The Abyss of Human Illusion By Christopher Sorrentino
Titled after a line from Henry James, The Abyss of Human Illusion consists of fifty narrative set pieces full of savage humor and cathartic passion— an elegiac paean to the bleak world Gilbert Sorrentino so brilliantly captured in his long and storied career. Mirroring the inexplicable coincidences, encounters, and hallmarks of modern life, this novel revisits familiar characters—the aging artists, miserable couples, crackerjack salesmen, and drunken soldiers of previous books, placing them in familiar landscapes lost in time between the Depression era and some fraudulent bohemia of the present. “[Sorrentino] was a clear-eyed observer of human illusion and the frailties and follies of the species. He was also a very funny writer. . . . [His] ear for American, especially New York, speech, and his attention to the spirit of place and compassion for the average loser, all defined him as a kindred spirit of such great American humorists as Mark Twain and Peter De Vries. . . . [His characters] seem to have wandered out of one of Edward Hopper’s haunted cityscapes, with fading memories of another, bolder age, one chronicled by Richard Yates, perhaps, or John Updike. . . . Fortunately none of this ennui settles on the reader of The Abyss of Human Illusion, in which Sorrentino is frequently hilarious, in a vein more Swiftian than postmodern.” —New York Times Book Review “The writing here is alive—words dance emphatically like the lusty, jazz-spun youngsters who populate Sorrentino’s early fiction. Ultimately, there’s solace to be found in the book’s near-perfect sentences, even when the author is dwelling on the futility of writing sentences.”—Time Out New York “Quite funny, masterfully spinning through rhetoric high and low . . . [Sorrentino] opens himself anew, four decades into the vocation, to the passions engaged by an art made of words. Sorrentino’s final work remains prickly about those passions, to be sure, but it nonetheless reveals a respect for how the best prose can embody what we call insight.”—Believer
I m Telling Quickies Volume One By I. M. Telling
Once in a while, all you need is just a quickie. Author I. M. Telling has what you need and delivers. Included in this collection of shorts is ‘The Rendezvous’ which tells of a first encounter between two strangers, connected only by the chat room where they first met. ‘Adjusting the Package’ describes in detail, how Myron is quickly gaining a reputation as the most fantastic lover on the planet. If you gamble and lose, you may find yourself ‘Paying off the Bookie’. Benny could not handle his debt by himself. His wife needed to step in and help. How often have you exercised your excitement with the help of a little ‘Phone Sex’? Bertha knew how to get men off, even when they are a thousand miles away. It is all about ‘Variations and Variety’ for some people. See why the names don’t matter. Consider the varied positions and body counts. Melissa has her eyes opened to an entirely new world.
Pandora s Box By Nathan Marchand
Cadet Brewer is a military brat living in a “perfect” world. Or so it seems, until the oppressed Camp Countries’ leader, the Overlord, unleashes a deadly virus and changes the balance of power. Consumed by vengeance, Brewer vows to fight the Overlord’s New Order and volunteers to defend the last remaining stockpile of WMDs. But the base is attacked and Brewer, as the only survivor, unwittingly becomes the sole protector of Project: Pandora’s Box.About the Author:Nathan Marchand lives in northeastern Indiana. He graduated from Taylor University Fort Wayne with a B.A. in professional writing. While there, he wrote for the school newspaper and the literary magazine. He was a reporter for the Bluffton News-Banner, and now writes for http://www.examiner.com and as a freelancer. He also enjoys photography, acting, and amateur filmmaking. He’s wanted to write science fiction since his dad introduced him to “Star Trek” at age three.
The Economic Organisation of a Financial System By Edwin H Neave
This book develops a descriptive theory of a financial system’s organisations and functions. It uses an institutional economics framework to reconcile different approaches, including neo-classical financial theory and managerial finance. It will be useful for anyone who wishes to study a qualitative economic theory of financial system activity.
The Poetry of Robert Herrick who was Julia By Rob Godfrey
Robert Herrick was born in London in 1591 and died in 1674 at the age of 83, which is quite remarkable considering that he lived through a war with the French, the English Civil War and outbreaks of the Black Death. These were very troubled times and in 1648, when Herrick was in his late fifties, he published his life’s work in a volume of poetry called ‘Hesperides: Or, The Works Both Humane & Divine’. Over the centuries, Herrick has often been dismissed as a ‘minor poet’ yet Hesperides contains some of the best known lines in English poetry, amongst which are these from ‘To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time’: Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today Tomorrow will be dying. There are just over 1,400 poems in ‘Hesperides: Or, The Works Both Humane & Divine’. Seventy four of them mention a woman called Julia. There are many other poems in the collection that don’t actually name Julia yet are obviously about her. Herrick’s obsession with this woman accounts for about 10% of the poetry in Hesperides, which prompts an oft asked question: who was Julia? Nothing is known about her. There is no historical record. This extended essay examines Herrick’s life and his poetry and the Julia poems in an attempt to discover the real Julia, and comes to a somewhat startling conclusion. The essay runs to approx. 16,000 words and is followed by a selection of 40 Herrick poems.
Thinking Space By unknown
As theorists have begun using geographical concepts and metaphors to think about the complex and differentiated world, it is important to reflect on their work, and its impact on our thoughts on space. This revealing book explores the work of a wide range of prolific social theorists. Included contributions from an impressive range of renowned geographical writers, each examine the work of one writer – ranging from early this century to contemporary writers. Among the writers discussed are Georg Simmel, Mikhail Bakhtin, Gilles Deleuze, Helene Cixous, Henri Lefebvre, Jacques Lacan, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault and Franz Fanon. Ideal for those interested in the ‘spatial turn’ in social and cultural theory, this fascinating book asks what role space plays in the work of such theorists, what difference (if any) it makes to their concepts, and what difference such an appreciation makes to the way we might think about space.
Until You Come Back To Me By N R Leacock
A wonderfully moving story about the renewal of love and hope in the random events of life.Dealing with loss and trauma, recovery and growth, it is an evocative love story, set in London, Paris and the South of France. David leaves London for Paris at a crucial time in his life, following traumatic events in England. The story behind the trauma emerges as he renews a connection he had thought lost and a new relationship is formed. Delicately written, thoughtful and realistic, this is a story of life and death, of relationships and most of all about love and renewal.
Arms Trade and Economic Development Theory Policy and Cases in By Jurgen Brauer
Countries that spend scarce resources to import arms from abroad often require arms sellers to ‘reinvest’ part or all of the proceeds back into the arms-importing country. These so-called ‘arms trade offsets’ are therefore thought to enhance domestic economic development. But does this process actually succeed?This book examines the theory and policy applications of arms trade offsets and looks at more than a dozen case studies drawn from across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The chapters, based on original research and published here for the first time, are all written by leading experts.That an impressive, lucid and cohesive volume such as this will interest defence economists can be taken almost for granted. The book will also be a useful and enlightening read for those interested in international development economics, military studies and policy-makers across the globe.