The Mass Ornament: Weimar Essays by Siegfried Kracauer

By Siegfried Kracauer

Siegfried Kracauer used to be one of many 20th century's such a lot magnificent cultural critics, a bold and prolific pupil, and an incisive theorist of movie. during this quantity his best writings on glossy society make their long-awaited visual appeal in English.

This ebook is a party of the masses--their tastes, amusements, and daily lives. taking over issues of modernity, corresponding to isolation and alienation, city tradition, and the relation among the gang and the person, Kracauer explores a kaleidoscope of themes: buying arcades, the cinema, bestsellers and their readers, images, dance, inn lobbies, Kafka, the Bible, and tedium. For Kracauer, the main revelatory points of recent lifestyles within the West lie at the floor, within the ephemeral and the marginal. Of designated fascination to him is the USA, the place he ultimately settled after fleeing Germany and whose tradition he sees as outlined nearly solely through "the ostentatious exhibit of surface."

With those essays, written within the Nineteen Twenties and early Nineteen Thirties and edited by way of the writer in 1963, Kracauer used to be the 1st to illustrate that learning the typical international of the hundreds can deliver nice rewards. The Mass Ornament this day is still a clean tribute to pop culture, and its impressively interdisciplinary essays proceed to shed gentle not just on Kracauer's later paintings but additionally at the rules of the Frankfurt college, the family tree of movie conception and cultural stories, Weimar cultural politics, and, no longer least, the exigencies of highbrow exile.

In his creation, Thomas Levin situates Kracauer in a turbulent age, illuminates the forces that motivated him--including his friendships with Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and different Weimar intellectuals--and offers the context useful for knowing his principles. in the past, Kracauer has been recognized basically for his writings at the cinema. This quantity brings us the total scope of his presents as essentially the most wide-ranging and penetrating interpreters of contemporary existence.

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Hot Tamara by Mary Castillo

By Mary Castillo

Tamara Contreras won't ever back accept unmemorable intercourse. Her long-time boyfriend may possibly glance excellent to her conventional Mexican-American mom and dad -- anything Tamara hasn't ever been -- yet at twenty-six she wishes extra from lifestyles than marriage and motherhood. So in entrance of every person, Tamara does the unthinkable: She turns down her boyfriend's unforeseen marriage suggestion and leaves domestic for L.A. Tamara thinks she's bought the single-girl-in-the-city factor down, until eventually she runs into Will Benavides, the previous highschool undesirable boy became firefighter. If Tamara's mom and dad had identified how Will lit up her teenage fantasies, she'd were shipped off to the nuns evidently! Now Will desires to make these fantasies come actual completely. whilst an unforeseen chance lands in her lap and Tamara has to select from the occupation and the guy of her goals, she wonders if perhaps l. a. familia was once correct finally ...

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Doctor Who Short Trips: Steel Skies (Big Finish Short Trips) by John Binns

By John Binns

General practitioner Who brief journeys is a chain of themed brief tale anthologies of latest health practitioner Who fiction, that includes the health care provider in all of his first 8 incarnations. They function tales written by way of the various best names in health professional Who, prior and current, together with Paul Cornell, Gareth Roberts, Christopher H. Bidmead, and Paul Magrs. metal Skies is a suite of news established in enclosed and synthetic environments—places built to maintain the risks of the universe open air, maybe, or to maintain their population locked in. it truly is divided into 4 sections, each one exploring a special sort or position of confinement: flight, futuristic frontiers, incarceration, and isolation.

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Sappho's lyre : archaic lyric and women poets of ancient by Diane J. Rayor

By Diane J. Rayor

Sappho sang her poetry to the accompaniment of the lyre at the Greek island of Lesbos over 2500 years in the past. during the Greek international, her contemporaries composed lyric poetry choked with ardour, and within the centuries that the golden age of archaic lyric, new varieties of poetry emerged. during this precise anthology, modern day reader can benefit from the works of seventeen poets, together with a variety of archaic lyric and the full surviving works of the traditional Greek ladies poets—the latter showing jointly in a single quantity for the 1st time.

Sappho's Lyre is a mixture of diligent learn and poetic artistry. The translations are in keeping with the latest discoveries of papyri (including "new" Archilochos and Stesichoros) and the newest variants and scholarship. The advent and notes offer historic and literary contexts that make this old poetry extra available to trendy readers.

Although this booklet is essentially geared toward the reader who doesn't be aware of Greek, it'd be a most excellent complement to a Greek language path. it's going to even have broad charm for readers of' historic literature, women's reports, mythology, and enthusiasts of poetry.

