Fat: A Cultural History of the Stuff of Life [EPUB]

Fat: A Cultural History of the Stuff of Life [EPUB]
Fat: A Cultural History of the Stuff of Life by Christopher E Forth
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781789140620 | 14.79MB

Fat. Such a little word evokes big responses. While "fat" describes the size and shape of bodies—their appearance—our negative reactions to corpulence also depend on something tangible and tactile. As this book argues, there is more to fat than meets the eye.

Fat: A Cultural History of the Stuff of Life offers reflections on how fat has been perceived and imagined in the West since antiquity. Featuring fascinating historical accounts as well as philosophical, religious, and cultural analyses—including discussions of status, gender, and race—the book digs deep into the past for the roots of our current notions and prejudices. Two central themes emerge: how we have perceived and imagined corpulent bodies over the centuries, and how fat—as a substance as well as a description of body size—has been associated with vitality and fertility as well as perceptions of animality. By exploring the complex ways in which fat, fatness, and fattening have been perceived over time, this book provides rich insights into the stuff our stereotypes are made of.

Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance [EPUB]

Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance [EPUB]
Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance by Ken-Hou Lin, Megan Tobias Neely
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780190638313 | 5.51 MB

Finance is an inescapable part of American life. From how one pursues an education, buys a home, runs a business, or saves for retirement, finance orders the lives of ordinary Americans. And as finance continues to expand, inequality soars.

In Divested, Ken-Hou Lin and Megan Tobias Neely demonstrate why widening inequality cannot be understood without examining the rise of big finance. The growth of the financial sector has dramatically transformed the American economy by redistributing resources from workers and families into the hands of owners, executives, and financial professionals. The average American is now divested from a world driven by the maximization of financial profit.

Lin and Neely provide systematic evidence to document how the ascendance of finance on Wall Street, Main Street, and among households is a fundamental cause of economic inequality. They argue that finance has reshaped the economy in three important ways. First, the financial sector extracts resources from the economy at large without providing commensurate economic benefits to those outside the financial services industry. Second, firms in other economic sectors have become increasingly involved in lending and speculative investing, which weakens the demand for labor and the bargaining power of workers. And third, the shift of risks and uncertainties once shouldered by unions, corporations, and governments onto families escalates the consumption of financial products, which in turns exacerbates wealth inequality.

A clear, comprehensive, and convincing account of the forces driving economic inequality in America, Divested warns us that the most damaging consequence of the expanding financial system is not simply recurrent financial crises but a widening social divide between the have and have-nots.

Finance and Security: Global Vulnerabilities, Threats and Responses [EPUB]

Finance and Security: Global Vulnerabilities, Threats and Responses [EPUB]
Finance and Security: Global Vulnerabilities, Threats and Responses
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781787381360 | 0.8MB

The global financial sector is increasingly vulnerable to penetration by criminal money-launderers, financiers of terrorism, and proliferators of weapons of mass destruction. At the same time, it offers instruments that can be usefully employed to pursue foreign and security policy objectives. It is thus hardly surprising that finance has emerged as an arena of intense competition, if not conflict, between those seeking to exploit or attack this vital element of state power and those tasked with defending its integrity or harnessing it for legal purposes.

Navias assesses the key threats to financial systems and shows how the public and private sectors are co-operating to contain them. He analyses the main characteristics of criminal money-laundering and terrorist financing, and reviews major multilateral and national regimes locked in the perpetual battle to shore up the financial sector against these constantly evolving security challenges. He also considers the uses of finance in support of key sanctions, counter-proliferation, and arms embargo policies.

Uniquely, Finance and Security views these financial threats and weapons through a security and war studies prism. It will be equally invaluable to scholars of security and international relations and to professionals working in the legal, banking and compliance professions.

