Download Americana: Dispatches From the New Frontier by Hampton Sides PDF

By Hampton Sides

Harley-Davidson bikers . . . Grand Canyon river rats. . .Mormon archaeologists. . . Spelling bee prodigies…

For greater than fifteen years, best-selling writer and historian Hampton facets has traveled broadly around the continent exploring the the United States that lurks simply in the back of the scrim of our mainstream tradition. Reporting for out of doors, the recent Yorker, and NPR, between different nationwide media, the award-winning journalist has proven a name not just as a wry observer of the modern American scene but in addition as one in every of our extra creative and flexible practitioners of narrative non-fiction.

In those dozen items, gathered the following for the 1st time, aspects provides us a clean, eye-catching, and now and then startling the US brimming with interesting subcultures and peculiar characters who may perhaps reside nowhere else. Following aspects, we crash the redwood retreat of an obvious cabal of fabulously robust military-industrialists, drop in at the Indy 500 of bass fishing, and sign up for an enormous techno-rave on the lip of the Grand Canyon. We meet a various gallery of yankee visionaries— from the impossibly perky founding father of Tupperware to Indian radical Russell capability to skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. We retrace the course of the ancient Bataan dying March with veterans from Sides’ acclaimed WWII epic, Ghost infantrymen. facets additionally examines the state that has emerged from the ashes of September eleven, recounting the harrowing trips of 3 global alternate heart survivors and identifying on the final attainable minute to not "embed" at the Iraqi front-lines with the U.S. Marines. Americana supplies us a gleaming mosaic of our state this present day, in all its wild and poignant charm.

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Download Poor but Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West by Agata Pyzik PDF

By Agata Pyzik

24 years after the autumn of the Berlin Wall, Europe is as divided as ever. The passengers of the reasonably-priced airways pass east for stag events, and so they cross West for paintings; however the East remains East, and West remains West. Caricatures abound - the Polish plumber within the tabloids, the recent chilly battle within the broadsheets and the unending look for 'the new Berlin' for hipsters. opposed to the stereotypes, Agata Pyzik friends backstage to look at the key histories of japanese Europe (and its tortured family with the 'West'). Neoliberalism and mass migration, post-punk and the Bowiephile obsession with the japanese Bloc, Orientalism and 'self-colonization', the emancipatory potentials of Socialist Realism, the opportunity of a non-Western proposal of modernity and futurism, and where of japanese Europe in any present revival of 'the proposal of communism' – all are even more advanced and staggering than they seem. bad yet attractive refuses either a dewy-eyed Ostalgia for the 'good outdated days' and the both determined wish to turn into a 'normal a part of Europe', reclaiming as a substitute the assumption an different Europe.

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Download Kierkegaard and his contemporaries : the culture of golden by Kierkegaard, Søren; Stewart, Jon Bartley; Kierkegaard, Søren PDF

By Kierkegaard, Søren; Stewart, Jon Bartley; Kierkegaard, Søren

Reading Kierkegaard within the normal context of Golden Age Denmark, this interdisciplinary anthology gains articles which deal with his a number of family members to his most famed Danish contemporaries. It goals to work out them no longer as minor figures laboring in Kierkegaard's shadow yet relatively as major thinkers and artists of their personal correct. The articles light up either Kierkegaard's effect on his contemporaries and their assorted affects on him. through the analyses of those a number of family, elements of Kierkegaard's authorship are introduced into new and insightful views. The featured essays deal with probably the most vital figures from the time, representing the fields of philosophy, theology, literature, feedback and paintings

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Download A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary by Michael Barkun PDF

By Michael Barkun

What do alien ship believers, Christian millennialists, and right-wing conspiracy theorists have in universal? in accordance with Michael Barkun during this interesting but stressful booklet, quite a bit. it truly is renowned that a few americans are enthusiastic about conspiracies. The Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma urban bombing, and the 2001 terrorist assaults have all generated problematic tales of hidden plots. what's some distance much less identified is the level to which conspiracist worldviews have lately develop into associated in unusual and unpredictable methods with different "fringe" notions reminiscent of a trust in UFOs, Nostradamus, and the Illuminati. Unraveling the intense genealogies and variations of those more and more common rules, Barkun indicates how this net of city legends has unfold between subcultures on the web and during mass media, how a brand new type of conspiracy pondering has lately arisen, and the way this phenomenon pertains to greater adjustments in American tradition. This booklet, written via a number one professional at the topic, is the main finished and authoritative exam of up to date American conspiracism to this point.
Barkun discusses a variety of material--involving inner-earth caves, executive black helicopters, alien abductions, mystery New global Order cabals, and masses more--that few observe exists in our tradition. having a look heavily on the manifestions of those rules in a variety of literature and resource fabric from spiritual and political literature, to New Age and unidentified flying object guides, to pop culture phenomena reminiscent of The X-Files, and to web content, radio courses, and extra, Barkun unearths that the United States is within the throes of an unequalled interval of millennarian job. His e-book underscores the significance of knowing why this phenomenon is now spreading into extra mainstream segments of yankee tradition.

