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Dondi White Style Master General: The Life of Graffiti Artist Dondi White

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Andrew Witten, Michael White, "Dondi White Style Master General: The Life of Graffiti Artist Dondi White"
2001 | ISBN-10: 0060394277 | 208 pages | PDF | 30 MB

Dondi White Style Master General: The Life of Graffiti Artist Dondi White
"In the beginning, there was the Word. On the streets and in the yards, the word was the Name. And the name was everything. It was persona and place, form and content, truth and fiction. The name was an act of self-invention, a pure visual manifestation, through alter ego, alias, and nom de plume, of personal expressions in the public realm. The name was a line and the line begat the Mark. Then, in the great style wars toward the end of the second millennium, medium, meaning, and message were joined in a golden era where the name became the source and signifier of Style. And when the name became wild style, the word was Dondi."

— from the Foreword

The dominance of the graffiti aesthetic in contemporary culture is undeniable. But how did an art form spawned in the train yards of 1970s New York achieve the ubiquity it now enjoys at every level of the mass-media landscape? There are many answers to the question, but one major factor is indisputable: Dondi White.

Coming of age in hardscrabble East New York in the early 1970s, Dondi White unknowingly began the process of introducing a whole new artistic dialect into the cacophony of the American art scene. His train pieces painted from roughly 1977 to 1982 stand as some of the most influential works ever committed to Transit Authority steel. Writing with legendary partners such as DURO, NOC 167, KID 56, KEL 139, and FUZZ ONE, Dondi created some of graffiti art's most enduring iconography. His pieces just don't stop — and neither do the aliases. From the badass Mr. Whites to the cocky, self-satisfied Busses, from the nasty Pres to the perfect, vicious Rolls, Dondi straight killed it, again and again. Works like Children of the Grave Part 2 and Mr White + Bev remain benchmark pieces for graffiti aficionados the world over.

In the 1980s, partially through his collaborations with noted photographers Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper, Dondi White's work entered the rarefied world of fine art. In making the transition from subway car to canvas, Dondi retained his unfaltering sense of letter form and balance, and his paintings remain a testament to the clarity of his aesthetic. Dondi's canvases were subsequently shown in galleries from New York to Amsterdam to Tokyo and beyond, influencing a new generation of young artists and introducing an indigenous American art form to the rest of the world.

Dondi White: Style Master General presents the life and work of a seminal — yet heretofore overlooked — American artist whose work has resonated on every level of our popular culture. Filled with rare photographs, original sketches, unpublished interview materials, and testimony from some of Dondi's closest cohorts, here, finally, is the full story. At the time of his death in 1998, Dondi had seen the majority of his work destroyed — scraped off, painted over, or chemically removed from the steel upon which it thrived. Within these pages, however, it still speaks volumes.

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Lord Byron and Scandalous Celebrity (Cambridge Studies in Romanticism)

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Lord Byron and Scandalous Celebrity (Cambridge Studies in Romanticism) by Clara Tuite
English | Dec 29, 2014 | ISBN: 1107082595 | 346 Pages | EPUB/MOBI/AZW3/PDF (Converted) | 10 MB
The Regency period in general, and the aristocrat-poet Lord Byron in particular, were notorious for scandal, but the historical circumstances of this phenomenon have yet to be properly analysed.

Lord Byron and Scandalous Celebrity (Cambridge Studies in Romanticism)
Lord Byron and Scandalous Celebrity explores Byron's celebrity persona in the literary, social, political and historical contexts of Regency Britain and post-Napoleonic Europe that produced it. Clara Tuite argues that the Byronic enigma that so compelled contemporary audiences – and provoked such controversy with its spectacular Romantic Satanism – can be understood by means of 'scandalous celebrity', a new form of ambivalent fame that mediates between notoriety and traditional forms of heroic renown. Examining Byron alongside contemporary figures including Caroline Lamb, Stendhal, Napoleon Bonaparte and Lord Castlereagh, Tuite illuminates the central role played by Byron in the literary, political and sexual scandals that mark the Regency as a vital period of social transition and emergent celebrity culture.
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Your Call Is Important to Us: The Truth About Bullshit

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Your Call Is Important to Us: The Truth About Bullshit by Laura Penny
2005 | ISBN: 1400081033, 1400081041 | English | 256 pages | EPUB | 0.3 MB

Your Call Is Important to Us: The Truth About Bullshit
Every once in a while a truth-telling book appears out of nowhere, a book that crystallizes our darkest suspicions and makes us mad as hell-while we're laughing like fiends. A book like this one.

Your Call Is Important to Us is a manifesto for anyone who's sick and tired of the twenty-first century's tidal wave of bullshit. Taking no prisoners, author Laura Penny dissects-no, disembowels-the culture of globalized, super-sized, consumerized b.s.

