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Death, Culture & Leisure

Death, Culture & Leisure Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Matt Coward-Gibbs
Editor: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1839090375
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Death, Culture and Leisure: Playing Dead is an inter- and multi-disciplinary volume that engages with the diverse nexuses that exist between death, culture and leisure. At its heart, it is a playful exploration of the way in which we play with both death and the dead.

Playing Dead

Playing Dead Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Julia Heaberlin
Editor: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 034552702X
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“A compelling family mystery that kept me turning the pages. Highly recommended.”—Margaret Maron, New York Times bestselling author of Three Day Town “Dear Tommie: Have you ever wondered about who you are?” The letter that turns Tommie McCloud’s world upside down arrives from a stranger only days after her father’s death. The woman who wrote it claims that Tommie is her daughter—and that she was kidnapped as a baby thirty-one years ago. Tommie wants to believe it’s all a hoax, but suddenly a girl who grew up on a Texas ranch finds herself linked to a horrific past: the slaughter of a family in Chicago, the murder of an Oklahoma beauty queen, and the kidnapping of a little girl named Adriana. Tommie races along a twisting, nightmarish path while an unseen stalker is determined to keep old secrets locked inside the dementia-battered brain of the woman who Tommie always thought was her real mother. With everything she has ever believed in question, and no one she can trust, Tommie must discover the truth about the girl who vanished—and the very real threats that still remain. “[Julia Heaberlin’s] voice is pitch perfect, and her story of one woman’s fierce struggle to reconcile her past with her present is gripping and powerful. An outstanding debut.”—Carla Buckley, author of Invisible

Playing Dead

Playing Dead Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Montana Miller
Editor: University Press of Colorado
ISBN: 0874218926
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As the Grim Reaper pulls a student out of class to be a “victim” of drunk driving in a program called “Every 15 Minutes,” Montana Miller observes the ritual through a folklorist’s lens. Playing Dead examines why hundreds of American schools and communities each year organize these mock tragedies without any national sponsorship or coordination. Often, the event is complete with a staged accident in the parking lot, a life-flight helicopter, and faux eulogies for the “dead” students read in school assemblies. Grounding her research in play theory, frame theory, and theory of folk drama, Miller investigates key aspects of this emergent tradition, paying particular attention to its unplanned elements—enabled by the performance’s spontaneous nature and the participants’ tendency to stray from the intended frame. Miller examines such variations in terms of the program as a whole, analyzing its continued popularity and weighing its success as perceived by participants. Her fieldwork reveals a surprising aspect of Every 15 Minutes that typical studies of ritual do not include: It can be fun. Playing Dead is volume two of the series Ritual, Festival, and Celebration, edited by Jack Santino.

Playing Dead

Playing Dead Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Elizabeth Greenwood
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476739366
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“A delightful read for anyone tantalized by the prospect of disappearing without a trace.” —Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake “Delivers all the lo-fi spy shenanigans and caught-red-handed schadenfreude you’re hoping for.” —NPR “A lively romp.” —The Boston Globe “Grim fun.” —The New York Times “Brilliant topic, absorbing book.” —The Seattle Times “The most literally escapist summer read you could hope for.” —The Paris Review Is it still possible to fake your own death in the twenty-first century? With six figures of student loan debt, Elizabeth Greenwood was tempted to find out. So off she sets on a darkly comic foray into the world of death fraud, where for $30,000 a consultant can make you disappear—but your suspicious insurance company might hire a private detective to dig up your coffin...only to find it filled with rocks. Greenwood tracks down a British man who staged a kayaking accident and then returned to live in his own house while all his neighbors thought he was dead. She takes a call from Michael Jackson (no, he’s not dead—or so her new acquaintances would have her believe), stalks message boards for people contemplating pseudocide, and gathers intel on black market morgues in the Philippines, where she may or may not obtain some fraudulent goodies of her own. Along the way, she learns that love is a much less common motive than money, and that making your death look like a drowning virtually guarantees that you’ll be caught. (Disappearing while hiking, however, is a way great to go.) Playing Dead is a charmingly bizarre investigation in the vein of Jon Ronson and Mary Roach into our all-too-human desire to escape from the lives we lead, and the men and women desperate enough to give up their lives—and their families—to start again.

