Gene Smith’s Sink: A Wide-Angle View by Sam Stephenson
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Overview: An incisive biography of the prolific photo-essayist W. Eugene Smith
Famously unabashed, W. Eugene Smith was photography’s most celebrated humanist. As a photo essayist at Life magazine in the 1940s and ’50s, he established himself as an intimate chronicler of human culture. His photographs of war and disaster, villages and metropolises, doctors and midwives, revolutionized the role of images in journalism, transforming photography for decades to come.
When Smith died in 1978, he left behind eighteen dollars in the bank and forty-four thousand pounds of archives. He was only fifty-nine, but he was flat worn-out. His death certificate read “stroke,” but, as was said of the immortal jazzman Charlie Parker, Smith died of “everything,” from drug and alcohol benders to weeklong work sessions with no sleep.
Lured by the intoxicating trail of people that emerged from Smith’s stupefying archive, Sam Stephenson began a quest to trace his footsteps. In Gene Smith’s Sink, Stephenson merges traditional biography with rhythmic digressions to revive Smith’s life and legacy. Traveling across twenty-nine states, Japan, and the Pacific, Stephenson profiles a lively cast of characters, including the playwright Tennessee Williams, to whom Smith likened himself; the avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage, with whom he once shared a Swiss chalet; the artist Mary Frank, who was married to his friend Robert Frank; the jazz pianists Thelonious Monk and Sonny Clark, whose music was taped by Smith in his loft; and a series of obscure caregivers who helped keep Smith on his feet. The distillation of twenty years of research, Gene Smith’s Sink is an unprecedented look into the photographer’s potent legacy and the subjects around him.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
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Conversations With Laarkmaa: A Pleiadian View of the New Reality by Pia Smith Orleane, Cullen Baird Smith
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Overview: For the first time in history, a Pleiadian group has invited a human couple to join an interplanetary team for helping the evolution of humanity. Cullen Baird Smith and Pia Orleane, Ph.D, acting as ambassadors to the Pleiadians, bring Laarkmaa’s inspiring and heart warming messages of hope, love, and peace to all those who are willing to listen.
Through recorded conversations with this Pleiadian group, Smith and Orleane share Laarkmaa’s wisdom about the coming changes, the illusion of time, the future of technology, our innate ability to heal ourselves, the power of our thoughts, and information about who is here to guide us through this auspicious time. Laarkmaa is equally interested in speaking to us and hearing our responses.
The dialogue includes their questions for humanity, such as "What do humans need?" "How can we support you?" and "How can we help you choose the right path?" The ensuing conversations bring revelatory insights about human emotions, telepathic communications, and our own divinity. The Pleiadians tell us that we have a choice in changing the course of our own evolution. Will we make the right choice?
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy > Spiritual Self-help
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Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-In World by Julie Smith
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Overview: Can teaching media literacy really change the world?
Researchers predict that, in 2015, the average American will spend more than fifteen hours every day listening, reading, clicking, and viewing media. Without question, television, films, radio, and music, the Internet, social media, news programs, and books and magazines are part of our daily lives. And while some claim that all of this media consumption is detrimental to society, the truth is it doesn’t have to be. Times have changed. Technology connects us today in new and exciting ways. We have more choices and more control than ever, regarding what and when we will watch, listen to, and read. And, as Julie Smith explains in Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-in World, with that control comes a heightened level of responsibility to think critically about the content we consume.
Written to help teachers and parents educate the next generation, Master the Media explains the history, purpose, and messages behind the media. The point isn’t to get kids to unplug; it’s to help them make informed choices, understand the difference between truth and lies, and discern perception from reality. Critical thinking leads to smarter decisions-and it’s why media literacy can save the world.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Media Studies
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Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason by Justin E. H. Smith
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 385 MB
Overview: A fascinating history that reveals the ways in which the pursuit of rationality often leads to an explosion of irrationality
It’s a story we can’t stop telling ourselves. Once, humans were benighted by superstition and irrationality, but then the Greeks invented reason. Later, the Enlightenment enshrined rationality as the supreme value. Discovering that reason is the defining feature of our species, we named ourselves the "rational animal". But is this flattering story itself rational? In this sweeping account of irrationality from antiquity to today – from the fifth-century BC murder of Hippasus for revealing the existence of irrational numbers to the rise of Twitter mobs and the election of Donald Trump – Justin Smith says the evidence suggests the opposite. From sex and music to religion and war, irrationality makes up the greater part of human life and history.
Rich and ambitious, Irrationality ranges across philosophy, politics, and current events. Challenging conventional thinking about logic, natural reason, dreams, art and science, pseudoscience, the Enlightenment, the internet, jokes and lies, and death, the book shows how history reveals that any triumph of reason is temporary and reversible and that rational schemes, notably including many from Silicon Valley, often result in their polar opposite. The problem is that the rational gives birth to the irrational and vice versa in an endless cycle, and any effort to permanently set things in order sooner or later ends in an explosion of unreason. Because of this, it is irrational to try to eliminate irrationality. For better or worse, it is an ineradicable feature of life.
Illuminating unreason at a moment when the world appears to have gone mad again, Irrationality is fascinating, provocative, and timely.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
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Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness by Rodney Smith
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Overview: A prominent Insight Meditation teacher explores the profound implications of the traditional Buddhist teaching on the four areas to which mindfulness is applied as a means to liberation.
Awakening manifests through the application of mindfulness to four areas: body, feelings, mind, and dharmas. Buddhists of all the traditions share this principle found in the Satipatthana Sutta, which has been expounded upon since the time of the Buddha himself. Rodney Smith challenges us to hold this teaching up against our own experience, and in doing so to discover the inherent interconnection of all Four Foundations. They are revealed to be a sequential path leading the practitioner from the world of form to the joyous perception of the formless. The Four Foundations of Mindfulness thus serve as a road map for any genuine spiritual path.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
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Appleby House by Sylvia Smith
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Overview: Appleby House is Sylvia Smith’s delightful, refreshingly candid account of a year spent in a shabby bed-sit in1980s London’s East End.
Smith’s engrossing, understated narrative invests the story of shared living: shifting allegiances, cleaning negotiations, debates about whose turn it is to change the toilet paper (it’s color-coded) and who’s been stealing whose hot water (50p buys 2 baths) with compulsive suspense of the highest order. As tensions build around Laura’s adamant refusal to turn down her music or pretend to care about what her housemates have to say, we find ourselves astonishingly addicted to the goings on in this tiny corner of the universe. In the most artless and amusing way, Appleby House thoroughly indulges our very human fascination with the day-to-day and the surprising, often inexplicable, behavior of our fellow members of the species.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
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Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another’s Misfortune by Tiffany Watt Smith
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Overview: An entertaining and insightful exploration of schadenfreude: the deliciously dark and complex joy we’ve all felt, from time to time, at news of others’ misfortunes.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Psychology
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Money Machine: The Surprisingly Simple Power of Value Investing by Gary Smith
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Overview: In Money Machine, Gary Smith shows you how billionaire investors like Warren Buffett make their fortune and achieve 8% returns each year using value investing. Money Machine is filled with expert advice on how to: Identify the "intrinsic value" of a company Decide which stocks to pick and which to avoid Time the market for the greatest gains Beat the market every single year And more . . . There’s no reason your money should be sitting in a bank account. By learning value investing, you can reap the rewards of consistent, reliable gains that can make you a millionaire by the time you retire. Don’t just work for you money-put your money to work for you and retire in style.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction
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