Monday, July 15, 2019

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

by Cathy O'Neil
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Longlisted for the National Book Award
New York Times Bestseller

A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life — and threaten to rip apart our social fabric

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated.

But as Cathy O’Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination: If a poor student can’t get a loan because a lending model deems him too risky (by virtue of his zip code), he’s then cut off from the kind of education that could pull him out of poverty, and a vicious spiral ensues. Models are propping up the lucky and punishing the downtrodden, creating a “toxic cocktail for democracy.” Welcome to the dark side of Big Data.

Tracing the arc of a person’s life, O’Neil exposes the black box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society. These “weapons of math destruction” score teachers and students, sort résumés, grant (or deny) loans, evaluate workers, target voters, set parole, and monitor our health.

O’Neil calls on modelers to take more responsibility for their algorithms and on policy makers to regulate their use. But in the end, it’s up to us to become more savvy about the models that govern our lives. This important book empowers us to ask the tough questions, uncover the truth, and demand change.

— Longlist for National Book Award (Non-Fiction)
— Goodreads, semi-finalist for the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards (Science and Technology)
— Kirkus, Best Books of 2016
— New York Times, 100 Notable Books of 2016 (Non-Fiction)
— The Guardian, Best Books of 2016
— WBUR's "On Point," Best Books of 2016: Staff Picks
— Boston Globe, Best Books of 2016, Non-Fiction

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

香港地區報 : 18區文藝地圖

鄧家宙; 繪者: Carmen Ng
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平日不以為意的城市風景,在極富想像力和細膩的插畫演繹下,也可變得大異其趣。本書以漫遊香港18區為主題,讀者可從插畫重新細味區內不同的古蹟、地標建築、文青據點及郊遊玩樂點,輕鬆地來個深度的風俗歷史文化遊。

  十八份關於「香港地」的文藝號外!
  從紙上重新發現
  我城歷史和文藝風景的可愛!

本地年輕插畫家Carmen Ng,今次以0.03mm代針筆極細膩地重新勾勒香港十八區景點,網羅四百多個歷史文化古蹟、地標建築、文青藝術潮流據點及郊遊玩樂點,其水彩畫作充滿天馬行空點子,自成一格,更有香港史學會的鄧家宙博士之精練闡釋,如數家珍地把香港地景點背後的掌故和趣聞與畫作有機地結合,讓平日我們不以為意的城市風景,都變得大異其趣。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, July 8, 2019

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

by Kurt Andersen
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The single most important explanation, and the fullest explanation, of how Donald Trump became president of the United States . . . nothing less than the most important book that I have read this year.”—Lawrence O’Donnell

How did we get here?

In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen shows that what’s happening in our country today—this post-factual, “fake news” moment we’re all living through—is not something new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character. America was founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by hucksters and their suckers. Fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA.

Over the course of five centuries—from the Salem witch trials to Scientology to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, from P. T. Barnum to Hollywood and the anything-goes, wild-and-crazy sixties, from conspiracy theories to our fetish for guns and obsession with extraterrestrials—our love of the fantastic has made America exceptional in a way that we've never fully acknowledged. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams and epic fantasies—every citizen was free to believe absolutely anything, or to pretend to be absolutely anybody. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails.

Fantasyland could not appear at a more perfect moment. If you want to understand Donald Trump and the culture of twenty-first-century America, if you want to know how the lines between reality and illusion have become dangerously blurred, you must read this book.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

關於跑步,我說的其實是

村上春樹
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寫作滿三十年前夕
村上春樹透過談跑步,道出自己不為人所知的寫作觀。

25年前村上春樹開始他的第一次跑步。那是1982年的秋天,三十三歲那一年,寫完《尋羊冒險記》,村上先生因為戒煙而體重增加,為了減肥,開始了他的第一步。從那以後村上接連不斷地跑,他曾經跑完雅典的全程馬拉松,也參加波士頓馬拉松比賽,平日每天幾乎都跑上十公里,可以說除了寫作,跑步已經是他最在行的事。

村上在這本書《關於跑步,我說的其實是……》中藉著記錄整理自己的經驗與思緒,分享他在跑步中所理解的人生以及寫作觀。至於書名是什麼意思?其實這本書的日文原名就是以外來語思維所寫的(What I Talk About When I Talk About Running),這個名稱明顯是向他喜愛的美國小說家瑞蒙‧卡佛名作之一《當我們討論愛情》(What We Talk About When We Talk About Love)致敬。

村上說如果他可以選擇自己的墓誌銘,猜猜看他想寫上什麼?答案就在書裡。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, July 1, 2019

Stick with It: The Science of Lasting Behaviour

Sean Young
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Learn how to make real, lasting changes in your life

We all have bad habits - whether it's a weakness for junk food, a smartphone addiction or a lack of exercise. But change is hard. Forty percent of dieters quit within a week. Eighty percent of New Year's resolutions don't last beyond January. How can we kick bad habits - and stick with it?

According to psychologist and behaviour researcher Dr Sean Young, the answer is to stop trying to change the person, and instead change the process. In Stick With It, Dr Young draws on his own research and that of other leading experts to explain how the mind often interferes with breaking bad habits, and how we can outsmart it, increasing the likelihood of lasting change by 200%.

Packed with practical exercises and real-life case studies, Stick With It shows that it is possible to control spending, stick to a diet, exercise regularly and overcome problem behaviours - forever.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

當日出日落同步上演 : 致香港流行文化, 2012-2017

阿果
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對香港人來說,2012至2017年,是無法忘記,甚至影響深遠的五年。

我們送走了曾蔭權,迎來了梁振英,又過渡至林鄭月娥;經歷了幾場龐大的社會運動,一起反國教,要求看電視,喊著特首下台,也曾撐起雨傘──這些記憶我們歷歷在目。

那麼,這段時間的流行文化,你記得幾多?與政局大事相比,流行文化被看為次要──聽一首歌,看一套劇集,究竟有幾重要?這些明星八卦新聞,這些不合情理的節目,為什麼值得一提再提?

