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Why We Can Find Our Way to the Moon, but Get Lost in the Mall

Author: Colin Ellard

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385530420

Category: Psychology

Page: 240

View: 6256

An eye-opening exploration of the intriguing and often counter-intuitive science of human navigation and experience of place. In the age of GPS and iPhones, human beings it would seem have mastered the art of direction, but does the need for these devices signal something else—that as a species we are actually hopelessly lost. In fact we've filled our world with signs and arrows. We still get lost in the mall, or a maze of cubicles. What does this say about us? Drawing on his exhaustive research, Professor Collin Ellard illuminates how humans are disconnected from our world and what this means, not just for how we get from A to B, but also for how we construct our cities, our workplaces, our homes, and even our lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Author: Merlin Coverley

Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd

ISBN: 0857302701

Category: Psychology

Page: 224

View: 2313

A fully revised, updated and expanded edition of the bestselling guide Psychogeography. In recent years this term has been used to illustrate a bewildering array of ideas from ley lines and the occult, to urban walking and political radicalism. But where does it come from and what exactly does it mean? This book examines the origins of psychogeography in the Paris of the 1950s, exploring the theoretical background and its political application in the work of Guy Debord and the Situationists. Psychogeography continues to find retrospective validation in much earlier traditions, from the visionary writing of William Blake and Thomas De Quincey to the rise of the flâneur and the avant-garde experimentation of the Surrealists. These precursors to psychogeography are discussed here alongside their modern counterparts, for today these ideas hold greater currency than ever through the popularity of writers and filmmakers such as Iain Sinclair, Will Self and Patrick Keiller. From the urban wanderer to the armchair traveller, psychogeography provides us with new ways of experiencing our environment, transforming the familiar streets of our everyday experience into something new and unexpected. Merlin Coverley conducts the reader through this process, providing an explanation of the terms involved and an analysis of the key figures and their works. Praise for Psychogeography 'This little book does exactly what an introduction should; it examines, explains, and whets the appetite...It has an extensive bibliography and an index of websites, research into which has been clearly and cogently utilised. It is a short, but valuable, book' - Telegraph 'It would be a fitting tribute to Coverley's unfussy and informative book if it encouraged people in other cities to try psychogeography' - Scotland On Sunday 'An excellent overview of a tradition that can be tricky to pin down and a great portal for loads of further reading' - Hugh Marwood

A Temporary Future: The Fiction of David Mitchell

Author: Patrick O'Donnell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441116133

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 4597

Having emerged as one the leading contemporary British writers, David Mitchell is rapidly taking his place amongst British novelists with the gravitas of an Ishiguro or a McEwan. Written for a wide constituency of readers of contemporary literature, A Temporary Future: The Fiction of David Mitchell explores Mitchell's main concerns-including those of identity, history, language, imperialism, childhood, the environment, and ethnicity-across the six novels published so far, as well as his protean ability to write in multiple and diverse genres. It places Mitchell in the tradition of Murakami, Sebald, and Rushdie-writers whose works explore narrative in an age of globalization and cosmopolitanism. Patrick O'Donnell traces the through-lines of Mitchell's work from ghostwritten to The Bone Clocks and, with a chapter on each of the six novels, charts the evolution of Mitchell's fictional project.

This Luminous Coast

Walking England’s Eastern Edge

Author: Jules Pretty

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801455316

Category: Travel

Page: 272

View: 383

Over the course of a year, Jules Pretty walked along the shoreline of East Anglia in southeastern England, eventually exploring four hundred miles on foot (and another hundred miles by boat). It is a coast and a culture that is about to be lost—not yet, perhaps, but soon—to rising tides and industrial sprawl. This Luminous Coast takes the reader with him on his journey over land and water; over sea walls of dried grass, beside stretched fields of golden crops, alongside white sails gliding across the intricate lacework of invisible creeks and estuaries, under vast skies that are home to curlews and redshanks and the outpourings of skylarks. East Anglia's coastline is as much a human landscape as it is a natural one, and Pretty is equally perceptive about the region's cultural heritage and its "industrial wild": fishing villages and the modern seaside resorts, family farms and oil refineries, pleasure piers and concrete seawalls, cozy pubs and military installations. Through words and photographs, Pretty interweaves stories of the land and sea with people past and present. He is a passionate and sensitive guide to a region in transition, under stress, and perhaps even doomed, as finely attuned to its history as he is to its unique sensory world.

