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The Decadent Society

Author : Ross Douthat
ISBN : 9781476785240
Genre : Political Science
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From the New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Bad Religion, a powerful portrait of how our turbulent age is defined by dark forces seemingly beyond our control Today the Western world seems to be in crisis. But beneath our social media frenzy and reality television politics, the deeper reality is one of drift, repetition, and dead ends. The Decadent Society explains what happens when a rich and powerful society ceases advancing—how the combination of wealth and technological proficiency with economic stagnation, political stalemates, cultural exhaustion, and demographic decline creates a strange kind of “sustainable decadence,” a civilizational languor that could endure for longer than we think. Ranging from our grounded space shuttles to our Silicon Valley villains, from our blandly recycled film and television—a new Star Wars saga, another Star Trek series, the fifth Terminator sequel—to the escapism we’re furiously chasing through drug use and virtual reality, Ross Douthat argues that many of today’s discontents and derangements reflect a sense of futility and disappointment—a feeling that the future was not what was promised, that the frontiers have all been closed, and that the paths forward lead only to the grave. In this environment we fear catastrophe, but in a certain way we also pine for it—because the alternative is to accept that we are permanently decadent: aging, comfortable and stuck, cut off from the past and no longer confident in the future, spurning both memory and ambition while we wait for some saving innovation or revelations, growing old unhappily together in the glowing light of tiny screens. Correcting both optimists who insist that we’re just growing richer and happier with every passing year and pessimists who expect collapse any moment, Douthat provides an enlightening diagnosis of the modern condition—how we got here, how long our age of frustration might last, and how, whether in renaissance or catastrophe, our decadence might ultimately end.
Category: Political Science

The Decadent Handbook

Author : Rowan Pelling
ISBN : 1903517303
Genre : Fiction
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50 decadent courtiers contribute essays, stories, poems, reminiscences, and advice on decadent themes in an anti-lifestyle guide for the modern libertine. Readers can transform the spirit of the age, or failing that, ignore it altogether. Featuring contributions by the bad, dangerous and eccentric free spirits of contemporary society have chosen to be remunerated with Absinthe. Decadence here means a kind of colourfully reckless nonconformism. Nick Groom's essay on Decadent Outcasts, in which he demonstrates how the image of the decadent poet has been appropriated by the modern rock star, is not to your taste, then there is always Louise Welsh planning her own funeral to savour and enjoy - or Mick Brown's analysis of the film Performance, William Napier's guide to Roman Decadence in which he relates that the Emperor Heliogabulus's favourite foods were 'flamingos' brains and the head of parakeets', or Nicholas Royles noirish short story 'The Child', about a man sucked into a Mancunian underworld of cinephiles, sex parties and bent coppers. Maria Alvarez even suggest sthat decadence may turn out to be a little dull. In the end, she says, it becomes 'a state of aestheticised satiety.'
Category: Fiction

Deborah A Mother In Israel

Author : Venerable Godwin I Agbo
ISBN : 1478706899
Genre : Religion
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What kind of a leader does God raise for a nation when the standard of righteousness has taken a free fall? What kind of a leader best suits a people when the moral code among the people is: "you set your own standard"? What kind of a person is best equipped to bring such people back to their God, while stemming the free fall of morality? Did you know that God's answer to these puzzles is a "Mother"? "In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were deserted, and the travelers walked along the byways. Village life ceased, it ceased in Israel, Until I, Deborah, arose, Arose a mother in Israel." (Judges 5:6-7) The Divine answer to seemingly intractable situations is always amazing. Who would have thought that the Divine response to such a nightmare of situation in a nation was to raise a mother? Not a judge, or king or prophet or wife, but a mother! "Deborah, A Mother in Israel" is a book that explores both the social and spiritual conditions in Israel at a time God raised a woman, Deborah to lead this nation. What was her strategy to restoring this nation back to God? Was she successful? Could the same principle be successful today in our pluralistic, self-centered and godless world? The answers will surprise you.
Category: Religion

Two Ages

Author : Søren Kierkegaard
ISBN : 0865540810
Genre : Philosophy
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For the first time in English the world community of scholars is systematically assembling and presenting the results of recent research in the vast literature of Soren Kierkegaard. Based on the definitive English edition of Kierkegaard's works by Princeton University Press, this series of commentaries addresses all the published texts of the influential Danish philosopher and theologian.
Category: Philosophy

