Listening Below The Noise
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|Author||: Anne D. LeClaire|
|Editor||: Harper Collins|
“Listening Below the Noise offers readers the possibility of finding grace and peace in the natural world and in ourselves. Elegant and honest… one of those rare books that finds its way into our hearts, and stays there.” — Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle A meditation on silence, the art of being present, and simple spirituality from critically acclaimed novelist Anne D. LeClaire (Entering Normal, The Lavender Hour), Listening Below the Noise offers a practical path to achieving calm, peaceful solitude in hectic lives. Practitioners of yoga and meditation of various traditions have long known the curative powers of stillness; in Listening Below the Noise, LeClaire offers her own unique, compelling version of this ancient wisdom tradition.
|Author||: Anne D. LeClaire|
|Editor||: Harper Collins|
When Anne D. LeClaire decided to turn an ordinary Monday into a day of silence, she viewed her experiment as a one-time occurrence. Little did she realize she had begun an inner voyage that would transform her life. In the seventeen years since, LeClaire has practiced total silence on the first and third Monday of each month. By detaching herself from the bustle of her hectic lifestyle and learning to listen to her deepest self, she has found a center from which to live—one that tests, strengthens, and heals her. In practicing silence, she has discovered her own secret garden—a cloistered, sacred, private place where true personal growth is possible. In this eloquent book—part memoir, part philosophical inquiry—LeClaire reflects on how silence can help us attend to the world around us, expand our awareness, and achieve inner peace. Silence, LeClaire contends, reminds us to pay attention to the ordinary moments of our existence. In silence we can learn how to listen, become more compassionate, ignite and nurture creativity, uncover our inner yearnings, and ultimately find peace and improve our well-being. By confronting ourselves and learning from the anxiety that arises when we are freed from distraction, we can become whole. With clarity and humor, LeClaire reveals how silence has brought joy to her life and helped her foster new connections with nature, with others, and with herself.
|Author||: Joanna Demers|
|Editor||: Oxford University Press|
Contemporary electronic music has splintered into numerous genres and subgenres, all of which share a concern with whether sound, in itself, bears meaning. Listening through the Noise considers how the experience of listening to electronic music constitutes a departure from the expectations that have long governed music listening in the West.
|Author||: Salomé Voegelin|
|Editor||: Bloomsbury Publishing USA|
Listening to Noise and Silence engages with the emerging practice of sound art and the concurrent development of a discourse and theory of sound. In this original and challenging work, Salomé Voegelin immerses the reader in concepts of listening to sound artwork and the everyday acoustic environment, establishing an aesthetics and philosophy of sound and promoting the notion of a sonic sensibility. A multitude of sound works are discussed, by lesser known contemporary artists and composers (for example Curgenven, Gasson and Federer), historical figures in the field (Artaud, Feldman and Cage), and that of contemporary canonic artists such as Janet Cardiff, Bill Fontana, Bernard Parmegiani, and Merzbow. Informed by the ideas of Adorno, Merleau-Ponty and others, the book aims to come to a critique of sound art from its soundings rather than in relation to abstracted themes and pre-existing categories. Listening to Noise and Silence broadens the discussion surrounding sound art and opens up the field for others to follow.
|Author||: George Prochnik|
Examines why society began to be so loud, what it is that gets lost when one can no longer find quiet, and the benefits of decluttering our sonic world.
|Author||: Elizabeth S. Parks|
|Editor||: Lexington Books|
This book offers a dialogic ethic of listening that is empirically based, culturally grounded, and normative. Using ten core values, this book explains how understanding listening ethic can ultimately promote better dialogue.
|Author||: Karen Mangia|
|Editor||: John Wiley & Sons|
There’s one voice that matters more than any other: the voice of the customer. Learn how to fully understand the number one source of your organization’s prosperity, profits, and productivity. These actionable insights will help you to better connect with your customers and gain an undeniable lead over your competition. Listen Up!: How to Tune In to Customers and Turn Down the Noise teaches readers how to create a customer experience that’s built on listening and designed for engagement. Author and Salesforce executive Karen Mangia has created a practical and comprehensive examination of how best-of-breed companies listen and respond to customer demands—creating a foundation of customer success, loyalty, and brand evolution . Listen Up! features discussions about: How to go beyond the survey: best practices associated with customer understanding, customer experience, and customer service How to move from deep listening to data-based insights into customer behavior The statistics and stories behind companies, organizations, and even city governments that have created a customer-centric culture How powerful new questions can offer a fresh perspective into any customer, anywhere: empowering your customer-facing teams, including sales teams, in the current market Winning greater mindshare, and market share, with a fresh look at the future of customer service, customer success, and customer satisfaction Perfect for anyone in a leadership or management role in a customer-facing organization, including sales teams, business development leaders and marketing professionals, Listen Up! belongs on the bookshelves of executives, customer service and success employees, and leaders who want to better engage with the one voice that matters most: the voice of the customer.
