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Die Nimmersatten

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Deutschland leistet sich das teuerste und ineffizienteste öffentlich-rechtliche Rundfunksystem der Welt. Für das jeder zahlen muss, auch wenn er die Angebote nicht nutzt.

Doch politischer Filz, Skandale um kriminelle Machenschaften und Vetternwirtschaft sowie Verschwendung von Gebühren haben das Vertrauen der Bürger zutiefst erschüttert. Brauchen wir wirklich 22 Fernsehkanäle und 67 Radiosender, von denen manche quasi unter Ausschluss der Öffentlichkeit senden?

Medienexperte Hans-Peter Siebenhaar gibt einen ungeschönten Einblick in das aufgeblasene System der Nimmersatten. Seine radikalen Vorschläge zeigen: Besseres Fernsehen für weniger Geld ist machbar.

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Donc je suis

Les Presses de l'Université d'Ottawa | Philosophica


Ici, écrire rime avec réfléchir, et avec exister. Brefs, compacts et chargés, ces vingt-cinq essais philosophiques, qui entremêlent contemplation, opinion, souvenir, et sont magnifiquement couronnés d’exergues tirés de la grande littérature universelle. Ils traduisent une urgence existentielle d’immortaliser noir sur blanc sa pensée, une fébrilité de dire à peine dissimulée dans la main qui tient le stylo, mais aussi un poids de vivre devant le temps qui passe trop vite. 

D’un essai à l’autre, Henrie aborde les sujets qui lui sont les plus chers : le vieillissement de l’esprit, le consentement aux lois de la nature qui nous dominent depuis la naissance jusqu’à la mort, une théorie de l’opacité, de la dureté et de la sonorité, la lutte contre l’éparpillement de l’être.

L’essayiste se prononce également sur des sujets plus actuels, comme le phénomène des temples de la renommée, la robotisation envahissante, le mystère de l’engouement pour les œuvres d’art. Il se montre particulièrement clairvoyant quand il parle de la gestion du mérite ou du sort déplorable que la société réserve aux artistes, en particulier les écrivains.

Donc je suis est un ouvrage remarquable, où l’imaginaire, la rêverie et la pensée philosophique règnent en rois. À lire, à la lueur de la flamme d’une chandelle…

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Writing, for Henrie, rhymes with musing, and with existing. Short, succinct and intense, these twenty-five philosophical essays intertwine contemplation, opinion, and memory, splendidly crowned with epigraphs foraged from world literature. They reflect an existential urgency to immortalize thought in black and white, a restlessness barely concealed by the hand that holds the pen, defying the passage of time. 

From one essay to the next, Henrie explores the subjects dearest to him: the ageing of the mind, acceptance of those laws of nature that determine our destinies, theories of opacity, hardness and acoustics, and the struggle against the scattering of the being. 

The author also voices his opinion on more contemporary topics, such as the hall-of-fame phenomenon, robotics and society, and the mystery that is art appreciation. He is particularly clear-sighted in his observations regarding meritocracy and plight of artists in society, particularly that of writers. 

Donc je suis is a remarkable work, where imagination and philosophical contemplation meet in a dream-like state. Best enjoyed by the light of a flickering candle…

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Paraphrasant la célèbre sentence de Descartes, lui aussi y va de considérations sur le temps qui passe. On retiendra ses commentaires sur le vieillissement. Il est partisan de consentir aux lois de la nature. Un beau fatalisme sans connotation négative. Il y a d’autres belles fulgurances sur la vie en société, notre manière de juger les autres. Bref, c’est une petite plaquette mais dense de contenu.

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Henrie nous propose vingt-cinq courts essais philosophiques où contemplation, opinion et souvenir se mêlent allègrement.

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[Maurice Henrie] s'exprime sur des sujets actuels qui le touchent particulièrement, [il] va droit au but : il rassemble et résume de manière plus directe, en quelque sorte, les pensées que l’auteur a diluées par le passé dans ses autres écrits de fiction.

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Romancier, nouvelliste et essayiste, Maurice Henrie, auteur primé (prix Trillium, Prix des Lecteurs de Radio-Canada, Prix du livre d'Ottawa), reprend la plume tantôt satirique, tantôt lyrique qu'on lui connaît.

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Disquieting

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How do our bodies speak for us when words don’t suffice? How can we make ourselves understood when what we have to say is inarticulable?

In Disquieting, Cynthia Cruz tarries with others who have provided examples of how to “turn away,” or reject the ideologies of contemporary Neoliberal culture. These essays inhabit connections between silence, refusal, anorexia, mental illness, and Neoliberalism. Cruz also explores the experience of being working-class and poor in contemporary culture, and how those who are silenced often turn to forms of disquietude that value open-endedness, complexity, and difficulty.

