Coups de coeur

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    «“At some point, maybe twenty minutes after he'd begun refreshing Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Gmail in a continuous cycle - with an ongoing, affectless, humorless realisation that his day 'was over' - he noticed with confusion, having thought it was early morning, that it was 4:46PM” Lin's writing here is intricate – even beautiful, and as a portrait of an internet-shaped psyche, it's unmatched. When Paul first meets his wife, he reads "all four years of her Facebook wall… one night looking at probably 1,500 of her friends' photos to find any she might've untagged." Taipei is an ode - or lament - to the way we live now. Following Paul from New York, where he comically navigates Manhattan's art and literary scenes, to Taipei, Taiwan, where he confronts his family's roots, we see one relationship fail, while another is born on the internet and blooms into an unexpected wedding in Las Vegas. From one of this generation's most talked-about and enigmatic writers comes a deeply personal and uncompromising novel about memory, love, and what it means to be alive.»

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    «Italian-Venezuelan Paolo Gasparini is a key figure in contemporary documentary photography. Known for his emblematic images of conflict zones--the border between the United States and Mexico, the Zapatista territory (from Morelos to Chiapas), the Sierra Tarahumara and Mexico City--Gasparini weaves an ambiguous narrative by fusing contemporary and traditional themes, with the aim of demonstrating that photography can be an act of political conscience. With an uncompromising gaze, Gasparini celebrates the vitality of these regions while denouncing the tragedies that besiege them. Superbly designed by Yvette Garcia, "Paolo Gasparini: The Supplicant" presents a wholly unique vision with a decade's worth of images taken throughout Latin America. Poetic and unflinching, Gasparini's images confront the stark reality, which is equal parts beauty and brutality.»

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    «The narrator of Ben Lerner’s subtle, sinuous, and very funny first novel, is a young American poet who, in 2004, is spending a fellowship year in Madrid, where he spends his time reading Tolstoy, Ashbery, and Cervantes, going to parties, downing tranquillizers, smoking spliffs, trying and largely failing to love and be loved by two Spanish women. Ben Lerner, a poet in his early thirties who has written three books of verse, is interested in whether words truly belong to us. This can make the novel sound more heavy-going than it is; in fact, like his verse, it has a beguiling mixture of lightness and weight. There are wonderful sentences and jokes on almost every page. Lerner is attempting to capture something that most conventional novels, with their cumbersome caravans of plot and scene and “conflict,” fail to do: the drift of thought, the unmomentous passage of undramatic life.»

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    «When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen and he is a young army lieutenant. Before long, Zelda has fallen for him, even though Scott isn't wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. When he sells his first novel, she optimistically boards a train to New York, to marry him and take the rest as it comes. What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time. Each place they go becomes a playground: New York City, Long Island, Hollywood, Paris, and the French riviera - where they join the endless party of the glamorous, sometimes doomed Lost Generation that includes Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Gertrude Stein. Everything seems new and possible, but not even Jay Gatsby's parties go on forever. Who is Zelda, other than the wife of a famous - sometimes infamous - husband? With brilliant insight and imagination, Therese Anne Fowler brings us Zelda's irresistible story as she herself might have told it.»

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    «Biographie de l'écrivain italien, précurseur de la prose italienne et du genre de la nouvelle. Ses écrits s'inspirent de la littérature chevaleresque ou d'auteurs latins comme Tacite ou Homère. Citoyen engagé et républicain, il fut le témoin de son temps.»

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    «La biographe de Sartre porte un regard nouveau, nourri de ses voyages, sur la fortune de son oeuvre dans le monde après sa mort. Les hommages en provenance des cinq continents s'accordent sur un point : le message de Sartre reste, aux yeux des intellectuels, un outil de référence pour déchiffrer leur époque, au point de devenir, par la contribution de ses nombreux disciples, un véritable modèle.»