Literary Mapping in the Digital Age

Author: David Cooper,Christopher Donaldson,Patricia Murrieta-Flores

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317104560

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 308

View: 3009

Drawing on the expertise of leading researchers from around the globe, this pioneering collection of essays explores how geospatial technologies are revolutionizing the discipline of literary studies. The book offers the first intensive examination of digital literary cartography, a field whose recent and rapid development has yet to be coherently analysed. This collection not only provides an authoritative account of the current state of the field, but also informs a new generation of digital humanities scholars about the critical and creative potentials of digital literary mapping. The book showcases the work of exemplary literary mapping projects and provides the reader with an overview of the tools, techniques and methods those projects employ.

London Writing

Author: Merlin Coverley

Publisher: Oldcastle Books

ISBN: 1842439472

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

View: 5704

What do writers such as Charles Dickens and Peter Ackroyd, Iain Sinclair and Robert Louis Stevenson have in common? The answer lies in the use these authors make of London as a fictional setting. Yet in these works and in those of other London writers the city is much more than merely a backdrop, instead becoming a character in its own right and creating a sense of place that is both a reflection and a reworking of the city. Here London is presented as a living organism, a huge and mysterious labyrinth, and the source of endless imagination. A whole world is contained by the city and within it the entire spectrum of human experience. From Bleak House to Hawksmoor, from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde to White Chappell Scarlet Tracings, London has continued to generate a series of fantastic visions. The humorous and the tragic, the grotesque and the bizarre, everything is possible here.In this book, Merlin Coverley examines the major themes in the development of the London novel from its origins in the Victorian metropolis and onward to the present day and the revival of London writing. On the way he explores the Occult Tradition and London Noir, the Disaster Novel and the rise of Psychogeography, and alongside the recognised classics of the genre he recovers some of those lost London writers whose works have been unjustly neglected.


eine Anleitung für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene

Author: Kathrin Passig,Aleks Scholz

Publisher: N.A


Category: Curiosity

Page: 268

View: 6688

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World

Author: Paul Graves-Brown,Rodney Harrison,Angela Piccini

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191663956

Category: Social Science

Page: 864

View: 760

It has been clear for many years that the ways in which archaeology is practised have been a direct product of a particular set of social, cultural, and historical circumstances - archaeology is always carried out in the present. More recently, however, many have begun to consider how archaeological techniques might be used to reflect more directly on the contemporary world itself: how we might undertake archaeologies of, as well as in the present. This Handbook is the first comprehensive survey of an exciting and rapidly expanding sub-field and provides an authoritative overview of the newly emerging focus on the archaeology of the present and recent past. In addition to detailed archaeological case studies, it includes essays by scholars working on the relationships of different disciplines to the archaeology of the contemporary world, including anthropology, psychology, philosophy, historical geography, science and technology studies, communications and media, ethnoarchaeology, forensic archaeology, sociology, film, performance, and contemporary art. This volume seeks to explore the boundaries of an emerging sub-discipline, to develop a tool-kit of concepts and methods which are applicable to this new field, and to suggest important future trajectories for research. It makes a significant intervention by drawing together scholars working on a broad range of themes, approaches, methods, and case studies from diverse contexts in different parts of the world, which have not previously been considered collectively.

The Edge of Extinction

Travels with Enduring People in Vanishing Lands

Author: Jules Pretty

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801455030

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 1510

In The Edge of Extinction, Jules Pretty explores life and change in a dozen environments and cultures across the world, taking us on a series of remarkable journeys through deserts, coasts, mountains, steppes, snowscapes, marshes, and farms to show that there are many different ways to live in cooperation with nature. From these accounts of people living close to the land and close to the edge emerge a larger story about sustainability and the future of the planet. Pretty addresses not only current threats to natural and cultural diversity but also the unsustainability of modern lifestyles typical of industrialized countries. In a very real sense, Pretty discovers, what we manage to preserve now may well save us later. Jules Pretty's travels take him among the Maori people along the coasts of the Pacific, into the mountains of China, and across petroglyph-rich deserts of Australia. He treks with nomads over the continent-wide steppes of Tuva in southern Siberia, walks and boats in the wildlife-rich inland swamps of southern Africa, and experiences the Arctic with ice fishermen in Finland. He explores the coasts and inland marshes of eastern England and Northern Ireland and accompanies Innu people across the taiga’s snowy forests and the lakes of the Labrador interior. Pretty concludes his global journey immersed in the discrete cultures and landscapes embedded within the American landscape: the small farms of the Amish, the swamps of the Cajuns in the deep South, and the deserts of California. The diverse people Pretty meets in The Edge of Extinction display deep pride in their relationships with the land and are only willing to join with the modern world on their own terms. By the examples they set, they offer valuable lessons for anyone seeking to find harmony in a world cracking under the pressures of apparently insatiable consumption patterns of the affluent.

