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Authoring a PhD: How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation (Palgrave Study Guides)
Authoring a PhD: How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation (Palgrave Study Guides)
by Patrick Dunleavy
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.84

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for UK-based humanities research students!, 22 Mar 2010
This is an excellent resource for UK-based PhD and MRes students, especially those in the humanities, at the start of their three-four years. Facing the bewildering task of becoming an original-thinking, independently-critical academic, the learning curve is simply huge, regardless of PhD topic. What this book does so well is try to level the playing field by giving generic, but excellent, practical skills advice on the most important and daunting aspect of the PhD process - writing the 80-100K word thesis.

It is clear the author has very good firsthand experience as a PhD supervisor, and this comes through well in his spot-on advice. It is also apparent in how he balances being supportive and aware of the reader/researcher's needs, while explaining in no uncertain terms what is expected of him/her when writing at the PhD level. The book is well-written, with chapters segmented by relevant quotes that help to break up any monotony and keep it interesting.

As a first-year media studies PhD, I wish I had read this at the start rather than six-months in, but even now it has been the best resource that I have viewed regarding the difficult thesis process. I don't think it is for everyone, especially science-based work, or those doing PhD's outside of the UK structure. It also offers no advice for those combining art practice in their work (as I am), but this is a minor quibble as it covers the written work so exceptionally well. Highly recommended.

Everything You Want
Everything You Want
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: 12.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wanting more..., 13 Jan 2003
This review is from: Everything You Want (Audio CD)
I can't say that I agree with most that this is a five star album. I've been a VH fan from way back, and used to see them a lot when they played in Boston at Mama Kin's (Matt S. is from Massachusetts), well before the big and overproduced "Everything You Want". Undoubtedly, their title song is one of the best examples of pop-rock you will ever hear from the States, absolutely brilliant. But the rest of the album pales greatly in comparison, resulting in catchy-but-forgettable tunes, most of which wear on you after five plays through.
However the real tradgedy is that you can't help but feel the band has somehow left its folk-rock roots behind, seemingly for a shot at the big-time. While their first two albums are undoubtedly rough and raw around the edges, they are both emotional, musical masterpieces (especially "Running on Ice", which gave the old fans a glimpse of the musical direction we'd hoped VH was heading towards.) What has replaced the likes of the stellar and depthfull "The Man Who Would Be Santa", is somewhat shallow teen-pop. The maturity has left most of their music, according to this album.
In addition, on all of their past albums half of the vocal work and songwriting was done by Kieth Kane, but on "E.Y.W.", he seems to get one token track at the end (and ironically it is the second best song on the album.) If Kieth doesn't feel robbed, the old fans certainly do, as his songs made up half the band's work, and was half the reason we went to see them in the first place.
The only hope is that their "big time" sophomore effort will finally reflect what these guys really are capable of, and that the producers will back off and give them the space to do what they used to do best. VH certainly has the potential to be one of the most artistic, deep, and sincerely rocking groups of this decade. But "Everything You Want" has rather made them out to be pop-chart-tosh, the flavor-of-the-day.
We are waiting for and expecting more...

Das Cabinet Des Dr Caligari [1919] [DVD]
Das Cabinet Des Dr Caligari [1919] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Werner Krauss
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: 6.99

29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand-daddy of horror film, it's artsyfartsy AND quite cool!, 20 Jun 2001
This is a film that time nearly forgot, but that truly is the shadowy seed out of which both the horror film and film noir genres have developed over the last 75 years. (Woo-hoo!) But even if you aren't into all that German Expressionist, history of cinema stuff, you should know that this film is HUGELY entertaining in itself, if not even a good bit creepy (in a silent, 1919 sort of a way)! How could a dark story about a murderous sleepwalker, controlled by a demented madman, terrorizing the inhabitants of an old-world European village, centered around an insane asylum not be interesting?!? Not to mention that the film has a real twist/suprise ending... And then there are the visuals! Creepy, dark, jagged images that you could very well end up dreaming about later... For the film buff, this is essential viewing. And for the every-day man, the unknowing post-modern viewer, this is a film that will be a real suprise and treat... including the amazing sight of a german Edward Scissorhands gliding like a spectre across the screen, nearly 40 years before Tim Burton was even born. Not to be missed!

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