Season of the Witch [EPUB]

Season of the Witch [EPUB]
Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll by Peter Bebergal
2014 | EPUB | 1.06MB

This epic cultural and historical odyssey unearths the full influence of occult traditions on rock and roll—from the Beatles to Black Sabbath—and shows how the marriage between mysticism and music changed our world.

From the hoodoo-inspired sounds of Elvis Presley to the Eastern odysseys of George Harrison, from the dark dalliances of Led Zeppelin to the Masonic imagery of today’s hip-hop scene, the occult has long breathed life into rock and hip-hop—and, indeed, esoteric and supernatural traditions are a key ingredient behind the emergence and development of rock and roll.

With vivid storytelling and laser-sharp analysis, writer and critic Peter Bebergal illuminates this web of influences to produce the definitive work on how the occult shaped—and saved—popular music.

As Bebergal explains, occult and mystical ideals gave rock and roll its heart and purpose, making rock into more than just backbeat music, but into a cultural revolution of political, spiritual, sexual, and social liberation.

Last Words: Considering Contemporary Cinema [EPUB]

Last Words: Considering Contemporary Cinema [EPUB]
Last Words: Considering Contemporary Cinema by Jason Wood
2014 | EPUB + PDF | 4.28/1.36MB

Last Words features extensive interviews with Christopher Nolan, Harmony Korine, Charlie Kaufmann, Nicolas Winding Refn, Wim Wenders, Michael Winterbottom, Christian Petzhold, and many others. Each interview is preceded by an overview of the director’s work, and the volume’s authoritative introductory essay explores the value of these directors and why they are rarely given an appropriate platform to discuss their craft.

Wood asks crisp, pointed, well-focused questions while simultaneously building a conversational relationship with the person being interviewed. The remarkable assemblage of filmmakers who comprise his cast of characters represent just about every point along the spectrum of serious screen art today, and every one of them has ideas, opinions, and experiences that deserve the attention of everyone who cares about the troubled present and uncertain future of worthwhile cinema.

Wooden Boxes: Skill-Building Techniques for Seven Unique Projects [EPUB]

Wooden Boxes: Skill-Building Techniques for Seven Unique Projects [EPUB]
Wooden Boxes: Skill-Building Techniques for Seven Unique Projects by Dennis Lee Zongker
2013 | EPUB | 10.43MB

A small box is an ideal woodworking project for anyone looking to gain skills and learn techniques. The reward is something elegant and functional that also makes a great gift. In this book, Dennis Zongker gives clear, step-by-step instructions for seven different projects (with variations), each designed to teach the reader skills that can be applied to a wide variety of box projects as well as to furniture and other woodworking projects.

The boxes featured are traditional in style, with a modern twist, and incorporate a rich variety of woodworking techniques from basic to advanced: wood selection, veneers, cutting, gluing, joinery (including elongated dovetail joints and lock miters), segmented turning, and routing inlays. Also included are detailed sections on carving and marquetry, which give these stylish boxes an elegant look that makes them stand out from the field.

The Legend of George Jones [EPUB]

The Legend of George Jones [EPUB]
The Legend of George Jones: His Life and Death by Charlene Montgomery, Peanutt Montgomery
2014 | EPUB | 3.25MB

George Jones lived a storied life, but his career was not without controversies. This book reveals fascinating, intimate details about the life of George Jones that have never before been published. Charlene and Peanutt Montgomery, who were George’s closest friends and confidants over a thirty-year period and the songwriters for the vast majority of the songs that George recorded, are the authors of this highly entertaining book. Their strong bonds with and admiration for George come shining through, even when writing about the less-than-flattering incidents and times that make up part of the story.

The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting [EPUB]

The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting [EPUB]
The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting: An Oral History by Jim Walsh
2009 | EPUB | 7.33MB

Formed in a Minneapolis basement in 1979, the Replacements were a notorious rock ’n’ roll circus, renowned for self-sabotage, cartoon shtick, stubborn contrarianism, stage-fright, Dionysian benders, heart-on-sleeve songwriting, and—ultimately—critical and popular acclaim. While rock then and now is lousy with superficial stars and glossy entertainment, the Replacements were as warts-and-all “real” as it got.

In the first book to take on the jumble of facts, fictions, and contradictions behind the Replacements, veteran Minneapolis music journalist Jim Walsh distills hundreds of hours of interviews with band members, their friends, families, fellow musicians, and fans into an absorbing oral history worthy of the scruffy quartet that many have branded the most influential band to emerge from the ’80s. Former manager Peter Jesperson, Paul Stark and Dave Ayers of Twin/Tone Records, Bob Mould and Grant Hart of rivals Hüsker Dü, the legendary Curtiss A, Soul Asylum’s Dan Murphy, Lori Barbero of Babes in Toyland, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, power-pop hero Alex Chilton, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, and replacement Replacements Slim Dunlap and Steve Foley: all have something to say about the scene that spawned the band. These and dozens of others offer insights into the Replacement’s workings--and the band’s continuing influence more than fifteen years after their breakup.

Illustrated with both rarely seen and classic photos, this, finally, is the rollicking story behind the turbulent and celebrated band that came on fast and furious and finally flamed out, chronicled by one eyewitness who was always at the periphery of the storm, and often at its eye.

The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC [EPUB]

The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC [EPUB]
The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC by Jesse Fink
2014 | EPUB | 4.55MB

With sales of over 200 million albums, AC/DC is not just the biggest rock band in the world, it's a family business built by three brothers: George, Malcolm and Angus Young. And, as with any business, some people prospered while others got hurt along the way.

The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC is unlike any AC/DC book you've read before. Less a biography, more a critical appreciation, it tells the story of the trio through 11 classic songs and reveals some of the personal and creative secrets that went into their making.

