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A Miscellany of Bats by
Bats have long been the focus of fascination, and sometimes fear: they move faultlessly through the darkness and spend the day hanging upside down in gloomy caverns and cracks - most at home where humans are least comfortable. Bats also represent a hugely important, numerous and varied group, accounting for 20% of all mammal species worldwide. Covering their biodiversity, ecology and natural history, A Miscellany of Bats offers a hoard of insights into the lives of these creatures. For over a quarter of a century Brock Fenton and the late Jens Rydell collaborated on projects involving bats. Here they bring together a collection of stories and anecdotes about bat research, brought to life by stunning photographs of these animals in action. Key topics include flight and echolocation, diet and roosting habits, and the complex social lives of bats. Jens and Brock also address issues of conservation and the interactions between bats and people, ranging from matters of disease to bats' role as symbols, and our fixation with vampire bats. They explore how echolocation and flight shape batkind, from their appearance to where they go and why. Overall, this book is an entertaining and personal vision of bats' central place in the universe. More than 150 species are covered.
Publication Date: 2023-01-10
After the Postcolonial Caribbean by
'A book of rare beauty' - Bill Schwarz, Professor at Queen Mary University of London Across the Anglophone Caribbean, the great expectations of independence were never met. From Black Power and Jamaican Democratic Socialism to the Grenada Revolution, the radical currents that once animated the region recede into memory. More than half a century later, the likelihood of radical change appears vanishingly small on the horizon. But what were the twists and turns in the postcolonial journey that brought us here? And is there hope yet for the Caribbean to advance towards more just, democratic and empowering futures? After the Postcolonial Caribbean is structured in two parts, 'Remembering', and 'Imagining.' Author Brian Meeks employs a sometimes autobiographical form, drawing on his own memories and experiences of the radical politics and culture of the Caribbean in the decades following the end of colonialism. And he takes inspiration from the likes of Edna Manley, George Lamming and Stuart Hall in reaching towards a new theoretical framework that might help forge new currents of intellectual and political resistance. Meeks concludes by making the case for reestablishing optimism as a necessary cornerstone for any reemergent progressive movement.
Publication Date: 2023-01-20
An Anthology of Traditional Korean Literature by
This revised, expanded anthology, compiled and edited by pioneering scholar and translator Peter H. Lee, offers a representative selection of traditional Korean literature. Its rich and diverse selections, covering all genres and forms written in classical (literary) Chinese and the vernacular Korean language, were chosen for both their literary merit and socio-historical engagement with their times. Divided into four parts--verse, prose, fiction, and oral literature--representing the four major branches of traditional Korean literature, it includes previously undervalued or suppressed texts such as Koryǒ love lyrics, shamanist narrative songs, and p'ansori--creations composed in the mind, retained in memory, sung to audiences, and heard, not read. Every effort has been made to render Korea's literary past credibly and meaningfully. With its fresh translations and new examples of oral literature and fiction, this comprehensive, one-volume anthology will provide students and general readers with the means to gain a deep appreciation of Korean literature and its interconnections with other East Asian literatures.
Publication Date: 2017-03-31
An Infinity of Worlds by
What happened before the primordial fire of the Big Bang- a theory about the ultimate origin of the universe. In the beginning was the Big Bang- an unimaginably hot fire almost fourteen billion years ago in which the first elements were forged. The physical theory of the hot nascent universe-the Big Bang-was one of the most consequential developments in twentieth-century science. And yet it leaves many questions unanswered- Why is the universe so big? Why is it so old? What is the origin of structure in the cosmos? In An Infinity of Worlds, physicist Will Kinney explains a more recent theory that may hold the answers to these questions and even explain the ultimate origins of the universe- cosmic inflation, before the primordial fire of the Big Bang. Kinney argues that cosmic inflation is a transformational idea in cosmology, changing our picture of the basic structure of the cosmos and raising unavoidable questions about what we mean by a scientific theory. He explains that inflation is a remarkable unification of inner space and outer space, in which the physics of the very large (the cosmos) meets the physics of the very small (elementary particles and fields), closing in a full circle at the first moment of time. With quantum uncertainty its fundamental feature, this new picture of cosmic origins introduces the possibility that the origin of the universe was of a quantum nature. Kinney considers the consequences of eternal cosmic inflation. Can we come to terms with the possibility that our entire observable universe is one of infinitely many, forever hidden from our view?
