Not for the advanced artist or for the serious amateur who hopes for a serious art lesson, this book lacks some details on juInteresting and inspiring
Not for the advanced artist or for the serious amateur who hopes for a serious art lesson, this book lacks some details on just how to achieve the effects here, and not a step by step manual, but written with enthusiasm and many photographs that are as likely to pique readers interest as anything. Very inspirational and encouraging. Makes you want to copy the projects depicted and do so immediately. ...more
Not very much information and few pictures. Very little use for anyone starting out in Gourd Art. For a supposed step by step manual thisNot much here
Not very much information and few pictures. Very little use for anyone starting out in Gourd Art. For a supposed step by step manual this is sorely lacking. Most steps are missing or glossed over and in fact the procedures are not truly laid out in steps at all. Not worth the price and way over hyped. ...more
Although the author of this book is Mimi Baird, the story is comprised for the most part of essentially the manuscript written in 1944 by Dr Perry BaiAlthough the author of this book is Mimi Baird, the story is comprised for the most part of essentially the manuscript written in 1944 by Dr Perry Baird about his experiences, none too pleasant, in state hospitals in Massachusetts. Mimi's contribution is admirably restrained, and she allows the reader to hear her father's quite literary voice with what appears to be a minimum of editing. What she does add, in her own words about the father she lost at a very young age only deepens the poignancy of Perry Baird's sad history. There are snippets of his medical records embedded as well, but only enough to bolster Dr Baird's words, not trespass his privacy.
Baird went from a massively talented medical student, to a successful if somewhat boisterously "unstable" hard drinking physician, to being committed against his will in a very public way to a state hospital outside Boston and losing everything within months, including his wife and children. During the next few years of what he himself termed "torturous treatment" he penned the manuscript that his daughter finally discovered decades later and has published here. But Perry's life of "manic depression" was not to end so well, as he eventually was "treated" with a lobotomy and died some few years later, more or less alone and ignominiously.
Terrific book and highly recommended. Dr Perry Baird writes of his torturous hospital stays without a smidgen of self-pity, always the scientist and observer, even of his own life and bad treatment. ...more
Magnifiently readable book about the bias we all have whether for or against the "scientific" point of view, by an author who never once stopped examiMagnifiently readable book about the bias we all have whether for or against the "scientific" point of view, by an author who never once stopped examining the assumptions he is taking anything on. As he discovers, interviewing, and writing the book, even those who say evolution is the explanation that makes sense of the world are taking most of that on faith alone, never having read the primary sources or the science behind it.
It will be interesting to see how the book ends and whether it will end in any fashion but with more questions than answers. So far it is a fascinating book, that pleads mostly for us all to have much more open minds about everything, even as it seems to be very pessimistic about the possibility of anyone ever truly getting past his or her intrinsic and undetectable-to-self biases!...more
Even if you have never studied psychology or heard of Behaviorism, this novel, from the viewpoint of Rosalie, theFascinating and thoroughly engrossing
Even if you have never studied psychology or heard of Behaviorism, this novel, from the viewpoint of Rosalie, the wife of John Watson, one of American behaviorism's foremost proponents, at the start of the 20th century, should nevertheless educate even as it captivates readers. Well-written and as intriguing a story as any literary mystery, the novel surprises even to the last page. A wonderful and satisfying read. ...more