Stories I Tell Myself

Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson

Author: Juan F. Thompson

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101875860

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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Hunter S. Thompson, “smart hillbilly,” boy of the South, born and bred in Louisville, Kentucky, son of an insurance salesman and a stay-at-home mom, public school-educated, jailed at seventeen on a bogus petty robbery charge, member of the U.S. Air Force (Airmen Second Class), copy boy for Time, writer for The National Observer, et cetera. From the outset he was the Wild Man of American journalism with a journalistic appetite that touched on subjects that drove his sense of justice and intrigue, from biker gangs and 1960s counterculture to presidential campaigns and psychedelic drugs. He lived larger than life and pulled it up around him in a mad effort to make it as electric, anger-ridden, and drug-fueled as possible. Now Juan Thompson tells the story of his father and of their getting to know each other during their forty-one fraught years together. He writes of the many dark times, of how far they ricocheted away from each other, and of how they found their way back before it was too late. He writes of growing up in an old farmhouse in a narrow mountain valley outside of Aspen—Woody Creek, Colorado, a ranching community with Hereford cattle and clover fields . . . of the presence of guns in the house, the boxes of ammo on the kitchen shelves behind the glass doors of the country cabinets, where others might have placed china and knickknacks . . . of climbing on the back of Hunter’s Bultaco Matador trail motorcycle as a young boy, and father and son roaring up the dirt road, trailing a cloud of dust . . . of being taken to bars in town as a small boy, Hunter holding court while Juan crawled around under the bar stools, picking up change and taking his found loot to Carl’s Pharmacy to buy Archie comic books . . . of going with his parents as a baby to a Ken Kesey/Hells Angels party with dozens of people wandering around the forest in various stages of undress, stoned on pot, tripping on LSD . . . He writes of his growing fear of his father; of the arguments between his parents reaching frightening levels; and of his finally fighting back, trying to protect his mother as the state troopers are called in to separate father and son. And of the inevitable—of mother and son driving west in their Datsun to make a new home, a new life, away from Hunter; of Juan’s first taste of what “normal” could feel like . . . We see Juan going to Concord Academy, a stranger in a strange land, coming from a school that was a log cabin in the middle of hay fields, Juan without manners or socialization . . . going on to college at Tufts; spending a crucial week with his father; Hunter asking for Juan’s opinion of his writing; and he writes of their dirt biking on a hilltop overlooking Woody Creek Valley, acting as if all the horrible things that had happened between them had never taken place, and of being there, together, side by side . . . And finally, movingly, he writes of their long, slow pull toward reconciliation . . . of Juan’s marriage and the birth of his own son; of watching Hunter love his grandson and Juan’s coming to understand how Hunter loved him; of Hunter’s growing illness, and Juan’s becoming both son and father to his father . . . From the Hardcover edition.
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The Story I Tell Myself

How Self Narratives Define Our Identity, Hold Us Back and How We Can Change Them

Author: Peter Ash

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781775224112

Category: Self-Help

Page: 108

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You know you who are, right? Of course you do, you're you! But what if who you think you are is actually holding you back, closing off exciting opportunities that are right in front of you, and preventing you from achieving your best potential? This book explores the concept of self-narrative, or the stories that we tell ourselves about who we are and our place in the world. The author explores how understanding our own self-narratives and challenging them can enable you to change how you think about yourself and open up those opportunities that you could be missing. Using examples from his own journey, the author provides a process that you can follow to increase your own self-awareness, understanding what your self-narrative says and how it impacts your daily life, and gives a template on how to make changes to your narrative. We are powerful storytellers, telling ourselves our most impactful story of all. By understanding and changing your story you can make real positive change in your life. Use your own story to learn, grow and achieve what you want.
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Hopscotch, Blow-Up, We Love Glenda So Much

Author: Julio Cortazar

Publisher: Everyman's Library

ISBN: 1101907843

Category: Fiction

Page: 952

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These three groundbreaking works by Julio Cortázar—a major figure of world literature and one of the founders of the Latin American Boom—are published together in one volume for the first time, in honor of the centenary of his birth. With his influential “counternovel” HOPSCOTCH and his unforgettable short stories, Cortázar earned a place among the most innovative authors of the twentieth century. HOPSCOTCH is a nonlinear novel about an Argentinean writer living in Paris; it consists of 155 short chapters that the author advises the reader to read out of order. BLOW-UP and WE LOVE GLENDA SO MUCH bring together the most famous of Cortázar’s short fiction, including “Axolotl,” “End of the Game,” “The Night Face Up,” “Continuity of Parks,” “Bestiary,” and “Blow-Up”. These are stories in which invisible beasts stalk children in their homes, the reader of a mystery finds out that he is the murderer’s intended victim, an injured motorcyclist is pursued by Aztec warriors, and a man becomes a salamander in a Parisian zoo. In Cortázar’s work, laws of nature, physics, and narrative fall away, leaving us with an astonishing new view of the world. (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)
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Stories and Their Limits

Narrative Approaches to Bioethics

Author: Hilde Lindemann Nelson,Hilde Lindemann

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415919104

Category: Medical

Page: 284

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This volume traces the modern critical and performance history of this play, one of Shakespeare's most-loved and most-performed comedies. The essay focus on such modern concerns as feminism, deconstruction, textual theory, and queer theory.
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The Stories We Are

