et Cetera

A quarterly journal of artistic essays and art criticism.

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 1, January

Abstractions
Time has no divisions to mark its passage; there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.- Thomas Mann, novelist,...
Echoes and Reflections: Media Ecology as a Field of Study
Lance Strate. Echoes and Reflections: Media Ecology as a Field of Study. Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2006.Media ecology, defined as a study of media as environments, has been described by Neil Postman as "general semantics writ large." Aside from Postman,...
Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile
Daniel Nettle. Happiness: The Science behind Your Smile. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.In this book Daniel Nettle, a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Newcastle, explores the origins and purpose of our pursuit of happiness. Among...
Sensible Thinking for Turbulent Times
Martin H. Levinson. Sensible Thinking for Turbulent Times. New York: iUniverse, 2006.Dr. Levinson has adapted a selection of essays he published during 35 years as a teacher, counselor, and administrator in the New York City Public School System for...
That Was by My Other Mother: Chapter 1
ALFRED KORZYBSKI often told a story in his seminars about a particular patient in St. Elizabeths hospital when he was studying there. He was illustrating a point that the insane can be considered as quite logical - except the logic has not much to do...
The Myth of Self-Esteem: How Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Can Change Your Life Forever
Albert Ellis. The Myth of Self-Esteem: How Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Can Change Your Life Forever. Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2005.Many psychologists preach the importance of self-esteem, but on closer analysis the meaning of self-esteem often...

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