The 100 Best Stocks to Buy in 2020 [EPUB]

The 100 Best Stocks to Buy in 2020 [EPUB]
The 100 Best Stocks to Buy in 2020 by Peter Sander, Scott Bobo
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781507212042 | 1.16MB

The 2020 edition of the 100 Best Stocks series picks the top stocks for you to buy based on authors Peter Sander and Scott Bobo’s value-investing philosophy, the same philosophy followed by Warren Buffett.

Even though the economy is in constant flux, there are still plenty of opportunities for smart investors to make a profit. The 100 Best Stocks to Buy in 2020 demonstrates how to protect your money with stock picks that have consistently performed.

In their easy-to-understand and highly practical language, authors Peter Sander and Scott Bobo clearly explain their value-investing philosophy, as well as offer low-volatility investing tips and advice to finding stocks that consistently perform and pay dividends. The 100 Best Stocks to Buy in 2020 is an essential guidebook for anyone looking to invest in today’s market providing a proven source of solid, dependable advice you can take to the bank.

The Art of Rest: How to Find Respite in the Modern Age [EPUB]

The Art of Rest: How to Find Respite in the Modern Age [EPUB]
The Art of Rest: How to Find Respite in the Modern Age by Claudia Hammond
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781786892805 | 2.01MB

Today busyness has become a badge of honour. We want to say we're busy, yet at the same time we feel exhausted. Instead we should start taking rest seriously as a method of self-care and this book can help us to work out how.

The Art of Rest draws on ground-breaking research Claudia Hammond collaborated on - 'The Rest Test' - the largest global survey into rest ever undertaken, which was completed by 18,000 people across 135 different countries. Much of value has been written about sleep, but rest is different; it is how we unwind, calm our minds and recharge our bodies. And, as the survey revealed, how much rest you get is directly linked to your sense of well-being.

Counting down through the top ten activities which people find most restful, Hammond explains why rest matters, examines the science behind the results to establish what really works and offers a roadmap for a new, more restful and balanced life.

Sound Bath: Meditate, Heal and Connect through Listening [EPUB]

Sound Bath: Meditate, Heal and Connect through Listening [EPUB]
Sound Bath: Meditate, Heal and Connect through Listening by Sara Auster
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781982132941 | 20.64MB

Use the power of sound to bring balance, relaxation, and a sense of well-being to your mind, body, and spirit with this unprecedented and comprehensive guide to sound baths.

Discover the power of sound to transform consciousness, heal the mind, and calm the body.

Sound therapist and meditation teacher Sara Auster has traveled the world facilitating sound bath experiences, bringing the transformative power of sound and listening to the masses, and building diverse communities.

In this comprehensive guide to Sound Baths, Sara introduces the therapeutic properties of sound, shares her personal journey to recovery from a traumatic accident, and answers the most commonly asked questions about sound therapy, meditation, deep listening, and healing. Sound Bath provides helpful tools for even the busiest skeptic who wants to achieve a reflective, self-healing state and invite calm into their daily life.

Learn techniques that will support states of deep rest, focused meditation, and abundant creativity. Explore drawings, photographs, and stories that will transport you; as well as information, statistics, and essential terminology to help support your growth and ground your practice.

What Makes You So Busy?: Finding Peace in the Modern World [EPUB]

What Makes You So Busy?: Finding Peace in the Modern World [EPUB]
What Makes You So Busy: Finding Peace in the Modern World by Khenpo Sodargye
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781614295846 | 6.71MB

A Tibetan Buddhist lama gives advice on the issues facing people in the modern world.

In this book, Khenpo Sodargye, a world-famous Tibetan Buddhist lama and scholar, offers guidance on an issue that troubles so many of us in the modern world:

What is true happiness, and how do we achieve it?

Bombarded with information, endlessly pursuing possessions—we look for happiness in all the wrong places. Khenpo Sodargye, one of the busiest Buddhist teachers in the world, shows us how to redirect our attention away from such distractions and instead calm our minds and find true contentment. His wide-ranging advice covers careers and conventional notions of material success, romantic relationships, and the environment. Erudite and compassionate, he points the reader to inspiration from sutras, Zen masters, Confucius, and the daily news, offering warm, heartfelt encouragement for these troubled times.

