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Ethics Goes to the Movies

Ethics Goes to the Movies

Ethics Goes to the Movies

Author: ,

Publisher: Routledge

Isbn 10: 1317383265

Category: Philosophy

Number of Pages: 308

Number of Views: 1588

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Movies hold a mirror up to us, portraying the complexities of human reality through their characters and stories. And they vividly illustrate moral theories that address questions about how we are to live and what sort of people we ought to be. In this book, Christopher Falzon uses movies to provide a rich survey of moral positions as they have emerged through history. These include the ethics of the ancient world, medieval ethics, Enlightenment and Kantian ethics, existentialist ethics and the ethics of the other. Each theory is explained in detail, using a number of examples from the book’s wide selection of movies. The discussion draws on a range of recent and not-so-recent films, from Hollywood blockbusters to art-house cinema. Key Features: In addition to covering thinkers one would expect in an introduction to ethics (e.g., Plato, Aristotle, Kant), the book discusses less canonical figures in detail as well (e.g., Marcuse, Foucault, Habermas). Similarly, the book examines both major ethical theories (e.g., Kantianism, utilitarianism, virtue ethics) and theories too often glossed over in introductory texts (e.g. Stoicism, Epicureanism, Habermas's discourse ethics and Nietzschean ethics). A wide range of movies are discussed, from Hollywood blockbusters and classics like The Dark Knight, Casablanca and Dirty Harry to lesser known films, like Force Majeure and Under the Skin. Atthe end of each chapter a focus on two feature films is included, with a plot summary and interpretations of several key scenes with a time marker indicating when in the film the scenes occur. A Filmography includes all movies discussed in the book and a Glossary covers key philosophical terms and figures; both with corresponding page numbers.


The Ways of the Hobo

The Ways of the Hobo

The Ways of the Hobo

Author: A-No. 1

Publisher: Garrett County Press

Isbn 10: 1891053930

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Number of Pages: 131

Number of Views: 702

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Composed at the turn of the century by A No. 1, the famous tramp, The Ways of the Hobo presents a United States where losing oneself in the landscape of America was truly possible. This is a world where identities are re-imagined in seconds and travel is as thrilling as it is dangerous. Follow A No. 1 as he travels amid the foothills of the Alleghenies, Lake Erie, Kansas City, San Diego, Oceanside and all points in between. The Ways of the Hobo is part of a large series authored and self-published by A No. 1. The series is a primer on subculture, counterculture, and anti-authoritarianism -- a must for any train fanatic or anyone intrigued by the lives of hoboes and tramps.


Alex and the Hobo

Alex and the Hobo

Alex and the Hobo

Author: José Inez Taylor,James M. Taggart

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Isbn 10: 0292773595

Category: Social Science

Number of Pages: 222

Number of Views: 1031

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When a ten-year-old boy befriends a mysterious hobo in his southern Colorado hometown in the early 1940s, he learns about evil in his community and takes his first steps toward manhood by attempting to protect his new friend from corrupt officials. Though a fictional story, Alex and the Hobo is written out of the life experiences of its author, José Inez (Joe) Taylor, and it realistically portrays a boy's coming-of-age as a Spanish-speaking man who must carve out an honorable place for himself in a class-stratified and Anglo-dominated society. In this innovative ethnography, anthropologist James Taggart collaborates with Joe Taylor to explore how Alex and the Hobo sprang from Taylor's life experiences and how it presents an insider's view of Mexicano culture and its constructions of manhood. They frame the story (included in its entirety) with chapters that discuss how it encapsulates notions that Taylor learned from the Chicano movement, the farmworkers' union, his community, his father, his mother, and his religion. Taggart gives the ethnography a solid theoretical underpinning by discussing how the story and Taylor's account of how he created it represent an act of resistance to the class system that Taylor perceives as destroying his native culture.


