Because I Tell a Joke or Two

Comedy, Politics and Social Difference

Author: Stephen Wagg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134794339

Category: Art

Page: 336

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Because I Tell a Joke or Two explores the complex relationship between comedy and the social differences of class, region, age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and nationhood. It shows how comedy has been used to sustain, challenge and to change power relationships in society. The contributors, who include Stephen Wagg, Mark Simpson, Stephen Small, Paul Wells and Frances Williams, offer readings of comedy genres, texts and performers in Britain, the United States and Australia. The collection also includes an interview with the comedian Jo Brand. Topics addressed include: * women in British comedies such as Butterflies and Fawlty Towers * the life and times of Viz, from Billy the Fish to the Fat Slags * queer readings of Morecambe and Wise, the male double act * the Marx brothers and Jewish comedy in the United States * black radical comedy in Britain * The Golden Girls, Cheers, Friends and American society.
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The Routledge Companion to British Media History

Author: Martin Conboy,John Steel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317629469

Category: Social Science

Page: 628

View: 1970

The Routledge Companion to British Media History provides a comprehensive exploration of how different media have evolved within social, regional and national contexts. The 50 chapters in this volume, written by an outstanding team of internationally respected scholars, bring together current debates and issues within media history in this era of rapid change, and also provide students and researchers with an essential collection of comparable media histories. The first two parts of the Companion comprise a series of thematic chapters reflecting broadly on historiography, providing historical context for discussions of the power of the media and their social importance, arranged in the following sections: Media History Debates Media and Society The subsequent parts are made up of in-depth sections on different media formats, exploring various approaches to historicizing media futures, divided as follows: Newspapers Magazines Radio Film Television Digital Media The Routledge Companion to British Media History provides an essential guide to key ideas, issues, concepts and debates in the field. Chapter 40 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at www.tandfebooks.com/openaccess. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license.
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Myths and Milestones in the History of Sport

Author: S. Wagg

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230320813

Category: History

Page: 315

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The conventional history of sport, as conveyed by television and the sports press, has thrown up a great many apparent turning points, but knowledge of these apparently defining moments is often slight. This book offers readable, in-depth studies of a series of these watersheds in sport history and of the circumstances in which they came about.
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Fiction Across Borders

Imagining the Lives of Others in Late-Twentieth-Century Novels

Author: Shameem Black

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231520611

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 332

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Theorists of Orientalism and postcolonialism argue that novelists betray political and cultural anxieties when characterizing "the Other." Shameem Black takes a different stance. Turning a fresh eye toward several key contemporary novelists, she reveals how "border-crossing" fiction represents socially diverse groups without resorting to stereotype, idealization, or other forms of imaginative constraint. Focusing on the work of J. M. Coetzee, Amitav Ghosh, Jeffrey Eugenides, Ruth Ozeki, Charles Johnson, Gish Jen, and Rupa Bajwa, Black introduces an interpretative lens that captures the ways in which these authors envision an ethics of representing social difference. They not only offer sympathetic portrayals of the lives of others but also detail the processes of imagining social difference. Whether depicting the multilingual worlds of South and Southeast Asia, the exportation of American culture abroad, or the racial tension of postapartheid South Africa, these transcultural representations explore social and political hierarchies in constructive ways. Boldly confronting the orthodoxies of recent literary criticism, Fiction Across Borders builds upon such seminal works as Edward Said's Orientalism and offers a provocative new study of the late twentieth-century novel.
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In the Pit with Piper

Author: Rowdy Roddy Piper,Robert Picarello

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440673290

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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Here, in his own words, is the story of one of the greatest wrestlers ever—Rowdy Roddy Piper. The bagpipe-playing legend gets down and dirty about the world of professional wrestling—and his own career.
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Nobody's Perfect

Two Men, One Call, and a Game for Baseball History

Author: Armando Galarraga,Jim Joyce,Daniel Paisner

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802195598

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

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The perfect game is one of the rarest accomplishments in sports. No hits, no walks, no men reaching base. In nearly four hundred thousand contests in more than 130 years of Major League Baseball, it has only happened twenty times. On June 2, 2010, Armando Galarraga threw baseball’s twenty-first perfect game. Except that’s not how it entered the record books. That’s because Jim Joyce, a veteran umpire with more than twenty years of big league experience, the man voted the best umpire in the game in 2010 by baseball’s players, missed the call on the final out at first base. “No, I did not get the call correct,” Joyce said after seeing a replay. But rather than throw a tantrum, Galarraga simply turned and smiled, went back to the mound and took care of business. “Nobody’s perfect,” he said later in the locker room. In Nobody’s Perfect, Galarraga and Joyce come together to tell the personal story of a remarkable game that will live forever in baseball lore, and to trace their fascinating lives in sports up until this pivotal moment. It is an absorbing insider’s look at two lives in baseball, a tremendous achievement, and an enduring moment of sportsmanship.
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Book Yourself Solid