「我已經無睇TVB好耐啦!」
「我唔聽廣東歌架啦!」
「我當然要XXX,而唔要XXX!」

這些說話,我們不陌生。然而,打開Facebook研究數據,在茶餐廳做田野考察的時候,你會發現現實的世界不是這樣。

「我已經無睇TVB好耐啦!」(但談論某劇集的時候,個個都能發表幾句,最多聽到的一句是「同其他TVB的劇集好唔同」。)
「我唔聽廣東歌架啦!」(但某歌手登上頒獎禮的台上時,整個Facebook都在share/ comment。)

這是流行文化的厲害之處。

更重要的是,以為流行文化是獨立於整個社會氣候環境而風花雪月嗎?恐怕不是如此。

我們有什麼電視台,看怎樣的電視節目,其實都是(我們很討厭的)政治。是以,被人詬病的大台繼續一台獨大,有著改革野心大量投資的電視台不獲發牌。

看回這幾年的流行文化大事,我們看見的是香港故事。在我們以為最困難的時候,有些人、有些事就悄悄冒起──這幾年,是日出與日落同時上演的時刻,也是我們的轉折點。

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)


Monday, June 24, 2019

How to Have a Great Career: Find Your Passion, Achieve Your Goals, Love What You Do

Larry Smith
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Whether you are just starting out or are reinventing yourself, Larry Smith will show you how to turn what you love into what you do

For the past three decades, Professor Larry Smith has become something of a “career whisperer” for his students at the University of Waterloo. His guidance has helped steer more than twenty-five thousand students to careers they love at companies like Facebook, Amazon, Tesla and Google, to name just a few. But most of us are left to figure out one of the biggest decisions of our lives on our own. Each year, millions of talented college and university students graduate with little or no real sense of what their next step will be. And shifting economies and life circumstances often send us down the wrong career path, or down one that isn’t a perfect fit for our skills and personalities—even if we are often unaware of it. But it is possible—even if you already have a foothold in a career—to make changes that will result in renewed passion and success that is greater than anything you’ve ever imagined.

With his straightforward, no-nonsense approach, Smith itemizes and dismisses all the usual excuses, fears and worries that people hide behind when trying to find their true direction. He shows how it is possible to change course and get on the right path. It won’t necessarily be easy, but if you follow Smith’s guidance, your career dreams can come true.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

情緒陰影──「心靈整合之父」榮格,帶你認識內在原型,享受情緒自由

許皓宜
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如果說格雷有五十道陰影,你有沒有想過,你的心裡有幾道陰影?
你所有的不快樂,怪別人都沒有用。
抓出陰影背後的形象,讓我們一起學習駕馭他。
面對厭世代,我們都可以自我拯救。
陰影,也是一種力量!

當遇上無法真心擁抱的負面時刻──
看到朋友在臉書曬幸福照,你突然覺得心情低落,就把他封鎖了;
最討厭突然插隊超車的駕駛,總想按喇叭來表達不滿;
上台報告後,覺得台風不夠穩健的自己好糟糕,變得好沮喪;
進入一個陌生團體,身旁的人看起來又厲害又迷人,你開始害怕……
這些,都是「情緒陰影」!

「情緒陰影」,就是讓人在情感暴雨來襲時,常常找不到傘的窘境;是阻礙我們身心能量的「情結」所在,也是我們心靈深處的「雜質」。這些無法被自我所意識到的情感經驗,原來背後,暗藏著許多我們還不夠了解自己的地方。

所以,這本書要帶領你——
覺察「情緒陰影」的存在,把它提取到意識層面反覆思考,轉化成正向的力量。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, June 17, 2019

Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges

Steven M. Southwick, Dennis S. Charney
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Most of us at some point in our lives will be struck by major traumas such as the sudden death of a loved one, a debilitating disease, assault, or a natural disaster. Resilience refers to the ability to 'bounce back' after encountering difficulty. This book provides a guide to building emotional, mental and physical resilience by presenting ten factors to help anyone become more resilient to life's challenges. Specific resilience factors such as facing fear, optimism, and social support are described through the experiences and personal reflections of highly resilient survivors. These survivors also describe real-life methods for practicing and benefiting from the resilience factors. As resilience is the complex product of genetic, psychological, biological, social, and spiritual factors, the authors investigate resilience from multiple scientific perspectives. They synthesize the latest literature on the topic, describe their own research on resilience, and quote from their interviews with highly resilient people.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

品味人生12講

傅佩榮
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品味人生靠自己,追求活得更有智慧的幸福人生

同樣的一生,有人活得多采多姿,有人活得黯然神傷;同樣的一天,有人過得充實美好,有人過得了無生趣。人生際遇各有不同,但是追求幸福之心並無差異。幸福的定義可能言人人殊,但是它與人的自我實現必有密切關係。

現代人的生活充滿逆境,應付每天的困難都措手不及。如何認識及提升自己的抗壓力,使自己擁有百折不回的毅力,努力攀上人生的頂峰?

活著,就須不斷自我超越。經營充實的生活,當務之急是激發潛能、培養創意、堅定信心,才有能力在充滿變化的世局中,讓身體像行雲一般自在,心靈像流水一樣自由,活得灑脫而愉快。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, June 10, 2019

Lunch with the FT: 52 Classic Interviews

Lionel Barber
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A selection of Financial Times interviews with high-profile figures in business, politics, the arts, science and more.

From film stars to politicians, tycoons to writers, dissidents to lifestyle gurus, Lunch with the FT gathers fifty-two fascinating interviews conducted at the unforgiving proximity of a restaurant table.

