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From his film festival debut Hard Eight to ambitious studio epics Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson’s unique cinematic vision focuses on postmodern excess and media culture. In Blossoms and Blood, Jason Sperb studies the filmmaker’s evolving aesthetic and its historical context to argue that Anderson’s films create new, often ambivalent, narratives of American identity in a media-saturated world. Blossoms and Blood explores Anderson’s films in relation to the aesthetic and economic shifts within the film industry and to America’s changing social and political sensibilities since the mid-1990s. Sperb provides an auteur study with important implications for film history, media studies, cultural studies, and gender studies. He charts major themes in Anderson’s work, such as stardom, self-reflexivity, and masculinity and shows how they are indicative of trends in late twentieth-century American culture. One of the first books to focus on Anderson’s work, Blossoms and Blood reveals the development of an under-studied filmmaker attuned to the contradictions of a postmodern media culture.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Jason Sperb
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Release: 2013-12-01
File: 296 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780292752900

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This literary biography brings the life and work of H. N. Bialik, widely known as the National Hebrew Poet, to the English reader for the first time. With appreciation for his brilliance and depth, Sara Feinstein expounds how Bialik drew upon sources in Bible, Talmud, Kabbalah, and the Hebrew poets of the Golden Age of Spain in creating an archetypal mode of writing in Modern Hebrew Literature. In this work, segments of Bialik's best-known oeuvre are rendered in English translations that illustrate his power of expression and mastery of language. Feinstein's research and interpretation also show how Bialik intertwined personal and collective elements of imagery and emotion that endeared him to his readers. Extensive endnotes, bibliography, glossary, suggestions for further reading, and an index of works by Bialik make this literary biography of the National Hebrew Poet a valuable resource in Modern Hebrew Literature.This literary biography brings the life and work of H. N. Bialik, widely known as the National Hebrew Poet, to the English reader for the first time. With appreciation for his brilliance and depth, Sara Feinstein expounds how Bialik drew upon sources in Bible, Talmud, Kabbalah, and the Hebrew poets of the Golden Age of Spain in creating an archetypal mode of writing in Modern Hebrew Literature.--Cover.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Sara Feinstein
Publisher: University Press of America
Release: 2005
File: 408 Pages
ISBN-13: 0761831428

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"In class the nuns hinted at the same thing. What we learned from the Baltimore Catechism was that 'self-gratification, ' whatever that meant, exactly, was a sin against the sixth commandment, 'Thou shalt not commit adultery, ' and the tenth commandment, 'Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife.' It was in fact, one of the deadly, cardinal sins: LUST. I tried with all my strength to not give in to temptation, but failed again and again. "This went to prove that I was weak." --- Foreshadowing the turmoil of Hating Olivia, Max Zajack is in love with the wrong female yet again. This time, however, he's only twelve years old and he has to contend with the additional challenges of confrontational parents, Catholic guilt and the looming threat of adulthood. "Every kid feels it, every kid knows it, so the story shakes us and sends us straight back into the arms of an irreversible nostalgia - and that's why Mark SaFranko is a great American writer." --- Tom Buron, introduction to 'Blossoms and Blood'

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Mark SaFranko
Publisher: Lulu.com
Release: 2017-07-27
File: 112 Pages
ISBN-13: 024402278X

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The fact that the book was banned in Japan will sell a billion copies in China. I know people are curious at what goes on behind-the-scenes and this story is a perfect example of what caused one of the world's worst aviation disasters. If someone back down the line the past 30 years would have had the energy to publish it, thousands of lives could have been saved by making pilots aware of just what could happen.

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Genre: History
Author: Jan Bowen Bungarz
Publisher:
Release: 2001-10
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 0759673748

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Author: P B MENON
Publisher: Lulu.com
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File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781365248931

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A beautiful gift book commemorating the nation's most cherished springtime tradition, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, through original works of art from the Library of Congress collections Experience the splendor of the annual spring viewing of the nation's sakura (cherry blossoms) with this stunning keepsake book. Original artwork, photographs, and objects from the Library of Congress collections illuminate the story of these landmark trees and how they came to the nation's capital as a symbol of friendship with Japan. More than one million visitors from the US and abroad gather each year to enjoy Washington's glorious profusion of cloud-like blossoms and join in the festivities. Cherry Blossoms: Sakura Collections from the Library of Congress showcases exquisite watercolor drawings of blossom varieties among the original cherry trees, Japanese woodblock prints by such master artists as Kiyonaga and Hiroshige, early 3-D stenographs and contemporary photos of the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms, mementos from a former cherry blossom princess, posters of the festival, and more. These works offer the opportunity to explore Japanese culture while celebrating Washington's beloved cherry blossoms.

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Genre: Flower festivals
Author: Mari Nakahara
Publisher:
Release: 2020
File: 96 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781588346841

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Genre: American poetry
Author: Ellwood Haines Stokes
Publisher:
Release: 1885
File: 364 Pages
ISBN-13: NYPL:33433075838049

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A collection of stories on life in modern China. A compendium of cruelty, violence and hypocrisy. By the author of Lifetimes.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Hua Yu
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Release: 1996-05-01
File: 336 Pages
ISBN-13: 0824818172

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Genre: English language
Author: F ..... Kingsell
Publisher:
Release: 1899
File: 1066 Pages
ISBN-13: UIUC:30112067872447

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A sensuous and richly-imagined historical novel that centers on a skilled young carpet weaver, her arranged marriage, and her quest for self-determination in 17th-century Persia. In 17th-century Iran, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. But when her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great. Despite her lowly station, the young woman blossoms as a brilliant designer of carpets, a rarity in a craft dominated by men. But while her talent flourishes, her prospects for a happy marriage grow dim. Forced into a secret marriage to a wealthy man, the young woman finds herself faced with a daunting decision: forsake her own dignity, or risk everything she has in an effort to create a new life.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Anita Amirrezvani
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release: 2007-06-05
File: 400 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780316006507

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