An Essay on Self-Creation, Second Edition

Author: William Randall

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442617675

Category: Social Science

Page: 440

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From time to time we all tend to wonder what sort of “story” our life might comprise: what it means, where it is going, and whether it hangs together as a whole. In The Stories We Are, William Lowell Randall explores the links between literature and life and speculates on the range of storytelling styles through which people compose their lives. In doing so, he draws on a variety of fields, including psychology, psychotherapy, theology, philosophy, feminist theory, and literary theory. Using categories like plot, character, point of view, and style, Randall plays with the possibility that we each make sense of the events of our lives to the extent that we weave them into our own unfolding novel, as simultaneously its author, narrator, main character, and reader. In the process, he offers us a unique perspective on features of our day-to-day world such as secrecy, self-deception, gossip, prejudice, intimacy, maturity, and the proverbial “art of living.” First published in 1995, this second edition of The Stories We Are includes a new preface and afterword by the author that offer insight into his argument and evolution as a scholar, as well as an illuminating foreword by Ruthellen Josselson.
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Stories We Tell Ourselves

"Dream Life" and "Seeing Things"

Author: Michelle Herman

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1609381726

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 164

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The two thought-provoking, extended essays that make up Stories We Tell Ourselves draw from the author’s richly diverse experiences and history, taking the reader on a deeply pleasurable walk to several unexpectedly profound destinations. A steady accumulation of fascinating science, psychoanalytic theory, and cultural history—ranging as far and wide as neuro-ophthalmology, ancient dream interpretation, and the essential differences between Jung and Freud—is smoothly intermixed with vivid anecdotes, entertaining digressions, and a disarming willingness to risk everything in the course of a revealing personal narrative. “Dream Life” plumbs the depth of dreams—conceptually, biologically, and as the nursery of our most meaningful metaphors—as it considers dreams and dreaming every whichway: from the haruspicy of the Roman Empire to contemporary sleep and dream science, from the way birds dream to the way babies do, from our longing to tell them to the reasons we wish other people wouldn’t. “Seeing Things” recounts a journey of mother and daughter—a Holmes-and-Watson pair intrepidly working their way through the mysteries of a disorder known as Alice in Wonderland Syndrome—even as it restlessly detours into the world beyond the looking glass of the unconscious itself. In essays that constantly offer layers of surprises and ever-deeper insights, the author turns a powerful lens on the relationships that make up a family, on expertise and unsatisfying diagnoses, on science and art and the pleasures of contemplation and inquiry—and on our fears, regrets, hopes, and (of course) dreams.
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In-between Things:

A book of poetry, stories of identity, and interpreting society

Author: Teju Adisa-Farrar

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477153101

Category: Poetry

Page: 218

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‘In-between Things: A book of poetry, stories of identity, and interpreting society’ is an anthology of poems, creative non-fiction pieces, essays and social commentary written by the young writer and aspiring scholar/activist Teju Adisa-Farrar. This book maps the progress of her ideas throughout her last year of high school and first few years of college. Starting with pieces of her life and memories from childhood, the book starts off as a creative biography. As the book continues on it develops into an array of writings on the author’s feelings about love, social issues, and histories. The author shares her intimate thoughts along side old, new, and developing beliefs and theories about the society she lives in and the world we are all apart of. While the author does not hold all these ideas as true anymore she wanted to map out and explore how growth is a creative process that does not mean we are becoming someone different, rather that we are learning more about the essence we were always meant to grow into. In this book she uses various types of written form to understand her own identity as it relates to her own stories and her expanding understanding of the world. This anthology combines identity and interpretation in a way that helps us discover the stories in Adisa-Farrar’s mind. The free-flowing nature of the book allows each piece to be new and of it’s own, but add to a larger story of the world as seen through the eyes of a young adult who’s passion is endless and boundless.
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From the Farm to the Table

What All Americans Need to Know about Agriculture

Author: Gary Holthaus

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813146658

Category: History

Page: 384

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In From the Farm to the Table, over forty farm families from America's heartland detail the practices and values that relate to their land, work, and communities. Their stories reveal that those who make their living in agriculture--despite stereotypes of provincialism perpetuated by the media--are savvy to the influence of world politics on local issues. Gary Holthaus demonstrates how outside economic, governmental, legal, and business developments play an increasingly influential, if not controlling, role in every farmer's life. The swift approval of genetically modified crops by the federal government, the formation of huge agricultural conglomerates, and the devastating environmental effects of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides are just a few issues buffeting family farms. From the Farm to the Table explores farmers' experiences to offer a deeper understanding of how we can create sustainable and vibrant land-based communities by adhering to fundamental agrarian values.
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Stories and Texts for Nothing

Author: Samuel Beckett

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802150622

Category: Fiction

Page: 140

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Characters relate in detail the experiences which shaped their personalities or reflect them vividly
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The Art of Living a Life You Love

Author: Margaux Joy DeNador

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1452583463

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 334

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Margaux Joy DeNador, a life coach, outlines ways to make simple and consistent changes in life, to enable people to feel a greater connection with loved ones, to take time for what is important to them, and to find more enjoyment in work.
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