Freaks of Genius

Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Publisher: Praeger Pub Text

ISBN: 9780313276279

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 255

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Six recently discovered works of Louisa May Alcott are reprinted in this volume for the first time since their initial publication. Originally written for storypapers in the 1860s, the works are all sensational thrillers that address such themes as the blight of inherited insanity, the power struggle between man and man, the sexual power struggle between man and woman, a Faustian/Mephistophelian pact, the passions of actors and actresses, and feminist triumphs and failures. These tales of violence, murder, and evil will appeal as much to the general reader as to the Alcott scholar.

Word Freak

Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players

Author: Stefan Fatsis

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547524315

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 384

View: 6567

This “marvelously absorbing” book is “a walk on the wild side of words and ventures into the zone where language and mathematics intersect” (San Jose Mercury News). A former Wall Street Journal reporter and NPR regular, Stefan Fatsis recounts his remarkable rise through the ranks of elite Scrabble players while exploring the game’s strange, potent hold over them—and him. At least thirty million American homes have a Scrabble set—but the game’s most talented competitors inhabit a sphere far removed from the masses of “living room players.” Theirs is a surprisingly diverse subculture whose stars include a vitamin-popping standup comic; a former bank teller whose intestinal troubles earned him the nickname “G.I. Joel”; a burly, unemployed African American from Baltimore’s inner city; the three-time national champion who plays according to Zen principles; and the author himself, who over the course of the book is transformed from a curious reporter to a confirmed Scrabble nut. Fatsis begins by haunting the gritty corner of a Greenwich Village park where pickup Scrabble games can be found whenever weather permits. His curiosity soon morphs into compulsion, as he sets about memorizing thousands of obscure words and fills his evenings with solo Scrabble played on his living room floor. Before long he finds himself at tournaments, socializing—and competing—with Scrabble’s elite. But this book is about more than hardcore Scrabblers, for the game yields insights into realms as disparate as linguistics, psychology, and mathematics. Word Freak extends its reach even farther, pondering the light Scrabble throws on such notions as brilliance, memory, competition, failure, and hope. It is a geography of obsession that celebrates the uncanny powers locked in all of us, “a can’t-put-it-down narrative that dances between memoir and reportage” (Los Angeles Times). “Funny, thoughtful, character-rich, unchallengeably winning writing.” —The Atlantic Monthly This edition includes a new afterword by the author.

Life After Genius

Author: M. Ann Jacoby

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0446543039

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Theodore Mead Fegley has always been the smartest person he knows. By age 12, he was in high school, and by 15 he was attending a top-ranking university. And now, at the tender age of 18, he's on the verge of proving the Riemann Hypothesis, a mathematical equation that has mystified academics for almost 150 years. But only days before graduation, Mead suddenly packs his bags and flees home to rural Illinois. What has caused him to flee remains a mystery to all but Mead and a classmate whose quest for success has turned into a dangerous obession. At home, Mead finds little solace. His past ghosts haunt him; his parents don't understand the agony his genius has caused him, nor his desire to be a normal kid, and his dreams seem crushed forever. He embarks on a new life's journey -- learning the family business of selling furniture and embalming the dead--that disappoints and surprises all who knew him as "the young Fegley genius." Equal parts academic thriller and poignant coming-of-age story, LIFE AFTER GENIUS follows the remarkable journey of a young man who must discover that the heart may know what the head hasn't yet learned.

Valley of Genius

The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley (As Told by the Hackers, Founders, and Freaks Who Made It Boom)

Author: Adam Fisher

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1455559016

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 400

View: 6686

"This is the most important book on Silicon Valley I've read in two decades. It will take us all back to our roots in the counterculture, and will remind us of the true nature of the innovation process, before we tried to tame it with slogans and buzzwords." -- Po Bronson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nudist on the Late Shift and Nurtureshock A candid, colorful, and comprehensive oral history that reveals the secrets of Silicon Valley -- from the origins of Apple and Atari to the present day clashes of Google and Facebook, and all the start-ups and disruptions that happened along the way. Rarely has one economy asserted itself as swiftly--and as aggressively--as the entity we now know as Silicon Valley. Built with a seemingly permanent culture of reinvention, Silicon Valley does not fight change; it embraces it, and now powers the American economy and global innovation. So how did this omnipotent and ever-morphing place come to be? It was not by planning. It was, like many an empire before it, part luck, part timing, and part ambition. And part pure, unbridled genius... Drawing on over two hundred in-depth interviews, VALLEY OF GENIUS takes readers from the dawn of the personal computer and the internet, through the heyday of the web, up to the very moment when our current technological reality was invented. It interweaves accounts of invention and betrayal, overnight success and underground exploits, to tell the story of Silicon Valley like it has never been told before. Read it to discover the stories that Valley insiders tell each other: the tall tales that are all, improbably, true.

