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Blank Spots on the Map

Blank Spots on the Map

The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World

  • Author: Trevor Paglen
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101011491
  • Category: History
  • Page: 352
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Welcome to a top-level clearance world that doesn't exist...Now with updated material for the paperback edition. This is the adventurous, insightful, and often chilling story of a road trip through a shadow nation of state secrets, clandestine military bases, black sites, hidden laboratories, and top-secret agencies that make up what insiders call the "black world." Here, geographer and provocateur Trevor Paglen knocks on the doors of CIA prisons, stakes out a covert air base in Nevada from a mountaintop 30 miles away, dissects the Defense Department's multibillion dollar "black" budget, and interviews those who live on the edges of these blank spots. Whether Paglen reports from a hotel room in Vegas, a secret prison in Kabul, or a trailer in Shoshone Indian territory, he is impassioned, rigorous, relentless-and delivers eye-opening details.

The Last Empty Places

The Last Empty Places

A Past and Present Journey Through the Blank Spots on the American Map

  • Author: Peter Stark
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • ISBN: 0345521900
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 256
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Americans have shaped the idea of wilderness, and it has shaped us. The Last Empty Places is one man’s love letter to the enduring American wild, where our country’s character was forged and its destiny set in motion. Memories of growing up in a log cabin in the Wisconsin woods inspired writer Peter Stark to seek out untouched tracts of the American wilderness. What he discovered in these “blank spots” on the U.S. map is that these places are actually teeming with the rich history of our nation. Stark journeys into the great wild to four of the emptiest expanses he can find—northern Maine, central Pennsylvania, the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico, and southeast Oregon—and in so doing weaves together a majestic and dramatic tale of frontiersmen and fighters, naturalists and philosophers, émigrés and natives. But he also goes beyond that, acknowledging to some of the great minds that first framed our relationship to the wilderness that would become our home—passionate thinkers and writers including Thoreau, Emerson, and John Muir. The result is a narrative that blends nature and history in a vivid new way, a tale that provides an unforgettable window into our country’s past and present. From the Hardcover edition.

Cartographies of the Absolute

Cartographies of the Absolute

  • Author: Alberto Toscano,Jeff Kinkle
  • Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
  • ISBN: 1782799737
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 311
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Can capital be seen? Cartographies of the Absolute surveys the disparate answers to this question offered by artists, film-makers, writers and theorists over the past few decades. It zones in on the crises of representation that have accompanied the enduring crisis of capitalism, foregrounding the production of new visions and artefacts that wrestle with the vastness, invisibility and complexity of the abstractions that rule our lives.

Into the Wild

Into the Wild

  • Author: Jon Krakauer
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 0330469983
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
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Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild examines true story of Chris McCandless, a young man, who in 1992 walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness and whose SOS note and emaciated corpse were found four months later, internationally bestselling author Jon Krakauer explores the obsession which leads some people to explore the outer limits of self, leave civilization behind and seek enlightenment through solitude and contact with nature. A 2007 film adaptation of Into the Wild was directed by Sean Penn and starred Emile Hirsch and Kristen Stewart.

„Trust Me – It’s Paradise“ The Escapist Motif in Into the Wild, The Beach and Are You Experienced?

„Trust Me – It’s Paradise“ The Escapist Motif in Into the Wild, The Beach and Are You Experienced?

  • Author: Hannes Krehan
  • Publisher: Anchor Academic Publishing (aap_verlag)
  • ISBN: 3954891859
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 96
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The author analyzes three books on escapism and the various ways in which it is represented in them. He focuses on Alex Garland’s backpacker cult novel 'The Beach' and William Sutcliffe’s satire of the gap-year traveler 'Are You Experienced?' as well as Jon Krakauer’s non-fiction book 'Into the Wild'.The first part of the analysis deals with the influence of literary genres like the Bildungsroman and travel literature. Unreliable narration as a narrative strategy is taken into consideration, as well as the colonial subtext of 'The Beach' and 'Are You Experienced?'. In 'Into the Wild' nature writing and road narratives are an integral part of the narrative.The second part deals with cultural aspects such as questions of authenticity that are raised during the narratives, the role of drugs as a means of escape, and also the problematic relationship between travelers and tourists. Finally, the author compares two film adaptations, Danny Boyle’s 'The Beach' (2000) and Sean Penn’s 'Into the Wild' (2007), with their corresponding literary source texts.

The Witness of Poetry

The Witness of Poetry

  • Author: Czeslaw Milosz
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 9780674953833
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 121
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Essays discuss the isolation of the poet, the tension between classicism and realism, the impact of reductionism, and the state of poetry in Europe

Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century British and American War Literature

Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century British and American War Literature

  • Author: Adam Piette
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • ISBN: 0748653937
  • Category: History
  • Page: 600
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The first reference book to deal so fully and incisively with the cultural representations of war in 20th-century English and US literature and film. The volume covers the two World Wars as well as specific conflicts that generated literary and imaginativ

The Hollow Earth

The Hollow Earth

  • Author: Raymond Bernard
  • Publisher: Health Research Books
  • ISBN: 9780787300975
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 116
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1964 Dr. Bernard says this is the true home of the flying saucers. the epoch-making significance of Adm. Byrd's flight for 1,700 miles into the North Polar opening leading to the hollow interior of the earth, the home of a Super Race who are the Creators.

Historically Black

Historically Black

Imagining Community in a Black Historic District

  • Author: Mieka Brand Polanco
  • Publisher: NYU Press
  • ISBN: 0814724744
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 193
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In Historically Black, Mieka Brand Polanco examines the concept of community in the United States: how communities are experienced and understood, the complex relationship between human beings and their social and physical landscapesOCoand how the term community is sometimes conjured to feign a cohesiveness that may not actually exist. Drawing on ethnographic and historical materials from Union, Virginia, Historically Black offers a nuanced and sensitive portrait of a federally recognized Historic District under the category Ethnic HeritageOCoBlack.. Since Union has been home to a racially mixed population since at least the late 19th century, calling it historically black poses some curious existential questions to the black residents who currently live there. UnionOCOs identity as a historically black community encourages a perception of the town as a monochromatic and monohistoric landscape, effectively erasing both old-timer white residents and newcomer black residents while allowing newer white residents to take on a proud role as preservers of history. Gestures to community gloss an oversimplified perspective of race, history and space that conceals much of the richness (and contention) of lived reality in Union, as well as in the larger United States. They allow Americans to avoid important conversations about the complex and unfolding nature by which groups of people and social/physical landscapes are conceptualized as a single unified whole. This multi-layered, multi-textured ethnography explores a key concept, inviting public conversation about the dynamic ways in which race, space, and history inform our experiences and understanding of community."

Writing the Northland

Writing the Northland

Jack London's and Robert W. Service's Imaginary Geography

  • Author: Barbara Stefanie Giehmann
  • Publisher: Königshausen & Neumann
  • ISBN: 3826044592
  • Category: Alaska
  • Page: 455
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