Magic America

Coming of Age in an Altered State


Author: C. E. Medford

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781500385941

Category: Fiction

Page: 246

View: 8967

Hope lives in an alternative Trenton, New Jersey of the 1980s where radioactive cats, congenital tattoos, biker angels, cocky fairy godmothers and the determination to survive another day are all that stand between her family and the creeping chemical forces of LoboChem, a manufacturer willing to destroy all that is beautiful for the sake of a profit. Magic America is a story about coming of age in fluorescent, urbo-suburban, magic-realism America. Dust off your Wigwams and your high-tops, your banana clips and Aquanet, for a trip through the streets and skies of a Garden State where love triumphs over fear, faith is what you die with and family is who you ride with.

52 ways to magic America


Author: James Flint

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781841155234

Category: Fiction

Page: 398

View: 4731

I 1981 mister 9-årige Martin Quick, kaldet Marty, sin mor, der dør af kræft; en onkel fra America fortæller om magien som flugtvej, men advarer også mod løgnen/illusionen som ligger gemt i den. Som 19 årig beslutter Marty sig for en karriere som tryllekunstner og sammen med Terri prøver han at gennemføre sin drøm.

Fifty-Two Ways to Magic America


Author: James Flint

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 1841155241

Category: Magicians

Page: 320

View: 8646

'A British take on 'Carter Beats the Devil' with acne and hangovers.' Peter Preston, Guardian

America's Magic Mountain

A Novel


Author: Curtis White

Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press

ISBN: 9781564783691

Category: Fiction

Page: 231

View: 3497

A contemporary version of Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain, Curtis White's novel begins with Mann's "unassuming young man," Hans Castorp, visiting his cousin at a health retreat. In this version though, the retreat is a spa for recovering alcoholics, unlike all other rehab centers. Rather than encouraging their patients to free themselves of their addiction, the directors of The Elixir believe that sobriety isn't for everyone, that you must let alcohol work its way on you. Filled with many compelling and comic voices, White's novel is a strange and unlikely world that, nevertheless, is quite recognizable as our own.

Religion, Magic, and Science in Early Modern Europe and America


Author: Allison Coudert

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0275996735

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 287

View: 9350

This fascinating study looks at how the seemingly incompatible forces of science, magic, and religion came together in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries to form the foundations of modern culture.

Net of Magic

Wonders and Deceptions in India


Author: Lee Siegel

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226756875

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 455

View: 3460

Vast like the subcontinent itself and teeming with outrageous and exotic characters, Net of Magic is an enthralling voyage through the netherworld of Indian magic. Lee Siegel, scholar and magician, uncovers the age-old practices of magic in sacred rites and rituals and unveils the contemporary world of Indian magic of street and stage entertainers. Siegel's journeys take him from ancient Sanskrit texts to the slums of New Delhi to find remnants of a remarkable magical tradition. In the squalid settlement of Shadipur, he is initiated into a band of Muslim street conjurers and performs as their shill while they tutor him in their con and craft. Siegel also becomes acquainted with Hindu theatrical magicians, who claim descent from court illusionists and now dress as maharajahs to perform a repertoire of tricks full of poignant kitsch and glitz. Masterfully using a panoply of narrative sleights to recreate the magical world of India, Net of Magic intersperses travelogue, history, ethnography, and fiction. Siegel's vivid, often comic tale is crowded with shills and stooges, tourists and pickpockets, snake charmers and fakirs. Among the cast of characters are Naseeb, a poor Muslim street magician who guides Siegel into the closed circle of itinerant performers; the Industrial Magician, paid by a bank, who convinces his audience to buy traveler's checks by making twenty-rupee notes disappear; the Government Magician, who does a trick with condoms to encourage family planning; P. C. Sorcar, Jr., the most celebrated Indian stage magician; and the fictive Professor M. T. Bannerji, the world's greatest magician, who assumes various guises over a millennium of Indian history and finally arrives in the conjuring capital of the world—Las Vegas. Like Indra's net—the web of illusion in which Indian performers ensnare their audience—Net of Magic captures the reader in a seductive portrayal of a world where deception is celebrated and lies are transformed into compelling and universal truths.

