Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes

Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes

Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes by Terry Southern
Open Road | 2011 | 278 pages | EPUB/MOBI | 1.02 MB

One of the great collections, the range found here is impressive: from new journalism to absurd parodies and theatrical sketches; from absurd short riffs to Southern’s most classic and lyrical early works of fiction. “Red-Dirt Marijuana,” the insightful, funny, and moving story of the relationship between a white boy and a black man, is paired with the horrific knock-down, drag-out of “Razor Fight.” One of the most scandalous stories ever published, “The Blood of a Wig,” combines an insider’s look at the “Quality Lit” biz, the drug underground of Greenwich Village, and a vision of necrophilia involving one of America’s most sacred cows. There is an imaginary encounter between Freud and Kafka in “Apartment to Exchange,” a skewering of the liberal white man and his efforts to befriend a black jazz musician in “You’re Too Hip, Baby,” an exploration of race relations, moonshine, and the baton-twirling subculture in the personal essay “Twirling at Ole Miss” (identified by Tom Wolfe as the first instance of “New Journalism”), and many more pieces with Southern’s signature dark satire, unconventional storylines, and pitch-perfect dialogue.


Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes is a wild, funny, and dazzlingly diverse trip through the American culture of the 1950s and 1960s.


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The Words You Should Know to Sound Smart

The Words You Should Know to Sound Smart

The Words You Should Know to Sound Smart: 1200 Essential Words Every Sophisticated Person Should Be Able to Use by Robert Bly
F+W Media | 2009 | ISBN: 1598698869 | 256 pages | EPUB | 1.78 MB

This book is a tongue-in-cheek guide to words that any well-educated, witty person should be able to drop into cocktail conversation. The reader is encouraged to toss off words such as ?disestablishmentarianism,? ?descant,? and ?autodidactic? ?words that will make the user sound learned, intellectual, and wise. For those who want to improve the quality and sophistication of their speech and writing, this is the book to keep on the nightstand.


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The Big Book of Words You Should Know

The Big Book of Words You Should Know

The Big Book of Words You Should Know: Over 3,000 Words Every Person Should be Able to Use by David Olsen, Michelle Bevilacqua, Justin Cord Hayes
F+W Media | 2009 | ISBN: 1605501395 | 448 pages | EPUB | 1.03 MB

Do you know what quatrefoil and impolitic mean? What about halcyon or narcolepsy? This book is a handy, easy-to-read reference guide to the proper parlance for any situation. In this book you will find: Words You Absolutely Should Know (covert, exonerate, perimeter); Words You Should Know But Probably Don?t (dour, incendiary, scintilla); Words Most People Don?t Know (schlimazel, thaumaturgy, epergne); Words You Should Know to Sound Overeducated (ad infinitum, nugatory, garrulity); Words You Probably Shouldn?t Know (priapic, damnatory, labia majora); and more. Whether writing an essay; studying for a test; or trying to impress friends, family, and fellow cocktail party guests with their prolixity, you will achieve magniloquence, ebullience, and flights of rhetorical brilliance.


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Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times

Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times

Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times by Rocky Wood, Lisa Morton

McFarland | 2012 | ISBN: 0786466553 | 192 pages | PDF | 56.22 MB

For three centuries, as the Black Death rampaged through Europe and the Reformation tore the Church apart, tens of thousands were arrested as witches and subjected to torture and execution, including being burned alive. This graphic novel examines the background; the witch hunters' methods; who profited; the brave few who protested; and how the Enlightenment gradually replaced fear and superstition with reason and science. Famed witch hunters Heinrich Kramer, architect of the infamous Malleus Maleficarum, and Matthew Hopkins, England's notorious "Witchfinder General," are covered as are the Salem Witch Trials and the last executions in Europe.


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Encyclopedia of the Black Death

Encyclopedia of the Black Death

Encyclopedia of the Black Death by Joseph P Byrne
ABC-CLIO | 2012 | ISBN: 1598842536 | 429 pages | PDF | 7.15 Mb

Encyclopedia of the Black Death is the first A-Z encyclopedia to cover the second plague pandemic, balancing medical history and technical matters with historical, cultural, social, and political factors and effects in Europe and the Islamic world from 1347-1770. It also bookends the period with entries on Biblical plagues and the Plague of Justinian, as well as modern-era material regarding related topics, such as the work of Robert Koch and Louis Pasteur, the Third Plague Pandemic of the mid-1800s, and plague in the United States.


Unlike previous encyclopedic works about this subject that deal broadly with infectious disease and its social or historical contexts, including the author's own, this interdisciplinary work synthesizes much of the research on the plague and related medical history published in the last decade in accessible, compellingly written entries. Controversial subject areas such as whether "plague" was bubonic plague and the geographic source of plague are treated in a balanced and unbiased manner.


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The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt

The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt

The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt by Richard H Wilkinson
Thames & Hudson | 2000 | ISBN: 0500051003 | 256 pages | PDF | 150.37 Mb

Tracing the temples of ancient Egypt from their origins through their decline and to their modern-day study, this book is both an authoritative reference and an entertaining collection of "factfiles, " photographs, plans, and specially commissioned perspective views. 500 illustrations, 150 in color.


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The War on Heresy: Faith and Power in Medieval Europe

The War on Heresy: Faith and Power in Medieval Europe

The War on Heresy: Faith and Power in Medieval Europe by R I Moore
Profile Books | 2012 | ISBN: 1846681960 | 416 pages | EPUB | 4.7 Mb

The great war on heresy obsessed medieval Europe in the centuries after the first millennium. R. I. Moore's vivid narrative focuses on the motives and anxieties of those who declared and conducted the war: what were the beliefs and practices they saw as heretical? How might such beliefs have arisen? And why were they such a threat?In western Europe at AD 1000 heresy had barely been heard of. Yet within a few generations accusations had become commonplace and institutions were being set up to identify and suppress beliefs and practices seen as departures from true religion. Fears of heresy inspired passions that moulded European society for the rest of the middle ages and resulted in a series of persecutions that left an indelible mark on its history and culture. Popular accounts of events - most notably of the Albigensian Crusade led by Europe against itself - have assumed the threats posed by the heretical movements were only too real. Some scholars by contrast have tried to show that reports of heresy were exaggerated or even fabricated: but if they are correct why was the war on heresy launched at all? And why was it conducted with such pitiless ferocity? To find the answers to these and other questions R. I. Moore returns to the evidence of the time. His investigation forms the basis for an account as profound as it is startlingly original.


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