Waves Passing in the Night

Author: Lawrence Weschler
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781632867209
Release Date: 2017-01-31
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

From Pulitzer Prize nominee Lawrence Weschler, a fascinating profile of Walter Murch, a film legend and amateur astrophysicist whose investigations could reshape our understanding of the universe. For film aficionados, Walter Murch is legendary--a three-time Academy Award winner, arguably the most admired sound and film editor in the world for his work on Apocalypse Now, The Godfather trilogy, The English Patient, and many others. Outside of the studio, his mind is wide-ranging; his passion, pursued for several decades, has been astrophysics, in particular the rehabilitation of Titius-Bode, a long-discredited 18th century theory regarding the patterns by which planets and moons array themselves in gravitational systems across the universe. Though as a consummate outsider he's had a hard time attracting any sort of comprehensive hearing from professional astrophysicists, Murch has made advances that even some of them find intriguing, including a connection between Titius Bode and earlier notions--going back past Kepler and Pythagorus--of musical harmony in the heavens. Unfazed by rejection, ever probing, Murch perseveres in the highest traditions of outsider science. Lawrence Weschler brings Murch's quest alive in all its seemingly quixotic, yet still plausible, splendor, probing the basis for how we know what we know, and who gets to say. "The wholesale rejection of alternative theories has repeatedly held back the progress of vital science," Weschler observes, citing early twentieth-century German amateur Alfred Wegener, whose speculations about continental drift were ridiculed at first, only to be accepted as fact decades later. Theoretical physicist Lee Smolin says "It is controversy that brings science alive"--and Murch's quest does that in spades. His fascination with the way the planets and their moons are arranged opens up the field of celestial mechanics for general readers, sparking an awareness of the vast and (to us) invisible forces constantly at play in the universe.

A Wanderer in the Perfect City

Author: Lawrence Weschler
Publisher:
ISBN: 0226893901
Release Date: 2006-01
Genre: Literary Collections

“There is something both marvelous and hilarious,” writes Lawrence Weschler, “in watching the humdrum suddenly take flight. This is, in part, a collection of such launchings.” Indeed, the eight essays collected in A Wanderer in the Perfect City do soar into the realm of passion as Weschler profiles people who “were just moseying down the street one day, minding their own business, when suddenly and almost spontaneously, they caught fire, they became obsessed, they became intensely focused and intensely alive.” With keen observations and graceful prose, Weschler carries us along as a teacher of rudimentary English from India decides that his destiny is to promote the paintings of an obscure American abstract expressionist; a gifted poker player invents a more exciting version of chess; an avant-garde Russian émigré conductor speaks Latin, exclusively, to his infant daughter; and Art Spiegelman composes Maus. But simple summaries can’t do these stories justice: like music, they derive their character from digressions and details, cadence and tone. And like the upwelling of passion Weschler’s characters feel, they are better experienced than explained. “Weschler seems so hungry for life that the rest of us become hungry for him . . . a magician, a performer, and a scholar. All in one.”—from the Foreword by Pico Iyer “Weschler’s essays are exquisitely written—so perfectly and unobtrusively organized that one can’t imagine telling them a better way.” —New York Times Book Review “Weschler is the owner of a large dose of novelistic vision, and a particularly poetic set of ears, but . . . as important an endowment as a novelist’s eye or a poet’s ear is still the journalistic nose which led him down the proverbial alley.”—National Post (Canada) “Weschler is a thoughtful observer and a superb storyteller.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

Mr Wilson s Cabinet Of Wonder

Author: Lawrence Weschler
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307833983
Release Date: 2013-03-20
Genre: Social Science

Finalist for Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction Finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Pronged ants, horned humans, a landscape carved on a fruit pit--some of the displays in David Wilson's Museum of Jurassic Technology are hoaxes. But which ones? As he guides readers through an intellectual hall of mirrors, Lawrence Weschler revisits the 16th-century "wonder cabinets" that were the first museums and compels readers to examine the imaginative origins of both art and science.

