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Philosophy And Social Hope
Philosophy And Social Hope
by Richard Rorty
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 13.00
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Social Democratic theory by way of Neo-Pragmatism, Sept. 10 2002
As I am only a moderetly well-read senior in High school, I really can't comment on this book from the perspective of a philosopher. I will openly admit that many of the names and a few of the concepts that Rorty presented flew right over my head. Yet I really enjoyed the book. I may be wrong in thinking this, but I believe this book to be a great stepping stone between the sort of "50 Great Philosophers" books and hard-core theory, wether it be James, Nietzsche, Dewey, Kant, whoever. A sort of Intelligent layman introduction to modern Pragmatist thought. While I do realize that much of Rorty's works are nothing to spectacular in the academic world, but, speaking as an outsider to that world, I must say that his ideas seemed revolutionary, compared with the traditional wisdom and common sense most of us are taught day in and day out. I mean, up until I read this book, the most supreme philosophical concept that tore me apart was the objective-subjective dualism. And here comes Rorty telling me that objective-subjective is a diachotomy that doesn't matter. Not really mind blowing, but definetly more to chew on, and I do so love that. Thus, philosophically, I think this is a great collection. Politically though...Well, let's just say when it's possible for *ME* to find the holes in the arguments, they are shallow arguments indeed. It's not so much that I disagree with Rorty (infact, I whole heartedly agree with 90% of the politics he presents in this book) so much as the fact that he comes off more as a political outsider with a sort of Everyman understanding of History, Economics, and Politics. But, as Rorty says in this collection (another thing that's obvious yet I can never seem to manage), we should not judge a philosopher by his politics, and vice versa. To sum up: Intelligent layman trying to work their way in to hardcore philosophy, this book acts as a gate-way to the world of Hegel and Kant, but there is most likely little to be found here for the hardened phisolophy junkie.

To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse
by Virginia Woolf
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 13.68
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Makes annoying Modernist techniques FUN!, Aug. 26 2002
This review is from: To the Lighthouse (Paperback)
Wow...simply wow. Well, the first obvious thing to do is compare this to Ulysess. It is a 'day in the life of' subjectivist steam-of-consciousness novel, like Ulysess (though much, much easier to understand...more like Joyce in "A Portriait" really...), but it also has Proustian elements on the nature of time and man's place in time. It's a simple story, almost too simple. A family and some friends live on the Isle of Skye in the Hebrides. That's about it. But, oh the Characters! Everylast one of them can be analyzed for hours and hours, yet none of them ever become less then believable. It's a wonderful, moving experience to read this novel. And for those of you worrying about the difficulty, don't. This isn't Finnegans Wake. Yes, you do have to pay more attention to it then say, a Daniel Steele novel, and it is by no means escapist, but it isn't anything that a slightly intelligent person couldn't figure out. And every slightly intelligent person should read this novel.

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth (Widescreen)
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Megumi Ogata
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Prix : CDN$ 122.47
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Frankly, I just love anything Anno...., Aug. 21 2002
First off, no, this is not a 'new' movie. The vast, vast majority of it is clips from the first 24 episodes. So right away, if you didn't like the original episodes, you won't like this movie. Second, this movie is erratic and is done in such away that it is more a collage of images rather then a plot driven movie. So be prepared for that (if you didn't like the last 2 episodes, you won't like this movie).
But for those of us who did like those episodes, who recognized them for the artistic, philosophical, psychological genius that they were, this movie is a god send. It is pure anno. He juxtaposes harsh images together, and ties them together with the universal themes he developed in the show. All set to the most beautiful baroque music you'll hear (I've had an obsession with Bach since I watched it).
The DVD itself is, quiet simply, the best I've ever seen from an Anime publisher. There is a commentrary track that is pretty good (it illuminates much of the religious symbolism I missed), an extremely helpful Eva Encyclopedia, and menus to die for. It would be worth the full $$$, frankly.
To reinerate: If you didn't like the series, you'll hate this movie (and most likely End of Evangelion, really). If you did like the show, there's only a chance you'll like this movie. But for those of us that left NGE a little changed, this movie is perfect.

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
by Edith Hamilton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best overview out there, Aug. 21 2002
Marvelous! This is, quite simply, the best book on ancient mythology available today. It has everything you could ask for; It's readable, erudite scholars tome this is not; it's comprehensive, covering every major myth you'll find allusions too in modern literature; it's not analytical, it presents the stories as they should be, beautiful in their simplicity, not awash in modern symbolism; and, most important of all, the book sparks an passion for mythology. After reading this book, instead of feeling like you know all there is to know about the ancients religion, you'll want to actually read Hamilton's original sources. It actually makes you want to read Hesiod, Homer, Herodotus, Euridpides, Sophocles, Virgil, and all the others in the great classical cannon. Truly, I can't recommend this book enough.

The Iliad
The Iliad
by Homer
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 13.72
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I mean, you HAVE to read it..., Aug. 18 2002
This review is from: The Iliad (Paperback)
What's there to say? It's the Iliad. The most important war novel, nay, the most imporant NOVEL, of all time. Timeless characters, amazing story, and a thousand and one side plots [used] by every hackeneyed fantasy author in the last 3000 years. There is no substitute for Fagles translation. He makes verse read like prose without sacraficing the rhthym and flow of Homer. Simply put, any intelligent (or pseudo-intelligent, like me) person MUST read this at some point, and Fagles book is the best out there.

