Sly Ballades in Harvard China: Edward Sandford Martin
Sly Ballades in Harvard China: Edward Sandford Martin
Martin Van Buren was the eighth president of the United States. He was the first US citizen to become president. He was also a capable politician, a shrewd negotiator, and the first politician to create an administrative infrastructure to support his election campaigns. He served as governor of New York and vice president in the Andrew Jackson administration, before he easily won the presidential election of 1836. Yet Martin Van Buren has been almost completely forgotten by history.Why is that? Van Buren was no less able than many of his contemporaries, yet they are remembered, while he is not. Perhaps it was because he lacked the flamboyant personality of many early US politicians? Perhaps it was because the little magician liked to work his magic behind the scenes, rather than in the glare of publicity? Perhaps it is simply that he is considered a ´´failed´´ president because he was unable to deal with the financial crisis which engulfed America during his presidency?This audiobook looks at the life and work of one of the least known and appreciated presidents of the United States. It also highlights some intriguing facts about Van Buren’s life, including the surprising omissions in his autobiography, his part in the scandalous Petticoat Affair, and the little-known link between President Van Buren and ´´The Legend of Sleepy Hollow´´.Rediscover America’s forgotten president in this book, which covers:Early life in New York StateEntry into state politicsNational politics and the emergence of the sly foxPresidency and the financial crisisLater lifeLegacy 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul D. Faulkner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/156349/bk_acx0_156349_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Conway is a creative genius. (Martin Gardner) An unabashed original, John Horton Conway is Archimedes, Mick Jagger, Salvador Dali, and Richard Feynman all rolled into one - a singular mathematician with a rock star´s charisma, a sly sense of humor, a polymath´s promiscuous curiosity, and a burning desire to explain everything about the world to everyone in it. Born in Liverpool in 1937, Conway found fame as a barefoot Cambridge professor. He discovered the Conway groups in mathematical symmetry and invented the aptly named surreal numbers as well as the cult classic Game of Life - more than a cool fad, Life demonstrates how simplicity generates complexity, and the game provides an analogy for all mathematics and the entire universe. Moving to Princeton in 1987, as a mathemagician he deployed cards, ropes, dice, coat hangers, and even the odd Slinky as props to extend his winning imagination and share his mathy obsessions with signature contagion. He is a jet-setting ambassador at large for the beauties of all things mathematical. Genius at Play is an intimate investigation into the mind of an endearing genius, laying bare Conway´s personal and professional idiosyncrasies. The intimacy comes courtesy of the man himself. He generously granted Roberts full access, though not without the occasional grudge and grumble: ´´Oh hell,´´ he´d say. ´´You´re not going to put that in the book. Are you?´´ PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer Van Dyck. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021268/bk_adbl_021268_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in Dangerous Women include work by 12 New York Times best sellers, and seven stories set in the authors’ best-selling continuities - including a new ´´Outlander´´ story by Diana Gabaldon, a tale of Harry Dresden’s world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones. Also included are original stories of dangerous women - heroines and villains alike - by Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Sherilynn Kenyon, Lawrence Block, Carrie Vaughn, S. M. Stirling, Sharon Kay Penman, and many others. Writes Gardner Dozois in his introduction, ´´Here you’ll find no hapless victims who stand by whimpering in dread while the male hero fights the monster or clashes swords with the villain, and if you want to tie these women to the railroad tracks, you’ll find you have a real fight on your hands. Instead, you will find sword-wielding women warriors, intrepid women fighter pilots and far-ranging spacewomen, deadly female serial killers, formidable female superheroes, sly and seductive femmes fatale, female wizards, hard-living bad girls, female bandits and rebels, embattled survivors in post-apocalyptic futures, female private investigators, stern female hanging judges, haughty queens who rule nations and whose jealousies and ambitions send thousands to grisly deaths, daring dragonriders, and many more.´´ Authors: George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois Stories and Narrators (in order of appearance): ´´Some Desperado” by Joe Abercrombie; Read by Stana Katic ´´My Heart Is Either Broken” by Megan Abbott; Read by Jake Weber ´´Nora’s Song” by Cecelia Holland; Read by Harriet Walter ´´The Hands That Are Not There” by Melinda Sno 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Brick, Jonathan Frakes, Janis Ian, Stana Katic, Lee Meriwether, Emily Rankin, Harriet Walter, Jake Weber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003707/bk_rand_003707_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
