A brilliant satire of mass culture and the numbing effects of technology, White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, a teacher of Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America. Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by their love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring, navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. Then a lethal black chemical cloud, unleashed by an industrial accident, floats over their lives, an "airborne toxic event" that is a more urgent and visible version of the white noise engulfing the Gladneys—the radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, and TV murmurings that constitute the music of American magic and dread., A free short story by Sarah Robinson in the Kavanagh Legends series about Rory and Clare. Set chronologically between Becoming a Legend (Book 3) and Chasing a Legend (Book 4). Grab your free copy on the author's website or here: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/2ifo0dkm5l !
Clare was sure she'd left her past behind her, but the man she once ran from has other plans. Rory is more than ready to help his new bride shed her past once and for all. Neither of them could have guessed that the trip into her past would also be the start of their future.
This is a 7,000 word short story to bridge the 3-yr gap between Books 3 and 4 in the Kavanagh Legends series. It contains spoilers from the first 3 books and should be read in order. , Erin Osmon presents a detailed, human account of the Rust Belt-born musician Jason Molina a visionary, prolific, and at times cantankerous singer-songwriter with an autodidactic style that captivated his devoted fans. The songwriting giant behind the bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. had a knack for spinning tales, from the many personal myths he created and cultivated throughout this life, to the volumes of oblique poems and working man ballads he penned and performed. As with too many great musicians, his complicated relationship with the truth, combined with a secretive relationship with the bottle, ultimately claimed his life.
With the help of Molina s family, friends and record label, Osmon details Molina s personal trials and triumphs, from his earliest days as a trailer park kid in Lorain, Ohio, though his extensive world touring and his last days as a struggling artist addicted to alcohol. Jason Molina: Riding with the Ghost, reveals for the first time the true story of Molina s last months and last works, including an unpublished album unknown to many of his fans. The book offers unfettered access to the complex mind and artistic arc of Molina through exclusive interviews with family, friends, and collaborators. The book also presents a deep dive into the Midwest music underground, including the birth and rise of Bloomington, Indiana based label Secretly Canadian, which ascended from a scrappy purveyor of 1990s era folk and punk to a major player among indie record labels worldwide.
As the first authorized and detailed account of this prolific songwriter and self-mythologizer, Jason Molina: Riding with the Ghost provides readers with unparalleled insight into Molina s tormented life and the fascinating Midwest musical underground that birthed him. It s a story for the ages that speaks volumes to the triumphs and trials of the artistic spirit while exploring the meaningful music that Molina s creative genius left behind.", Pedro Páramo is a short novel written by Juan Rulfo, originally published in 1955. In just the 23 FCE editions and reprintings, it had sold 1,143,000 copies by November 1997. Other editions in Mexico, Spain, and other nations have sold countless more copies. It is Rulfo's second book, after the short story collection El Llano en llamas, translated into English as The Burning Plain and other Stories. It has had a major influence in the development of magical realism and it is told in a mixture of first and third person narration. Gabriel García Márquez said that he had not felt like that since reading The Metamorphosis, while Jorge Luis Borges called it one of the best novels in literature.
The novel has been translated twice into English. The more recent translation is by Margaret Sayers Peden which has received numerous film adaptations. The first, by Spanish film director Carlos Velo and starred by American actor John Gavin in 1967, and the latest will star Gael García Bernal and be directed by Mateo Gil., "Villette! Villette! Have you read it?" exclaimed George Eliot when Charlotte Brontë's final novel appeared in 1853. "It is a still more wonderful book than Jane Eyre. There is something almost preternatural in its power."
Arguably Brontë's most refined and deeply felt work, Villette draws on her profound loneliness following the deaths of her three siblings. Lucy Snowe, the narrator of Villette,flees from an unhappy past in England to begin a new life as a teacher at a French boarding school in the great cosmopolitan capital of Villette. Soon Lucy's struggle for independence is overshadowed by both her friendship with a worldly English doctor and her feelings for an autocratic schoolmaster. Brontë's strikingly modern heroine must decide if there is any man in her society with whom she can live and still be free., A compact masterpiece dedicated to the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich: Julian Barnes’s first novel since his best-selling, Man Booker Prize–winning The Sense of an Ending.
In 1936, Shostakovitch, just thirty, fears for his livelihood and his life. Stalin, hitherto a distant figure, has taken a sudden interest in his work and denounced his latest opera. Now, certain he will be exiled to Siberia (or, more likely, executed on the spot), Shostakovitch reflects on his predicament, his personal history, his parents, various women and wives, his children—and all who are still alive themselves hang in the balance of his fate. And though a stroke of luck prevents him from becoming yet another casualty of the Great Terror, for decades to come he will be held fast under the thumb of despotism: made to represent Soviet values at a cultural conference in New York City, forced into joining the Party and compelled, constantly, to weigh appeasing those in power against the integrity of his music.
Barnes elegantly guides us through the trajectory of Shostakovitch's career, at the same time illuminating the tumultuous evolution of the Soviet Union. The result is both a stunning portrait of a relentlessly fascinating man and a brilliant exploration of the meaning of art and its place in society.