Important figures from AC/DC's long way to the top open up for the very first time, while unsung heroes behind the band's success are given the credit they are due.

Accepted accounts of events are challenged while sensational new details emerge to cast a whole new light on the band's history – especially their early years with Atlantic Records in the United States. Former AC/DC members and musicians from bands such as Guns N' Roses, Dropkick Murphys, Airbourne and Rose Tattoo also give their perspectives on the Youngs' brand of magic.

Their music has never pulled its punches. Neither does The Youngs. After 40 years, AC/DC might just have got the serious book it deserves.

How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself [EPUB]

How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself [EPUB]
How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself by Robert Paul Smith
2010 | EPUB | 1.53MB

Remember how to make a spool tank? How to whip apples? What to do with a discarded umbrella? Whether "pennies" comes before or after "spank the baby" in mumbly-peg? And your kid never knew any of these things in the first place, to forget in the second place? Robert Paul Smith remembers, and he has set it down for all to see — these things and many others, like rubber-band guns, and slings, and clamshell bracelets, and the collection, care, and use of horse-chestnuts.

This book frees children from video games for a few hours, a handbook on the avoidance of boredom, a primer on solitude — a child’s declaration of independence. It reveals "how to do nothing with nobody all alone by yourself" — real things, fascinating things, the things that we and our parents did as kids. It’s a book for kids, but parents are not prohibited from reading it.

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength [Audiobook]

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength [Audiobook]
Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength [Audiobook] by Roy F Baumeister, John Tierney, read by Denis O'Hare
2011 | MP3 VBR V0 + EPUB | 9 hrs 10 mins | 956.09MB

Can you resist everything except temptation? In a hedonistic age full of distractions, it's hard to possess willpower - or in fact even understand why we should need it. Yet it's actually the most important factor in achieving success and a happy life, shown to be more significant than money, looks, background or intelligence. This book reveals the secrets of self-control.

For years the old-fashioned, even Victorian, value of willpower has been disparaged by psychologists who argued that we're largely driven by unconscious forces beyond our control. Here Roy Baumeister, one of the world's most esteemed and influential psychologists, and journalist John Tierney, turn this notion on its head. They show us that willpower is like a muscle that can be strengthened with practice and improved over time. The latest laboratory work shows that self-control has a physical basis to it and so is dramatically affected by simple things such as eating and sleeping - to the extent that a life-changing decision may go in different directions depending on whether it's made before or after lunch. You will discover how babies can be taught willpower, the joys of the to-don't list, the success of Alcoholics Anonymous, the pointlessness of diets and the secrets to David Blaine's stunts. There are also fascinating personal stories, from explorers, students, soldiers, ex-addicts and parents.

Based on years of psychological research and filled with practical advice, this book will teach you how to gain from self-control without pain, and discover the very real power in willpower. The results are nothing short of life-changing.

Capital: The Eruption of Delhi [EPUB]

Capital: The Eruption of Delhi [EPUB]
Capital: The Eruption of Delhi by Rana Dasgupta
2014 | EPUB | 2.64MB

In Capital, Commonwealth Prize–winning author Rana Dasgupta examines one of the great trends of our time: the expansion of the global elite. Capital is an intimate portrait of the city of Delhi which bears witness to the extraordinary transmogrification of India’s capital. But it also offers a glimpse of what capitalism will become in the coming, post-Western world. The story of Delhi is a parable for where we are all headed.

The boom following the opening up of India’s economy plunged Delhi into a tumult of destruction and creation: slums and markets were ripped down, and shopping malls and apartment blocks erupted from the ruins. Many fortunes were made, and in the glassy stores nestled among the new highways, customers paid for global luxury with bags of cash. But the transformation was stern, abrupt and fantastically unequal, and it gave rise to strange and bewildering feelings. The city brimmed with ambition and rage. Violent crimes stole the headlines.

In the style of V. S. Naipaul’s now classic personal journeys, Dasgupta shows us this city through the eyes of its people. With the lyricism and empathy of a novelist, Dasgupta takes us through a series of encounters – with billionaires and bureaucrats, drug dealers and metal traders, slum dwellers and psychoanalysts – which plunge us into Delhi’s intoxicating, and sometimes terrifying, story of capitalist transformation. Together these people comprise a generation on the cusp, like that of Gilded Age New York: who they are, and what they want, says a tremendous amount about what the world will look like in the rest of the twenty-first century.

Interweaving over a century of history with his personal journey, Dasgupta presents us with the first literary portrait of one of the twenty-first century’s fastest-growing megalopolises – a dark and uncanny portrait that gives us insights, too, as to the nature of our own – everyone’s – shared, global future.

Modern Conspiracy [PDF]

Modern Conspiracy [PDF]
Modern Conspiracy: The Importance of Being Paranoid by Chris Fleming, Emma A Jane
2014 | PDF | 1.27MB

While conspiracy theory is often characterized in terms of the collapse of objectivity and Enlightenment reason, Modern Conspiracy traces the important role of conspiracy in the formation of the modern world: the scientific revolution, social contract theory, political sovereignty, religious paranoia and mass communication media.

Rather than seeing the imminent death of Enlightenment reason and a regression to a new Dark Age in conspiratorial thinking, Modern Conspiracy suggests that many characteristic features of conspiracies tap very deeply into the history of the Enlightenment: its vociferous critique of established authorities and a conception of political sovereignty fuelled by fear of counter-plots, for example. Perhaps, ultimately, conspiracy theory affords us a renewed opportunity to reflect on our very relationship to the truth itself.

Black, White, and Red All Over [EPUB]

Black, White, and Red All Over [EPUB]
Black, White, and Red All Over: A Cultural History of the Radical Press in Its Heyday, 1900-1917 by Linda J Lumsden
2014 | EPUB | 4.75MB

Hundreds of newspapers and magazines published by socialists, anarchists, and the Industrial Workers of the World in the years before World War I offered sharp critiques of the emerging corporate state that remain relevant in light of gaping twenty-first-century social inequity. Black, White, and Red All Over offers the first comprehensive narrative to explore the central role that a broad swathe of social movement media played in radical movements, stirring millions of Americans a century ago.

