Design and the Communication Between People and Objects
Author: Paola Antonelli
Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
Published in conjunction with an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, Talk to Me thrives on an important late 20th-century cultural development in design: a shift from the centrality of function to that of meaning. From this new perspective, objects contain information that goes well beyond their immediate use or appearance, providing access to complex systems and networks and acting as gateways and interpreters. Whether openly and actively, or in subtle, subliminal ways, things talk to us, and designers write the initial script that lets us develop and improvise the dialogue. Talk to Me focuses on objects that involve direct interaction, such as interfaces, information systems, communication devices, and projects that establish a practical, emotional or even sensual connection between their users and entities such as cities, companies, governmental institutions, as well as other people. The featured objects range in date from the early 1980s beginning with the first Graphic User Interface, developed by Xerox Parc in 1981 with particular attention given to projects from the last five years and to several ones currently in development. Included are a diverse array of examples, from computer and machine interfaces to websites, video games, devices and tools, and installations. Organized thematically, Talk to Me features essays by Paola Antonelli, Jamer Hunt, Alexandra Midel, Kevin Slavin, and Koi Vinh. By introducing design practices that are becoming increasingly crucial to our world, the book presents a highly distilled sample of todays best design production that uses technology in creative and unexpected ways, showing how rich and deep designs influence will be on our future.
Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids' ""Go-To"" Person about Sex
Author: Deborah Roffman
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Category: Family & Relationships
We live in a time when kids of all ages are bombarded with age-sensitive material wherever they turn; "sexting" and bullying are on the rise at an increasingly younger age, and teen moms are "celebrified." What is a concerned--and embarrassed--parent to do? With wit, wisdom, and savvy, Deborah Roffman translates her experiences gleaned from decades of teaching kids and parents, and as a mom, into strategies to help parents navigate this tricky terrain. Talk to Me First is for any parent who wants to become and remain the most credible and influential resource about sexuality in their children's lives.
Listening Between the Lines
Author: Anna Deavere Smith
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Anna Deavere Smith, the award-winning playwright and actor, has spent a lifetime listening—really listening—to the people around her. As a child in the segregated Baltimore of the early 1960s, Smith absorbed the words of her parents, teachers, neighbors—even train conductors—and realized that there was something more being communicated than the actual words: The conductor's voice had a mild kind of grandeur that was a cousin to the vocal tones I had heard at funerals—"Ashes-to-ashes"—and at christenings and weddings. These are words that have been said many times, but the person who speaks them understands that each time it must be said as if it matters, because it does matter. We never know what lies ahead, and we never know what just happened, and all words must house respect of those two unknowns. In Talk to Me, Smith looks back at a singular career as a seeker and interpreter of language in America, revealing the methodology behind her extraordinary search for the truth and nuances of verbal communication. For thirty years, the defining thesis of Smith's work has been that how we speak is just as important in communicating truth and identity as what we say. Everything from individual vocal tone to grammar, Smith demonstrates, can be as identifiable and revealing as a fingerprint. Her journey has taken her from the rarefied bastions of academia to riot-torn streets; she has conducted hundreds of interviews with subjects ranging from women prisoners to presidents of the United States. In 1995, her ongoing investigation led her to Washington, D.C. After all, what better place to wage an inquiry into the power of language and the language of power than in the city where "message" is a manufactured product? What happens when we as citizens accept—which we seem to be doing more and more—our chosen leaders' failure to tell the truth? And how can we know that we are hearing what Washington really has to say when everything we receive is filtered through the media? Armed with a blazing intellect and a tape recorder, Smith tackled these questions head-on, conducting more than four hundred interviews with people both inside and outside the power structure of Washington. She recorded these sessions in her trademark verbatim transcripts, which include every tic and verbal utterance of her subjects. More than thirty of these remarkable documents appear in this book, including interviews with Bill Clinton, Anita Hill, Studs Terkel, George Bush, Mike McCurry, and Helen Thomas. After five years of searing investigation into the world of the politicians, spin doctors, and power brokers who are steering the course of our country from inside the beltway, Smith has come away with a revelatory assessment—by turns devastating and hopeful—of the lexicon of power and politics in America. Talk to Me is a landmark contribution from a woman whose pioneering insights into language speak volumes.
