Monday, September 20, 2021

From Inquiry to Academic Writing: A Text and Reader

Stuart Greene, April Lidinsky
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From Inquiry to Academic Writing helps students understand academic culture and its ways of thinking, reading, and writing. With a practical and widely proven step-by-step approach, the text demystifies cross-curricular thinking and writing. An extensive thematic reader brings students into interdisciplinary conversations that not only bear on their college careers but also reflect larger cultural issues that they will encounter outside the academy. The fifth edition includes 23 new readings (forty percent) and an increased emphasis on using critical reading to evaluate multiple perspectives and stretch beyond binary thinking.

Achieve for From Inquiry to Academic Writing is a dedicated composition space that guides students through drafting, peer review, source check, reflection, and revision.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram

Sarah Frier
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Winner of the 2020 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award

Named “Best Book of the Year” by Fortune, The Financial Times, The Economist, Inc. Magazine, and NPR

In this “sequel to The Social Network” (The New York Times), award-winning reporter Sarah Frier reveals the never-before-told story of how Instagram became the most culturally defining app of the decade.

“The most enrapturing book about Silicon Valley drama since Hatching Twitter” (Fortune), No Filter “pairs phenomenal in-depth reporting with explosive storytelling that gets to the heart of how Instagram has shaped our lives, whether you use the app or not” (The New York Times).

In 2010, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger released a photo-sharing app called Instagram, with one simple but irresistible feature: It would make anything you captured look more beautiful. The cofounders cultivated a community of photographers and artisans around the app, and it quickly went mainstream. In less than two years, it caught Facebook’s attention: Mark Zuckerberg bought the company for a historic one billion dollars when Instagram had only 13 employees.

That might have been the end of a classic success story. But the cofounders stayed on, trying to maintain Instagram’s beauty, brand, and cachet, considering their app a separate company within the social networking giant. They urged their employees to make changes only when necessary, resisting Facebook’s grow-at-all-costs philosophy in favor of a strategy that highlighted creativity and celebrity. Just as Instagram was about to reach a billion users, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg - once supportive of the founders’ autonomy - began to feel threatened by Instagram’s success.

Frier draws on unprecedented access - from the founders of Instagram, as well as employees, executives, and competitors; Anna Wintour of Vogue; Kris Jenner of the Kardashian-Jenner empire; and a plethora of influencers worldwide - to show how Instagram has fundamentally changed the way we show, eat, travel, and communicate, all while fighting to preserve the values which contributed to the company’s success. “Deeply reported and beautifully written” (Nick Bilton, Vanity Fair), No Filter examines how Instagram’s dominance acts as a lens into our society today, highlighting our fraught relationship with technology, our desire for perfection, and the battle within tech for its most valuable commodity: our attention.

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超速學習 : 我這樣做,一個月學會速描,一年學會四種語言,完成MIT四年課程 (Ultralearning)

史考特‧楊 (Scott H. Young)
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1. 後設學習:超速學習者懂得在開始學習前先畫出地圖,也會去學習其他人是如何學會自己想擁有的能力。
2. 專心致志:磨利你的刀,專注投入你想做的事。
3. 直截了當:走最短的路。想學外語,第一天就用新語言跟人聊天,想當程式設計師,就親手設計一款app。
4. 反覆操練:攻擊你最大的弱點,不斷練習。
5. 提取記憶:用測驗來學習。學完後,先寫出你剛才學了什麼,輸出有助於進一步輸入。
6. 意見回饋:別閃避重拳,聽取任何你收到的建言。
7. 保留記憶:別往漏水的桶子裡加水。如何提升記住新資訊的能力,如何防止習得的新知識從腦中溜走。
8. 培養直覺:超速學習者都能用很快的直覺來理解新事物,一旦學會,你會一次學得比一次快。
9. 勇於實驗:往舒適圈外探索大量新方法,你會達成許多意想不到的成就。


Monday, September 6, 2021

Before the Coffee Gets Cold: A Novel

Toshikazu Kawaguchi ; translated from the Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot
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If you could go back, who would you want to meet?

"An affecting, deeply immersive journey into the desire to hold onto the past. This wondrous tale will move readers."-- Publishers Weekly

In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee—the chance to travel back in time.

Over the course of one summer, four customers visit the café in the hopes of making that journey. But time travel isn’t so simple, and there are rules that must be followed. Most important, the trip can last only as long as it takes for the coffee to get cold.

Heartwarming, wistful, mysterious and delightfully quirky, Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s internationally bestselling novel explores the age-old question: What would you change if you could travel back in time?

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天空地圖 : 瑰麗星空、奇幻神話, 與驚人的天文發現 (The Sky Atlas)

愛德華.布魯克希欽 (Edward Brooke-Hitching)
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多國暢銷書《詭圖》(Phantom Atlas)、《寶圖》(Golden Atlas)的作者布魯克希欽,帶來一部遨遊諸天的視覺歷史。《天空地圖》收羅了各種宇宙圖、故事、繪畫與器物,勾勒出人類對於頂上天空與天空之外的想像與發現。