(1996 ´Delmark´) (70:15/13) Eine Benefiz-Veranstaltung für die privat-finanzierte Blues-Radiosendung Steve Cushings. Grundsolider, wenngleich wenig spektakuläre Aufnahmen aus dem ´B.L.U.E.S.´ in Chicago - eine typische Bluesnacht in Chicago For 17 years DJ Steve Cushing has aired Blues Before Sunrise, the ´Blues Heritage Showcase´, over Chicago´s public radio station 91.5FM WBEZ, and for the last six years the rest of the country has also had a chance to hear his show via satellite syndication. Broadcast from midnight to 5 a.m., Blues Before Sunrise has long served an audience that includes loyal home listeners, musicians lounging on break, lovers in their living rooms, cab drivers and other service workers pulling the graveyard, and even teen airwave surfers discovering an entire musical world peopled by cats who were hip before them. Blues Before Sunrise showcases blues as part of a cultural landscape that includes jump and jive, rhythm and blues, swing, doo wop, gospel, comedy, and recitation, and never is the music presented as kitsch or retro fashion in the way that some music has been exploited and trivialized. For Cushing the blues is a living African-American tradition with deep roots. As a musician himself bearing substantial credentials with Magic Slim and The Teardrops, the Lee Jackson band and Smokey Smothers and The Ice Cream Men, Steve Cushing numbers among his friends and closest associates the artists on this recording-fellow musicians to whom this is a vital, thriving music as well as a means of making a living. Now gone independent and seeking permanent sponsors, Blues Before Sunrise held a benefit concert at Chicago´s B.L.U.E.S. on October 20, 1996 to purchase satellite time to keep the show on the air. The packed-to-the-doors fund-raiser featured artists Billy Boy Arnold, John Brim, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Taildragger, Big Wheeler, Jimmy Burns, Lurrie Bell, Willie Buck, Lester Davenport, Dave Myers, Sammy Fender and others&emdash;each an extraordinary practitioner of Chicago blues and together a full-credit, higher education history lesson in the blues. The portion of the show preserved on this CD is hair-bristling proof of among other things the constancy of the post-war sound and of the vitality of the ever-fruitful Chicago scene. Vocalist and harp player Big Wheeler leads off backed by Rockin´ Johnny Burgin, Dave Waldman and Cushing, as he was on his 1993 Delmark release Bone Orchard (Delmark 661), performing three original compositions solidly in the musical style of his other two selections, Muddy´s ´I´m Ready´ and Little Walter´s ´Got To Go.´ Gary, Indiana native John Brim reprises four of his now-classic Chess sides supported by some of the original Ice Cream Men (named by Illinois Slim when they played behind Otis ´Big Smokey´ Smothers who was one, and only coincidently also the name of one of Brim´s numbers) Cushing, Dave Waldman, Slim (Tom Morris), and Sho Komiya on bass, and on the last cut, Martin Lange on harp. Billy Boy Arnold still sounds like the young man he was when he waxed classic 45s ´Ain´t Got You´ and ´I Wish You Would´ in the mid-1950s. ´Streetwise Advisor´, a sly paean to the Bronzeville patter of his youth, is followed by a rock-the-house-down musical pastiche that begins as ´Stormy Monday´ and leads into a medley of verses from his mentor Sonny Boy (John Lee) Williamson. Johnny Burgin and The Lazy Boys provide crack period back-up with a contemporary freshness behind both Arnold and Jimmy Burns (they were also the studio band in Burn´s recent release Leaving Here Walking (Delmark 694) and they appear with him weekly at Smoke Daddy´s). Burns makes Jimmy Rogers´ ´You´re The One´ sound brand new, then closes out in thrilling fashion with the soulful, minor-key title track to his CD, a fitting end that effortlessly stretches the blues boundaries. These musicians (all of them heard regularly on Blues Before Sunrise) aren´t ´revival´ acts. They´re out there every day playing music that would never occur to them as being ´old´ or ´retro´ but instead is part of an ongoing cultural tradition. Put this platter on and spin your own private Chicago blues festival featuring some of the best current practitioners of the genre, courtesy of Blues Before Sunrise and Delmark Records. Then go out and see them live. And afterwards, tune in to the show. And may the sun never set on Blues Before Sunrise, or the Chicago Blues. --Justin O´Brien