Urban Shocker

Author: Steve Steinberg
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9781496200952
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Baseball in the 1920s is most known for Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees, but there was another great Yankee player in that era whose compelling story remains untold. Urban Shocker was a fiercely competitive and colorful pitcher, a spitballer who had many famous battles with Babe Ruth before returning to the Yankees. Shocker was traded away to the St. Louis Browns in 1918 by Yankees manager Miller Huggins, a trade Huggins always regretted. In 1925, after four straight seasons with at least twenty wins with the hapless Browns, Shocker became the only player Huggins brought back to the Yankees. He finally reached the World Series, with the 1926 Yankees. In the Yankees' storied 1927 season, widely viewed to be the best in MLB history, Shocker pitched with guts and guile, finishing with a record of 18‑6 even while his fastball and physical skills were deserting him. Hardly anyone knew that Shocker was suffering from an incurable heart disease that left him able to sleep only while sitting up and which would take his life in less than a year. With his physical skills diminishing, he continued to win games through craftiness and well-placed pitches. Delving into Shocker's baseball career, his love of the game, and his battle with heart disease, Steve Steinberg shows the dominant and courageous force that he was.

Everything that Rises

Author: Lawrence Weschler
Publisher: McSweeney's
ISBN: UOM:39015063649399
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Art

From a cuneiform tablet to a Chicago prison, from the depths of the cosmos to the text on our T-shirts, art historian and journalist Lawrence Weschler finds strange connections wherever he looks. The farther one travels (through geography, through art, through science, through time), the more everything seems to converge -- at least, it does through Weschler's giddy, brilliant eyes. Weschler combines his keen insights into art (both contemporary and Renaissance), his years of experience as a chronicler of the fall of Communism, and his triumphs and failures as the father of a teenage girl into a series of essays that are sure to illuminate, educate, and astound.

Wake Up

Author: Chris Baréz-Brown
Publisher: The Experiment
ISBN: 9781615194117
Release Date: 2017-09-19
Genre: Self-Help

Don’t waste a minute of your extraordinary life! You have an unlimited capacity to have fun, meet amazing people, and feel truly awake every single day. But do you? When you’re living on autopilot (and most people are—80 percent of the time), those opportunities pass you by. Snap out of it! Any one of the 54 playful strategies in Wake Up! will bring your brain back to life. Chris Baréz-Brown spells out the Insight, Plan, and Payoff of every strategy. For example, Steal Back Time: The Insight: If you’re not in control of your time, you are not in control of your life. The Plan: Steal some back! Schedule a meeting that doesn’t exist, or skip a commitment that fills you with dread and instead do something that fills you with joy. The Payoff: When we act more consciously to decide how we spend our time, we naturally create space to wake up more and more every day. Stop sleepwalking through life and make every day count!

Vermeer in Bosnia

Author: Lawrence Weschler
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780679777403
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Literary Collections

More than twenty short works by the Pulitzer Prize-finalist author of Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder include a profile of film director Roman Polanski, a furniture designer's struggles with Parkinson's disease, and David Hockney's unusual experiments with photography. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

Iran

Author: Anoushiravan Ehteshami
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781351985451
Release Date: 2017-02-03
Genre: Political Science

Having been ruled, more or less continuously, by a range of monarchical dynasties for three millennia, the end of the monarchy in Iran was relatively sudden, taking place in two short years. Since then, Iran has gone through tumultuous change, yet is still apparently caught in a cycle of transition. Iran has now created a complex but unique and non-transferrable system of government, but the question to be asked is whether the Islamic republic has lived up to its founding expectations, serving the Iranian people and helping them to realize their aspirations. This book is the first comprehensive analytical study of the forces which have been shaping and changing modern Iran and its relations with the rest of the world. It looks at the roots of the 1979 revolution and the forces unleashed during the modernization process under the Pahlavi monarchy. Applying a range of theoretical approaches to understanding the Islamic republic’s neo-authoritarian political system, Anoushiravan Ehteshami reflects on how the country’s new elite emerged and how these new political forces have changed Iran, the stresses on its political system, the forces shaping the country’s political economy, and the Islamic republic’s international relations. As some of Iran's leaders appear to crave permanent revolution as their means of staying in power, this book argues that the struggle for the soul of the Islamic Republic has mired the country in a cycle of change: Constant reform and transition. The republic finds itself stuck in transition. Written in a clear and insightful manner, this book provides an unparalleled analysis of the Islamic Republic of Iran as a major regional actor and gives fresh insights into the political workings of the world’s only Shia, and revolutionary, Islamic republic. It will be of great importance to students and scholars of Middle East Politics and International Relations, as well as the policy community whose gaze is never too far from this unique country.