Disquieting: Essays on Silence draws on philosophy, theory, art, film, and literature to offer alternative ways of being in this world and possibilities for building a new one.

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Praise for Dregs: "Cruz showcases her trademark spare palette and haptic focus in a brief, satisfying fifth collection that hews close to the anxious, delirious mood of its predecessor." —Publishers Weekly

Praise for How the End Begins: "This is not a book for the faint of heart. It is a meditation on mortality that avoids morbidity, a set of instructions for how to destroy in order to allow for transformation or renewal" —Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Glimmering Room: "The Glimmering Room is an exquisite fever dream of drugs, anorexia, and unwanted sex (in both senses of the word) populated by young women and men–the walking dead–who have lost all sense of where the edge is." —The New York Times

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Cynthia Cruz was born in Germany and grew up in Northern California. She is the author of four previous collection of poems. Her fifth collection is Dregs (Four Way Books, 2018). The editor of a new anthology of contemporary Latina poetry, Other Musics, forthcoming in 2019, Cruz is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and a Hodder fellowship from Princeton University. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Humans 3.0

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Life for early humans wasn't easy. They may have been able to walk on two feet and create tools 4 million years ago, but they couldn't remember or communicate. Fortunately, people got smarter, and things got better. They remembered on-the-spot solutions and shared the valuable information of their experiences. Clubs became swords, caves became huts, and fires became ovens. Collectively these new tools became technology.

As the 21st century unfolds, the pace of innovation is accelerating exponentially. Breakthroughs from robotics to genetics appear almost on a daily basis. It's all happening so quickly that it's hard to keep track — but recently there's been a shift. With vaccinations, in-vitro fertilization, and individual genetic therapy, we're entering a new epoch, a next step, faster and more dramatic than the shift from Australopithicines to Homo Sapiens. The technology that set us apart from our earliest selves is becoming part of the evolutionary process. Advancements in computing, robotics, nanotechnology, neurology, and genetics mean that our wildest imaginings could soon become commonplace.

Peter Nowak deftly presents the potential outcomes — both exciting and frightening — of key, rapidly advancing technologies and adroitly explores both the ramifications of adopting them and what doing so will reveal about the future of our species. We've come a long way in 4 million years. Welcome to Humans 3.0.

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"Where most of use see amusing gadgets, Toronto journalist Peter Nowak sees profound human progress."

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"Nowak . . . has created in Humans 3.0 something akin to an anti-venom for the kind of fear-mongering technophobic portrayals of robot-controlled, despotic human futures that tend to pervade a lot of sci-fi texts."

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Peter Nowak is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author, and syndicated blogger. He has been an editor and writer for the Globe and Mail, and a correspondent for the Boston Globe, the Sydney Morning Herald, the South China Morning Post, the National Post, the Vancouver Sun, and the Toronto Star. While working in New Zealand, he was named the technology journalist of the year by the Telecommunications Users Association; back in Canada, he won the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance award for excellence in science and technology reporting. He is now a syndicated blogger for Maclean's, Canadian Business and regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, the Huffington Post, MSN, CBC and the New Scientist. His first book, Sex, Bombs and Burgers: How War, Porn and Fast Food Created Technology as We Know It, was a national bestseller and was published in Canada, the UK, and the US. Humans 3.0 will be released simultaneously in Canada by Goose Lane Editions and in the US by Lyons Press.

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The M Word

Clare, Kerry (Hrsg.) | Goose Lane Editions


A CNQ Editors' Book of the Year

A Dropped Threads-style anthology, assembling original and inspiring works by some of Canada's best younger female writers — such as Heather Birrell, Saleema Nawaz, Susan Olding, Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, Carrie Snyder, and Alison Pick — The M Word asks everyday women and writers, some of whom are on the unconventional side of motherhood, to share their emotions and tales of maternity.

Whether they are stepmothers or mothers who have experienced abortion, infertility, adoption, or struggles with having more or less children, all these writers are women who have faced down motherhood on the other side of the white picket fence. It is time that motherhood opened its gates to include everyone, not just the picture postcard stories.

The M Word is a fabulous collection by a talented author and blogger, which is bound to attract readers from all walks of motherhood. The anthology that presents women's lives as they are really lived, probing the intractable connections between motherhood and womanhood with all necessary complexity and contradiction laid out in a glorious tangle.

