An enthusiastic piece of pop anthropology on the one subject that has ousted sex and money from the top of the obsessions league. Jay Griffiths takes the subject of time in her teeth and chews at it until it's a far more palatable item. Her exploration of the passage of time includes; our obsession with speed, with overtaking; motorways and their link to fascism; war; Mercury (god of flight) and the mythology of time and speed; Diana and Marilyn Monroe, flawed women who, through their violent deaths, have become timeless icons; history and the heritage industry; the meanness of Greenwich Mean Time; the fast language we now have to go with fast food; Aborigine dreamtime; the difference between festivals and pageants; May Day; and the New Year.
A brilliant and poetic exploration of the way that we experience time in our everyday lives. Why does time seem so short? How does women's time differ from men's? Why does time seem to move slowly in the countryside and quickly in cities? How do different cultures around the world see time? In A Sideways Look at Time, Jay Griffiths takes readers on an extraordinary tour of time as we have never seen it before. With this dazzling and defiant work, Griffiths introduces us to dimensions of time that are largely forgotten in our modern lives. She presents an infectious argument for other, more magical times, the diverse cycles of nature, of folktale or carnival, when time is unlimited and on our side. This is a book for those who suspect that there's more to time than clocks. Irresistible and provocative, A Sideways Look at Time could change the way we view time-forever.
Jay Griffiths describes an extraordinary odyssey, courageous and sometimes dangerous, to wildernesses of earth and ice, water and fire. A poetic consideration of the tender connection between human society and wild lands, Wild is by turns funny, touching and harrowing. It is also a journey into that greatest of uncharted lands - wild mind - as Griffiths explores the words and meanings which shape our ideas and our experience of our own wildness. Part travelogue, part manifesto, this is a one-of-a-kind book from a one-of-a-kind author.
The famous "Sidebar" columns are finally collected! M.C. Bruce's funny and wry observations on the life of a lawyer--from his time as a public defender to his solo practice. Includes the recent article "Why Lawyers Are Not Funny."
Release on 2013-01-01 | by Caroline Bunford,Phil Bunford
A Sideways Look at the City's Advertising History
Author: Caroline Bunford,Phil Bunford
Pubpsher: History PressLtd
Take a photographic journey into Liverpool’s often overlooked local, craft, and advertising history. This intriguing book profiles handpainted advertising from across the city and investigates the companies that commissioned the signs that now appear faded on the brickwork of buildings. It is a snapshot of a time that is almost forgotten but which lives on through the sometimes haunting presence of ghost signs on Liverpool’s city streets. More than 100 signs, gloriously illustrated here in full color, are explored through chapters focused on the types of products advertised, such as food and drink; alcohol and tobacco; shoes and clothing; etc. Liverpool Ghost Signs is a must for all true local historians.
A stark and lyrical account of the psyche in crisis from the author of Kith Tristimania tells the story of a devastating year-long episode of manic depression, culminating in a long solo pilgrimage across Spain. Recording the experience of mania as has rarely been done before, Jay Griffiths shows how the condition is at once terrifying and also profoundly creative, both tricking and treating the psyche. An intimate and raw journey, Tristimania illuminates something of the universal human spirit.
From the anthropologist and award-winning author of Wild: “an ardent, discursive, lyrical . . . paean to the lost paradise of childhood freedom in nature” (The New Republic). While traveling the world to write her award-winning book Wild, Jay Griffiths began to observe the stark differences in childhood as it is experience in various cultures. One central riddle in particular captured her imagination: why are so many children in Euro-American cultures unhappy – and why do children in traditional cultures seem happier? Griffiths locates the answer in the ways we have chosen to deny our children the freedoms of space, time and wilderness. Visiting communities from West Papua to the Arctic and the UK, and delving into history, philosophy, language and literature, she contends that children’s affinity for nature is an essential and universal element of childhood. A Country Called Childhood is a journey deep into the heart of what it means to be a child, one that “will make you rethink not only your life as a parent, but also your childhood” (The New York Times).
Release on 2013-01-28 | by Professor Kathy Davis,Professor Mary Evans
Feminism as Travelling Theory
Author: Professor Kathy Davis,Professor Mary Evans
Pubpsher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Social Science
The second wave of feminism which challenged and changed many assumptions about the world in which we live was a product of various western cultures, with no single country possessing a monopoly on the writing of the texts that became the canonical statements of the 'new' feminism. Though many of the contributions to feminist scholarship that went on to become internationally significant hailed from Europe and the United States, these works were often formed within the context of local debates and framed within traditions of feminism and other political engagements specific to these nations. Transatlantic Conversations explores the differences yielded by such conditions and their consequences for the meaning of feminism. Examining the meaning and implications of the different ways in which various shared categories have been treated on both sides of the Atlantic, this volume both analyses differences within feminism and provides a framework for the wider discussion of what is sometimes assumed to be the homogeneity of The West. With leading scholars from either side of the Atlantic presenting brand new work, Transatlantic Conversations suggests directions for future research which will be of interest to scholars of feminism, gender studies, sociology, political science and international relations, geography and cultural studies, as well as anyone concerned with the ways in which the different political and intellectual traditions of Europe and the US have shaped current political and intellectual debates.