Decadence A Very Short Introduction

Author : David Weir
ISBN : 9780190610234
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The history of decadent culture runs from ancient Rome to nineteenth-century Paris, Victorian London, fin de siècle Vienna, Weimar Berlin, and beyond. The decline of Rome provides the pattern for both aesthetic and social decadence, a pattern that artists and writers in the nineteenth century imitated, emulated, parodied, and otherwise manipulated for aesthetic gain. What begins as the moral condemnation of modernity in mid-nineteenth century France on the part of decadent authors such as Charles Baudelaire ends up as the perverse celebration of the pessimism that accompanies imperial decline. This delight in decline informs the rich canon of decadence that runs from Joris-Karl Huysmans's À Rebours to Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Aubrey Beardsley's drawings, Gustav Klimt's paintings, and numerous other works. In this Very Short Introduction, David Weir explores the conflicting attitudes towards modernity present in decadent culture by examining the difference between aesthetic decadence--the excess of artifice--and social decadence, which involves excess in a variety of forms, whether perversely pleasurable or gratuitously cruel. Such contrariness between aesthetic and social decadence led some of its practitioners to substitute art for life and to stress the importance of taste over morality, a maneuver with far-reaching consequences, especially as decadence enters the realm of popular culture today. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Category: Literary Criticism

2nd Revolution Of Our Founding Fathers Noble Vision

Author : Dr Shah
ISBN : 9781434363176
Genre : History
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Este libro narra las vivencias de un joven quien a la edad de 17 años, decide marcharse a escondidas de sus padres en busca del sueño americano. Viajaba con las manos vacías, con sus inquietudes e incógnitas. Mientras miraba el horizonte por la ventanilla del avión, se preguntaba si algún día lograría realizar el sueño americano...
Category: History

Sapphic Fathers

Author : Gretchen Schultz
ISBN : 9781442666405
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Literature that explored female homosexuality flourished in late nineteenth-century France. Poets, novelists, and pornographers, whether Symbolists, Realists, or Decadents, were all part of this literary moment. In Sapphic Fathers, Gretchen Schultz explores how these male writers and their readers took lesbianism as a cipher for apprehensions about sex and gender during a time of social and political upheaval. Tracing this phenomenon through poetry (Baudelaire, Verlaine), erotica and the popular novel (Belot), and literary fiction (Zola, Maupassant, Péladan, Mendès), and into scientific treatises, Schultz demonstrates that the literary discourse on lesbianism became the basis for the scientific and medical understanding of female same-sex desire in France. She also shows that the cumulative impact of this discourse left tangible traces that lasted well beyond nineteenth-century France, persisting into twentieth-century America to become the basis of lesbian pulp fiction after the Second World War.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Decadent Republic Of Letters

Author : Matthew Potolsky
ISBN : 9780812207330
Genre : Literary Criticism
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While scholars have long associated the group of nineteenth-century French and English writers and artists known as the decadents with alienation, escapism, and withdrawal from the social and political world, Matthew Potolsky offers an alternative reading of the movement. In The Decadent Republic of Letters, he treats the decadents as fundamentally international, defined by a radically cosmopolitan ideal of literary sociability rather than an inward turn toward private aesthetics and exotic sensation. The Decadent Republic of Letters looks at the way Charles Baudelaire, Théophile Gautier, and Algernon Charles Swinburne used the language of classical republican political theory to define beauty as a form of civic virtue. The libertines, an international underground united by subversive erudition, gave decadents a model of countercultural affiliation and a vocabulary for criticizing national canon formation and the increasing state control of education. Decadent figures such as Joris-Karl Huysmans, Walter Pater, Vernon Lee, Aubrey Beardsley, and Oscar Wilde envisioned communities formed through the circulation of art. Decadents lavishly praised their counterparts from other traditions, translated and imitated their works, and imagined the possibility of new associations forged through shared tastes and texts. Defined by artistic values rather than language, geography, or ethnic identity, these groups anticipated forms of attachment that are now familiar in youth countercultures and on social networking sites. Bold and sophisticated, The Decadent Republic of Letters unearths a pervasive decadent critique of nineteenth-century notions of political community and reveals the collective effort by the major figures of the movement to find alternatives to liberalism and nationalism.
Category: Literary Criticism