The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling

Author: Michael Port

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119430917

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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Kick off the cycle of success with serious self-promotion that works Book Yourself Solid is a handbook for self-promotion that translates into results. We tend to think of "busy" as the equivalent of "successful"—but that's not always the case. The key lies in what you're busy doing. Success means spending your time doing work that gets you closer to your goals, and the critical driving force behind that success is self-promotion. This book shows you how to promote more than just your skills—you need to sell your reputation, your service, your very self. It starts with laying a foundation so potential clients know you can give them what they want and need. How do people see you, and how does that diverge from what you would like them to think? Once you know where you are, you can map out a plan for getting where you need to be, and this book shows you how to build the reputation you need to be the go-to person in your field—and keep the business coming in long-term. Book Yourself Solid has been one of the most popular marketing books in the world for service-based businesses since its initial release in 2006. This new third edition includes updated and expanded strategies, techniques, and skills to help you get more clients and increase your take-home profits. Build a solid foundation for a stellar public image Enhance your reputation for trust and credibility Perfect your pitch and pricing to attract higher-caliber clients Adopt the six core strategies that will keep you booked solid Spending just a small amount of time on self-promotion is an investment. You build a reputation that attracts high-quality clients, which boosts your profits, your track record, and your reputation, which in turn attracts even more high-quality clients. Book Yourself Solid shows you how to kick off this cycle of success, and maintain it for the long term.
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The Bend of the World: A Novel

Author: Jacob Bacharach

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0871408147

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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“Bacharach has a great comic voice— shrewd, deadpan, and dirty—and The Bend of the World fears no weirdness.”—Sam Lipsyte “Mighty strange doings” mark the Pittsburgh of Jacob Bacharach’s audacious and hilarious debut novel, a town where “yeti, UFOs, rumors of orgiastic rites, intimations of the Mayan apocalypse and ‘psycho-temporal distortions’ add that extra zing to the bustling night life” (James Wolcott). On the edge of thirty, and comfortably adrift in life, Peter Morrison finds his personal and professional life taking a turn for the weird as his attempts to transition into adulthood are thwarted by conspiracies both real and imagined. In this madcap coming-of-age novel, where no one quite comes of age, Bacharach brings an “immensely entertaining” and “Vonnegut-like sensibility” (Library Journal ) to the “aptly surreal satire” (Dan Chaon) of hipsters, corporations, and American life in the adolescent years of the twenty-first century. “A disarming, intelligent and seriously funny debut,” The Bend of the World “marks the arrival of Jacob Bacharach as a writer to watch” (Bob Hoover, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).
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Speak Up Speak Out

Author: Caps Vancouver

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1412009278

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 191

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Speak up Speak Out - A new book for the speaking professional, presented by CAPS, Vancouver Chapter. CAPS Vancouver chapter has brought together 14 of Canada's leading speakers to present 'Speak up Speak out', a book offering down to earth advice and tips on running and developing a professional speaking business. For the seasoned professional or novice speaker, the book is Jam-packed with "how to's on all topics regarding the speaking profession, something can be learned from every chapter. An easy read, 'Speak up Speak out' is a book for both the avid and casual reader, whatever your preference, reading cover to cover or just picking out individual chapters of interest, there's something in it for everyone. Easily slipped into a briefcase, it's a resource that can travel with you. Flowing seamlessly from beginning to end, the authors offer the benefit of their experience, from managing a speaking business, to marketing and selling your services. There are over 50 platform tips, how to add stories, ideas on how speakers use the Internet, the physical and mantal prep as well as moving from training to keynotes and much, much more. The business of speaking is about entertaining the audience as much as imparting information. A little levity can go a long way to enhancing the success of a presentation. For a talented few, humour comes naturally, the rest of us have to work on it. David Granirer shows how stand up comedy can be used to captivate your audience. After reading this chapter you could have them rolling in the aisles. How many speakers talk about writing a book, but never quite get round to it? Best selling author Frances McGuckin shows how. Frances goes through the stages from concept to publishing and marketing your masterpiece. Whether to self publish or use a publishing house. The value of the information offered by this talented group of authors is incalculable. This book puts their experience and expertise within the grasp of us all, whenever we may need it.
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A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Novel