Playing Dead

Playing Dead Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Allison Brennan
Editor: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345509307
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DEAD MAN RUNNING Sentenced to death for crimes he didn’t commit, ex-cop Tom O’Brien is now a hunted fugitive. After fifteen years in prison, he’s determined to prove his innocence–but first he must convince his daughter, whose testimony helped put him behind bars, that he has damning evidence of a plot to frame him. Claire is no longer the naïve teenager who arrived home to find her mother and her mother’s lover shot dead and her father holding the murder weapon. She’s a successful fraud investigator who assumes everyone lies. Though Claire is convinced of her father’s guilt, curiosity propels her to look into the disappearance of a law student who claimed to have proof of Tom’s innocence. But seeking answers only leads to more questions, reinforcing Claire’s belief that there’s no one left to trust. Obsessed with the O’Brien case, FBI agent Mitch Bianchi befriends Claire under false pretenses, certain that Tom is not only innocent but in grave danger–and not just from the cops. As the three race toward the truth, a murderous conspiracy tightens its noose–and Claire becomes the target of an ice-cold psychopath who will kill to protect his secrets.

Playing Dead

Playing Dead Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Monique Faison Ross,Gary M. Krebs
Editor: WildBlue Press
ISBN: 1948239329
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Playing Dead by Monique Faison Ross,Gary M. Krebs Summary

This domestic abuse survivor’s memoir shares an “engaging, powerful, and ultimately shocking story" of a bad marriage that ended in attempted murder (Lundy Bancroft, author of The Joyous Recovery). Monique Faison, the daughter of San Diego Charger’s football great Earl Faison, married her high school sweetheart soon after she discovered she was pregnant with his child. Her relationship with Chris had always been shaky, but his verbal abuse only increased—and then gave way to physical attacks. Eventually, Monique took their children and left. That was when the stalking and serious threats began. Nothing stopped him—not protection injunctions, police warnings, or even arrests. One fateful Monday morning, Chris kidnapped Monique in front of her children. After a nightmarish car ride that involved car crashes and rape, Chris beat her on the head with a shovel and abandoned her brutalized body in the woods, presuming she was dead. But playing dead was what saved her life.

Playing Dead

Playing Dead Pdf/ePub eBook Author: R G. Belsky
Editor: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062852620
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It's been eleven years since David Galvin terrorized New York City with a series of gruesome murders. He picked his victim at random and stalked her silently, taking pleasure in a game of pretend until he captured his prey, played out his sick fantasies, and reached his ultimate passion watching her die. Then it was time to choose his next pretty woman.Now Galvin is dying in prison and he's chosen newspaperman Joe Dougherty to hear the shocking story he never revealed. Galvin's deadly game of make-believe was not his alone, but the brainchild of a group of wealthy college friends -- thrill seekers who killed for fun, kept their sickening secret, and went on to live successful, prominent lives. Galvin got caught. But among the rich and powerful, silence still prevails...and someone is still playing the game!

Performing Shakespeare's Women

Performing Shakespeare's Women Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Paige Martin Reynolds
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1350002615
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Shakespeare's women rarely reach the end of the play alive. Whether by murder or by suicide, onstage or off, female actors in Shakespeare's works often find themselves 'playing dead.' But what does it mean to 'play dead', particularly for women actors, whose bodies become scrutinized and anatomized by audiences and fellow actors who 'grossly gape on'? In what ways does playing Shakespeare's women when they are dead emblematize the difficulties of playing them while they are still alive? Ultimately, what is at stake for the female actor who embodies Shakespeare's women today, dead or alive? Situated at the intersection of the creative and the critical, Performing Shakespeare's Women: Playing Dead engages performance history, current scholarship and the practical problems facing the female actor of Shakespeare's plays when it comes to 'playing dead' on the contemporary stage and in a post-feminist world. This book explores the consequences of corpsing Shakespeare's women, considering important ethical questions that matter to practitioners, students and critics of Shakespeare today.

Playing Dead

Playing Dead Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jessie Keane
Editor: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007332963
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Playing Dead by Jessie Keane Summary

Annie Carter is back... She was a madam in a brothel and a gangster’s moll, but now her protection is gone and her enemies are closing in.