An Intellectual in Public


Author: Alan Wolfe

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472098651

Category: Political Science

Page: 386

View: 9798

A new collection of essays from one of the most courageous and honest thinkers writing today ". . . proof that the spirit of the free-ranging public intellectual is still very much alive." -Newsday "Alan Wolfe is one of liberalism's last and most loyal sons. His mind is naturally decent and diversified; large enough and fair enough to contain both conviction and doubt. His profound respect for real people does not interfere with his profound respect for real thought. The criticism that he practices is, I fear, a dying art, but it is also one of the glories of American democracy." -Leon Wieseltier, New Republic "Alan Wolfe is one of America's indispensable essayists. On a broad range of topics-race, religion, politics, the marketplace, the university, and more-he combines a scholar's erudition with a historian's feel for the past and a journalist's keen attunement to the shifting patterns of the current scene. Above all he is a true writer, graceful but fearless, who ponders the deep questions so often ignored in the clamor of our ongoing civic conversation. Anyone who wonders what the term 'public intellectual' really means will find the answer-in fact many answers-in this scintillating collection." -Sam Tanenhaus, Vanity Fair

Polnische Sprache nach der Wende 1989


Author: Małgorzata Warchoł-Schlottmann

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783631579855

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 489

View: 2897

Ziel der Arbeit ist es, anhand von empirischem lexikalischen Material in einer soziolinguistischen Perspektive die mit dem politischen, wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Umbruch 1989 einhergehenden Phanomene des Sprachwandels und die sprachlichen Neuerungen des Polnischen zu untersuchen. Die Arbeit beschaftigt sich mit der Sprache des offentlichen Diskurses, d.h. mit dem Sprachgebrauch in den Medien (Presse, Fernsehen, Rundfunk und Netz) sowie mit der Sprache der jungen Literatur, der Theaterstucke, der Filmdialoge und der Werbungsslogans. Anhand der Analyse zahlreicher einzelner Textbelege aus einer differenzierten Quellenbasis wird die Hauptthese der Arbeit, die zugleich die Hauptentwicklungstendenz des Polnischen nach der Wende beschreibt, bewiesen: Die substandardliche Varietat der Umgangssprache ist zur wichtigsten Quelle von Entlehnungen innerhalb des Sprachsystems geworden, was zu einem triumphalen Einzug der umgangssprachlichen Lexik mit ihren niedrigsten Sprachregistern in alle Bereiche der offentlichen Kommunikation fuhrt."

Linking Rings

William W. Durbin and the Magic and Mystery of America


Author: James D. Robenalt

Publisher: Kent State University Press

ISBN: 9780873388085

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 315

View: 3229

"Fans of magic and those interested in political history will find Linking Rings a unique contribution to the scholarship."--BOOK JACKET.

Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic

Health Care in Early America


Author: Elaine G. Breslaw

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814787185

Category: History

Page: 251

View: 9401

Health in early America was generally good. The food was plentiful, the air and water were clean, and people tended to enjoy strong constitutions as a result of this environment. Practitioners of traditional forms of health care enjoyed high social status, and the cures they offered—from purging to mere palliatives—carried a powerful authority. Consequently, most American doctors felt little need to keep up with Europe’s medical advances relying heavily on their traditional depletion methods. However, in the years following the American Revolution as poverty increased and America’s water and air became more polluted, people grew sicker. Traditional medicine became increasingly ineffective. Instead, Americans sought out both older and newer forms of alternative medicine and people who embraced these methods: midwives, folk healers, Native American shamans, African obeahs and the new botanical and water cure advocates. In this overview of health and healing in early America, Elaine G. Breslaw describes the evolution of public health crises and solutions. Breslaw examines “ethnic borrowings” (of both disease and treatment) of early American medicine and the tension between trained doctors and the lay public. While orthodox medicine never fully lost its authority, Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic argues that their ascendance over other healers didn’t begin until the early twentieth century, as germ theory finally migrated from Europe to the United States and American medical education achieved professional standing.

Wonder Shows

Performing Science, Magic, and Religion in America


Author: Fred Nadis

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813541212

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 336

View: 8093

In Wonder Shows, Fred Nadis offers a colorful history of these traveling magicians, inventors, popular science lecturers, and other presenters of “miracle science” who revealed science and technology to the public in awe-inspiring fashion. The book provides an innovative synthesis of the history of performance with a wider study of culture, science, and religion from the antebellum period to the present.