Author Linda J. Lumsden mines more than a dozen diverse radical periodicals including Progressive Woman, Industrial Worker, Wilshire's, the Messenger, Mother Earth, Appeal to Reason, New York Call, and International Socialist Review to demonstrate how they served anarchists, socialists, and industrial unionists in their quest to topple capitalism and create their varied visions of a cooperative commonwealth. The book argues that these subversive periodicals were quintessentially American: individualist, independent, socialminded, egalitarian, defiant, and celebratory of freedom. Even their call for revolution resounded from the roots of the American experience.

Black, White, and Red All Over explores socialist periodicals in the agrarian heartland; views socialists attempts to provide alternatives to urban dailies; explores the radical press crusade to champion workers; analyzes the role anarchist periodicals played in their pioneering battles for a free press, free speech, and free love; surveys socialism in the black press; and details the federal government s wartime campaign to suppress the radical press. It draws parallels with Occupy Wall Street's social media movement. Despite the distance from the typewriter to Twitter, Lumsden concludes that twenty-first-century social movement media perform nearly the same function as did their nearly forgotten predecessors.

Imperiled Life [EPUB]

Imperiled Life [EPUB]
Imperiled Life: Revolution against Climate Catastrophe by Javier Sethness-Castro
2012 | EPUB | 2.71MB

Imperiled Life theorizes an exit from the potentially terminal consequences of capital-induced climate change. It is a collection of reflections on the phenomenon of catastrophe—climatological, political, social—as well as on the possibilities of overcoming disaster.

Javier Sethness-Castro presents the grim news from contemporary climatologists while providing a reconstructive vision inspired by anarchist intellectual traditions and promoting critical thought as a means of changing our historical trajectory.

Anarchism and Its Aspirations [EPUB]

Anarchism and Its Aspirations [EPUB]
Anarchism and Its Aspirations by Cindy Milstein
2010 | EPUB | 0.5MB

From nineteenth-century newspaper publishers to the protesters in the “Battle of Seattle” and the recent Greek uprising, anarchists have long been incited to action by the ideal of a “free society of free individuals”—a transformed world in which people and communities relate to each other intentionally and without hierarchy or domination. But what exactly would that look like, and how can we get there?

Anarchism and Its Aspirations provides an accessible overview of the history and hopeful future of this vision for a better world. The book quickly brings even the uninitiated reader up to speed with a crash course on some of the most influential anarchists in history and their ideas about how we might achieve the transformation of society. From there, the book looks at how these principles have been put into practice by groups such as the Situationist International, social ecologists, Zapatistas, anti-globalization activists, and other directly democratic organizations and communities in their respective struggles against capitalism and state control.

Laying out a clear introduction to some of the main ideas behind an often-misunderstood political philosophy, Anarchism and Its Aspirations helps us imagine the vast possibility of a truly free and democratic society.

Paths Toward Utopia [EPUB]

Paths Toward Utopia [EPUB]
Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism by Cindy Milstein, Erik Ruin
2012 | EPUB + PDF | 10.8/22.82MB

Consisting of 10 collaborative picture-essays that weave poetic words with intricate yet bold images, this collection aims to challenge readers into thinking of community action in a positive light. Depicting what it would be like to live, every day, in a world created from below, where coercion and hierarchy are largely vestiges of the past, Paths Toward Utopia suggests some of the practices that prefigure the self-organization that would be commonplace in an egalitarian society. This stirring book ultimately mines what people do in their daily lives for the already-existent gems of a freer future—premised on anarchistic ethics like cooperation and direct democracy.

Self-Defense for Radicals [EPUB]

Self-Defense for Radicals [EPUB]
Self-Defense for Radicals: A to Z Guide for Subversive Struggle by Mickey Z
2010 | EPUB | 0.8MB

Radicals, feminists, environmentalists. Activists for animal rights, human rights, civil rights. There are plenty of rebels and dissidents putting their asses on the line. Conversely, there's never been a shortage of reactionaries seeking to repress such vision and passion. Learning how to fight and/or defend yourself is not the same as promoting belligerent, anti-social behavior. While talk of non-violence is understandable and the struggle for peace has never been more essential, let's face it: The odds are that sooner or later you're going to end up in a confrontation that may escalate into physical violence. So, why not be prepared?

Self-Defense for Radicals will get you off and running in the right direction. From eye gouges to groin punches—you'll find a powerful collection of tactics with which we can fight back. Interspersed with words of wisdom and guidance from Emma Goldman, Bruce Lee, Angela Davis, and even Patrick Swayze, this pocket-sized pamphlet will inspire readers to not only speak truth to power but also deliver a sharp elbow to power's jutting jaw.

The Nature of Money [EPUB]

The Nature of Money [EPUB]
The Nature of Money by Geoffrey Ingham
2013 | EPUB | 0.5MB

In this important book, Geoffrey Ingham draws on neglected traditions in the social sciences to develop a theory of the ‘social relation’ of money.

  • Genuinely multidisciplinary approach, based on a thorough knowledge of theories of money in the social sciences
  • An original development of the neglected heterodox theories of money
  • New histories of the origins and development of forms of money and their social relations of production in different monetary systems
  • A radical interpretation of capitalism as a particular type of monetary system and the first sociological outline of the institutional structure of the social production of capitalist money
  • A radical critique of recent writing on global e-money, the so-called ‘end of money’, and new monetary spaces such as the euro.

Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers [Audiobook]

Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers [Audiobook]
Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers [Audiobook] by Gabriel Weinberg, Justin Mares, read by Drew Cuthbertson
2014 | MP3@32 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 19 mins | 86.83MB

Most startups end in failure. Almost every failed startup has a product. What failed startups don't have is traction -- real customer growth.

This book introduces startup founders and employees to the "Bullseye Framework," a five-step process successful companies use to get traction. This framework helps founders find the marketing channel that will be key to unlocking the next stage of growth.

Traction is a guide to getting customers, written for startup founders, marketers, and those interested in how today's startups grow and get traction. This book shows you how the founders of several of the biggest companies and organizations in the world like Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), Alexis Ohanian (Reddit), Paul English (Kayak.com) and Alex Pachikov (Evernote) have built and grown their startups. We interviewed over forty successful founders and researched countless more growth stories to pull out the repeatable tactics and strategies they used to get traction.

"Many entrepreneurs who build great products simply don't have a good distribution strategy." -- Mark Andreessen, venture capitalist

Too often, startups spend months (or years) building a product only to struggle with traction once they launch. This struggle has startups trying random tactics - some ads, a blog post or two - in an unstructured way that leads to failure. Traction shows readers how to systematically approach marketing, and covers how successful businesses have grown through each of the following channels:

  • Viral Marketing
  • Public Relations (PR)
  • Unconventional PR
  • Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
  • Social and Display Ads
  • Offline Ads
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Content Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • Engineering as Marketing
  • Target Market Blogs
  • Business Development (BD)
  • Sales
  • Affiliate Programs
  • Existing Platforms
  • Trade Shows
  • Offline Events
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Community Building

This book draws on interviews we conducted with the following individuals:

  • Jimmy Wales, Co-founder of Wikipedia
  • Alexis Ohanian, Co-founder of reddit
  • Eric Ries, Author of The Lean Startup
  • Sam Yagan, Co-founder of OkCupid and CEO of Match.com
  • Jason Cohen, Founder of WP Engine
  • Chris Fralic, Partner at First Round Capital
  • Rand Fishkin, Founder of SEOmoz
  • Noah Kagan, Founder of AppSumo
  • Jason Kincaid, Blogger at TechCrunch
  • Alex Pachikov, Co-founder of Evernote
  • Ryan Holiday, Exec at American Apparel
  • Andrew Warner, Founder of Mixergy
  • Garry Tan, Partner at Y Combinator

and many more.

The Investor's Guidebook to Fixed Income Investments [EPUB]

The Investor's Guidebook to Fixed Income Investments [EPUB]
The Investor's Guidebook to Fixed Income Investments: Bond Markets--A Handbook for Issuers and Investors by Stuart R Veale
2013 | EPUB | 5.57MB

A concise, yet comprehensive, guidebook that addresses the practical aspects of investing in fixed income investments

The Investor’s Guidebook series presents investment vehicles and strategies from both the issuers’ and the investors’ perspectives. Starting with basic concepts and then building to state-of-the-art pricing models, strategies, and tactics, these succinct handbooks will be useful for everyone from new hires through experienced professionals. Unlike most books, which are read once and sit on the shelf, professionals will refer to these books repeatedly throughout their careers.

Little Bets [Audiobook]

Little Bets [Audiobook]
Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries [Audiobook] by Peter Sims, read by John Allen Nelson
2011 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 2 mins | 138.87MB

What do Apple CEO Steve Jobs, comedian Chris Rock, prizewinning architect Frank Gehry, the story developers at Pixar films, and the Army Chief of Strategic Plans all have in common? Bestselling author Peter Sims found that all of them have achieved breakthrough results by methodically taking small, experimental steps in order to discover and develop new ideas. Rather than believing they have to start with a big idea or plan a whole project out in advance, trying to foresee the final outcome, they make a series of little bets about what might be a good direction, learning from lots of little failures and from small but highly significant wins that allow them to happen upon unexpected avenues and arrive at extraordinary outcomes.

Based on deep and extensive research, including more than two hundred interviews with leading innovators, Sims discovered that productive, creative thinkers and doers—from Ludwig van Beethoven to Thomas Edison and Amazon's Jeff Bezos—practice a key set of simple but ingenious experimental methods, such as failing quickly to learn fast, tapping into the genius of play, and engaging in highly immersed observation, that free their minds, opening them up to making unexpected connections and perceiving invaluable insights. These methods also unshackle them from the constraints of overly analytical thinking and linear problem solving that our education places so much emphasis on, as well as from the fear of failure, all of which thwart so many of us in trying to be more innovative.

Reporting on a fascinating range of research, from the psychology of creative blocks to the influential Silicon Valley-based field of design thinking, Sims offers engaging and wonderfully illuminating accounts of breakthrough innovators at work, including how Hewlett-Packard stumbled onto the breakaway success of the first hand-held calculator; the remarkable storyboarding process at Pixar films that has been the key to their unbroken streak of box office successes; the playful discovery process by which Frank Gehry arrived at his critically acclaimed design for Disney Hall; the "aha" revelation that led Amazon to pursue its wildly successful affiliates program; and the U.S. Army's ingenious approach to counterinsurgency operations that led to the dramatic turnaround in Iraq.

Fast paced and as entertaining as it is illuminating, Little Bets offers a whole new way of thinking about how to break away from the narrow strictures of the methods of analyzing and problem solving we were all taught in school and unleash our untapped creative powers.

The Celebrity Playbook [EPUB]

The Celebrity Playbook [EPUB]
The Celebrity Playbook: The Insider's Guide to Living Like a Star by Leslie Gornstein
2014 | EPUB | 12.78MB

Colbert is to politics as the FameFatale is to celebrity life—both deliciously irresistible.