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    «In an era of amped-up political speech and proliferating news outlets magazine covers still have the power to influence public opinion and even change minds. New Yorker covers under the art direction of Francois Mouly since 1993 have broken through the clutter of journalistic cliches using traditional means; hand-drawn illustrations, satire and caricature. In Blown Covers M ouly takes us behind the scenes at The New Yorker and reveals how the magazine creates its signature visual commentary. She describes how the artists, who conceptualise and realise their images on tight deadlines, end up capturing accurately all the benchmark moments of the past two decades. Mouly explains why she encourages artists to send outrageous images never censuring the ideas as too crude, savage, obvious or partisan and shows how these are essential stages in the evolution of a cover that stands the test of time by retaining its edge. Moulys book captures contemporary history, from the farce of Monica Lewinsky, to the adventures of Michelle and Barak, to nuclear meltdown in Japan, in images that are as accurate as they are outrageous. More than that, it shows how the magazine that exem plifies journalistic excellence also dares to cultivate a sense of humour when grappling with complex moral and political issues.»

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    «In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy's gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment - and a moving story of how we got here.»

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    «When his first film, Citizen Kane, was released, Welles had already achieved fame in theater and radio. He followed Kane with several masterpieces, including The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) and Touch of Evil (1958) and was famous as Harry Lime in The Third Man (1949). By the 1980s, his films already classics, he hadn’t made a new film in nearly a decade, making it impossible to get funding for future projects, which led to lending his voice to wine commercials. Dining frequently with filmmaker Henry Jaglom, Welles allowed him to record their conversations. These recordings reveal Welles, the raconteur, as he recalls lovers (Rita Hayworth, Lena Horne); disses actors and directors (John Houseman, Joan Fontaine, Chaplin); tells outlandish stories (Carole Lombard’s plane was shot down by Nazi agents in America); and bemoans lack of respect from his peers. He is unguarded in his comments, revealing a vain, prickly personality, uncompromising and brilliant. Film buffs will find Welles’ commentary endlessly fascinating, though the director’s fans might be saddened to see him as a washed-up has-been. A worthy addition to the Bogdanovich, Leaming, and Callow accounts of Welles.»

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    «Since its publication in 1925, The Great Gatsby has become one of the world's best-loved books, delighting readers across the world. Careless People tells the true story behind F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, exploring in newly rich detail the relation of Fitzgerald's classic to the chaotic world he in which he lived. Fitzgerald set his novel in 1922, and Careless People carefully reconstructs the crucial months during which Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald returned to New York in the autumn of 1922 - the parties, the drunken weekends at Great Neck, Long Island, the drives back into the city to the jazz clubs and speakeasies, the casual intersection of high society and organized crime, and the growth of celebrity culture of which the Fitzgeralds themselves were the epitome. And for the first time it returns to the story of Gatsby and the high-profile murder that provided a crucial inspiration for Fitzgerald's tale. With wit and insight, Sarah Churchwell traces the genesis of a masterpiece, discovering where fiction comes from, and how it takes shape in the mind of a genius. Blending biography and history with lost and forgotten newspaper accounts, letters, and newly discovered archival material, Careless People is the biography of a book, telling the extraordinary tale of how F. Scott Fitzgerald created a classic and in the process discovered modern America.»

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    «Selbst alltägliche Konsumprodukte müssen heutzutage höchsten ästhetischen Ansprüchen genügen und werden oft ähnlich aufwendig inszeniert wie Werke der Hochkultur. Wolfgang Ullrich wagt den Spagat zwischen beiden Welten und fragt, ob wir nicht alle längst dem Doping durch Konsum erliegen.»

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    «A la veille de la retraite, le procureur de Milan Roberto Doni est chargé de poursuivre en justice un jeune Maghrébin accusé d'un crime. Une journaliste apporte au magistrat les preuves de l'innocence du suspect. Grand bourgeois pétri de certitudes, Doni va découvrir l'envers de la société milanaise.»

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    « Un des films les plus célèbres de Claude Chabrol et un de ses préférés. Quatre vendeuses travaillent dans un magasin d'appareils ménagers dans l'attente de l'heure de la sortie qui leur permet de vivre leurs rêves de pacotille. Jane se laisse trop facilement draguer. Rita accepte un mariage médiocre. Ginette se produit dans un music-hall miteux. Jacqueline, rêvant d'un grand amour, rencontre un sadique qui l'étrangle. »