Publication Date: 2022-04-05
An Offering of Rice by
Fiction. "This long awaited book of stories from Mavis Hara is everything we hoped for-and more. Gritty and tough-minded, lyrical by turns, this is no mere nostalgic feel-good journey to the plantation past. There is here a wealth of fine observation, a nuance and precision of detail—the naming of telling human gestures that go unnamed except for the poet and storyteller's art"—Sylvia Watanabe. "AN OFFERING OF RICE is written with a careful narrative restraint that results in a striking honesty, short stories and poems that are rich in visual clarity and deeply moving in their treatment of the subjects of bicultural life, family, illness, and individual identity. As a hybrid of fiction and poetry, this is one of the best blending of those two disciplines in our literature, and among the stories in this collection is the single best piece in cancer that I have ever read"—Ian MacMillan.
Publication Date: 2007-09-01
Art for Coexistence by
An exploration of how contemporary art reframes and humanizes migration, calling for coexistence-the recognition of the interdependence of beings. In Art for Coexistence, art historian Christine Ross examines contemporary art's response to migration, showing that art invites us to abandon our preconceptions about the current "crisis"-to unlearn them-and to see migration more critically, more disobediently. We (viewers in Europe and North America) must come to see migration in terms of coexistence- the interdependence of beings. The artworks explored by Ross reveal, contest, rethink, delink, and relink more reciprocally the interdependencies shaping migration today-connecting citizens-on-the-move from some of the poorest countries and acknowledged citizens of some of the wealthiest countries and democracies worldwide. These installations, videos, virtual reality works, webcasts, sculptures, graffiti, paintings, photographs, and a rescue boat, by artists including Banksy, Ai Weiwei, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Laura Waddington, Tania Bruguera, and others, demonstrate art's power to mediate experiences of migration. Ross argues that art invents a set of interconnected calls for more mutual forms of coexistence- to historicize, to become responsible, to empathize, and to story-tell. Art history, Ross tells us, must discard the legacy of imperialist museology-which dissocializes, dehistoricizes, and depoliticizes art. It must reinvent itself, engaging with political philosophy, postcolonial, decolonial, Black, and Indigenous studies, and critical refugee and migrant studies.
Publication Date: 2022-11-22
Asian Political Cartoons by
In Asian Political Cartoons, scholar John A. Lent explores the history and contemporary status of political cartooning in Asia, including East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, North and South Korea, Mongolia, and Taiwan), Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam), and South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka). Incorporating hundreds of interviews, as well as textual analysis of cartoons; observation of workplaces, companies, and cartoonists at work; and historical research, Lent offers not only the first such survey in English, but the most complete and detailed in any language. Richly illustrated, this volume brings much-needed attention to the political cartoons of a region that has accelerated faster and more expansively economically, culturally, and in other ways than perhaps any other part of the world. Emphasizing the "freedom to cartoon," the author examines political cartoons that attempt to expose, bring attention to, blame or condemn, satirically mock, and caricaturize problems and their perpetrators. Lent presents readers a pioneering survey of such political cartooning in twenty-two countries and territories, studying aspects of professionalism, cartoonists' work environments, philosophies and influences, the state of newspaper and magazine industries, the state's roles in political cartooning, modern technology, and other issues facing political cartoonists. Asian Political Cartoons encompasses topics such as political and social satire in Asia during ancient times, humor/cartoon magazines established by Western colonists, and propaganda cartoons employed in independence campaigns. The volume also explores stumbling blocks contemporary cartoonists must hurdle, including new or beefed-up restrictions and regulations, a dwindling number of publishing venues, protected vested interests of conglomerate-owned media, and political correctness gone awry. In these pages, cartoonists recount intriguing ways they cope with restrictions-through layered hidden messages, by using other platforms, and finding unique means to use cartooning to make a living.
Publication Date: 2023-01-27
Bernice Bobs Her Hair by
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.