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The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing by Kevin Young

By Kevin Young

Poetry serves a different function in our lives, distilling human adventure and emotion all the way down to truths as powerful as they're short. There are twice most folks flip to it: for romance and loss. even though collections of affection poetry abound, there are only a few anthologies for the grieving. within the artwork of wasting, editor Kevin younger Kevin younger has brought and chosen one hundred fifty devastatingly attractive poems that include the ache and heartbreak of mourning. Divided into 5 sections (Reckoning, Remembrance, Rituals, restoration, and Redemption), with poems by means of a few of our such a lot liked poets in addition to the easiest of the present new release of poets, The artwork of wasting is the best a present for a family member in a time of desire and to be used by way of ministers, rabbis, and palliative care staff who are likely to those who find themselves experiencing loss. one of the poets incorporated: Elizabeth Alexander, W.H. Auden, Amy Clampitt, Billy Collins, Emily Dickinson, Louise Gluck, Ted Hughes, Galway Kinnell, Kenneth Koch, Philip Larkin, Li-Young Lee, Philip Levine, Marianne Moore, Sharon Olds Mary Oliver, Robert Pinsky, Adrienne wealthy, Theodore Roethke, Anne Sexton, Wallace Stevens, Dylan Thomas, Derek Walcott, and James Wright.

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Majipoor Chronicles (Majipoor Cycle) by Robert K. Silverberg

By Robert K. Silverberg

The nationwide bestselling saga of Robert Silverberg's lovely mind's eye maintains within the first new hardcover Majipoor novel in approximately a decade. As a prequel to Silverberg's previous Majipoor novels. Majipoor Chronicles presents a deep, darkish imaginative and prescient for the historical past of the clash inLord Valentine's fort and Valentine Pontifex.Treachery and wizardry run rampant lower than the reign of the effective Pontifex, as either the rightful and the unworthy heirs to the throne anxiously wait for his loss of life. Korsibar, son of the present Coronal, plots together with his dual sister and impressive partners to grab the ability of the Coronal while his father ascends to the throne of the Pontifex.But the burdens of the crown and scepter detailed extra of a value than Korsibar is ready to pay. His rival fights to take his appointed position as keeper of his cherished Majipoor...and to resbackse order to the utter chaos that has befallen their world."Silverberg has created a huge planet, chock-a-block with lifestyles and strength sbacksies." -- the showering submit

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American Arabesque: Arabs and Islam in the Nineteenth by Jacob Rama Berman

By Jacob Rama Berman

American Arabesque examines representations of Arabs, Islam and the close to East in nineteenth-century American tradition, arguing that those representations play an important position within the improvement of yankee nationwide identification over the century, revealing principally unexplored exchanges among those cultural traditions that might modify how we comprehend them this present day.


Moving from the interval of America’s engagement within the Barbary Wars during the Holy Land commute mania within the years of Jacksonian enlargement and into the writings of romantics comparable to Edgar Allen Poe, the ebook argues that not just have been Arabs and Muslims prominently featured in nineteenth-century literature, yet that the diversities writers confirmed among figures reminiscent of Moors, Bedouins, Turks and Orientals supply facts of the transnational scope of family racial politics. Drawing on either English and Arabic language assets, Berman contends that the fluidity and instability of the time period Arab because it appears to be like in captivity narratives, commute narratives, resourceful literature, and ethnic literature concurrently instantiate and undermine definitions of the yankee kingdom and American citizenship.

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Swords from the West by Harold Lamb

By Harold Lamb

Beset by way of enemies on each facet and torn by way of inner divisions, the crusader kingdoms have been a hotbed of intrigue, the place your maximum best friend could be your usual enemy. simply because lives and kingdoms frequently rested at the fringe of a sword blade, it was once a time while a daring center and a gentle hand may see you far—so lengthy as you believe you studied your back. Here, for the 1st time, are all seventeen of Harold Lamb’s uncollected crusader tales in a single quantity. learn now of the autumn of kingdoms and the destiny of doomed males, of determined battles and courageous comrades, of clever maids and scheming nobles. sign up for Nial O’Gordon, a tender crusader using deep into Asia to omit his prior. enterprise forth with Sir Robert of Antioch to move blades with the Mongol hordes. sign up for King Richard the Lionhearted for his final conflict. Stand enterprise beside Sir John and his Arab pal Khalil opposed to a band of traitors. And sail out with Michael Bearn on a venture of vengeance, as he dangers his lifestyles to convey down a sultan and his country. (20090306)

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