Letters to a Young Writer

Letters to a Young Writer

I hope there is something here for any young writer – or any older writer, for that matter – who happens to be looking for a teacher to come along, a teacher who, in the end, can really teach nothing at all but fire. From the critically acclaimed Colum McCann, author of the National Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin, comes a paean to the power of language, and a direct address to the artistic, professional and philosophical concerns that challenge and sometimes torment an author. Comprising fifty-two short prose pieces, Letters to a Young Writer ranges from practical matters of authorship, such as finding an agent, the pros and cons of creative writing degrees and handling bad reviews, through to the more joyous and celebratory, as McCann elucidates the pleasures to be found in truthful writing, for: 'the best writing makes us glad that we are – however briefly – alive.' Emphatic and empathetic, pragmatic and profound, this is an essential companion to any author's journey – and a deeply personal work from one of our greatest literary voices.

Discrepant Solace

Contemporary Literature and the Work of Consolation

Discrepant Solace

Consolation has always played an uncomfortable part in the literary history of loss. But in recent decades its affective meanings and ethical implications have been recast by narratives that appear at first sight to foil solace altogether. Illuminating this striking archive, Discrepant Solace considers writers who engage with consolation not as an aesthetic salve but as an enduring problematic, one that unravels at the centre of emotionally challenging works of late twentieth- and twenty-first-century fiction and life-writing. The book understands solace as a generative yet conflicted aspect of style, where microelements of diction, rhythm, and syntax capture consolation's alternating desirability and contestation. With a wide-angle lens on the contemporary scene, David James examines writers who are rarely considered in conversation, including Sonali Deraniyagala, Colson Whitehead, Cormac McCarthy, W.G. Sebald, Doris Lessing, Joan Didion, J. M. Coetzee, Marilynne Robinson, Julian Barnes, Helen Macdonald, Ian McEwan, Colm Tóibín, Kazuo Ishiguro, Denise Riley, and David Grossman. These figures overturn critical suppositions about consolation's kinship with ideological complaisance, superficial mitigation, or dubious distraction, producing unsettling perceptions of solace that shape the formal and political contours of their writing. Through intimate readings of novels and memoirs that explore seemingly indescribable experiences of grief, trauma, remorse, and dread, James demonstrates how they turn consolation into a condition of expressional possibility without ever promising us relief. He also supplies vital traction to current conversations about the stakes of thinking with contemporary writing to scrutinize affirmative structures of feeling, revealing unexpected common ground between the operations of literary consolation and the urgencies of cultural critique. Discrepant Solace makes the close reading of emotion crucial to understanding the work literature does in our precarious present.

The Legacy of the Good Friday Agreement

Northern Irish Politics, Culture and Art after 1998

The Legacy of the Good Friday Agreement

This book provides a multidisciplinary collection of essays that seek to explore the deeply problematic legacy of post-Agreement Northern Ireland. Thus, the authors of this book look at a number of issues that continue to stymie the development of a robust and sustainable peacebuilding project, including segregation, contested parades and flags, ethnic party mobilization, and memorialization. Towards addressing these contemporary issues, authors are drawn from a range of disciplines, including politics, history, literature, drama, cultural studies, sociology, and social psychology.

Letters to a Young Mathematician

Letters to a Young Mathematician

Mathematician Ian Stewart tells readers what he wishes he had known when he was a student. He takes up subjects ranging from the philosophical to the practical-what mathematics is and why it’s worth doing, the relationship between logic and proof, the role of beauty in mathematical thinking, the future of mathematics, how to deal with the peculiarities of the mathematical community, and many others.

The Creators

A History of Heroes of the Imagination

The Creators

By piecing the lives of selected individuals into a grand mosaic, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Daniel J. Boorstin explores the development of artistic innovation over 3,000 years. A hugely ambitious chronicle of the arts that Boorstin delivers with the scope that made his Discoverers a national bestseller. Even as he tells the stories of such individual creators as Homer, Joyce, Giotto, Picasso, Handel, Wagner, and Virginia Woolf, Boorstin assembles them into a grand mosaic of aesthetic and intellectual invention. In the process he tells us not only how great art (and great architecture and philosophy) is created, but where it comes from and how it has shaped and mirrored societies from Vedic India to the twentieth-century United States.