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Download The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread by Maria Balinska PDF

By Maria Balinska

If smoked salmon and cream cheese carry just one factor to brain, you could count number your self one of the world’s thousands of bagel professionals. yet few individuals are conscious of the bagel’s provenance, not to mention its adventuresome background. This captivating publication tells the impressive tale of the bagel’s trip from the tables of seventeenth-century Poland to the freezers of center the United States this present day, a narrative of usually fabulous connections among an inexpensive market-day snack and centuries of Polish, Jewish, and American history.

Research in foreign data and various own interviews discover the bagel’s hyperlinks with the defeat of the Turks through Polish King Jan Sobieski in 1683, the Yiddish cultural revival of the overdue 19th century, and Jewish migration around the Atlantic to the United States. There the tale strikes from the bakeries of latest York’s decrease East facet to the Bagel Bakers’ neighborhood 388 Union of the Sixties, and the attentions of the mob. For all its modest measurement, the bagel has controlled to bridge cultural gaps, rescue kings from obscurity, cost the feelings, and problem obtained knowledge. Maria Balinska weaves jointly a wealthy, quirky, and evocative historical past of East eu Jewry and the unassuming ring-shaped roll the area has taken to its heart.

"Balinska bargains one of those historical past of and love-letter to Jewish tradition via a chain of bread-based snapshots." --Steven Poole, mother or father, seventeenth January 2009

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Download It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd PDF

By danah boyd

What's new approximately how youngsters speak via prone reminiscent of fb, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media impact the standard of teens' lives? during this eye-opening ebook, adolescence tradition and know-how professional danah boyd uncovers a few of the significant myths concerning teens' use of social media. She explores tropes approximately identification, privateness, defense, chance, and bullying. eventually, boyd argues that society fails youth whilst paternalism and protectionism prevent teenagers' skill to develop into trained, considerate, and engaged voters via their on-line interactions. but regardless of an atmosphere of rampant fear-mongering, boyd reveals that youngsters frequently locate how you can interact and to improve a feeling of identity.

Boyd's conclusions are crucial interpreting not just for folks, academics, and others who paintings with adolescents but in addition for somebody attracted to the impression of rising applied sciences on society, tradition, and trade in years yet to come. delivering insights gleaned from greater than a decade of unique fieldwork interviewing children around the usa, boyd concludes reassuringly that the children are alright. even as, she recognizes that coming to phrases with existence in a networked period isn't effortless or visible. In a technologically mediated global, existence is certain to be advanced.

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Download The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr PDF

By Nicholas Carr

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Finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize as a rule Nonfiction: “Nicholas Carr has written a Silent Spring for the literary mind.”—Michael Agger, Slate

“Is Google making us stupid?” while Nicholas Carr posed that query, in a celebrated Atlantic Monthly disguise tale, he tapped right into a good of hysteria approximately how the net is altering us. He additionally crystallized essentially the most very important debates of our time: As we benefit from the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our skill to learn and imagine deeply?

Now, Carr expands his argument into the main compelling exploration of the Internet’s highbrow and cultural outcomes but released. As he describes how human suggestion has been formed during the centuries via “tools of the mind”—from the alphabet to maps, to the printing press, the clock, and the computer—Carr interweaves a desirable account of contemporary discoveries in neuroscience by way of such pioneers as Michael Merzenich and Eric Kandel. Our brains, the ancient and clinical proof unearths, swap in accordance with our stories. The applied sciences we use to discover, shop, and proportion details can actually reroute our neural pathways.

development at the insights of thinkers from Plato to McLuhan, Carr makes a resounding case that each info know-how incorporates an highbrow ethic—a set of assumptions concerning the nature of data and intelligence. He explains how the published publication served to concentration our realization, selling deep and inventive concept. In stark distinction, the net encourages the speedy, distracted sampling of small bits of knowledge from many assets. Its ethic is that of the industrialist, an ethic of velocity and potency, of optimized creation and consumption—and now the web is remaking us in its personal photo. we're turning into ever more proficient at scanning and perusing, yet what we're wasting is our ability for focus, contemplation, and mirrored image.

half highbrow heritage, half well known technology, and half cultural feedback, The Shallows flickers with memorable vignettes—Friedrich Nietzsche wrestling with a typewriter, Sigmund Freud dissecting the brains of sea creatures, Nathaniel Hawthorne considering the thunderous method of a steam locomotive—even because it plumbs profound questions about the kingdom of our glossy psyche. it is a e-book that may perpetually modify the best way we predict approximately media and our minds.

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Download Judaism of the Second Temple Period: Volume 1, Qumran and by David Flusser PDF

By David Flusser

David Flusser used to be a truly prolific student of the useless Sea Scrolls, and his contributions to Scrolls learn, apocalypticism, and apocalyptic literature are inestimable. Now with this English translation of a lot of his essays, Flusser's insights can be found to a much broader viewers than ever earlier than. the following Flusser examines the impression of apocalypticism on quite a few Jewish sects. He states that the lessons of Jesus, whereas reflecting at the beginning the perspectives of the sages, also are motivated via Jewish apocalypticism. reading the Essenes, their impression on Hebrew language, the break up of sects, and lots more and plenty extra, Flusser's amassed essays provide an incredible resource of research for any lifeless Sea Scrolls student.

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