|Author||: Daniela Hacke,Paul Musselwhite|
Empire of the Senses introduces new approaches to the history of European imperialism in the Americas by questioning the role that the five senses played in framing the cultural encounters, colonial knowledge, and political relationships that built New World empires.
|Author||: Jerry Braza, Ph.D.|
|Editor||: Tuttle Publishing|
Using the garden as a metaphor, The Seeds of Love offers a process for creating mindfulness. From a Buddhist perspective, everything affects our consciousness and enters metaphorically as a seed. This occurs through the development of the practice of mindfulness, and using its tools to maintain a state of awareness and openness to self and others. Readers interested in Zen Buddhism will learn how to nurture such seeds as compassion, joy and generosity and to use personal challenges such as jealousy, anger and self doubt as a means of growth. Using precepts from many faiths and traditions, The Seeds of Love fosters the practice of using simple, basic actions to reach the best within ourselves and share it with those around us. It will be an invaluable guide to anyone seeking deeper and more conscious relationships.
|Author||: Michael Bull|
The Routledge Companion to Sound Studies is an extensive volume presenting a comparative and historically informed understanding of the workings of sound in culture, while also mapping potential future directions for research in the field. Experts from a variety of disciplines within sound studies cover such diverse topics as politics, gender, media, race, literature and sport. Individual sections that consider the importance of sound in an increasingly mediated world; the role that sound media play in the construction of experience; and the ways in which sound has been theorized to produce a distinctive sensory contribution to knowledge. This wide-ranging and vibrant collection provides a rich resource for scholars and students of media and culture.
|Author||: Rosemary P. Carbine,Kathleen J. Dolphin|
|Editor||: Liturgical Press|
The New Voices Seminar is a lively, intergenerational, and diverse group of women scholars who take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Christianity. Under the leadership of Kathleen Dolphin, the seminar gathers annually at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, for collegial and collaborative conversation about women in the church and in the world. With Women, Wisdom, and Witness, readers are invited to join their conversation. This collection of essays by seminar members addresses significant contexts of contemporary women's experience: suffering and resistance, education, and the crossroads of religion and public life. Theology is brought to bear on some pressing issues in our time: poverty, sexual norms, trauma and slavery, health care, immigration, and the roles of women in academia and in the church. Readers will discover the rich socio-political, interdisciplinary, and dialogical implications of Catholic women's intellectual and social praxis in contemporary theology and ethics.
|Author||: Richard Cliff|
|Editor||: Andrews UK Limited|
Franklyn was born into a gritty north of England town. His expected path through life would have him live out his years in the manner of that town’s baseline existence. But it wasn’t to be. Perhaps he was pre-selected to break rank so that bigger dreams could be fulfilled. Whatever the prime force may have been, he was to know a different life. Perhaps, too, the corridors of our own reality are flimsier than we believe! On the other side of the wall may lie another path. As Franklyn himself discovers, a perceived reality can be as real as reality itself.
|Author||: Douglas E. Christie|
|Editor||: Oxford University Press|
"There are no unsacred places," the poet Wendell Berry has written. "There are only sacred places and desecrated places." What might it mean to behold the world with such depth and feeling that it is no longer possible to imagine it as something separate from ourselves, or to live without regard for its well-being? To understand the work of seeing things as an utterly involving moral and spiritual act? Such questions have long occupied the center of contemplative spiritual traditions. In The Blue Sapphire of the Mind, Douglas E. Christie proposes a distinctively contemplative approach to ecological thought and practice that can help restore our sense of the earth as a sacred place. Drawing on the insights of the early Christian monastics as well as the ecological writings of Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Annie Dillard, and many others, Christie argues that, at the most basic level, it is the quality of our attention to the natural world that must change if we are to learn how to live in a sustainable relationship with other living organisms and with one another. He notes that in this uniquely challenging historical moment, there is a deep and pervasive hunger for a less fragmented and more integrated way of apprehending and inhabiting the living world--and for a way of responding to the ecological crisis that expresses our deepest moral and spiritual values. Christie explores how the wisdom of ancient and modern contemplative traditions can inspire both an honest reckoning with the destructive patterns of thought and behavior that have contributed so much to our current crisis, and a greater sense of care and responsibility for all living beings. These traditions can help us cultivate the simple, spacious awareness of the enduring beauty and wholeness of the natural world that will be necessary if we are to live with greater purpose and meaning, and with less harm, to our planet.
|Author||: Roshanak Kheshti|
|Editor||: NYU Press|
Fearing the rapid disappearance of indigenous cultures, twentieth-century American ethnographers turned to the phonograph to salvage native languages and musical practices. Prominent among these early “songcatchers” were white women of comfortable class standing, similar to the female consumers targeted by the music industry as the gramophone became increasingly present in bourgeois homes. Through these simultaneous movements, listening became constructed as a feminized practice, one that craved exotic sounds and mythologized the ‘other’ that made them. In Modernity’s Ear, Roshanak Kheshti examines the ways in which racialized and gendered sounds became fetishized and, in turn, capitalized on by an emergent American world music industry through the promotion of an economy of desire. Taking a mixed-methods approach that draws on anthropology and sound studies, Kheshti locates sound as both representative and constitutive of culture and power. Through analyses of film, photography, recordings, and radio, as well as ethnographic fieldwork at a San Francisco-based world music company, Kheshti politicizes the feminine in the contemporary world music industry. Deploying critical theory to read the fantasy of the feminized listener and feminized organ of the ear, Modernity’s Ear ultimately explores the importance of pleasure in constituting the listening self.
