News in a New America

Author: Sally Lehrman,John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780974970219

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 152

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How To Build A Girl

Author: Caitlin Moran

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 1443433632

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 7088

A hilarious yet deeply moving coming-of-age novel from New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Moran, “the U.K.’s answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and Lena Dunham all rolled into one” (Marie Claire) What do you do in your teenage years when you realize what your parents taught you wasn’t enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes—and build yourself. It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan, fourteen, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde—fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer! She will save her poverty-stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer—like Jo in Little Women, or the Bröntes—but without the dying young bit. By sixteen, she’s smoking cigarettes, getting drunk and working for a music paper. She’s writing pornographic letters to rock stars, having all kinds of sex with all kinds of men and eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less. But what happens when Johanna realizes she’s built Dolly with a fatal flaw? Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters and a head full of paperbacks enough to build a girl after all? Imagine The Bell Jar—written by Rizzo from Grease. How to Build a Girl is a funny, poignant and heartbreakingly evocative story of self-discovery and invention, as only Caitlin Moran could tell it.

A Tale of Three Cities

The 1962 Baseball Season in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco

Author: Steven Travers

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1597976172

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 274

View: 8201

Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants battle it out

The Reporters Tale

Author: Tom Davies

Publisher: Berwyn Mountain Press

ISBN: 0955353947


Page: 448

View: 4666

The Reporter''s Tale is an adventure story about Tom Davies, a young Welsh writer who travels the world looking for the truth and, in a few days of blistering revelation in Malaya, finds it in a series of visions.Thereafter, he takes his new insights on a journey through the media, becoming a reporter for top Sunday newspapers - and later an award-winning author of many books - and realising he has a fresh understanding of the causes of the violence which is so blighting the modern world.His odyssey of discovery begins in Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles where he finds that the media - with its persistent pursuit of violence - is the cause of much of the disorder there.The global media, which specialises in reporting the worst of everything from everywhere, has become the mother and father of modern terrorism, he says, giving the IRA disproportionate power and importance merely because they offer violence. Television in particular is the catalyst for the growing disorder in our streets: becoming the very leader of street riot while also giving motive and reward to suicide bombers.The many revolutions of the Arab Spring are fully explained by his visions, he shows. Here the world''s media first began feeding on the self-immolation of a Tunisian trader before spawning revolution after revolution in neighbouring countries. They all wanted freedom and democracy, we were told, but all that seemed to be happening was that they were deranged by watching too much television news as each service, particularly Al Jazeera, spooled out violent imagery on an almost twenty four hour loop mostly from footage downloaded from their viewers'' mobile phones.All outlets of the media have come together and conspired to set loose a tide of evil which is turning violence into the very oxygen we are all now breathing, Davies shows in this book which may well be the most powerful and trenchant attack ever mounted on the tyranny of the modern media.''How utterly fascinating I found The Reporter''s Tale! What a life! What an epiphany! I am astonished by the profligacy of detail - inner and outer - and by Tom Davies'' command of his own meanings''.Jan Morris, writer.''Steel worker''s son, gossip columnist, coal yard owner, novelist, travel writer, religious visionary. Tom Davies'' voyage through the last 60 years in The Reporter''s Tale is as strange and compelling as the Book of Revelation.''Ian Jack, Guardian columnist and former editor of Granta.I found The Reporter''s Tale both disturbing and thought-provoking. Berwyn Mountain Press is to be congratulated on keeping the faith with one of Wales'' most passionate and creative writers.Max Boyce, MBE, entertainer.In The Reporter''s Tale, Tom Davies takes the reader on a sensuous and, at times, harrowing pilgrimage. John Bunyan might have written something like this had he joined that rabble on a pub crawl to Canterbury. A testimony of hope, deep loss and a determination not to perish in the godless shadows of our days. Be inspired.Stewart Henderson, poet and presenter of Questions, Questions, BBC Radio 4.Rapturous in places, repulsive in others, but a powerful autobiography, grappling with faith, sex, the media and the horrific implications of fictional violence on our disturbed society. Not to be missed, even if it demands a strong stomach.Michael Saward, hymnwriter and former Canon Treasurer of St Paul''s Cathedral.The Reporter''s Tale is the autobiography of Tom Davies, a steelworker''s son from Cardiff who went on to enjoy - and sometimes endure - a high-rise career as a writer. This is a packed and passionate book from a man who kissed the Blarney Stone and found God talking to him.Western Mail.Tom Davies, the former Observer journalist and one-time Penarth coal merchant, has moved to Bala and is producing books at an enviable rate. This is an autobiography told with the speed of fiction. Davies spills the beans on a life that mixed God with debauchery in almost equal proportions. The Davies'' trajectory starts where many do, in the boundary-pushing ''60s. Colin Wilson, Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac all feature as early influences. Tom the Book''s progress from provincial journalist to UK national icon is charted with an engaging mixture of humour and revelation. I found it compulsive.Peter Finch, Chief Executive, Welsh Academy of Writers.I found The Reporter''s Tale a marvellous book which captures the spirit and atmosphere of working on a newspaper. The time Davies spent on the Western Mail is only one episode in the fascinating life he has led - but this revealing and painfully honest book will be of interest to anyone thinking of taking up journalism or writing as a career.Brian Lee, Echo Extra.The Reporter''s Tale is the story of a writer''s exhilarating journey around the world until he finally ends up running an art gallery in Bala. The journey is always entertaining and his life changes completely when he sees a series of visions in Malaya in which he understands that God is in deep distress because of the corruption of our modern media. With his new insights Davies argues that the modern media, with its romantic obsession with violence, cruelty and perversion, is causing widespread damage throughout the world. During his journalistic career Tom investigated a number of cases in which violence on the screen or printed page have inspired acts of violence like Hungerford and American school massacres. I regard The Reporter''s Tale as one of the most significant spiritual memoirs I have ever read, comparable to C S Lewis'' Surprised by Joy, Jack Clemo''s Confession of a Rebel and Malcolm Muggeridge''s Chronicles of Wasted Time.The Christian LibrarianThis autobiography has a dynamic forthrightness and range. The chapters on the Welsh miners'' strike were a highlight as were those on the Sunday Telegraph. I never realised journalists were so drunken and badly behaved.John Davies, poet and publisher.What happens to columnists when they''ve done hundreds and find the place where they started coming round again? If you were Tom Davies you''d simply carry on. Tom, novelist, reporter, investigative hack and perpetual commentator on the vagaries of life in Wales has spilled the beans in his recent Berwyn Mountain Press paperback, The Reporter''s Tale. Davies was a firecracker of a journalist who delivered news and insight as often as he did outrage, indignation and shedloads of damning with faint praise. His life as a regional journalist making good on the London nationals and then falling from grace and returning to Wales makes for exhilarating reading. Starting on the Western Mail, he went on to work for The Sunday Times, the Observer and the Sunday Telegraph, with episodes in between as a coalman and Christian evangelist. In that way of wayward creatives who are never happy where they are, he ended up working as a novelist. There are 16 fat titles listed on this ink man''s bibliography. One Winter of the Holy Spirit, the story of Evan Roberts and the 1904 revival in Wales is an excellent place to start.The Insider, Western Mail.Tom Davies is never less than entertaining, never more readable than when he is being passionate. The Reporter''s Tale is a riveting read and Tom possesses - like C S Lewis - the rare gift of making theology accessible and deserves a wide audience. Tom is a reluctant prophet - but a prophet nevertheless - and his prose is soaked in wisdom, clarity and the odd drop of whisky. Highly recommended.Amazon.