If Hollywood is a sport, you want Leslie Gornstein on your team and this playbook in your ridiculously oversized leather purse. The Celebrity Playbook is the perfect introduction for newcomers to the exciting alternate reality of the celebrity lifestyle. A must-read for anyone who cares why so many celebs are sporting “bumps,” or whether they are really “just like us,” this guide—nay, rulebook—lays down the law on what you need to know to play Hollywood in a simple and concise manner. (And if you don’t care? You care. It’s a celebrity culture; if you can’t embrace it, mock it!)

The voice is intelligently hilarious, and everyone’s favorite Answer Bitch has been around the boulevard once or twice. For the first time on the written page, she reveals the secrets to celebrity life. Here’s everything you need to know to hire and fire assistants, develop a loyal entourage, get free makeup, and keep those inaccurate cellulite-inclusive photographs out of the press. With timeless anecdotes, razor-sharp quotes, and illustrative charts, The Celebrity Playbook is the smart girl’s response to People.

Spent: Exposing Our Complicated Relationship with Shopping [EPUB]

Spent: Exposing Our Complicated Relationship with Shopping [EPUB]
Spent: Exposing Our Complicated Relationship with Shopping edited by Kerry Cohen
2014 | EPUB | 0.5MB

In Spent, editor Kerry Cohen opens the closet doors wide to tales of women’s true relationships with shopping, from humorous stories of love/hate relationships with the mall to heartbreaking tales of overspending to fix relationships. With a contributor list that includes notable female writers like Emily Chenoweth, Ophira Eisenberg, Allison Amend, and Aryn Kyle, the essays each shine light on the particular impact shopping has on all of us.

Whether they’re cleaning out closets of loved ones, hiding a shoplifting habit, trying out extreme couponing, dividing up family possessions, or buying a brand-new car while in labor, the book’s contributors vacillate between convincing themselves to spend and struggling not to. This illuminating anthology links the effects shopping has on our emotions — whether it fills us with guilt, happiness, resentment, or doubt — our self-worth, and our relationships with parents, grandparents, lovers, children, and friends.

The Return of Desire [EPUB]

The Return of Desire [EPUB]
The Return of Desire: A Guide to Rediscovering Your Sexual Passion by Gina Ogden
2011 | EPUB | 0.7MB

Drawing on three decades of experience as a sex therapist and sex researcher, Dr. Gina Ogden shows you how to:

  • Open up to the four energies that spark desire
  • Create heart-to-heart communication with your partner
  • Transcend guilt, shame, and "good-girls-don't" messages
  • Help heal the sexual wounds of abuse, addiction, affairs, and low self-esteem
  • Enjoy sexual pleasure throughout your life span—from new love, to parenthood, and into your golden years

Meditations to Change Your Brain [Audiobook]

Meditations to Change Your Brain [Audiobook]
Meditations to Change Your Brain: Rewire Your Neural Pathways to Transform Your Life [Audiobook] by Rick Hanson, Richard Mendius, read by the Authors
2009 | MP3@64 kbps | 3 hrs 43 mins | 102.42MB

The structure of your brain changes constantly, in a dynamic, unfolding process that you yourself can direct to create the life you want. This is the exciting premise of Meditations to Change Your Brain, a breakthrough three-CD program from psychologist Rick Hanson, Ph.D., and neurologist Rick Mendius, M.D.

Drawing on a vast body of research spanning more than 30 years, Meditations to Change Your Brain collects the best meditative and contemplative practices to help anyone increase their capacity for joy, love, and spiritual bliss. Listeners join Dr. Hanson and Dr. Mendius to learn specific practices for making positive changes in their body and mind, plus four guided practices to strengthen their meditative abilities, and four guided meditations to heal and nourish their relationships.

My Age of Anxiety [Audiobook]

My Age of Anxiety [Audiobook]
My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind [Audiobook] by Scott Stossel, read by Michael Goldstrom
2014 | M4A VBR ~ 64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 40 mins | 368.84MB

A riveting, revelatory, and moving account of the author’s struggles with anxiety, and of the history of efforts by scientists, philosophers, and writers to understand the condition

As recently as thirty-five years ago, anxiety did not exist as a diagnostic category. Today, it is the most common form of officially classified mental illness. Scott Stossel gracefully guides us across the terrain of an affliction that is pervasive yet too often misunderstood.

Drawing on his own long-standing battle with anxiety, Stossel presents an astonishing history, at once intimate and authoritative, of the efforts to understand the condition from medical, cultural, philosophical, and experiential perspectives. He ranges from the earliest medical reports of Galen and Hippocrates, through later observations by Robert Burton and Søren Kierkegaard, to the investigations by great nineteenth-century scientists, such as Charles Darwin, William James, and Sigmund Freud, as they began to explore its sources and causes, to the latest research by neuroscientists and geneticists. Stossel reports on famous individuals who struggled with anxiety, as well as on the afflicted generations of his own family. His portrait of anxiety reveals not only the emotion’s myriad manifestations and the anguish anxiety produces but also the countless psychotherapies, medications, and other (often outlandish) treatments that have been developed to counteract it. Stossel vividly depicts anxiety’s human toll—its crippling impact, its devastating power to paralyze—while at the same time exploring how those who suffer from it find ways to manage and control it.

My Age of Anxiety is learned and empathetic, humorous and inspirational, offering the reader great insight into the biological, cultural, and environmental factors that contribute to the affliction.

Protein Shakes for the Brain [PDF]

Protein Shakes for the Brain [PDF]
Protein Shakes for the Brain: 91 Games and Exercises to Work Your Minds Muscle to the Max by Michel Noir, Bernard Croisile
2009 | PDF | 8.92MB

Pump up your brain—and reduce memory loss—with the bestselling author of Broccoli for the Brain and Dental Floss for the Mind

Scientifically designed to improve concentration, attention, and focus, the 91 brain-teasers in this brand-new collection provide an amazing mental workout for wellmuscled minds. Perfect for all age groups, the book includes perplexing picture puzzles (like “It Takes Two”), intense and mind-blowing memory games (“Seeing Is Believing!”), and deceiving detective mysteries (“What’s Wrong With this Picture?”) Protein Shakes for The Brain provides hours of fun and will turn even the most feeble mind into a mighty brain!