Lusitania 1915, la dernière traversée

Lusitania 1915, la dernière traversée Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Erik LARSON
Editor: Cherche Midi
ISBN: 2749132746
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Erik Larson raconte avec virtuosité la tragédie du Lusitania, un épisode crucial et trouble de la Première Guerre mondiale. 1er mai 1915. Tandis que la Première Guerre mondiale entame son dixième mois, le Lusitania, luxueux paquebot britannique, quitte New York pour rejoindre Liverpool. Près de 2 000 passagers profitent des équipements modernes de ce navire puissant et rapide surnommé " le lévrier des mers ". L'Allemagne a classé en zones de guerre les mers entourant l'Angleterre mais le capitaine, William Thomas Turner, connait les règles interdisant les attaques de bateaux civils. Dans le périmètre du paquebot, à bord du sous-marin allemand U-20, le Kapitänleutnant Walther Schwieger décide néanmoins de passer outre ces règles. Le 7 mai, les deux vaisseaux progressent vers Liverpool et les pièces du puzzle – notamment l'orgueil, un brouillard fortuit et un secret bien gardé – s'assemblent pour produire l'un des pires désastres de l'histoire. Avec un sens de l'intrigue digne des plus grands thrillers, Erik Larson nous embarque dans l'atmosphère suffocante du sous-marin, éclairant d'une lumière inédite ces faits historiques qui contribuèrent à faire entrer les États-Unis dans la Première Guerre mondiale. Nous vivons l'exaltation, la peur, la panique... La réalité dépasse toujours la fiction.

The English Crime Play in the Twentieth Century

The English Crime Play in the Twentieth Century Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Beatrix Hesse
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 113746304X
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This is the first comprehensive study of the English crime play, presenting a survey of 250 plays performed in the London West End between 1900 and 2000. The first part is historically orientated while the second one establishes a tentative poetics of the genre. The third part presents an analysis of some 20 plays adapted from detective fiction.

The Dead Mother

The Dead Mother Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Gregorio Kohon
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134708998
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The Dead Mother brings together original essays in honour of André Green. Written by distinguished psychoanalysts, the collection develops the theme of his most famous paper of the same title, and describes the value of the dead mother to other areas of clinical interest: psychic reality, borderline phenomena, passions and identification. The concept of the 'dead mother' describes a clinical phenomenon, sometimes difficult to identify, but always present in a substantial number of patients. It describes a process by which the image of a living and loving mother is transformed into a distant figure; a toneless, practically inanimate, dead parent. In reality, the mother remains alive, but she has psychically 'died' for the child. This produces a depression in the child, who carries these feelings within him into adult life, as the experience of the loss of the mother's love is followed by the loss of meaning in life. Nothing makes sense any more for the child, but life seems to continue under the appearance of normality. The Dead Mother is a valuable contribution to literature on psychoanalytic and psychotheraputic approaches to grief, loss and depression.

Captivating Mary Carstairs

Captivating Mary Carstairs Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Henry Sydnor Harrison
Editor: Good Press
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"Captivating Mary Carstairs" by Henry Sydnor Harrison. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Ainsi fleurit le mal

Ainsi fleurit le mal Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Julia HEABERLIN
Editor: Presses de la Cité
ISBN: 225813854X
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" J'ai toujours pensé que la mort avait quelque compte à régler avec moi. " À seize ans, Tessa est retrouvée agonisante sur un tas d'ossements humains et au côté d'un cadavre, dans une fosse jonchée de milliers de marguerites jaunes aux yeux noirs. Partiellement amnésique, seule survivante des " Marguerite " – surnom que les journalistes ont donné aux victimes du tueur en série –, elle a contribué, en témoignant, à envoyer un homme dans le couloir de la mort. Terrell Darcy Goodwin, afro-américain, le coupable parfait pour la juridiction texane. Presque vingt ans ont passé. Aujourd'hui, Tessa est une artiste et mère célibataire épanouie. Si elle entend parfois des voix – celles des Marguerite qui n'ont pas eu sa chance –, elle est toutefois parvenue à retrouver une vie à peu près normale. Alors, le jour où elle découvre un parterre de marguerites jaunes aux yeux noirs planté devant sa fenêtre, le doute l'assaille... Son " monstre " serait-il toujours en cavale ? La narguerait-il ? " Une intrigue formidable, portée par la qualité de l'écriture et par la tension superbement rythmée. " The Times

Predicting the Unthinkable, Anticipating the Impossible

Predicting the Unthinkable, Anticipating the Impossible Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Georgie Anne Geyer
Editor: Transaction Publishers
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Predicting the Unthinkable, Anticipating the Impossible by Georgie Anne Geyer Summary