Author: Marlon James

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698170504

Category: Fiction

Page: 704

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Winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize A recipient of the 2015 American Book Award One of the Top 10 Books of 2014 – Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times A New York Times Book Review Notable Book Named a best book of the year by: The New York Times Chicago Tribune The Washington Post The Boston Globe Time Newsweek The Huffington Post The Seattle Times The Houston Chronicle Publishers Weekly Library Journal Popsugar BookPage BuzzFeed Books Salon Kansas City Star L Magazine From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes a “musical, electric, fantastically profane” (The New York Times) epic that explores the tumultuous world of Jamaica over the past three decades. In A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James combines brilliant storytelling with his unrivaled skills of characterization and meticulous eye for detail to forge an enthralling novel of dazzling ambition and scope. On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert to ease political tensions in Kingston, seven gunmen stormed the singer’s house, machine guns blazing. The attack wounded Marley, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Little was officially released about the gunmen, but much has been whispered, gossiped and sung about in the streets of West Kingston. Rumors abound regarding the assassins’ fates, and there are suspicions that the attack was politically motivated. A Brief History of Seven Killings delves deep into that dangerous and unstable time in Jamaica’s history and beyond. James deftly chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters – gunmen, drug dealers, one-night stands, CIA agents, even ghosts – over the course of thirty years as they roam the streets of 1970s Kingston, dominate the crack houses of 1980s New York, and ultimately reemerge into the radically altered Jamaica of the 1990s. Along the way, they learn that evil does indeed cast long shadows, that justice and retribution are inextricably linked, and that no one can truly escape his fate. Gripping and inventive, shocking and irresistible, A Brief History of Seven Killings is a mesmerizing modern classic of power, mystery, and insight. From the Hardcover edition.
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A Box of Dreams

The Collected Dream Doctor Mysteries, Books 1-5

Author: J.J. DiBenedetto

Publisher: Writing Dreams

ISBN: 1311795391

Category: Fiction

Page: 1500

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What if you could see everyone else’s dreams? Sara Barnes has just discovered that she can. And this gift – or curse – will lead her on an extraordinary journey. Follow Sara as her newfound ability leads her into adventures she never imagined. She will hunt down a serial killer, investigate a plot to murder one of her teachers, unravel a conspiracy between a mobster and a corrupt politician and face off against her nemesis: a woman who shares her talent, but uses it to destroy lives rather than save them. And Sara will have to manage all that while finishing college, becoming a doctor and falling in love, too. Here are the first five books of the Dream Doctor Mysteries, along with bonus material created especially for this collection. Included in this set are DREAM STUDENT, DREAM DOCTOR, DREAM CHILD, DREAM FAMILY and WAKING DREAM. In addition, you’ll find the short story BETTY & HOWARD’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE starring Sara’s parents. But most of all, when you open this box of dreams, you’ll find romance, suspense, humor and plenty of heart…
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Stories from the Serat Centhini

Understanding the Javanese Journey of Life

Author: Soewito Santoso,Kestity Pringgoharjono

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd

ISBN: 9814484598

Category: Social Science

Page: 209

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Josh McDowell's Youth Ministry Handbook

Making the Connection

Author: N.A

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1418561835

Category: Religion

Page: 200

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Drawing on the wisdom of insightful leaders around the country, Josh McDowell's Youth Ministry Handbook equips youth workers to help kids connect with God--and with their parents, their peers, and a world in need of Christ. Featuring articles from Dawson McAllister, Barry St. Clair, Jim Burns, Tony Campolo, Al Menconi, John Maxwell, George Barna, and others, this is an invaluable leadership resource with practical, useful ideas for today's youth workers.
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The Knockoff Economy

How Imitation Sparks Innovation

Author: Kal Raustiala,Christopher Sprigman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199911762

