Insomniac City

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Insomniac City

Insomniac City

New York, Oliver Sacks, and Me

  • Author: Bill Hayes
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 1620404958
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 304
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Amazon's Best Biographies and Memoirs of the Year List A moving celebration of what Bill Hayes calls "the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected" of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks. "A beautifully written once-in-a-lifetime book, about love, about life, soul, and the wonderful loving genius Oliver Sacks, and New York, and laughter and all of creation."--Anne Lamott Bill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 with a one-way ticket and only the vaguest idea of how he would get by. But, at forty-eight years old, having spent decades in San Francisco, he craved change. Grieving over the death of his partner, he quickly discovered the profound consolations of the city's incessant rhythms, the sight of the Empire State Building against the night sky, and New Yorkers themselves, kindred souls that Hayes, a lifelong insomniac, encountered on late-night strolls with his camera. And he unexpectedly fell in love again, with his friend and neighbor, the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks, whose exuberance--"I don't so much fear death as I do wasting life," he tells Hayes early on--is captured in funny and touching vignettes throughout. What emerges is a portrait of Sacks at his most personal and endearing, from falling in love for the first time at age seventy-five to facing illness and death (Sacks died of cancer in August 2015). Insomniac City is both a meditation on grief and a celebration of life. Filled with Hayes's distinctive street photos of everyday New Yorkers, the book is a love song to the city and to all who have felt the particular magic and solace it offers.

Imaginative Structure of the City

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Imaginative Structure of the City

Imaginative Structure of the City

  • Author: Alan Blum
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • ISBN: 9780773525399
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 330
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A timely and challenging analysis of the modern city.

The Walled Arab City in Literature, Architecture and History

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The Walled Arab City in Literature, Architecture and History

The Walled Arab City in Literature, Architecture and History

The Living Medina in the Maghrib

  • Author: Susan Slyomovics
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135281262
  • Category: History
  • Page: 176
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This book offers a multidisciplinary approach to the medina, the traditional walled Arab city of North Africa. The medina becomes a concrete case study for comparative explorations of general questions about the social use of urban space by opening up fields of research at the intersection of history, comparative cultural studies, architecture and anthropology. Essays by American, European and North African scholars demonstrate a variety of sources and theoretical approaches now being used in writing historical narratives framed within the city space. They shed light on recent studies by anthropologists regarding social praxis within the urban context, and analyze the urban experience of the medina and the casbah as they are represented in visual and material culture.

The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget

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The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget

The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget

  • Author: Rough Guides
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 140538686X
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 992
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The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget is the ultimate guide to exploring this fascinating region on a shoestring, with coverage of all the top sights, the clearest mapping of any guide and handy hints on how to save money. Discover all of the most popular Southeast Asian destinations, alongside lesser-known places, with information on getting off the beaten track – whether you want to hike through the rainforest, visit remote hill tribes or just find a quiet stretch of white sand. The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget has detailed practical information that will help you make the most of your time and money, whether taking a slow boat down the Mekong or catching the ‘Jungle Railway’ through Malaysia’s interior. And you’ll discover the things to see and do in each country, plus all the best hostels and budget hotels, bars, cafés and cheap restaurants. This guide is the budget-conscious traveller's must have item for Southeast Asian trips. Make the most of your time on earth with The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget.

How We Live Now

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How We Live Now

How We Live Now

Scenes from the Pandemic

  • Author: Bill Hayes
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 163557689X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 160
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From the beloved author of Insomniac City, a poignant and profound tribute in stories and images to a city amidst a pandemic. A bookstore where readers shout their orders from the street. A neighborhood restaurant turned to-go place where one has a shared drink-on either end of a bar-with the owner. These scenes, among many others, became the new normal as soon as the world began to face the COVID-19 pandemic. In How We Live Now, author and photographer Bill Hayes offers an ode to our shared humanity-capturing in real time this strange new world we're now in (for who knows how long?) with his signature insight and grace. As he wanders the increasingly empty streets of Manhattan, Hayes meets fellow New Yorkers and discovers stories to tell, but he also shares the unexpected moments of gratitude he finds from within his apartment, where he lives alone and--like everyone else--is staying home, trying to keep busy and not bored as he adjusts to enforced solitude with reading, cooking, reconnecting with loved ones, reflecting on the past--and writing. Featuring Hayes's inimitable street photographs, How We Live Now chronicles an unimaginable moment in time, offering a long-lasting reminder that what will gets us through this unprecedented, deadly crisis is each other.

The Man Who Wrote The Teddy Bears' Picnic

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The Man Who Wrote The Teddy Bears' Picnic

The Man Who Wrote The Teddy Bears' Picnic

How Irish-born lyricist and composer Jimmy Kennedy became one of the twentieth century’s finest songwriters.