Birth of a Nation

The Story of a Newspaper in Kenya

Author: Gerard Loughran

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857710907

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 344

View: 6781

Launched in Nairobi in 1960, three years before the birth of independent Kenya, the Nation group of newspapers grew up sharing the struggles of an infant nation, suffering the pain of its failures and rejoicing in its successes. Marking its 50th anniversary in 2010, the Nation looks back on its performance as the standard-bearer for journalistic integrity and how far it fell short or supported the loyalty demanded by its founding slogan 'The Truth shall make you free'. The Aga Khan was still a student at Harvard University when he decided that an honest and independent newspaper would be a crucial contribution to East Africa's peaceful transition to democracy. The 'Sunday Nation' and 'Daily Nation' were launched in 1960 when independence for Kenya was not far over the horizon. They quickly established a reputation for honesty and fair-mindedness, while shocking the colonial and settler establishment by calling for the release of the man who could become the nation's first prime minister, Jomo Kenyatta, and early negotiations for 'Uhuru'. By the time of independence, the Nation newspapers were already established at the heart of a literate African leadership, and their importance, both editorial and commercial, would continue to grow. In the decades following independence, the government's attempts to harness the media's communicative power and reach would be at odds with the editors' determination to toe an independent line. Despite the arrests, intimidation and economic pressures suffered by the Nation newspapers, they remained resolutely patriotic, most recently seeking to act as peace brokers in the violence that broke out following the 2007 election. The history of the 'Nation' papers and that of Kenya are closely intertwined; in the heat of its printing presses and philosophical struggles, that story is told here: from committed beginnings to its position today as East Africa's leading newspaper group.