Letters to a Young Math Teacher

Letters to a Young Math Teacher

ABOUT THIS BOOK:"Letters to a Young Math Teacher" is designed to inform beginning teachers about the real world of schools and to assist them with the difficult transition from student to teacher. This is not a methods book but rather supplements those texts to address immediate problems related to such topics as the school environment and discipline; textbooks and curriculum; classroom and standardized testing; and interactions with students, colleagues, administrators and parents. Also included is a listing of useful supplemental and personal texts. The publisher is William R. Parks – www.wrparks.com The printer is CreateSpace – an affiliate of Amazon.com.There are about 12,500 new math teachers who enter school classrooms each year. This book is designed to help these young men and women to meet the real world of the school and classroom. Author, Gerald Rising stated, “What we have written in this book is not a methods text. It is instead designed, separately from such texts, to assist the neophyte teacher as he or she enters the real world of the schools based on our own experiences in urban, rural and suburban schools and my additional decades of work with math teachers.”“Contemporary methods texts do not address these problems. Instead they talk about the interpretation of mathematics content and the application of psychological principles to the design of instruction.”“Student teaching only partly makes up for this. The organization and discipline of the classroom is that of the sponsoring teacher.” READER REVIEWS: "An excellent book for beginning math teachers, this work shows considerable insight and understanding of the real world of the schools and the daily issues and problems that new teachers will confront." - Greg A. Baugher, Mercer University, Georgia"This book presents a holistic view of teaching that honors the complex and important work of math teachers. Novice teachers will find the information essential. Veteran teachers will reflect on their work and make some refinements." - Linda Levi, Director of Cognitively Guided Instruction Initiatives, Teachers Development Group and co-author of Children's Mathematics: Cognitively Guided Instruction."Gerald Rising is a champion at demystifying difficult circumstances by applying eloquent logic in recognizable contexts." - Patti Brosnan, Ohio State University"A common sense approach to teaching mathematics from master teachers, gives practical advice and opens the door to becoming an outstanding math teacher." - One Book One Community Selection Committee MemberABOUT THE AUTHORS:Gerald Rising, Ph.D., State University of New York (SUNY) Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at the University at Buffalo, has been author or co-author of over a dozen textbooks and one hundred journal articles. Two of his recent books are: Program Your Calculator (William R. Parks, 2013) and Inside Your Calculator: From Simple Programs to Significant Insights (John Wiley, 2007). Professor Rising was a teacher and department chair in New York State high schools and then served as K-14 math coordinator in Norwalk, Connecticut. Rising also taught at the Universities of Rochester, Connecticut and Minnesota; New York and Cornell Universities; and Manchester University in England. A former National Council of Teachers of Mathematics board member, he has been a regular speaker at state and national meetings.Ray Patenaude, Ph.D., Mathematics Teacher, South Pointe High School, Rock Hill, South Carolina since January 2009 where he teaches Algebra 2 Honors to freshmen and Algebra 2 to 11th and 12th graders. While there he has completed SC Mentor Training and mentored beginning teachers and college interns. He taught Honors Precalculus, Honors Geometry, and Algebra 1. He was also Mathematics Teacher, Marathon High School, Marathon, NY September 1989 – June 1999 where he created both a calculus curriculum and an accelerated mathematics program.

Existential-Phenomenological Perspectives in Psychology

Exploring the Breadth of Human Experience

Existential-Phenomenological Perspectives in Psychology

When I began to study psychology a half century ago, it was defined as "the study of behavior and experience." By the time I completed my doctorate, shortly after the end of World War II, the last two words were fading rapidly. In one of my first graduate classes, a course in statistics, the professor announced on the first day, "Whatever exists, exists in some number." We dutifully wrote that into our notes and did not pause to recognize that thereby all that makes life meaningful was being consigned to oblivion. This bland restructuring-perhaps more accurately, destruction-of the world was typical of its time, 1940. The influence of a narrow scientistic attitude was already spreading throughout the learned disciplines. In the next two decades it would invade and tyrannize the "social sciences," education, and even philosophy. To be sure, quantification is a powerful tool, selectively employed, but too often it has been made into an executioner's axe to deny actuality to all that does not yield to its procrustean demands.

Galileo and the Scientific Revolution

Galileo and the Scientific Revolution

An absorbing account of the origins of modern science as well as a biography, this book places particular emphasis on Galileo's experiments with telescopes and his observations of the sky.

Women in Journalism at the Fin de Siècle

Making a Name for Herself

Women in Journalism at the Fin de Siècle

As the nineteenth-century drew to a close, women became more numerous and prominent in British journalism. This book offers a fascinating introduction to the work lives of twelve such journalists, and each essay examines the career, writing and strategic choices of women battling against the odds to secure recognition in a male-dominated society.

The Abbey Papers

The Abbey Papers

A series of teachings on the use of magical images in practical occultism, based around the construct of an inner plane Abbey.