiphany, psychic and highly creative moments. He explores the fascinating topics of Near Death Experiences and reincarnation, mediums, savants, twins, telesomatic events, healing energy and other examples of the manifestation of One Mind, the source, the all, the whole, the absolute, the universe, the collective unconscious, God, or Allah.Reading this book, I was convinced that I am only one of many, many people who have felt extraordinary experiences, that I am connected to all. The many anecdotes and stories contained in his book help to explain the concept of universal consciousness, and also offer the concept of universal consciousness as an explanation for the extraordinary experiences that science cannot explain.We can perhaps save ourselves and the earth by realizing our connection to everything else and play the One Minds calling card of love and caring. A beautiful message from Larry Dossey and one I was very thankful to read.Namaste! Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets, and Balance Your Chakras - Balance Your Lifemy link text
This intriguing and excellent novel is set in the remote countryside of South Africa, far from the big cities. It was written during, and concerns the Apartheid era.The family tree printed at the beginning of the book is of great importance to the tale and its comprehension. During my investigations into my familys South African roots, I soon discovered that genealogy is a major preoccupation of the Afrikaner people. And, so it is in this novel, which is based on the activities (past and present) of the Moolman and Riet families. The Riet family, otherwise known as the shame family, is a branch of the Moolman family that is tainted in the eyes of the Moolmans because some (non-white) African blood flows in their veins. The Riets have mixed African-Dutch roots.The Moolmans own land on the Toorberg, a mountainous area that they tamed and which was rich in springs when they first occupied it. When the water supply begins to fail badly and the water dowser is finding it difficult to detect underground water, Abel Moolman, the paterfamilias, buys a mechanised drilling machine to drill boreholes. I read somewhere that in the past mining the earth was frowned upon because it was believed that drilling or digging deep into the earth might disturb supernatural spirits that reside deep below the surface. And, this is what happens when the drilling machine begins boring deep into the Toorberg. The vibrations caused by the machine wake the spirits of dead members of the Moolman and Riet families. Soon after this, Trickle, the young son of the dowser and his curious (maybe insane) wife, is discovered trapped deep down in a borehole. Despite strenuous attempts to rescue Trickle, who incidentally also has supernatural powers, the poor child dies. His death triggers a judicial investigation, which is conducted by a one-armed magistrate who arrives in the nearby town from afar.The magistratess arrival and his subsequent detailed enquiries are not welcomed by the locals, least of all by the Moolmans (both alive and dead). Through the letters that the magistrate writes to his wife, we learn more and more about the Moolman and Riet families. As he begins to realise the complexity of the case he is dealing with - whether Trickle died accidentally or otherwise - the spirits of the dead members of the two families reveal to the reader more and more about their histories and also keep an eye on the activity of the magistrate, who despite himself becomes gradually drawn towards the people whom he is investigating.Mystery, history, and suspense, are skilfully interwoven in this unusual and beautifully written story that touches on the problems caused by Apartheid in South Africa. I recommend this highly.
Librarians note: This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN: 1480211001 (ISBN13: 9781480211001).This first edition book is no longer available. A second edition will be available again in April 2015 with its new title Once upon a Nightmare: A Collection.A legend is hungry tonight.A child monster will get its first taste of blood in Nightmare at the Freak Show. Four friends will enter the forest one December night, but only one can survive in Once Upon a December Nightmare. Almost ten years after Cassies December nightmare, the monster awakens to hunt again in Nightmare Ever After.Collection includes:Nightmare at the Freak Show - short storyOnce Upon a December Nightmare - noveletteNightmare Ever After - novella
What does it take to build well-engineered Android applications? Explore Androids core building blocks and APIs in depth with this authoritative guide, and learn how to create compelling apps that work on a full range of Android devices. Youll work with proven approaches to app design and implementation—including application frameworks that you can use as a starting point for your own projects. Delve into sensors, native development, 3D graphics, and many other topics, and discover how to build apps on the platform of your choice. If youre an intermediate to advanced programmer, youll learn how to make great Android apps.Learn how to use the Android SDK with the Eclipse IDE Apply advanced Java concepts regardless of your experience with the language Create an Android user interface thats captivating and easy to navigate Use the Fragment API for tablet user interfaces Make your application compatible with Honeycomb and earlier versions Understand Androids unique database design issues and the role of SQLite Use sensors and gestures to expand your apps input beyond just tapping and scrolling Explore Android APIs for multimedia, location, communication, NFC, and other applications