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Georges Bataille
Georges Bataille
by Michael Richardson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $58.60
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars unclear on the concepts, October 1, 2010
This review is from: Georges Bataille (Paperback)
This is a simplistic, narrow-minded, and conservative attempt to place Bataille within a conventional art historical framework. The author spends the first chapter ranting and raving about how poststructuralist claims of allegiance to Bataille are misguided because Bataille died before structuralism was even invented. He congratulates himself on this in-the-box insight, wondering why no one else has thought of it before. I put the book away at that point. Thank God I borrowed this from the library rather than spend money on it.


The Gangs of Los Angeles
The Gangs of Los Angeles
by William Dunn
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.86
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A hot mess with redeeming qualities, June 22, 2009
This book is kind of a hot mess. The publisher obviously could not afford any editing services whatsoever, as grammatical and spelling errors abound. (A fact that also makes you wonder about its factual accuracy - no editor usually means no fact checker.) There are overly long chapters that try to provide a sweeping history of several Central American nations, which are overkill as the main point seems to be: MS-13 are ruthless because they come from horrible situations. Well you could've summed that up without going into so much detail. At the same time, the history of black gangs is not given nearly as much attention - the author appears to be obsessed with providing a minute and comprehensive picture of Latino gangs in particular. In the process, an overall focus on the titular subject - the Gangs of LA - is lacking. What about Asian gangs? What about girl gangs? Etc.

Having said all that, however, the book is for the most part an entertaining and informative read. Interesting little bits of gang culture are dropped here and there, such as the origin of the term "ese," which I'd always wondered about. Dunn's heart is generally in the right place - he recognizes that gangs are the product of economic inequity and racist public policy, and is in favor of prevention and intervention programs. I just wish that a book bearing this title were a more truly authoritative account of the subject at hand.


SellPhotos.Com: Your Guide to Establishing a Successful Stock Photography Business on the Internet
SellPhotos.Com: Your Guide to Establishing a Successful Stock Photography Business on the Internet
by Rohn Engh
Edition: Paperback
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly impressive, August 20, 2000
There are too many business how-to books that offer up a series of snappy tips, but never bother to give you the concrete information you really need. This book truly excels in this department. Every major point that's brought up in this book is followed by a sidebar listing useful, current resources. I am amazed at the wealth of content in here, and feel that the book is actually worth much more than its $18.99 cover price (something I can't say about many books). Unlike the other two reviewers above, I am a novice photographer just getting my feet wet. I feel that Engh's book offers an exceptionally solid, detailed, in-depth, and reality-based road map for setting up a stock photo business on the web.


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