... This book brings you right to the table to decide what you think of Angela Merkel or Martin Amis, George Soros or Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Angelina Jolie or Jimmy Carter. Meet not just oligarchs and royals, but the co-founder of Apple, the codiscoverer of DNA, the tycoon who will pay African presidents to quit, and one of the Arab world’s most notorious sons.

Every interview is illustrated with a drawing of its subject, making this collection as visually impressive as it is enlightening and fun to read.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

This Way看電影:提煉電影裡的歷史味

蔣竹山
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電影是一扇窗,打開它,就看見更多故事,更多歷史。

《神鬼獵人》讓人想到北美印第安人與白人的毛皮貿易。《香料共和國》記錄了希臘與土耳其的食物與鄉愁。《吸特樂回來了》把戰後德國的二戰記憶拉回來。《跳舞時代》呈現日治台灣文青的感官世界。《霸王別姬》用咚咚鏘鏘的戲曲看穿近代中國。《日落真相》點出日本天皇從神到人的退位危機。

歷史不單只是讓讀者看到「過去」,歷史不是只有歷史敘事與歷史事實而已,我們還希望以電影為窗口,引導讀者進行一些有關爭議歷史問題的思辨,培養分析與理解事物的技巧。此外,還希望能讓讀者學習到,看事情不用現代的觀點,而是回到當時的脈絡,站在當時經驗與看法的「神入」(同理心)方式來看歷史。

為此,《This Way看電影》這本書, 提出二十五部電影、六大主題、四大能力, 讓我們來提煉電影裡的歷史味。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, June 3, 2019

Psych 101: Psychology Facts, Basics, Statistics, Tests, and More!

Paul Kleinman
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A hands-on approach to exploring the human mind

Too often, textbooks turn the noteworthy theories, principles, and experiments of psychology into tedious discourse that even Freud would want to repress. Psych 101 cuts out the boring details and statistics, and instead, gives you a lesson in psychology that keeps you engaged - and your synapses firing.

From personality quizzes and the Rorschach Blot Test to B.F. Skinner and the stages of development, this primer for human behavior is packed with hundreds of entertaining psychology basics and quizzes you can't get anywhere else.

So whether you're looking to unravel the intricacies of the mind, or just want to find out what makes your friends tick, Psych 101 has all the answers - even the ones you didn't know you were looking for.

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細味名言100句

李怡
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德國作家赫塞說,名言猶如一段文字甚而是一篇著作的精髓,它因短小而有價值,不能粗略閱讀,而須細細咀嚼才能領悟其真義,並能成為指導生活言行的指針。

本書是李怡從長年閱讀中摘下的100句名言,簡略介紹原作者的生平和成就,對摘錄的句子稍作釋義,但不作詳細發揮。因為李怡相信,每一位讀友都會和他一樣,自己對名言反覆深思,聯繫自己的生活、工作、處事,細察其意,或從迷惘中得到醒悟。

(摘錄自cosmosbooks.com.hk)


Monday, May 27, 2019

Soulware: The American Way in China's Higher Education

Way Kuo
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This book is a critical account of the history, evolution and challenges of higher education in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, with important reflections on other systems, notably those in the US, UK, Korea and Japan. In addition to hardware and software, it introduces the concept of "software" in global higher education and analyses its importance for internationalization and the pursuit of excellence. In an age where robots and artificial intelligence are impacting our jobs and our daily lives, its critical analysis and insightful reflections provide considerable value for a range of global stakeholders interested in higher education reform to nurture talent and promote innovation to prepare students for an unpredictable future.

"Professor Kuo’s perspective provides considerable value for a range of global stakeholders both in the east and the west. As American universities awake to the realization that the demand for higher education is an increasingly global phenomena, his contribution could not be more timely."
--Mike Crow, PhD President, Arizona State University

"Way Kuo advances a powerful historical argument for the means to achieve excellence in Asian universities. His recipe is bold leadership, combining excellence in teaching and research, and embracing the lessons of western university successes and failures. A superb combination of history and forward thinking."
--Michael Kotlikoff, VMD, PhD Provost, Cornell University

"Way’s book is not just about the past or the present. Rather, it offers useful insights into the future. In an age where robots and artificial intelligence are impacting our jobs and our daily lives, he introduces the concept of “soulware” and analyzes its importance for higher education."
--G. P. “Bud” Peterson, PhD President, Georgia Institute of Technology

"Differing from their Western counterparts, Chinese universities will demonstrate their own cultural characteristics. In this regard, Professor Kuo’s book offers us many valuable insights."
--Yong Qiu, PhD President, Tsinghua University, Beijing

"Wisdom is the ultimate goal of higher education. It is the illumination of that wisdom among audiences, English-speaking or Chinese-speaking, to which Way Kuo’s book hopes to kindle a spark."
--Frank H. Shu, PhD President, 2002-06, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, and University Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley and San Diego

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在故宮, 尋找蘇東坡

祝勇
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在故宮藏品中, 尋找蘇東坡的生命印跡。
展閱宋元明書畫,試圖理解蘇東坡與他的時代。
故宮授權高清詳圖,呈現蘇東坡書法與繪畫之美

◎本書從十個側面——入仕、求生、書法、繪畫、文學、交友、文人集團、家庭、為政、嶺南, 書寫了蘇東坡一生的生命經歷。在作者筆下,蘇東坡是屬於人間的。他是石,是竹,也是塵,是土,是他《寒食帖》所寫的“泥汙燕支雪”。他的文學藝術,牽動著人世間最凡俗的欲念,同時又代表著中國文化最堅定的價值。蘇東坡既是草根的,又是精英的。

◎在呈現蘇東坡人生脈絡和生命際遇的同時,作者選取故宮收藏的宋元明三個主要朝代的藝術藏品,由書、畫及人,把蘇東坡的精神世界和藝術史聯繫起來,由蘇東坡個體的人生去反觀他所處的時代。不單是蘇東坡的個人傳記,更書寫了整個宋代的精神文化風貌。

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Monday, May 20, 2019

The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

Grant Cardone
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Achieve "Massive Action" results and accomplish your business dreams!

