A twentysomething bus rider with a long, skinny neck and a goofy hat accuses another passenger of trampling his feet; he then grabs an empty seat. Later, in a park, a friend encourages the same man to reorganize the buttons on his overcoat. In Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style, this determinedly pointless scenario unfolds 99 times in twice as many pages. Originally published in 1947 (in French), these terse variations on a theme are a wry lesson in creativity. The story is told as an official letter, as a blurb for a novel, as a sonnet, and in "Opera English." It's told onomatopoetically, philosophically, telegraphically, and mathematically.
The novel, "Living with the Senecas: A Story about Mary Jemison", follows Mary Jemison's story from the time she is taken captive by Shawnees up through her death at age 80+ years old. The book highlights the key events in Mary's life as she transitions from the 15 year-old girl raised in the "white man's world" to an adult that fully embraces the culture of the Senecas that adopted her. The text is easy to read and very informative. The illustrations really give the reader an added sense of what Mary Jemison went through.
One of our most valuable capacities is our ability partly to predict what will come next in a text. But linguistic understanding of this remains very limited, especially in genres such as the short story where there is a staging of the clash between predictability and unpredictability. This book proposes that a matrix of narrativity-furthering textual features is crucial to the reader’s forming of expectations about how a literary story will continue to its close. Toolan uses corpus linguistic software and methods, and stylistic and narratological theory, in the course of delineating the matrix of eight parameters.
American History Magazine from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the celebration of 224 years of glorious freedom, American History explores and examines the changing times and growing history of the United States. In-depth articles and engaging essays from top historians and journalists give readers a complete overview of a never-ending story: the story of America.
Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain“I didn’t decide to become anorexic. It snuck up on me disguised as a healthy diet, a professional attitude. Being as thin as possible was a way to make the job of being an actress easier . . .”
Portia de Rossi weighed only 82 pounds when she collapsed on the set of the Hollywood film in which she was playing her first leading role. This should have been the culmination of all her years of hard work—first as a child model in Australia, then as a cast member of one of the hottest shows on American television. On the outside she was thin and blond, glamorous and successful. On the inside, she was literally dying.