But What If We're Wrong?

Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past

Author: Chuck Klosterman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399184147

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of television? Are all sports destined for extinction? Is it possible that the greatest artist of our era is currently unknown (or—weirder still—widely known, but entirely disrespected)? Is it possible that we “overrate” democracy? And perhaps most disturbing, is it possible that we’ve reached the end of knowledge? Klosterman visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who'll perceive it as the distant past. Kinetically slingshotting through a broad spectrum of objective and subjective problems, But What If We’re Wrong? is built on interviews with a variety of creative thinkers—George Saunders, David Byrne, Jonathan Lethem, Kathryn Schulz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, Junot Díaz, Amanda Petrusich, Ryan Adams, Nick Bostrom, Dan Carlin, and Richard Linklater, among others—interwoven with the type of high-wire humor and nontraditional analysis only Klosterman would dare to attempt. It’s a seemingly impossible achievement: a book about the things we cannot know, explained as if we did. It’s about how we live now, once “now” has become “then.” From the Hardcover edition.
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Downtown Owl

A Novel

Author: Chuck Klosterman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416580654

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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New York Times Bestselling Author Chuck Klosterman's First Novel Somewhere in North Dakota, there is a town called Owl that isn't there. Disco is over, but punk never happened. They don't have cable. They don't really have pop culture, unless you count grain prices and alcoholism. People work hard and then they die. They hate the government and impregnate teenage girls. But that's not nearly as awful as it sounds; in fact, sometimes it's perfect. Mitch Hrlicka lives in Owl. He plays high school football and worries about his weirdness, or lack thereof. Julia Rabia just moved to Owl. She gets free booze and falls in love with a self-loathing bison farmer who listens to Goats Head Soup. Horace Jones has resided in Owl for seventy-three years. He consumes a lot of coffee, thinks about his dead wife, and understands the truth. They all know each other completely, except that they've never met. Like a colder, Reagan-era version of The Last Picture Show fused with Friday Night Lights, Chuck Klosterman's Downtown Owl is the unpretentious, darkly comedic story of how it feels to exist in a community where rural mythology and violent reality are pretty much the same thing. Loaded with detail and unified by a (very real) blizzard, it's technically about certain people in a certain place at a certain time...but it's really about a problem. And the problem is this: What does it mean to be a normal person? And there is no answer. But in Downtown Owl, what matters more is how you ask the question.
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Shard of the Ancient

Author: Loki

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0615143431

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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Imagine for a moment that all the faerie tales you heard in the days of youth were true. That pixies and trolls and wizards really did roam the Earth in long ago days. You might wonder, "Where did they go?" They didn't go anywhere. In the shadows and hidden places of today's world, goblins sharpen their knives while ogres load their shotguns. Wizards ply their trade from the inner city, replacing lonely tower sanctums with towering skyscrapers. And humanity has no idea. Not until a man who does not come from the world we know stumbles across the unseen presence lurking outside common vision, prompting a pursuit that spans the globe to discover the mystery of the Nocnistu.
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Triggs

The Autobiography of Roy Keane's Dog

Author: Triggs

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 140914500X

Category: Humor

Page: 192

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The explosive, no-holds-barred autobiography of Triggs, Roy Keane's confidant, adviser...and dog! Ten major trophies. A missed Champions League final. Player of the Year awards. Alf-Inge Haaland. Drunken nights. Contract negotiations. Patrick Vieira. Prawn sandwiches. The explosive end to Roy's relationship with Ireland and Manchester United. Triggs - TV lover, hypochondriac, noted wit, football genius and best friend to the most talked-about footballer of his generation - was witness to it all. Funny, frank and never less than 110 per cent mean-spirited, Triggs tells the truth about what it was like to be a central player in the extraordinary drama of her master's life.
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Mindful Leadership

The 9 Ways to Self-Awareness, Transforming Yourself, and Inspiring Others

Author: Maria Gonzalez

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118128192

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 8052

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Become a true leader through Mindfulness If you thought leading a team or organization meant simplycreating and implementing a financial plan, delegatingresponsibility, and watching the bottom line, well, you're onlypartly right. True leadership comes from within, a place of deepcalm and focus, that allows you to respond to any situation as itarises. In Mindful Leadership, you'll learn how to draw onthose inner reserves through Mindfulness Meditation, a tool you canuse to achieve focus and clarity, reduce stress, and develop thepresence of mind to meet any number of challenges. The book opens up a world of meditation exercises that can bedone anywhere, anytime (no chanting or patchouli required!) andthat are the gateway to improved judgment and decision making,improved time management, enhanced team effectiveness, greaterproductivity, and more on-the-job inspiration and innovation. Details the nine ways in which leaders can incorporateMindfulness into every aspect of their lives Illustrates how meditation and business actually do mix Essential for anyone interested in anticipating and servingclient needs The author coaches executives throughout North America and isquoted widely in the media Offering essential skills for both life and work, MindfulLeadership shows how it's possible to successfully lead a team,an entire organization—or just yourself.
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Echoes In The Square

Author: Sally Stewart

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448111048

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Young Janey Rowland lived in Linden Mews, in the flat over the garage. She was the housekeeper's daughter, the chauffeur's daughter, and even though she was a bright and sensitive child, she had been taught to know her place when it came to going round to the big house - the Marchant house - in Linden Square. But the two families - on the surface separated by a gulf of birth, wealth and breeding - were deeply involved and reliant on each other. Old secrets, old emotions, seethed beneath the respectable facade they preserved between them. And then the war came. As the barriers between the Marchants and the Rowlands began to crumble, so Jane - quiet, beautiful, and with a great capacity for love - began to become more and more the hub of the wealthy Marchant family, the one on whom they all depended, the one who had to unravel and solve the emotional disasters left over from the past.
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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighteenth Annual Collection

Author: Gardner Dozois

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 0312703724

Category: Fiction

Page: 640

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The twenty-three stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our being, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents, including: Stephen Baxter, M.Shayne Bell, Rick Cook, Albert E. Cowdrey, Tananarive Due, Greg Egan, Eliot Fintushel, Peter F. Hamilton, Earnest Hogan, John Kessel, Nancy Kress, Ursula K. Le Guin, Paul J. McAuley, Ian McDonald, Susan Palwick, Severna Park, Alastair Reynolds, Lucius Shepard, Brian Stableford, Charles Stross, Michael Swanwick, Steven Utley, Robert Charles Wilson Supplementing the stories is the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.
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