Publication Date: 2004-06-01
Beyond the Family by
Immigration in the United States has become a central focus of policy and public concern in the first decade of the 21st century. This volume aims to broaden developmental research on child and youth in immigrant families. Much of the research on immigrant children and youth concentrates on family characteristics such as parenting, demographic, or human capital features. In this volume, we consider the developmental consequences for immigrant youth of broader contexts such as social networks, peer discrimination in school and out-of-school settings, legal contexts, and access to institutional resources. Chapters answer core questions: How do experiences of discrimination affect the lives of immigrant youth? How do social networks of immigrant families influence children's learning? How to immigrant parents? citizenship status influence family life and their children's development? In examining factors as disparate at discrimination based on physical appearance, informal adult helpers, and access to drivers? licenses, these chapters serve to enrich our notions of how culture and context shape human development, as well as inform practice and public policy affecting immigrant families. This is the 122nd volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. The mission of New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development is to provide scientific and scholarly presentations on cutting edge issues and concepts in the field of child and adolescent development. Each volume focuses on a specific "new direction" or research topic, and is edited by an expert or experts on that topic.
Publication Date: 2008-09-16
Border Crossings by
Delving into questions like, "What are borders?" and "Who are border crossers?", Border Crossings breaks down the complex issue through an extensive variety of readings and activities to really get you thinking and evaluating this theme.
Publication Date: 2015-11-27
By All Means Available by
A vivid insider's account of a life in intelligence, special operations, and strategy from the Cold War to the war with al-Qa'ida * "[An] illuminating and richly detailed memoir." --The New York Times Book Review "Deeply insightful...A sweeping and breathtaking journey that gives the reader unprecedented access to the courage, sacrifice, and bravado of our nation's finest warriors, in their finest hours." --Admiral William H. McRaven, author of Wisdom of the Bullfrog and #1 New York Times bestseller, Make Your Bed In 1984, Michael Vickers took charge of the CIA's secret war against the Soviets in Afghanistan. After inheriting a strategy aimed at imposing costs on the Soviets for their invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, Vickers transformed the covert campaign into an all-out effort to help the Afghan resistance win their war. More than any other American, he was responsible for the outcome in Afghanistan that led to the end of the Cold War. In By All Means Available, Vickers recounts his remarkable career, from his days as a Green Beret to his vision for victory in Afghanistan to his role in waging America's war with al-Qa'ida at the highest levels of government. In captivating detail, he depicts his years in the Special Forces--including his training to parachute behind enemy lines with a backpack nuclear weapon in the event of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe--and reveals how those experiences directly influenced his approach to shaping policy. Vickers has played a significant role in most of the military and intelligence operations of the past four decades, and he offers a deeply informed analysis of the greatest challenges facing America today, and in the decades ahead. Riveting and illuminating, this is a rare and important insider's account of the modern military and intelligence worlds at every level.
Publication Date: 2023-06-20
In 1896 the British physician William Pringle Morgan published an account of "Percy," a "bright and intelligent boy, quick at games, and in no way inferior to others of his age." Yet, in spite of his intelligence, Percy had great difficulty learning to read. Percy was one of the first children to be described as having word-blindness, better known today as dyslexia. In this first comprehensive history of dyslexia Philip Kirby and Margaret Snowling chart a journey that begins with Victorian medicine and continues to dyslexia's current status as the most globally recognized specific learning difficulty. In an engaging narrative style, Kirby and Snowling tell the story of dyslexia, examining its origins and revealing the many scientists, teachers, and campaigners who put it on the map. Through this history they explain current debates over the diagnosis of dyslexia and its impact on learning.For those who have lived experience of dyslexia, professionals who have supported them, and scholars of social history, education, psychology, and childhood studies, Dyslexia reflects on the place of literacy in society - whom it has benefited, and whom it has left behind.
Publication Date: 2022-11-15
El último Muerto by
After a horrific crime, detective Fermín Escartín finds himself involved in a double investigation that will see him cross paths with a few characters from his previous cases and take him from the Monegros desert in Aragon, Spain, to the estates of Swiss millionaires. His most dangerous case yet, this might also be detective Escartín's last--if he's not careful. Después de un crimen espeluznante, el detective Fermín Escartín se ve involucrado en una doble investigación que lo verá cruzar caminos con personajes de sus casos anteriores y lo llevará desde el desierto de los Monegros en Aragón, España, hasta las fincas de millonarios suizos. Éste es el caso más peligroso que ha tenido el detective Escartín y--si no se cuida--podría ser su último.
Publication Date: 2011-05-01