Monday, December 31, 2012

Creating Your Own Destiny: How to Get Exactly What You Want Out of Life and Work

Patrick Snow
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Put your own fate exactly where it belongs-in your hands

It is one of the great questions of life. It's a simple question, really, but it seems impossible for many to answer: Do we control our own destinies? 90 percent of people think and act as if their destiny is foreordained, while only about 10 percent believe in the capacity to change and act on it.

Creating Your Own Destiny explains and demonstrates to the majority how to dream, plan, and execute a better future-despite the challenges of the economy and life circumstances.

• Based on time-honored principles, theories, and case studies
• Provides a Success Road Map for all those people who are seeking to achieve success but who aren't satisfied with their careers.
 • Written in an easy and accessible tone by Patrick Snow, who has been dubbed "the Dean of Destiny"

With the powerful and practical tools featured in this essential guide, you'll find yourself newly empowered and energized to achieve extraordinary results.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


給自己的筆進補

董橋
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本系列書原名《英華沉浮錄》,共10輯。是董橋於1995年至1997年於香港《明報》所撰寫的專欄文字,後由明窗出版社結集出版。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

《陳寅恪的最後貳拾年》裡引陳先生一九五七年給劉銘恕的信,說:「弟近來仍從事著述,然已捐棄故技,用新方法,新材料,為一遊戲試驗。固不同於乾嘉考據之舊規,亦更非太史公沖虛真人之新說。」陸鍵東先生格外重視信上所說的捐棄故技、新方法、新材料等語;余英時先生則認為「亦更非太史公沖虛真人之新說」一語才是關鍵:「試想太史公沖虛真人都是老古董,怎麼忽然變成了『新說』呢?其實陳先生這裡用的正是我一再指出的暗碼系統。太史公是司『馬』遷,沖虛真人是『列』禦寇,他其實是說,他研究歷史決不用『馬列主義』啊!」

陳寅恪的思路是那樣的曲折幽深,余英時的悟性是那樣的高妙博通,我嘆為觀止之餘,常常從他們的文字裡攝取營養,給自己的筆進補。這本《英華沉浮錄》第九卷於是題書名為《給自己的筆進補》。

(摘錄自書中“自序”)



Monday, December 17, 2012

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

Sherry Turkle
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Technology has become the architect of our intimacies. Online, we fall prey to the illusion of companionship, gathering thousands of Twitter and Facebook friends and confusing tweets and wall posts with authentic communication. But, as MIT technology and society specialist Sherry Turkle argues, this relentless connection leads to a new solitude. As technology ramps up, our emotional lives ramp down. Alone Together is the result of Turkle's nearly fifteen-year exploration of our lives on the digital terrain. Based on hundreds of interviews, it describes new unsettling relationships between friends, lovers, parents, and children, and new instabilities in how we understand privacy and community, intimacy, and solitude.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


善惡的彼岸 (Beyond Good and Evil)

弗里德里希. 尼采 (Friedrich Nietzsche)
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本書作者力圖在書中界定「善」與「惡」這兩個相對的詞,力圖區分不道德和非道德。他察覺到人們為使古代道德準則和現代人的需要一致所做的努力,是有矛盾的,他認識到人們經常在道德倫理和社會實踐之間作出妥協,他的目的是確立道德與需要之間的關係,為人類行為構造一可操作的基礎。所以,「善惡的彼岸」是尼采對一種新道德體係作出的最重要的貢獻之一,觸及其哲學的最深層的原理。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)





Monday, December 10, 2012

The Birth of Plenty: How the Prosperity of the Modern World Was Created

William J. Bernstein
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In The Birth of Plenty, William Bernstein, the bestselling author of The Four Pillars of Investing, presents his provocative, highly acclaimed theory of why prosperity has been the engine of civilization for the last 200 years.

This is a fascinating, irresistibly written “big-picture” work that highlights and explains the impact of four elements that when occurring simultaneously, are the fundamental building blocks for human progress:
·         Property rights, which drive creativity
·         Scientific rationalism, which permits the freedom to innovate without fear of retribution;
·         Capital markets, which provide funding for people to pursue their visions;
·         Transportation/communication, which allows for the effective transfer of ideas and products.

Meticulously researched, splendidly told, and featuring a new preface and introduction, The Birth of Plenty explains the interplay of the events, philosophies, and related phenomena that were nothing less than the crucible of the modern age. This is one of the rare books that will change how you look at the world.
(Excerpt from amazon.com)



一九八四 (1984)

喬治. 歐威爾 (George Orwell)
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在二十世紀許多重要的文學作品,《一九八四》是難得一見的傑作,因為書中對未來的悲觀假想,隨著時代變得愈來愈真實,也愈來愈讓人無法忘懷。

故事描述在1984年的世界中,大洋國裡每個人都活在「老大哥」的監視下,政府說什麼,人民就得相信什麼,只要言語間透露出一點懷疑或者好奇,就很可能從此人間蒸發。人類生活變成了一個惡夢,而在這惡夢中,有一個可憐蟲試圖尋找個人獨立存在的意義。

溫斯頓.史密斯就是這個可憐蟲。他愛上茱莉亞之後,發現自己的人生不必是如此無聊和死氣沉沉,生命還有各種可能性,包括自由意志。

雖然思想警察能挖出每一個背叛行動,兩人的頭頂上總是有警察監視的眼線盤旋,他們還是開始質疑政府,一步步籌畫計謀,但老大哥無法容忍異議份子,就算只是有念頭也不行,兩個人終究不堪折磨而互相出賣了對方……

歐威爾可說預知了現代生活的情況──無所不在的電視、語言的扭曲,而且還建構出一個如地獄般的駭人世界。本書自出版以來就是學生的必讀讀物,也名列史上最令人心驚的小說之一。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)



Monday, December 3, 2012

Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction

Julian Stallabrass
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Contemporary art has never been so popular, but what is its role today and who is controlling its future? Contemporary art is supposed to be a realm of freedom where artists shock, break taboos, flout generally received ideas, and switch between confronting viewers with works of great emotional profundity and jaw-dropping triviality. But away from shock tactics in the gallery, there are many unanswered questions. Who is really running the art world? What effect has America's growing political and cultural dominance had on art?

Here Julian Stallabrass takes us inside the international art world to answer these and other controversial questions, and to argue that behind contemporary art's variety and apparent unpredictability lies a grim uniformity. Its mysteries are all too easily explained, its depths much shallower than they seem. Contemporary art seeks to bamboozle its viewers while being the willing slave of business and government. This book is your antidote and will change the way you see contemporary art.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)





安迪.沃霍爾: 永不結束的15分鐘 (Andy Warhol )

尼科爾林 (Geoff Nicholson)
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本書主要介紹了安迪沃霍爾生活的時代背景、主要思想,相關重大事件及其對人類文明進程的影響;介紹了安迪沃霍爾的代表作,以及該作品的創作緣由及其影響;以審慎生動的方式來研習該作品的言論;解釋關鍵術語及概念;援引簡潔易懂的實例;提供深入探討的問題。

讀者在閱讀過程中可以了解他的奮鬥閱歷、成功經驗、切身體會以及對事業、對人生的執著追求,因而可以得到更多的啟發,吸取更多的科學精神和人文精神的養料。對青年讀者來說,會起到勵志的作用,使得今後在自己的成長過程中,會時時感到這些潛移默化的影響;而對中老年讀者來說,也可以對比自己的事業和人生經歷,獲得新的感悟。

(摘錄自dangdang.com)




Creator: Andy Warhol
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