While most people operate with only three degrees of action-no action, retreat, or normal action-if you're after big goals, you don't want to settle for the ordinary. To reach the next level, you must understand the coveted 4th degree of action. This 4th degree, also know as the 10 X Rule, is that level of action that guarantees companies and individuals realize their goals and dreams.

The 10 X Rule unveils the principle of "Massive Action," allowing you to blast through business cliches and risk-aversion while taking concrete steps to reach your dreams. It also demonstrates why people get stuck in the first three actions and how to move into making the 10X Rule a discipline. Find out exactly where to start, what to do, and how to follow up each action you take with more action to achieve Massive Action results.

.Learn the "Estimation of Effort" calculation to ensure you exceed your targets
.Make the Fourth Degree a way of life and defy mediocrity
.Discover the time management myth
.Get the exact reasons why people fail and others succeed
.Know the exact formula to solve problems

Extreme success is by definition outside the realm of normal action. Instead of behaving like everybody else and settling for average results, take Massive Action with The 10 X Rule, remove luck and chance from your business equation, and lock in massive success.

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貝聿銘全集 (I.M. Pei: Complete Works)

菲力浦.裘蒂狄歐 (Philip Jodidio), 珍妮特.亞當斯.斯特朗 (Janet Adams Strong)
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貝聿銘(1917年4月26日-2019年5月16日)是世界著名的華人建築大師,在1983年獲得有建築諾貝爾獎之稱的普里茲克獎(Pritzker Architecture Prize)時,評委會對他的評價是:他“帶來了本世紀最美麗的內部空間和外部形式”。貝聿銘先生的作品為現代主義建築,被譽為“最後一位現代主義建築大師”和“美國歷史上前所未有的最優秀的建築家”,善用鋼材、混凝土、玻璃與石材。

《貝聿銘全集》按時間順序彙編了貝聿銘先生的作品 … 書中一共收錄了50多個建築作品和300多幅插圖,也包括其最新的建築作品。每個建築作品都有詳細的背景資料、專案描述和評價。作者用設計草圖、設計圖、效果圖結合文字對每一個專案做了全面的分析。這些專案來自中國、美國、日本、德國等世界各地,其中包括美國波士頓的甘迺迪圖書館、美國華盛頓特區的國家美術館東館、法國巴黎的盧浮宮擴建工程、香山飯店、香港中銀大廈、蘇州博物館等,近期作品有卡達杜哈伊斯蘭藝術博物館等,幾乎包括了貝聿銘先生的所有建築作品。文前有貝聿銘先生自己為全集寫的《建築是藝術和歷史的融合》。

(摘錄自amazon.cn)


Monday, May 13, 2019

The Ultimate Book of Lighthouses: An Illustrated Companion to the History, Design, and Lore

by Samuel Willard Compton, Michael J. Rhein
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The sheer beauty of the elegant, lonely lighthouses along our shores— and their unspoiled, scenic natural settings —has captivated our collective imagination. More than simply picturesque, the lighthouse has become an enduring symbol of salvation, fortitude, and heroic folklore.

The Ultimate Book of Lighthouses is a comprehensive and fascinating work, where you’'ll discover:
- Profiles of every kind of lighthouse, from the boldly striped 196-foot tower overlooking the notorious Diamond Shoals off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to ...
- Fascinating information about lightships, foghorns, and modest beacons
- Many remarkable engineering techniques used in constructing lighthouses
- Historical examples of our ancestors’ courageous efforts to guide mariners through treacherous seas and storms
- Scores of stunning full-color photographs, and more!

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

https://openagenda.com/jim2019/events/lighthouse-memories-green-island-lighthouseLighthouse Memories: Green Island Lighthouse Exhibition and Presentation will be held on 19 May 2019 at 13:00-17:30 at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum as part of 'International Museum Day'.  Lighthouse Memories is an ongoing project conducted by Lighthouse Heritage Research Connections (LHRC) of the Run Run Shaw Library, City University of Hong Kong. READ MORE

科學大歷史 : 人類從走出叢林到探索宇宙,從學會問「為什麼」到破解自然定律的心智大躍進 (The Upright Thinkers)

雷納.曼羅迪諾 (Leonard Mlodinow)
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柏克萊加大物理學博士、暢銷科普作家雷納.曼羅迪諾,
用大歷史手法描繪人類科學大躍進的重磅之作!

「曼羅迪諾總是有辦法讓科學顯得平易近人,妙趣橫生。」 ──史蒂芬‧霍金

當人類學會直立行走,大腦的運作從此遠遠超越了其他動物。 人類成為唯一懂得問「為什麼」的動物,旺盛的求知動力,加上歷史上屢屢突破傳統思維限制的天才想像,造就了科學的驚人成就,也形塑了人類的文明!

曼羅迪諾帶我們展開一場熱情有勁的旅程, 循著令人振奮的人類演進史,逐一解說科學發展的關鍵事件。過程中,他以令人耳目一新的方式,帶我們觀察人類及社群的獨到特質,瞭解究竟是什麼動力促使我們從使用石器,開始撰寫文字,並從化學、生物學、現代物理學的誕生,發展出如今的科技世界。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

香港城市大學(城大)和香港科學館合辦「鯨豚法醫︰同你『港』鯨豚」展覽,是本港首個以鯨豚為主題的公眾展覽,展期由4月26日至5月29日。


The first-ever cetacean-themed exhibition in Hong Kong, titled “CSI of the Cetaceans: Hope of Solutions”, co-organised by City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and the Hong Kong Science Museum, is open to the public from 26 April to 29 May. READ MORE

Monday, May 6, 2019

Remember It!: The Names of People You Meet, All of Your Passwords, Where You Left Your Keys, and Everything Else You Tend to Forget

Nelson Dellis
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Throughout his research into memory theory, Nelson Dellis found existing memory improvement guides to be wanting—overcomplicated, dry, and stodgy. So he decided to write a book that is approachable and fun, centered on what people actually need to remember. In Remember It!, Dellis teaches us how to make the most of our memory, using his competition-winning techniques. Presenting the information in a user-friendly way, Dellis offers bite-size chapters, addressing things we wish we could remember but often forget: names, grocery lists, phone numbers, where you left your keys—you name it! This fast-paced, highly illustrated tour of the inner workings of the brain makes improving your memory simple and fun.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

安靜是種超能力 : 寫給內向者的職場進擊指南, 話不多, 但大家都會聽你說

張瀞仁
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這不是一本要你變外向的書!

