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Anatomy for Artists: A New Approach to Discovering, Learning and Remembering the Body
Anatomy for Artists: A New Approach to Discovering, Learning and Remembering the Body
by Anthony Apesos
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.49
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for beginning artists, October 10, 2009
Anthony Apesos's book teaches anatomy in a way that normal people--not doctors!--can use. He shows painters and other artists how to draw the body by referring to their own bodies, looking at themselves to see how muscles and bones work in relationship to one another. This leads to art that reflects real movement and real physicality, rather than some textbook idea of what the body ought to look like--in other words, bodies in motion that look, and feel, real. Not only teachers and students can get a lot out of this approach, but weekend artists as well. Thank you for making something that seemed impossible so much easier to understand, and to do!


The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial, 1963-1965: Genocide, History and the Limits of the Law
The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial, 1963-1965: Genocide, History and the Limits of the Law
by Devin O. Pendas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $88.84
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly and compelling, June 21, 2007
Pendas's book does something rare in academic publishing: it deals intelligently and responsibly with a very complex topic (the intersection of German law, crimes against humanity, and the Cold War) in a way that is accessible and even compelling to read. His understanding of the German legal context is nicely passed along to his readers, and makes the outcomes of the Auschwitz Trial (often confusing and disappointing to Anglo-American observers) much more understandable. (It is worth noting, btw, that a number of those who managed and staffed Auschwitz, including its first commandant, were arrested and tried (and many executed) by the Polish government in the immediate aftermath of the war.)


Remembering the Kana: The Hiragana / The Katakana
Remembering the Kana: The Hiragana / The Katakana
by James W. Heisig
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly effective and time-saving, March 18, 2007
I agree with some other reviewers: it would be helpful if Heisig explained a bit better the "dictionary order" of the kana (essential for finding words in a dictionary). All in all, however, I found this to be a shockingly effective method for learning the kana, a task which I had struggled to master any number of times. I picked up the hiragana version of this book soon after arriving in Japan with my wife (then working on her dissertation in Japanese literature), convinced that I was doomed to utter illiteracy; two days later, I actually could read and remember all of the hiragana (the katakana followed soon after). Heisig's mnemonic method recalls those used by medieval and early modern writers--not much of a surprise, given his Jesuit training. Whatever the origins, the proof is in the pudding for me. While some reviewers thought Heisig's mind-pictures were absurd and frivolous, I found this to be the whole point--they stick in one's mind (I still remember the silly image of someone holding a comb between his knees, associated with the kana for "ni")!


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