A chance conversation with a Provenal vigneron leads to the most unlikely of quests - a hunt to find France's palest ros. Extremely Pale Ros is a richly entertaining and informative account of the travels of Jamie, his wife Tanya and their ebullient friend Peter, as they take up this challenge. Giving up their lives in London, they quickly discover an unfortunate truth - the French won't treat ros or their quest seriously. Ros is seen as a poor cousin to red and white wine, drunk as an aperitif or to wash away the taste of spicy food. In bars, boulangeries and boucheries from Bordeaux to Bandol, Jamie, Tanya and Peter are recommended diverse vineyards to visit, and as they travel they encounter the beginnings of a ros revolution - French attitudes to pale pink wine appear to be changing, but is it too little too late to help them succeed in their quest? With wit, candour and wonderful storytelling, Jamie Ivey maintains a tradition of excellence in food and travel writing. Readers are left with dreams of France, summer days, baguettes, and . . . extremely pale ros.
"THE REVOLUTION is 'Peter Pan' for grownups. It's a delightful blend of intrigue and rollicking wit; and more than one revolution is brewing in this novel. THE REVOLUTION is a literary work destined for most collections." -- Morgan Review"Where have all the great novels gone? Well, this is one of them. THE REVOLUTION calls to mind authors such as Robert Jordan and George R. R. Martin, authors whose novels broke through longstanding industry storylines to become eagerly received and bestsellers. Bravo!" -- The Midwest RagBartholomew the playwright questions the identity of the man who suddenly barges into his tenement with a grand story in tow. Is he who he claims: Viscount Meris of Chauster, hero of The Revolution, the war that ended the tyranny of Emperor Eridan Ampur and the emperor's mastery over the dragons; or is he a common foot soldier, one too familiar with taverns? Nevertheless Viscount Meris is wanted for treason, while Bartholomew remains an unknown to the major playhouses. After hours of storytelling, the visitor's story trends from grand to impossible. He tells of saints, some wicked, others maddeningly dull, double-crossing pixies, voyages into the mysterious Far Unknown and encounters with its denizens. As the visitor falls asleep on Bartholomew's cot, Bartholomew leaves for his job at the local inn. Bartholomew returns in the evening to find his tenement upturned and blood drops across the floorboards, clear signs of a struggle. He also discovers that his coin purse and cat are missing? Bartholomew investigates, plunging himself into a second revolution and into a world most uncommon.
Preface: Dynamics of Evolutionary Processes, James P. Crutchfield and Peter Schuster. MACROEVOLUTION. The Sloshing Bucket: How the Physical Realm Controls Evolution, Niles Eldredge. Developmental Morphospaces and Evolution, Gunther J. Eble. The Dynamics of Large Biological Systems: A Statistical Physics View of Macroevolution, Stefan Bornholdt. EPHOCHAL EVOLUTION. On the Population Genetics of Punctuation, Aviv Bergman and Marcus W. Feldman. When Evolution Is Revolution, James P. Crutchfield. Evolution and Speciation in a Hyperspace: The Roles of Neutrality, Selection, Mutation, and Random Drift, Sergey Gavrilets. Molecular Insights into Evolution of Phenotypes, Peter Schuster. POPULATION GENETICS, DYNAMICS, AND OPTIMIZATION. The Nearly Neutral Theory with Special Reference to Interactions at the Molecular Level, Tomoko Ohta. Spectral Landscape Theory, Peter F. Stadler. Quasispecies Evolution on Dynamic Fitness Landscapes, Nigel Snoad and Martin Nilsson. Recombination and Bistability in Finite Populations, Lionel Barnett. EVOLUTION OF COOPERATION. On the Dynamic Persistence of Cooperation: How Lower Individual Fitness Induces Higher Survivability, Guy Sella and Michael Lachmann. Coevolution of Strategies in n-Person Prisoner's Dilemma, Kristian Lindgren and Johann Johansson. Evolutionary Design of Collective Computation in Cellular Automata, James P. Crutchfield, Melanie Mitchell, and Rajarshi Das. Index
For more than ten years, John Steele Gordon has written the widely read "The Business of America" column in "American Heritage" magazine. Marked by a combination of erudition, wit, and eloquence, Gordon's stories have celebrated the high points, and occasional low points, in the history of business in this country, from colonial days to the present. Now, the best of his mini-histories have been gathered in one volume. As much as each stands on its own, together they gain in significance as they go beyond mere business to present an intriguing lens on the broad sweep of American history. Gordon deftly connects the past with the present as he compares Frederick Philipse's successful cornering of the wampum market in 1666 with the Hunt brothers' failed attempt to corner the silver market in 1979. He looks anew at famous industrialists like Cornelius Vanderbilt and Henry Ford, and uncovers little-remembered heroes such as Oliver Evans, the founding father of the American industrial revolution, and Samuel Slater, who launched the textile industry in this country. He revels alike in the stories of philanthropist Peter Cooper, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, and the father of television syndication, Desi Arnaz. Gordon reveals how broad trends have developed (government debt and inflation, for example) and how specific words (boondoggle, pork barrel) have entered our language. He even tells the story of America's greatest cheese, Liederkranz, now lost forever. In addition to being a superb historian, John Steele Gordon is a great storyteller. Surveying almost 400 years of enterprise on this continent, "The Business of America" makes invaluable connections between eras and allows us a new appreciation of the richness of the American story.