誰說安靜的內向者沒有當「行銷專家」的本錢?誰說害羞的內向者無法勝任「國際慈善募款工作」?誰說話不多的內向者成為「職場導師」沒有說服力?本書作者以「內向者」的身分現身說法,描述了她長期以來與外向文化之間的搏鬥史,破解一般人對內向者的既定印象與框架。

事實上,「內向」並不等於「沒有野心」,也不會抵消工作能力,更不會成為成功的絆腳石。內向者擁有優良的協調能力與鉅細靡遺的思考力,能心無旁鶩地專注於自己的專業領域,予主管、客戶及同伴強大的信賴感,同時他們還是非常好的傾聽者,能高度同理及體貼他人,擁有一位內向者好友如獲人生至寶。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, April 29, 2019

Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe

by Roger McNamee
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The New York Times bestseller about a noted tech venture capitalist, early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg, and Facebook investor, who wakes up to the serious damage Facebook is doing to our society - and sets out to try to stop it.

If you had told Roger McNamee even three years ago that he would soon be devoting himself to stopping Facebook from destroying our democracy, he would have howled with laughter. He had mentored many tech leaders in his illustrious career as an investor, but few things had made him prouder, or been better for his fund's bottom line, than his early service to Mark Zuckerberg. Still a large shareholder in Facebook, he had every good reason to stay on the bright side. Until he simply couldn't.

ZUCKED is McNamee's intimate reckoning with the catastrophic failure of the head of one of the world's most powerful companies to face up to the damage he is doing. It's a story that begins with a series of rude awakenings. First there is the author's dawning realization that the platform is being manipulated by some very bad actors. Then there is the even more unsettling realization that Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg are unable or unwilling to share his concerns, polite as they may be to his face.

And then comes the election of Donald Trump, and the emergence of one horrific piece of news after another about the malign ends to which the Facebook platform has been put. To McNamee's shock, even still Facebook's leaders duck and dissemble, viewing the matter as a public relations problem. Now thoroughly alienated, McNamee digs into the issue, and fortuitously meets up with some fellow travelers who share his concern, and help him sharpen its focus. Soon he and a dream team of Silicon Valley technologists are charging into the fray, to raise consciousness about the existential threat of Facebook, and the persuasion architecture of the attention economy more broadly -- to our public health and to our political order.

Zucked is both an enthralling personal narrative and a masterful explication of the forces that have conspired to place us all on the horns of this dilemma. This is the story of a company and its leadership, but it's also a larger tale of a business sector unmoored from normal constraints, just at a moment of political and cultural crisis, the worst possible time to be given new tools for summoning the darker angels of our nature and whipping them into a frenzy. Like Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window, Roger McNamee happened to be in the right place to witness a crime, and it took him some time to make sense of what he was seeing and what we ought to do about it. The result of that effort is a wise, hard-hitting, and urgently necessary account that crystallizes the issue definitively for the rest of us.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

香港·人

羅國洪, 朱少璋
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本書是匯智出版有限公司成立二十周年的紀念之作,以「香港人物」為主題,由二十七位香港著名作家執筆,為讀者刻畫各式各樣的香港人。書中所寫的既有畫家、歌手或學者等城中名人,也有不具名的牙醫、侍應或老闆,更有描寫親友的文章,內容豐富。二十七位作家筆下不同年代以至不同階層的人物在本書中一一亮相,都各具獨特的面貌與性格,每一篇文章均展現作者個人的寫作風格與敘事心思,值得讀者細味。

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)


Monday, April 22, 2019

Patent, Copyright & Trademark: An Intellectual Property Desk Reference

Richard Stim Attorney
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Whether you are in the world of business or creative arts, you need to understand the laws that govern your work. But given the convoluted terminology that surrounds patents, copyrights, trademarks, and other intellectual property rights, this isn't easy. Enter, Patent, Copyright & Trademark, which explains:

• what legal rights apply to your creations, products, or inventions
• the scope of copyright protection
• how trademark law works, and
• what trade-secret law protects.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

World Intellectual Property Day (April 26) 
Every April 26, the World Intellectual Property Organization celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. READ MORE

霓虹黯色――香港街道視覺文化記錄

郭斯恆
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透過攝影實地記錄還未拆卸的霓虹招牌,好讓讀者從霓虹招牌照片中,窺探各行各業的視覺文化和本土美學特色,從而了解招牌如何建構香港街道想像和消費文化。總括來說,書中將集中分析現存霓虹招牌的視覺美學,並從中所催生的香港消費文化,也帶出每區的消費模式轉變,並探討霓虹招牌如何豐富我城的街道空間,並延伸我們的集體回憶。

(摘錄自cp1897.com.hk)


Monday, April 15, 2019

Becoming

Michelle Obama
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An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

漢字樹 : 從圖像解開人的奧妙 = Hanzi Tree

廖文豪
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500個與「人」有關的漢字+超過5,000個甲骨文、金文、篆文 收納在2張漢字樹狀圖!