Der Fall des Baumeisters

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3688105508

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 3616

Nicholas Dyer wird nach dem großen Brand von London im frühen 18. Jahrhundert mit dem Neubau von sieben Kirchen beauftragt. Sie sollen das aufblühende Zeitalter der Vernunft, den Geist der Wissenschaft repräsentieren. Doch der geheimnisvolle Dyer fühlt sich älteren Idealen verpflichtet: Seine Kirchen stehen auf den Überresten vorchristlicher Kultstätten, ihr Bau folgt obskuren Gesetzmäßigkeiten der Schwarzen Magie. Und ihre Fertigstellung fordert schreckliche Blutopfer. Zwei Jahrhunderte später: Nicholas Hawksmoor, Inspektor bei Scotland Yard, untersucht eine geradezu irrsinnige Serie von Morden an Kindern und Stadtstreichern. Ihr einziges gemeinsames Merkmal: Sie geschehen in unmittelbarer Nähe gewisser Kirchen aus dem 18. Jahrhundert. Logik hilft bei der Aufklärung ebensowenig weiter wie modernste kriminalistische Methoden. Eher scheint ein anonymer Brief mit seltsamen kabbalistischen Zeichen auf die richtige Spur zu weisen. Angesichts der Verbrechen zweifelt Inspektor Hawksmoor, wie Dyer, an der Kraft des aufgeklärten Verstandes. In schmutzigen Absteigen und Schenken der Londoner Slums geht er scheinbar albernen Gerüchten von einem fürchterlichen Geist aus der Vergangenheit nach, der gekommen sei, die Frevel der modernen Zivilisation zu rächen. Immer tiefer zieht es Hawksmoor in den Strudel einer horriblen magischen Unterwelt: Er hört gespenstische Stimmen, fühlt sich verfolgt und kann nicht mehr zwischen Traum und Wirklichkeit unterscheiden. Ist es möglich, daß Dyer noch lebt? Oder hat am Ende er selber in geistiger Umnachtung die Morde begangen?

Alle Pferde des Königs

Author: Michèle Bernstein

Publisher: Edition Nautilus

ISBN: 396054166X

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

View: 5966

Gilles und Geneviève sind ein Paar und lieben beide Carole, die vor allem Gilles liebt, während Geneviève sich mit Bernard tröstet ... Inspiriert vom pseudo-skandalösen Erfolg von Roger Vadims Verfilmung der Liaisons dangereuses von Choder los de Laclos sowie vom Bestseller Bonjour Tristesse der jungen Françoise Sagan, persifliert Michèle Bernstein in ihrem Debütroman von 1960 sowohl de Laclos als auch Sagan. Das war auf mehreren Ebenen ein Erfolg: als Geldquelle für die radikalste, aber mittellose Avantgarde ihrer Zeit, die Situationisten. In der literarischen Welt provozierte die 28-jährige selbstbewusste Autorin einen Skandal - ihr eigentlich als Witz gemeinter Roman zielte gegen die zeitgenössische französische Literatur und den psychologischen Roman, den die Situationisten verachteten. Und schließlich gibt der Roman auch einen spielerischen Einblick in das Privatleben der Pariser Situationisten. Denn Geneviève ist ein nur flüchtig kaschiertes Alter Ego von Michèle Bernstein selbst, und ihr Mann Gilles ist unschwer als Guy Debord zu erkennen. Alle Pferde des Königs ist ein flirrendes, höchst unterhaltsames und enthüllendes Dokument der Pariser Außenseiter der 50er Jahre.

Die Reise um mein Zimmer


Author: Xavier de Maistre

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783351033477


Page: 171

View: 9261

Slow Travel

Author: Dan Kieran

Publisher: Kein & Aber AG

ISBN: 3954030136

Category: Travel

Page: 223

View: 6123

Dem Alltag zu entkommen; das erhoffen sich viele vom Reisen. Sie steigen in ein Flugzeug, um so schnell wie möglich irgendwo anzukommen. Dort legen sie sich neben andere Touristen an den Strand oder haken ihre Listen von Sehenswürdigkeiten ab und wundern sich am Ende, wenn sie seltsam unbefriedigt nach Hause zurückkehren. Dan Kieran entwickelt eine Philosophie des Reisens, die sich jenseits von Massentourismus und Top-Ten-Attraktionen abspielt. Er hat unterschiedlichste Fortbewegungsmethoden erprobt: zu Fuß gehen, mit Bummelzügen fahren, auf einem Floß treiben. Er hat sich dem Zufall, dem Chaos, der Natur ausgeliefert und dabei die Erkenntnis gewonnen, dass die richtige, die langsame, Art des Reisens den ganzen Blick auf die Welt ändert. Vor allem geht es um die innere Haltung. Der Slow Traveller wirft als erstes alle üblichen Rituale über Bord und befolgt die Maximen: mach keine Fotos, kauf keinen Reiseführer, lass alle Sehenswürdigkeiten weg, vermeide gute Hotels, heiße Katastrophen willkommen. Das Abenteuer kommt dann ganz von allein. Ein erhellendes, Buch, das jeder lesen sollte, bevor er die nächste Pauschalreise bucht.

