271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book. In 1692 an artist known only as “A.
Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water. The premise sounds simple enough, but the final product is almost unfathomable in its detail and scope. Spanning nearly 800 completely handwritten (and painted) pages, Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau, was probably the most comprehensive guide to paint and color of its time.
According to Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel who translated part of the introduction, the color book was intended as an educational guide. It’s hard not to compare the hundreds of pages of color to its contemporary equivalent, the Pantone Color Guide, which wouldn’t be published for the first time until 1963. Top 10 most-anticipated books of May 2014. Everyone has their own lists, but here’s mine: what I’m most looking forward to this month, in chronological order of release, with audiobook information if I know about it: Authority by Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals, May 6) — “In Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer introduced the mysteries of Area X—a remote and lush terrain mysteriously sequestered from civilization.
It was the first volume of a projected trilogy; well in advance of publication, translation rights had sold all around the world and a major movie deal had been struck. Just months later, the second volume is here. For thirty years, the only human engagement with Area X has taken the form of a series of expeditions monitored by a secret agency called the Southern Reach. After the disastrous twelfth expedition chronicled in Annihilation, the Southern Reach is in disarray, and John Rodriguez (aka “Control”) is the team’s newly appointed head. Queen of the Dark Things: A Novel by C. Well, there they are, my top 10. Like this: What novels that came out in the last 5 years are must-reads? : books. Not sure what to think.... Am I enjoying these? : Lovecraft.
The sci-fi novel "Son of Sedonia" took me 6 years and the best of my ability to complete. What success I've had, I owe to the Reddit and Imgur communities. Here is the eBook, and some of my concept art, for free. Thank you all! : scifi. Hemingway on writing: 7 quotes all book lovers should read. Ernest Hemingway once said “All American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.
There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.” While many have challenged Ernest’s view, there’s no denying that over a career spanning more than three decades, Papa became a master of his craft. In his lifetime, he published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. His last major work of fiction, The Old Man and the Sea won him the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was cited by the Nobel Committee as contributing to the awarding of him the Nobel Prize in Literature a year later.
Top Guardian Top 1000 Books on Loved.la. What is a good book to completely immerse yourself in? : books. The list: 100 Great Science Fiction Stories by Women. Now let the arguing begin… The list below contains 100 pieces of short fiction – short stories, novelettes and novellas – by women writers, published between 1927 and 2012.
Each author appears only once. The stories are by no means the best by each writer. In most cases, I’m simply not familiar enough with an oeuvre to choose the best; in other cases, I’ve picked a story I’ve read and thought good, and yes, there are a few of my favourite stories in the list too. I’ve not read them all – some came from suggestions on Twitter or on an earlier post on this blog (many thanks to all who contributed), others I took from various award lists or Year’s Best TOCs. The point of the exercise was to demonstrate that women have been writing good science fiction since the beginnings of the genre – a point signally ignored by the table of contents of the 1978 anthology 100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories, which contained only five stories by women.
Like this: Like Loading... The Fault in Our Stars. Plot Hazel explains the magnificence of An Imperial Affliction: It is a novel about a girl named Anna who has cancer, and it's the only account she's read of living with cancer that matches her experience.
She describes how the novel maddeningly ends midsentence, denying the reader closure about the fate of the novel’s characters. She speculates about the novel’s mysterious author, Peter Van Houten, who fled to Amsterdam after the novel was published and hasn’t been heard from since. A week after Hazel and Augustus discuss the literary meaning of An Imperial Affliction, Augustus miraculously reveals he tracked down Van Houten's assistant, Lidewij, and through her he's managed to start an email correspondence with the reclusive author.
He shares Van Houten's letter with Hazel, and she devises a list of questions to send Van Houten, hoping to clear up the novel’s ambiguous conclusion. Augustus dies eight days later. Writing Publication history Critical reception Flowers FOR algernon. The What To Read Awards: Top 10 Books of 2012. S ultimate book guide. Need a last-minute gift?