Dispatches from the End of Ice: Essays [EPUB]

Dispatches from the End of Ice: Essays [EPUB]
Dispatches from the End of Ice: Essays by Beth Peterson
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781595348999 | 3.03MB

The future of the world's ice is at a critical juncture, marked by international debate about climate change and almost daily reports about glaciers and ice shelves breaking, oceans rising, and temperatures spiking across the globe. For Beth Peterson, the discourse around these quickly-changing landscapes became personal. A few months after Peterson moved to a tiny village on the edge of Europe's largest glacier, things began to disappear. The glacier was melting at breakneck pace, and people she knew vanished: her professor went missing while summiting a volcano in Japan, and a friend wandered off a mountain trail in Norway. Finally, Peterson took a harrowing forty-foot fall while ice climbing.

Peterson's effort to make sense of these losses led to travels across Scandinavia, Italy, England and back to the United States. She visited a cryonics institute, an ice core lab, a wunderkammer, Wittgenstein's cabin, and other museums and libraries. She spoke with historians, guides, and scientists in search of answers. Her search for a noted glacier museum in Norway led to news that the renowned building had set on fire in the middle of the night and burned to the ground.

Dispatches from the End of Ice is part science, part lyric essay, and part research reportage--all structured around a series of found artifacts (a map, a museum, an inventory, a book) in an attempt to understand the idea of disappearance. It is a brilliant synthesis of science, storytelling, and research in the spirit of essayists like Robert Macfarlane, John McPhee, and Joni Tevis. Peterson's work veers into numerous terrains, orbiting the idea of vanishing and the taxonomies of loss both in an unstable world and in our individual lives.

A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas [EPUB]

A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas [EPUB]
A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas by Jeffrey Peterson
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781642830125 | 2.71MB

More severe storms and rising seas will inexorably push the American coastline inland with profound impact on communities, infrastructure, and natural systems. In A New Coast, Jeffrey Peterson draws a comprehensive picture of how storms and rising seas will change the coast. Peterson offers a clear-eyed assessment of how governments can work with the private sector and citizens to be better prepared for the coming coastal inundation.

Drawing on four decades of experience at the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Senate, Peterson presents the science behind predictions for coastal impacts. He explains how current policies fall short of what is needed to effectively prepare for these changes and how the Trump Administration has significantly weakened these efforts. While describing how and why the current policies exist, he builds a strong case for a bold, new approach, tackling difficult topics including: how to revise flood insurance and disaster assistance programs; when to step back from the coast rather than build protection structures; how to steer new development away from at-risk areas; and how to finance the transition to a new coast. Key challenges, including how to protect critical infrastructure, ecosystems, and disadvantaged populations, are examined. Ultimately, Peterson offers hope in the form of a framework of new national policies and programs to support local and state governments. He calls for engagement from the private sector and local and national leaders in a “campaign for a new coast.”

A New Coast is a compelling assessment of the dramatic changes that are coming to America’s coast. Peterson offers insights and strategies for policymakers, planners, and business leaders preparing for the intensifying impacts of climate change along the coast.

The Other Digital China: Nonconfrontational Activism on the Social Web [EPUB]

The Other Digital China: Nonconfrontational Activism on the Social Web [EPUB]
The Other Digital China: Nonconfrontational Activism on the Social Web by Jing Wang
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780674980921 | 6.42MB

A scholar and activist tells the story of change makers operating within the Chinese Communist system, whose ideas of social action necessarily differ from those dominant in Western, liberal societies.

