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Classical Greek rhetorical theory and the disciplining of discourse

[Longhorn Review] Classical Greek rhetorical theory and the disciplining of discourse

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: Greek and English syntax — Posted on October 19, 2010, 8:59 am

By: David M. Timmerman, Edward Schiappa

On the one hand, it's a fascinating book. In Chap.2, after a footnote on Socratic
elenchus and techne, the discussion continues on dialegesthai and dialektike. But,
on the other hand, in the midst of this, is "if Protagoras is going to dialogue with
him..." - where must he go to do so? Quo usque, O Authors, with this neologism? Why
not "if Protagoras wants to dialogue..."? And then, "Socrates asks Callicles if his
guest Gorgias would consent to dialogue with he and Chaerophon" A triple
disingenuity - 1st,wrong sequence of tenses - 'asks' should be with 'will consent',
not 'would consent'. 2nd, wrong conjunction - 'his guest...' is not a condition
clause - 'if' should be 'whether'. 3rd - the object of a preposition must be
accusative - 'with him', not 'with he'. Shame! And then, in a 'quotation', a
translated quotation, "have you got a dog?" Why the past tense 'got' after the
present tenst 'have'. Surely Dionysodorus did not say the Greek equivalent of this
stupid neologism - the English should be 'do you have a dog?'. Ditto for "has he got
puppies?'. Again, O Authors, where is your own "level of sophistication" -
dialegesthai dunatotatous? I say to both of you "if my answer is not good, it is
your job to refute me." At the bottom of that page, a, perhaps, minor point - but
did Socrates avoid minor points? "Plato uses the adjective or adverbial form..." -
should be "... adjectival or adverbial form..." or "adjective or adverb form..." -
be consistent.

On to Chap.3, and diaireo, diorizo, horizo, philosophia, philosopheo,
philosophoumen - the authors are back in familiar ideas. But then, "what could be
called the predisciplinary stages of philosophy..." - why the past tense 'could'?
And "I don't think we should call ..." why negate the main verb? - why not "I think
we should not call..."?

Then Chap.4, and demegoria and symboule, and "our goal was
to examine the uses of these terms when ..." - why the temporal adverb rather than
"...these terms where..."? And then, circumlocution - "each step is of
significance..." - why not "each step is significant..."?

And Chap.5 "the linguistic
task of changing Greek syntax and vocabulary to facilitate abstract, theoretical,
and analytical thought and expression" - please, extend your efforts, O Authors, to
English syntax and vocabulary with the same goal.

However, I'm glad to have read the
book. The Greek parts of it are very interesting.

Reviewer: Doc

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Art of modern rock: the poster explosion / Paul Grushkin & Dennis King; foreword by Wayne Coyne.

[Longhorn Review] Art of modern rock: the poster explosion / Paul Grushkin & Dennis King; foreword by Wayne Coyne.

Material Type: All, books — Tags: falstaffpicks — Posted on October 15, 2010, 3:13 pm

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This book takes you through the "re-birth" of screen-printed poster art in the
modern age (early 1990's-2000's). This book picks up where The Art of Rock, by the
same author, left off. Though the book gives a thorough look at modern poster art,
it is lacking in the coverage of women within the gigposter world. This book breaks
up gigposter history into styles and movements which makes the mass of content
digestible.

Reviewer: mellowgirl

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Stravinsky et les Ballet Russes

[Longhorn Review] Stravinsky et les Ballet Russes

Material Type: All, movies — Tags: Ballet Russes, falstaffpicks, Rite of Spring, Stravinsky — Posted on October 15, 2010, 11:36 am

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"In celebration of the debut of the Ballets Russes in Paris in 1909, this
wonderful Stravinsky evening at the Mariinsky Theatre showcases the original
Nijinsky version of The Rite of Spring for the first time on DVD" - how can you go
wrong??

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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Valleys of Neptune

[Longhorn Review] Valleys of Neptune

Material Type: All, music — Tags: falstaffpicks — Posted on October 15, 2010, 9:59 am

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Forty years after his death, the music of Jimi Hendrix still sounds as lovely and
exciting as ever. Especially in our current landscape of meticulously auto-tuned and
endlessly stacked digital recordings, listening to these directly in-the-moment
takes is exhilarating. The latest release from the Hendrix archives, "Valleys of
Neptune" is a compilation of 12 tracks of unreleased versions of mostly familiar
tunes. The production is chill-inducing and fantastically 3-dimensional. Most of
these takes are just terrific and offer fresh insight into the mind of one of rock's
true visionaries. The very dreamy version of "Red House" is super cool, and the take
of "Bleeding Heart" flat out smokes.

