The characters in this extraordinary book are often - on the surface - depraved, vicious, cowardly and manipulative, but their essential humanity is never undermined. Two professors of philosophy turn pugilists; Leith removal men become the objects of desire for Hollywood goddesses; God turns Boab Coyle into a house-fly; and in the novella, ´A Smart C**t´, the drug-addled young hero spins off on a collision course with his past. The Acid House is a bizarre, disturbing and hilarious collection from one of the most uncompromising and original writers around. This collection contains: Conversation between Irvine Welsh and Iggy Pop The Acid House The Granton Star Cause Disnae Matter A Soft Touch Snowman Building Parts For Rico the Squirrel Where the Debris Meets the Sea Sexual Disaster Quartet Sport For All Lisa’s Mum Meets the Queen Mum Granny’s Old Junk The Two Philosophers 1. Language: English. Narrator: Irvine Welsh. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/000654/bk_rhuk_000654_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Thousand Cuts is a candid exploration of one of America´s strangest and most quickly vanishing subcultures. It is about the death of physical film in the digital era and about a paranoid, secretive, eccentric, and sometimes obsessive group of film-mad collectors who made movies and their projection a private religion in the time before DVDs and Blu-rays. The book includes the stories of film historian/critic Leonard Maltin, TCM host Robert Osborne discussing Rock Hudson´s secret 1970s film vault, RoboCop producer Jon Davison dropping acid and screening King Kong with Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore East, and Academy Award-winning film historian Kevin Brownlow recounting his decades-long quest to restore the 1927 Napoleon. Authors Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph examine the FBI´s and Justice Department´s campaign to harass, intimidate, and arrest film dealers and collectors in the early 1970s. Many of those persecuted were gay men. Victims included Planet of the Apes star Roddy McDowall, who was arrested in 1974 for film collecting and forced to name names of fellow collectors, including Rock Hudson and Mel Tormé. A Thousand Cuts explores the obsessions of the colorful individuals who created their own screening rooms, spent vast sums, negotiated underground networks, and even risked legal jeopardy to pursue their passion for real, physical film. The book is published by University Press of Mississippi. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary L Willprecht. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/088960/bk_acx0_088960_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Few events have had a more profound impact on the social and cultural upheavals of the Sixties than the psychedelic revolution spawned by the spread of LSD. This audiobook for the first time tells the full and astounding story - part of it hidden till now in secret Government files - of the role the mind-altering drug played in our recent turbulent history and the continuing influence it has on our time. And what a story it is, beginning with LSD’s discovery in 1943 as the most potent drug known to science until it spilled into public view some 20 years later to set the stage for one of the great ideological wars of the decade. In the intervening years the CIA had launched a massive covert research program in the hope that LSD would serve as an espionage weapon, psychiatric pioneers came to believe that acid would shed light on the perplexing problems of mental illness, and a new generation of writers and artists had given birth to the LSD sub-culture. Acid Dreams is a complete social history of the psychedelic counter-culture that burst into full view in the Sixties. With new information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the authors reveal how the CIA became obsessed with LSD during the Cold War, fearing the Soviets had designs on it as well. What follows is one of the more bizarre episodes in the covert history of U.S. intelligence as the search for a ´´truth drug” began to resemble a James Bond scenario in which agents spied on drug-addicted prostitutes through two-way mirrors and countless unwitting citizens received acid with sometimes tragic results. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Oliver Wyman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017532/bk_adbl_017532_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The utterly gripping story of the most outrageous case of cyber piracy prosecuted by the US Department of Justice. A former US Navy intelligence officer, David Locke Hall was a federal prosecutor when a bizarre-sounding website, CRACK99, came to his attention. It looked like Craigslist on acid, but what it sold was anything but amateurish: thousands of high-tech software products used largely by the military, and for mere pennies on the dollar. Want to purchase satellite tracking software? No problem. Aerospace and aviation simulations? No problem. Communications systems designs? No problem. Software for Marine One, the presidential helicopter? No problem. With delivery times and customer service to rival the world´s most successful online retailers, anybody, anywhere - including rogue regimes, terrorists, and countries forbidden from doing business with the United States - had access to these goods for any purpose whatsoever. But who was behind CRACK99, and where were they? The Justice Department discouraged potentially costly, risky cases like this, preferring the low-hanging fruit that scored points from politicians and the public. But Hall and his colleagues were determined to find the culprit. They bought CRACK99´s products for delivery in the United States, buying more and more to appeal to the budding entrepreneur in the man they identified as Xiang Li. After winning his confidence, they lured him to Saipan - a US commonwealth territory where Hall´s own father had stormed the beaches with the marines during World War II. There, they set up an audacious sting that culminated in Xiang Li´s capture and imprisonment. The value of the goods offered by CRACK99? A cool $100 million. An eye-opening look at cybercrime and its chilling consequences for national security, CRACK99 is like a caper that resonates with every amazing detail. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Peckham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008109/bk_blak_008109_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Duke of Rockliffe is 36 years old, head of his house, and responsible for his young sister, Nell. He is, therefore, under some pressure to choose a suitable bride. Whilst accompanying Nell to what he speedily comes to regard as the house-party from hell, he meets Adeline Kendrick - acid-tongued, no more than passably good-looking yet somehow alluring. Worse still, her relatives are quite deplorable - from a spoiled, ill-natured cousin to a sadistic, manipulative uncle. As a prospective bride, therefore, Adeline is out of the question. Until, that is, a bizarre turn of events cause the Duke to throw caution to the wind and make what his world will call a mésalliance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alex Wyndham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/055115/bk_acx0_055115_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This third volume of The Library of America´s definitive edition of Philip Roth´s collected works presents three markedly different novels that together trace a crucial period in the bold evolution of one of America´s indispensable novelists. In The Great American Novel (1973), a hilarious, bizarre, strangely poignant tall tale of American pieties and American lunacy, Roth lifts the lid on the suppressed history of the homeless Ruppert Mundys of baseball´s despised and vanquished third major league, turning the national pastime into unfettered picaresque farce. The cast of improbable characters includes: Gil Gamesh, the pitcher who actually tried to kill the umpire; John Baal, the ex-con first baseman, ´´The Babe Ruth of the Big House,´´ who never hit a home run sober; and the House Un-American Activities Committee. My Life as a Man (1974) is Roth´s most blistering novel, the savage, sometimes lurid account of the all-out battle waged between the young writer Peter Tarnopol and the wife who is his nemesis, his demon, and his muse. This is the treacherous world of Strindberg nearly a century later: the story of a fierce marital tragedy of obsession and blindness and desperate need. The volume closes with The Professor of Desire (1977), which charts the second sexual metamorphosis of David Kepesh, protagonist of The Breast. Roth follows Kepesh, an adventurous man of intelligence and feeling, into a vast wilderness of erotic possibility. The Professor of Desire is the troublingly affecting novel about the dilemmas of desire that prompted Milan Kundera to proclaim Roth ´´a great historian of modern eroticism.´´ LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation´s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America´s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.