The Chinese government has increased digital censorship under Xi Jinping. Why? Because online activism works; it is perceived as a threat in halls of power. In The Other Digital China, Jing Wang, a scholar at MIT and an activist in China, shatters the view that citizens of nonliberal societies are either brainwashed or complicit, either imprisoned for speaking out or paralyzed by fear. Instead, Wang shows the impact of a less confrontational kind of activism. Whereas Westerners tend to equate action with open criticism and street revolutions, Chinese activists are building an invisible and quiet coalition to bring incremental progress to their society.

Many Chinese change makers practice nonconfrontational activism. They prefer to walk around obstacles rather than break through them, tactfully navigating between what is lawful and what is illegitimate. The Other Digital China describes this massive gray zone where NGOs, digital entrepreneurs, university students, IT companies like Tencent and Sina, and tech communities operate. They study the policy winds in Beijing, devising ways to press their case without antagonizing a regime where taboo terms fluctuate at different moments. What emerges is an ever-expanding networked activism on a grand scale. Under extreme ideological constraints, the majority of Chinese activists opt for neither revolution nor inertia. They share a mentality common in China: rules are meant to be bent, if not resisted.

Work Your Assets Off: Stop Working So Hard in Business and Life [EPUB]

Work Your Assets Off: Stop Working So Hard in Business and Life [EPUB]
Work Your Assets Off: Stop Working So Hard in Business and Life by Allison Tabor
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781947480674 | 0.79MB

This book was written for business owners, executives, and other individuals who are simply ready to stop working harder and harder. Join me on a journey to “embrace your suck,” leverage your natural talents, and start living your best life with ease.

This book is for you—if you are ready to work your ASSets off and stop working so hard in business and in life!

The World Beyond Tomorrow [EPUB]

The World Beyond Tomorrow [EPUB]
The World Beyond Tomorrow by William Ruse, Donald Stansloski
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781543990157 | 7.6MB

Quantum Computing sets the stage for a revolutionary advancement in all of the 10 scenarios on the preceding slide.

  • Speech recognition software will transcribe the spoken word more accurately than typing health data into a laptop.
  • Technology will contain software that monitors your health continuously.
  • DNA mapping will advance to the stage that diseases will be identified before they occur, and eliminated at the point of identification.
  • Pharmaceuticals will target, control and eliminate chronic diseases.
  • Say goodbye to health insurance companies as we know them. They will morph into monitoring stations where software analyzes a procedure, assigns a code and bills the payer – most probably the government.
  • Transportation will include solar powered cars, flying cars and amphibious cars. Trains will run in tubes under the ground.
  • Food supplies will keep up with demand. New agricultural methods will be adopted. Food will be grown on the moon.
  • Housing will have wall -to-wall TV screens that will respond to the spoken voice and control the household.
  • Retail will be in a virtual reality mode.
  • The workplace will create enough new jobs to make up for lost manufacturing jobs. The new jobs will be robotic and technology driven.
  • Government will become more intrusive and be the payer for most of healthcare.
  • Branch banks will be reduced and financial transactions will be technology driven with a common world-wide currency competing with the US dollar and Chinese Renminbi.
  • Climate change will narrow with the advent of newer technologies.
  • The next war will be fought on economic fronts. Weapons will include an ability to stop anything electric.

Should We All Be Vegan?: A Primer for the 21st Century [EPUB]

Should We All Be Vegan?: A Primer for the 21st Century [EPUB]
Should We All Be Vegan?: A Primer for the 21st Century (The Big Idea) by Molly Watson
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780500295038 | 124.64MB

An insightful look at the arguments for and against universal adoption of a vegan diet and lifestyle.

As concern grows over the environmental costs and ethical implications of intensive factory farming, an increasing number of people are embracing diets and lifestyles free from animal products. Should We All Be Vegan? gives a fluid and engaging account of the evolution of veganism.

Over the course of four easily digestible chapters, food writer Molly Watson reveals the truth about veganism’s impact on our health, the planet, and the global economy. Chapters like “The Evolution of Veganism” and “Why Go Vegan Today?” examine the development of veganism from the earliest meat-free human diets to the rise in mainstream adoption of a plant-based diet and lifestyle today; “The Challenges of Veganism” surveys the nutritional and societal pitfalls of a vegan lifestyle; and, lastly “A Vegan Planet” envisions possible futures for veganism and their impact on the earth.