The Life of Blur


Author: Martin Power

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 0857128620

Category: Music

Page: 288

View: 4263

As with most great bands, it is difficult to remember a time when Blur weren’t a part of Britain’s rich musical landscape. From art-rock origins they went on to make four multi-platinum number one albums and produced some of the finest songs of the modern era: End of A Century, Girls And Boys, Parklife, Song 2, Beetlebum... And it might not be over yet! The Life Of Blur charts their story from shaky beginnings through to the full-blown superstardom of Parklife, The Great Escape and beyond. At the heart of this tale is the complex, sometimes explosive relationship between Blur’s four founding members: Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree and Alex James. A rich soup of relentless ambition, dogged persistence, fraying tempers and a million clanging champagne bottles, the emotional chemistry that makes up Blur has been just as interesting to watch as the songs the band have produced. Author Martin Power has talked with band’s former managers, fellow musicians, old school teachers and close friends to shed new light on a group once called “the most intelligent, enduring and credible band to emerge from the Nineties”. With a concise critical commentary on their music, rare photographs and a complete discography, as well as shedding new light on the group's various solo activities - including Damon Albarn's Gorillaz and Graham Coxon's one-man assault on the indie charts - this is the definitive account of Blur’s epic journey.

Krakowskie Studia Międzynarodowe 2009/2

LIBERTY AND VIRTUE IN AMERICA. In honor of Harvey C. Mansfield


Author: Andrzej Bryk

Publisher: Oficyna Wydawnicza AFM Krakowskie Towarzystwo Edukacyjne Sp. z o.o.



Page: 378

View: 2578

Introduction: Virtus nobilitat Andrzej Bryk: Harvey Mansfield and Virtue in the Arid Land of Modern Liberalism Andrzej Bryk: Whence Virtue? Whence Justice? Whence Morality? America and Modernity Wilfred M. McClay: The Soul of a Nation: American Civil Religion After 9/11 Chantal Delsol: Tocqueville and Pantheism Robert P. Kraynak: The Relation of Christianity and Liberal Democracy in America Gerard V. Bradley: The Audacity of Faith Rogers M. Smith: Religion and America’s Politics of Peoplehood Richard Gamble: Religion and Politics in the Shining City: How the “Winthrop Message” Became the “Reagan Message” Michael Zuckert: Thinkin’ about Lincoln Peter Augustine Lawler: Building Better then They Knew: John Courtney’s Murray’s American, Catholic View of the True Foundation of Our Country Catherine H. Zuckert: Leo Strauss: Fascist, Authoritarian, Imperialist? Mark Blitz: Hegel and Progressivism Jeremy Rabkin: Personal Honor, National Honor and International Justice Hieronim Kubiak: Religious Motivations for Work Ethics. The American Case ARCHIVE Irving Kristol: On the Character of the American Political Order About Authors

Witchcraft and Magic

Contemporary North America


Author: Helen A. Berger

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812201256

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

View: 1938

Magic, always part of the occult underground in North America, has experienced a resurgence since the 1960s. Although most contemporary magical religions have come from abroad, they have found fertile ground in which to develop in North America. Who are today's believers in Witchcraft and how do they worship? Alternative spiritual paths have increased the ranks of followers dramatically, particularly among well-educated middle-class individuals. Witchcraft and Magic conveys the richness of magical religious experiences found in today's culture, covering the continent of North America and the Caribbean. These original essays survey current and historical issues pertinent to religions that incorporate magical or occult beliefs and practices, and they examine contemporary responses to these religions. The relationship between Witchcraft and Neopaganism is explored, as is their intersection with established groups practicing goddess worship. Recent years have seen the growth in New Age magic and Afro-Caribbean religions, and these developments are also addressed in this volume. All the religions covered offer adherents an alternative worldview and rituals that are aimed at helping individuals redefine themselves and make their interactions with the environment more empowered. Many modern occult religions share an absence of dogma or central authority to determine orthodoxy, and have become a contemporary experience embracing modern concerns like feminism, environmentalism, civil rights, and gay rights. Afro-Caribbean religions such as Santería, Palo, and Curanderismo, which do have a more developed dogma and authority structure, offer their followers a religion steeped in African and Hispanic traditions. Responses to the growth of magical religions have varied, from acceptance to an unfounded concern about the growth of a satanic underground. And, as magical religions have flourished, increased interest has resulted in a growing commercialization, with its threat of trivialization.