...... 部首是一個字組成的構件之一,因為有許多字都有,因而成為漢字分類的標記。但是,屬於同一個部首的字,彼此之間卻未必有關連。反之,有些看似不同的字,從漢字的演化發展來看,卻是關係密切。

作者長年浸淫在文字學的天地,尋索字與字之間的邏輯關連,濃縮在書中的「漢字樹狀圖」中。再透過作者清晰簡要的說明,即使對於在文字學毫無根基的讀者,也可以憑著自身對中文母語的使用經驗,得到許多新奇的發現與樂趣。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


四月二十日聯合國中文日。多年來,聯合國中文日已經成為人們瞭解中國文化的一個視窗。 今年的中文日將從4月初起,在紐約聯合國總部推出一系列豐富多彩的活動,內容涵蓋畫展、中文學習論壇、專題講座、時尚與傳統戲曲展等。 詳情

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future

Ryder Carroll
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The Bullet Journal Method is about much more than organizing your notes and to-do lists. It's about what Carroll calls "intentional living": weeding out distractions and focusing your time and energy in pursuit of what's truly meaningful, in both your work and your personal life. It's about spending more time with what you care about, by working on fewer things. His new book shows you how to...

* Track the past: Using nothing more than a pen and paper, create a clear and comprehensive record of your thoughts.

* Order the present: Find daily calm by tackling your to-do list in a more mindful, systematic, and productive way.

* Design the future: Transform your vague curiosities into meaningful goals, and then break those goals into manageable action steps that lead to big change.

Carroll wrote this book for frustrated list-makers, overwhelmed multitaskers, and creatives who need some structure. Whether you've used a Bullet Journal for years or have never seen one before, The Bullet Journal Method will help you go from passenger to pilot of your own life.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

研究生完全求生手冊 : 方法, 秘訣, 潛規則

彭明輝
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彭明輝《研究生完全求生手冊》的寫作目標聚焦在碩、博士生所需要的基本能力,以及畢業前所需要的研究方法、訣竅與潛規則......   

此外,為了讓這些方法易學、易用,彭明輝還把不可捉摸的研究方法與創意精煉成一套「研究工作DIY」的分解動作,引導讀者由淺入深,逐步掌握文獻回顧、批判性思考與創新的要領,讓他們可以只靠前人的智慧就生產出不錯的碩士論文,但又為讀者的個人天分保留充分的發揮餘地。   

最重要的是這項研究能力還可以轉化為終生受用的核心能力,讓你的工作、人生邁向更高的境界。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, April 1, 2019

You Are a Badass Every Day: How to Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest for Transformation Unstoppable

Jen Sincero
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, reach your goals with this pocket-size inspiration and guidance to keep your transformation on track.

For anyone who has ever had trouble staying motivated while trailblazing towards badassery, You Are a Badass Every Day is the companion to keep you fresh, grateful, mighty, and driven. In one hundred exercises, reflections, and cues that you can use to immediately realign your mind and keep your focus unwavering, this guide will show you how to keep the breakthroughs catalyzed by Sincero’s iconic books You Are a Badass and You Are a Badass at Making Money going. Owning your power to ascend to badassery is just the first step in creating the life you deserve—You Are A Badass Every Day is the accountability buddy you can keep in your back pocket to power through obstacles, overcome the doubts that hold you back from greatness, and keep the fires of determination roaring while you reach your goals.

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時間之書

呂迪格.薩弗蘭斯基 (Rüdiger Safranski)
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「這本書具有魔力,遠勝近期所有討論時間的出版品。」──德國《焦點》雜誌
時間是什麼?從哪裡來、又要流向何方?
德國當代哲學大師邀你走入這場如詩如畫的時光之旅,一探最難解的永恆之謎

★《明鏡週刊》、《法蘭克福匯報》、《時代週報》等眾家媒體評論一致盛讚
★國際尼采學會大獎、托瑪斯‧曼獎、各大文學獎得主 最新暢銷力作
★耿一偉︱臺北藝術大學戲劇系兼任助理教授 專文導讀

「時間究竟是什麼?沒有人問我,我倒清楚,有人問我,我想說明,便茫然不解了。」──奧古斯丁,《懺悔錄》
為什麼無聊的時候,總是度秒如年,快樂的時候,時間卻又倏忽即逝?
時鐘的刻度呈現的只是客觀的時間衡量標準,
是其中發生的事件改變了我們對時間的主觀感受,
而時間的社會化與金錢化,更讓我們的世界彷彿不斷加速快轉。

德國當代哲學大師薩弗蘭斯基帶領我們走進時間的迷宮,
巧妙交織哲學、文學、歷史、藝術、科學和個人省思,以生命的各個切面來了解時間,
從無聊、憂慮的時間,一直到社會化、世界、宇宙的時間,
探索時間到底對我們做了什麼,而我們又用時間創造出什麼。
人類縱然無法左右時間的流向,卻能與時間玩場遊戲,
用創作的靈光來留住永恆的瞬間。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


香港賽馬會呈獻系列:匠心獨運-鐘錶珍寶展 (Treasures of Time)」融合了科學、歷史和藝術,讓大家在欣賞精美的機械鐘錶之餘,可同時從科學角度認識時間的意義、鐘錶的操作原理,以及鐘錶背後的文化交流、歷史意義和科技成就。展覽於香港科學館舉行,展期至2019年4月10日。

Monday, March 25, 2019

The Implications of Brexit for East Asia

by David W.F. Huang (Editor), Michael Reilly (Editor)
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This book is the first comprehensive exploration of the impact Brexit might have on both Britain’s and the EU’s role in a rising East Asia. From the internationalization of the renminbi to Hong Kong's fraught political status quo, and from former British colonies exploring their place in the world to America's place in East Asia in the Trump era, the EU plays an influential role in Asia today. However, much of this derives from Britain’s role and interests, even as Asian models were explicitly cited as models for post-Brexit Britain, particularly the Singaporean model. This book will be of value to scholars, policymakers, and journalists seeking to understand what role the EU and Britain will play in the Asian century.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

BBC News on Brexit

請帶我穿越這片海洋 : 記敘利亞、伊拉克、阿富汗、北非難民, 以及跨地中海的悲劇航程

卡里姆‧埃爾-高哈利 (Karim el-Gawhary), 瑪蒂爾德‧施瓦本德 (Mathilde Schwabeneder)
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他們為什麼不留下來,為自己的國家奮戰到底?
為什麼那些難民父母自己不工作,卻讓小孩負責打工賺錢養家?
明明是難民,竟然人手一支手機,也有辦法付給人蛇好幾萬美元?
橫越地中海的那些「死亡之船」上,究竟都發生了什麼事?

