The Basketball Diaries

Author: Jim Carroll

Publisher: Penguin Group USA


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 210

View: 2948

The original classic story about growing up with drugs and sex and about learning to survive on the streets of New York--once again in print. An urban classic of coming of age.

Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds

Author: Dawn B. Sova

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0816071500

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 401

View: 3119

Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds, Revised Edition discusses writings that have been banned over the centuries because they offended or merely ignored official truths; challenged widely held assumptions; or contained ideas or language unacceptable to a state, religious institution, or private moral watchdog. The entries new to this edition include the Captain Underpants series, We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier, and Jake and Honeybunch Go to Heaven by Margaret Zemach. Also included are updates to the censorship histories of such books as To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men.

Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets

Author: N.A

Publisher: Infobase Learning

ISBN: 1438140665


Page: 560

View: 5446

Presents an alphabetical reference guide detailing the lives and works of poets associated with the New York Schools of the early twentieth century.

Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment

Author: David Levinson

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761922582

Category: Social Science

Page: 1914

View: 3657

"Authoritative and comprehensive, this multivolume set includes hundreds of articles in the field of criminal justice. Impressive arrays of authors have contributed to this resource, addressing such diverse topics as racial profiling, money laundering, torture, prisoner literature, the KGB, and Sing Sing. Written in an accessible manner and attractively presented, the background discussions, definitions, and explanations of important issues and future trends are absorbing. Interesting sidebars and facts,reference lists, relevant court cases, tables, and black-and-white photographs supplement the entries. Appendixes cover careers in criminal justice, Web resources, and professional organizations. A lengthy bibliography lists relevant works."--"The Best of the Best Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2003.

Gregs Tagebuch - Von Idioten umzingelt!

Author: Jeff Kinney


ISBN: 3732508684

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 224

View: 8636

Bei dieser Ausgabe handelt es sich um ein PDF. Bitte informieren Sie sich vor dem Kauf darüber, ob Ihr Gerät diese Datei öffnen und korrekt darstellen kann. Greg hat von seiner Mutter ein Tagebuch geschenkt bekommen. Und das, obwohl Tagebücher doch eigentlich nur was für Mädchen sind! Oder etwa doch nicht? Greg jedenfalls beginnt einfach mal darin zu schreiben und zu zeichnen: über seine lästigen Brüder, seine Eltern, seinen trotteligen Freund Rupert, den täglichen Überlebenskampf in der Schule, ein echt gruseliges Geisterhaus und über den verbotenen Stinkekäse ...

Love to Hate

America's Obsession with Hatred and Violence

Author: Jody Roy

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231500815

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 5392

Why? is the simple, impulsive question we ask when confronted by horrible acts of hatred and violence. Why do students shoot fellow students or employees their coworkers? Why do mothers drown their children or husbands stalk and kill their wives? Love to Hate challenges us to turn this question upon ourselves at a deeper level. Why, as a culture, are we so fascinated by these acts? Why do we bestow celebrity on the perpetrators, while allowing the victims to fade into a second death of obscurity? Are we, as Pope John Paul II famously accused, "a culture of death"? And if so, how can we break free of this unacknowledged aspect of the cycle of violence? Unlike those who point solely to media imagery, splintered families, or lax gun control laws in search of the roots of America's endemic violence, Jody M. Roy suggests that we all must be held responsible. She argues that we reveal our love affair with hatred and violence in the ways we think and speak in our daily lives and in our popular culture. The very words we use function as building blocks of callousness and contempt, betraying our immersion in subtexts of violence and hatred. These subtexts are further revealed in our complex attitudes toward street gangs, school shooters, serial killers, and hate groups and the paroxysms of violence they unleash. As spectators, driven by our impulse to watch, we become an integral part of the equation of violence. In the book's final section, "Freeing Ourselves of Our Obsession with Hatred and Violence," Roy offers practical steps we can take—as parents, consumers, and voters—to free ourselves from linguistic and cultural complicity and to help create in America a culture of life.

Unreine Bilder

Zur medialen (Selbst-)Inszenierung von School Shootern

Author: André Grzeszyk

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839419808

Category: Social Science

Page: 438

View: 6334

Wie lässt sich das Bild eines Massakers an das befriedete Bild einer Kleinstadtschule anschließen? Jenseits soziologischer und psychologischer Argumentationen stellt der School Shooter in medienwissenschaftlicher Perspektive ein Montageproblem dar. André Grzeszyk entwickelt das Phänomen Amok als Frage zeitgenössischer Sichtbarkeitsverhältnisse und Bildökonomien. In historischer Perspektive zeigt er auf, wie sich ein Schüler in einen School Shooter verwandelt und welche entscheidende Rolle mediale Formen der (Selbst-)Inszenierung in diesem Prozess spielen. Das Buch bietet profunde Einblicke in ein hochkomplexes Phänomen an der Grenze zwischen Fiktion und Realität.

