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Publisher's Summary

It's everyone's worst nightmare. You're alone at a party, looking into a crowded living room, when you catch the eye of a particularly attractive individual next to the potted ficus. Smiles are exchanged, the floor is crossed. Now is the moment for that crucial first impression. "Hi." "Hi there." Gotta do better than that. Conversation. Small yet engaging talk. Come on, come on...Wait, what's this? Have I seen the Mondrian exhibit? The who? You found it what? Did you just say "ebullient in its oppressive geometric inertia?" What the heck does that mean? Oh my God. I have to say something now. "Um...Gee, guess I missed out." Well, you don't have to miss out. Let's face it, art and literature are broad subjects, but Living Language A Shortcut to Art and Literature can get you started. This entertaining, irreverent, and funny program will help you reclaim vague memories of people, paintings, and periods; take part in conversations instead of just nodding and smiling; figure out who and what you'd like to know more about; and toss around references to Mondrian, Melville, and Monet.
(P)2000 Living Language, A Random House Company
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4 out of 5 stars
By Anthony F on 06-03-05


"A Shortcut to Art and Literature" could aptly be subtitled "Art & Literature Conversations in the Real World." Overall, I rated this work four stars, very good to excellent. What I especially enjoyed about this audio is the simulated and sometimes humorous discussion of art and literature in the context of a sophisticated woman and her artistically naive boyfriend at the opening of a new museum exhibit. This approach contextually welds artistic and literary terms, concepts, periods, and movements to a truly commonplace event. This contextual welding will help you learn and remember the key concepts explored by the actors on this audio. So, the next time you want to impress your girlfriend, boyfriend, friends, or simply want to deepen your understanding of essential knowledge in the field of art and literature -- then this tape is for you. It's a good idea, though, to obtain an art book and some of the more significant literary texts from your library or local bookshop, for their is no real substitute for seeing art or reading books (even if you skim or speed read). It would be a great service to its customers if Audible would expand and include in this website special links to the terms, concepts, periods, and works mentioned not only in this audio but also in all the nonfiction audios of this type. This way, you could listen to the audio and click on a link to see or explore in even greater detail the knowledge presented in Audible's many non-fiction audios. What is missing in most of Audible's audios is summary print material. The lack of print material to support and summarize the audio books may be consequent of the audio versus print copyright law, but I am not certain about this. This does not stop me from purchasing dozens of fine audios from Audible, but I wish Audible's management would find a way to provide a print download for each of the nonfiction audio books sold. Anthony, M.A., Ed.M.

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