Category Archives: Essays

Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software

By Joseph Feller

What's the prestige of the loose and Open resource software program (F/OSS) revolution? Has the production of software program that may be freely used, transformed, and redistributed remodeled and society, as a few envisioned, or is that this transformation nonetheless a piece in development? Perspectives on unfastened and Open resource Software brings jointly top analysts and researchers to deal with this query, studying particular facets of F/OSS in a manner that's either scientifically rigorous and hugely suitable to real-life managerial and technical concerns.

The e-book analyzes a few key issues: the inducement at the back of F/OSS—why hugely expert software program builders dedicate quite a lot of time to the production of "free" services and products; the target, empirically grounded evaluate of software—necessary to counter what one bankruptcy writer calls the "steamroller" of F/OSS hype; the software program engineering procedures and instruments utilized in particular initiatives, together with Apache, GNOME, and Mozilla; the industrial and enterprise versions that mirror the altering relationships among clients and corporations, technical groups and companies, and among rivals; and felony, cultural, and social concerns, together with one contribution that implies parallels among "open code" and "open society" and one other that issues to the necessity for figuring out the movement's social explanations and effects.

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Tasteful Nudes: ...and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation

By Dave Hill

"I run into Dave Hill for all time on the espresso store in our local. he is continually unshaven and badly hungover, with a few 16-year-old groupie from Cleveland in tow―and he is simply as humorous then as he's in Tasteful Nudes. he's my idol." ―Malcolm Gladwell

"Dave Hill speaks, rocks, and now writes with a voice so strong and humorous and compelling that i am beautiful certain he is channeling a few bizarre god from one other size. essentially, this dude is a comedic Cthulhu, and should you learn this booklet, you'll both pass thoroughly MAD or develop into A SLAVE TO HIS MAD GENIUS. Pray for the latter." ―John Hodgman

"This e-book should still verify Dave Hill's rightful position as a huge American humor author. you'll giggle. purchase and brighten a friend's existence as well." ―Dick Cavett


From the booklet Jacket:

Dear ridiculously appealing one that in order that occurs to be maintaining Tasteful Nudes in his or her tender and supple but commanding hands,

Hi. My identify is Dave, and this is often my first actual choice of essays. As you can most likely think, it pretty well has every little thing. in reality, if you happen to like tales approximately stolen meat, animal assaults, younger love, demise, bare humans, priests, rock 'n' roll, irritable Canadians, and legal, you might have simply hit a road known as effortless simply because my e-book talks approximately all that stuff and a number of different stuff, too.

Getting again to that legal factor for a second―I can examine nearly no larger position to learn my e-book than from in the confines of a correctional facility. For starters, you are likely to have the time. additionally, cozying up with an exceptional booklet in entrance of your fellow inmates is a brilliant technique to express them a softer facet that for a few cause not anyone ever desires to listen approximately within the backyard.

Fear now not, although, non-convicts, my publication makes for a great learn outdoor of criminal, too. on the seashore, at the subway, whereas whitewater rafting, in the course of counseling, less than neighborhood anesthesia―I have in my opinion obvious to it that my booklet is completely readable in these types of situations, in addition to in so much different situations available in the market this present day. it'll make you chuckle, cry, and perhaps even imagine lots that you'll put out of your mind your entire difficulties whereas at the same time making a few new ones. In restricted cases it's been identified to reason critical dehydration and the occasional groin pull, yet in truth i do not recognize what that is approximately. That stated, it really is not likely a nasty concept to maintain a tumbler of water convenient and very stretch issues out ahead of strapping your self in for a literary thrill experience you'll want to adventure repeatedly until eventually you're both useless or your eyesight fails thoroughly, whichever comes first. actually, if I turn out being improper approximately any of these things, you could kick me correct within the privates. additionally, i'll ship you a pleasant ham (serves twenty). in brief, you actually cannot lose in this one.

Your man,

Dave Hill

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The New Gods

Dubbed “Nietzsche with no his hammer” by way of literary critic James wooden, the Romanian thinker E. M. Cioran is named a lot for his profound pessimism and fatalistic strategy as for the lyrical, raging prose with which he communicates them. not like lots of his different works, similar to On the Heights of Despair and Tears and Saints, The New Gods eschews his ordinary aphoristic method in desire of extra vast and analytic essays.
 
Returning to a lot of Cioran’s favourite issues, The New Gods explores humanity’s attachment to gods, loss of life, worry, and illness, in essays that fluctuate broadly in shape and technique. In “Paleontology” Cioran describes a trip to a museum, discovering the really pedestrian vacation spot rife with decay, loss of life, and human weak spot. In one other bankruptcy, Cioran explores suicide in shorter, impressionistic bursts, whereas “The Demiurge” is a shambolic exploration of man’s dating with solid, evil, and God. the entire whereas, The New Gods reaffirms Cioran’s trust in “lucid despair,” and his personal signature mix of pessimism and skepticism in language that by no means fails to be a excitement. possibly his prose itself is a controversy opposed to Cioran’s near-nihilism: there's attractiveness in his books.

