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`Christopher Columbus Answers All Charges is the latest collaboration by Yuri Rubinsky and Marc Giacomelli. Co-authors of The Wankers' Guide to Canada (Seal/Bantam and Anthem Records), they adapted and directed Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities for the 1981 Toronto International Theatre Festival and were managing editors of the 1984 April Fool's Day edition of Not The Globe & Mail. Yuri Rubinsky was president of SoftQuad and founding co-director of The Banff Publishing Workshop. Marc Giacomelli is a partner in the Naked Creative Consultancy. A long-time Creative Consultant for Second City Television, he produced Bob and Doug McKenzie's Great White North. He is also the author of A Paranoid's Guide to Them (Macmillan).About the Author:
Yuri Rubinsky was a writer, software executive, and well known promoter of the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML), which was the basis for the now-ubiquitous XML. In Canada, he is probably best known as founding co-director of the influential Banff Publishing Workshop and for his work in applying technology to help visually impaired people. He died on January 21, 1996 after suffering a massive and unexpected heart attack.
Yuri was an author of both fiction and scholarly material, a publisher, and most importantly a visionary. His books include A History of The End of The World (1982), The Wankers' Guide to Canada (1986) and (as co-author, with Marc Giacomelli) the novel Christopher Columbus Answers All Charges (1993). He was editor of Charles Goldfarb's The SGML Handbook (1990) and SoftQuad's The SGML Primer (1991). At the time of his death he was working on SGML on the Web (1997) which was completed by his friend and colleague Murray Maloney.
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Book Description Porcupine's Quill, 1992. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # SONG0889841500
Book Description The Porcupine's Quill, 1992. Soft cover. Condition: New. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Five centuries have passed since Christopher Columbus's famous voyage of 1492 and his place in history has never been so hotly debated. Columbus is blamed for everything from slavery and colonialism to the current state of the environment. He has been described as a megalomaniac, an incompetent seaman, an adulterer, an opportunist and a liar. Yuri Rubinsky's and Marc Giacomelli's Christopher Columbus Answers All Charges gives the 'Admiral of the Ocean Sea' a voice so that he can defend himself against his accusers. Writing as a lonely old man in a villa in Valladolid, Columbus responds with bombast and wit to accusations that his voyages were religious expeditions disguised as voyages of business, that his voyages were business trips under the guise of sacred missions, and that he was obsessed by hats. To the charge 'That I Prayed for the deaths of my enemies,' he answers: 'I have generally found that the death of an enemy, while a blessing, should not be considered a personal favour from the Almighty.' To the charge 'That I should have remained a cartographer, a calling in which I have some skill,' his reply is: 'Without cartographers, there can be no progress. Without explorers, there can be no cartographers.' The resulting book is a humorous and provocative re-examination of Christopher Columbus's claims to fame. Seller Inventory # ABE-11712972046
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Book Description Porcupines Quill, 1992. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition edition. 176 pages. 8.50x5.75x0.50 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 0889841500