Author: Sonia Ellis
Publisher: Tumblehome Learning, Incorporated
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Seven-year-old Maddie Reyes can talk to Mom, Dad, and 14-year-old Sadina, her sister. But with the rest of the world--except for Bella, her robotic cat--she's too terrified to speak a word. Maddie wakes one night to find an intruder in the house, and now she's the only one who can identify him. Her friends join together to help transform Bella into Chattercat, a talking robot that just might get some answers from Maddie. Filled with beautiful watercolor illustrations, this captivating mystery, geared toward readers in grades 4 to 8, covers a range of important issues: friendship, teamwork, trust, making hard choices, and continuing to pursue goals, even in the face of overwhelming odds. With its key plot device involving artificial intelligence, the story contributes to student interest in STEM fields.
Conversation Strategies for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum or with Speech and Language Impairments
Author: Heather Jones
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Category: Family & Relationships
If your child finds talking to people a struggle, this is the book to get the conversation started. In this hands-on guide, Heather Jones offers practical advice, born of experience with her own son, which will help you teach your child the principles of communication. Full of strategies and examples, it shows how you can allay fears, build confidence and teach your child to enjoy conversation. Once a child gets used to talking with other people, many life skills can develop more easily as they grow up – from making friends and shopping for themselves, to being interviewed and eventually getting a job. This handy book provides guidance and inspiration to parents, teachers and anyone else who cares for a child who finds language and comprehension difficult.
Author: Chris Raschka
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Illustrations and simple text for each letter of the alphabet demonstrate the sounds made by that letter.
When the Dead Speak to the Living
Author: Jimahl Di Fiosa
Publisher: Logios Publishing
Can anyone communicate with the spirits? Or do you have to be born with these abilities? The answer to both questions is yes. Yes, anyone can communicate with the spirits of those who are no longer incarnate. And yes, we have to be born with the ability to speak with spirits. If this appears to you as a contradiction in terms, I can assure you it is not. The greatest mystery surrounding spirit communication is that there is no mystery. We all are born with our psychic centers fully intact. We are all originally wired to enable us to function as effortlessly in the world of spirits as we do in the world of form. And there are no exceptions. What you do with this ability is entirely up to you. The dead are often just as unhappy because from their perspective it is the living who disconnect. And in response the spirits begin to speak a mantra of their own - I am still here. I can see you. I can hear you. Talk to me.
(A Love Story in Any Language)
Author: Pat Simmons
Publisher: Pat Simmons
Despite being deaf as a result of a fireworks explosion, CEO of a St. Louis non-profit company, Noel Richardson, expertly navigates the hearing world. What some view as a disability, Noel views as a challenge—his lack of hearing has never held him back. It also helps that he has great looks, numerous university degrees, and full bank accounts. But those assets don’t define him as a man who longs for the right woman in his life. Deciding to visit a church service, Noel is blind-sided by the most beautiful and graceful Deaf interpreter he’s ever seen. Mackenzie Norton challenges him on every level through words and signing, but as their love grows, their faith is tested. When their church holds a yearly revival, they witness the healing power of God in others. Mackenzie has faith to believe that Noel can also get in on the blessing. Since faith comes by hearing, whose voice does Noel hear in his heart, Mackenzie or God's?
Author: Jan Freed
By the Year 2000: CELEBRATE! What have you resolved to do by the year 2000? Talk! Pillow talk. Small talk. Double talk. Baby talk. Can we talk? Kara Taylor has a few questions when it comes to men. Why won't they talk about their feelings? Why can't they admit they're wrong? And what is it about The Three Stooges? Travis Malloy has some things he'd like to know, too. Why do women go on about emotions? Can't they see that actions speak louder than words? And since when is shopping a sport? Maybe if they'd had some answers nine years ago, their marriage wouldn't have ended in disaster on their first anniversary. Sure, Kara and Travis were crazy about each other, but that wasn't enough. They were mismatched from the start. They still are. But now it's time for Kara and Travis to start talking—because everything's at stake if they don't….
Author: Jules Wake
Publisher: Choc Lit
Olivia and Daniel certainly aren’t talking the language of love … Olivia has been in love with Daniel forever but, despite her best efforts, they’ve never been able to get it together. Their relationship has always been a series of mixed messages and misunderstandings and the final straw comes when Daniel mysteriously starts dating her flatmate, Emily. Hurt and confused, Olivia resolves to forget her heartache with a spot of speed dating. After all, what could possibly go wrong? One crazy stalker later and Olivia’s life is becoming increasingly strange and scary. Can she rely on Daniel to step in when events take a terrifying turn or will their communication breakdown ultimately result in tragedy?
