"Ziggy Stardust," "Changes," Under Pressure," "Let's Dance," "Fame," "Heroes," and of course, "Starman." These are the classic songs of David Bowie, the artist whose personas are indelibly etched in our pop consciousness alongside his music. He wrote and recorded with everyone from Iggy Pop to Freddie Mercury to John Lennon, sold 136 million albums, has one of the truly great voices, and influenced bands as wide-ranging as Nirvana and Franz Ferdinand. Paul Trynka illuminates Bowie's seemingly contradictory life and his many reinventions as an artist, offering over 300 new interviews with everyone from classmates to managers to lovers. He reveals Bowie's broad influence on the entertainment world, from movie star to modern-day icon, trend-setter to musical innovator.
This book will define Bowie for years to come.
A mig camí entre la memòria i la ficció, en una barreja de gèneres, Pa negre gira a l’entorn de l’Andreu, un vailet de la Plana de Vic en els anys més crus de la postguerra. Ell pertany a la banda dels perdedors: el seu pare, home de ferms ideals republicans, ha estat empresonat per roig. De resultes d’això, la mare s’ha hagut de posar a treballar a la fàbrica i el confia a uns parents que viuen a pagès. Tot i viure lluny dels pares, en un clima de por que es palpa arreu, el temps a la masia estarà farcit de sentiments i descobertes. Hi descobrirà el misteriós món dels adults, la intuïció rere les paraules dels grans, farà tentines en els viaranys del sexe. És, també, un temps d’amistats valentes, de contes explicats a la vora del foc, de jocs a l’aire lliure, de plantar barraques a les branques dels arbres, de farinetes de blat de moro, de pa amb vi i sucre... de pa negre. En temps de guerra –i de postguerra- tots els sentiments són abrandats, van a l’essència: o tot o res, perquè no hi ha gairebé res a perdre. L’amor, l’odi, la passió, la rancúnia, la venjança, la hipocresia, la humiliació... res no s’escapa de la vida dels personatges d‘aquesta obra, en què Emili Teixidor aconsegueix transportar-nos a una època de repressió i de missa obligada. L’autor recrea amb total precisió l’ambient rural de la Catalunya de postguerra amb una llengua vivíssima, rica, plena de matisos, i un ple domini de la tensió narrativa. De mica en mica, el lector assistirà a un canvi substancial en l’Andreu, que aprendrà de cada cosa que li passa i que, de perdedor passa a sentir-se guanyador, en una metàfora del país que assimila la derrota i accepta, amb passivitat, una victòria que no és la seva.I s’adonarà també d’una lliçó molt important: a més estimació, més perills de tota mena. L’amor crema.
“Sick City is fun, twisted and brutal….O’Neill could be our generation’s Jim Thompson.” — James Frey, author of Bright Shiny Morning “Tony O’Neill works his L.A. people the way Dutch Leonard had his hand down the pants of every degenerate in his great Detroit novels.” — Barry Gifford, author of Wild at Heart From Tony O’Neill, the author of Down and Out on Murder Mile and coauthor of the Neon Angel and the New York Times bestselling Hero of the Underground, comes Sick City—a wild adventure of two junkies, Hollywood, and the Sharon Tate sex tape. Readers of Elmore Leonard (Get Shorty) and Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) will take great delight in Sick City, “a disturbingly twisted ride through Hollywood’s underbelly with a degenerate cast of colorfully interwoven characters” (Slash).