American Gods
American Gods
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 9.89
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A first- Intellectual fantasy!, Aug. 18 2002
Loved it! In a world of Tolkien clones, and never ending cash cow 'epics' it is oh so refreshing to find a truly intellectual fantasy novel. Gaiman has created a novel that the well read individual can read and not feel like they are induldging in the equivalent of a fast food burger. People like Goodkind satasify that certain craving, but you feel vaguley ill after finishing it. American Gods, though, is an incredibly original, intelligent, involving story. Anyone who ever studied world mythology, enjoys sociological observations that are, at time, incredibly enlightening, and likes to read an enjoyable novel needs to check this one out.

The World According to Garp
The World According to Garp
by John Irving
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Just....good, Aug. 18 2002
Beautiful novel. I loved this book. It's a comedy-tragedy about love and loss that manages to be funny without being cruel, and heartbreaking without being sentimental. All of the characters are very well fleshed out, and are extremely interesting. The relationships, while outrageous,are believable, and though the plot is out there, the book always keeps its feet on the ground. I really can't recommend it enough. What I will say, though, is this: Do NOT see the atrocious movie first. It is nothing at all like the book and it gets the characters personalities all wrong. Wait until you are in a weird mood and then pick up this delightfully fun and odd novel.

Brave New World Classic Ed
Brave New World Classic Ed
by Aldous Huxley
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Oh so overrated, Aug. 7 2002
Try as I might, I just don't get the appeal of the Utopia/Dystopia genre. With it's idealistic philosophies and overdrawn characters, it leaves much to be desired by the realist. This book, who's plot is well known enough that I do not think I need to delve into it here, is very indicative of the whole genre. All of the characters are cardboard cutouts of the denziens of the utopian novel. There's the bewildered outsider, there's the one who can't accept the system, there's the one who accepts it whole heartedly, there's the victim of said society, etc, etc, etc. Yes, the book does raise important objections to the Totalitarian state and religious fidelity to science, however, these are actually fairly common objections that you do not need to read a 250 page book to figure out. If you loved 1984, give it a shot I guess. Otherwise, just read some critiques of Communist(and to a lesser extent, state capitalist) ideology.

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book, annoying author, Aug. 7 2002
First off, let me say that the concept of this book is brillant. It invokes the hay day of investigative journalism and muckrucking. However, the book's author leaves much to be desired This is my first encounter with Ms. Ehrenreich's work, and I must say I am not that impressed. Not that there were any major flaws in her experiment. That was actually done quite well, as good as most could have hoped to do it. My problem with the book is that Ms. Ehrenreich comes off far to egotistical for her own good. Many times in the course of the study, she turns it into a personal account, why she is so great for doing this, why she is so smart, why she is so much more qualified then the rest of the poor (she says 'over qualified' so many times I nearly threw a fit). Basically, she strikes me as an Ivory Tower liberal who wants a medal for doing what millions do every day. Maybe I'm just nitpicking though. Overall- I agree with the concept of this book, and it raises many important questions, and for that reason it is worth reading, at least until a study by a better author comes along.

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Perfect Collection
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Perfect Collection
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Prix : CDN$ 639.84
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Simply breathtaking..., July 21 2002
For the record, I am not a huge fan of Anime. Maybe I am looking in the wrong places, but everytime I start to watch a series it ends up as mindless action or mindless comedy. I've only seen 2 that can truly be called intellectual. Serial Experiment: Lain was one. Neon Genesis Evangelion is the other.
I cannot say enough good about this series. It it quite simply the best piece of work to ever have been broadcast. Anywhere. Nothing to come out of America, nothing to come out of Japan, nothing anywhere can meet the sheer brilliance of the 26 episodes of this most disturbing, heartwarming, and beautiful anime.
Evangelion starts out simply enough. Ikari Shinji is a 14-year old boy who gets called upon to pilot a giant mecha, called an Evangelion. He, Rei, and Asuka are the three children that have the ability to pilot these machines. Simple enough, right? The first 3/4's of the series deals with the relationship between these 3 and the various leaders of NERV, the organization they work with. It is highly entertaining, beautifully drawn, and very engaging. Alot of the middle episodes are very light hearted, and nothing too fantastic, but enjoyable in their own right.
It is in the last quater of the series that it becomes brilliant. Shinji, Asuka, Rei, and Misato (one of the leaders of NERV) become very introspective. By this point their back stories and personalities are developed beyond any rational expectation. I don't want to spoil the moving experience of this anime, but let me just say that it is incredibly philosophical, psychological, and depressing.
Oh, and for the love of all that is holy, DO NOT listen to anyone who tells you not to watch the last 2 episodes. They are, simply put, fools. The last 2 episodes are jarring, disturbing and very hard to watch. They do not give perfect closer to the whole series (don't worry Plot [enthusiasts], End of Evangelion, due out in September ties up all the loose ends). But they made the series for me. You have to see it to believe it and I am not going to spoil it by saying anything more. Just trust that it is simply breathtaking...

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