Freak

Author: Jennifer Hillier

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451664567

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Jennifer Hillier amps up the terror of her “truly frightening” (Suspense Magazine) debut thriller, Creep, returning to the Pacific Northwest college town where one killer’s stranglehold has ebbed...but another sick mind emerges from the shadows. Sitting alone in a maximum-security prison cell, Abby Maddox is a celebrity. Her claim to fame is the envy of every freak on the outside: she’s the former lover of Ethan Wolfe, the killer who left more than a dozen dead women in his wake and nearly added Puget Sound State professor Sheila Tao to the tally. Now Abby, serving a nine-year sentence for slashing a police officer’s throat in a moment of rage, has little human contact—save for the letters that pour in from demented fans, lunatics, and creeps. But a new wave of murders has given Abby a possible chance for a plea bargain—because this killer has been sending her love letters, and carving a message on the bodies of the victims: Free Abby Maddox. Jerry Isaac will never forget the attack—or his attacker. The hideous scarring and tortured speech are daily reminders that the one-time Seattle PD officer, now a private investigator, is just lucky to be alive. Abby Maddox deserves to rot in jail—forever, as far as Jerry’s concerned. But she alone may possess crucial evidence—letters from this newest killer—that could crack open the disturbing case. With the help of Professor Sheila Tao, seasoned police detective Mike Torrance, and intuitive criminology student Danny Mercy, Jerry must coax the shattering truth from isolated, dangerous Abby Maddox. Can he put the pieces together before Abby’s number one fan takes another life in the name of a killer’s perverted idea of justice?

A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius

A Memoir Based on a True Story

Author: Dave Eggers

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476737541

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 3421

"Exhilarating….Profoundly moving, occasionally angry, and often hilarious….A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is, finally, a finite book of jest, which is why it succeeds so brilliantly" (The New York Times Book Review). A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is the moving memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother. Here is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply heartfelt story of the love that holds a family together.

iMac Portable Genius

Author: N.A

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111841733X

Category: Computers

Page: 448

View: 3253

Hawthorne and Women

Engendering and Expanding the Hawthorne Tradition

Author: John L. Idol,John L. Idol, Jr.,Melinda M. Ponder

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558491786

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 323

View: 7917

Nathaniel Hawthorne is notorious for complaining in a letter to one of his publishers that a "damn'd mob of scribbling women" was stealing his audience. Elsewhere, he referred to women authors as "ink-stained Amazons" who were "without a single exception, detestable," and once expressed his wish that all women be "forbidden to write, on pain of having their faces deeply scarified with an oyster-shell." This collection of original essays presents a more complex and positive view of Hawthorne's attitudes toward women, demonstrating his recognition of the crucial role that women played--as critics, reviewers, readers, and authors--in building a national readership that made his writing career so successful. The book begins with an examination of the influence exerted by the women in Hawthorne's immediate family. It goes on to explore his links to a broad range of women writers, as well as his attitudes toward the female characters he created. Among the authors discussed are Margaret Fuller, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Willa Cather, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Flannery O'Connor, and Toni Morrison.

Origins of Genius

Darwinian Perspectives on Creativity

Author: Dean Keith Simonton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195351705

Category: Psychology

Page: 320

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How can we account for the sudden appearance of such dazzling artists and scientists as Mozart, Shakespeare, Darwin, or Einstein? How can we define such genius? What conditions or personality traits seem to produce exceptionally creative people? Is the association between genius and madness really just a myth? These and many other questions are brilliantly illuminated in The Origins of Genius. Dean Simonton convincingly argues that creativity can best be understood as a Darwinian process of variation and selection. The artist or scientist generates a wealth of ideas, and then subjects these ideas to aesthetic or scientific judgment, selecting only those that have the best chance to survive and reproduce. Indeed, the true test of genius is the ability to bequeath an impressive and influential body of work to future generations. Simonton draws on the latest research into creativity and explores such topics as the personality type of the genius, whether genius is genetic or produced by environment and education, the links between genius and mental illness (Darwin himself was emotionally and mentally unwell), the high incidence of childhood trauma, especially loss of a parent, amongst Nobel Prize winners, the importance of unconscious incubation in creative problem-solving, and much more. Simonton substantiates his theory by examining and quoting from the work of such eminent figures as Henri Poincare, W. H. Auden, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Niels Bohr, and many others. For anyone intrigued by the spectacular feats of the human mind, The Origins of Genius offers a revolutionary new way of understanding the very nature of creativity.

Simple Genius

Author: David Baldacci

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330506870

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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In Simple Genius, David Baldacci reintroduces the main characters from bestsellers Split Second and Hour Game. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are both haunted by their last case. Realizing that Michelle is teetering on the brink of self-destruction from long-buried demons, Sean arranges therapy for his reluctant partner. But instead of focusing on her recovery, Michelle unearths disturbing secrets in the hospital . . . Sean accepts a much-needed job. A physicist, Monk Turing, has died in mysterious circumstances near Babbage Town – a secretive establishment populated by an eccentric group of scientists and cryptographers, funded by an anonymous but powerful group. Meanwhile the dead man's young daughter, piano-playing prodigy Viggie, has secrets of her own. But what is the significance of the phrase 'codes and blood'? Directly across the York River from Babbage Town lies the sinister CIA training ground, Camp Peary, where Monk Turing's body was found. With both the FBI and CIA breathing down Sean's neck, can he discover the truth? And will he be in time to save Michelle from herself? Simple Genius is followed by First Family, The Sixth Man and King and Maxwell.