The Scene of Violence

Cinema, Crime, Affect

Author: Alison Young,Fellow and Lecturer in Law Alison Young

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134008724

Category: Law

Page: 200

View: 2768

In the contemporary fascination with images of crime, violence gets under our skin and keeps us enthralled. The Scene of Violence explores the spectator’s encounter with the cinematic scene of violence – rape and revenge, homicide and serial killing, torture and terrorism. Providing a detailed reading of both classical and contemporary films – for example, Kill Bill, Blue Velvet, Reservoir Dogs, The Matrix, Psycho, The Accused, Elephant, Seven, Thelma & Louise, United 93, Zodiac, and No Country for Old Men – Alison Young returns the affective processes of the cinematic image to the study of law, crime and violence. Engaging with legal theory, cultural criminology and film studies, the book unfolds both our attachment to the authority of law and our identification with the illicit. Its original contribution is to bring together the cultural fascination of crime with a nuanced account of what it means to watch cinema. The Scene of Violence shows how the spectator is bound by the laws of film to the judgment of the crime-image.



Author: Irvine Welsh

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641112281

Category: Fiction

Page: 832

View: 1785

Die Vorgeschichte des Kult-Bestsellers »Trainspotting« Mark Renton sollte glücklich sein. Er ist jung, smart, hat eine hübsche Freundin und Spaß am Studium. Doch im Großbritannien der Achtziger ist kein Platz für ihn und seine Freunde. Man hat ihnen Arbeit, Bildung und Wohlstand versprochen, aber nun ist niemand da, um diese Versprechen auch einzulösen. Als Marks Familie auf tragische Weise zerbricht, gerät sein Leben außer Kontrolle. Dies ist die Geschichte der jugendlichen Außenseiter Mark Renton, Spud Murphy, Franco Begbie und Sick Boy. Eine Geschichte über Drogen, Armut und das Scheitern – aber auch über das Leben, die Freundschaft und vielleicht ein bisschen Liebe.

The Only Girl in the Car

A Memoir

Author: Kathy Dobie

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 0307765822

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 7908

The Only Girl in the Car Bookworm and dreamer, Kathy was a young girl with a tender heart, an adventurer’s spirit, and a child’s terrible confusion about her proper place in the world. As the oldest daughter in a family of six children, she seemed trapped in her role as Big Sister and Mommy’s Helper. Then, one day, teetering on the brink of adolescence, hormones surging, she heard someone call her “cheesecake,” and suddenly saw her path. “Cheesecake, jailbait, sex kitten”--the very words seemed to be “doors opening” to a splendid new self. But from the moment she decides to lose her virginity and reels in her prey, a “full-grown man,” fourteen-year-old Kathy is headed for trouble. One cold, raw March night some months later, parked in a car with four boys on the outskirts of her small suburban town, she finds it. Though she could never have foreseen the outcome of that night, the “boys in the car could just as well have been Gypsies foretelling my future,” she writes. Girls who break the rules in small towns like the one she lived in are expected to pay a very high price for their transgressions--and she did. And yet...this young girl, as scrappy a protagonist as any in our literature, manages to transform her fate. The story of how she came to be in that car, and how she stepped out of it forever altered, to be sure, yet not forever damaged, is the theme of this extraordinary coming-of-age tale. From the Hardcover edition.

Die amerikanische Krankheit

Amoklauf als Symptom einer zerbrechenden Gesellschaft

Author: Georg Milzner

Publisher: Gütersloher Verlagshaus

ISBN: 3641051134

Category: Social Science

Page: 191

View: 978

Amoklauf als gesellschaftliches Phänomen - Möglichkeiten und Chancen, um Amokläufe zu verhindern Dieses Buch wird die Sicht auf Amokläufe verändern. Georg Milzner analysiert den Amoklauf als gesellschaftliches Phänomen. Eindrucksvoll beschreibt der Autor nicht nur die Rolle der Medien und die sozialen Hintergründe, sondern auch die beklemmenden Mechanismen der Gewalt. Dabei wird deutlich, dass Amokläufe sich nicht zufällig ereignen, sondern ein Merkmal unserer vom amerikanischen Lebensmodell geprägten und eingefärbten Kultur sind. Einer Kultur, die wir verändern müssen, wenn wir Amokläufe verhindern wollen. Es besteht die Chance zum Wandel und sie muss genutzt werden – durch Prophylaxe, Kommunikationstrainings und gesellschaftliche Veränderungen.