In the 1980s, most Americans scoffed at the idea that the Communist empire could collapse; Georgie Anne Geyer was already outlining that probability. In the 1990s, the world was stunned by wars that raged across post-Yugoslavia; Geyer interviewed top officials and anticipated the conflicts. When 9/11 occurred, she stated, "This was inevitable—the terrorists had already attacked the World Trade Center in 1993 and criminals always return to the scene of the crime." Geyer argues that while the United States was praised everywhere during an era of "indispensable power" as the "greatest power the world has known," it actually had started on the road to decline. It had won the Cold War, but had immediately embarked upon more Vietnam-like small wars of tremendous cost in Iraq and Afghanistan. Across the board, it was no longer paying its way, while its domestic culture was being vulgarized at every turn. This book explains how, when, and where these declines happened. Geyer studies the history of nations and of peoples; observes human nature, particularly as influenced by religion and ideology; and is a close analyst of the acts of men and women when they perceive they have been humiliated by others or by history. She warns Americans and journalists that we must anticipate the changes in the world before they are upon us and that we must employ predictions to strengthen our nation and its principles.

Imagining the Audience in Early Modern Drama, 1558-1642

Imagining the Audience in Early Modern Drama, 1558-1642 Pdf/ePub eBook Author: J. Low,N. Myhill
Editor: Springer
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Imagining the Audience in Early Modern Drama, 1558-1642 by J. Low,N. Myhill Summary

This essay collection builds on the latest research on the topic of theatre audiences in early modern England. In broad terms, the project answers the question, 'How do we define the relationships between performance and audience?'.

Popular Medicine, Hysterical Disease, and Social Controversy in Shakespeare's England

Popular Medicine, Hysterical Disease, and Social Controversy in Shakespeare's England Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kaara L. Peterson
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1317078217
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Popular Medicine, Hysterical Disease, and Social Controversy in Shakespeare's England by Kaara L. Peterson Summary

Mining a series of previously uncharted conversations springing up in 16th- and 17th-century popular medicine and culture, this study explores early modern England's significant and sustained interest in the hysterical diseases of women. Kaara L. Peterson assembles a fascinating collection of medical materials to support her discussion of contemporary debates about varieties of uterine pathologies and the implications of these debates for our understanding of drama's representation of hysterica passio cases in particular, among other hysterical maladies. An important aspect of the author's approach is to restore, with all its nuances, the debates created by early modern medical writers over attempts to define the boundaries and resonances of hysterical ailments, which Peterson argues have been largely erased or elided by historicist criticism, including scholarship overly focused on melancholy. One of the main goals of the book is to stress the centrality of gendered concepts of disease for the period and to reveal a whole catalog of early modern literary strategies for representing women's illnesses. Among the medical works discussed are Edward Jorden's central text A Briefe Discourse of a Disease Called the Suffocation of the Mother (1603) and contemporary plays, including Shakespeare's Pericles, Othello, King Lear, and The Winter's Tale; Webster's The Duchess of Malfi; and Chapman's Bussy D'Ambois.

The Zombie Renaissance in Popular Culture

The Zombie Renaissance in Popular Culture Pdf/ePub eBook Author: L. Hubner,M. Leaning,P. Manning
Editor: Springer
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The Zombie Renaissance in Popular Culture by L. Hubner,M. Leaning,P. Manning Summary

This collection addresses the significant cultural phenomenon of the 'zombie renaissance' – the growing importance of zombie texts and zombie cultural practices in popular culture. The chapters examine zombie culture across a range of media and practices including films games, music, social media, literature and fandom.

Behind My Eyes: Poems

Behind My Eyes: Poems Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Li-Young Lee
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393067858
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“Lee’s lyrics have a tidal sweep as he moves between the universe within and the world without.” —Booklist, starred review

The Balloon Man

The Balloon Man Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Charlotte MacLeod
Editor: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453277315
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Long-lost relatives and priceless jewels turn a wedding upside down For all the Kellings’ quirks, no other family in Boston is more adept at throwing a wedding. So when Max Bittersohn’s wife, Sarah Kelling, offers to organize his nephew’s nuptials, Max is smart enough to stay out of her way. But when the art-fraud investigator stumbles onto a family mystery, he is drawn into something far more serious than the question of who will catch the bouquet. Stolen years earlier, the priceless Kelling jewels were last seen in Amsterdam, so how did they end up among the wedding gifts? Max is trying to answer that question when a talkative burglar wallops him with a shovel in a failed attempt to rip off the rubies. Then, as the reception winds down, a hot-air balloon lands on the wedding tent, spilling out the Zickerys, a branch of the Kelling clan who prove even odder than the original strain. Family weddings are never easy, but for Max Bittersohn, this one could be murder.