Hey There Socialite! How to Become a Social Freak and a Social Data Genius and Guru

Author: Margaret Sanders

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781680322385

Category: Social Science

Page: 40

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There are a couple of ways that becoming a social data genius can help a person. The first way is by simply allowing for them to know important things about persons in general. The second way that there is a huge number of jobs that look for persons who can understand social data. This can include everything from persons who study academic fields, to persons who are working in things like marketing. Knowing social data will encourage persons to seek one out, and will allow for them to gain respect.

The Port Folio

Author: Joseph Dennie,John Elihu Hall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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The Grind Don't Stop

A Novel

Author: L. E. Newell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1593093659

Category: Fiction

Page: 425

View: 4782

A dedicated policewoman is torn between her passionate devotion to her job and her love for longtime friends on the wrong side of the law, a situation that is complicated by her affair with a powerful street hustler.

The Untold Mystery of the Phoenix

Author: Larry A. Visgar Jr.

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469194201

Category: Fiction

Page: 313

View: 4219

In a land that was once the home of a very advanced people called the Chalri, now is the home of chaos, death, dis-pare, and more pressing War. A people that was once so advanced they're now scraping to survive the harsh land around them. They now try to fight a war against the very enemy that destroyed their entire culture, an enemy that keeps them from going back to their former glory, and that enemy is the Mutants. Now In this land of destruction and chaos is a silent cry for change, a cry for someone to break away from the beliefs of an ancient Prophecy, a cry for someone to take a stand and create the change they need. In a small village called Chalro that cry will be heard. As a young man by the name of Gabriel faces many different challenges on the way. He doesn't just face the Mutant threat but also what the land has to offer such as, Randers, Rogue Soldiers, and vicious animals, Among other personal battles as well. With his friends at his side He will face his greatest struggles, with them by his side He will face what He is destined to be, not just a leader but much more then what he ever thought.

Paper Trail

Author: Creativesoulz

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 146910346X

Category: Fiction

Page: 48

View: 2393

The story of the ultimate hustlers . . . . two brothers faced with adversities unsuccessful hustlers, father dead, mother strung out then she also dies, they are looking for a come up they failed at most of their attempts to get rich quick schemes then they fall on a fail proof plan to get that paper and let the scams begin.. with their superior gift for gab and that fl air for the ladies the race is on to stay one step ahead of the law and the victims they have scammed not to mention the hood thats trying to fi nd out how these two misfi t come up so fast with the women and the paper to become two of the hoods most infamous . . . money, cars, women, jewelry, they cant be stopped until greed shows its ugly face and divides the two . . . but in the end they discover no matter what all they need is each other . . . .

The Best Punctuation Book, Period

A Comprehensive Guide for Every Writer, Editor, Student, and Businessperson

Author: June Casagrande

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 1607744945

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 6347

This all-in-one reference is a quick and easy way for book, magazine, online, academic, and business writers to look up sticky punctuation questions for all styles including AP (Associated Press), MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association), and Chicago Manual of Style. Punctuate with Confidence—No Matter the Style Confused about punctuation? There’s a reason. Everywhere you turn, publications seem to follow different rules on everything from possessive apostrophes to hyphens to serial commas. Then there are all the gray areas of punctuation—situations the rule books gloss over or never mention at all. At last, help has arrived. This complete reference guide from grammar columnist June Casagrande covers the basic rules of punctuation plus the finer points not addressed anywhere else, offering clear answers to perplexing questions about semicolons, quotation marks, periods, apostrophes, and more. Better yet, this is the only guide that uses handy icons to show how punctuation rules differ for book, news, academic, and science styles—so you can boldly switch between essays, online newsletters, reports, fiction, and magazine and news articles. This handbook also features rulings from an expert “Punctuation Panel” so you can see how working pros approach sticky situations. And the second half of the book features an alphabetical master list of commonly punctuated terms worth its weight in gold, combining rulings from the major style guides and showing exactly where they differ. With The Best Punctuation Book, Period, you’ll be able to handle any punctuation predicament in a flash—and with aplomb. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Mastery

Author: Robert Greene

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101601027

Category: Self-Help

Page: 352

View: 2141

From the bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power and The Laws of Human Nature, a vital work revealing that the secret to mastery is already within you. Each one of us has within us the potential to be a Master. Learn the secrets of the field you have chosen, submit to a rigorous apprenticeship, absorb the hidden knowledge possessed by those with years of experience, surge past competitors to surpass them in brilliance, and explode established patterns from within. Study the behaviors of Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Leonardo da Vinci and the nine contemporary Masters interviewed for this book. The bestseller author of The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, and The 33 Strategies of War, Robert Greene has spent a lifetime studying the laws of power. Now, he shares the secret path to greatness. With this seminal text as a guide, readers will learn how to unlock the passion within and become masters.