Part of the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, “this book can serve as a guide for thinking through the soundtrack of your life,” says editor William Irwin, associate professor of philosophy at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA. According to Joel McIver, author of Justice for All: The Truth About Metallica, “this book gives everyone’s favorite headbangers due credit for being intelligent, questioning, and even cerebral.” (Blackwell Publishing, 2007)
During criminal investigations or legal proceedings, e-mail, social networks, Web site visits and other forms of electronic communication can leave many indelible trails. In this book, Linda Volonino, chair of the department of information systems at Canisius College, and her coauthors explain how different types of evidence vary in their ability to determine what actually happened. (Prentice-Hall, 2006)
In her fourth collection, Deborah Meadows offers a rigorous and spellbinding series of poems: innovative, experimental and featuring such unexpected collisions as French feminist psychoanalyst Luce Irigaray and French writer and philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925–1995) encountering Zen philosophy. This volume features cover art from the Buffalo Museum of Science. The author teaches in the liberal studies department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. (Shearsman Books, 2007)
In a series of meditations, Mary Cappello, professor of English at the University of Rhode Island, mines her own life journeys to decipher the powerful messages that awkwardness can transmit. In doing so, she offers what Sarah Waters, author of The Night Watch, calls “a wonderful, multilayered piece of writing, with the insight of great cultural criticism and all the emotional pull of memoir.” (Bellevue Literary Press, 2007)
This debut novel inspired by Jane Austen breezily blends comedy, love story and exploration of identity and one’s destiny. Courtney Stone, a modern Los Angeles woman reading a Jane Austen novel to help assuage her broken engagement, falls asleep and wakes up as the embodiment of Jane Mansfield, an aristocratic Englishwoman living during the Regency. The author is a freelance book editor in Los Angeles who also teaches writing workshops. (Penguin Group, 2007)
In this debut novel, small-time Long Island criminal Johnnie LoDuco makes a grisly discovery that leads to zany complications. “This fast and funny read is an original take on the bumbling-criminal genre and will appeal to fans of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen,” says Booklist. Born and raised on Long Island, NY, Lecard now lives in Oakland, CA. (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2007)
In this exploration of early American literature and culture, Ivy Schweitzer, professor of English at Dartmouth College, uncovers friendships built on a classical model that is both public and political in nature. By recovering the public nature of friendship, Schweitzer establishes discourse about affection and affiliation as a central component of American identity and democratic community. (University of North Carolina Press, 2006)
In this landmark study, Luca Crispi, James Joyce research fellow at the National Library of Ireland; and Sam Slote, a noted Joyce scholar and author, bring together 13 other leading Joyce experts in a genetic guide to one of the 20th century’s most intriguing works of fiction. Each essay approaches Finnegans Wake through novel perspectives afforded by Joyce’s preparatory manuscripts. (University of Wisconsin Press, 2007)
In this “working biography,” author Louis J. Slovinsky tells the story of Alan Siegel, one of the best-known figures in the branding business. With “breakthrough simplicity” and an insistence on clear communications, Siegel built a leading brand consultancy, Siegel+Gale, whose clients have included Disney, Microsoft, Dell, 3M and Sony, among other powerful brands. Slovinsky is retired as a corporate vice president at Time Warner Inc., where he directed corporate identity studies. (Jorge Pinto Books, 2006)
With light humor, author Anita Sitarski illuminates for young readers the discoveries that launched the science of cold light—the quest to understand how some objects and animals make light, but not heat. Young readers learn, for instance, how the firefly creates its light, or how the mouse that glows in the dark lights the way for a step forward in medicine. The author has taught in the classroom, online and as education director of a historic house-museum. (Boyds Mills Press, 2007)
In this 2007 CD, alternative comic and librarian Richard Gagnier presents his stand-up work, including an unedited performance recorded at Rochester’s Downstairs Cabaret Theater, as well as edited highlights from a second performance recorded at Alfred University. According to Gagnier, the Rochester performance is “both cerebral and raw, in a way that will appeal to both fans of Bob Newhart and fans of punk music.” Available on Amazon.com.
In this 2005 CD of original pop/folk songs, award-winning songwriter and vocalist Leah Zicari offers poignant and intense songwriting, sweet and pure vocals and virtuosic acoustic guitar work. Pretty on Thursday features UB graduate Nick Corallo, MA ’99 & BFA ’84, on drums. Available at www.cdbaby.com, www.amazon.com and digitally through your favorite download site—information can be found at www.myspace.com/leahzicarimusic.
Yoko Hirota, in her 2005 solo piano recording debut, performs rarely recorded repertoire by Arnold Schoenberg—Op. 11, 23 and 33—with consummate skill, artistry and understanding. “Hiroka’s performance of this music is bold and thoughtful,” writes CAML Review. Hirota is associate professor of piano at Laurentian University in Sudbury, ON. Available at www.phoenixrecordsltd.com.
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