A New History of Documentary Film

Author: Betsy A. McLane
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781441124579
Release Date: 2012-04-05
Genre: Performing Arts

A comprehensive survey of English language documentary film and video from beginnings to the present.

Uncanny Valley

Author: Lawrence Weschler
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 9781582438412
Release Date: 2011-10-01
Genre: Social Science

Shuttling between cultural comedies and political tragedies, Lawrence Weschler’s articles have throughout his long career intrigued readers with his unique insight into everything he examines, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Uncanny Valley continues the page-turning conversation as Weschler collects the best of his narrative nonfiction from the past fifteen years. The title piece surveys the hapless efforts of digital animators to fashion a credible human face, the endlessly elusive gold standard of the profession. Other highlights include profiles of novelist Mark Salzman, as he wrestles with a hilariously harrowing bout of writer’s block; the legendary film and sound editor Walter Murch, as he is forced to revisit his work on Apocalypse Now in the context of the more recent Iraqi war film Jarhead; and the artist Vincent Desiderio, as he labors over an epic canvas portraying no less than a dozen sleeping figures. With his signature style and endless ability to wonder, Weschler proves yet again that the “world is strange, beautiful, and connected” (The Globe and Mail). Uncanny Valley demonstrates his matchless ability to analyze the marvels he finds in places and people and offers us a new, sublime way of seeing the world.

Earth Sound Earth Signal

Author: Douglas Kahn
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520257559
Release Date: 2013-08-30
Genre: Art

Earth Sound Earth Signal is a study of energies in aesthetics and the arts, from the birth of modern communications in the nineteenth century to the global transmissions of the present day. Grounded in the Aeolian sphere music that Henry David Thoreau heard blowing in telegraph lines and in the Aelectrosonic sounds of natural radio that Thomas Watson heard in telephone lines, the book moves through the histories of science, media, music, and the arts to the 1960s, when the composer Alvin Lucier worked with the ""natural electromagnetic sounds"" present from ""brainwaves to outer.

Boggs

Author: Lawrence Weschler
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226893960
Release Date: 2000-11-15
Genre: Art

Boggs: A Comedy of Values teases out these transactions and their sometimes dramatic legal consequences, following Boggs on a larkish, though at the same time disconcertingly profound, econo-philosophic chase. For in a madcap Socratic fashion, Boggs is raising all sorts of truly fundamental questions - what is it that we value in art, or, for that matter, in money? Indeed, how do we place a value on anything at all? And in particular, why do we, why should we, how can we place such trust in anything as confoundingly insubstantial as paper money?

Osawatomie

Author: Randy Michael Signor
Publisher: MCP Books
ISBN: 1635055679
Release Date: 2017-08-29
Genre: Fiction

'Osawatomie'' comprises three interwoven stories centered in the small Kansas town beginning in 1854 with a young woman's choices, choices that reverberate more than a century. This is the story of two people coming of age a century apart and yet are joined by a secret that itself contains a secret. The story begins in the early days of Bloody Kansas, when the Kansas Territory hosted the first true battles of what would become the Civil War six years later. Their stories reach across time from the small town's settlement to its centennial celebration and to the early Sixties and the election of President Kennedy.

The Art of Stop Motion Animation

Author: Ken A. Priebe
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781598632453
Release Date: 2006-07-01
Genre: Animation (Cinematography)

Through the magic of stop-motion animation, inanimate objects seem to spring to life. With true artistic passion and finesse, a stop-motion film evokes the nostalgia of childhood when imagination could bring toys to life. Stop-motion retains the art and p

Science and Art Symposium 2000

Author: A. Gyr
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 0792363582
Release Date: 2000-08-31
Genre: Art

This book promotes the interdisciplinary work between science and art; in the present volume specifically the interaction of fluid dynamics and video art. It suggests how both disciplines can profit from each other without loss of professionality in either field. Both disciplines are described in their own language. The contributions in fluid mechanics are from internationally well-known scientists, and the topics range from fractal laminar flows in the lung to astrophysical processes. Turbulence, vortex dynamics, bio-fluid dynamics as well as issues in magnetohydromechanics and topological fluid dynamics compete with more than a dozen artworks by known Dutch and Swiss video artists. The catalogue of the exhibition incorporated in the book illustrates how artistic creativity can profit from scientific results, and how scientists can learn from artists how to present their thoughts and ideas.