Saving Our Children from the First Amendment

Author: Kevin W. Saunders

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814786936

Category: Law

Page: 307

View: 2422

The First Amendment is vital to our political system, our cultural institutions, and our routine social interactions with others. In this provocative book, Kevin Saunders asserts that freedom of expression can be very harmful to our children, making it more likely that they will be the perpetrators or victims of violence, will grow up as racists, or will use alcohol or tobacco. Saving Our Children from the First Amendment examines both the value and cost of free expression in America, demonstrating how an unregulated flow of information can be detrimental to youth. While the great value of the First Amendment is found in its protection of our most important political freedoms, this is far more significant for adults, who can fully grasp and benefit from the freedom of expression, than for children. Constitutional prohibitions on distributing sexual materials to children, Saunders proposes, should be expanded to include violent, vulgar, or profane materials, as well as music that contains hate speech. Saunders offers an insightful meditation on the problem of protecting our children from the negative effects of freedom of expression without curtailing First Amendment rights for adults.

The Urban Ethnography Reader

Author: Mitchell Duneier,Philip Kasinitz,Alexandra Murphy

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019932591X

Category: Social Science

Page: 520

View: 4908

Urban ethnography is the firsthand study of city life by investigators who immerse themselves in the worlds of the people about whom they write. Since its inception in the early twentieth century, this great tradition has helped define how we think about cities and city dwellers. The past few decades have seen an extraordinary revival in the field, as scholars and the public at large grapple with the increasingly complex and pressing issues that affect the ever-changing American city-from poverty to the immigrant experience, the changing nature of social bonds to mass incarceration, hyper-segregation to gentrification. As both a method of research and a form of literature, urban ethnography has seen a notable and important resurgence. This renewed interest demands a clear and comprehensive understanding of the history and development of the field to which this volume contributes by presenting a selection of past and present contributions to American urban ethnographic writing. Beginning with an original introduction highlighting the origins, practices, and significance of the field, editors Mitchell Duneier, Philip Kasinitz, and Alexandra Murphy guide the reader through the major and fascinating topics on which it has focused -- from the community, public spaces, family, education, work, and recreation, to social policy, and the relationship between ethnographers and their subjects. An indispensable guide, The Urban Ethnography Reader provides an overview of how the discipline has grown and developed while offering students and scholars a selection of some of the finest social scientific writing on the life of the modern city.

Porträt eines Süchtigen als junger Mann

Author: Bill Clegg

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104016941

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 3436

Bill Clegg hatte alles: eine aufstrebende Literaturagentur - er ist der Entdecker solch renommierter Autoren wie Nicole Krauss und Andrew Sean Greer -, einen wunderbaren Lebensgefährten, Anerkennung und Erfolg. Aber alles, was er wollte, war Crack. Er war gerade dreißig, als er plötzlich nicht mehr in seinem Büro auftaucht, und niemand wusste, wo er ist. Was folgt, ist eine Zeit voller Drogen, Sex und Zerstörung, eine Zeit, in der Clegg 70.000 Dollar dafür ausgibt, sein Leben kaputtzumachen. Erschütternd brutal und literarisch tiefgründig erzählt Bill Clegg von einem Horrortrip, dem er auf fast unerklärliche Weise doch noch entkommen konnte. Cleggs große Sensibilität, Ernsthaftigkeit und Dezenz machen das Buch zu einem unvergesslichen Zeugnis einer Sucht, die sein Leben verändert hat.

The Petting Zoo

A Novel

Author: Jim Carroll

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101445262

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 2186

A moving, vividly rendered novel from the late author of The Basketball Diaries. When poet, musician, and diarist Jim Carroll died in September 2009, he was putting the finishing touches on a potent work of fiction. The Petting Zoo tells the story of Billy Wolfram, an enigmatic thirty- eight-year-old artist who has become a hot star in the late-1980s New York art scene. As the novel opens, Billy, after viewing a show of Velázquez paintings, is so humbled and awed by their spiritual power that he suffers an emotional breakdown and withdraws to his Chelsea loft. In seclusion, Billy searches for the divine spark in his own work and life. Carroll's novel moves back and forth in time to present emblematic moments from Billy's life (his Irish Catholic upbringing, his teenage escapades, his evolution as an artist and meteoric rise to fame) and sharply etched portraits of the characters who mattered most to him, including his childhood friend Denny MacAbee, now a famous rock musician; his mentor, the unforgettable art dealer Max Bernbaum; and one extraordinary black bird. Marked by Carroll's sharp wit, hallucinatory imagery, and street-smart style, The Petting Zoo is a frank, haunting examination of one artist's personal and professional struggles.