Previously available only to our Kickstarter supporters, the Clamshell Edition includes a signed copy of the book, delivered in a debossed, linen-bound clamshell case together with an 8 x 10 inch archive quality print. It has been produced in a strictly limited edition of just 100 copies, around 50 of which have already been despatched, so stocks are unlikely to last for long.
This needs to be the standard 5 paragraph essay – intro, 3 body paragraphs, and conclusion. The modernistic aspects of conformity vs. non-conformity, indifference vs. compassion, and trust vs. suspicion need to be discussed in their own body paragraphs. Analyze how these aspects are demonstrated and explored by E. E. Cummings in his poem, “Anyone lived in a pretty how town.” This poem will be the only source you can use, and you need to quote from it several times to back up your points.
And so, in February 1999, another 1800 copies went out to bookshops, after which the book remained in print until the end of 2012. Responding to the vagaries of the worldwide economy, sales fluctuated over the years, sometimes rising to more than 100 a month and at others falling to below 500 a year, to the point that we thought the book might have run its course. But then the orders would pick up again, and in recent years they have achieved not just earlier levels but have seen a noticeable rise in interest. Indeed, the final reprint in late 2011 surprised us by selling out far more quickly than we were expecting – hence, in part, the longer than intended break before the arrival of the new edition.
And certainly in those first few years, our main sales base was Western residents and tourists in Hong Kong, backed by a loyal, though by no means large, band of interested designers and architects worldwide, who had either heard of the place or seen photographs of it in some magazine or other. Indeed, sending pictures out to newspapers and magazines was just about our only attempt at publicity. It is difficult to imagine now, but this was a world before the World Wide Web.
Finally, other essays will explore how perceptions of the Walled City have changed over time, from being shunned by most Hong Kong residents during its lifetime to now being seen, almost with pride, as part of the territory’s rich cultural heritage – while internationally it has been appropriated by numerous cultural and popular commentators as a tabula rasa onto which they can layer any number of meanings and arguments. The Walled City’s rich history just continues to grow.
Under the direction of Ashley Nelson, the Chorale will presentRandall Thompson's Frostiana: Seven Country Songs, putting sevenof Robert Frost's poems to music.
Cianciolo insists that the program is far from being just anotherlecture course and is designed "to take the stuffiness out of lifelonglearning courses by combining the stimulation of a college workshop with thefun of a backyard barbecue." And it seems the recipe is cooking, thepopularity of the program continues to grow with previous participantsreturning and signing-up for more.
Jerry Cianciolo, a publisher, editor, and writer, hasbeen conducting the program in regional senior centers for the past threeyears and maintains that the unique eight-session program is not just aseries of lectures, but an alternative approach conducive to the developmentof a group dynamic and whose aim is to spark engagement and spiriteddiscussions on a variety of topics, including (but not limited to) food,music, imaginative writing, moral dilemmas, pop psychology, breakthroughinventions, or just about anything under the sun.
With the Foster volumes just starting to get under way (which incidentally would mean spending several months of the following three years working in Europe), becoming involved in another major book project was the farthest thing from my mind, but for reasons I can’t remember now it did cross my mind that maybe I should go out and photograph the Walled City ‘properly’ before it disappeared – as much for my own amusement as anything else, though maybe there would be a magazine story in it.
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It was only on entering the maze of alleys that I realised that this was significantly different from anything I might have come across before. And like many Hong Kong residents, I was already well versed in the stories of murder and mayhem that surrounded the City at that time. Indeed, I remember well many of my local Chinese friends warning me not to enter; I was bound to be mugged or worse. I am usually sceptical of such claims, but it is difficult to work out now whether the cold shoulder I felt emanating from everyone I came across in the alleys was real, or just my imagination fearing the stories might be true.
Thetalented cast of 42 is guided by Director, Maggie Dowd (Sharon,MA) andMusic Director, Danielle Clougher (Canton, MA)
In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean (Ben Reingold, Sharon, MA)is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing instore for him but mistrust and mistreatment.
The light was dingy at best, deep green; there was the endless spatter of water leaking on to stone. One particularly ghastly little ‘ginnel’ – spongily wet underfoot, a big rat hopping off – brought you to a gate of the Tin Hau temple. Its courtyard had been shielded from the rubbish routinely heaved out of upstairs windows by wire netting which, as a result, was liberally spotted with bits of ancient filth, through which a little daylight occasionally filtered down, just like the light that dapples through leaves in a forest.