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The Molecular Gaze

Author : Suzanne Anker
ISBN : 0879696974
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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And they suggest the ways in which DNA representations relate to archetypal images that have appeared throughout the history of art."--BOOK JACKET.

A Good Hard Look

Author : Ann Napolitano
ISBN : 1594202923
Genre : Fiction
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Years after poor health forces her to return to her family home, author Flannery O'Connor reluctantly attends the wedding of her cousin and inadvertently draws the attention of the groom, a wealthy Manhattan resident who fears life is passing him by.

The Flamethrowers

Author : Rachel Kushner
ISBN : 9781439154175
Genre : Fiction
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Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers, a finalist for the National Book Award, was just named a Top Ten Book of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review and one of Time magazine’s top ten fiction books. Kushner’s first novel, Telex from Cuba, was also a finalist for a National Book Award and was reviewed on the cover of The New York Times Book Review. The Flamethrowers, even more ambitious and brilliant, is the riveting story of a young artist and the worlds she encounters in New York and Rome in the mid-1970s—by turns underground, elite, and dangerous. The year is 1975 and Reno—so-called because of the place of her birth—has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world—artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts. Ardent, vulnerable, and bold, she begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the semi-estranged scion of an Italian tire and motorcycle empire. When they visit Sandro’s family home in Italy, Reno falls in with members of the radical movement that overtook Italy in the seventies. Betrayal sends her reeling into a clandestine undertow. The Flamethrowers is an intensely engaging exploration of the mystique of the feminine, the fake, the terrorist. At its center is Kushner’s brilliantly realized protagonist, a young woman on the verge. Thrilling and fearless, this is a major American novel from a writer of spectacular talent and imagination.


Author : Rosemarie Garland Thomson
ISBN : 0814782221
Genre : History
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Rosemarie Thomson's groundbreaking anthology probes America's disposition toward the visually different. The book's essays fall into four main categories: historical explorations of American freak shows in the era of P.T. Barnum; the articulation of the freak in literary and textual discourses; contemporary relocations of freak shows; and theoretical analyses of freak culture. Essays address such diverse topics as American colonialism and public presentations of natives; laughing gas demonstrations in the 1840's; Shirley Temple and Tom Thumb; Todd Browning's landmark movie Freaks; bodybuilders as postmodern freaks; freaks in Star Trek; Michael Jackson's identification with the Elephant Man; and the modern talk show as a reconfiguration of the freak show. In her introduction, Thomson traces the freak show from antiquity to the modern period and explores the constitutive, political, and textual properties of such exhibits.

Liquid Metal

Author : Sean Redmond
ISBN : 1903364876
Genre : Performing Arts
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Liquid Metal is the first extended collection of previously published essays on science fiction film and television. This Reader brings together a great number of 'seminal' essays that have opended up the study of science fiction to serious critical interrogation. This wide-ranging collection includes classic texts on key aspects of science fiction cinema such as representation of the cyborg, the science fiction city, time travel and the primal scene, science fiction fandom and 1950s invasion narratives.

From Mars To Marceline

Author : Eleonora Duvivier
ISBN : 9781452062105
Genre : Philosophy
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“This text is mainly the spelling out of what felt to me like a physical experience of spirit. The question of interaction is analyzed in different stages, in its connection to fiction as something intrinsic to technology. It has, as point of departure and reference, the pioneering steps taken by Walt Disney along the path of joining technology to different entertainment medium. I am approaching several aspects of American pop culture and American life as related to technology, viewed through the common denominators of interaction and fiction. The topics are written in a confessional and yet reflection-oriented style, so that the element of particularity and passion is deliberately preserved, along with objective questioning.”

Waking Up

Author : Sam Harris
ISBN : 9781451636031
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s latest New York Times bestseller is a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the twenty percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that important truths can be found in the experiences of such figures as Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history. Throughout this book, Harris argues that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow, and that how we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the quality of our lives. Waking Up is part memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it.

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