The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America


Author: Brian P. Levack

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191648841

Category: History

Page: 646

View: 682

The essays in this Handbook, written by leading scholars working in the rapidly developing field of witchcraft studies, explore the historical literature regarding witch beliefs and witch trials in Europe and colonial America between the early fifteenth and early eighteenth centuries. During these years witches were thought to be evil people who used magical power to inflict physical harm or misfortune on their neighbours. Witches were also believed to have made pacts with the devil and sometimes to have worshipped him at nocturnal assemblies known as sabbaths. These beliefs provided the basis for defining witchcraft as a secular and ecclesiastical crime and prosecuting tens of thousands of women and men for this offence. The trials resulted in as many as fifty thousand executions. These essays study the rise and fall of witchcraft prosecutions in the various kingdoms and territories of Europe and in English, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies in the Americas. They also relate these prosecutions to the Catholic and Protestant reformations, the introduction of new forms of criminal procedure, medical and scientific thought, the process of state-building, profound social and economic change, early modern patterns of gender relations, and the wave of demonic possessions that occurred in Europe at the same time. The essays survey the current state of knowledge in the field, explore the academic controversies that have arisen regarding witch beliefs and witch trials, propose new ways of studying the subject, and identify areas for future research.

Beyond Imported Magic

Essays on Science, Technology, and Society in Latin America


Author: Eden Medina,Ivan da Costa Marques,Marcos Cueto,Christina Holmes

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262027453

Category: History

Page: 410

View: 4579

The essays in this volume study the creation, adaptation, and use of science and technology in Latin America. They challenge the view that scientific ideas and technology travel unchanged from the global North to the global South -- the view of technology as "imported magic." They describe not only alternate pathways for innovation, invention, and discovery but also how ideas and technologies circulate in Latin American contexts and transnationally. The contributors' explorations of these issues, and their examination of specific Latin American experiences with science and technology, offer a broader, more nuanced understanding of how science, technology, politics, and power interact in the past and present.The essays in this book use methods from history and the social sciences to investigate forms of local creation and use of technologies; the circulation of ideas, people, and artifacts in local and global networks; and hybrid technologies and forms of knowledge production. They address such topics as the work of female forensic geneticists in Colombia; the pioneering Argentinean use of fingerprinting technology in the late nineteenth century; the design, use, and meaning of the XO Laptops created and distributed by the One Laptop per Child Program; and the development of nuclear energy in Argentina, Mexico, and Chile.ContributorsPedro Ignacio Alonso, Morgan G. Ames, Javiera Barandiarán, João Biehl, Anita Say Chan, Amy Cox Hall, Henrique Cukierman, Ana Delgado, Rafael Dias, Adriana Díaz del Castillo H., Mariano Fressoli, Jonathan Hagood, Christina Holmes, Matthieu Hubert, Noela Invernizzi, Michael Lemon, Ivan da Costa Marques, Gisela Mateos, Eden Medina, María Fernanda Olarte Sierra, Hugo Palmarola, Tania Pérez-Bustos, Julia Rodriguez, Israel Rodríguez-Giralt, Edna Suárez Díaz, Hernán Thomas, Manuel Tironi, Dominique Vinck

Crucifying Jesus and Secularizing America

The Republic of Faith Without Wisdom


Author: Paul Peter Jesep

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469113015

Category: Religion

Page: 334

View: 815

Jesus is crucified everyday in the United States. Christians, especially conservatives, show greater hostility toward their own faith and contribute far more to the nations secularization than often wrongly accused atheists, liberals, humanists, Democratic activists, or card carrying members of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). America must examine what it means to be a country of faith. In doing so, citizens should ask how they come together as one nation under the same God where all are welcomed as part of the same national family. Part politics, theology, and constitutional analysis, the book offers a possible answer that speaks to the American soul.

Rediscovering Magical Realism in the Americas


Author: Shannin Schroeder

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275980498

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 183

View: 5507

Explores magical realism as a common denominator in the literature of the Americas.

Magic(al) Realism


Author: Maggie Ann Bowers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134493126

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 160

View: 2100

Bestselling novels by Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and a multitude of others have enchanted us by blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. Their genre of writing has been variously defined as 'magic', 'magical' or 'marvellous' realism and is quickly becoming a core area of literary studies. This guide offers a first step for those wishing to consider this area in greater depth, by: * exploring the many definitions and terms used in relation to the genre * tracing the origins of the movement in painting and fiction * offering an historical overview of the contexts for magic(al) realism * providing analysis of key works of magic(al) realist fiction, film and art. This is an essential guide for those interested in or studying one of today's most popular genres.