The Myth of Mirror Neurons [EPUB]

The Myth of Mirror Neurons [EPUB]
The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition by Gregory Hickok
2014 | EPUB | 0.6MB

An essential reconsideration of one of the most far-reaching theories in modern neuroscience and psychology.

In 1992, a group of neuroscientists from Parma, Italy, reported a new class of brain cells discovered in the motor cortex of the macaque monkey. These cells, later dubbed mirror neurons, responded equally well during the monkey’s own motor actions, such as grabbing an object, and while the monkey watched someone else perform similar motor actions. Researchers speculated that the neurons allowed the monkey to understand others by simulating their actions in its own brain.

Mirror neurons soon jumped species and took human neuroscience and psychology by storm. In the late 1990s theorists showed how the cells provided an elegantly simple new way to explain the evolution of language, the development of human empathy, and the neural foundation of autism. In the years that followed, a stream of scientific studies implicated mirror neurons in everything from schizophrenia and drug abuse to sexual orientation and contagious yawning.

In The Myth of Mirror Neurons, neuroscientist Gregory Hickok reexamines the mirror neuron story and finds that it is built on a tenuous foundation—a pair of codependent assumptions about mirror neuron activity and human understanding. Drawing on a broad range of observations from work on animal behavior, modern neuroimaging, neurological disorders, and more, Hickok argues that the foundational assumptions fall flat in light of the facts. He then explores alternative explanations of mirror neuron function while illuminating crucial questions about human cognition and brain function: Why do humans imitate so prodigiously? How different are the left and right hemispheres of the brain? Why do we have two visual systems? Do we need to be able to talk to understand speech? What’s going wrong in autism? Can humans read minds?

The Myth of Mirror Neurons not only delivers an instructive tale about the course of scientific progress—from discovery to theory to revision—but also provides deep insights into the organization and function of the human brain and the nature of communication and cognition.

Who Owns the Future? [Audiobook]

Who Owns the Future? [Audiobook]
Who Owns the Future [Audiobook] by Jaron Lanier, read by Pete Simoneilli
2013 | MP3 VBR V0 + EPUB | 12 hrs 2 mins | 1.37GB

The dazzling new masterwork from the prophet of Silicon Valley

Jaron Lanier is the best-selling author of You Are Not a Gadget, the father of virtual reality, and one of the most influential thinkers of our time. For decades, Lanier has drawn on his expertise and experience as a computer scientist, musician, and digital media pioneer to predict the revolutionary ways in which technology is transforming our culture.

Who Owns the Future? is a visionary reckoning with the effects network technologies have had on our economy. Lanier asserts that the rise of digital networks led our economy into recession and decimated the middle class. Now, as technology flattens more and more industries - from media to medicine to manufacturing - we are facing even greater challenges to employment and personal wealth.

But there is an alternative to allowing technology to own our future. In this ambitious and deeply humane book, Lanier charts the path toward a new information economy that will stabilize the middle class and allow it to grow. It is time for ordinary people to be rewarded for what they do and share on the web.

Insightful, original, and provocative, Who Owns the Future? is necessary listening for all who live a part of their lives online.

You Are Not a Gadget [Audiobook]

You Are Not a Gadget [Audiobook]
You Are Not a Gadget: Being Human in an Age of Technology [Audiobook] by Jaron Lanier, read by Rob Shapiro
2009 | MP3 VBR ~ 70 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 40 mins | 229.42MB

Jaron Lanier, a Silicon Valley visionary since the 1980s, was among the first to predict the revolutionary changes the World Wide Web would bring to commerce and culture. Now, in his first book, written more than two decades after the Web was created, Lanier offers this provocative and cautionary look at the way it is transforming our lives for better and for worse.

The current design and function of the Web have become so familiar that it is easy to forget that they grew out of programming decisions made decades ago. The Web's first designers made crucial choices (such as making one's presence anonymous) that have had enormous and often unintended consequences. Whats more, these designs quickly became locked in, a permanent part of the Web's very structure.

Lanier discusses the technical and cultural problems that can grow out of poorly considered digital design and warns that our financial markets, and sites like Wikipedia, Facebook, and Twitter, are elevating the wisdom of mobs and computer algorithms over the intelligence and judgment of individuals.

Lanier also shows:

  • How 1960s antigovernment paranoia influenced the design of the online world and enabled trolling and trivialization in online discourse
  • How file sharing is killing the artistic middle class
  • How a belief in a technological rapture motivates some of the most influential technologists
  • Why a new humanistic technology is necessary

Controversial and fascinating, You Are Not a Gadget is a deeply felt defense of the individual from an author uniquely qualified to comment on the way technology interacts with our culture.

Who the Devil Made It [EPUB]

Who the Devil Made It [EPUB]
Who the Devil Made It: Conversations with Legendary Film Directors by Peter Bogdanovich
2012 | EPUB | 2.31MB

In this fascinating chronicle of Hollywood and the grand art of making movies, Peter Bogdanovich--director, screenwriter, actor, and critic--interviews sixteen legendary directors of the first hundred years of film:

Robert Aldrich, George Cukor, Allan Dwan, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Chuck Jones, Fritz Lang, Joseph H. Lewis, Sidney Lumet, Leo McCartey, Otto Preminger, Don Siegel, Josef von Sternberg, Frank Tashlin, Edgar G. Ulmer, Raoul Walsh

The Matter of Images [PDF]

The Matter of Images [PDF]
The Matter of Images: Essays on Representations, 2nd Edition by Richard Dyer
2002 | PDF | 2.06MB

In the second edition of this classic book, Dyer analyses culture from royalty to serial killers, political correctness and films.