The question of consciousness is perhaps the most significant problem still unsolved by science. In Inner Presence, Antti Revonsuo proposes a novel approach to the study of consciousness that integrates findings from philosophy, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience into a coherent theoretical framework. Arguing that any fruitful scientific approach to the problem must consider both the subjective psychological reality of consciousness and the objective neurobiological reality, Revonsuo proposes that the best strategy for discovering the connection between these two realities is one of "biological realism," using tools of the empirical biological sciences. This approach, which he calls the "biological research program," provides a theoretical and philosophical foundation that contemporary study of consciousness lacks. Revonsuo coins the term "world simulation metaphor" and uses this metaphor to develop a powerful way of thinking about consciousness as a biological system in the brain. This leads him to propose that the dreaming brain and visual consciousness are ideal model systems for empirical consciousness research. He offers a comprehensive overview and critical analysis of consciousness research and defends his approach against currently popular philosophical views, in particular against approaches that deny or externalize phenomenal consciousness, or claim that brain activity is not sufficient for consciousness. He systematically examines the principal issues in the science of consciousness -- the contents of consciousness, the unity of consciousness and the binding problem, the explanatory gap and the neural correlates of consciousness, and the causal powers and function of consciousness. Revonsuo draws together empirical data from a wide variety of sources, including dream research, brain imaging, neuropsychology, and evolutionary psychology, into the theoretical framework of the biological research program, thus pointing the way toward a unified biological science of consciousness. Applying imaginative thought experiments, Inner Presence reaches beyond the current state-of-the-art, revealing how the problem of consciousness may eventually be solved by future science.
Khas untukmu, suami / isteri tersayang... Kesudianmu menjadi teman hidupku, amat aku syukuri. Bagi isteri, terima kasih kerana menerimaku sebagai perwiramu. Buat suami, terima kasih kerana memilihku antara sejuta. Apatah lagi kaulah yang paling sempurna di hatiku. Kesatuan hati mudah dibina dengan sama-sama meletakkan Allah sebagai kuasa Pencatur dan Pengatur dalam apa jua program, aktiviti dan perancangan dalam rumah tangga. Mungkin jarang sekali kututurkan kata cinta, mengucap kasih. Sayangku, aku sebutkan seluruh isi hatiku, tersirat di bait-bati puisi "Duhai yang Tersayang..." Inilah hadiah daripada insan yang paling kau sayangi. Bertemu kita si syurga Ilahi.
This is a rare chance to re-discover a contemporary account of a military conflict which took place a Century ago. "The Agony of Belgium", written in 1914 by Frank Fox, a war correspondent veteran of the Balkan Wars, precedes the trench warfare of the Great War. It recounts events that the modern European mind would probably wish to forget. The bravery and resilience of the relatively new and untested Belgian Army, following the rejection of the German Ultimatum by the King, deserves a wider audience. Throughout this account the courageous and noble qualities of King Albert in the dark days come to the fore. Whether at the Front as an active Commander-in-Chief; with his people during Zeppelin raids and artillery bombardments at Antwerp; declining refuge in France after the retreat from Ostend; or rallying his troops for rearguard actions his conduct was of the finest. For these first 4 months of WW1, Fox used a bicycle to travel extensively (up to 75 miles/day- including an escape from Brussels over the border to Holland) to the various fronts admiring the determination of "our" Army against insuperable odds, and lamenting the miseries heaped upon the populace. His account of the "frightfulness" of the events in Louvain against the civilian population- including women and children- and the sacking of cultural treasures was not at first believed by Officials in Antwerp. However his reporting of Zeppelin raids helped to arouse public opinion in the United States. Having been turned over as a spy by civilians to the French cavalry, he prevailed to produce a unique insight into the ebb and flow of the campaign. From reporting the use of civilians as human shields at Alost, to suffering the effects of the final bombardment of Antwerp from which he escaped by boat, and the turning of the tide after the battle of the Yser, Fox provides vivid descriptions of a terrible, and little known, conflict. "A harrowing account of the suffering that Belgium endured from the German invasion in 1914. Sir Frank Fox charts Belgium's heroic stand, and the personal courage of King Albert I that inspired his Army." LORD ASTOR of HEVER - British Defence Minister "As a Belgian citizen, who has lived in two of the martyr-towns, Leuven and Aarschot, I was stunned by this powerful account of the atrocities of war. Fox's reports undoubtedly contributed to the British support of our valiant King Albert I and his Army". Dr. LUDO SCHELLENS - Kasteel Schoonhoven, Aarschot
Hiking with the Boss tells the story of a special bond shared by two sisters and their hike to Neumagen, a little village in Germany's beautiful Mosel valley. While taking the reader on a hike through the scenic German countryside, the author weaves fascinating facts about German history as well as cherished family memories into the fabric of her journey.
Some of the adventures of the sisters will make you laugh out loud. Others will make you wince and marvel how much they are willing to endure to reach their goal.
You don't have to be a hiker to enjoy reading this book.