Before Rupert

Keith Murdoch and the Birth of a Dynasty

Author: Tom Roberts

Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press

ISBN: 0702255734

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 392

View: 5238

‘An impressive study of the Murdoch genius for government by media.’ Chris Masters‘In this engrossing study Tom Roberts draws on a remarkable range of sources, many for the first time, to show how Keith Murdoch succeeded in his ambition.’ Stuart Macintyre, author of The History Wars Following the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch said his greatest regret was that he had let his father down. Popular history views Sir Keith Murdoch (1885–1952) as a fearless war correspondent – author of the famous letter that led to the evacuation of the Anzac force from Gallipoli – and a principled journalist and dedicated family man who, on his death, left a single provincial newspaper to Rupert. This benign reputation is unsurprising: the two previously published biographies of Keith were Murdoch family commissions. But is there another side to the story of Keith’s success and the origins of News Corporation? Before Rupert is an unflinching prequel to the saga of the Murdoch family’s rise to power. Historian Tom Roberts draws on an unparalleled range of interviews, correspondence and archival sources to trace the genesis of the family’s involvement with the news and entertainment industry and their resulting influence. Before Rupert explores how Keith Murdoch ruthlessly exploited his networks to gain ultimate control over Australia’s media and political landscapes.With controversial revelations, this book shows how, by Rupert’s birth, a pattern for the cut-throat exercise of power through an expanding media chain had been set – a course still followed to this day.

The Moravian Night

A Story

Author: Peter Handke

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374715610

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 4338

An odyssey through the mind and memory of a washed-up writer, from one of Europe’s most provocative novelists Mysteriously summoned to a houseboat on the Morava River, a few friends, associates, and collaborators of an old writer listen as he tells a story that will last until dawn: the tale of the once well-known writer’s recent odyssey across Europe. As his story unfolds, it visits places that represent stages of the narrator’s and the continent’s past, many now lost or irrecoverably changed through war, death, and the subtler erosions of time. His wanderings take him from the Balkans to Spain, Germany, and Austria, from a congress of experts on noise sickness to a clandestine international gathering of jew’s-harp virtuosos. His story and its telling are haunted by a beautiful stranger, a woman who has a preternatural hold over the writer and appears sometimes as a demon, sometimes as the longed-for destination of his travels. Powerfully alive, honest, and at times deliciously satirical, The Moravian Night explores the mind and memory of an aging writer, tracking the anxieties, angers, fears, and pleasures of a life inseparable from the recent history of Central Europe. In crystalline prose, Peter Handke traces and interrogates his own thoughts and perceptions while endowing the world with a mythic dimension. As Jeffrey Eugenides writes, “Handke’s sharp eye is always finding a strange beauty amid this colorless world.” The Moravian Night is at once an elegy for the lost and forgotten and a novel of self-examination and uneasy discovery, from one of world literature’s great voices.

The Pall Mall Budget

Being a Weekly Collection of Articles Printed in the Pall Mall Gazette from Day to Day, with a Summary of News

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

Author: Honore de Balzac

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1613101767


Page: 327

View: 5486

Mme. de Bargeton and Lucien de Rubempre had left Angouleme behind, and were traveling together upon the road to Paris. Not one of the party who made that journey alluded to it afterwards; but it may be believed that an infatuated youth who had looked forward to the delights of an elopement, must have found the continual presence of Gentil, the man-servant, and Albertine, the maid, not a little irksome on the way. Lucien, traveling post for the first time in his life, was horrified to see pretty nearly the whole sum on which he meant to live in Paris for a twelvemonth dropped along the road. Like other men who combine great intellectual powers with the charming simplicity of childhood, he openly expressed his surprise at the new and wonderful things which he saw, and thereby made a mistake. A man should study a woman very carefully before he allows her to see his thoughts and emotions as they arise in him. A woman, whose nature is large as her heart is tender, can smile upon childishness, and make allowances; but let her have ever so small a spice of vanity herself, and she cannot forgive childishness, or littleness, or vanity in her lover. Many a woman is so extravagant a worshiper that she must always see the god in her idol; but there are yet others who love a man for his sake and not for their own, and adore his failings with his greater qualities. Lucien had not guessed as yet that Mme. de Bargeton’s love was grafted on pride. He made another mistake when he failed to discern the meaning of certain smiles which flitted over Louise’s lips from time to time; and instead of keeping himself to himself, he indulged in the playfulness of the young rat emerging from his hole for the first time. The travelers were set down before daybreak at the sign of the Gaillard-Bois in the Rue de l’Echelle, both so tired out with the journey that Louise went straight to bed and slept, first bidding Lucien to engage the room immediately overhead. Lucien slept on till four o’clock in the afternoon, when he was awakened by Mme. de Bargeton’s servant, and learning the hour, made a hasty toilet and hurried downstairs. Louise was sitting in the shabby inn sitting-room. Hotel accommodation is a blot on the civilization of Paris; for with all its pretensions to elegance, the city as yet does not boast a single inn where a well-to-do traveler can find the surroundings to which he is accustomed at home. To Lucien’s just-awakened, sleep-dimmed eyes, Louise was hardly recognizable in this cheerless, sunless room, with the shabby window-curtains, the comfortless polished floor, the hideous furniture bought second-hand, or much the worse for wear.

