One of the grilling hot seats of controversies that breed not only human and public discrimination but fierce judgment is the issue of homosexuality. The grilling questions are: Are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people corruptions of human nature and dignity? Or are they the design of creation that expresses uniqueness and evolution? These essential questions are crucial in order to address the root issue. And this book was created for that purpose. This book serves as an open letter to both the LGBT and Islamic communities. We´ll address: The right approach we should carefully consider when we deal with both parties The essential ideological heart cry of LGBT as an identity, individuals, and community Why the terms corruption and creation are a valid argument in their own contextual views but invalid when compromised to other´s views Why LGBT is in fact a great economic resource for progress The context of Islam for giving a severe punishment against LGBT Why Islam´s opposition against LGBT is a sacred devotion The author´s burden of seeing no hope of reconciliation for both parties The common ground we can build in order to control the clashing storm of opposition coming from each party 1. Language: English. Narrator: Trevor Clinger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044860/bk_acx0_044860_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes includes Part One, Millennium Approaches and Part Two, Perestroika Glorious. A monumental, subversive, altogether remarkable masterwork...Details of specific catastrophes may have changed since this Reagan-era AIDS epic won the Pulitzer and the Tony, but the real cosmic and human obsessionspower, religion, sex, responsibility, the future of the worldare as perilous, yet as falling-down funny, as ever.´´ Linda Winer, Newsday ´´A vast, miraculous play... provocative, witty and deeply upsetting... a searching and radical rethinking of American political drama.´´ - Frank Rich, New York Times ´´A victory for theater, for the transforming power of the imagination to turn devastation into beauty.´´ - John Lahr, New Yorker An enormously impressive work of the imagination and intellect, a towering example of what theater stretched to its full potential can achieve.´´ - Philadelphia Inquirer ´´Angels in America is the finest drama of our time, speaking to us of an entire era of life and death as no other play within memory. It ranks as nothing less than one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century.´´ - John Heilpern, New York Observer Some playwrights want to change the world. Some want to revolutionize theater. Tony Kushner is that rarity of rarities: a writer who has the promise to do both.´´ - New York Times This new edition of Tony Kushner´s masterpiece is published with the author´s recent changes and a new introduction in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of its original production. One of the most honored American plays in history, Angels in America was awarded two Tony Awards for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was made into an Emmy Award-winning HBO film directed by Mike Nichols. This two-part epic, subtitled ´´A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,´´ has received hundreds of performances worldwide in more than twenty-six languages. Tony Kushner ´s plays include Angels in America ; Hydriotaphia, or the Death of Dr. Brown ; The Illusion , adapted from the play by Pierre Cornelle; Slavs! ; A Bright Room Called Day ; Homebody/Kabul ; Caroline, or Change , a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori; and The Intelligent Homosexual´s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures . He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols´s film of Angels in America and for Steven Spielberg´s Munich and Lincoln . His books include The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present; Brundibar , with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; and Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict , co-edited with Alisa Solomon. Among many honors, Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award, two Oscar nominations, and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.