Have Vampire, Will Travel - Case File: Ruby of the Rails

Have Vampire, Will Travel - Case File: Ruby of the Rails

Have Vampire, Will Travel - Case File: Ruby of the Rails

Author: Owner Scot Savage,Eric Bieche

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

Isbn 10: 1312492368

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: N.A

Number of Views: 1480

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Hold on to your hats for this paranormal adventure! Vampires, shape-shifting, spiritual fog, a soul caught in Limbo a Wendigo; and hobos-the rail-riding kind. But, what if those hobos were more than mere mortals? What if a gang of them worshipped a deity that lived in monster form and survived on human hearts? Enter detective Maxx Shadow, a man who narrowly escaped his encounter with the monster. Twenty-five years after that attack, he's hired to reclaim a necklace and find justice for a lost soul. The moment he sees the picture of the necklace, the face of the man wearing it jars a memory loose from the spiritual fog that has prevented Maxx from remembering all the details around how he became scarred. The closer the hobo with the necklace and the monster come to Maxx's Chicago, the more he remembers and the more he realizes he can't take them down alone. Fortunately, he has a new employee who happens to be a vampire.


The Universe Legend

The Universe Legend

The Universe Legend

Author: ,

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

Isbn 10: 1434977579

Category: ,

Number of Pages: N.A

Number of Views: 344


The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

Author: Herbert George Wells

Publisher: EDCON Publishing Group

Isbn 10: 1555760635

Category: Activity programs in education

Number of Pages: 72

Number of Views: 1035

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An abridged version of the story complete with vocabulary and comprehension checks for beginning readers. Divided into ten short chapters written using McGraw-Hill's Core Vocabulary and measured by the Fry Readability Formula, the workbook includes questions that test for comprehension, critical thinking, inference, recall of detail, and sequencing.


Carsick

Carsick

Carsick

Author: John Waters

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Isbn 10: 0374709300

Category: Travel

Number of Pages: 336

Number of Views: 1926

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Carsick is the New York Times bestselling chronicle of a cross-country hitchhiking journey with America's most beloved weirdo John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I'm Not Psycho," he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash? Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail. So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle eighty-one-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker's unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette. Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion—and a celebration of America's weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.


Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

Author: Ayn Rand

Publisher: Penguin

Isbn 10: 1101137193

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 1088

Number of Views: 703

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Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Who is John Galt? When he says that he will stop the motor of the world, is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battles not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the amazing men and women in this book. You will discover why a productive genius becomes a worthless playboy...why a great steel industrialist is working for his own destruction...why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph...why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill. Atlas Shrugged, a modern classic and Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism—her groundbreaking philosophy—offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century’s leading artists.


Queen of the Road

Queen of the Road

Queen of the Road

Author: Doreen Orion

Publisher: Crown

Isbn 10: 0767930215

Category: Travel

Number of Pages: 304

Number of Views: 1922

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A pampered Long Island princess hits the road in a converted bus with her wilderness-loving husband, travels the country for one year, and brings it all hilariously to life in this offbeat and romantic memoir. Doreen and Tim are married psychiatrists with a twist: She’s a self-proclaimed Long Island princess, grouchy couch potato, and shoe addict. He's an affable, though driven, outdoorsman. When Tim suggests “chucking it all” to travel cross-country in a converted bus, Doreen asks, “Why can’t you be like a normal husband in a midlife crisis and have an affair or buy a Corvette?” But she soon shocks them both, agreeing to set forth with their sixty-pound dog, two querulous cats—and no agenda—in a 340-square-foot bus. Queen of the Road is Doreen’s offbeat and romantic tale about refusing to settle, about choosing the unconventional road with all the misadventures it brings (fire, flood, armed robbery, and finding themselves in a nudist RV park, to name just a few). The marvelous places they visit and delightful people they encounter have a life-changing effect on all the travelers, as Doreen grows to appreciate the simple life, Tim mellows, and even the pets pull together. Best of all, readers get to go along for the ride through forty-seven states in this often hilarious and always entertaining memoir, in which a boisterous marriage of polar opposites becomes stronger than ever.


A Family Business

A Family Business

A Family Business

Author: Gregory Kilgore

Publisher: iUniverse

Isbn 10: 9781462042852

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 548

Number of Views: 627

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Gary Williams has lived a charmed life, moving up the retail corporate ladder easily on the coat-tails of his friend and mentor Ira Jacobs. Its time for him to make his move and leave his comfortable office, wanting to make a mark in the retail business on his own. After a long search for the right opportunity, Gary finds what seems to be the perfect opening. He will take over a distressed, family owned, specialty retail chain; initiate a turn-around and advance it into greatness. The only challenge appears to be the owner, Dan Collins Senior, an eccentric and some say crazy entrepreneur, who Gary replaces. Dan Collins, the primary stockholder, first supports Gary and his new initiatives and then gradually goes from advocate to mortal enemy. Dan Collins will do whatever it takes to seize back and retain control of His business and if not through the normal business channels, then it will be through personal terror. Gary slowly enters a world of insanity and on into a nightmare, where he and his family are fighting not only for the business, but for their lives. Just how crazy is this crazy entrepreneur.


Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy

Author: K. Lincoln

Publisher: Springer

Isbn 10: 0230617840

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 193

Number of Views: 658

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This book is a guide to Cormac McCarthy's canon from The Road to All the Pretty Horses, delving into the dominant themes in his work, his influences from Faulkner to Dante, and the current cultural debates his books have figured into.


The Mesmer Menace

The Mesmer Menace

The Mesmer Menace

Author: Kersten Hamilton

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Isbn 10: 0547905696

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Number of Pages: 144

Number of Views: 1992

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Welcome to the Amazing Automated Inn, home of twelve-year-old inventor Wally Kennewickett, his genius scientist parents, and his dashing dog, Noodles. From the lightning harvester on the roof to the labs full of experiments in the dungeon, the inn is a wonderful place for a curious boy and his loyal dog to live. That is, until President Theodore Roosevelt himself calls the elder Kennewicketts away, leaving Wally and Noodles to face the evil Mesmers, horrible hypnotists bent on controlling the minds of powerful people. It seems the inn is their first stop on the way to world domination . . . and only an ingenious boy, a staff of automatons, and a brave dachshund stand in their way!


Half Baked

Half Baked

Half Baked

Author: Alexa Stevenson

Publisher: Running Press Adult

Isbn 10: 0762441593

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Number of Pages: 304

Number of Views: 1806

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Author Alexa Stevenson had spent most of her life preparing for the wrong disasters. When her daughter is born 15 weeks early, she is plunged into the strange half-light of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, where she learns the Zen of medical uncertainty and makes the surprising discovery that a worst-case scenario may just be the best thing that's ever happened to her. The absurdities of the medical system, grappling with mortality, and coming into one's own are all explored in this wryly heartfelt memoir. From the indignities of infertility treatments to managing bedrest and parenting a preemie (how does one wrangle an oxygen tank while changing a diaper?), Alexa recounts her rocky road to motherhood with a uniquely sharp, funny, yet poignant voice.


The Cooperstown Caboose - Final Jump - Hijacked

The Cooperstown Caboose - Final Jump - Hijacked

The Cooperstown Caboose - Final Jump - Hijacked

Author: Ramon Cassinari

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

Isbn 10: 1450080162

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 140

Number of Views: 1148

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The Cooperstown Caboose – Final Jump – Hijacked Ramon Cassinari A summer vacation detonates in this Cooperstown Caboose Trilogy finale, as Dakota, Matt, Lori, Jess, Cowboy and Princess Palacetina face the ultimate challenge. The Cooperstown Caboose is hijacked by a well-trained and desperate team of international terrorists that force the kids to jump dimensions and once again return to Dimension Zero. Vicious killers, motivated by pure greed and an evil thirst for power, the terrorists violently hijack the caboose and the entire Cooperstown gang of kids. The ruthless terrorists’ diabolical mission is to conquer Dimension Zero, to acquire its gold, oil and uranium, and then to ultimately rule it. Goaded by death threats, Dakota takes the terrorists on an impossible mission to steal the gold of the Cardrozins in the evil land of Cycloptica. Are the terrorists up for what the evil land of Gathk can dish out? Expect the gory worst – you won’t be disappointed as the tables are turned on the terrorists. Cyclopses, Mosquito Harpies, giant One-Eyed Gorillas, and armies of skeleton warriors all await them. In the explosive gory conclusion, the terrorists are hijacked themselves and meet the ultimate evil - demonic space creatures called the Alientoids who create human zombies! Will the Cooperstown kids win over the terrorists? Can they make one last final jump to return home? The Cooperstown Caboose Trilogy concludes with this fast-paced, full-throttle, high-action adventure. Witness the final thrilling episode and be ready for ultra heart-pounding adventures and extreme surprises as the Cooperstown Caboose makes its final jump!


The Stone Giant

The Stone Giant

The Stone Giant

Author: James P. Blaylock

Publisher: Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.

