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A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World

[Longhorn Review] A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World

Material Type: All, books — Tags: America, history, travel — Posted on November 10, 2008, 10:14 am

By: Horwitz, Tony

When it comes to history and the "discovery" of America, Tony Horwitz is a dummy
and he is betting that his readers are as well. During a visit to Plymouth Rock,
Horwitz discovers, much to his priate school educated chagrin, that he knew next to
nothing about the people who traveled the continent (before and after Columbus),
much less the folks who inhabited "America" before European contact commenced.
Horwitz writes a well-paced and humorous travelogue of self-tutoring as he sweats it
out in a lodge with MicMacs in Newfoundland, follows Coronado's trail all the way to
Kansas (who knew?) and tours present-day Roanoke which was briefly settled, not by
fantasized Pilgrim forebears, but by a, "... motley crew of slave traders, tourists,
castaways and Tudor knights...." Horwitz neatly balances historical narrative with
his own present-day travel stories for an engaging and entertaining history
lesson.

Reviewer: Tim Strawn

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Tooth and Claw

[Longhorn Review] Tooth and Claw

Material Type: All, books — Tags: fiction, humor, short stories — Posted on November 7, 2008, 6:00 pm

By: Boyle, T. Coraghessan

This is T.C. Boyle's seventh collection of short stories. Since 1979, Boyle has
published 19 works of fiction all of them fully engaging the human condition with
hilarity and compassion. I am continually drawn to his short stories because his
ruminations on and illuminations of our human plight are so intense. Boyle is what I
would call a lunatic-humanist-surrealist who can elicit laughter and tears
simultaneously. This collection assembles 14 of his darker stories, all gems and not
to be missed. From the story of an unlikely romance between a fetching American
ornithologist and a spinster Scot on the isle of Unst to the tale of a drive-time
radio host's attempt to break the world record for continuous hours without sleep,
Boyle fascinates while enlivening his characters with frailty, humor, compassion and
odd heroics.

Reviewer: Tim Strawn

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Patterns 2: design, art and architecture

[Longhorn Review] Patterns 2: design, art and architecture

Material Type: All, books — Tags: architecture, art, falstaffpicks — Posted on October 2, 2008, 11:29 am

By: Barbara Glasner, Petra Schmidt, Ursula Schöndeling

Part 2 of this wildly successful and satisfying book series, which connects works
art, architecture, and a variety of other disciplines through patterns.

Reviewer: Tommy

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Astral Glamour

[Longhorn Review] Astral Glamour

Material Type: All, music — Tags: falstaffpicks, new wave, punk — Posted on October 2, 2008, 11:26 am

By: The Homosexuals

Vampire Weekend was far from the first group to incorporate African influence
into snotty white kid music, and Radiohead was certainly not the first to try to
sell their music on their own.  The Homosexuals were a shifting group of punk
rockers in the UK who set out to make avant garde music in a totally insular,
outsider manner.  The result was they self-released a ton of projects on their own
label It's War Boys that ultimately sound like they may be the best DIY,
kitchen-sink pop recordings ever. Collected on three CDs in this set are all of the
recordings they issued as The Homosexuals.

Reviewer: Tommy

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Dancer in the Dark

[Longhorn Review] Dancer in the Dark

Material Type: All, movies — Tags: falstaffpicks, musical film — Posted on October 2, 2008, 11:24 am

By: Lars von Trier

A tragically beautiful mixture of musical theater and cinematography. Bjork stars
as a factory worker fighting a losing battle to save her son's vision. And she
sings, too!

Reviewer: Chance

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Ornament as art: avant-garde jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

[Longhorn Review] Ornament as art: avant-garde jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Material Type: All, books — Tags: art, falstaffpicks — Posted on October 2, 2008, 11:18 am

By: Cindi Strauss

From the publisher: "Presents 800 jewelry objects and drawings from 1960 through
2006 by more than 170 international jewelry artists in the Helen Williams Drutt
Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Includes essays about Minimalist and
Conceptual influences and the history behind the collection, a chronology, and
artist biographies."

Reviewer: Laura

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Los asensinos de dongo; novela historica, precidida de un prólogo y continuada en dos tomos

[Longhorn Review] Los asensinos de dongo; novela historica, precidida de un prólogo y continuada en dos tomos

Material Type: All, books — Tags: crime, Dongo Joaquin, justice, murder, New Spain, XVIII century — Posted on September 5, 2008, 8:58 pm

By: Manuel Filomeno Rodríguez

Los asesinos del Dongo is a novel about the homicide of Joaquin Dongo and ten
members of his family, occurred in October 23, 1789. Dongo was a wealthy Spanish
merchant who lived in Mexico City. After a very short investigation the three
murderers were discovered and they were condemned to "garrote."  This is a very rare
book, in fact is almost impossible to find it in Mexico.

Reviewer: Odette M. Rojas Sosa

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Obsolete systems

[Longhorn Review] Obsolete systems

Material Type: All, music — Tags: electronic music, falstaffpicks — Posted on September 2, 2008, 11:31 am

By: Laurie Spiegel

"When it was new, each of these music systems, now long obsolete, was state of
the art, visionary, radically new and so revolutionary that it required extended
explanations in response to common questions such as 'Why would anyone ever want to
do that?' " -Laurie Spiegel

Reviewer: Tommy

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Introduction to Stochastic Programming [Electronic Resource]

[Longhorn Review] Introduction to Stochastic Programming [Electronic Resource]

Material Type: All, books — Tags: ebook, stochastic optimization — Posted on August 30, 2008, 9:33 am

By: John R. Birge and Francois Louveaux

This is the textbook of our graduate course. It's very good.

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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Pakistan’s Strategic Culture and Foreign Policy Making: A Study of Pakistan’s Post 9/11 Afghan Policy Change

[Longhorn Review] Pakistan’s Strategic Culture and Foreign Policy Making: A Study of Pakistan’s Post 9/11 Afghan Policy Change

Material Type: All, books — Tags: Afghanistan, FATA, Islamic Extremism, Pakistan, Pashtuns, Terrorism — Posted on August 29, 2008, 8:15 am

By: Ijaz Khan

A clear and simple analysis of the Pakistan's Foreign Policy after 9/11, helping
in understanding Pakistani predicaments in pursuing its role in the 'War against
Terrorism' in accordance with the satisfaction of the International Community. The
book also helps in understanding the problem of Pakistani State and gives good
historical and contextual overview. It also discusses and introduces the reader to
Pakistan's Pashtun ethnic issues and politics as well as the the situation of
Pakistan's Western borderlands known as FATA.

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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