自2011年爆發內戰以來,敘利亞人民平均壽命整整降低了20年,760萬人流離失所,400萬人逃出敘利亞、成了你我口中的「難民」。

從兩伊戰爭到最近的內戰,伊拉克有4%的人口「被消滅了」;2014年初,約250萬伊拉克人在ISIS的武裝攻擊下逃離家園……

這波「第二次世界大戰以來最大的難民潮」,已經成了一齣日常的悲劇,淹沒在每分每秒攫取我們注意力的大小即時事件中。但如果他們不再只是一個數字,如果你可以聽見他們的故事,你會知道他們和我們沒什麼不同......

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


News about Syria from The New York Times

Monday, March 18, 2019

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2019: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

Richard N. Bolles
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With more than 10 million copies sold in 28 countries, the world's most popular job-search book is updated for 2019, tailoring Richard Bolles's long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today's job-hunters and career-changers.

In today's complex job-market, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. Recent grads facing a changing economic landscape, workers laid off mid-career, and people searching for an inspiring work-life change all look to career guru Richard N. Bolles for support, encouragement, and advice on which job-hunt strategies work—and which don't. This revised edition combines classic elements like the famed Flower Exercise with updated tips on social media and search tactics. Bolles demystifies the entire job-search process, from writing resumes to interviewing to networking, expertly guiding job-hunters toward their dream job.

(Excerpt from the publisher's website)

越南:世界史的失語者 (The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam)

克里斯多佛‧高夏 (Christopher Goscha)
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權力爭奪、戰火洗禮、帝國殖民、獨立與開放、文化影響……
越南的歷史就是世界大歷史的縮影
跳脫越戰世代史學窠臼,抗衡越共對歷史詮釋的壟斷
史學家高夏運用越南文、法文、英文等多語史料,在《越南:世界史的失語者》一書中重建越南歷史多元完整的面貌

2017年榮獲
- 卓越歷史著作獎──坎迪爾獎(Cundill Prize)
- 美國歷史學會費正清獎(The John K. Fairbank Prize)

一本以「越南為中心」史觀的集大成巨作
高夏:「把越南歷史寫成勝利者獨享的故事,已經不再有其必要。」

文安立(Odd Arne Westad):想對越南歷史有一次精確而全面性評估的人,讀這本書就對了。

芮納‧米德(Rana Mitter):以宏觀角度審視越南,讓越南在讀者心目中不再只是冷戰期間已經幾乎淡忘的陳年舊事。

羅吉法爾(Fredrik Logevall):精闢、公正、人道色彩濃厚……在這個議題上,這本書必將成為經典之作。

《華爾街日報》:讀者若想找一本簡潔、有見識而又淺顯易讀的書,了解複雜而多變的越南現代史,這本書是最佳選項。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, March 11, 2019

Art Deco

Alastair Duncan
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Art Deco is one of the most exciting chapters in the history of the decorative arts. Conceived in France before the First World War, it spread throughout Europe and had its greatest and most spectacular success in the United States. Myriad influences shaped the style - Cubism, Constructivism, Orientalism, the Ballets Russes, the Bauhaus - and its exponents included many of the century's most celebrated artists, designers and craftsmen.

This volume traces the history of the art deco movement and examines its influence on design.
Examples are given of art deco furniture, textiles, ironwork, lighting, silver, glass, ceramics, sculpture, graphics, posters, books, jewellery, and architecture.

(Excerpt from AbeBooks.co.uk)


The “Art Deco. The France-China Connection” exhibition traces the origins of Art Deco in France, examines its influence of Chinese arts and craftsmanship on French designers and artisans, and explores the Art Deco lifestyle in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Hangzhou. The artefacts include furniture, sculptures, paintings, posters, costumes, ceramic glassware, vases, jewellery, cosmetic cases and more, highlighting the versatility, originality and adaptability of Art Deco designs. READ MORE

“Art Deco. The France-China Connection” Exhibition
Date: 6 March 2019 to 30 June 2019 (Closed on Mondays)
Time: 10am to 7pm
Venue: CityU Exhibition Gallery, City University of Hong Kong
Admission: Free of charge

便利店人間 = コンビニ人間

村田沙耶香
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第155屆芥川賞得獎作品
今年度,最衝擊社會普世價值,
動搖「正常」與「異常」的人格界線,
引起媒體熱烈討論,極具話題性的寫實小說。

36歲未婚女性古倉惠子,大學畢業後沒有就職,
在便利店打工已歷經18個年頭,至今未交過男朋友。

某天,以尋找結婚對象而加入打工行列的男人白羽,
卻對惠子的生活方式提出質疑:
「妳不覺得丟臉嗎?」

從此,惠子向來信奉的價值被徹底顛覆了,
失去基準的她,能找回真正的自我嗎?

