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Co-author of East of Tiffany's, 13 short stories of a Latino immigrant's success in USA; a journey from West Harlem to Sutton Place and Park Avenue. Check out the reviews in Amazon.com and in Barnes and Noble.

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Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.

Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99


Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language. Transliterated into easy language for enjoyable reading pleasure. Because The Lazarillo of Tormes pointed a new direction, European and American literature benefited with titles that today are considered classics: Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews; Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random, and Peregrine Pickle; Voltaire’s Candide; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And many others to include American works ranging from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art. According to Ortega, the arts don't have to tell a human story; art should deal with its own forms—and not with the human form.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic. This e-book teaches how to break the pattern Subject-verb-object--and discard openings that begin with nouns, articles, and pronouns.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality. While business terminology is interwoven throughout these short stories, it's not business lessons that I take away with me, but life lessons. The circumstances and the characters' profound humanity are relatable despite their zip code . "Luke, Postmodern Man" offers a new vista into faith, suffering, and love of neighbor. Way after you read this book you'll find yourself thinking about the various characters throughout the series of stories and will find solace in their unwavering faith. The narrators' ability to reflect on their hardships with such serenity is inspiring.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers! Every page is filled with great writing tips, training lessons, and wonderful useful writing skills! Not only do I write essays for college, but also short stories!
--IVONNIE Indrawan
College student
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All my books are now in KINDLE


Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99
Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Sentence Openers
East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5


The most beloved short story from Spanish literature
All my books are in NOOK $0.99 or in Amazon KINDLE $0.99








All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.
Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99

Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers!
--Ivonnie Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK





Available in KINDLE $0.99


Available in KINDLE $0.99

Friday, November 12, 2010

Amish Hackers Tell All

Traffic sign alerting drivers for Amish Buggie...Image via WikipediaWilliam Zbaren for The New York Times Low tech? An Amish buggy in Shipshewana, Ind.
Last week, the techies were out in force when Kevin Kelly — a founding editor of Wired and currently the magazine’s “chief maverick” — came to the New York Public Library to talk about his new book, “What Technology Wants.” (See video of the event here.)  There were plenty of smart phones and iPads in the audience, but the thing I was really looking for was some Amish beards. Beards? Yes. As Kelly’s book reveals, he is that rare high-technologist to engage with America’s most famous community of Luddites.
Except that the Amish aren’t Luddites at all, or at least not according to Kelly. In a fascinating chapter of “What Technology Wants” (to be reviewed in the Nov. 7 Book Review) called “Lessons of Amish Hackers,” Kelly pokes his head into the barns of Lancaster County and finds a lot of very weird machines, as well as a highly deliberate approach to technology that has a lot to teach the rest of us about how to get along better with our own proliferating gadgets.

Amish country, in Kelly’s telling, is a version of the hippie-nerd Maker Faire without the colorful clothing. The Amish may not have cars or buttons, but they do have “alpha-geeks,” “early adopters” and enough clever retro-futuristic contraptions to do any steampunk proud. Behind one electricity-free farmhouse, Kelly finds a workshop vibrating with “an ear-cracking racket of power sanders, power saws, power planers, power drills and so on,” all powered by a diesel generator driving a compressed-air system known locally as “Amish electricity.” Everywhere he goes, Amish D.I.Y.-ers show off “their geekiest hacks.”
The Amish, Kelly says, are the ones who stand athwart technological history and shout “Maybe!” They reject cars and credit cards but are enthusiastic users of disposable diapers, chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Different sects, like the ultra-strict Old Order Amish, take different approaches. But in general they make a distinction between technologies that will strengthen the community — like genetically modified corn, which is easier to harvest using older equipment, and thus helps keeps family farms together — and those that might weaken it, like cellphones, which, along with artificial insemination and solar power, are still being debated.
The Amish distinguish between using technology and owning it, and between having technology at home and having it at work (which means I must be a little Amish too, at least when it comes to e-mail). They don’t own trucks, but they will ride in them. They don’t have Internet service on their farms, but may use it at the public library.
“For people who live off the grid, without TV, Internet or books beyond one Bible, the Amish are perplexingly well informed,” Kelly writes. “And surprisingly, there’s not much new that at least one person in their church has not tried to use. In fact, the Amish rely on the enthusiasm of those early adopters to try stuff out until it proves harmful.”
Not that Kelly thinks we should all trade our cars for buggies. (Though the typical Amish ride, it turns out, is a high-tech affair involving lightweight fiberglass, stainless-steel hardware and “cool LED lights.”) The intimacy and community of Amish life, Kelly says, comes at the cost of options. Good luck to a would-be scientist or composer in a place where everyone is pulled out of school after eighth grade to do “useful” work, or to the Amish girl who wants to be something other than a homemaker.
What’s more, their self-reliant lifestyle is dependent on the greater technological landscape surrounding them. The Amish do not mine the metal they use to build their tools, weave the cotton their clothes are made from, educate the doctors who treat them or build the solar panels an increasing number are putting on their roofs. They represent, in Kelly’s view, an important choice: the choice to say no. But in a larger sense, they are hitching a ride on the buggy driven by the rest of us.
As Kelly, an ardent techno-libertarian, puts it,
I may not tweet, watch TV or use a laptop, but I certainly benefit from the effect of others who do. In that way I am not that different from the Amish, who benefit from the outsiders around them fully engaged with electricity, phones and cars. But unlike individuals who opt out of individual technologies, Amish society indirectly constrains others as well as themselves. If we apply the ubiquity test — what happens if everyone does it? — to the Amish way, the optimization of choice collapses. By constraining the suite of acceptable occupations and narrowing education, the Amish are holding back possibilities not just for their children but indirectly for all.
(Bonus: These days, the Amish don’t just have romance novels. They also have Web sites! For an interesting inside take on Amish life, check out A Joyful Chaos, a blog by a former Amishwoman.)
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