Stories of the Southwest
Author: H. Lee Barnes
Publisher: Stephens Press, LLC
These stories are best described as rites of passage. The rest are tales of people at crossroads, seekers and troubled souls, finding compassion in themselves or others or for some finding it nowhere. The stories emerge out of the writer's life long love affair with the Southwest where he grew up and in which he's lived his adult life. In the backdrop of the stories is the landscape of the harsh urban world of the desert Southwest. These are tough honest stories about believable people and situations, stories true to the environment that created them. This is his fourth book."Talk To Me, James Dean is a vividly presented collection of individual gems which are showcased under one cover and engagingly entertaining, quite thought-provoking, and very highly recommended reading. H. Lee Barnes is one of those rare authors who seems able to touch the minds, invoke the emotions, and stroke the imaginations of his readers with a quite remarkable consistency from beginning to end." --Midwest Book Review
Bridging the Gap Between the Hearing and Silent Worlds
Author: Roger E. Hoffmann
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Growing up with deaf grandparents, Roger E. Hoffman learned early on the challenges faced by the deaf community. Valuing his grandparents, he prioritized a relationship with them, even when encountering prejudice from his peers. Drawing from his early experiences, Roger shares touching stories of his childhood and the compassion that motivated him to become a therapist for children with speech impediments. In addition to working one-on-one with children, Roger developed several creative ways to educate the community on sign language, bridging the gap between the silent and hearing worlds. This moving memoir speaks to all who have felt alienated or set apart. Talk to Me will encourage you to reach out to those around you and communicate more clearly.
Author: PETE WILLIAMS
Category: Family & Relationships
“...Talk to Me, Dad, a deeply troubling novel of child abuse, brutalization and revenge...this novel... has been a particular pleasure to read; we’ve been touched by many of its components, particularly your courage in telling a story of this disturbing nature. You manage to effectively combine relentlessness with sensitivity in your presentation, and that’s no small feat.” The Scott Meredith Literary Agency “I’ve read literally thousands of books and I can safely say that it reads like a dream. What a beautiful job you’ve done! I couldn’t put it down and was sad when it ended. All good books leave me sad because you become invested in the people, in their lives.” Jeanna “After reading your book, I could close my eyes and it was just like a movie playing in my mind.” Jeff “When will there be a sequel?” Peggy I began this book some 23 years ago, before child abduction and abuse were reported in newspapers. Without the confidence of Maye, the encouragement of Peggy, and the time given by many other reviewers, I would have been hard pressed to continue this project. My special thanks go to each of them. The Author
Author: Eric Lane,Nina Shengold
In this one-of-a-kind collection of monologue plays, Eric Lane and Nina Shengold have gathered a breathtaking array of human voices and stories by master playwrights and emerging new writers. Each of the plays, ranging from one-acts and ten-minute plays to full-length works, creates a rich and specific world. In these pages, readers will meet a dazzling group of dramatic and comic characters: an actress chasing a role as a prison guard on a soap opera, an Indian waiter new to America, a lesbian performance artist taking her father to Auschwitz, a surfer dude trying to summarize the plot of Moby-Dick in under two minutes, and a Dutch librarian hunting down a book that's 123 years overdue. Because each selection is a complete monologue, Talk to Me is an unprecedented source for actors in search of material for auditions, classes, and performances, as well as a literary gold mine for anyone who loves drama. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: David A. Adler
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Thirteen-year-old Tommy Duncan just wants to root for the Brooklyn Dodgers and listen to his favorite radio programs. But it's 1940, and the world is about to change. All his friend Beth wants to discuss is the war in Europe. Don't talk to Tommy about that, though. He has more immediate concerns, like Beth starting to wear earrings and his mother's declining health. The stories of a Jewish friend at school, however, begin to make the war more real to him, and Tommy, like the world around him, is sure to be forever changed. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Changing the Narrative on Race, Religion, and Education
Author: Qasim Rashid
#TalkToMe: Changing the narrative on race, religion, and education is a non-fiction memoir from inspiring thought leaders on how the power of dialogue can overcome racism, xenophobia, intolerance, and violence. It is the real life story of how ordinary Americans are rising beyond the forces that seek to drive us apart, and instead finding paths to peace and understanding. These are the stories you won't hear in the media because the fact is, good news just doesn't sell newspapers. They are stories that remain untold because bigotry sells more than unity. Terror, more than tolerance. Instead, I want to give these powerful stories of pluralism the platform they deserve. I wrote #TalkToMe because I believe that our differences are a source of strength, not division. I believe things aren't hopeless and I believe we can repair the damage done. We must work together, and it all begins with dialogue. But we can't sit idle and we can't waste another day. So come on, #TalkToMe.