It is a book whose contents themselves are in disagreement, essays rubbing up against one another in uncomfortable ways. There is no synthesis — is motherhood an expansive enterprise, or is motherhood a trap? — except perhaps a general sense that being a mother and not being a mother are each as terrible and wonderful as being alive is. What these essays do show, however, is that in this age of supposed reproductive choice, so many women still don't have the luxury of choosing their mothering story or how it will play out. And those who do exercise choice often still end up contending with judgement or backlash.

The essays also make clear that women are not as divided between the mothers and the childless as we might be led to believe. Women's lives are so much more complicated than that. There is mutual ground between the woman who decided to have no more children and the woman who decided to have none at all. A woman with no children also endures a similar kind of scrutiny as the woman who's had many, both of them operating outside of societal norms. A woman who has miscarried longs to be acknowledged for her own beyond-visible mothering experiences, for the baby she held inside her. And while infertility is its own kind of journey, that journey is also just one of so many whose origins lie with the desire for a child.

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"That's what makes The M Word so surprising, and also moving, gripping, funny, and, occasionally, really uncomfortable to read: the writers put it all on the table, all the confusion, ambivalence, difficulty, suffering, hope, despair, and insight that swirl around people's different experiences with motherhood, whether they are or aren't mothers, however motherhood is defined, and whether their situation arose from choice or accident, gift or tragedy. As many of the writers observe, there's a popular public story about motherhood that is all bliss, smiles, and cuddles. For many of them, there is plenty of bliss, but that's rarely the whole story and often not the story at all. The M Word doesn't try to tell one story: it allows, even insists, on the coexistence of many different ones."

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"Whether you're a mother by choice or by circumstance, a woman without children by choice, circumstance or tragedy, or simply someone who has yet to decide which path to take, you'll find yourself in one of these stories. And not always the ones you'd suspect."

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"Every women's relationship to motherhood is unique and complex. This notion of mutability is at the heart of Kerry Clare's anthology ... This is a powerful collection of stories by Canadian women of various ages, and every woman will benefit from reading it."

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"Would I recommend this book? I think so, but with a caveat. I turned to this to find communion, and a road map. To find other mothers facing things my partner and I are facing. In facing so many possible stresses, dangers, and unknowns, what the world needs is more complicated and probably 'uncomfortable' representations of motherhood ... So yes, I would recommend the book. I would say, it's a start."

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"The M Word felt like a kind of emotional labour for the three days I was reading. This is a motherlode of deeply personal truths, generous and courageous souls, bearing witness to lives shaped, if not defined, by, well, 'life with a uterus,' as the foreword suggests."

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"These open-hearted essays are all fascinating and absorbing, and sometimes heartbreaking. Ultimately these writers are speaking, as they take care to point out, for no one but themselves, and they do it tremendously well."

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"Anyone grappling with the role of mother is certain to find themselves somewhere within these true stories of pregnancy, IVF, adoption, stepchildren, infertility, miscarriage, SIDS, multiples, dead children, teenagers, abortion and, above all, stories of the searing joy found within the wholeness of a mother's devotion."

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"Rather than attempting to resolve issues once and for all, or to glorify and idealize a madonna-like figure, The M Word presents in alphabetical order a wide variety of the experiences of women who have embraced, eschewed or endured the experiences of motherhood in its many, different realities ... This book was a pleasure to read."

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"The M Word is a book I would have benefited from reading when I was a young mother more than 30 years ago."

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"I've just spent a couple of days with a collection of essays about motherhood. About life with a uterus, as Kerry Clare puts it. It was like slipping into this wonderful story circle, 25 articulate women speaking honestly of being — or not being — a mother."

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"Stop everything. Withhold judgement for a minute. I promise you The M Word is not like any book you've read about motherhood."

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"I'm not normally drawn to mothering books but I like Kerry Clare's work, so it was impossible not to be drawn to her anthology, The M Word: Conversations about Motherhood. I knew I'd be in the hands of good taste and good writing, even if, as a Childless Woman, I couldn't actually relate. Well, what happened was this: I found myself not only enjoying the read, but relating. In a major way. Because, as it turns out, the essays are both about motheirng and not mothering, about the exultant and the reluctant, the non-mothers by choice, the stepmothers by circumstance, women who will do anything to become a mother and those who will do anything to not. And in every scenario, the difficulties, joys, fears, the way life is changed for the better and sometimes for the not entirely better. There are celebrations, regrets, and such honesty that it's really quite impossible not to relate."

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"There is a strong Canadian tradition of public discourse on motherhood, from the late journalist June Callwood's interviews with unwed teenaged mothers to Marni Jackson's memoirs, and anthologies like Double Lives and Between Interruptions. The M Word adds 25 thoughtful voices to the mix ... You won't keep this book: you'll pass it on to friends whose current vocation is changing diapers, or to friends who want a child, and those who don't."