「本作品透過將主角設定為一個偏離社會常識的怪物般角色,銳利、淺白、並且滑稽地刻畫出人類世界的這個真相。本作品堪稱傑作。」----------------奧泉光

「將身為社會異物的主角,放入人工式的正常化超商盒子裡,便鮮明地映照出外頭世界的人們的奇異。作者自由地伸縮這曖昧模糊的境界線,這部分的發展讀來趣味盎然。」---------------小川洋子

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, March 4, 2019

On China

Henry Kissinger
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"Fascinating, shrewd . . . The book deftly traces the rhythms and patterns of Chinese history." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

In this sweeping and insightful history, Henry Kissinger turns for the first time at book length to a country he has known intimately for decades and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape. On China illuminates the inner workings of Chinese diplomacy during such pivotal events as the initial encounters between China and tight line modern European powers, the formation and breakdown of the Sino-Soviet alliance, the Korean War, and Richard Nixon’s historic trip to Beijing. With a new final chapter on the emerging superpower’s twenty-first-century role in global politics and economics, On China provides historical perspective on Chinese foreign affairs from one of the premier statesmen of our time.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

Glimpses of China from a Bygone Era – An Exhibition of the Library’s Special Collection showcases treasured items dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties from Special Collection & Archive of the City University of Hong Kong Library. The exhibition is being held from 14 January to 21 March 2019 at Wofoo Foundation Gallery, Run Run Shaw Library, City University of Hong Kong. READ MORE

小說課 : 折磨讀者的秘密

許榮哲
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這是一本小說的武功祕笈,從招式解密到攫取心法––從小說創作的36個關鍵入手,引用古今中外三十多個經典作品為例,以最淺顯的方式讓讀者了解小說。

關於「人物」,它說:描寫性格比描寫長相重要!
關於「場景」,它說:每間星巴克都長得不一樣!
關於「對話」,它說:看得到的對話是水面上的八分之一,看不到的對話是水面下的八分之七!

從「全世界最好的小說開頭」到「一切都是羅生門」,文藝營達人許榮哲帶你深入小說的世界––讀過,看懂,學到!

本書深入淺出,從國中生到大學生,讓愛讀小說的人,更了解小說的構成;想寫小說的人,更不能缺少這本書的指引。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, February 25, 2019

India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy

by Ramachandra Guha
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A magisterial account of the pains, the struggles, the humiliations, and the glories of the world's largest and least likely democracy, Ramachandra Guha's India After Gandhi is a breathtaking chronicle of the brutal conflicts that have rocked a giant nation and the extraordinary factors that have held it together. An intricately researched and elegantly written epic history peopled with larger-than-life characters, it is the work of a major scholar at the peak of his abilities.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

With the generous book donation from the Consulate General of India, Hong Kong, an invaluable set of books will be added to the City University of Hong Kong Library's collection. The "Know India – Sharing India with the World" Book Donation Ceremony will be held on 26 February 2019 at the Run Run Shaw Library of the City University of Hong Kong. READ MORE

漢字書法之美

蔣勳
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.美學大師蔣勳談漢字的起源與書寫的美學
.漢字的美,彷彿是通過五千年歲月在天地間的各式書寫:可刻,可畫,可歌,可舞......
.如水波跌宕,如簷牙高啄,如飛鳥雙翼翱翔,筆鋒隨書寫者情緒流走。書法是舞蹈,是音樂,是心情的節奏,是審美的符號。
.「漢字書寫,對於我,像一種修行。我希望能像古代洞窟裡抄寫經文的人,把一部《法華經》一字一字寫好,像最初寫自己的名字一樣慎重端正。我不斷回想起父親握著我的手書寫的歲月,那些簡單的『上』、『大』、『人』,也是我的手被父親的手握著,一起完成的最美麗的書法。」
「漢字書寫,是我與自己相處最真實的一種儀式。」──蔣勳

......蔣勳說:書法是呼吸,是養生,是身體的運動,是性情的表達,是做人處事的學習,是安定保佑的力量,是生活現實裡的記憶,是還原到初寫自己名字時的認真......

作者以他獨特的美學情懷,述說動人的漢字書法故事。文字編織成畫面,我們走進了那古老卻又現代的漢字時間光廊,東方書寫的敬意與喜悅,就在你我的指間心中!

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


"Science and Art: Chinese and Korean Student Calligraphy Exhibition" is being staged at the Run Run Shaw Library of the City University of Hong Kong until 28 February 2019. READ MORE

Monday, February 18, 2019

The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer

by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, Dr. Elissa Epel
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The New York Times bestselling book coauthored by the Nobel Prize winner who discovered telomerase and telomeres' role in the aging process and the health psychologist who has done original research into how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can protect telomeres, slowing disease and improving life.

Have you wondered why some sixty-year-olds look and feel like forty-year-olds and why some forty-year-olds look and feel like sixty-year-olds? While many factors contribute to aging and illness, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn discovered a biological indicator called telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres, which protect our genetic heritage. Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel's research shows that the length and health of one's telomeres are a biological underpinning of the long-hypothesized mind-body connection. They and other scientists have found that changes we can make to our daily habits can protect our telomeres and increase our health spans (the number of years we remain healthy, active, and disease-free).

THE TELOMERE EFFECT reveals how Blackburn and Epel's findings, together with research from colleagues around the world, cumulatively show that sleep quality, exercise, aspects of diet, and even certain chemicals profoundly affect our telomeres, and that chronic stress, negative thoughts, strained relationships, and even the wrong neighborhoods can eat away at them. Drawing from this scientific body of knowledge, they share lists of foods and suggest amounts and types of exercise that are healthy for our telomeres, mind tricks you can use to protect yourself from stress, and information about how to protect your children against developing shorter telomeres, from pregnancy through adolescence. And they describe how we can improve our health spans at the community level, with neighborhoods characterized by trust, green spaces, and safe streets.

THE TELOMERE EFFECT will make you reassess how you live your life on a day-to-day basis. It is the first book to explain how we age at a cellular level and how we can make simple changes to keep our chromosomes and cells healthy, allowing us to stay disease-free longer and live more vital and meaningful lives.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)