Isbn 10: 1936535645

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 336

Number of Views: 1602

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Third in the Balumnia Trilogy from the author of The Elfin Ship and The Disappearing Dwarf, “a singular American fabulist” (William Gibson, author of Neuromancer). Jonathan Bing wasn’t the first citizen of Twombly Town to have a run-in with Selznak the Dwarf. Meet the young Theophile Escargot, aggrieved former citizen of Twombly Town. Divorced, exiled, and humiliated—all for the crime of eating his own pie—he sets off down the Oriel River in search of a fetching barmaid, only to find himself traveling by submarine into fabled Balumnia, where is he is beset on all sides by an evil dwarf, a piratical elf, a stone giant, and an unlucky bag of marbles. With a little help, Escargot must rescue his true love, save the elves, and—most importantly—redeem his dignity. Revisit the world of The Elfin Ship and The Disappearing Dwarf, and discover where the adventures began. “Blaylock crafted a story of engaging characters, cozy settings, and goofy adventures. Escargot is one of the most likable and ridiculous rogues in fantasy. His evolution from layabout and pie-thief to actual hero is terrific.” —Black Gate Praise for the Balumnia Trilogy “A magical world, magically presented . . . Having journeyed there, you will not wish to leave, nor ever to forget.” —Philip K. Dick, Hugo Award–winning author of The Man in the High Castle


The American Dream

The American Dream

The American Dream

Author: Harmon Leon

Publisher: Bold Type Books

Isbn 10: 0786726415

Category: Humor

Number of Pages: 304

Number of Views: 984

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For some, the American Dream is a pre-fab house in the suburbs with 2.5 kids and a two-week vacation at the end of the year. To others, it is working a push fruit cart in Oakland in order to put food on the family's table in Oaxaca. In The American Dream Harmon Leon draws upon his experiences of adopting personas and disguises to infiltrate the various institutions of everyday life, living among a diverse range of subcultures and learning first hand how they see their vision and utopia. His incursions include working as a marijuana farmer in a hippie commune in Northern California; becoming a carnie in rural Indiana; visiting a tourist attraction in Mexico (that allows people to simulate illegally crossing the border); venturing to Hollywood while trying to climb the ranks in the star-making machine; and working in the strawberries fields of California with newly arrived immigrants. The American Dream is a funny, satirical, and ultimately poignant take on what it means to be an American today.


The Ideology of Tyranny

The Ideology of Tyranny

The Ideology of Tyranny

Author: G. Preparata

Publisher: Springer

Isbn 10: 0230341411

Category: Philosophy

Number of Pages: 257

Number of Views: 1518

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The book ascribes the late state of paralysis affecting dissent in America to the adoption of a peculiar gospel of divisiveness, which was promoted in the Eighties by importing from France the "theories" of philosopher Michel Foucault.


Haunted

Haunted

Haunted

Author: Chuck Palahniuk

Publisher: Anchor

Isbn 10: 9780385515832

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 256

Number of Views: 832

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Haunted is a novel made up of twenty-three horrifying, hilarious, and stomach-churning stories. They’re told by people who have answered an ad for a writer’s retreat and unwittingly joined a “Survivor”-like scenario where the host withholds heat, power, and food. As the storytellers grow more desperate, their tales become more extreme, and they ruthlessly plot to make themselves the hero of the reality show that will surely be made from their plight. This is one of the most disturbing and outrageous books you’ll ever read, one that could only come from the mind of Chuck Palahniuk.


The House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion

Author: Nancy Farmer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Isbn 10: 143910655X

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Number of Pages: 400

Number of Views: 743

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This modern classic takes on an iron-fisted drug lord, clones bred for their organs, and what it means to be human. Winner of the National Book Award as well as Newbery and Printz Honors. Matteo Alacrán was not born; he was harvested. His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium—a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt’s first cell split and divided inside a petri dish. Then he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous journey from embryo to fetus to baby. He is a boy now, but most consider him a monster—except for El Patrón. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself. As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, including El Patrón’s power-hungry family, and he is surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards. Escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But escape from the Alacrán Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn’t even suspect.


Wonder

Wonder

Wonder

Author: R. J. Palacio

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Isbn 10: 037589988X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Number of Pages: 320

Number of Views: 1325

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Millions of people have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face—who shows us that kindness brings us together no matter how far apart we are. Read the book that inspired the Choose Kind movement, a major motion picture, and the critically acclaimed graphic novel White Bird. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Beginning from Auggie’s point of view and expanding to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others, the perspectives converge to form a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.