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The Freelancer's Bible by Sara Horowitz
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I encountered this book through a faculty committee initiative to work towards incorporating the preparation of future freelancers into our performance curriculum. As many have noted this really is the premiere resource for independent workers and pr ...more
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The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
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My word, this is such a necessary novel. A sprawling, over-the top, relentlessly biting and long-winded reflection on modern "discourse." While many will critique the bombastic nature of the language, Rushdie, the finest of the living barbigerous wor ...more
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A Practical Education by Randall Stross
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Imagine you decide to write a book that will detail why Liberal Arts majors are great employees. Think about your methodology for a moment.

Now, did you come up with any of the following:
1) Hand-picking a few students who already fit your model and us
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The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce
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This is a very smart, lucid, and independent-minded look at the issues plaguing what we consider to be "liberal democracy," today and some of the skewed points of view that its beneficiaries have about its upkeep and promotion. It seems almost funny ...more
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Present Perfect by Pavel G. Somov
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Cormac McCarthy
“He'd half meant to speak but those eyes had altered the world forever in the space of a heartbeat.”
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Christopher Hitchens
“I want to live my life taking the risk - all the time - that I don't know anything like-enough yet, that I haven't understood enough, that I can't know enough, that I'm always hungrily operating on the margins of a potentially great harvest of future knowledge and wisdom...Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you.”
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Thomas Paine
“Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.”
Thomas Paine

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
“The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.”
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Infidel

John Stuart Mill
“It is indisputable that the being whose capacities of enjoyment are low, has the greatest chance of having them fully satisfied; and a highly endowed being will always feel that any happiness which he can look for, as the world is constituted, is imperfect. But he can learn to bear its imperfections, if they are at all bearable; and they will not make him envy the being who is indeed unconscious of the imperfections, but only because he feels not at all the good which those imperfections qualify.

It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, is of a different opinion, it is only because they only know their own side of the question.”
John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism

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