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 280

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From the shopping mall to the corner bistro, knockoffs are everywhere in today's marketplace. Conventional wisdom holds that copying kills creativity, and that laws that protect against copies are essential to innovation--and economic success. But are copyrights and patents always necessary? In The Knockoff Economy, Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman provocatively argue that creativity can not only survive in the face of copying, but can thrive. The Knockoff Economy approaches the question of incentives and innovation in a wholly new way--by exploring creative fields where copying is generally legal, such as fashion, food, and even professional football. By uncovering these important but rarely studied industries, Raustiala and Sprigman reveal a nuanced and fascinating relationship between imitation and innovation. In some creative fields, copying is kept in check through informal industry norms enforced by private sanctions. In others, the freedom to copy actually promotes creativity. High fashion gave rise to the very term "knockoff," yet the freedom to imitate great designs only makes the fashion cycle run faster--and forces the fashion industry to be even more creative. Raustiala and Sprigman carry their analysis from food to font design to football plays to finance, examining how and why each of these vibrant industries remains innovative even when imitation is common. There is an important thread that ties all these instances together--successful creative industries can evolve to the point where they become inoculated against--and even profit from--a world of free and easy copying. And there are important lessons here for copyright-focused industries, like music and film, that have struggled as digital technologies have made copying increasingly widespread and difficult to stop. Raustiala and Sprigman's arguments have been making headlines in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, Le Monde, and at the Freakonomics blog, where they are regular contributors. By looking where few had looked before--at markets that fall outside normal IP law--The Knockoff Economy opens up fascinating creative worlds. And it demonstrates that not only is a great deal of innovation possible without intellectual property, but that intellectual property's absence is sometimes better for innovation.
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Tevye the Dairyman and The Railroad Stories

Author: Sholem Aleichem

Publisher: Schocken

ISBN: 0307795241

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Of all the characters in modern Jewish fiction, the most beloved is Tevye, the compassionate, irrepressible, Bible-quoting dairyman from Anatevka, who has been immortalized in the writings of Sholem Aleichem and in acclaimed and award-winning theatrical and film adaptations. And no Yiddish writer was more beloved than Tevye’s creator, Sholem Rabinovich (1859–1916), the “Jewish Mark Twain,” who wrote under the pen name of Sholem Aleichem. Beautifully translated by Hillel Halkin, here is Sholem Aleichem’s heartwarming and poignant account of Tevye and his daughters, together with the “Railroad Stories,” twenty-one tales that examine human nature and modernity as they are perceived by men and women riding the trains from shtetl to shtetl.
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Las Vegas

Media and Myth

Author: Lawrence J. Mullen

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739120750

Category: History

Page: 165

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Las Vegas: Media and Myth uses interviews with a variety of individuals to explore life in the fabled American city. With the belief that the media play an essential role in the creation of a sense of community in this transient town, author Lawrence J. Mullen speaks with people who work in the local media industries to get their perspectives about how newspaper, radio, television, and related media help make Las Vegas a livable community.
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The Illusion Factory

Poetry Journal with daily challenges

Author: John Golden

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1456832239

Category: Poetry

Page: 161

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The Illusion Factory is a poetry journal that includes forty one poems and thirty one daily challenges. Some of the challenges are just for random fun and others purpose are much more meaningful. To help break down sociological barriers in our society and to point out and challenge people to stand up against stereotypical beliefs and images.
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Basia

Author: Barbara Marchwicki

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1481740962

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 580

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Basia is an emotional journey of a woman through childhood and adolescence into a turbulent adulthood full of revelations and deceptions. As a teenager, Basia observes the complete deterioration of her parent's marriage and her mother's struggle to keep her family and kids together. She knows her mother desperately hangs on to the memories of her first love, but the memories are too painful to share. When her mother dies when Basia is just twenty years old and her father goes through a selfish stage, she is forced to grow up quickly. She leaves her family home and the small town she grew up in and vows to never return. Within the layers of self-discovery lies the profound need to be loved. She makes mistakes and bad decisions, but she never loses the clarity of her aim; to never end up like her parents and marry only for love.
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Chasing Lost Times

A Father and Son Reconciled Through Running

Author: Geoffrey Beattie,Ben Beattie

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780573669

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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Geoffrey Beattie is an extremely successful academic and celebrity psychologist. He was perhaps a less successful father. His obsession with his career and his driving passion for running when he was at home almost destroyed his relationship with his son, but, ironically, it is running that has brought them back together. Chasing Lost Times is the emotional story of a father and son trying to repair a relationship through a shared activity that depends on sheer physical effort, the kind of physical effort that may once have been the source of commonality between father and son in all previous generations but which seems to be absent in the modern world.
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