Jack Hibberd

Author : Paul McGillick
ISBN : 9051830033
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Jack Hibberd is an Australian playwright and doctor. His career spans twenty years, beginning with the revival of indigenous Australian theatre in the late 1960's. His work is characterised by great comic invention and an on-going interest in exploring the form of theatre. This is evident in early plays like White With Wire Wheels (1967) and Dimboola (1969), his wedding play which is the most-produced Australian play ever and which has also received a number of overseas productions. A Stretch of the Imagination (1972) and A Toast to MeIba (1974) are also highly original, as is his adaptation of Gogol's The Overcoat(1978). For Hibberd, the theatre itself is a metaphor for life - best expressed in his monodramas, Mothballs (1981) and Lavender Bags (1983). Paul McGillick is theatre critic for The Australian Financial Review and a contributor to New Theatre Australia. He is also a playwright who has written plays and features for radio in particular. He has written extensively on the work of Jack Hibberd.
Category: Literary Criticism

Dmitri Sergeevich Merezhkovsky And The Silver Age

Author : Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal
ISBN : 9789401190367
Genre : History
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As the central event of modern times, the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 remains a major focus of historical investigation and controversy. Unavoidably, the conception of the historical problems and the evidence presented are shaped by the historian's view on both the desirability and the inevitability of the Bolshevik Revolution. The years 1890-1917 are particularly important as the crucible in which revolutionary forces developed. In the nineties, Finance Minister Sergei Witte laid the groundwork for a modern economy. While he achieved many of his economic goals, the stresses and strains of forced draft industrialization contributed to the revival of the revolutionary movement; political instability was their immediate effect. By the turn of the century the peasants were in open revolt, an alienated and militant urban proletariat was emerging, and a cohesive liberal opposition was beginning to develop. All these groups demanded fundamental reforms including full political rights for all citizens. By 1905 they had gathered sufficient strength to force the government to issue a constitution and a legislature called the Duma. Neither side, however, was satisfied. The Imperial government tried to take back what it had granted under duress and the opposition parties attempted to discredit the system as "sham constitutionalism. " Only a small center was willing to work with the government and the government was not always willing to work with them.
Category: History

Thomas Bradshaw 1733 1774

Author : Richard Lee Bradshaw
ISBN : 1465344799
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Richard Lee Bradshaws well-received first book, Gods Battleaxe, the Life of Lord President Bradshawe, told the little-known story of a 17th century Englishman who rebelled against his King in defense of liberty. In this second book Bradshaw tells the story of an 18th century English politician observing the day-to-day unraveling of Britains control over their North American Colonies. As his countrys policies fail his own life and fortune spins out of control leading ultimately to his suicide on the eve of the American War of Independence. Townshends colonial taxation policies are refused and once again Englishmen rebel against their King in defense of Liberty. Americans fourteenth Colony is proposed, chartered, and then lost, leaving behind the disappointed ambitions of The Lord Chamberlain of England, The Lord Chancellor, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Bradshaw the subject of this biography.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Essence Of Okinawan Karate Do

Author : Shoshin Nagamine
ISBN : 9781462902484
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do presents the teachings of legendary martial arts master Shoshin Nagamine, founder of the Matsubayashi school of Shorin-ryu karate-do. Used for generations as a practical and pictorial guide, it contains over 1,000 photographs to document eighteen classic karate kata (preset forms) and seven yakusoku kumite (prearranged partner exercises), as well as basic techniques. This book is a precise and easily accessible pictorial guide to performance and perfection of traditional karate. The only book in English with photos of one of the great prewar masters demonstrating the proper execution of Okinawan karate, The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do is a bridge between karate's legendary past and the practitioners of today. This ingenious and imaginative text explains the historical landmarks in the development of style, vividly outlines its leading forms and techniques, and recalls noted Okinawan karate men of the past, including the author's teachers Ankichi Arakaki, Choki Motobu, and Chotoku Kyan.
Category: Sports & Recreation

The Sexual Perspective

Author : Emmanuel Cooper
ISBN : 0415111013
Genre : Art
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This ground-breaking work has been fully updated in detailing the painting, sculpture and photography of gay or lesbian artists. Set in the context of current issues Cooper makes a vital con tribution to debates on art, gender and sexuality.
Category: Art

Arizona Law Review

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ISBN : UCAL:B3692636
Genre : Law
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The Arizona Law Review is a student-edited publication of the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. The Review is committed to publishing works of high-quality, original, and thought-provoking legal scholarship.
Category: Law