Watson evaluates every angle of the debate on veganism in this primer, reviewing the evidence for its effects on health and assessing the ethics, environmental impact, and feasibility of adopting a vegan lifestyle worldwide.

Wicked City: The Many Cultures of Marseille [EPUB]

Wicked City: The Many Cultures of Marseille [EPUB]
Wicked City: The Many Cultures of Marseille by Nicholas Hewitt
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781787381995 | 1.31MB

Marseille is a thoroughly ambiguous place. France's second city and its major sea-port, its impact on the national imagination is unparalleled. Yet it is also a frontier city, arguably capital of the Mediterranean, and with a traditionally suspect allegiance to the French nation. This apartness, and the city's long and rich history as home to migrants, workers and organized criminals, has cemented its association in the popular imagination with exoticism and illicit activity.

In this history, Nicholas Hewitt explores Marseille's extraordinary cultural wealth from the Revolution to the present century, charting the development of its bad reputation, its 'rogue status' within France, and its international importance. The narratives devoted to this great port city range from the legend of its football team to The Count of Monte Cristo. Hewitt discovers Marseille through the eyes of writers, painters and sculptors, film-makers, music hall stars, architects and rappers; from the viewpoints of French, German, British and American visitors; and as a celebration of its humane cosmopolitanism, often in contrast with national French sentiment.

Wicked City is a vivid and complex portrait of one of the Mediterranean's great cities, going beyond the popular stereotypes to uncover the true Marseille in its full richness.

The Art of Return: The Sixties and Contemporary Culture [EPUB]

The Art of Return: The Sixties and Contemporary Culture [EPUB]
The Art of Return: The Sixties and Contemporary Culture by James Meyer
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780226521558 | 38.86MB

More than any other decade, the sixties capture our collective cultural imagination. And while many Americans can immediately imagine the sound of Martin Luther King Jr. declaring “I have a dream!” or envision hippies placing flowers in gun barrels, the revolutionary sixties resonates around the world: China’s communist government inaugurated a new cultural era, African nations won independence from colonial rule, and students across Europe took to the streets, calling for an end to capitalism, imperialism, and the Vietnam War.

In this innovative work, James Meyer turns to art criticism, theory, memoir, and fiction to examine the fascination with the long sixties and contemporary expressions of these cultural memories across the globe. Meyer draws on a diverse range of cultural objects that reimagine this revolutionary era stretching from the 1950s to the 1970s, including reenactments of civil rights, antiwar, and feminist marches, paintings, sculptures, photographs, novels, and films. Many of these works were created by artists and writers born during the long Sixties who were driven to understand a monumental era that they missed. These cases show us that the past becomes significant only in relation to our present, and our remembered history never perfectly replicates time past. This, Meyer argues, is precisely what makes our contemporary attachment to the past so important: it provides us a critical opportunity to examine our own relationship to history, memory, and nostalgia.

Brick: A Social History [EPUB]

Brick: A Social History [EPUB]
Brick: A Social History by Carolyne Haynes
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780750991933 | 28.17MB

Bricks – such small and seemingly uninteresting things – have helped to build the way we live as society has evolved, from the feudal system of early Britain right up to today. Originally very expensive, bricks were only used by those who could afford them. This gradually changed with the Great Fire of London in 1666 when legislation decreed that the city must be rebuilt with non flammable materials, and bricks came into their own. A few centuries later bricks formed the infrastructure of industrial Britain as the need for canals and railways grew. But bricks are also associated with some of the worst slums this country has ever known, with poor bricks and sandy mortars indirectly causing misery for thousands of people.

