Tag: Reflections

Memories of the Beach Reflections on a Toronto Childhood


Memories of the Beach: Reflections on a Toronto Childhood By Lorraine O’Donnell Williams
2010 | 248 Pages | ISBN: 155488389X | EPUB | 4 MB
"In this richly rendered memoir of a Catholic girl growing up in Toronto’s Beach community in the 1930s and 1940s, Lorraine Williams not only vividly captures the feeling of a more innocent age, but at the same time touches on a universal truth – that the place in which we are nurtured forms an integral part of the person we become. Simply wonderful." – Michael Bedard, author of the Governor General Award-winning RedworkIn this rare combination of history and memoir, Lorraine O’Donnell Williams details life within Toronto’s Beach community in the 1930s and ’40s from the vantage point of her front verandah, which abutted the boardwalk. Her extensive research has uncovered numerous hidden facets of the heritage of this exceptional neighbourhood, including the stories of what was in its time one of North America’s most remarkable amusement parks, the popular dance hall, and how the area was transformed from cottage to urban living.

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The Dead Center Reflections on Liberalism and Democracy After the End of History


The Dead Center: Reflections on Liberalism and Democracy After the End of History by Luke Savage
English | September 27th, 2022 | ISBN: 1682193330 | 272 pages | True EPUB | 1.24 MB
The Dead Center takes an acerbic and often ribald eye to contemporary politics, particularly those of mainstream liberals in the United States. Combining engaging polemic and serious intellectual analysis, it offers a timely portrait of a political landscape sullied by an already ineffectual Biden administration, the marginalization of forces around Bernie Sanders and the ominous shadow of Donald Trump in the wings.

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Reflections on Liszt


Reflections on Liszt by Alan Walker
English | June 2, 2005 | ISBN: 0801443636, 0801477581 | True PDF | 304 pages | 22.9 MB
In a series of lively essays that tell us much not only about the phenomenon that was Franz Liszt but also about the musical and cultural life of nineteenth-century Europe, Alan Walker muses on aspects of Liszt’s life and work that he was unable to explore in his acclaimed three-volume biography of the great composer and pianist. Topics include Liszt’s contributions to the Lied, the lifelong impact of his encounter with Beethoven, his influence on students who became famous in their own right, his accomplishments in transcribing and editing the works of other composers, and his innovative piano technique. One chapter is devoted to the Sonata in B Minor, perhaps Liszt’s single most celebrated composition.

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Reflections of Alan Turing A Relative Story [Audiobook]


English | ISBN: 9781004088683 | 2022 | 5 hours and 17 minutes | MP3 | M4B | 146 MB
Everyone knows the story of the codebreaker and computer science pioneer Alan Turing. Except…. When Dermot Turing is asked about his famous uncle, people want to know more than the bullet points of his life. They want to know everything-was Alan Turing actually a codebreaker? What did he make of artificial intelligence? What is the significance of Alan Turing’s trial, his suicide, the Royal Pardon, the 50 note and the film The Imitation Game? In Reflections of Alan Turing, Dermot strips off the layers to uncover the real story. It’s time to discover a fresh legacy of Alan Turing for the twenty-first century.

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Unsayable Music Six Reflections on Musical Semiotics, Electroacoustic and Digital Music


Paulo C. Chagas, "Unsayable Music: Six Reflections on Musical Semiotics, Electroacoustic and Digital Music"
English | 2014 | pages: 279 | ISBN: 9058679942 | PDF | 5,9 mb
Unsayable Music presents theoretical, critical and analytical reflections on key topics of contemporary music―including acoustic, electroacoustic, and digital music―and audiovisual and multimedia composition. Six essays by Paulo C. Chagas approach music from different perspectives such as philosophy, sociology, cybernetics, musical semiotics, media, and critical studies.Chagas’s practical experience, both as a composer of contemporary music and sound director of the Electronic Music Studio of Cologne, nourishes his observations on the specific creativity that emerges with the use of the technical apparatus, the development of the electronic music studio, the different aesthetics of electroacoustic music, and the forms of audiovisual and multimedia composition. The title Unsayable Music is a reference to Wittgenstein, who suggested that sound is only the surface of music and that the musical work conceals something more profound that can hardly be described by philosophical models or scientific theories.

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Worse than Death Reflections on the Uyghur Genocide


Worse than Death: Reflections on the Uyghur Genocide By Mamtimin Ala
2021 | 141 Pages | ISBN: 0761872299 | PDF | 3 MB
Uyghurs are descendants of Turkic peoples, currently facing genocide committed against them in their homeland, East Turkistan. This land has been colonized by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 1949, creating a police state and renamed Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). In his book, Worse than Death: Reflections on the Uyghur Genocide, Mamtimin Ala explains how Uyghur rights have been diminishing under the authoritarian rule of the CCP, which has recently escalated into the cultural genocide of Uyghurs. Since Xi Jinping became President of the People’s Republic of China in 2013, he has clearly defined his political agenda towards Uyghurs of implementing the Four Breaks intended to "break their lineage, break their roots, break their connections, and break their origins." The situation has now rapidly deteriorated at an alarming rate. Millions of Uyghur families have been separated with an estimated more than one million Uyghurs being indiscriminately placed in concentration camps, under the guise of "re-education." Xi has justified this as a fight against the Three Evils (terrorism, separatism, and religious extremism). Uyghurs are subject to forced thought reform, torture, rape, organ harvesting, slave labor, and ultimately death in the shrouded secrecy of the camps in the very eyes of the world. For Uyghurs in exile, they face an endless uncertainty, cut off from their families back home without knowing whether they are alive or dead, and are harassed by Chinese security agents with threats against their family back home if they speak out against these atrocities. The world has to date largely remained silent over this genocide due to economic ties with China in the era of globalization. In reflecting upon this situation, the question remains: Who has the courage to speak up and act against this totalitarian regime of the Chinese Communist Party which is committing one of the worst genocides of the twenty-first century before it is too late to repeat the chilling warning of "Never Again?"

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