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

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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.

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

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"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.

Origins of Genius

Darwinian Perspectives on Creativity

Author: Dean Keith Simonton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195351705

Category: Psychology

Page: 320

View: 8833

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.

Freak

Author: Rodman Philbrick

Publisher: Ravensburger Buchverlag Otto Maier GmbH

ISBN: 3473477206

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

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"Ich hatte nie ein Gehirn, bis Freak auftauchte und mir seins für eine Weile überließ, und das ist die Wahrheit, die volle Wahrheit. Die unbezwungene Wahrheit, wie Freak das genannt hätte, und eine Zeit lang hat er das Reden für mich übernommen. Ich selbst hatte bis dahin eigentlich nur mit Fäusten und Füßen geredet, bevor wir dann Freak der Starke wurden, Drachen und Narren töteten und hoch zu Ross ritten." Sie sind eigentlich ein merkwürdiges Gespann: der ungeschlachte Max, den ein dunkles Geheimnis quält, und Kevin, der geniale Zwerg voller Neugier und Fantasie, dessen gebrechlicher Körper nicht mehr wächst. Zusammen werden sie zu einem unschlagbaren Team.

The Grind Don't Stop

A Novel

Author: L. E. Newell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1593093659

Category: Fiction

Page: 425

View: 8605

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.

Henry Iv

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Orient Blackswan

ISBN: 9788125020059

Category:

Page: 186

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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 Collections

Page: 323

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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.

Julius Caesar

Author: Desai. A. (ed.),William Shakespeare

Publisher: Orient Blackswan

ISBN: 9788125020066

Category: Assassination

Page: 208

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As You Like It

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Orient Blackswan

ISBN: 9788125027980

Category:

Page: 204

View: 4301

This edition of As You Like It is an annotated text with detailed notes on the play from different angles. It has a general introduction by the series editor and an introduction to the play by the editor of the book, marking the place of the play in Shakespeare s dramatic career. There is also a detailed summary of each scene at the beginning of each scene so that the student will get a clear idea of the development of the plot structure. There is also an elaborate discussion of the different strands of thought and ideas in the play in the introduction. There are line references, explanations and commentary which will enable the student to master the play. Cross-references which have been added on at all relevant points give the student a holistic view of the play. There is a list of further reading and a list of topics for discussion at the end of the edition.

The Tempest

Author: William Shakespeare,Khan

Publisher: Orient Blackswan

ISBN: 9788125011606

Category:

Page: 139

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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: 9253

"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.

Life After Genius

Author: M. Ann Jacoby

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0446543039

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 9790

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.

Freaks and Follies of Fabledom

A Little Lemprière

Author: Edward L. Blanchard

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Classical dictionaries

Page: 119

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Mastery

Author: Robert Greene

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101601027

Category: Self-Help

Page: 352

View: 9895

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.

The Port Folio

Author: Joseph Dennie,John Elihu Hall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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Theory of Literature and Other Critical Writings

Author: Sōseki Natsume

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231518315

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 3346

Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) was the foremost Japanese novelist of the twentieth century, known for such highly acclaimed works as Kokoro, Sanshiro, and I Am a Cat. Yet he began his career as a literary theorist and scholar of English literature. In 1907, he published Theory of Literature, a remarkably forward-thinking attempt to understand how and why we read. The text anticipates by decades the ideas and concepts of formalism, structuralism, reader-response theory, and postcolonialism, as well as cognitive approaches to literature that are only now gaining traction. Employing the cutting-edge approaches of contemporary psychology and sociology, Soseki created a model for studying the conscious experience of reading literature as well as a theory for how the process changes over time and across cultures. Along with Theory of Literature, this volume reproduces a later series of lectures and essays in which Soseki continued to develop his theories. By insisting that literary taste is socially and historically determined, Soseki was able to challenge the superiority of the Western canon, and by grounding his theory in scientific knowledge, he was able to claim a universal validity.