Mother Brother Lover


Author: Jarvis Cocker

Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3827076552

Category: Poetry

Page: 352

View: 2036

Pulp waren die Helden des Britpops, und niemand stolperte 1995 so schlaksig durch seine unverhoffte Berühmtheit wie ihr Sänger Jarvis Cocker. In Großbritannien gilt er heute als „national treasure“: cool, stylish, charming. Doch es war ein langer Weg dorthin. Geboren im trostlosen Sheffield, gerademal untere Mittelschicht, hatte die Gründung von Pulp 1979 fast schon etwas Trotziges. Entsprechend düster waren die ersten Alben, bis sich schließlich mit der Single „Common People“ alles änderte. Nie zuvor hatte jemand die Welt zwischen Kunsthochschule, rich kids, Klassenkampf und sexueller Freizügigkeit so auf den Punkt gebracht und damit die Charts gestürmt. In „Mother Brother Lover“ hat Jarvis Cocker seine Songtexte aus 25 Jahren zusammengestellt, sie erzählen seine Geschichte, eine Geschichte von Aufstieg und Fall, von Sex und unmöglicher Liebe, von Widersprüchen und Verhältnissen, die bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt jenseits der Glitzerwelt des Pop lagen.

Occult London

Author: Merlin Coverley

Publisher: Oldcastle Books

ISBN: 1842439499

Category: Travel

Page: 224

View: 4669

London, more than any other city, has a secret history concealed from view. Behind the official façade promoted by the heritage industry lies a city of esoteric traditions, obscure institutions, and forgotten locations. Occult London rediscovers this history, unearthing the hidden city that lies beneath our own. From the Elizabethan magic of Dr Dee and Simon Forman to the occult designs of Wren and Hawksmoor; from the Victorian London of Spring-Heeled Jack to the fin de siecle heyday of Madame Blavatsky and Aleister Crowley. This book describes these practitioners of the occult and their unorthodox beliefs, alongside the myths and legends through which the city has always been perceived. The role of the occult within London's literary history is also outlined, while a gazetteer maps the sites of London's most resonant occult locations. Today we are experiencing a renewal of interest in the occult tradition, and Merlin Coverley examines the roots of this revival, exploring the rise of New Age philosophies and the emergence of psychogeography in shaping a new vision of the city

Die Legende von Shikanoko – Herrscher der acht Inseln

Author: Lian Hearn

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3733649664

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 592

View: 6361

Ihre ›Otori‹-Saga ist ein Welterfolg: Jetzt endlich erscheint ein neues Epos der Bestsellerautorin! Shikanoko ist eigentlich nur der Sohn eines einfachen Vasallen. Doch als er von einem Magier eine übernatürliche Maske vermacht bekommt, wird aus ihm das Kind des Hirsches, und er verfügt fortan über magische Fähigkeiten und besonderes Kampfgeschick. Als der alte Kaiser stirbt, gerät Shikanoko in die Fänge des Fürstabts, der alles daransetzt, die höchste Macht im Land – den Lotusthron – an sich zu reißen. Shikanoko muss fliehen und entkommt dabei mehr als einmal nur knapp dem Tod. Doch er muss unbedingt Aki finden, die Herbstprinzessin, die er liebt, und die ein großes Geheimnis verbirgt. Denn in ihrer Obhut befindet sich niemand anderes als der rechtmäßige Nachfolger für den legendären Lotusthron. Mystisch und martialisch – der erste Teil des großen neuen Fantasy-Epos von Bestsellerautorin Lian Hearn, das dem ›Otori‹-Zyklus um nichts nachsteht: ebenso brachial, ebenso brillant! Pressestimmen zu diesem Buch: »Auf magische Art verführerisch!« Kirkus Review »Schonungslos spannende Historical Fantasy« Herald Sun »Exzellent erzählt« West Australian »Gewaltige erfinderische Kraft« Sydney Morning Herald »Unwiderstehliche Charaktere und ein fesselndes Weltkonstrukt!« The Japan Times Schutzumschlag mit Goldfolienveredelung