The Man Within My Head

Author: Pico Iyer

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307957462

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 1463

We all carry people inside our heads—actors, leaders, writers, people out of history or fiction, met or unmet, who sometimes seem closer to us than people we know. In The Man Within My Head, Pico Iyer sets out to unravel the mysterious closeness he has always felt with the English writer Graham Greene; he examines Greene’s obsessions, his elusiveness, his penchant for mystery. Iyer follows Greene’s trail from his first novel, The Man Within, to such later classics as The Quiet American and begins to unpack all he has in common with Greene: an English public school education, a lifelong restlessness and refusal to make a home anywhere, a fascination with the complications of faith. The deeper Iyer plunges into their haunted kinship, the more he begins to wonder whether the man within his head is not Greene but his own father, or perhaps some more shadowy aspect of himself. Drawing upon experiences across the globe, from Cuba to Bhutan, and moving, as Greene would, from Sri Lanka in war to intimate moments of introspection; trying to make sense of his own past, commuting between the cloisters of a fifteenth-century boarding school and California in the 1960s, one of our most resourceful explorers of crossing cultures gives us his most personal and revelatory book.

The Man Within My Head

Author: Pico Iyer

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408831554

Category: Father and child

Page: 256

View: 5298

We all carry other people inside our heads - actors, leaders, writers, people from history or fiction, met or unmet, who sometimes seem closer to us than the people we know.Pico Iyer investigates the mysterious closeness he has always felt with Graham Greene and follows him from his first novel, The Man Within, to such later classics as The Quiet American. The further he delves, the more he begins to wonder whether the man within his head is not Greene but his own father, or perhaps some more shadowy aspect of himself. Drawing upon experiences across the globe - from Bolivia to Berkhamsted to Bhutan - one of our most resourceful cultural explorers gives us his most personal and revelatory book.

The Door Swings Both Ways

Author: Pico Iyer

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101972548

Category: Travel

Page: 48

View: 1613

A Vintage Shorts Travel Selection Welcome to China in 1985, to a nation that has just begun to swing open for the West, and specifically for a young Time magazine journalist named Pico Iyer. From the beloved set of travel essays Video Night in Kathmandu, this is his dispatch. From Beijing to Chengdu to Guangzhou, Iyer crisscrosses the country, making friends, gathering impressions, and always getting to the train station early (very early). Along the way he encounters a China eager to take in Western goods, but not always Western values—and a Great Wall, established to keep the world out, that’s now being used to draw it in. Neither Easterner nor Westerner knows where to turn. With frank curiosity and prophetic clarity, Iyer’s travel essays have become the gold standard for the genre. Here he gives us a time capsule of an ambiguous and fast-changing China that remains strikingly familiar even today. An eBook short.

Obsessive Memories

Author: Clara R. Maslow

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491707038

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 128

View: 8789

In 1905, the young and handsome Yalek left Baranovka, Russia, for the United States seeking a new way of life. He would work hard and save enough money to bring his family and his new bride, Riva, to America. In Obsessive Memories, author Clara R. Maslow tells the history of two close-knit families, raised in the same culture of intellectual Jews in Russia, who immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s. It is a story of a time of new political thinking and the flight of young families in Eastern Europe seeking to live in a democracy, away from the old czarist regimes, monarchies, and other forms of repressive governments. With photos included, this memoir shares what it was like growing up as part of a Russian family in Trenton, New Jersey. It focuses on Maslow’s father, Yalek, an intelligent man with exceptional talents in creative arts, architectural drawing, and construction. Obsessive Memories also explores Maslow’s relationship with her father and seeks to find meaning in why he was unable to outwardly express his love for her or her family.

A Drop of Treason

Author: Jonathan Stevenson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022635671X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 328

View: 3619

Philip Agee’s story is the stuff of a John le Carré novel—perilous and thrilling adventures around the globe. He joined the CIA as a young idealist, becoming an operations officer in hopes of seeing the world and safeguarding his country. He was the consummate intelligence insider, thoroughly entrenched in the shadow world. But in 1975, he became the first such person to publicly betray the CIA—a pariah whose like was not seen again until Edward Snowden. For almost forty years in exile, he was a thorn in the side of his country. The first biography of this contentious, legendary man, Jonathan Stevenson’s A Drop of Treason is a thorough portrait of Agee and his place in the history of American foreign policy and the intelligence community during the Cold War and beyond. Unlike mere whistleblowers, Agee exposed American spies by publicly blowing their covers. And he didn’t stop there—his was a lifelong political struggle that firmly allied him with the social movements of the global left and against the American project itself from the early 1970s on. Stevenson examines Agee’s decision to turn, how he sustained it, and how his actions intersected with world events. Having made profound betrayals and questionable decisions, Agee lived a rollicking, existentially fraught life filled with risk. He traveled the world, enlisted Gabriel García Márquez in his cause, married a ballerina, and fought for what he believed was right. Raised a conservative Jesuit in Tampa, he died a socialist expat in Havana. In A Drop of Treason, Stevenson reveals what made Agee tick—and what made him run.


Author: Alfred Tennyson Baron Tennyson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Great Britain

Page: 62

View: 3384

The Book of Djehuti

Author: Jose Miguel Baez

Publisher: Palibrio

ISBN: 1463315910

Category: Philosophy

Page: 181

View: 7220

I, José Miguel Báez, an esoteric, apocryphal, philosophical and Kabbalist writer with a College degree in Anthropology from Lehman College brings you the English version of the book, La Filosofía Del Libro De Hermes Mercurio Trismegisto under its English name, The Book of Djehuti and I am also known in Face Book as, Al-Adán Mikael Ben HaKadosh. In my last literary work, I bring you the ancient philosophy of the magical prayers and rituals of the hermetic philosophy of the wisest and most powerful sacred scribe, high priest, magician, hierophant adept and seer of the ancient Egyptians, which I am as the spiritual and psychical Nefer-Ka-Ptah "The Perfect Spirit (Ka) of Ptah "G-d" who stole the "Argha of Thot", the "Blessings of Ishrael" and the philosophy of the infrastructure of a single and global government, banking and monetary system for the benefit of humanity. I would like for every man and woman of the modern world to be able to read, analyze and comprehend my last literary work and its philosophy as the godson of Thoth and Maat, which has become the spiritual embodiment of the "Argha of Thoth" and reveals the most powerful science of them all since I am the most powerful magician, sacred scribe and high priest of the ancient Sumerians, Hebrews, Egyptians, Chaldeans, Persians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Celts, Germanic peoples and the Asians. "I am Thoth and Nefer-Ka-Ptah Imhotep, the one who is the decipherer and the knower of the mysteries of the androgynous G-d within the infinitude of space-time and eternity and its divine and immutable laws and wisdom, the Nahash Baqir, who opens the divine Torat and understands its Kabbalah."