Many autobiographers share profound questions about human life with their readers—questions like: To what extent was my life imposed on me? To what extent did I bring it about through particular choices and actions, through the activity of my own will? Indeed, the issue of the will is central to autobiographical writing, and some of the greatest autobiographies give extended consideration to the will—its nature; its powers; its limitations; the forms of freedom, constraint, and expression it finds in various cultures; its role in particular human lives. In this new study, unprecedented in subject and scope, Richard Freadman offers the first sustained account of how changing theological, philosophical, and psychological accounts of the human will have been reflected in the writing of autobiography, and of how autobiography in its turn has helped shape various understandings of the will. Early chapters trace narrative representations of the will from antiquity (the Greeks and Augustine) to postmodernism (Derrida and Barthes), with particular emphasis on late modernity's culture of the will. Later chapters then present detailed and powerfully original readings of autobiographical texts by Louis Althusser, Roland Barthes, B. F. Skinner, Ernest Hemingway, Simone de Beauvoir, Arthur Koestler, Stephen Spender, and Diana Trilling. Freadman's interdisciplinary approach to autobiography and the will includes a theoretical defense of the view that autobiographers are, in varying degrees, agents in their own texts. Threads of Life argues that late modernity has inherited deeply conflicted attitudes to the will. Freadman suggests that these attitudes, now deeply embedded in contemporary cultural discourse, need reexamining. In this, he contends, 'reflective autobiography' has an important part to play.
Over a span of nearly seven decades, educator, artist, leading public speaker, visionary world traveler, and political activist Sylvia Payne Tillitt expressed her unique and compassionate vision of life in poems, rich in the spirituality of everyday life, now included in Threads of Life: A Collection. Although she became a woman of cosmopolitan interests in the arts, education, politics, and world travel, she was born in 1915 in Coachella, California, a small desert town where date palms shaded the family dairy. At an early age, she began to take notes on those important events in her life, reflecting her lifelong journey as a spiritual person. Sylvia felt compelled to share the varied perspectives of her journey in her poetry and photographs, as she traveled the world, raised her two children, and participated fully in the civic life of her hometown. In her poetry, she focuses on the spiritual beauty of the earth, the grandeur of mountains, and the awe-inspiring vast African Plains, among other topics. With her own imaginative imprint, Threads of Life offers Sylvia’s unique interest in all aspects of life in poetry and photographs. The music is stilled, The mind is at rest, Peace unending, the eternal guest. Warming in the afterglow of love, The family stands; Their outstretched hands Filled with gems of remembered joys. The whale’s tooth, delicately traced, The barbed wit, subtly placed, Perceptive views, the scholar’s bent Cathedral spires, the Holy Rood, Contemplation, where Martyrs stood. Stay, O Man! The music is not stilled, The tones are only muted Anticipating their new release.
Threads of Life is the story of living organisms and their components, evolution, diversity, and interactions with the environment. Threads of Life discusses the organisms, their common threads or molecules, and how these threads promote the evolution of biologically diverse organisms. The evolution of organisms occurs through the processes of natural selection or the environmental influences, which define how these organisms exist. The main idea expressed throughout this manuscript is the presence of common threads that connect all organisms even in diversity. These common threads of life that are fundamental in all organisms include cell, DNA, RNA, chemicals, food web, and many others.
Diya meets Fergal in a forest while hiking and finds him different. In an attempt to find answers, she discovers the truth about Fergal being a paranormal creature and his paranormal world. She had promised herself that she would take revenge for her father’s murder… But while seeking revenge she discovers that the truth about her was kept from her… Let’s see what the truth of Diya is? How she will manage her relationship with Fergal?
For the mothers of the disappeared in 1970s Argentina, protest was difficult. Every Thursday they marched in front of government buildings wearing headscarves embroidered with the names of their lost children. Through sewing, they found a way to campaign. In Tudor England Mary, Queen of Scots was under house arrest and her letters were censored, so she sewed secret treason into her needlework to communicate with the world outside. From the political propaganda of the Bayeux Tapestry and First World War soldiers with PTSD, to the maps sewn by schoolgirls in the New World, Threads of life stretches from medieval France to contemporary Mexico, from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland. It is a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power and politics told through the stories of the men and women, over centuries and across continents, who have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances.