String Fellows

A Cycling Odyssey Into Cricket's Heartland

Author: Colin Bateman

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1848764847

Category: Bicycle touring

Page: 294

View: 8877

Colin Bateman, the cricket correspondent for the Daily Express, has written this hilarious account of what happens when he and a disparate group of friends (aged 19-71) set off for a 1100 mile charity bike ride around all 18 of the cricket counties of England and Wales. They had no idea what perils lay in wait around the next bend. And neither did the guest riders who joined them for a day here and there, and included former England cricketers Angus Fraser and Steve James, both of whom have contributions to make to this tale of two wheels.String Fellows reveals the tensions that build up when six good friends are taken out of their comfort zone for 16 days of pain and pleasure in the saddle. The story takes us around the by-ways of Britain, exploring its curious folk and folklore. It tells very personal tales of each county cricket club and what exactly makes Britain ‘grate’ when viewed from the saddle on another back-breaking climb into a cruel head-wind. You do not have to like cycling to cricket to enjoy this humorous tale but by the end of it you probably will.

Breaking News

Renaissance Journalism and the Birth of the Newspaper

Author: Chris R. Kyle,Jason Peacey

Publisher: Folger Shakespeare Lib

ISBN: 9780295988733

Category: History

Page: 182

View: 4325

The first newspaper arrived in England in 1620 and sparked a huge demand for up-to-the minute reports on domestic and world events. Men and women in Renaissance England were addicted to news, whether from the battlefields of Europe, or the scandal-filled salons of its courtiers. Newspapers commented on politics, crime, omens, bad weather, natural disasters, and strange apparitions. Breaking News traces the development of the newspaper in England, from its origins in manuscript letters and imported corantos in ShakespeareÕs England, to the introduction of daily newspapers, regional journals, and specialist magazines around 1700, as well as the first stirrings of American journalism. The examples of early journalism illustrated here reveal the indelible mark the early English newspaper has left on modern news culture. Chris R. Kyle is associate professor of history at Syracuse University. Jason Peacey is lecturer in history at University College London.

Waterhouse on Newspaper Style

Author: Keith Waterhouse

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780956368690

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 252

View: 7731

This text provides a manual of tabloid journalism for students and everybody in the business.


Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier

Author: Suelette Dreyfus,Julian Assange

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 085786260X

Category: Computers

Page: 320

View: 553

Suelette Dreyfus and her co-author, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, tell the extraordinary true story of the computer underground, and the bizarre lives and crimes of an elite ring of international hackers who took on the establishment. Spanning three continents and a decade of high level infiltration, they created chaos amongst some of the world's biggest and most powerful organisations, including NASA and the US military. Brilliant and obsessed, many of them found themselves addicted to hacking and phreaking. Some descended into drugs and madness, others ended up in jail. As riveting as the finest detective novel and meticulously researched, Underground follows the hackers through their crimes, their betrayals, the hunt, raids and investigations. It is a gripping tale of the digital underground.

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy

The Many Faces of Anonymous

Author: Gabriella Coleman

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1781685843

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 9500

Here is the ultimate book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous, by the writer the Huffington Post says “knows all of Anonymous’ deepest, darkest secrets.” Half a dozen years ago, anthropologist Gabriella Coleman set out to study the rise of this global phenomenon just as some of its members were turning to political protest and dangerous disruption (before Anonymous shot to fame as a key player in the battles over WikiLeaks, the Arab Spring, and Occupy Wall Street). She ended up becoming so closely connected to Anonymous that the tricky story of her inside–outside status as Anon confidante, interpreter, and erstwhile mouthpiece forms one of the themes of this witty and entirely engrossing book. The narrative brims with details unearthed from within a notoriously mysterious subculture, whose semi-legendary tricksters—such as Topiary, tflow, Anachaos, and Sabu—emerge as complex, diverse, politically and culturally sophisticated people. Propelled by years of chats and encounters with a multitude of hackers, including imprisoned activist Jeremy Hammond and the double agent who helped put him away, Hector Monsegur, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy is filled with insights into the meaning of digital activism and little understood facets of culture in the Internet age, including the history of “trolling,” the ethics and metaphysics of hacking, and the origins and manifold meanings of “the lulz.” From the Hardcover edition.

The European

The Journal of Opposition

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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