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Kurt Vonnegut - The Shapes of Stories

Kurt Vonnegut - The Shapes of Stories
The Shapes of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut grained worldwide fame and adoration through the publication of his novels, including Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat's Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, and more. But is was his rejected master's thesis in anthropology that he called his prettiest contribution to his culture. The basic idea of his thesis was that a story's main character has ups and downs that can be graphed to reveal the story's shape. The shape of a society's stories, he said, is the least as interesting as the shape of its pots or spearheads. Man in Hole The main character gets into trouble then gets out of it again and ends up better off for the experience. Boy Meets Girl The main character comes across something wonderful, gets it, loses it, then gets it back forever. From Bad to Worse The main character stats off poorly then gets continually worse with no hope for improvement. Which Way Is Up? Related:  Thoughtsbbailey416

Comic Books for Grown-Ups: 10 Masterpieces of Graphic Nonfiction by Kirstin Butler Seeing the world in six-panel strips, or what Allen Ginsberg has to do with the wonders of zygotes. Who doesn’t love comic books? While infographics may be trendy today (and photography perennially sexy), there’s just something special about the work of the human hand. Good old-fashioned manual labor, literally, brings a unique richness to storytelling where words alone sometimes fall flat. We’ve long loved authors Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. The Beats invokes the immediacy of 1940s and 50s art, music, and writing; even better, it provides political context and introduced us to an entire panoply of artists whose contributions to the era are lesser known. How do you make 500,000 declassified documents yield up their stories? Whether you’re an activist, foodie, or history buff, Edible Secrets is a fascinating and fun creation about acts of agriculture — something each one of us, consciously or not, commits every day. Read our recent full review here.

untitled The John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and EducationAdjunct Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The Good Project Please see for further information. Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic, International Scientific Committee of the Pio Manzu Centre,(2001) Guggenheim Fellowship,(2000) Grawemeyer Award in Education,(1990) MacArthur Prize Fellowship,(1981) Laureate Member, Kappa Delta Pi, International Society in Education National Psychology Award for Excellence in the Media of the American Psychological Association for the book Frames of Mind Liberal arts and sciences in the 21st century (2015-2016) Carnegie Corporation In the summer of 2013, we launched an ambitious national project, “Liberal Arts and Sciences in the 21st Century” (LAS21). The Family Dinner Project (2014-2015) Poses Foundation 1.

Is the Universe a Simulation? Photo Gray Matter By EDWARD FRENKEL IN Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel “The Master and Margarita,” the protagonist, a writer, burns a manuscript in a moment of despair, only to find out later from the Devil that “manuscripts don’t burn.” While you might appreciate this romantic sentiment, there is of course no reason to think that it is true. Nikolai Gogol apparently burned the second volume of “Dead Souls,” and it has been lost forever. But there is one area of human endeavor that comes close to exemplifying the maxim “manuscripts don’t burn.” What kinds of things are mathematical entities and theorems, that they are knowable in this way? This question has divided thinkers for centuries. Many mathematicians, when pressed, admit to being Platonists. We don’t know. This may strike you as very unlikely. Very clever. Indeed, there may be. But these computer simulations, Professor Beane and his colleagues observe, generate slight but distinctive anomalies — certain kinds of asymmetries.

20 tips for when you have 5 minutes left in a lesson.... You have a few minutes to go before the bell goes, and you’ve managed to get everything done. What next? Teacher and #PedagooCurator Rachel Jones gives her top 20 tips on what to do with this time. We have all been there. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Personally, I have always wanted one of those machines that has plastic eggs in, which I could refill with challenge activities to use in just such a circumstance! What do you do when you have a few minutes left during a lesson?

Ten Tips to Indie Filmmaking : Indie Film & Documentary John Steinbeck once wrote that a lie is often more believable than the truth, and that telling the truth sometimes gets you into trouble. A well-crafted lie, he says, will make you seem more liked, more respected, and require less explanation than the truth. That is the reason I'm often tempted to lie and say that we shot our film, Cement Suitcase, on the Red, or perhaps the Alexa, or some other sexy camera. But in truth, the technology of making movies is coming down so quickly in price that it will soon be comparable to purchasing paper and a pencil. When I tell people that we actually shot the film on the Canon 7D, I often see a flinch of disdain. What I should really tell people when they ask, is that we shot on the Jeffrey Waldron. But that is just a preface. We are craftsmen, and we love the hammers and chisels of our trade. ONE: KNOW EVERYTHING It is not necessary for a director to know every single facet of filmmaking, but I believe it is truly beneficial. What does this mean?

14 Ways to Present Information Visually Lots of information to share? Making an infographic? Here are 14 ways to visually organize your information, with examples and tips on when to use them. There are two ways to discover the best way to go about presenting information or a story visually: Get to know your data or story intimately. For this post, I’ve tried to do the latter for you (if you want to cultivate your zen garden, I can’t do anything for you). The process: I went to (an excellent source for infographics, and the community around them) and reviewed a couple hundred of the most popular infographics by pageviews. When does a particular visual approach really work? Anatomy An anatomy visual or infographic provides an annotated exploration of the contents of a large and complicated object or idea. When do you use it? Design notes: Although our goal is to illustrate and elucidate complexity, you need to resist the temptation to get too detailed and explicit. Timeline When do you use it? An example: Battlefield vs.

building.pdf Dark Arts 17inShare Jump To Close We’re in a weird time for the way the future looks; somehow House of Cards can slyly introduce a floating text-message interface to their present-day political drama without so much as blinking, but most of our iconic near- and far-future worlds run on tracks laid down well before the ’90s. And it’s not just the recycling of every franchise from Star Trek to RoboCop: Avatar’s and Prometheus’ huge budgets couldn’t hide their indebtedness to the grandiose sci-fi storyboards of the ’70s. Which isn’t even to mention Oblivion. It’s an odd misalignment, considering that cyberpunk outran these operatic, alien worlds more than three decades ago. Save for a few exceptions — Neill Blomkamp’s biotech-heavy District 9, the straight-up horrifying Black Mirror — technophilic dystopias kind of fell off around the time of the last Matrix. Cyberpunk was assimilated, yes, but these days potent ideas go through a different process. He also happens to mention Otaku Gangsta.