The Matter of Images explores what representation means, analyzing images in terms of why they matter, what they are made of and the material realities they refer to. Richard Dyer moves from considerations of strongly negative representations of out groups to representations of dominant groups in society-men, heterosexuals, whites. His discussion encompasses the eclectic texts of contemporary culture, from royalty to dykes, politically correct labels, representations of Empire and films such as Gilda, Papillon, and Night of the Living Dead. This second edition features a new article on serial killers, along with a new introduction.

The Origins of Yoga and Tantra [EPUB]

The Origins of Yoga and Tantra [EPUB]
The Origins of Yoga and Tantra: Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century by Geoffrey Samuel
2008 | EPUB + PDF | 4/22.42MB

Yoga, tantra and other forms of Asian meditation are practised in modernized forms throughout the world today, but most introductions to Hinduism or Buddhism tell only part of the story of how they developed. This book is an interpretation of the history of Indic religions up to around 1200 CE, with particular focus on the development of yogic and tantric traditions. It assesses how much we really know about this period, and asks what sense we can make of the evolution of yogic and tantric practices, which were to become such central and important features of the Indic religious scene. Its originality lies in seeking to understand these traditions in terms of the total social and religious context of South Asian society during this period, including the religious practices of the general population with their close engagement with family, gender, economic life and other pragmatic concerns.

  • Explores the origins of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, yoga and tantra within an open-minded but critical perspective
  • Gives full weight to the grounding of the more esoteric and abstruse aspects of Indic religious life
  • Gives a balanced treatment of the evolution of the three major religious traditions foregrounding their common features and close connections

The Logical Must: Wittgenstein on Logic [PDF]

The Logical Must: Wittgenstein on Logic [PDF]
The Logical Must: Wittgenstein on Logic by Penelope Maddy
2014 | PDF | 1.8MB

The Logical Must is an examination of Ludwig Wittgenstein's philosophy of logic, early and late, undertaken from an austere naturalistic perspective Penelope Maddy has called "Second Philosophy." The Second Philosopher is a humble but tireless inquirer who begins her investigation of the world with ordinary perceptual beliefs, moves from there to empirical generalizations, then to deliberate experimentation, and eventually to theory formation and confirmation. She takes this same approach to logical truth, locating its ground in simple worldly structures and our knowledge of it in our basic cognitive machinery, tuned by evolutionary pressures to detect those structures where they occur.

In his early work Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Wittgenstein also links the logical structure of representation with the structure of the world, but he includes one key unnaturalistic assumption: that the sense of our representations must be given prior to-independently of-facts about how the world is. When that assumption is removed, the general outlines of the resulting position come surprisingly close to the Second Philosopher's roughly empirical account. In his later discussions of logic in Philosophical Investigations and Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics, Wittgenstein also rejects this earlier assumption in favor of a picture that arises in the wake of the famous rule-following considerations. Here Wittgenstein and the Second Philosopher operate in even closer harmony-locating the ground of our logical practices in our interests, our natural inclinations and abilities, and very general features of the world-until the Second Philosopher moves to fill in the account with her empirical investigations of the world and cognition. At this point, Wittgenstein balks, but as a matter of personal animosity rather than philosophical principle.

Hinduism: A Short History [EPUB]

Hinduism: A Short History [EPUB]
Hinduism: A Short History by Klaus K Klostermaier
2014 | EPUB | 3.04MB

History has always been a problematic issue in India, where the dating of many a figure is accurate to only within centuries. So to attempt a definitive history of Hinduism would seem foolhardy. Klaus Klostermaier approximated the impossible in his 715-page Survey of Hinduism, and now he has boiled it all down to about half that size.

Hinduism is defined as that family of religions that accept the Vedas as authoritative, but despite the single moniker the differences can be vast. From fertility cults to precise rituals that date back thousands of years, Klostermaier cuts across time to illustrate the major strains of Hindu tradition--Vaisnavism, Saivism, and Saktism, along with the nonsectarian smarta. He includes a short history of Hindu philosophy, which in India is inseparable from religion.

Klostermaier is a first-rate scholar who expects a lot from his readers, sometimes too much. Anyone who isn't somewhat versed in Hinduism already would do well to pick up his Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism for handy reference.

How to Read the Qur'an [EPUB]

How to Read the Qur'an [EPUB]
How to Read the Qur'an: A New Guide, with Select Translations by Carl W Ernst
2011 | EPUB | 2.54MB

How to Read the Qur'an offers a compact introduction and reader's guide for anyone, non-Muslim or Muslim, who wants to know how to approach, read, and understand the text of the Qur'an.

Using a chronological reading of the text according to the conclusions of modern scholarship, Carl Ernst offers a nontheological approach that treats the Qur'an as a historical text that unfolded over time, in dialogue with its audience, during the career of the Prophet Muhammad. Ernst explores the history of the text and its development in the Meccan and Medinan periods; the Qur'an's important structural features, including symmetrical or ring composition; recent revisionist challenges to its textual integrity; and intertextual references in the Qur'an that relate to earlier works, such as the Bible. Featuring Ernst's illuminating new translations of 725 Qur'anic verses, close studies of numerous key passages, and appendices with tools to help readers work their way through the entire text, How to Read the Qur'an not only summarizes historical and literary issues but also engages with the religious and political context of understanding the Qur'an today.

Understanding the Qur'an: Themes and Style [EPUB]

Understanding the Qur'an: Themes and Style [EPUB]
Understanding the Qur'an: Themes and Style by Muhammad Abdel Haleem
2010 | EPUB | 3.87MB

The tenets of Islam cannot be grasped without a proper understanding of the Qur’an. In this important introduction, now revised and updated, Muhammad Abdel Haleem examines the Qur’an’s major recurrent themes - life and eternity, marriage and divorce, peace and war, water and nourishment - and for the first time considers these elements in the context of Qur’anic linguistic style.

