Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stanley Fish Wants YOUR Favorite Literary Sentences!

How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One by Stanley FishStanley Fish, New York Times columnist and author of How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One teaches students how to appreciate and celebrate the art of language and rhetoric through personal reflections on some of his favorite sentences in literary history. Slate's blog, Brow Beat recently featured Fish discussing his Top Five Sentences, which he selected from three centuries work.

Now Fish and Brow Beat are looking to see what others' favorite sentences are. From now until midnight Thursday readers can submit their favorite sentences—along with their analysis of what makes the sentence work so well—in the "comments" section of the post. Stanley Fish will pick the best submission and the winner will be announced on the blog. Good luck!

As for my favorite sentence? This was a difficult challenge to tackle as I found myself wishing I had my collection of favorite books in front of me and all the time in the world to carefully contemplate. With limited resources, however, I was fortunate enough to stumble across the, perhaps, most famous line from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye:

“What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them.”

Perhaps no sentence captures this theme, and the book’s overall message, better than the one above. Holden is at that awkward time in a teenager’s life where he finds himself with one foot stretching towards his adult future and the other still strongly rooted in the not-so-distant-past of his childhood. Here he fantasizes about being the savior for the children of the world, keeping them from falling off the “cliff” into the adult world. In his confused and emotional mind he would be maintaining their innocence, something no one bothered to do for him.

Praise for How to Write a Sentence:

“Both deeper and more democratic than The Elements of Style.”—Financial Times

“A guided tour through some of the most beautiful, arresting sentences in the English language.”—
Slate

The Revised Edition of WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO? Explains Where It's Going Now

Where Does the Money Go?: Your Guided Tour to the Federal Budget Crisis by Scott Bittle and Jean JohnsonThe classic, non-partisan guide to the federal budget, Where Does the Money Go?: Your Guided Tour to the Federal Budget Crisis by Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson, has been updated to include the impact of the “Great Recession” and the election of Barack Obama.

Like its predecessor, this edition deciphers the political jargon that so often accompanies budget discussions to give students an in-depth look at government spending and debt—and what the impact of recent legislation will be. This book is a fun—yet informative—exploration of look at our government that provides a sober analysis of government spending, making it accessible and understandable to students.

Praise for Where Does the Money Go?:

“A book that manages to be entertaining and irreverent while serving as an informative primer on a subject that is crucial to the future of all Americans.”—New York Times

Please let us know if you need a desk or exam copy of this title!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kramer's C-SCAPE: A Primer for the Digital Future of Business

Not so long ago, the business landscape was easier to chart. The routes connecting customers, companies, products, and services were predictable, reliable, and understood. Today, that landscape has been upended, and in its place a "C-Scape" has emerged—a world where consumers, not producers and marketers, make the choices; where content, not distribution, is king; where curation becomes a primary currency of value; and where convergence continues to revolutionize every part of every business.

Larry Kramer, seasoned journalist turned digital entrepreneur and venture capitalist, shows students how business can survive—and thrive—in the digital media revolution. C-Scape: Conquer the Forces Changing Business Today provides crucial and urgent advice for how to adapt business practices for the future, keeping in mind the very likely fact that all aspects of business—from advertising and marketing to sales and customer service—will take place on a screen or handheld device. Using what Kramer refers to as the four C’s: Curation, Consumers, Convergence, and Content, students are shown how to avoid the pitfalls that have beset the newspaper and music industries.

Kramer, an adjunct professor in media management at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, gives specific and engaging lessons, discussion topics, and assignments that correspond with his book. This book will leave your students with a new outlook on the business world as well as powerful suggestions on how to make use of lessons contained within.

Praise for C-Scape and Larry Kramer:

“As a one-time competitor to Larry Kramer, I want to pay him the highest compliment possible: he’s the toughest and most ethical foe imaginable. His observations reflect a deep understanding of how the media works and what consumers want.”—Jim Cramer

“Larry Kramer has his finger on the pulse of the media business like no other—he has superb insight on the collision between emerging and traditional media, and most important, superior instincts for where the industry is heading.”—David Carey

In addition to the text, we have also included a syllabus for a Media Management course using C-Scape created by Kramer. Please let us know if you would like a copy of the syllabus sent to you.

Also, be sure to get in touch if you would like a desk or exam copy of C-Scape.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

An Indispensable Resource—WATER: THE EPIC STRUGGLE FOR WEALTH, POWER, AND CIVILIZATION by Steven Solomon

Water:  The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization by Steven SolomonFar more than oil, the control of water wealth throughout history has been pivotal to the rise and fall of great powers, the achievements of civilization, the transformation of society's vital habitats, and the quality of ordinary daily lives. Today, freshwater scarcity is one of the 21st-century's decisive, looming challenges, driving new political, economic, and environmental realities across the globe.

In Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization, journalist Steven Solomon offers the first-ever narrative portrait of the power struggles, personalities, and breakthroughs that have shaped humanity from antiquity's earliest civilizations through the steam-powered Industrial Revolution and America's century. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Water is a groundbreaking account of man's most critical resource in shaping human destinies, from ancient times to our dawning age of water scarcity.

Praise for Water:

"A fascinating and provocative work of history that shines new light on what is probably the biggest environmental and political challenge of our time."—Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

"A seminal study from which readers should be able to grasp the larger issues of water in the 21st century."Seattle Times

"Solomon's sweeping narrative, covering centuries, is awe-inspiring. I learned a tremendous amount of usable knowledge from this fine work."—Douglas Brinkley, author of The Quiet World

"Water enlarges our understanding of how this vital element has shaped our past, providing enough evidence of humanity's ingenuity in the face of its challenges to offer reasonable hope that we will find ways to use it sanely."Los Angeles Times

Please let us know if you need a desk or examination copy, and please visit Steven Solomon's blog.


Teachers Praise Conor Grennan and LITTLE PRINCES

Conor Grennan's touching memoir, Little Princes has already proved inspirational for those (myself included) who have been lucky enough to snag an advanced reading copy of the book. Working in academic marketing, I couldn't help but see this story not only as an exciting and powerful read, but also as a perfect example for students to see the difference one person can make in the world. Conor was deeply moved by a tragic situation and set out to do something about it.

While I could continue to give the reasons for why I think this book is important for students to experience, I will concede to the review of high school English teacher—and avid blogger—Mrs. O'Dell as she reviews Little Princes, calling the book “beautiful inside and out” and predicting that this will be a title that she “will likely pass to many, many of [her] students and might even put on [her] school’s summer reading list.”

If you would like a desk or exam copy of Little Princes, please let us know!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A New Graphic Novelization Ginsberg's HOWL

In this stunningly beautiful graphic novelization, Eric Drooker brings one of the most important epic poems in American history to life. Providing students with a stanza-by-stanza vizualization of Allen Ginsberg's Howl, Drooker's art dutifully captures this prophetic masterpiece, making it the most accessible it has ever been.

Drooker is perhaps the most qualified artist to undertake the task of lending interpretive artwork to this most influential poem, which shines a light—and rages against—a dehumanizing society; he and Ginsberg previously collaborated on Illustrated Poems. Drooker also served as the Animation Designer for the animated portion of the 2010 film Howl.

Praise for Ginsberg and Howl:

“Ginsberg is both tragic and dynamic, a lyrical genius, con man extraordinaire and probably the single greatest influence on American poetical voice since Whitman.”
— Bob Dylan

"In publishing 'Howl,' I was curious to leave behind after my generation an emotional time bomb that would continue exploding in U.S. consciousness, in case our military-industrial-nationalist complex solidified into a repressive police bureaucracy. I was also curious to see how [Eric Drooker] would interpret my work. And I thought that with today's lowered attention span TV consciousness, this would be a kind of updating of the presentation of my work . "

—Allen Ginsberg 

Please let us know if you need an exam or desk copy of this book.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Islam in the Modern World

ISLAM IN THE MODERN WORLD by Seyyed Hossein NasrWith Islam in the Modern World, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University, gives students a guide to an increasingly factious religion with increasing global relevance.

Professor Nasr discusses issues of current political concern to the West: holy wars, women’s roles in Islam, the rise of fundamentalism, and the future of Shi’ism in Iran.

In addition, he explores controversies within Islam, such as the challenge of modern science to religious belief, controversial art and architecture in Islamic cities, the role of the madrassas in education, and urban conditions and challenges in the Islamic world.

Please let us know if you need a desk or examination copy.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Our New Philosophy Catalog

Our new Philosophy catalog is available in a new online format—which (I hope) will make it easier for you to find books for your courses. Your feedback on the new catalog is welcome!

Here are some of the new books to keep in mind as you plan the next few semesters:

The Essential Schopenhauer: I was surprised that there wasn't an English-language anthology of Schopenhauer's works. Now, there is—and it is edited by Wolfgang Schirmacher, president of the International Schopenhauer Association.

Madness: The Invention of an Idea is one of Foucault's early works—and it is indispensable in understanding his intellectual evolution.

Of course, our mighty backlist—featuring Kant, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein—is on display in the complete catalog.

Need a desk copy? Visit our Academic Services tab in the new catalog.

And, for fun philosophical browsing and a reality check, take note of Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love by Andrew Shaffer. Andrew provides portraits of great thinkers who we often quote—but whose personal decisions we should avoid at all costs.

Sign up for our catalog bulletin, and we'll let you know when the next catalog becomes available.