The Bluebird Effect

Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds

Author: Julie Zickefoose

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Category: Nature

Page: 368

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Julie Zickefoose lives for the moment when a wild, free living bird that she has raised or rehabilitated comes back to visit her; their eyes meet and they share a spark of understanding. Her reward for the grueling work of rescuing birds—such as feeding baby hummingbirds every twenty minutes all day long—is her empathy with them and the satisfaction of knowing the world is a birdier and more beautiful place. The Bluebird Effect is about the change that's set in motion by one single act, such as saving an injured bluebird—or a hummingbird, swift, or phoebe. Each of the twenty five chapters covers a different species, and many depict an individual bird, each with its own personality, habits, and quirks. And each chapter is illustrated with Zickefoose's stunning watercolor paintings and drawings. Not just individual tales about the trials and triumphs of raising birds, The Bluebird Effect mixes humor, natural history, and memoir to give readers an intimate story of a life lived among wild birds.

Rhetoric, Through Everyday Things

Author: Scot Barnett

Publisher: University of Alabama Press


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 270

View: 800

A fascinating addition to rhetoric scholarship, Rhetoric, Through Everyday Things expands the scope of rhetorical situations beyond the familiar humanist triad of speaker-audience-purpose to an inclusive study of inanimate objects. The fifteen essays in Rhetoric, Through Everyday Things persuasively overturn the stubborn assumption that objects are passive tools in the hands of objective human agents. Rhetoric has proved that forms of communication such as digital images, advertising, and political satires do much more than simply lie dormant, and Rhetoric, Through Everyday Things shows that objects themselves also move, circulate, and produce opportunities for new rhetorical publics and new rhetorical actions. Objects are not simply inert tools but are themselves vibrant agents of measurable power. Organizing the work of leading and emerging rhetoric scholars into four broad categories, the collection explores the role of objects in rhetorical theory, histories of rhetoric, visual rhetoric, literacy studies, rhetoric of science and technology, computers and writing, and composition theory and pedagogy. A rich variety of case studies about objects such as women’s bicycles in the nineteenth century, the QWERTY keyboard, and little free libraries ground this study in fascinating, real-life examples and build on human-centered approaches to rhetoric to consider how material elements—human and nonhuman alike—interact persuasively in rhetorical situations. Taken together, Rhetoric, Through Everyday Things argues that the field of rhetoric’s recent attention to material objects should go further than simply open a new line of inquiry. To maximize the interdisciplinary turn to things, rhetoricians must seize the opportunity to reimagine and perhaps resolve rhetoric’s historically problematic relationship to physical reality and ontology. By tapping the rich resource of inanimate agents such as "fish, political posters, plants, and dragonflies,” rhetoricians can more fully grasp the rhetorical implications at stake in such issues.

Sound of Snow Falling

Author: Maggie Umber

Publisher: 2dcloud


Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 104

View: 987

A paint and paper documentary, observing great horned owls in their natural habitat. ”Mesmerizing is the only word that works to describe Maggie Umber’s new graphic novelSound of Snow Falling. Well, "enchanting” works too. As in nature, the more you look, the more you see. A third viewing reveals story lines I’d missed in the first two. Umber’s minimalist paintings manage to convey, in three colors, the beauty, ferocity, devotion, and sheer heart of a pair of great horned owls bringing three chicks into the world. I’m taken by the economy of line and rightness of gesture in these deceptively simple paintings."--Julie Zickefoose, author & illustrator ofBaby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest,The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds, andLetters from Eden: A Year at Home, In the Woods ”Umber beautifully uses comic form to take the reader through intimate movements in nature"--Aidan Koch, author ofAfter Nothing Comes "Maggie Umber’s work is simultaneously a breathless, quiet stretch and an enormous, orchestral voice. I don’t know anyone else who can create such volume through silence."--Sarah Ferrick, author ofYours Sound of Snow Falling is a graphic novel done in a poetic documentary mode. In this unique work, the reader becomes a voyeur of the natural world, following a great horned owl family through the dead of winter. Extensively researched and expressively painted,Sound of Snow Falling is a triumph of the comics form. Maggie Umber is a cartoonist and associate publisher at 2dcloud.Sound of Snow Falling is her second graphic novella.

فجر الضمير

Author: جيمس هنري برستد

Publisher: وكالة الصحافة العربية



Page: 677

View: 922

ليس من فبيل المبالغة القول أن خير كتاب أُخرج للناس في هذا العصر في اكتشاف الحضارات وعلم المصريات، هو كتاب «فجر الضمير» الذي وضعه الأستاذ «برستد» في عام ١٩٣٤، حيث يدلل على أن مصر أصل حضارة العالم ومهدها الأول؛ بل فيها شعر الإنسان لأول مرة بنداء الضمير، فنشأ الضمير الإنساني وترعرع، وبها تكونت الأخلاق النفسية. وقد تناول الكتاب تطور هذا الموضوع منذ أقدم العهود الإنسانية، إلى أن انطفأ قبس الحضارة في مصر حوالي عام ٥٢٥ ق م ، فمصر في نظره حسب الوثائق التاريخية التي وصلتنا عن العالم القديم إلى الآن، هي مهد حضارة العالم؛ وعن هذه الحضارة أخذ العبرانيون، ونقل الأوروبيون عن العبرانيين حضارتهم، وبذلك يكون الأستاذ «برستد» قد هدم بكتابه الخالد هذا، النظريات الراسخة في أذهان الكثيرين القائلة بأن الحضارة الأوروبية أخذت عن العبرانيين.

I Am God

Author: Giacomo Sartori

Publisher: Restless Books


Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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Diabolically funny and subversively philosophical, Italian novelist Giacomo Sartori’s I Am God is the diary of the Almighty’s existential crisis that erupts when he falls in love with a human. I am God. Have been forever, will be forever. Forever, mind you, with the razor-sharp glint of a diamond, and without any counterpart in the languages of men. So begins God’s diary of the existential crisis that ensues when, inexplicably, he falls in love with a human. And not just any human, but a geneticist and fanatical atheist who’s certain she can improve upon the magnificent creation she doesn’t even give him the credit for. It’s frustrating, for a god. God has infinitely bigger things to occupy his celestial attentions. Yet he can’t tear his eyes (so to speak) from the geneticist who’s unsettlingly avid when it comes to science, sex, and Sicilian cannoli. Whatever happens, he must safeguard his transcendental dignity. So he watches—disinterestedly, of course—as the handsome climatologist who has his sights set on her keeps having strange accidents. And as the lanky geneticist becomes hell-bent on infiltrating the Vatican’s secret files, for reasons of her own…. A sly critique of the hypocrisy and hubris that underlie faith in religion, science, and macho careerism, I Am God takes us on a hilarious and provocative romp through the Big Questions with the universe’s supreme storyteller.