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Die stille nach dem schuss [videorecording] = The legend of Rita

[Longhorn Review] Die stille nach dem schuss [videorecording] = The legend of Rita

Material Type: All, books — Tags: falstaffpicks — Posted on October 13, 2010, 9:26 am

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It's the 70s. You're a left-wing German terrorist on the run.  Where are you
going to hide out? This movie is a riveting exploration of how a West German left
wing terrorists adapts to life in socialist East Germany. Seriously, come to the
Fine Arts Library and watch it! It will make you think about what is important in
life.

Reviewer: Karen

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ElectroNotes!

[Longhorn Review] ElectroNotes!

Material Type: All, books — Posted on October 10, 2010, 10:42 am

By: Bernie Hutchins and gang

This Journal composed of Bernie Hutchins' newsletters on Synthesizer making and
in flux philosophies of perception is one of the most amazing resources I have ever
found in the University of Texas library system, and the UT libraries do not lack in
amazing resources. This publication is inspirational and makes it known what an
individual driven by a passion and managing to find access can accomplish. Not only
does he constantly refine ideas new and old across many issues, but manages to
devise musical applications for ideas he happens across in from even the most remote
corners of bell lab journals and the like. Often he spares no effort to bring forth
full schematics and communicative descriptions. Additionally there are wonderful
record reviews and occasional contributions from the great pioneers of synthesizer
production. Please do what you can to procure the entire collection. Two volumes is
just not enough.

Reviewer: Jon Zingale

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The Music Instinct

[Longhorn Review] The Music Instinct

Material Type: All, books — Tags: falstaffpicks — Posted on October 8, 2010, 4:45 pm

By: Ball, Philip

Ever wondered how music works its magic on us? Or why humans are musical? Ball's
"The Music Instinct" provides answers to these and many other fascinating questions.
Ball was previously known as a science writer (see his "H2O: A Biography of Water"
for example) but he is no neophyte where music is concerned and his scientific
expertise is valuable in interpreting the numerous academic studies of the physics
and neurology of music for a general readership. His scope is wide and while his
examples are drawn chiefly from "Western" popular and classical musics (if only
because of familiarity), he also includes many from elsewhere across our musical
globe. No more interesting or informative book about music will be published this
year.

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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Uncertainty of Objects and Ideas

[Longhorn Review] Uncertainty of Objects and Ideas

Material Type: All, books — Tags: falstaffpicks — Posted on October 8, 2010, 4:44 pm

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This nifty little catalog features some excellent up and coming 3D
artists

Reviewer: Laura

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El delicado umbral de la tempestad : cuestiones de un general inglés

[Longhorn Review] El delicado umbral de la tempestad : cuestiones de un general inglés

Material Type: All, books — Tags: fiction, historical, jorge castelli, prestigious La Nacion award in 2000, spanish — Posted on July 12, 2010, 10:36 am

By: Castelli, Jorge, 1956-

Outstanding book! Whoever reads this book will clearly understand why this author
has received several international awards for his talent. His novels, short story
anthologies and poetry works show a deep knowledge of the human soul and its
pathways. His literary wisdom surely knows how to introduce the readers inside the
characters's intense feelings and conflicts. I would recommend this book to everyone
who loves great literature.

Reviewer: Mariel Lazzari

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Choix de plans de grandes compositions exécutées présentant, avec leurs jardins ou leur entourage, une série d\'ensembles de l\'antiquité, de la renaissance et des temps modernes.

[Longhorn Review] Choix de plans de grandes compositions exécutées présentant, avec leurs jardins ou leur entourage, une série d\'ensembles de l\'antiquité, de la renaissance et des temps modernes.

Material Type: All, books — Posted on July 2, 2010, 1:31 pm

By: Gromort, Georges.

Includes plates with plans of: The Acropolis of Athens Pompey Roman and emperors
forums Therms of Caracalla Piranese's Roman Champ de Mars La Alhambra, Granada
Plazas in Pisa, Postoie and Verona Siena Florenze (city center, Pitti palace and
Boboli gardens) Piazza San Marco, Venice Certosa di Pavia Vatican Villa d'Este,
Tivoli Villa Aldodrandini, Frascati Pincio gardens, Villa Gorghese Isola Bella, Lago
Maggiore El Escorial Fontainebleau Palace Vaux-le-Vicomte Castle Versailles (palace,
petit parc, Les Deux Trianons) Les Jardins de Marly Sans-Souci, Postdam Le château
de Caserte

Reviewer: mar

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