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"A book about motherhood that includes those who never gave birth? Those who've been pregnant but never held a child? Halleluiah! Finally: a conversation with no 'us versus them.' Here is only 'us,' those who desire to 'be connected by this understanding of what it is to love and celebrate your children.' The M Word offers what mothers (new and old) need most: to know we're not alone."

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"As I finished reading it, a close friend found out that she was pregnant for the first time. As we celebrated her pregnancy, I hesitated to pass the collection along to her. Superstitious and hoping to protect her, I worried about giving her essays on loss and trauma and regret. But women deserve to hear a conversation about motherhood that is as beautiful and scary and messy and complex as motherhood itself. When her experience of motherhood strays from the accepted stereotype, if it hasn't already, she'll know that she is not alone."

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Kerry Clare reads and writes in Toronto, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Her essays, short stories, and book reviews have appeared in the New Quarterly, the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Notes & Queries, Prairie Fire, Quill & Quire, Today's Parent, and other fine places. She writes about books and reading at her blog Pickle Me This and is editor at 49thShelf.com. Her essay "Love is a Let-Down" was nominated for a 2011 National Magazine Award and appeared in Best Canadian Essays 2011.

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Refuse

Wunker, ErinMcGgregor, HannahRak, Julie (Hrsg.) | BookThug


CanLit–the commonly used short form for English Canadian Literature as a cultural formation and industry—has been at the heart of several recent public controversies. Why? Because CanLit is breaking open to reveal the accepted injustices at its heart. It is imperative that these public controversies and the issues that sparked them be subject to careful and thorough discussion and critique.

Refuse provides a critical and historical context to help readers understand conversations happening about CanLit presently. One of its goals is to foreground the perspectives of those who have been changing the conversation about what CanLit is and what it could be. Topics such as literary celebrity, white power, appropriation, class, rape culture, and the ongoing impact of settler colonialism are addressed by a diverse gathering of writers from across Canada. This volume works to avoid a single metanarrative response to these issues, but rather brings together a cacophonous multitude of voices.

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Erin Wunker is a teacher and a writer. She teaches courses in Canadian literature and cultural production. She is the author of the multiple award-winning book Notes from a Feminist Killjoy. She lives and works in K’jipuktuk/Halifax.

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Hannah McGregor is an Assistant Professor of Publishing at Simon Fraser University, a feminist podcaster, and a CanLit killjoy. She co-hosts the popular Harry Potter podcast Witch, Please, and hosts the slightly-less-popular podcast Secret Feminist Agenda, a weekly discussion of the insidious, nefarious, insurgent, and mundane ways we enact our feminism in our daily lives. She lives in Vancouver on the territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, and has two cats; one is named after a poet, and the other is named after a breakfast.

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Julie Rak is a Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She holds an Eccles Fellowship at the British Library for 2017-2018 and is also a Killam Professor at the University of Alberta for 2017-18. Julie was born on traditional Haudenosaunee territory in New York State, and grew up in Delmar, NY, the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehaken (Mohawk). She currently lives and works on Treaty 6 and Metis territory in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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Brothers in Crime

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Ausgehend von Horkheimer, demzufolge die gesellschaftliche Herrschaft "aus ihrem eigenen ökonomischen Prinzip heraus in die Gangsterherrschaft" übergeht, beschreibt Pohrt die allgemeine Entwicklungstendenz. "Wer an der Spitze steht, steht auch mit einem Beim im Knast." Heute oft mit beiden. Top-Manager wie Uli Hoeneß und Thomas Middelhoff, deren Gesetzesverstöße öffentlich verharmlost werden, sind nur zwei aktuelle Beispiele. Jugendbanden und Russen-Mafia vervollständigen das Bild, und es vergeht kein Tag, an dem die organisierten Verbrecher nicht vor dem organisierten Verbrechen warnen. Statt noch einmal über die hinlänglich bekannten Machenschaften der herrschenden Klassen sich zu verbreiten, unternimmt Pohrt den Versuch, die Bedingungen zu bestimmen, unter denen sich auflöst, was Gesellschaft war, und an deren Stelle ein System von Cliquen und Banden tritt.

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"Pohrt schreibt so ruppig, wie Leitartikler gerne schreiben würden. Er holt sich seine Munition aus der Geschichte der Mafia, von Karl Marx und Max Horkheimer. Seine Polemik liest sich so gut, daß vermutlich die meisten für einen Augenblick vergessen, wie wenig sie ihr glauben." [Quelle: Süddeutsche Zeitung]

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