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In Praise Of Indecency

Author : Paul Krassner
ISBN : 9781573443500
Genre : Humor
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Paul Krassner's style of personal journalism constantly blurs the line between the observer and the participant. Nowhere is this more apparent than in this collection of essays and interviews culled from his columns at AVN online. With a biting wit and tongue firmly planted in cheek, Paul Krassner reveals the absurdity of oppressive social mores in this stark, funny and ultimately thought-provoking collection.
Category: Humor

In Praise Of Profanity

Author : Michael Adams
ISBN : 9780199337606
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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When President Obama signed the affordable health care act in 2009, the Vice President was overheard to utter an enthusiastic "This is a big f****** deal!" A town in Massachusetts levies $20 fines on swearing in public. Nothing is as paradoxical as our attitude toward swearing and "bad language": how can we judge profanity so harshly in principle, yet use it so frequently in practice? Though profanity is more acceptable today than ever, it is still labeled as rude, or at best tolerable only under specific circumstances. Cursing, many argue, signals an absence of character, or poor parenting, and is something to avoid at all costs. Yet plenty of us are unconcerned about the dangers of profanity; bad words are commonly used in mainstream music, Academy Award-winning films, books, and newspapers. And of course, regular people use them in conversation every day. In In Praise of Profanity, Michael Adams offers a provocative, unapologetic defense of profanity, arguing that we've oversimplified profanity by labeling it as taboo. Profanity is valuable, even essential, both as a vehicle of communication and an element of style. As much as we may deplore it in some contexts, we should celebrate it in others. Adams skillfully weaves together linguistic and psychological analyses of why we swear-for emotional release, as a way to promote group solidarity, or to create intimate relationships -- with colorful examples of profanity in literature, TV, film, and music, such as The Sopranos, James Kelman's How Late It Was, How Late, or the songs of Nellie McKay. This breezy, jargon-free book will challenge readers to reconsider the way they think about swearing.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Miscellaneous Works Of Edward Gibbon Esquire

Author : Edward Gibbon
ISBN : 9781108072168
Genre : History
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The manuscripts left by the historian Edward Gibbon (1737-94) were published in two volumes in 1796.
Category: History

The World Of Shakespeare S Sonnets

Author : Robert Matz
ISBN : 9780786454037
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Of Shakespeare’s sonnets we know the crystalline meter, exquisite diction, and exhilarating surprise of the “turn” in the final couplet. By contrast, we know very little of their subjects and motives. This book does not approach the sonnets as Shakespearean autobiography but instead delineates the customs that shaped the poet’s world and thus his sonnets. It argues for understanding them as brilliant, edgy expressions of the equally brilliant, edgy culture of the English Renaissance.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Museum Criticum

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ISBN : NWU:35556008381543
Genre : Classical philology
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Category: Classical philology

Museum Criticum

Author : Charles James Blomfield
ISBN : 9781108056595
Genre : History
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This early classical journal, collected in two volumes in 1826, illuminates the development of academic journals and classical scholarship.
Category: History

The Cambridge History Of The American Novel

Author : Leonard Cassuto
ISBN : 9780521899079
Genre : Literary Collections
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An authoritative and lively account of the development of the genre, by leading experts in the field.
Category: Literary Collections

City Of God

Author : Saint Augustine
ISBN : 9780141920627
Genre : Religion
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St Augustine, bishop of Hippo, was one of the central figures in the history of Christianity, and City of God is one of his greatest theological works. Written as an eloquent defence of the faith at a time when the Roman Empire was on the brink of collapse, it examines the ancient pagan religions of Rome, the arguments of the Greek philosophers and the revelations of the Bible. Pointing the way forward to a citizenship that transcends the best political experiences of the world and offers citizenship that will last for eternity, City of God is one of the most influential documents in the development of Christianity.
Category: Religion

In Memoriam

Author : Alfred, Lord Tennyson
ISBN : 9781460402252
Genre : Poetry
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Published in 1850, In Memoriam won its author the Poet Laureateship of Britain and received widespread attention from critics and reviewers, as well as from ordinary readers. The poem was written in memory of Tennyson’s close friend Arthur Henry Hallam, who died suddenly in 1833; it became an unofficial devotional manual for mourners, including Queen Victoria after the death of Prince Albert. The poem’s scope goes beyond individual grief, however, to the development and extinction of species, audaciously exploring history, evolution, and God’s relationship with humanity. Its formal beauty and emotional resonance make In Memoriam as compelling today as it was for nineteenth-century readers. Matthew Rowlinson’s introduction traces the poem’s composition history and places it in the context of Tennyson’s personal and intellectual development. Historical appendices include writings by Arthur Hallam, Victorian fiction on courtship and marriage, and materials on natural history and evolution.
Category: Poetry