Südafrika: Für viele ein Sehnsuchtsort von magischer Anziehungskraft. Doch seit dem Ende der Apartheid macht das Land eine schwierige Phase durch. Mauern, Stacheldraht und Zäune zerteilen Johannesburg, seine heimliche Hauptstadt. Soziale Differenzen und wild wuchernde Siedlungen sprengen die Metropole, festungsartige Wohnstätten am Freeway improvisieren eine halb fertige Welt. Zu ihrem schärfsten Analytiker und angesehensten Schriftsteller hat sich Ivan Vladislavic? entwickelt. Sein Roman Exploded View gliedert sich in vier lose miteinander verbundene Teile, deren Protagonisten eines gemeinsam haben: Alle vier versuchen ihren Platz im neuen Südafrika zu bestimmen, alle sind Sinnsucher in einem veränderten Koordinatensystem. Mit äußerster Präzision und bestechender Klarheit beschreibt Vladislavic die südafrikanische Lebenswirklichkeit. Seine große Vorliebe gilt dabei der Architektur, an der sich die gesellschaftlichen Umbrüche festmachen lassen. Vladislavic? ist ein Meister des zweiten Blicks, ein Virtuose im Zusammenfügen der Details, die uns den Mechanismus des Ganzen erklären. Entstanden ist ein Monumentalpanorama Südafrikas auf einem sprachlichen Niveau, das seinesgleichen sucht. Der Roman ist eine Tour de Force, die unter die Oberfläche dringt. In grandiosen Sätzen bringt der Autor die Stadt zum Oszillieren: ihre Verheißungen und Abgründe, ihre Tragik und ihren Witz. Ivan Vladislavic wurde 1957 in Pretoria geboren und lebt seit den 1970er Jahren in Johannesburg, wo er zunächst Literatur studierte. Seit 1989 arbeitet er als freier Lektor und Schriftsteller. Er ist Autor von Romanen und Erzählungen, gab Bücher zu zeitgenössischer Kunst und Architektur heraus. Seine Werke wurden mit zahlreichen Preisen ausgezeichnet, zuletzt 2015 mit dem Windham Campbell Prize (Yale).
It has seemed to me that there should be a history of the development, the revolt, and the tragedy of Anarchy in Chicago. This history I have written as impartially and as fairly as I knew how to write it. I have kept steadily before my eyes the motto,- Nothing extenuate, nor set down aught in malice. It will be found in the succeeding pages that neither animosity against the revolutionists, nor partiality to the State, has influenced the work. I have dealt with this episode in Chicagos history as calmly and as fairly as I am able. I have tried to put myself in the position of the misguided men whose conspiracy led to the Haymarket explosion and to the gallows; to understand their motives; to appreciate their ideals-for so only could this volume be properly written. And to present a broader view, I have added a history of all forms of Socialism, Communism, Nihilism and Anarchy. In this, though necessarily brief, it has been the purpose to give all the important facts, and to set forth the theories of all those who, whether moderate or radical, whether sincerely laboring in the interests of humanity or boisterously striving for notoriety, have endeavored or pretended to improve upon the existing order of society. After the dynamite bomb exploded, carrying death into the ranks of men with whom I had been for years closely associated-after an impudent attack had been made upon our law and upon our system, which I was sworn to defend-it came to me as a duty to the State, a duty to my dead and wounded comrades, to bring the guilty men to justice; to expose the conspiracy to the world, and thus to assist in vindicating the law. How the duty was performed, this story tells. It is a plain narrative whose interest lies in the momentous character of the facts which it relates. Much of it is now for the first time given to the public.
The Mindful Librarian: Connecting the Practice of Mindfulness to Librarianship explores mindfulness, approaching it in such a way as to relate specifically to the many roles or challenges librarians face. Coinciding with the increased need to juggle a variety of tasks, technologies, ebooks, and databases, the new Association of College & Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy, and the challenges faced by solo librarians in school libraries which have suffered cutbacks in help in recent years, the time is exactly right for this publication. The authors hope to be helpful in some small way towards improving the joy and quality of life that librarians and library science students experience in their personal lives and jobs. The loftier goal would be to create a new lens from which to view librarianship, having a transformative impact on readers, and opening a new dialog within the profession. The topic of mindfulness is not new; it has been connected to various religious traditions in a wide variety of ways for centuries, most notably Buddhism. In the latter part of the 20th century, however, a secular version was popularized largely by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his work on MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) at the University of Massachusettss Medical School. The medical benefits and the overall quality of life improvements from its adoption have exploded in recent years, in particular, the last two decades which have seen mindfulness traditions incorporated into education to a greater degree and with very positive results. Presents the only current LIS book that covers this topic in a way that applies directly to librarians Provides a topic that will be appealing to librarians, as it speaks to the pressures of budget cuts and consumer culture being felt across the academy Seeks to improve the joy and quality of life that librarians and library science students experience in their personal lives and jobs Richard Moniz has served as Director of Library services for Johnson & Wales Universitys Miami campus from 1997 - 2004 and has been the Director of Library Services at Johnson & Wales Universitys Charlotte campus since 2004. He has also, in the past, simultaneously served as head of information technology services for Johnson & Wales in Miami and taught classes on subjects such as computer science, world history, U.S. History and American government. Additionally, since 2006, he has taught for the MLIS program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Courses taught have included Information Sources and Services, Special Libraries, Library Administration, Information Sources in the Professions, and Online Bibliographic Information Retrieval. Dr. Moniz has published in numerous places. He is sole author of the 2010 textbook Practical and Effective Management of Libraries, co-author of Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison and co-author and co-editor of the forthcoming Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience.