FUNNY STORY is a collection of hilarious and touching essays, monologues, and scenes by award-winning author Topher Payne.
Innovation and globalization are changing the nature of economic life. This book argues that the transfer and use of knowledge requires the development of appropriate institutional infrastructures. The opportunities offered by globalization will only be fully realized by actively pursuing policies to enhance the absorption and development of knowledge. The book is relevant for courses in management and business, economics, geography, international political economy, and innovation and technology studies. It will be of interest to all concerned with public policy toward the economy.
Who were the first men and women who abandoned the Church of Rome and became the world's first Protestants? Harvard historian Steven Ozment does not present us with the remote, dusty figures of history, but rather with the shoemakers and housewives, students and politicians who were among the first followers of Martin Luther. Using pamphlets, diaries, letters, and other primary soruces, Ozment examines the origins of the Reformation and the nature of Protestantism. Rather than seeing the Reformation as the progenitor of German absolutism, as do many scholars of the period, Ozment sees in Protestantism the historic assertion of key Western values--social reform, individual religious conviction, hard work, and the rejection of corruption, hypocrisy, and empty ritual.
"Isfahan is half the world" was the proud boast of the 17th-century capital of Persia, established as the new political centre of the country by Shah Abbas I shortly after his accession to the throne in 1588. One of the many travellers attracted to Persia by these claims was Jean Chardin, a young French jeweller who spent a total of 10 years in Isfahan. During this time, he became intimately familiar with the city, its markets, shops, and workplaces; he was invited into people's houses and entertained; he visited gardens and participated in hunts; his knowledge of Court affairs was extensive; and he travelled hundreds of miles, all over the country, visiting other towns and villages. His journals are a source of information for all interested in Middle Eastern history. They also provide a portrait of life both at court and among humble artisans in 17th century Persia. First published as "Chardin's Voyages", this edited collection includes a comprehensive introduction with a biography of Chardin and a description of Iran in the mid-17th-century, placing the writing in its historical context.
Tomas Hernandez came to town to attend a New Year's Eve party hosted by a prospective client who wants to win the honor to market Tomas’s new wine, Ravish. He was supposed to meet Alexander Kerrigan, a representative of the Ambers Bottling Company, but the man doesn't come forward and make himself known. Tomas doesn't mind since he had his eye on someone who could possibly warm his bed for the night…a gorgeous blond dancing at the back of a conga line. He probably would have spent a delightful night freeing the little dancer of his inhibitions had two drunken men not gotten into a fight and pulled the dark drapes down from the hotel windows. The rays from the moon filter in and turn Tomas, his brothers, and several other men present into beasts. Tomas figures it probably isn't a good time to introduce himself to the blond. Humans have a way of freaking out in the presence of a big black wolf.
Reading the personal challenges faced by this dedicated cardiologist, and his personal escapades as a committed family man, Tom Godwin's memoir will alternately make you laugh out loud, break your heart, and invite lively debate about his outspoken opinions on modern medical issues.
Esta es la historia de un chaval gordito, tímido e inseguro, que a los catorce años dio rienda suelta a su pasión, el Rap, y se lanzó por primera vez a improvisar rimas en un escenario. Es la historia de Arkano, ese chaval que es ahora, a los veintidós años, Campeón Internacional de la Red Bull Batalla de los Gallos. Aquel niño que veía una amenaza en cada esquina comenzó a amar las esquinas, a amar las amenazas y, lo más importante de todo, a amarse a sí mismo. A lo largo de estas páginas recordaremos sus principales batallas con los grandes freestylers y los saltos al vacío que ha ido superando en estos años. Con cada salto ha aprendido algo: a escapar de la rutina, a expresarse sin miedo, a alcanzar la felicidad haciendo aquello que le apasiona, a aceptar que siempre habrá quienes le intenten vapulear desde el anonimato y a no dejarse influir por su cobardía. Y a luchar, desde los versos, los gestos y este libro, por la libertad de cada persona para desarrollarse sin complejos y sin ataduras convencionales ni sociales.