A is for Ox: A Short History of the Alphabet

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A is for Ox: A Short History of the Alphabet

A is for Ox: A Short History of the Alphabet

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The children of today cannot go back to a rich, primal experience of orality, never having been exposed to it.

Benefitting from the advice of Stephen Fischer and the infrastructure of The Folio Society, Davies has secured more of a place for A is for Ox than that distinction. From the inventors of writing (the Sumerians), through to Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphs, the Hittite and Chinese logograms and pictograms, to the seafaring Phoenicians who spread the developing alphabet around the Mediterranean, passing it on to the Greeks and the Etruscans who developed it further, and then to the Romans who shaped the stylised capitals and cursive forms that we're most familiar with. First, propane bombs planted in the cafeteria would erupt during lunchtime, indiscriminately slaughtering hundreds of students. I enjoyed the cadence and the ability of the author to enlighten without belittlement and to make the history and ideas informative as well as accessible.The alphabet was exported from Egypt back to Canaan, where it was adopted by the Phoenicians, seafaring traders who carried it around the Mediterranean. Drawing on a wealth of journals, videotapes, police reports and personal interviews, Cullen sketches multifaceted portraits of the killers and the surviving community.

If literacy is the wellspring of selfhood, as Sanders makes clear, our aggressive, image-addicted society is unwittingly committing cultural suicide. Shooting people is equivalent to changing channels with a remote control apparatus to get rid of a boring programme. Five of our letters (F, U, V, W, and Y) all came from the same ancient semitic letter "waw", which meant "peg". Increasing popularity recently, Ox Cheeks are ideal to braise,casserole or stew to bring out that amazing flavour. In the best tradition of humanist controversy - from Jean-Jacques Rousseau and John Dewey to George Steiner and Ivan Illich - this deeply learned and humane work offers its readers essential intellectual and moral engagement with the technologies by which we choose to know one another and ourselves.It's definitely dated, which I can't fault it for, but I imagine the author must be really depressed these days with the direction of things. As always with Folio Society books, it's beautifully presented, with a lovely gold-blocked cloth cover and a slipcase.

I never really gave the matter much thought, of course, or I would have realized that it could not possibly have happened that way, but it wasn't until I read this book that I learned how they came about. A is for Ox is an important and impassioned work that both proves this conclusion and suggests what can be done to change it. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Sanders discusses, in 244 pages of exquisitely erudite prose, the likelihood that “literacy has surely drained out of this [our] culture.halbuki her evde olmasi gereken hatta hukumetlerin zorunlu okutulacak kitaplar arasina alinmasi gereken bir eser.

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