Dating the renaissance of bullshit to wartime propaganda, Penny skewers the "corporate bafflegab," scripted, question-proof political events, toxic faux foodstuffs, and miracle pills that clutter our lives. She spares no one and nothing: not Wal-Mart, where "every rinky-dink chunk of mass-produced bric-a-brac is manufactured expressly for you"; not Bush's White House, with its "wallpaper of phony populist sloganeering"; and not the vast pharmaceutical industry, with its "gateway prescription drugs."

Penny reveals that prisons are the hot new thing in call centers (the federal prison industry bills itself as "the best-kept secret in outsourcing") and that the Public Relations Society of America has a Code of Ethics Pledge (who knew?). Finally, with devastating precision, she demonstrates how our "all-you-can-eat buffet of phoniness" not only alienates us from each other but degrades public discourse, breeds apathy, and makes us just plain stupid.

Your Call Is Important to Us introduces a fearless and utterly disarming new voice in social criticism. It's an island of clarity in an ocean of ordure.

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There is so much bullshit that one hardly knows where to begin.

The platitudinous pabulum that passes for stirring political rhetoric is bullshit. . . . The committee-crafted persona and the focus-grouped fad and the rule of the polls are straight-up bullshit. The disease hysteria du jour is bullshit, and so is the latest miracle pill. The new product that will change your life is probably just more cheap, plastic bullshit.

"Your call is important to us" has been chosen from a very deep reservoir of bullshit phrases for the title of this book because it best exemplifies the properties native to bullshit. It tries to slather some nice on the result of a simple ratio: your time versus some company's dough. Like most bullshit, the more times you hear it, the bullshittier it gets. This is why bullshit is best served quickly, with many visuals, in mass quantities, with no questions from the floor.

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Natural Fibre Composites: Materials, Processes and Applications

Natural Fibre Composites: Materials, Processes and Applications by Alma Hodzic, Robert Shanks
2014 | ISBN: 0857095242 | English | 416 pages | PDF | 21 MB
The use of natural fibres as reinforcements in composites has grown in importance in recent years. Natural Fibre Composites summarises the wealth of significant recent research in this area.

Chapters in part one introduce and explore the structure, properties, processing, and applications of natural fibre reinforcements, including those made from wood and cellulosic fibres. Part two describes and illustrates the processing of natural fibre composites. Chapters discuss ethical practices in the processing of green composites, manufacturing methods and compression and injection molding techniques for natural fibre composites, and thermoset matrix natural fibre-reinforced composites. Part three highlights and interprets the testing and properties of natural fibre composites including, non-destructive and high strain rate testing. The performance of natural fibre composites is examined under dynamic loading, the response of natural fibre composites to impact damage is appraised, and the response of natural fibre composites in a marine environment is assessed.

Natural Fibre Composites is a technical guide for professionals requiring an understanding of natural fibre composite materials. It offers reviews, applications and evaluations of the subject for researchers and engineers.

Introduces and explores the structure, properties, processing, and applications of natural fibre reinforcements, including those made from wood and cellulosic fibres
Highlights and interprets the testing and properties of natural fibre composites, including non-destructive and high strain rate testing
Examines performance of natural fibre composites under dynamic loading, the response of natural fibre composites to impact damage, and the response of natural fibre composites in a marine environment

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L’assassino degli scacchi e altri misteri matematici di Benot Rittaud

L'assassino degli scacchi e altri misteri matematici di Benot Rittaud
Barbera | 2012 | ISBN: 8878995061 | 208 pages | EPUB | 3 MB
Durante una serie di partite giocate in simultanea, Viniyarin, il grande campione di scacchi, viene battuto seccamente da un giovane che adotta una tattica di gioco sorprendente. La notte stessa si reca a casa sua e lo uccide. Poi va a costituirsi. Tutto sembrerebbe chiaro. Ma il commissario non convinto. Sospetta che Viniyarin nasconda un segreto pi grande. Ma ben lontano dall'immaginare che sar la matematica a offrirgli la soluzione del caso… Talete, il celebre filosofo greco, impegnato in una sfida lanciatagli dal faraone Amasi in persona, che lo condurr nel cuore dell'Egitto, al cospetto della grande piramide di Cheope, nel tentativo di svelare un segreto noto solo agli scribi… Grazie alla passione per i videogiochi, un giovane rapinatore riesce a uscire dal labirinto nel quale si smarrito, sfuggendo cos ai suoi ex complici che gli danno la caccia… Una studentessa di ingegneria chiamata a cimentarsi nella difficile impresa di far funzionare almeno una delle eccentriche invenzioni del defunto prozio, allo scopo di entrare in possesso di una cospicua eredit… Sono alcune delle storie contenute in questo libro, nel quale scopriamo che la realt quotidiana pi influenzata dalla matematica di quanto non sembri.

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