With a fresh insight into the background of the Qur’an, Professor Haleem examines the context and circumstances leading to the development of the suras (chapters) and the ayahs (verses) and the construction of the Qur’an itself. He shows that popular conceptions of Islamic attitudes to women, marriage and divorce, conflict and society, all differ radically from the true teachings of the Qur’an.

Understanding the Qur’an goes on to explore the ways in which the Judaic and Christian traditions, as reflected in the Bible, may be compared to Qur’anic approaches to similar themes.

Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Religion [PDF]

Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Religion [PDF]
Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Religion: The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, Volume 5 edited by Graham Oppy, N N Trakakis
2014 | PDF | 1.82MB

The twentieth century saw religion challenged by the rise of science and secularism, a confrontation which resulted in an astonishingly diverse range of philosophical views about religion and religious belief. Many of the major philosophers of the twentieth century - James, Bergson, Russell, Wittgenstein, Ayer, Heidegger, and Derrida - significantly engaged with religious thought. Idiosyncratic thinkers, such as Whitehead, Levinas and Weil, further contributed to the extraordinary diversity of philosophical investigation of religion across the century. In their turn, leading theologians and religious philosophers - notably Buber, Tillich and Barth - directly engaged with the philosophy of religion. Later, philosophy of religion became a distinct field of study, led by the work of Hick, Alston, Plantinga, and Swinburne.

"Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Religion" provides an accessible overview of the major strands in the rich tapestry of twentieth-century thought about religion and will be an indispensible resource for any interested in contemporary philosophy of religion.

Nineteenth-Century Philosophy of Religion [PDF]

Nineteenth-Century Philosophy of Religion [PDF]
Nineteenth-Century Philosophy of Religion: The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, Volume 4 edited by Graham Oppy, N N Trakakis
2014 | PDF | 2.14MB

The nineteenth century was a turbulent period in the history of the philosophical scrutiny of religion. Major scholars - such as Hegel, Fichte, Schelling, Newman, Caird and Royce - sought to construct systematic responses to the Enlightenment critiques of religion carried out by Spinoza and Hume. At the same time, new critiques of religion were launched by philosophers such as Schopenhauer and Nietzsche and by scholars engaged in textual criticism, such as Schleiermacher and Dilthey. Over the course of the century, the work of Marx, Freud, Darwin and Durkheim brought the revolutionary perspectives of political economy, psychoanalysis, evolutionary theory and anthropology to bear on both religion and its study. These challenges played a major role in the shaping of twentieth-century philosophical thought about religion.

"Nineteenth-Century Philosophy of Religion" will be of interest to scholars and students of Philosophy and Religion, and will serve as an authoritative guide for all who are interested in the debates that took place in this seminal period in the history of philosophical thinking about religion.

Early Modern Philosophy of Religion [PDF]

Early Modern Philosophy of Religion [PDF]
Early Modern Philosophy of Religion: The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, Volume 3 edited by Graham Oppy, N N Trakakis
2014 | PDF | 1.91MB

The early modern period in philosophy - encompassing the 16th to the 18th centuries - reflects a time of social and intellectual turmoil. The Protestant Reformation, the Catholic Counter-Reformation, and the birth of the Enlightenment all contributed to the re-evaluation of reason and faith. The revolution in science and in natural philosophy swept away two millennia of Aristotelian certainty in a human-centred universe. Covering some of the most important figures in the history of Western thought - notably Descartes, Locke, Hume and Kant - Early Modern Philosophy of Religion charts the philosophical understanding of religion at a time of intellectual and spiritual revolution.

"Early Modern Philosophy of Religion" will be of interest to historians and philosophers of religion, while also serving as an indispensable reference for teachers, students and others who would like to learn more about this formative period in the history of ideas.

Medieval Philosophy of Religion [PDF]

Medieval Philosophy of Religion [PDF]
Medieval Philosophy of Religion: The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, Volume 2 edited by Graham Oppy, N N Trakakis
2014 | PDF | 1.69MB

The Medieval period was one of the richest eras for the philosophical study of religion. Covering the period from the 6th to the 16th century, reaching into the Renaissance, "The History of Western Philosophy of Religion 2" shows how Christian, Islamic and Jewish thinkers explicated and defended their religious faith in light of the philosophical traditions they inherited from the ancient Greeks and Romans. The enterprise of 'faith seeking understanding', as it was dubbed by the medievals themselves, emerges as a vibrant encounter between - and a complex synthesis of - the Platonic, Aristotelian and Hellenistic traditions of antiquity on the one hand, and the scholastic and monastic religious schools of the medieval West, on the other.

"Medieval Philosophy of Religion" will be of interest to scholars and students of Philosophy, Medieval Studies, the History of Ideas, and Religion, while remaining accessible to any interested in the rich cultural heritage of medieval religious thought.

Ancient Philosophy of Religion [PDF]

Ancient Philosophy of Religion [PDF]
Ancient Philosophy of Religion: The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, Volume 1 edited by Graham Oppy, N N Trakakis
2014 | PDF | 2.12MB

The origins of the Western philosophical tradition lie in the ancient Greco-Roman world. This volume provides a unique insight into the life and writings of a diverse group of philosophers in antiquity and presents the latest thinking on their views on God, the gods, religious belief and practice. Beginning with the 'pre-Socratics', the volume then explores the influential contributions made to the Western philosophy of religion by the three towering figures of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

The chapters that follow cover the the leading philosophers of the major schools of the ancient world - Epicureanism, Stoicism, Neoplatonism and the early Christian Church. "Ancient Philosophy of Religion" will be of interest to scholars and students of Philosophy, Classics and Religion, while remaining accessible to any interested in the rich cultural heritage of ancient religious thought.