Collection of dark humor shorts. I mostly read this to try reading in Polish, throughout realized it was just a translation. There were a lot of novelCollection of dark humor shorts. I mostly read this to try reading in Polish, throughout realized it was just a translation. There were a lot of novel situations characters got put in that made you debate what you would do, some stories weren't too developed, and some ended abruptly for comic effect. All in all not too disappointing. ...more
This short book essentially sums itself up in the first few chapters: Americans are overworked, people don't get enough rest, people don't make time fThis short book essentially sums itself up in the first few chapters: Americans are overworked, people don't get enough rest, people don't make time for family, or introspection. people try to cram leisure into cheap prepackaged vacations, people are workaholics, etc. The book then trails off into chapters of the same formula: talk about the chapter subject a little, and spend the rest of the time pointing out how we're overworked. A lot of the writing is basically: mention a book that proves his point a bit, write a two paragraph review of that book, and throw in some demographics/ stats that are debate-able proof of the point being made. Although it has a few decent points, they all rely on pretty staple and popular books, some I've come across already, and some of his mini summaries border on plaguerism. The writing is BORING, and becomes a headspin of you/they/him/her sleepy simple-words. He peppers in a bit of his life into the book, which is pretty humorous (laughing at, not with) at times, and frustrating when he writes things directly addressing his mother, and the cheesiest ending ever leaves you a little nauseous. The Sports and Retirement chapters are O.k., although the latter trails off a bit too. I did get a kick out of finding this book randomly at the library, and coming across a mention of an officer in my small town, although it's not that extreme of a coincidence, seeing as the writer is from the area....more
Music videos are often written off as simple advertising techniques, rather than the forays in film art and music that are seen in the gems compiled iMusic videos are often written off as simple advertising techniques, rather than the forays in film art and music that are seen in the gems compiled in this book. If anything (or so the book argues), they are great experiments. When these videos came about, there were no rules or guidelines as to what a music video should be.. so directors often winged it, or, risked it, and created visual counterparts to express the emotions the music evoked. and it worked. Ever since the popularity of these videos, modern advertising and film has often looked to music videos for sources of interesting ideas.. and the world of these arts just hasn't been the same, this book chronicles just that.
My only complaints would be that the book appears sparse after the introductory section, and more of a guide, sorted by video director( It might take some dissecting of your own to put all of the information together). The wide pages, all covered with photos relevant to the director/video on the page, give a feeling of watching a movie, and the book verges on a nice artistic photography-book type piece in that sense. ...more
A photography book taking you around the world through different nations, divided by sections devoted to ideas like "laughter" or "fear" that incorporA photography book taking you around the world through different nations, divided by sections devoted to ideas like "laughter" or "fear" that incorporates many nations, the poor ones of strong culture and western ones. Through this process the book shows how we are all one kind, Humankind....more
This book, although lacking style.. and sometimes poorly structured, hopping between brief history lessons and anecdotes... gives clarity as to how poThis book, although lacking style.. and sometimes poorly structured, hopping between brief history lessons and anecdotes... gives clarity as to how post-war america took advantage of situations, and how it continues that pattern today. Although it might take an effort to weave through the information for a person of light historical knowledge, the motivations and quasi-legal political situations that often pass by on the news will make more sense. The evidence behind many of the claims in the book, unfortunately, will not be very detailed because of the sensitivity of it. Overall, the book can be boringly simple, but the insights learned are well worth the time.
Also, the necessity of the last section of how to's and positive changes to be done is questionable. The section is a little too drawn out, and leaves a bad impression of the author being an over the top protester / speech giver....more
This book offers an interesting background of how western societies developed, tracing back to the industrial revolution, and it's consequences on th This book offers an interesting background of how western societies developed, tracing back to the industrial revolution, and it's consequences on the world. The book sets the stage in a historical context, and through this it helps us understand Third World societies' mentalities, in the end, we realize we were not all that different at one point, and that we are endangering our way of life with our reckless self-indulgence and arrogance. Meic Pearse doesn't waste time speculating (except in the end, but even that's good), he knows what he's talking about, his sources range from the most reliable to somewhat absurd (i.e. studying the necklines of old french paintings as proof of shortness, malnutrition, and goign through puberty ~age 18-20, thus saying that is why marriage happened so late), but it makes sense. Basically, it explains the conflict of ideologies between liberal-minded industrial countries and morally grounded, traditional countries, and can give insight into any history 1500s-2000s....more