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Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature
Margaret Atwood
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals
Robert M. Pirsig
Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)
Jean Baudrillard, Sheila Faria Glaser
Leaven of Malice
Robertson Davies
The Salterton Trilogy
Robertson Davies
Effi Briest (Penguin Classics)
Theodor Fontane
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Cases And Materials On The Law Of Torts
Robert M. Solomon
Public Law : Cases Materials and Commentary
Philip Bryden, Craik, Neil, Craig Forcese, Forcese, Craig
A Property Law Reader
Bruce H. Ziff
The Ecstasy of Communication (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents) - Jean Baudrillard, Bernard Sch?tze, Caroline Sch?tze

Baudrillard takes on what would later become the digital world, and it ain't pretty. As Marx is to the obscenity of the commodity, so is Baudrillard to the ecstasy of communication. Baudrillard contends that our preoccupation has shifted to the overexposure of the transparency of the world: as such we are like visitors to a hyperrealist art gallery, staring at an image where there is nothing to see. A forceful critique, and one that is not easy to read, but a necessary one nonetheless.