Our love affair with bricks continues today, with exposed brickwork being used to decorate both exteriors and interiors. But how are bricks made? What are they made of? Who made them and how have they changed through time? In Brick Carolyne Haynes answers these questions and reveals the surprising social history of bricks in Britain.

100 Christmas Wishes: Vintage Holiday Cards from The New York Public Library [EPUB]

100 Christmas Wishes: Vintage Holiday Cards from The New York Public Library [EPUB]
100 Christmas Wishes: Vintage Holiday Cards from The New York Public Library
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781250297402 | 124.85MB

A treasure trove of vintage Christmas cards, 100 Christmas Wishes is the perfect holiday treat from the New York Public Library.

Every year as the days grow shorter, amidst the holly, cookies, and carols there is another timeless holiday tradition―sending and receiving Christmas cards to and from those you love. 100 Christmas Wishes is a collection of vintage holiday cards, all from the archives of the New York Public Library. The Library houses one of the greatest collections of early Christmas postcards from around the world with thousands of cards depicting every imaginable holiday scene. Archivists selected one hundred of the best cards from the extensive collection to share in 100 Christmas Wishes. From the elegant, gilded Santa Clauses and statuesque angels, to yuletide still lifes, tumbling tots and puppies with bows round their necks, each card is a beautiful celebration of the holiday season. The book also includes six perforated postcards with reproductions of the designs so you too can share a vintage Christmas wish with friends and family on your list.

As Rosanne Cash, a patron and friend of the Library as well as a devoted fan of Christmas cards, says in her introduction “This collection of early Christmas postcards, housed for a century in the New York Public Library archives, distills those abiding wishes for the holidays from revelers from long ago and faraway, in a wish for peace, joy, magic, bounty, family, and for light to be shone ‘round the world at Christmas, past and future.’”

Beautiful Wreaths: 40 Handmade Creations throughout the Year [EPUB]

Beautiful Wreaths: 40 Handmade Creations throughout the Year [EPUB]
Beautiful Wreaths: 40 Handmade Creations throughout the Year by Melissa Skidmore
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781510744103 | 59.45MB

Create your own spring, summer, fall, or winter wreaths using artificial flowers to welcome guests all year round.

Why wait for Christmas to hang a wreath on your front door? Beckon family and friends into your home with your very own handmade, statement-making wreath centerpiece during any season!

In Melissa Skidmore’s childhood home, the front door was never without a gorgeous wreath to welcome a guest. Now, she brings the same creativity, warmth, and comfort into every family home. Beautiful Wreaths provides forty rustic farmhouse-style wreath tutorials for every season. Choose from artificial spring flowers, summer greenery, fall branches, and winter evergreens to craft your own stunning art piece:

  • Spring Floral, Egg and Moss, and Grapevine Bunny Wreaths for Spring
  • Clay Pot and Succulent, Lavender, and Hanging Basket Wreaths for Summer
  • Cornucopia, Fall Leaf, and Pumpkin Wreaths for Fall
  • Winter Greenery and Frosted Pinecone, Christmas Tree, and Snowman Wreaths for Winter
  • And more!

Including non-traditional wreaths that use old rakes, vintage picture frames, chalkboard, and burlap bags, Beautiful Wreaths also features basic supplies and tips for wreath making, wreath form basics, and bow-tying tutorials. This the perfect guide that belongs to any crafter’s and home decorator’s shelf.

Spirited: How To Create Easy, Fun Drinks At Home [EPUB]

Spirited: How To Create Easy, Fun Drinks At Home [EPUB]
Spirited: How To Create Easy, Fun Drinks At Home by Signe Johansen
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781509860579 | 8.83MB

A flavour-focused drinks recipe book with a feminist slant, Spirited opens up the 'boys' club' world of serious cocktails and features fifty drinks, both alcoholic and booze-free.

