To the Prospective Artist:Lessons from an Unknown Actor Nick Maccarone
Theatrical agent Payton Gowan meets with former classmate - and prospective client - Beckett Huntington, with every intention of brushing him off. Beckett not only made high school a living hell for Payton, but he was also responsible for dashing Payton´s dreams of becoming a Broadway star. Aspiring actor Beckett Huntington arrives in New York City on a wing and a prayer, struggling to land his first gig. He knows scoring Payton Gowan as an agent would be a great way to get his foot in the door, but with their history, getting the chance is going to be a tough sell. Against Payton´s better judgment, he agrees to give Beckett a chance, only to discover - to his amazement - that Beckett actually does have talent. Payton signs Beckett but can´t trust him - until Payton´s best friend, Val, is attacked. When Beckett is there for him, Payton begins to see another side to his former bully. Amidst attempts by a jealous agent to sabotage Beckett´s career and tear apart their blossoming love, Payton and Beckett must learn to let go of the past if they have any chance at playing out a future together. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tristan James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066291/bk_acx0_066291_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Although this story´s particular events could not have happened anywhere except in British-India, everyone will feel at home in its sunny atmosphere. The three girls who lived these adventures were completely different, but they formed a close-knit trio and shared all of each other´s joys and problems. Poopy possessed a face that seemed blank to everyone but her two friends, who read it with ease. She started each day neatly dressed, but within 10 minutes the other two were pulling up her shoulder straps and anchoring her garments with safety pins. Marise had beautiful curls and a chic born of her French ancestry. She came to the rescue with expert advice when Poopy fell irrevocably in love with the first man she ever really looked at. Poopy, in turn, knew how to counsel Marise in the sedate behavior likely to win over her prospective mother-in-law. With neighbors like the dear, hilarious de Souza family (´´Benny de Souza was 12, and knew everything-his conversation was an undiluted stream of solid facts.´´), Mr. Rogers the actor, Miss Gumm the piano teacher (´´I began the Chopin with confidence, but before I had gone very far I felt a strong push and found Miss Gumm preparing to take my place.´´), and Mr. Andros (´´that chap that goes and shoots man-eaters´´), everybody and everything just a bit unexpected. The story is seen through the eyes of a girl whose name we never learn. She views her friends with love and loyalty and humor, and knows that life will never be quite the same when her girlhood is over. Editor´s note: This book, though written in the style of fiction, is largely an autobiography of Elizabeth Cadell´s own childhood in British-India in the early 1900s. In listening to it, her fans will gain a wider perspective of their favorite author. This audiobook has been narrated by the great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Cadell 1. Language: English. Narrator: Maddy Everington. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/086380/bk_acx0_086380_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the wake of the March 2014 Russian annexation/integration of Crimea and the movement of Russian soldiers into Eastern Ukraine as well as ongoing conflicts in the former Soviet bloc, the essays in this volume were written in 2015. Even though the essays do not cover subsequent developments, they do provide a bench mark to measure the subsequent degree of progress.´´Reconciliation´´ is a frequently ill-defined term. As an aspiration in this volume it encompasses three senses: an incipient, thin and minimal form amounting to passive, peaceful coexistence after enmity; a more elaborate, intermediate and engaged form that is captured by the term rapprochement; and a thick or fuller form denoting active friendship, empathy, trust, magnanimity and, ultimately, amity. Beyond the definitional goal, the volume addresses ten themes. First, reconciliation is examined as a process and/ or a terminal condition. Both the requirements for the transition from conflict to a reconciliatory process, and the obstacles to beginning a process of reconciliation, are analyzed. Reconciliation´s ´´soft´´ and ´´hard´´ expressions, inter alia in emotional and political dimensions, are also the subject of the authors´ interest. Furthermore, the role of identity formation and the sequencing of the steps for reconciliation - which is an enduring rather than an ad hoc phenomenon - are examined. The volume considers the challenges to reconciliation from the domestic and international systems. It also looks at the actors involved. Central to the book are the concepts of ´´history,´´ ´´memory´´ and ´´remembrance,´´ either as catalysts for or obstacles to reconciliation. The analysis of the connection among the past, the present and the future in actual or prospective reconciliation embraces all these topics . The observations about conflict and cooperation offered in this volume aim to add significantly to the burgeoning literature of reconciliation. These essays demonstrate that we need a variety of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives to grapple with conflict and to promote reconciliation.
Few of us have been spared the agonies of intimate relationships. They come in many shapes: loving a man or a woman who will not commit to us, being heartbroken when we´re abandoned by a lover, engaging in Sisyphean internet searches, coming back lonely from bars, parties, or blind dates, feeling bored in a relationship that is so much less than we had envisaged - these are only some of the ways in which the search for love is a difficult and often painful experience. Despite the widespread and almost collective character of these experiences, our culture insists they are the result of faulty or insufficiently mature psyches. For many, the Freudian idea that the family designs the pattern of an individual´s erotic career has been the main explanation for why and how we fail to find or sustain love. Psychoanalysis and popular psychology have succeeded spectacularly in convincing us that individuals bear responsibility for the misery of their romantic and erotic lives. The purpose of this book is to change our way of thinking about what is wrong in modern relationships. The problem is not dysfunctional childhoods or insufficiently self-aware psyches, but rather the institutional forces shaping how we love. The argument of this book is that the modern romantic experience is shaped by a fundamental transformation in the ecology and architecture of romantic choice. The samples from which men and women choose a partner, the modes of evaluating prospective partners, the very importance of choice and autonomy and what people imagine to be the spectrum of their choices: all these aspects of choice have transformed the very core of the will, how we want a partner, the sense of worth bestowed by relationships, and the organization of desire. This book does to love what Marx did to commodities: it shows that it is shaped by social relations and institutions and that it circulates in a marketplace of unequal actors.