Don't Get Too Comfortable

Author: David Rakoff

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780385516839

Category: Humor

Page: 224

View: 1814

A bitingly funny grand tour of our culture of excess from an award-winning humorist. Whether David Rakoff is contrasting the elegance of one of the last flights of the supersonic Concorde with the good-times-and-chicken-wings populism of Hooters Air; working as a cabana boy at a South Beach hotel; or traveling to a private island off the coast of Belize to watch a soft-core video shoot—where he is provided with his very own personal manservant—rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly skewered. Somewhere along the line, our healthy self-regard has exploded into obliterating narcissism; our manic getting and spending have now become celebrated as moral virtues. Simultaneously a Wildean satire and a plea for a little human decency, Don’t Get Too Comfortable shows that far from being bobos in paradise, we’re in a special circle of gilded-age hell. This edition includes an excerpt from David Rakoff's Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish.

A Savage Presence

Author: WL Knightly

Publisher: BrixBaxter Publishing


Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 4424

Now that Connor Cohen is dead, Silas Cohen is free to live the life he wants. But there are still two men in the way. When Enzo Juarez tries to make a new deal with Fiona, her good intentions get the best of her and she unexpectedly puts Silas in danger. Can Alex’s connections save them this time? All bets are off when it’s every man for themselves in this series’ finale.

You Have a Date, Don't F It Up

Author: Cassie Leigh

Publisher: Cassie Leigh


Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 93

View: 5860

In Don't Be A Douchebag, Cassie Leigh walked you through how to achieve online dating success. So you have a date. Congratulations! Now, how do you get from that first date to an actual relationship? Simple: Don't f it up. But what does that mean? Well, this book will tell you all the ways in which things can go wrong during those first couple crucial dates so that you can get past that and to the good part. keywords: dating for men, online dating, dating, understanding women, what women want, finding love, relationships

Cultural Mobilities Between Africa and the Caribbean

Author: Birgit Englert,Barbara Gföllner,Sigrid Thomsen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000399079

Category: Social Science

Page: 241

View: 6828

This book investigates the cultural connections between Africa and the Caribbean, using the lens of Mobility Studies to tease out the shared experiences between these highly diverse parts of the world. Despite their heterogeneity in terms of cultures, languages, and political and economic histories, the connections between the African continent and the Caribbean are manifold, stretching back to the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The authors in this book look to the past as well as to the present, focusing on the manifold mobile connections between the regions’ subjects, objects, ideas, texts, images, sounds, and beliefs. In doing so, the book demonstrates that mobility extends beyond just the movement of people, and that we can also see mobility in objects and ideas, travelling either in a material sense or in imaginary terms, in physical as well as in virtual spaces. Bringing the transdisciplinary fields of African Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Mobility Studies into dialogue, this book will be of interest to students and scholars across the humanities and social sciences.

Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business

Author: Joylynn M. Ross

Publisher: PTP Press

ISBN: 0970672667

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 260

View: 4378

There’s literary success and there’s financial literary success . . . and you can have them both! Do you want to make money with your book? Do you want to make a living as an author? There’s more to doing so than simply writing and publishing your book. Many authors dive into the literary industry without taking time to learn the business side of being an author. This could dramatically hinder your book sales and the money you can make as an author. Without a guide such as this, mastering the art of financial literary success can take you years, and you’ll be sure to make mistakes during the learning phase. Some mistakes could cost you money; other mistakes will keep you from making money. This tool will allow you to avoid those mistakes altogether as well as: - Shorten your learning curve on how to make money as an author - Start making money with your book and literary business . . . now - Provide tips to maximize and monetize your role as an author - “Think outside the book” to make money other ways than book sales This book will not only put you on the path of monetary opportunities, but by following the author’s systems and strategies, you can fund your literary success. To understand the difference between literary success and financial literary success, crack open this remarkable book. You’ll also crack the code to discovering what it feels like to achieve your literary dreams, visions, and goals!

Zan and the Mythical Art of Miz-Management

Author: James Alden

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1770979638


Page: 180

View: 6838

The suggestions on management behaviour outlined in this book are in support of the principles of Miz-Management and the theoretical methodology for creating an ideal state of Mizery in the workplace. Miz is simply a contraction of the word miserable and therefore, Miz-Management means miserable management for Mizzies (masochists). While the purpose of this book remains vague, it attempts to outline largely unproven methodologies, supported by unimaginative examples of Miz-Management behaviour, specifically for those who want to be perceived as trying to improve their management skills, but who really want to be anything but successful. With the best of intentions to simply fill the void for a Miz-Management behaviour guide, unfortunately it has also been inadvertently adopted by some masochistically challenged managers for Miz-Use as an inverse guide to impede the advancement of Miz-Management in the workplace. Fortunately this counter culture will not succeed because the Miz-Force is strong.

Friday Night at Honeybee's

Author: Andrea Smith

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 0307485137

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 8412

Everyone who's anyone in the Harlem music scene has heard of Honeybee McColor and the famous Friday night gathers that fill her house to bursting. In the early 1960s, nowhere but "The Big House" attracts so many renowned jazz and blues musicians—and no one but Miss Honeybee attracts talented lost souls like Forestine Bent and Viola Bembrey. The two singers come from separate worlds: one the Brooklyn projects, the other the Baptist, rural South. One has a God-given voice and the ambition to be a star, the other a more subtle gift and a handful of hazy fantasies. But both learn the destructive consequences of following their hearts. They find sanctuary together under Honeybee's tender guidance, struggling to find the balancing point where music doesn't overpower love. Including a passel of characters both wildly raunchy and remarkably dignified, Andrea Smith has woven an unforgettable tale overflowing with energy, heart, and humanity.