Spirited brings together fifty well-crafted cocktail recipes, all fuelled by a cook's palate and a love of creative ingredients. Signe Johansen's recipes play with a wide range of flavours such as fresh, floral, herbal and spicy notes and encourage you to think like a cook not a bartender. With chapters on drambling (the joy of winter walks and whisky), creative and delicious drinks to serve at gatherings, warming nightcaps and non-alcoholic 'soothies' to calm an ailing spirit, there is a tipple here for every occasion. There is also a collection of recipes called Cupboard Cocktails – made from staple ingredients you may already have in your kitchen – and more ambitious weekend projects for gifts or special occasions.

Spirited is a refreshing departure from earnest mixologists writing about the 'art of the cocktail' – books often written by men, for men. Instead, Signe opens the field for everyone and celebrates the convivial and social experience of healthy hedonism and raising a glass together. This is a warm and inclusive companion to the subject, packed with trade secrets, delicious recipes and fascinating insight into the world of drinks.

The Best American Magazine Writing 2019 [EPUB]

The Best American Magazine Writing 2019 [EPUB]
The Best American Magazine Writing 2019 edited by Sid Holt
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780231190015 | 1.41MB

The Best American Magazine Writing 2019 presents articles honored by this year’s National Magazine Awards, showcasing outstanding writing that addresses urgent topics such as justice, gender, power, and violence, both at home and abroad. The anthology features remarkable reporting, including the story of a teenager who tried to get out of MS-13, only to face deportation (ProPublica); an account of the genocide against the Rohingya in Myanmar (Politico); and a sweeping California Sunday Magazine profile of an agribusiness empire. Other journalists explore the indications of environmental catastrophe, from invasive lionfish (Smithsonian) to the omnipresence of plastic (National Geographic).

Personal pieces consider the toll of mass incarceration, including Reginald Dwayne Betts’s “Getting Out” (New York Times Magazine); “This Place Is Crazy,” by John J. Lennon (Esquire); and Robert Wright’s “Getting Out of Prison Meant Leaving Dear Friends Behind” (Marshall Project with Vice). From the pages of the Atlantic and the New Yorker, writers and critics discuss prominent political figures: Franklin Foer’s “American Hustler” explores Paul Manafort’s career of corruption; Jill Lepore recounts the emergence of Ruth Bader Ginsburg; and Caitlin Flanagan and Doreen St. Félix reflect on the Kavanaugh hearings and #MeToo. Leslie Jamison crafts a portrait of the Museum of Broken Relationships (Virginia Quarterly Review), and Kasey Cordell and Lindsey B. Koehler ponder “The Art of Dying Well” (5280). A pair of never-before-published conversations illuminates the state of the American magazine: New Yorker writer Ben Taub speaks to Eric Sullivan of Esquire about pursuing a career as a reporter, alongside Taub’s piece investigating how the Iraqi state is fueling a resurgence of ISIS. And Karolina Waclawiak of BuzzFeed News interviews McSweeney’s editor Claire Boyle about challenges and opportunities for fiction at small magazines. That conversation is inspired by McSweeney’s winning the ASME Award for Fiction, which is celebrated here with a story by Lesley Nneka Arimah, a magical-realist tale charged with feminist allegory.

Vox Populi: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Classical World but Were Afraid to Ask [EPUB]

Vox Populi: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Classical World but Were Afraid to Ask [EPUB]
Vox Populi: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Classical World but Were Afraid to Ask by Peter Jones
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781786498953 | 4.34MB

In this compelling tour of the classical world, Peter Jones reveals how it is the power, scope and fascination of their ideas that makes the Ancient Greeks and Romans so important and influential today. For over 2,000 years these ideas have gripped Western imagination and been instrumental in the way we think about the world. Covering everything from philosophy, history and architecture to language and grammar, Jones uncovers their astonishing intellectual, political and literary achievements.

First published twenty years ago, this fully updated and revised edition is a must-read for anyone who wishes to know more about the classics - and where they came from.