Or sitting on a gift card and need a great book to read over the holiday break? You could check out our What To Read Awards for the top-10 books by our Laura Miller as well as our favorite critics. Or, you could get some recommendations straight from the authors of some of our best books of 2012. As part of a long-standing Salon tradition, we asked the authors of the books that we loved most this year to tell us about a 2012 book they read and loved. Junot Diaz, Gillian Flynn, Lauren Groff, Andrew Solomon, Tana French, Victor LaValle, Jess Walter, Maggie Shipstead and more contribute their picks below. David Abrams, author of “Fobbit” (Grove Press, Black Cat) “Breed,” by Chase Novak (Mulholland Books) I can’t remember the last time I gripped a book this hard, squeezing the pages until the beds of my fingernails turned white.
Carol Anshaw, author of “Carry the One” (Simon & Schuster) “Dear Life,” by Alice Munro (Knopf) The best book I read in 2012 was Edward St. Tim O’Reilly’s Key to Creating the Next Big Thing. Tech mogul Tim O’ReillyPhoto: Jason Madara One of the marquee attractions at the MIT Media Lab is a camera that can take photographs of objects sitting out of sight, around a corner.
It’s the result of years of sophisticated science. But the MIT researchers might have figured it out faster had they simply studied Tim O’Reilly. He’s been seeing around corners for decades now. O’Reilly’s day job is heading O’Reilly Media, created in 1978, which began as a purveyor of distinctively friendly computer manuals and tech-focused books (full disclosure: O’Reilly Media published the reissue of my book “Hackers”). Wired caught up with the peripatetic CEO via Skype.
Wired: Your new credo these days is “Create more value than you capture.” Tim O’Reilly: Everybody wants to foster entrepreneurship, but we have to think about the preconditions for entrepreneurship. Wired: So how do you turn that around? O’Reilly: At our company, we do it by marketing big ideas instead of our own products. The New Space Opera. [Looking for] stories where the discovery or creation of machine intelligence does not doom humanity. : books.
The United States of YA. Fashionable Nonsense. Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science (French: Impostures Intellectuelles), published in the UK as Intellectual Impostures, is a book by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont.
Sokal is best known for the Sokal Affair, in which he submitted a deliberately absurd article to Social Text, a critical theory journal, and was able to get it published. The book was published in French in 1997, and in English in 1998; the English editions were revised for greater relevance to debates in the English-speaking world. As part of the so-called science wars, Sokal and Bricmont criticize postmodernism in academia for what they claim are misuses of scientific and mathematical concepts in postmodern writing. According to some reports, the response within the humanities was "polarized.
" Critics of Sokal and Bricmont charge that they lack understanding of the writing they were criticizing. The book's thesis Fashionable Nonsense examines two related topics:  Response Three Roads To Quantum Gravity (Science Masters): Lee Smolin: Amazon.com. What are your favorite essays and short stories? : books. Alan Kirby (writer) Alan Kirby is the author of The Death of Postmodernism and Beyond and of Digimodernism: How New Technologies Dismantle the Postmodern and Reconfigure Our Culture, a book-length study of the same subject.
Along with Nicolas Bourriaud, Gilles Lipovetsky, Raoul Eshelman, Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker he is an analyst of culture in the aftermath of postmodernism. Kirby believes that postmodernism began to retreat in the late 1990s, and has been superseded as a cultural dominant by what he calls "digimodernism" ("pseudomodernism" in the original article). The Color Trilogy 1 - Read The Color Trilogy 1 Online. FullBooks.com - Thousands of Full-Text Free Books. Popular Quotes - StumbleUpon. Bookshelf Porn. Picc. Share Book Recommendations With Your Friends, Join Book Clubs, Answer Trivia.
The 48 Laws of Power - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - StumbleUpon. Background Greene initially formulated some of the ideas in The 48 Laws of Power while working as a writer in Hollywood and observing that today's power elite shared similar traits with powerful figures throughout history. In 1995, Greene worked as a writer at Fabrica, an art and media school, and met a book packager named Joost Elffers. Greene pitched a book about power to Elffers and six months later, Elffers requested that Greene write a treatment. Although Greene was unhappy in his current job, he was comfortable and saw the time needed to write a proper book proposal as too risky. However, at the time Greene was rereading his favorite biography about Julius Caesar and took inspiration from Caesar's decision to cross the Rubicon River and fight Pompey, thus inciting the Great Roman Civil War. Greene would follow Caesar's example and write the treatment, which later became The 48 Laws of Power. He would note this as the turning point of his life.
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