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    „Welcher David hier fliegen will, bleibt gezielt unklar in David wants to fly. Ist es der unterfinanzierte Hutträger und Regie-Anfänger David Sieveking oder sein Idol, der weltberühmte Filmemacher und militante Sekten-Unterstützer David Lynch? Dessen Sekte sind die Transzendentalen Meditierer – bekannt durch ihren kürzlich verstorbenen Chef Maharishi Mahesh Yogi und seine berühmtesten Jünger, die Beatles – und die wollen schließlich neben allerhand anderem Schnickschnack auch qua Meditation die Schwerkraft aufheben. Nun ist der Ruf von David Lynch durch sein Engagement für diese Leute ohnehin derartig ramponiert, dass es wahrscheinlich leicht wäre, eine Art Biopsie spezifischer Künstlerverblödungen zu erstellen. Aber die Geschichte verläuft ganz anders. Der begabte junge Filmemacher Sieveking beschließt, selber gläubig zu werden. Er reist zu allerlei Welttreffen der Transzendentalen Meditierer, wird als vielversprechendes Mitglied hofiert und trifft alte und neue Gurus, ja bizarre Heilige wie einen dicklichen »König von Deutschland«, der Deutschland unbesiegbar machen will (durch Meditation). David Sieveking beginnt erst in dem Moment zu zweifeln, als er mitkriegt, dass es ums Geld geht. Und da ist mit deutschen Seelensuchern nicht zu spaßen. Religion und Geld gehen für sie nicht zusammen.“

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    « Personaggio scomodo, eccentrico, controcorrente, visionario, tacciato dalla critica di razzismo e fascismo, Gualtiero Jacopetti è un testimone d’eccezione della storia politica, sociale e culturale italiana dallo scoppio della seconda guerra mondiale fino ai controversi anni ‘70. Autore di Mondo Cane e Africa Addio, il documentario racconta la sua vita dalle molte ombre, e la società italiana, di cui è stato protagonista in maniera spesso sfacciata. » Version originale en italien ; sous-titres: anglais, italien pour sourds et malentendants.

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    « Premio Strega 2013. Par son roman Walter Siti nous emmène dans un monde où l’argent commande et déforme, où la possession est le seul critère de la valeur individuelle, où le corps est monnaie et où la violence représente un avantage commercial. »

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    « Are conservation and protecting animals the same thing? In "Game Changer", award-winning environmental reporter Glen Martin takes a fresh look at this question as it applies to Africa's megafauna. Martin assesses the rising influence of the animal rights movement and finds that the policies championed by animal welfare groups could lead paradoxically to the elimination of the very species - including elephants and lions - that are the most cherished. In his anecdotal and highly engaging style, Martin takes readers to the heart of the conflict. He revisits the debate between conservationists, who believe that people whose lives are directly impacted by the creation of national parks and preserves should be compensated, versus those who believe that restrictive protection that forbids hunting is the most effective way to conserve wildlife and habitats. Focusing on the different approaches taken by Kenya, Tanzania, and Namibia, Martin vividly shows how the world's last great populations of wildlife have become the hostages in a fight between those who love animals and those who would save them. »

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    « Whether you are just beginning as a major, taking classes toward a GIS certificate, working on an advanced degree, or considering a career change at a different point in your life, geography can lead to exceptional career opportunities. Practicing Geography: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environment is a comprehensive new resource from the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and Pearson, designed to prepare students for careers in business, government, and non-profit organizations. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this project brings together members of the geography community to author different chapters that discuss workforce needs, expectations, and core competencies in professional geography, profiling the professional applications of and opportunities in geography today. »

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    « Un jeune sociologue, Stanislas Prévine, préparant une thèse sur la criminalité féminine, profite de l'occasion pour se rendre à la prison interroger Camille Bliss, une belle fille accusée de divers crimes et tentatives de meurtres. En fait la dernière conquête de la jeune femme est la victime qui l'a conduite en prison. Après de longs interrogatoires Stanislas comprend qu'Arthur, le dératiseur catholique, s'est suicidé. En fait, Camille n'a pas vraiment aidé Arthur à passer de vie à trépas. A la suite d'une lutte difficile, le jeune Stanislas Prévine réussit à innocenter la belle mademoiselle Bliss. Mais là fut sans aucun doute son erreur. Il aurait mieux fait de la laisser où elle était, sous les verrous car la belle, une fois libre, le fait accuser d'un de ses meurtres et condamner à sa place »

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