Torture Garden

Autore: Octave Mirbeau
Editore: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465606947
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One evening some friends were gathered at the home of one of our most celebrated writers. Having dined sumptuously, they were discussing murder—apropos of what, I no longer remember probably apropos of nothing. Only men were present: moralists, poets, philosophers and doctors—thus everyone could speak freely, according to his whim, his hobby or his idiosyncrasies, without fear of suddenly seeing that expression of horror and fear which the least startling idea traces upon the horrified face of a notary. I—say notary, much as I might have said lawyer or porter, not disdainfully, of course, but in order to define the average French mind. With a calmness of spirit as perfect as though he were expressing an opinion upon the merits of the cigar he was smoking, a member of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences said: “Really—I honestly believe that murder is the greatest human preoccupation, and that all our acts stem from it... “ We awaited the pronouncement of an involved theory, but he remained silent. “Absolutely!” said a Darwinian scientist, “and, my friend, you are voicing one of those eternal truths such as the legendary Monsieur de La Palisse discovered every day: since murder is the very bedrock of our social institutions, and consequently the most imperious necessity of civilized life. If it no longer existed, there would be no governments of any kind, by virtue of the admirable fact that crime in general and murder in particular are not only their excuse, but their only reason for being. We should then live in complete anarchy, which is inconceivable. So, instead of seeking to eliminate murder, it is imperative that it be cultivated with intelligence and perseverance. I know no better culture medium than law.” Someone protested. “Here, here!” asked the savant, “aren't we alone, and speaking frankly?” “Please!” said the host, “let us profit thoroughly by the only occasion when we are free to express our personal ideas, for both I, in my books, and you in your turn, may present only lies to the public.” The scientist settled himself once more among the cushions of his armchair, stretched his legs, which were numb from being crossed too long and, his head thrown back, his arms hanging and his stomach soothed by good digestion, puffed smoke−rings at the ceiling: “Besides,” he continued, “murder is largely self−propagating. Actually, it is not the result of this or that passion, nor is it a pathological form of degeneracy. It is a vital instinct which is in us all—which is in all organized beings and dominates them, just as the genetic instinct. And most of the time it is especially true that these two instincts fuse so well, and are so totally interchangeable, that in some way or other they form a single and identical instinct, so that we no longer may tell which of the two urges us to give life, and which to take it—which is murder, and which love. I have been the confidant of an honorable assassin who killed women, not to rob them, but to ravish them. His trick was to manage things so that his sexual climax coincided exactly with the death−spasm of the woman: 'At those moments,' he told me, 'I imagined I was a God, creating a world!”

A Chinese Torture Garden

Autore: Octave Mirbeau
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Aesthetic Sexuality

Autore: Romana Byrne
Editore: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1441183582
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To understand why the concept of aesthetic sexuality is important, we must consider the influence of the first volume of Foucault's seminal The History of Sexuality. Arguing against Foucault's assertions that only scientia sexualis has operated in modern Western culture while ars erotica belongs to Eastern and ancient societies, Byrne suggests that modern Western culture has indeed witnessed a form of ars erotica, encompassed in what she calls 'aesthetic sexuality'. To argue for the existence of aesthetic sexuality, Byrne examines mainly works of literature to show how, within these texts, sexual practice and pleasure are constructed as having aesthetic value, a quality that marks these experiences as forms of art. In aesthetic sexuality, value and meaning are located within sexual practice and pleasure rather than in their underlying cause; sexuality's raison d'être is tied to its aesthetic value, at surface level rather than beneath it. Aesthetic sexuality, Byrne shows, is a product of choice, a deliberate strategy of self-creation as well as a mode of social communication.

The Continuum Companion To Twentieth Century Theatre

Autore: Colin Chambers
Editore: A&C Black
ISBN: 1847146120
Grandezza: 28,80 MB
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International in scope, this book is designed to be the pre-eminent reference work on the English-speaking theatre in the twentieth century. Arranged alphabetically, it consists of some 2500 entries written by 280 contributors from 20 countries which include not only top-level experts, but, uniquely, leading professionals from the world of theatre. A fascinating resource for anyone interested in theatre, it includes: - Overviews of major concepts, topics and issues; - Surveys of theatre institutions, countries, and genres; - Biographical entries on key performers, playwrights, directors, designers, choreographers and composers; - Articles by leading professionals on crafts, skills and disciplines including acting, design, directing, lighting, sound and voice.

The American Film Institute Catalog Of Motion Pictures Produced In The United States

Autore: American Film Institute
Editore: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520209701
Grandezza: 70,30 MB
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Back in print after more than fifteen years, this American Film Institute Catalog covers the decade of the sixties. This was the era in which films began to challenge the taboos on sex and violence and treated social issues in a new light. Included in this volume are The Wild Bunch, Bonnie and Clyde, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The decade also produced such all-time classics as The Sound of Music, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Graduate.

Annie Besant

Autore: Annie Wood Besant
Editore: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108027318
Grandezza: 62,90 MB
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This 1893 autobiography of a controversial radical who challenged Victorian ideologies covers the first half of her life.

New York Magazine

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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.

The Encyclopedia Of Film

Autore: James Monaco
Editore: Perigee
ISBN:
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A collection for laypersons and experts alike, this authoritative work includes biographies of the stars, producers, directors, writers, technical information, and more

Short Stories On Film And Video

Autore: Carol A. Emmens
Editore: Libraries Unltd Inc
ISBN:
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An annotated listing, arranged by author and subdivided by title, of films produced between 1920 and 1984 that are based on short stories by famous American and international writers

Harlequin Presents March 2016 Box Set 1 Of 2

Autore: Miranda Lee
Editore: Harlequin
ISBN: 1460395271
Grandezza: 50,58 MB
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Harlequin® Presents brings you four new titles for one great price! This Presents box set includes: THE ITALIAN'S RUTHLESS SEDUCTION by Miranda Lee Sergio Morelli has always taken what he wants—except his stunning stepsister Bella Cameron, no matter how much he desired her! Now, as Bella seeks refuge at their family home, Sergio decides it's finally time to quench the fire… AWAKENED BY HER DESERT CAPTOR by Abby Green Sheikh Arkim wants revenge after cabaret dancer Sylvie Devereux costs him his respectable reputation. Luring her to his desert palace, he plans to get seductive Sylvie out of his system. But there's one secret Arkim's not prepared for…her innocence! A VOW TO SECURE HIS LEGACY by Annie West When usually cautious Imogen believes she's living on borrowed time, she blows her savings on a trip around the world, meeting sexy Parisian Thierry Girard. But when there are permanent consequences to their affair, Thierry imprisons her…with a gold ring! REQUIRED TO WEAR THE TYCOON'S RING (One Night With Consequences) by Maggie Cox Seth Broden needs one deal to fulfill his ambitions—but to close it he must have a wife! After meeting penniless Imogen, Seth proposes a mutually beneficial arrangement… Imogen was saving herself for her wedding night, but will she be the tycoon's wife in more than name only? Be sure to collect Harlequin® Presents' December 2015 Box set 2 of 2! Join HarlequinMyRewards.com to earn FREE books and more. Earn points for all your Harlequin purchases from wherever you shop.