15-Minute Pilates: Four 15-Minute Workouts for Strength, Stretch, and Control [PDF]

15-Minute Pilates: Four 15-Minute Workouts for Strength, Stretch, and Control [PDF]
15-Minute Pilates: Four 15-Minute Workouts for Strength, Stretch, and Control by Alycea Ungaro
2019 | PDF | ISBN: 9781465490407 | 14.69MB

Fit exercise into your busy life with short but effective Pilates programs.

Do you struggle to practise Pilates regularly? Stress no more: these four 15-minute programs offer the flexibility and ease of use that busy lifestyles demand. At home, with just a mat and some weights, build these 15-minute routines into your week to get the lean, sculpted body you've always wanted.

Clear, step-by-step photographs paired with easy-to-follow instructions explain exactly what to do in each move, targeted "feel it here" graphics help you to understand which part of your body to focus on, and at-a-glance reminders at the end of each 15-minute program show all the poses in sequence.

15-Minute Pilates will inspire you to make Pilates part of your weekly routine, so you will soon reap the benefits of enhanced health and wellness.

Igniting Intimacy: Sex Magic Rituals for Radical Living & Loving [EPUB]

Igniting Intimacy: Sex Magic Rituals for Radical Living & Loving [EPUB]
Igniting Intimacy: Sex Magic Rituals for Radical Living & Loving by Rowan Bombadil
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780738759227 | 2.66MB

A sex magic playbook for personal, relational, and planetary transformation

Master the art of sex magic and forge radical new relationships with yourself, your beloveds, our planet, and life itself. This groundbreaking book invites you to develop intimacies that are as creative as they are consensual, as playful as they are profound, and as transformative as they are ecstatic. It offers fresh and accessible inspiration on topics such as self-love, conscious communication, and sacred sex, as well as practices and rituals for erotic shapeshifting, ecosexuality, ecstatic breath work, and so much more.

Igniting Intimacy demonstrates that the only tools you really need to master the erotic, meet god, and make magic are the ability to breathe and a willing imagination. This is an essential manual for pleasure pioneers hoping to change themselves―and the world―one orgasm at a time.

Cryptocurrency Mining For Dummies [EPUB]

Cryptocurrency Mining For Dummies [EPUB]
Cryptocurrency Mining For Dummies by Peter Kent
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781119579298 | 9.39MB

Find out the essentials of cryptocurrency mining

The cryptocurrency phenomenon has sparked a new opportunity mine for virtual gold, kind of like the prospectors of a couple centuries back. This time around, you need some tech know-how to get into the cryptocurrency mining game.

This book shares the insight of two cryptocurrency insiders as they break down the necessary hardware, software, and strategies to mine Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, LiteCoin, and Dash. They also provide insight on how to stay ahead of the curve to maximize your return on investment.

  • Get the tech tools and know-how to start mining
  • Pick the best cryptocurrency to return your investment
  • Apply a sound strategy to stay ahead of the game
  • Find cryptocurrency value at the source

From the basics of cryptocurrency and blockchain to selecting the best currency to mine, this easy-to-access book makes it easy to get started today!

The Modern Gentleman: The Guide to the Best Food, Drinks, and Accessories [EPUB]

The Modern Gentleman: The Guide to the Best Food, Drinks, and Accessories [EPUB]
The Modern Gentleman: The Guide to the Best Food, Drinks, and Accessories by John McCarthy
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781947458802 | 5.3 MB

This compact volume introduces modern gentlemen to some of the greatest pleasures in life, from the very best spirits to the most complex hot sauces to the suavest of accessories. The book is targeted to aspiring bon vivants, modern metrosexuals, millennials, and hipsters eager to become the new gentleman. Content not only includes quick guides to great drinks, foods, and cigars, but also makes the case for why every real gentleman needs a great flask, a classic pen, and a watch that may not be “smart” but will make you look and feel like 007.

Features short essays on each subject, with classic illustrations accompanying each, all in a handsome package that will evoke thoughts of a trusted old leather-bound book.