Paroles et accords de plus de 80 morceaux soul. Titres :The Dock Of The Bay (Otis Redding); Piece Of My Heart (Erma Franklin); A Simple Game (Four Tops); Abraham, Martin And John (Marvin Gaye); Ain´t No Sunshine (Bill Withers); B.A.B.Y. (Carla Thomas); Band Of Gold (Freda Payne); Be Thankful For What You Got (William Devaughn); Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy (Tams); Clean Up Woman (Betty Wright); Cool Jerk (Capitols); Cry To Me (Solomon Burke); Don´t Make Me Over (Dionne Warwick); Don´t Play That Song (Aretha Franklin); Drift Away (Dobie Gray); Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Solomon Burke); Everyday People (Sly, Family Stone); Feeling Good (Nina Simone); First Impressions (Impressions); Float On (Floaters); Give Me Just A Little More Time (Chairmen Of The Board); Go Now (Bessie Banks); Green Onions (Booker T. And The Mg´s); Hard To Handle (Otis Redding); Harlem Shuffle (Bob And Earl); Have A Little Mercy (Jean Wells); Hit The Road Jack (Ray Charles); Hold On, I´m Comin´ (Sam And Dave); I Can´t Stand The Rain (Ann Peebles); I Get The Sweetest Feeling (Jackie Wilson); I Got You (James Brown); I Gotcha (Joe Tex); I Say A Little Prayer (Aretha Franklin); I Thank You (Sam And Dave); I Wanna Get Next To You (Rose Royce); I Want You (Marvin Gaye); I Wish (Stevie Wonder); I´d Rather Go Blind (Etta James); I´ll Take You There (Staple Singers); I´m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down (Ann Peebles); In The Midnight Hour (Wilson Pickett); It´s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me (Barry White); I´ve Been Lonely For So Long (Frederick Knight); I´ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding); Knock On Wood (Eddie Floyd); Lady Day And John Coltrane (Gil Scott-heron); Land Of A Thousand Dances (Wilson Pickett); Last Night (Mar-keys); Lean On Me (Bill Withers); Les Fleur (Minnie Riperton); Let´s Stay Together (Al Green); Love Really Hurts Without You (Billy Ocean); Midnight Train To Georgia (Gladys Knight And The Pips); Moonlight, Music And You (Laura Greene); Mr. Big Stuff (Jean Knight); Night Shift (Commodores); Nothing But A Heartache (Flirtations); One Nation Under A Grove (Funkadelic); Patches (Clarence Carter); Private Number (William Bell, Judy Clay); Rescue Me (Fontella Bass); Respect (Aretha Franklin); Rock The Boat (Hues Corporation); Rock Your Baby (George Mcrae); Son Of A Preacher Man (Dusty Springfield); Soul Finger (Bar-kays); Soul Man (Sam And Dave); Stand By Me (Ben E King); Stand! (Sly And The Family Stone); Stay With Me Baby (Lorraine Ellison); Stop Her On Sight (Edwin Starr); Summer Breeze (Isley Brothers); Take Me To The River (Al Green); The Boss (James Brown); The ´In´ Crowd (Dobie Gray); The Snake (Al Wilson); Theme (Shaft,Isaac Hayes); Think (James Brown); Try A Little Tenderness (Otis Redding); Under The Boardwalk (Drifters); Walk Away, Renee (Four Tops); Walking The Dog (Rufus Thomas); What´d I Say (Ray Charles); Why Can´t We Live Together (Timmy Thomas); You Don´t Miss Your Water (William Bell)
The outrageously funny, heartbreaking, and surprising story of Tracy Morgan´s rise from ghetto wiseass to superstar comedian. Who is Tracy Morgan? The wildly unpredictable funnyman who rocketed to fame on Saturday Night Live? The Emmy-nominated actor behind the sly and ingenious character Tracy Jordan on the award-winning hit sitcom 30 Rock, whose turbulent personal life often mirrors that of his fictional alter ego? Is he Chico Divine, the life of the party - any party, anytime, anywhere - getting ladies pregnant everywhere he goes? Or is he a soulful, tender family man who emerged from a hardscrabble ghetto upbringing and, against all odds, achieved superstardom, raised a solid family, prevailed over a collection of lethal bad habits, and is still ascending new heights and coming into his own? The answer is: Tracy Morgan is all that. And a bag of potato chips with a 50-cent soda.When he was just a boy living in the Tompkins Projects in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, being funny was about survival. With the right snap, Tracy could shut down the playground bullies who picked on him and his physically disabled older brother. And with a wild enough prank, he could exact revenge on whoever stole his Pumas at the community pool. Later, being funny was about escape - from the untouchable sadness of his father´s death, from the desperation of the drug dealer´s trade, from the life-and-death battles waged on the streets of the South Bronx in the age of crack. But these days, being funny is about living his dream - a dream born in the comedy clubs of Harlem and realized on shows like Martin and Saturday Night Live, where he was a cast member for seven years, and in movies like The Longest Yard and Half-Baked. With brutal honesty and his trademark take-no-prisoners humor, Tracy tells the story of his rise to fame, with all its highs and its many lows - from the very public battles with alcohol and diabetes that thr 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tracy Morgan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002066/bk_rand_002066_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.