In her short lifetime, Flannery O´Connor became one of the most distinctive American writers of the twentieth century. By birth a native of Georgia and a Roman Catholic, O´Connor depicts, in all its comic and horrendous incongruity, the limits of worldly wisdom and the mysteries of divine grace in the ´´Christ-haunted´´ Protestant South. This Library of America collection, the most comprehensive ever published, contains all of her novels and short-story collections, as well as nine other stories, eight of her most important essays, and a selection of 259 witty, spirited, and revealing letters, twenty-one published here for the first time. Her fiction brilliantly explores the human obsession with seemingly banal things. It might be a new hat or clean hogs or, for Hazel Motes, hero of Wise Blood (1952), an automobile. ´´Nobody with a good car needs to be justified,´´ Hazel assures himself while using its hood for a pulpit to preach his ´´Church Without Christ.´´ As in O´Connor´s subsequent work, the characters in this novel are driven to violence, even murder, and their strong vernacular endows them with the discomforting reality of next-door neighbors. ´´In order to recognize a freak,´´ she remarks in one of her essays, ´´you have to have a conception of the whole man.´´ In the title story of her first, dazzling collection of stories, A Good Man Is Hard to Find (1955), the old grandmother discovers the comic irrelevance of good manners when she and her family meet up with the sinister Misfit, who claims there is ´´no pleasure but meanness.´´ The terror of urban dislocation in ´´The Artificial Nigger,´´ the bizarre baptism in ´´The River,´´ or one-legged Hulga Hopewell´s encounter with a Bible salesman in ´´Good Country People´´-these startling events give readers the uneasy sense of mysteries about to be revealed. Her second novel, The Violent Bear It Away (1960), casts the shadow of the Old Testament across a landscape of backwoods shacks, modern towns, and empty highways. Caught between the prophetic fury of his great-uncle and the unrelenting rationalism of his uncle, fourteen-year-old Francis Tarwater undergoes a terrifying trial of faith when he is commanded to baptize his idiot cousin. The nine stories in Everything That Rises Must Converge (1965) show O´Connor´s powers at their height. The title story is a terrifying, heart-rending drama of familial and racial misunderstanding. ´´Revelation´´ and ´´The Enduring Chill´´ probe further into conflicts between parental figures and recalcitrant offspring, where as much tension is generated from quiet conversation as from the physical violence of gangsters and fanatics. LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation´s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America´s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.
Tras el suicidio de Ian Curtis en 1980, los componentes de Joy Division se reagruparon para formar New Order, bajo el auspicio de su mánager, el carismático Rob Gretton. Durante las giras norteamericanas que cimentarían el éxito del grupo en EE.UU., descubrieron fascinados la emergente escena de clubs neoyorquina, con los míticos Danceteria y Paradise Garage a la cabeza. El excéntrico Tony Wilson, máximo responsable de Factory, el sello discográfico de Manchester que labró su éxito gracias, sobre todo, a Joy Division y New Order, decidió emprender con Gretton, arrastrando, de paso, a New Order, una ambiciosa reforma del International Marine Center para reconvertirlo en el que debía ser el club más elegante y sofisticado del mundo, a imagen y semejanza de los que habían visto en Nueva York. Para ello, contrataron al visionario arquitecto Ben Kelly, que transformó el espacio en una catedral de acero y cristal a la que llamaron The Haçienda, y que incluso recibió un número de referencia: FAC 51. Peter Hook, cuyas líneas de bajo en Joy Division y New Order son un referente de la música popular, narra con humor y un ritmo endiablado su experiencia no solo como bajista de dos de los grupos fundamentales del rock británico sino también como copropietario a la fuerza de uno de los clubs más influyentes de todos los tiempos. Hooky, que vivía humildemente con veinte libras a la semana, no pudo imaginarse nunca que gran parte de sus abultados ingresos tras éxitos como ´´Blue Monday´´, ´´Bizarre Love Triangle´´ o ´´True Faith´´ se esfumarían en ese ´´agujero en el suelo conocido como The Haçienda´´, tal y como lo describió el productor Martin Hannett, que abrió sus puertas el 21 de mayo de 1982 para cambiar para siempre el rumbo de la escena de clubs del Reino Unido. Y si bien al principio funcionó más como una sala de conciertos ?allí dieron bolos antológicos grupos como los Smiths, Happy Mondays o Stone Roses?, a partir de 1984, DJs como Mike Pickering y sus noches Nude tomaron el testigo y empezaron a pinchar una ecléctica mezcla de funk, primigenia música electrónica e indie que revolucionaron la escena musical y plantaron las semillas del fenómeno que se conoció como Madchester. Para que la revolución acabara de estallar, ya solo quedó el advenimiento del Segundo Verano del Amor, de inspiración ibicenca, que dio lugar en 1988 al apogeo de la cultura rave y al acid house. Esta es la hilarante y desquiciada historia de The Haçienda, contada por un narrador de excepción como Peter Hook, que vio cómo la mala gestión, la violencia del crimen organizado de Manchester (rebautizada ´´Gunchester´´), una administración pública beligerante y errores de amateur de todo tipo acabaron con la vida de un club legendario cuyo legado aún hoy pervive.