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Spring Miscellany: And London Essays

For the 1st time, English readers have entry to Soseki’s Spring Miscellany. initially released as Eijitu Shohin in serial shape within the Asahi newspaper in 1909, sooner than showing in publication shape, Spring Miscellany is an pastiche of twenty-five sketches, often called shohin (little items), inheritor to the nice zuihitsu culture of discursive prose. those own vignettes are essentially autobiographical and display Soseki’s kaleidoscopic view of his inner most global and his curiosity in actual, unadorned self-expression.

The tales diversity from from episodes from his adolescence to his grownup musings. Of distinctive curiosity are the debts of Soseki’s remain in England among 1900 and 1902, the place he attended collage university, studied privately with W. J. Craig, editor of the Arden Shakespeare, and immersed himself in learning eighteenth-century literature. It used to be now not a contented time for Soseki--he defined his remain as “like a negative puppy that had wandered into the corporate of wolves”--but, as with every nice writers, he controlled to show adversity into uncooked fabric for his artwork and to provide us perception this day into the lifetime of an expatriate eastern pupil on the flip of the century.

In his creation to the paintings, Sammy Tsunematsu, founder and curator of the Soseki Museum in London, presents a clean viewpoint on Soseki as a guy and a author, in addition to an insightful statement at the paintings itself.

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Essays in Cuban Intellectual History (New Concepts in Latino American Cultures)

By Rafael Rojas

Recognized essayist and Cuban historian Rafael Rojas provides a set of his most sensible paintings, one that focuses on--and bargains possible choices to--the significant myths that experience geared up Cuban tradition from the 19th century to the current. Rojas explores crucial issues of Cuban highbrow historical past, together with the legacy of José Martí, the cultural influence of the struggle in 1898, the development of a countrywide canon of Cuban literature, the works of classical intellectuals of the republican interval, the literary journal Orígenes, the ideological influence of the Cuban Revolution, and the chances of a democratic transition within the island first and foremost of the twenty-first century.

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Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids

By Meghan Daum

Sixteen literary luminaries at the arguable topic of being childless by way of selection, during this severely acclaimed, bestselling anthology

One of the main provocative and talked-about books of the 12 months, Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed is the lovely assortment exploring one among society’s such a lot vexing taboos.

One of the most issues of cultural dialog over the last decade used to be the intended “fertility crisis,” and no matter if smooth girls may well determine the way to have it all―a winning occupation and the mandatory 2.3 children―before their organic clocks stopped ticking. Now, notwithstanding, the dialog has became as to whether it’s essential to have all of it (see Anne-Marie Slaughter) or, might be extra debatable, no matter if little ones are particularly a demand for a satisfying life.

In this intriguing and arguable choice of essays, curated by means of author Meghan Daum, 13 acclaimed girl writers clarify why they've got selected to eschew motherhood. members comprise Lionel Shriver, Sigrid Nunez, Kate Christensen, Elliott Holt, Geoff Dyer, and Tim Kreider, between others, who will supply a distinct standpoint at the overwhelming cultural strain of parenthood.

This assortment makes a sensible and passionate case for why parenthood isn't the in basic terms route to a cheerful, efficient existence, and takes our parent-centric, kid-fixated, baby-bump-patrolling tradition to job within the strategy. during this publication, that shadowy faction referred to as the childless-by-choice comes out into the light.

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In Praise of Shadows

An essay on aesthetics through the japanese novelist, this booklet explores structure, jade, nutrients, or even bathrooms, combining an acute feel of using house in constructions. The ebook additionally contains descriptions of laquerware below candlelight and girls within the darkness of the home of pleasure.

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Finders Keepers: Selected Prose 1971-2001

By Seamus Heaney

Whether autobiographical, topical, or particularly literary, those writings circle the relevant preoccupying questions of Seamus Heaney's profession: "How should still a poet adequately reside and write? what's his courting to be to his personal voice, his personal position, his literary historical past and the modern world?"

Along with a variety from the poet's 3 earlier collections of prose (Preoccupations, the govt. of the Tongue, and The Redress of Poetry), the current quantity contains Heaney's most interesting lectures and a wealthy number of items no longer formerly accrued in quantity shape, starting from brief newspaper articles to radio commentaries. In its soundings of a variety of poets -- Irish and British, American and japanese ecu, predecessors and contemporaries -- Finders Keepers is, as its identify shows, "an statement of either pleasure and possession."

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The Cambridge Companion to Dante (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

This 2007 moment variation of The Cambridge spouse to Dante is designed to supply an obtainable creation to Dante for college kids, lecturers and common readers. the quantity used to be absolutely up-to-date and comprises 3 new essays on Dante's works. The feedback for additional analyzing now contain secondary works and translations in addition to on-line assets. The essays hide Dante's early works and their relation to the Commedia, his literary antecedents, either vernacular and classical, biblical and theological affects, the old and political dimensions of Dante's works, and their reception. furthermore there are introductory essays to every of the 3 canticles of the Commedia that examine their topics and magnificence. This variation will make sure that the spouse remains to be the main precious unmarried quantity for brand spanking new generations of scholars of Dante.

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