  • Author: J. J. Kennedy
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • ISBN: 146788569X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 336
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A first biography of one of Britain's leading lyric songwriters. The Man Who Wrote The Teddy Bears' Picnic tells the story of Irish-born Jimmy Kennedy, one of the last - and arguably the finest - of the professional Tin Pan Alley songwriters of the pre-Beatles 'golden age' of popular song. A fascinating insight into the life of a man who rose from small town beginnings to become for fifty years the lyrical and musical power behind some of the twentieth century’s top popular song entertainers from the days of Variety right up to The Beatles era. Jimmy had something like 30 No. 1 hits to his credit worldwide but is little known outside of music business circles. The book, written by his younger son, ex journalist J.J.Kennedy, sets out to remedy this omission and celebrates his contribution to the genre. Though his romantic ballads like Red Sails in the Sunset continue to be played all round the world, Jimmy is possibly best rembered today for the Cokey Cokey, which he adapted from a Canadian folk song in 1943, and The Teddy Bears' Picnic, which gave magical childrens' words to an old American tune. Well written and easy to read, the book serves as an excellent historical record of pop – and is full of facts, observations and authoritative comment on the cut and thrust ‘village’ that was Tin Pan Alley. It captures the bustle of the place and its almost industrial approach to song creation. It paints a colourful picture of some of the leading characters of the period and exposes the double dealing, greed and downright exploitation prevalent in that world. But the book also creates a romantic mysticism around the characters who dashed around in Denmark street, peddling their talent – so often in vain. It transports you to smoky little rooms with music coming from every corridor and it tells the story in black and white, like an old Hollywood movie. Swimming among all these sharks is the unlikely figure of Jimmy Kennedy – dapper and charming, modest and artistically fine-tuned, yet steely, resilient and highly commercial. A man who could spot the financial worth of his work, write to order – sometimes in lightning-quick time – and stand his ground when he knew he had a hit. He was in fact, a one man hit machine. But it wasn’t always one man, and the book illuminates the winning partnerships with Michael Carr, Will Grosz et al. One of the key strengths of the book is its nostalgia appeal and has some wonderful anecdotes including recollections from Terry Wogan, Val Doonican and others and non-musical people such as Denis and Margaret Thatcher. All in all, a very intelligent book and one which will become a work of reference for anyone studying the popular music art form of the twentieth century.

Modern Indian Poetry in English

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Modern Indian Poetry in English

Modern Indian Poetry in English

  • Author: Ayyappappanikkar
  • Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
  • ISBN: 9788172011239
  • Category: INDIAN ENGLISH POETRY- MODERN PERIOD.
  • Page: 177
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This Anthology Provides A Fine Profile Of Indian English Poetry Over A Quarter Of Century (1960-85). 20 Prominent Indian Poets In English Are Represented Here, Each Individually Distinct. Alienation Is A Theme That Recurs In A Variety Of Ways; The Overall Message That Comes Through, However Is That The Language Of Poetry Whether Indigenously Indian Or ýImportedý English, Does Not Make The Writing Any Less Indian. This Anthology Aims To Underscore The Living Quality Of The Tradition In Which These Poets Evolved And In Which They Now Write.

Carnival

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Carnival

Carnival

  • Author: Robert Antoni
  • Publisher: Black Cat
  • ISBN: 9780802170057
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 295
  • View: 5517
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The author recasts Hemingway's novel The Sun Also Rises in the West Indies, following a New York-born novelist and schoolteacher who is reunited with two friends: Laurence, a poet who has also fled New York, and Rachel, his cousin and first love. Original.

Your Love Was All I Had!

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Your Love Was All I Had!

Your Love Was All I Had!

  • Author: Kaushal Kumar Jha
  • Publisher: KIRAN PUBLISHERS
  • ISBN: 8192691691
  • Category:
  • Page: 172
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Often, the person we Love are judged as biggest misfit by our parents. Even after many differences Rahul and Riya fell in Love with each other. Will the differences in their culture, career and social background be accepted by their parents? Will their innocent sweet Love win over fate? Or will their dreams of being together be broken into bits and pieces? Are they destined to live with each other for a happily ever after story? Welcome to ‘Your Love Was All I Had!’, the journey of Rahul and Riya. A story about the journey of an aspiring Doctor in Mumbai, from his life in a small town, to his migration to a Metro for earning a degree in Medicine and the quintessential degree in Love! This book hopes to acquaint you with the real meaning of Love in the age of social networking, where love begins on walls of Facebook profiles and ends on confession pages!

The Rough Guide to Rock

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The Rough Guide to Rock

The Rough Guide to Rock

  • Author: Peter Buckley
  • Publisher: Rough Guides
  • ISBN: 9781843531050
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 1225
  • View: 7340
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Compiles career biographies of over 1,200 artists and rock music reviews written by fans covering every phase of rock from R&B through punk and rap.