Don't think. Don't speak. And definitely don't dream. The Nightmares will find you. BLIND THE EYES In a drowned city on the edge of the sea lives a girl in a tower. Cole is nobody. One more haunted drone among the grey, spiritless masses. Until her dreary future is stolen—and a quest to take revenge uncovers ghosts, betrayal, and her bloody past. She's about to become their worst nightmare. BLACK THE TIDES Something deadly lurks beneath the waves. Battered but defiant, Cole can't wait to get back into the fight. But when her newly reclaimed thread-witchery fails her mid-battle, the only path forward leads through the monster-infested wilds. Can she reclaim her forgotten dreamweavers' birthright from the mountains before they claim her? She never even saw it coming. BURN THE SKIES In the City of Nightmares, death is far from the end. Shattered, powerless, and more alone than ever, Cole fights on. Failure means more than her own destruction. If the city falls, its eldritch horrors will sweep across the land. But will her last-ditch grasp at the power to stop them go up in flames? The dreamscape takes no prisoners. Neither does she. One-click to binge the multi-award-winning trilogy today!
A brief survey of the materials and tools on which the crafts of needlework are based. Includes essays on the origins and manufacture/preparation of the needle, spinning, dyeing, wool, silk, linen, cotton, canvas and synthetic fibres. Text pp. 30.
Energy weaves the tapestry of our lives, and it does so in more ways than we usually recognize. While it is clear that it powers our homes, airplanes, and factories, its overwhelming influence often goes without notice in other areas, from the heartbreak of poverty to the motivation for war. While maintaining its availability has the potential to create jobs and contribute to competitive economies, nonrenewable energy sources are scarring our landscapes, polluting our air, and fouling our water. Understanding how we use energy and what we are willing to do to maintain our access to it can help us prepare for the complex and daunting challenges that linger as we look for alternatives. In The Thread of Energy, Martin J. Pasqualetti homes in on this vital driver of human actions and decisions. He exposes the impact of energy according to multiple scales of measurement and assessment, from everyday applications to global entanglements. The book traces our increasing dependence on Earth's nonrenewable energy resources by comparing lifestyle changes throughout history. Pasqualetti showcases the many ways energy infiltrates communication methods in all its forms (e.g., print, visuals, digital, etc.). The final chapters detail various approaches used by democratic societies looking to lessen their energy usage, including the critical importance of environmentally conscious policymakers. The Thread of Energy treats energy as a social issue with a technical component, rather than the other way around.
For hundreds of years, knowledge has been central in understanding the university. Over recent decades, however, it is the economic value of knowledge that has come to the fore. Now, in a post-truth world, knowledge is also treated with suspicion and has become a vehicle for ideologies. Knowledge and the University combats all these ways of thinking. Its central claim is that knowledge is of value because of its connection with life. Knowledge is of life, from life, in life and for life. With an engaging philosophical discussion, and with a consideration of the evolution of higher education institutions, this book: Examines ways in which research, teaching and learning are bound up with life; Looks to breathe new life into the university itself; Widens the idea of the knowledge ecology to embrace the whole world; Suggests new roles for the university towards culture and the public sphere. Knowledge and the University is a radical text that looks to engender nothing less than a new spirit of the university. It offers a fascinating read for policy makers, institutional leaders, academics and all interested in the future of universities.
The Net of Nemesis examines the trope of tragic bond/age, in which humanity is the beneficiary of bonds that nurture and unite and the victim of bondage that confines and restrains. Manifestations of the trope in Greek and Shakespearean tragedy, Miltonic epic, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction repeat and vary the trope's central symbol of the net and other, related leitmotifs and demonstrate that such orchestration resolves the conflict between bonds and bond/age and informs the catharsis and transcendence essential to tragedy.