A major new history of one of the seminal years in the postwar world, when rebellion and disaffection broke out on an extraordinary scale. The year 1968 saw an extraordinary range of protests across much of the western world. Some of these were genuinely revolutionary - around ten million French workers went on strike and the whole state teetered on the brink of collapse. Others were more easily contained, but had profound longer-term implications - terrorist groups, feminist collectives, gay rights activists could all trace important roots to 1968. 1968 is a striking and original attempt half a century later to show how these events, which in some ways still seem so current, stemmed from histories and societies which are in practice now extraordinarily remote from our own time. 1968 pursues the story into the 1970s to show both the ever more violent forms of radicalization that stemmed from 1968 and the brutal reaction that brought the era to an end. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/007484/bk_harp_007484_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A book for this moment: Both an assessment of our current political leadership and a vision of those who can bring substantive change.Who are the new progressive leaders emerging to lead the post-Trump return to democracy in America? National political correspondent and award-winning author D.D. Guttenplan´s The Next Republic is an extraordinarily intense and wide-ranging account of the recent fall and incipient rise of democracy in America.The Next Republic profiles nine successful activists who are changing the course of American history right now:New labor activist and author Jane McAleveyRacial justice campaigner (and mayor of Jackson, Mississippi) Chokwe Antar Lumumba Environmental activist (and newly elected chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party) Jane KleebChicago’s first openly gay Latino public official Carlos Ramirez-Rosa#ALLOFUS co-founder Waleed ShahidYoung architects of Bernie Sanders amazing rise, digerati Corbin Trent and Zack Exley, founders of Brand New CongressAuthor and anti-corruption crusader Zephyr TeachoutAdditionally, the introduction to The Next Republic ties in the election and first year of the Trump presidency to the current rise of populism of the left, and there are three historical chapters that describe key moments in American history that shed light on current events: the Whiskey Rebellion, the Lincoln Republic, and the Roosevelt Republic. Guttenplan understands the magnitude of the problem of democracy, and at the same time the great possibilities for its resurgence. Like a cross between George Packer´s The Unwinding and John F. Kennedy´s Profiles in Courage, The Next Republic is both unyielding and deeply hopeful, the first audiobook to come out of the Trump ascendency that stakes a claim for seeing beyond it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: D. D. Guttenplan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/011147/bk_brll_011147_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Though we often hear about the ´´gay problem´´ today, there is an even deeper problem in the church today-one that we often overlook. The call to follow Christ is a call to costly obedience for all, not just for gay Christians. Far too often, the church has elevated homosexuality above other sins and required a costly obedience from gays that it is unwilling to demand of others. And yet, the answer is not to weaken the demands of obedience. Instead, gay Christians who make the difficult choice to align their lives with the biblical view of sexuality are a gift to the church, reminding all of us that spiritual growth and maturity is costly. There is a price to pay in following Christ and devoting our lives to the call of the gospel, and it is one that we all must pay - gay and straight Christians alike. Through the stories and struggles of gay Christians who are reorienting their lives around the costly obedience required to follow Christ, Mark Yarhouse and Olya Zaporozhets call the church to reorient as well, leaving behind the casual morality that is widespread today to pursue the path of radical discipleship. Unlike any other book on homosexuality and the church, this is a call to examine your life and consider what God is asking you to lay down to take up your cross and follow him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam Verner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/003891/bk_hove_003891_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sometimes, the world demands too much, and the need to escape becomes overwhelming. An almost doctor who is tired of faking it....Thomas ´´Tom” Dimitri Harris always thinks 12 steps ahead in a conversation - even if that means missing what the person is saying at the moment. It’s not that he doesn’t care about the other person, it’s that he’s too busy worrying about his future. While his parents desperately want him to be a doctor, Tom is suffocating from their expectations. So, he makes the radical decision to break free and drop out of the pathology program that he’s been working toward his entire life. An actor who wants a break from fame....Owen Enstrom is the most sought-after man in Hollywood right now, but he needs to escape. He knows that without a drastic change to his hectic lifestyle he’s headed for a very public, very embarrassing breakdown. So, Owen books a private train compartment on a cross-country trip. Suddenly, he feels freer than ever before and closer to becoming a more honest, happier version of himself.Breaking down walls instead of just breaking down....Now, Tom and Owen are on the same track to freedom, on the same train, and in the same compartment. Both want to find a real connection that will bring them happiness. Will Tom be able to cast aside his anxiety and doubt and live in the moment? How long can Owen keep Tom from discovering his secret? Take a ride on this train of passion, desire, and self-discovery. Discover Me is a steamy, soul-searching M/M romance featuring a virgin ingenue and an experienced older man who find love and each other. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stone Canon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/139846/bk_acx0_139846_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Americans have come to tolerate, embrace, and even champion many things that would have horrified their parents´ generation - from easy divorce and unrestricted abortion on demand to extreme body piercing and teaching homosexuality to grade schoolers. Does that mean today´s Americans are inherently more morally confused and depraved than previous generations? Of course not, says veteran journalist David Kupelian. But they have fallen victim to some of the most stunningly brilliant and compelling marketing campaigns in modern history. The Marketing of Evil reveals how much of what Americans once almost universally abhorred has been packaged, perfumed, gift wrapped, and sold to them as though it had great value. Highly skilled marketers, playing on our deeply felt national values of fairness, generosity, and tolerance, have persuaded us to embrace as enlightened and noble that which all previous generations since America´s founding regarded as grossly self-destructive - in a word, evil. In this groundbreaking and meticulously researched book, Kupelian peels back the veil of marketing-induced deception to reveal exactly when, where, how, and especially why Americans bought in to the lies that now threaten the future of the country. For example, few of us realize that the widely revered father of the ´´sexual revolution´´ has been irrefutably exposed as a full-fledged sexual psychopath who encouraged pedophilia. Or that giant corporations voraciously competing for America´s $150 billion teen market routinely infiltrate young people´s social groups to find out how better to lead children into ever more debauched forms of ´´authentic self-expression´´. Likewise, most of us mistakenly believe the ´´abortion rights´´ and ´´gay rights´´ movements were spontaneous, grassroots uprisings of neglected or persecuted minorities wanting to breathe free. Few people realize America was actually sold on abortion thanks to an audacious public relation 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Kupelian. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/001701/bk_hove_001701_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The founder of POZ magazine shares ´´a captivating...eyewitness account from inside the AIDS epidemic´´ (Next) and ´´a moving, multidecade memoir of one gay man´s life´´ (San Francisco Chronicle). As a politics-obsessed Georgetown freshman, Sean Strub arrived in Washington, DC, from Iowa in 1976, with a plum part-time job running a senate elevator in the US Capitol. He also harbored a terrifying secret: his attraction to men. As Strub explored the capital´s political and social circles, he discovered a parallel world where powerful men lived double lives shrouded in shame. When the AIDS epidemic hit in the early 1980s, Strub was living in New York and soon found himself attending ´´more funerals than birthday parties´´. Scared and angry, he turned to radical activism to combat discrimination and demand research. Strub takes you through his own diagnosis and inside ACT UP, the organization that transformed a stigmatized cause into one of the defining political movements of our time. From the New York of Studio 54 and Andy Warhol´s Factory to the intersection of politics and burgeoning LGBT and AIDS movements, Strub´s story crackles with history. He recounts his role in shocking AIDS demonstrations at St. Patrick´s Cathedral as well as at the home of US Senator Jesse Helms. With an astonishing cast of characters, including Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Keith Haring, Bill Clinton, and Yoko Ono, this is a vivid portrait of a tumultuous era ´´[with] the suspense and horror of Paul Monette´s memoir Borrowed Time and the drama of Larry Kramer´s play The Normal Heart.... What a lot of action - and life - there is in this gripping book.´´ (The Washington Post). Photo: Iowa City Press-Citizen 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Drake. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021756/bk_adbl_021756_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
David Lauriston is struggling to build his reputation in Edinburgh´s privileged legal world. His humble origins are enough of a hurdle, never mind his recent decision to defend a group of weavers accused of treason, prompting speculation that he may harbour radical sympathies. The last thing he should be doing is agreeing to help the brother of one of the convicted weavers find the government agent who caused his brother´s downfall. David´s personal life is no more successful. Tormented by his forbidden desires for other men, and the painful memories of the childhood friend he once loved, David tries his hardest to live a celibate existence, castigating himself whenever his resolve slips. But then into David´s repressed and orderly world bursts Lord Murdo Balfour. Cynical, hedonistic, and utterly unapologetic, Murdo could not be less like David. Whilst David refuses to entertain the prospect of entering into a loveless marriage for propriety´s sake, Murdo is determined to wed one day - and has no intention of giving up the company of other men when he does so. But as appalled as David is by Murdo´s unrepentant self-interest, he cannot resist the man´s sway. Murdo tempts and provokes David in equal measure, distracting him from his promise to find the agent provocateur responsible for the weavers´ fate, and forcing him to acknowledge his physical desires. But is Murdo more than a mere distraction? Is it possible he could be the very man David is looking for? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hamish McKinlay. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/093701/bk_acx0_093701_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.