Zen in the Art of Archery
The path to achieving Zen (a balance between the body and the mind) is brilliantly explained by Professor Eugen Herrigel in this timeless account. This book is the result of the author's six year quest to learn archery in the hands of Japanese Zen masters. It is an honest account of one man's journey to complete abandonment of 'the self' and the Western principles that we use to define ourselves. Professor Herrigel imparts knowledge from his experiences and guides the reader through physical and spiritual lessons in a clear and insightful way. Mastering archery is not the key to achieving Zen, and this is not a practical guide to archery. It is more a guide to Zen principles and learning and perfect for practitioners and non-practitioners alike.
This treatise comprises the authentic relections of a 17th-century Samurai warrior on the character of martial life and death. It aims to be an invaluable guide to the disciplines of thought and practice required of the serious martial artist. Hagakure ('In the Shadow of Leaves') is a manual for the samurai classes consisting of a series of short anecdotes and reflections that give both insight and instruction-in the philosophy and code of behavior that foster the true spirit of Bushido-the Way of the Warrior. It is not a book of philosophy as most would understand the word:
A Theory of Parody
In this major study of a flexible and multifaceted mode of expression, Linda Hutcheon looks at works of modern literature, visual art, music, film, theater, and architecture to arrive at a comprehensive assessment of what parody is and what it does.Hutcheon identifies parody as one of the major forms of modern self-reflexivity, one that marks the intersection of invention and critique and offers an important mode of coming to terms with the texts and discourses of the past. Looking at works as diverse as Tom Stoppard's Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Brian de Palma's Dressed to Kill, Woody Allen's Zelig, Karlheinz Stockhausen's Hymnen, James Joyce's Ulysses, and Magritte's This Is Not a Pipe, Hutcheon discusses the remarkable range of intent in modern parody while distinguishing it from pastiche, burlesque, travesty, and satire. She shows how parody, through ironic playing with multiple conventions, combines creative expression with critical commentary. Its productive-creative approach to tradition results in a modern recoding that establishes difference at the heart of similarity.In a new introduction, Hutcheon discusses why parody continues to fascinate her and why it is commonly viewed as suspect--for being either too ideologically shifty or too much of a threat to the ownership of intellectual and creative property.
Society of Individuals
Originally published in 1991 and now reissued by Continuum International, this book consists of three sections. The first, written in 1939, was either left out of Elias's most famous book, The Civilizing Process, or was written along with it. Part 2 was written between 1940 and 1960. Part 3 is from 1987. The entire book is a study of the unique relationship between the individual and society--Elias's best-known theme and the basis for the discipline of sociology.
Jacking In To the Matrix
Jacking in to the Matrix franchise', edited by Matthew Kapell and William G. Doty, is a fascinating collection of essays on the movie sensation 'The Matrix Trilogy.
Confucius from the Heart
In the autumn of 2006, Yu Dan, a professor of media studies at Beijing Normal University, gave a series of lectures entitled "Yu Dan's Insights into the Analects" which was broadcast for seven days on China Central Television. Her highly personal interpretation of Confucian thought was rapturously received, An edited transcript of the lectures sold 10,000 copies on the day it was published in book form and by September the following year the book had sold 4.2 million legal copies in China and an estimated 6 million pirated ones, remaining at the top of the Chinese bestseller lists today. Simply written, and with a view to taking the wisdom of Confucius out of the hands of the academics and the philosophers and making it accessible to the general reader, Confucius From the Heart gives us a contemporary Confucius, one who can teach us how to attain spiritual happiness, adjust our daily routines and find our place in modern life. Yu Dan argues that his sayings, or Analects - far from being merely interesting quotes from ancient lore, of little use in our hectic, stress-filled world. Instead, they are simple truths that can speak to each and every one of us and help us lead better, happier, calmer lives.
Karate the Art of Empty Hand Fighting
Karate: The Art of "Empty-Hand" Fighting has inspired hundreds of thousands of karateka, and it remains one of the finest texts available on the technique, art, and spirit of karatedo. This definitive volume is a systematic presentation of the art of traditional Japanese karate. An easily accessible martial arts manual illustrated with more than 1,000 photographs, this comprehensive karate book gives step-by-step explanations and thorough analysis of all the basic movements and techniques of karate. Chapters include: What is Karate? A Short History Essential Principles—physical principles; psychological principles; combined physical-psychological principles Organization of Karate Techniques—overall organization; organization of hand techniques; organization of foot techniques; organization of stance; organization of posture Training methods Calisthenics—exercise sequence; limbering-up exercises; muscle-strengthening exercises; wind and reaction-time exercises Striking Points and Vital Points—fore-fist; other striking points; vital points and their respective striking points Stance—informal-attention stance; open-leg stance; straddle-leg stance; forward stance; back stance; diagonal straddle-leg stance; cat stance; hour-glass stance; wide hour-glass stance Posture—front-facing; half front-facing; side-facing Body Shifting—stepping; double-stepping; sliding; slide-stepping; turning; step-turning Hand Techniques—attacking techniques; punching techniques; striking techniques Blocking techniques—rising block; forearm block; knife-hand block; downward block; augmented forearm block; x-block; wedge block; other miscellaneous blocks Foot Techniques—attacking techniques; blocking techniques Techniques in Combination—balance; muscular control; use of body dynamics; switch-over from one technique to the next; shifting body weight; examples of common combination techniques Formal Exercise—advantages of practicing formal exercises; schematic diagram; hints on mastering formal exercises; a representative formal exercise; schematic diagram of heian no. 4; the form (heian no. 4) Sparring—basic sparring; semi-free one-blow sparring; free-style sparring Throwing Techniques Defense Against Holding Defense from Floor-Sitting Position Defense from Chair-Sitting position Defense Against Knife Attack Defense Against Attack by Club Defense Against Pistol Threat
A Bad Character
Kapoor gives us piercing glimpses of slums, roadside restaurants, Sufi shrines, heroin dens hidden in the backpacker district, desert outskirts where luxury apartments are being erected, and the noisy, thronging bazaar in the old city . . . She writes with a keening, furious sorrow that rang in my ears well after I finished the book' Wall Street Journal // She is twenty, restless in Delhi. He is a few years older, and has travelled the world. They meet in a café and they fall in love. In a dark, cool flat they have sex and do drugs. And then they travel the city. From the drug dens of Paharganj to the building sites of Noida; through the wastelands of Mehrauli and the dargah in Nizamuddin charged with plaintive song, the two play out their love story to its black end. // 'Charged with the energy of a racy page-turner, and visceral in its treatment of female desire and sexuality' Mint 'Intoxicating' New York Times
Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-creator Joe Shuster showcases rare and recently discovered early erotic artwork by the most seminal artist in comics, period. Created in the late 1940s when Shuster was down on his luck after suing DC Comics over the copyright for Superman, heillustrated these images for an obscureseries of magazines called "Nights of Terror," published under the counter until it was banned by the U.S. Senate. The discovery of this artwork reveals the "secret identity" of this revered comics creator, and is sure to generate controversy and change the perception of the way we look at Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Lana Lang, and Jimmy Olsen forever. The book includes reproductions of these images, and an introduction that provides a detailed account of the scandal and the court trial that resulted from the publication of this racy material.