What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want to Be?

Author: John Hausdoerffer,Brooke Parry Hecht,Melissa K. Nelson,Katherine Kassouf Cummings

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022677757X

Category: Nature

Page: 248

View: 5866

As we face an ever-more-fragmented world, What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want to Be? demands a return to the force of lineage—to spiritual, social, and ecological connections across time. It sparks a myriad of ageless-yet-urgent questions: How will I be remembered? What traditions do I want to continue? What cycles do I want to break? What new systems do I want to initiate for those yet-to-be-born? How do we endure? Published in association with the Center for Humans and Nature and interweaving essays, interviews, and poetry, this book brings together a thoughtful community of Indigenous and other voices—including Linda Hogan, Wendell Berry, Winona LaDuke, Vandana Shiva, Robin Kimmerer, and Wes Jackson—to explore what we want to give to our descendants. It is an offering to teachers who have come before and to those who will follow, a tool for healing our relationships with ourselves, with each other, and with our most powerful ancestors—the lands and waters that give and sustain all life.

I Don't Take Requests

Author: Tony Marnoch,Michael Hennegan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1529389453

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 278

View: 5800

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTELLER AND WINNER OF THE ATTITUDE BOOK AWARD 'I love this man so much. He was, and always will be, my knight in shining Westwood.' DAVINA MCCALL 'This is a story that should never have been told' KATE MOSS 'The perfect beach read' THE SUNDAY TIMES 'If you want to change your life but can't.. I strongly advise you read this book' TRACEY EMIN As one of club culture's most notorious - and best loved - figures, Tony is a complete force of nature. Here he tells the most extraordinary stories of depravity and hedonism, of week-long benders and extreme self-destruction - and of recovery, redemption, friendship and the joy of a good tune. ___________________________________________________________________________ 'Anyone can get a party started, but no one keeps it going like Fat Tony, the energy never dips and what a life he's lived.. He's a tosser but we still love him.' ELTON JOHN & DAVID FURNISH ___________________________________________________________________________ DJ Fat Tony has been described as 'the closest thing that club culture has to a national treasure' and the 'unlikely cult hero of quarantine'. Few people have crammed so many lives into one: when your first line of cocaine is aged 16 with Freddie Mercury, where do you go from there? I Don't Take Requests is Fat Tony's breathtakingly candid and outrageous memoir of a life of extremes. From his childhood on an estate in Battersea where he honed his petty criminality, was abused by an older man and made friends with Boy George, to his teenage years spent parading the Kings Road in his latest (stolen) clobber, working as a receptionist for a prostitute, hanging out with Leigh Bowery and Sue Tilley and creating his drag persona, to his life as DJ to the stars and his spiral into serious drug addiction. Now, he is 16 years sober and, alongside working to help others overcome addiction, DJing for everyone from Elton John to Louis Vuitton and the Beckhams - and running one of lockdown's most popular Instagram accounts with its wickedly funny memes. It is all here in horrifying, glorious, heart-breaking detail. ___________________________________________________________________________ 'Whenever we host a party, Tony is our first port of call. He'll have everyone dancing, guarantee great memories, and the stories he tells... Just don't f*****g ask for any requests!' DAVID & VICTORIA BECKHAM 'There is nobody in London, let alone the world who has lived a more extraordinary life... his journey from villain to real life hero is one of the most beautiful examples of humanity I have ever witnessed. I wouldn't be without this c*nt.' KELLY OSBOURNE 'Hearing Tony's story is brutal and shocking. He is nothing short of a miracle and his willingness to be of service to others seeking sobriety is testament to how far he has come from the days of pulling his own teeth out.' MARC JACOBS

You Can Get There from Here

Author: Bob Knowling

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101544546

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 4797

"Not just another business autobiography, this is a fascinating and uplifting look into one man's leadership journey through poverty, hardship, racism, and betrayal to becoming one of the most inspirational business leaders of our time." -Jane Marvin, former SVP human resources, Ross Stores, Inc. Bob Knowling is respected by many of America's most admired executives, from Jack Welch to Michael Bloomberg. He has led large organizations through periods of dramatic transformation; management guru Noel Tichy calls him "a change agent's change agent." But even more impressive than Knowling's résumé is the road he took to the top. He grew up as one of thirteen children in Indiana, shuttling between the homes of his divorced parents, surrounded by crime, poverty, drug abuse, and racism. Later he lived and worked on his grandparents' farm in Missouri. No one encouraged him to have big ambitions or even bothered to ask, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" But Knowling used his athletic and academic talents to earn a college scholarship and later an MBA. He became an expert at leading change-helping others see a better future, then work hard to make it real. Knowling's story proves that almost any disadvantage can be overcome with persistence and a passion for excellence. And it teaches us how to embrace change rather than cling to the past. It is easy to lose sight of our potential in a time of economic turmoil, joblessness, and confusion. Knowling reminds us that none of those conditions is permanent and, more important, that none of them excuses us from making a concerted effort at whatever we try to do. As he puts it, "You turn around organizations, in most cases, by turning around individuals. . . . The real lesson of transformation is that it happens not in companies and not in offices, but in lives." Knowling believes that we do not define ourselves by our upbringing or the external conditions of our lives. It's our response to those conditions that counts. It's not where you came from; it's what you do with your potential. You'll be amazed to learn where Knowling came from and how he got from a really distant "there" to a very inspiring "here."