|Author||: Ken Kuhlken|
|Editor||: Hickey & McGee|
Writing and the Spirit is a trove of reflections on the attitudes, habits, and practices that lead to inspiration. Learn to: Be Ridiculous, Loathe B.S., Love Like Whitman, Get Free, Pursue Beauty, Become Who You Are, and Behold the Secret of Art. “The themes of Ken Kuhlken’s vignettes kept drawing me in: being humble in writing, being generous with giving yourself away, getting quiet in order to write, and how to create a masterpiece that will change someone’s life.” Philip Yancey, award-winning author of over 20 books, including Where Is God When It Hurts? and What’s So Amazing about Grace? philipyancey.com “Writing and the Spirit is a handbook of writerly wisdom that anyone who hopes to change the world must read. Ken Kuhlken speaks with all the ease of a friend on your couch. An ingenius, multiple-PhD-holding, wise-man sort of friend, in case you have one of those. The pages are rich with observations from the world about us, writers in history and his own experience (failures and triumphs). He examines the (inner and outer) confrontations all writers must engage with in order to produce meaningful work. Among them are the nature of inspiration, imagination, and how not to be a hack. He also covers the downright nitty-gritty of the thing – the practical conditions that we all strive for and against in order to produce our art."Anastasia Campos, writer and photographer. anastasiacampos.com
|Author||: William Forde|
The Kilkenny Cat Trilogy is an allegorical story of all manner of discrimination practised throughout the world; particularly in Ireland, Jamaica and England. Told through the eyes and experiences of travelling gypsy cats, it is a 'must' for all cat lovers and students of the 'Northern Riots', Ireland, Jamaica, 'Black v White' and 'Good v Evil. 'It is suitable for reading by teenagers and adults.
|Author||: Zoë Skoulding|
At theintersection between sound studies and new lyric criticism, this book exploresthe social, political and ecological dimensions of contemporary poetry'sacoustic contexts. It discovers how poetry in the UK and USA has beenre-energised by the influence of recorded sound and the creative methods thatemerged with it.
|Author||: Sujata Ramnarayan,Sujata Ramnarayan Ph D|
|Editor||: Mars Publishing|
Publishers Weekly says "Ramnarayan provides a detailed, contemporary primer that illuminates the promise and peril of the brave new world of social media. Ramnarayan herself acknowledges that social media is no panacea-her crisp presentation, with chapter summaries to highlight the main pointers, confirms that companies that choose not to listen to customers stand to lose ground to competitors who do." WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOK "Sujata Ramnarayan's excellent book does several things that I have not seen in other treatments of this subject. She takes a reasoned perspective on a topic that is often full of hyperbole. The book is filled with advice for the marketer that is both practical and strategic. It helps the marketer to leverage social media where it can best impact business performance. I highly recommend the book." - Gordon Wyner, Editor-In-Chief, Marketing Management "This practical guide to social media marketing cuts through the noise with clear advice on how to turn strategy into practice. With the help of effective charts and analysis, the reader can gain real insight into social media's influence in corporate marketing. By showing how building quality content in social media is no longer an option for corporations, this is also a lesson in building a brand by listening to your customers. " -Rajesh Subramaniam, SVP, Global Marketing and Customer Experience, FedEx Services "Owned social media presence is critical to generating earned media, which is where the growing value and rewards come in for social media marketing. This important book will help you to understand these concepts and reality to better evaluate, plan, and execute your social media marketing efforts." - Devin Redmond, CEO and Co-Founder, SocialiQ Networks "Are you overwhelmed by the changing digital landscape? If so, Sujata's book is a must read with actionable insights, tips on digital sharing, and more." -Porter Gale, Former VP of Marketing at Virgin America and author of "Your Network is Your Net Worth" ABOUT THE BOOK Like most marketers, you are drowning in social media noise and chaos. Businesses have simply jumped in without tying social media outcomes to any business objectives. The purpose of this book is to help you: - See how social media fits into your overall marketing strategy - Understand how best to develop social media with allocation among different tools - Figure out the extent to which social media is relevant to your business or department, and how best to implement it given an increasingly digital world of sharing and an empowered customer voice Whether you are a senior manager experienced in social media marketing or a novice, this book will help clarify how social media fits into your overall marketing strategy, how much you should be allocating given the return on investment, and at what time frame you should be looking, depending on the specific metrics adopted. This book will help you focus more and understand all the different elements to which you need to be paying attention. If you are a novice, the glossary and additional resources sections at the end of the book should be helpful.