Graham Kennedy and Others Revealed: Henry Gay
Graham Kennedy and Others Revealed: Henry Gay
The New Black:A Neo-Noir Anthology Dark House Press Brian Evenson, Benjamin Percy, Stephen Graham Jones, Roxane Gay
In this intimate biography of the Prince of Soul, David Ritz provides a candid look at a star and a friend. Ritz had been collaborating with Marvin Gaye on his story for several years before the singer´s tragic death and had conducted a series of extraordinary interviews in which Gaye discussed his deepest secrets. What emerges is a full-scale portrait of a charming but tortured artist, a brilliant singer with a divided soul. Here is Marvin´s story, from his early years in the slums of Washington, D.C. to his rise to the top of the Motown industry, his fall from grace, his comeback, and finally his sudden, shocking end at the hands of his own father. It is also the story of his glorious music and the music of black America over the past fifty years, an epic tale whose cast of characters includes Diana Ross, Berry Gordie, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dion Graham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/002741/bk_blak_002741_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1930, dancer and choreographer Martha Graham proclaimed the arrival of ´´dance as an art of and from America´´. Dancers such as Doris Humphrey, Ted Shawn, Katherine Dunham, and Helen Tamiris joined Graham in creating a new form of dance, and, like other modernists, they experimented with and argued over their aesthetic innovations, to which they assigned great meaning. Their innovations, however, went beyond aesthetics. While modern dancers devised new ways of moving bodies in accordance with many modernist principles, their artistry was indelibly shaped by their place in society. Modern dance was distinct from other artistic genres in terms of the people it attracted: white women (many of whom were Jewish), gay men, and African American men and women. Women held leading roles in the development of modern dance on stage and off; gay men recast the effeminacy often associated with dance into a hardened, heroic, American athleticism; and African Americans contributed elements of social, African, and Caribbean dance, even as their undervalued role defined the limits of modern dancers´ communal visions. Through their art, modern dancers challenged conventional roles and images of gender, sexuality, race, class, and regionalism with a view of American democracy that was confrontational and participatory, authorial and populist. The book is published by University of North Carolina Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Celeste Lawson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redw/000089/bk_redw_000089_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
American public opinion tends to be sticky. Although the news cycle might temporarily affect the public´s mood on contentious issues like abortion, the death penalty, or gun control, public opinion toward these issues has remained remarkably constant over decades. There are notable exceptions, however, particularly with regard to divisive issues that highlight identity politics. For example, over the past three decades, public support for same-sex marriage has risen from scarcely more than a tenth to a majority of the population.Why have people´s minds changed so dramatically on this issue, and why so quickly? It wasn´t just that older, more conservative people were dying and being replaced in the population by younger, more progressive people; people were changing their minds. Was this due to the influence of elite leaders like President Obama? Or advocacy campaigns by organizations pushing for greater recognition of the equal rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people?Listen, We Need to Talk tests a new theory, what Brian Harrison and Melissa Michelson call ´´The Theory of Dissonant Identity Priming´´, about how to change people´s attitudes on controversial topics. Harrison and Michelson conducted randomized experiments all over the United States, many in partnership with equality organizations, including Equality Illinois, Georgia Equality, Lambda Legal, Equality Maryland, and Louisiana´s Capital City Alliance. They found that people are often willing to change their attitudes about LGBT rights when they find out that others with whom they share an identity (for example, as sports fans or members of a religious group) are also supporters of those rights - particularly when told about support from a leader of the group, and particularly if they find the information somewhat surprising.Fans of the Green Bay Packers football team were influenced by hearing that a Packers Hall-of-Famer is a supporter of LGBT rights 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graham Halstead. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012001/bk_tant_012001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Aspiring writer Brent Granger has good friends and a great job at an arts magazine in DC, but he´s batting zero in the arena of love. Brent begins to get a clue why things aren´t working with women from his strong attraction to his gorgeous, gay, and already attached boss, Graham Stoneford. When he sees a personal ad from a man that quotes his favorite poet, Brent decides to do something wild and answer. Enter Cody Bellstrom, easygoing bisexual musician, who is happy to initiate Brent in the ways of gay sex. Brent now has a new problem: he realizes he´s gay and no one in his life knows it. Cody tires of hiding their relationship, but Brent finds it challenging to come out to family, friends, and especially to Graham. In the end, Brent must confront the truth of where - and with whom - his heart lies. 1. Language: English. Narrator: K.C. Kelly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/052713/bk_acx0_052713_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The rainman gave me two cures And he said, Just jump right in.´´ The one was Texas Medicine And the other was railroad gin. And like a fool I mixed them And they strangled up my mind Now people just get uglier And I have no sense of time.´´ -Bob Dylan, ´´Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again´´ The guiding metaphor in Peter Coyote´s new spiritual biography is drawn from a line in an early Bob Dylan song. For Coyote, the twin forces Dylan identifies as Texas Medicine and Railroad Gin - represent the competing forces of the transcendental, inclusive, and ecstatic world of love with the competitive, status-seeking world of wealth and power. The Rainman´s Third Cure is the tale of a young man caught between these apparently antipodal options and the journey that leads him from the privileged halls of power to Greenwich Village jazz bars, to jail, to the White House, lessons from a man who literally held the power of life and death over others, to government service and international success on stage and screen. Expanding his frame beyond the wild ride through the 1960s counterculture that occupied so much of his lauded debut memoir, Sleeping Where I Fall, Coyote provides listeners intimate portraits of mentors that shaped him - a violent, intimidating father, a be-bop Bass player who teaches him that life can be improvised, a Mafia consigliere, who demonstrates to him that men can be bought and manipulated, an ex game-warden who initiates him into the laws of nature, a gay dancer in Martha Graham´s company who introduces him to Mexico and marijuanas, beat poet Gary Snyder, who introduces him to Zen practice, and finally famed fashion designer Nino Cerruti who made the high-stakes world of haute monde Europe available to him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Coyote. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023316/bk_adbl_023316_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The recipient of the Journey Prize and Edna Staebler Award, Heather Birrell made a splash in the literary world with her first collection, I Know You Are But What Am I? In Mad Hope, Birrell employs her keen insight into the human condition to present tales featuring a complex array of characters, including a gay man caring for a friend and a science teacher faced with a shocking request. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tandy Cronyn, Morgan Hallett, Erin Moon, Graham Rowat. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/006930/bk_reco_006930_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.