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Author : Christopher Schaberg
ISBN : 9781501325724
Genre : Literary Criticism
File Size : 62. 81 MB
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Airportness takes the reader on a single day's journey through all the routines and stages of an ordinary flight. From curbside to baggage, and pondering the minutes and hours of sitting in between, Christopher Schaberg contemplates the mundane world of commercial aviation to discover "the nature of flight.” For Schaberg this means hearing planes in the sky, recognizing airline symbols in unlikely places, and navigating the various zones of transit from sliding doors, to jet bridge, to lavatory. It is an ongoing, swarming ecosystem that unfolds each day as we fly, get stranded, and arrive at our destinations. Airportness turns out to be more than just architecture and design elements-rather, it is all the rumble and buzz of flight, the tedium of travel as well as the feelings of uplift.

The End Of Airports

Author : Christopher Schaberg
ISBN : 9781501305504
Genre : Literary Criticism
File Size : 56. 78 MB
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The End of Airports. Does the title mean the end of air travel? Or merely the end result, what feelings and experiences airports produce? Carving a path between these two ends, The End of Airports explores the topic of contemporary air travel from a variety of critical perspectives. It is not necessarily hastening the end of air travel, but seeks to document recurring paradoxes and contradictory sentiments that are ambient around commercial flight and airports. These points of illumination suggest that the epoch of human flight might be coming to a close, or approaching a threshold, as the significance of physical space is ceded to social networks and online worlds. Christopher Schaberg demonstrates how 21st-century airports are strange spaces that coincide and coexist with new media forms. His book is concerned with the ends of airports, or how they function on a normal basis in the contemporary moment. For the word “end” can mean the final part of something (or death), but it can also mean something's object or purpose, or even the point when something begins. We often say “in the end” when we really mean things are ongoing. In this sense The End of Airports is about how airports persist, both in reality and in cultural imaginaries.

The Textual Life Of Airports

Author : Christopher Schaberg
ISBN : 9781441175212
Genre : Literary Criticism
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From the earliest airfields to the post-9/11 turn, this book investigates how airports figure in the American cultural imagination. >

Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Author : Christopher Schaberg
ISBN : 9781623563967
Genre : Social Science
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The reactions evoked by images of and stories about Brad Pitt are many and wide-ranging: while one person might swoon or exclaim, another rolls his eyes or groans. How a single figure provokes such strong, often opposing emotions is a puzzle, one elegantly explored and perhaps even solved by Deconstructing Brad Pitt. Co-editors Christopher Schaberg and Robert Bennett have shaped a book that is not simply a multifaceted analysis of Brad Pitt as an actor and as a celebrity, but which is also a personal inquiry into how we are drawn to, turned on, or otherwise piqued by Pitt's performances and personae. Written in accessible prose and culled from the expertise of scholars across different fields, Deconstructing Brad Pitt lingers on this iconic actor and elucidates his powerful influence on contemporary culture. The editors will be donating a portion of their royalties to Pitt's Make It Right foundation.

The Work Of Literature In An Age Of Post Truth

Author : Christopher Schaberg
ISBN : 1501334301
Genre : Literary Criticism
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When facts are run roughshod over in media and politics, and with the planet in peril, of what real use are the realms of language and ideas? The Work of Literature in an Age of Post-Truth is a defense of the role of a humanities and liberal arts education at a time when these traditions can seem quaint or outdated in the face of Twitter threads and viral news. Drawing on experiences in and outside of the classroom, Christopher Schaberg demystifies and expands the scope of oft-invoked quasi-academic chestnuts such as “critical thinking,” the uselessness of liberal arts education, and myths of authorship. From studies of contemporary fiction to the roles of ecology and environment in the humanities, this book pauses amid the current dizzying epoch to consider the puzzles and potentials of liberal arts and literary studies in the early 21st century.

Airplane Reading

Author : Christopher Schaberg
ISBN : 9781782799627
Genre : Travel
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In Airplane Reading, Christopher Schaberg and Mark Yakich bring together a range of essays about air travel. Discerning and full of wonder, this prismatic collection features perspectives from a variety of writers, airline workers, and everyday travelers. At turns irreverent, philosophical, and earnest, each essay is a veritable journey in and of itself. And together, they illuminate the at once strange and ordinary world of flight. Contributors: Lisa Kay Adam • Sarah Allison • Jane Armstrong • Thomas Beller • Ian Bogost • Alicia Catt • Laura Cayouette • Kim Chinquee • Lucy Corin • Douglas R. Dechow • Nicoletta-Laura Dobrescu • Tony D’Souza • Jeani Elbaum • Pia Z. Ehrhardt • Roxane Gay • Thomas Gibbs • Aaron Gilbreath • Anne Gisleson • Anya Groner • Julian Hanna • Rebecca Renee Hess • Susan Hodara • Pam Houston • Harold Jaffe • Chelsey Johnson • Nina Katchadourian • Alethea Kehas • Greg Keeler • Alison Kinney • Anna Leahy • Allyson Goldin Loomis • Jason Harrington • Kevin Haworth • Randy Malamud • Dustin Michael • Ander Monson • Timothy Morton • Peter Olson • Christiana Z. Peppard • Amanda Pleva • Arthur Plotnik • Neal Pollack • Connie Porter • Stephen Rea • Hugo Reinert • Jack Saux • Roger Sedarat • Nicole Sheets • Stewart Sinclair • Hal Sirowitz • Jess Stoner • Anca L. Szilágyi • Priscila Uppal • Matthew Vollmer • Joanna Walsh • Tarn Wilson

Mary Reilly

Author : Valerie Martin
ISBN : 9780307833877
Genre : Fiction
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From the acclaimed author of the bestselling Italian Fever and award winning Property, comes a fresh twist on the classic Jekyll and Hyde story, a novel told from the perspective of Mary Reilly, Dr. Jekyll's dutiful and intelligent housemaid. Faithfully weaving in details from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, Martin introduces an original and captivating character: Mary is a survivor–scarred but still strong–familiar with evil, yet brimming with devotion and love. As a bond grows between Mary and her tortured employer, she is sent on errands to unsavory districts of London and entrusted with secrets she would rather not know. Unable to confront her hideous suspicions about Dr. Jekyll, Mary ultimately proves the lengths to which she'll go to protect him. Through her astute reflections, we hear the rest of the classic Jekyll and Hyde story, and this familiar tale is made more terrifying than we remember it, more complex than we imagined possible.

The Silent Companions

Author : Laura Purcell
ISBN : 9781524705282
Genre : Fiction
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“If The Silent Companions lands on your night table, don't plan on leaving your bed anytime soon.” —Lyndsay Faye, bestselling author of Jane Steele When newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, what greets her is far from the life of wealth and privilege she was expecting . . . When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But with her husband dead just weeks after their marriage, her new servants resentful, and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. Inside her new home lies a locked door, beyond which is a painted wooden figure—a silent companion—that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself. The residents of the estate are terrified of the figure, but Elsie tries to shrug this off as simple superstition—that is, until she notices the figure’s eyes following her. A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, The Silent Companions is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect—much like the companions themselves. “A perfect read for a winter night . . . An intriguing, nuanced and genuinely eerie slice of Victorian gothic.” —The Guardian

Airline Operations

Author : Peter J. Bruce
ISBN : 9781317182979
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 79. 36 MB
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Written by an international range of industry practitioners, this book offers a comprehensive overview of the essence and nature of airline operations in terms of an operational and regulatory framework, the myriad of planning activities leading up to the current day, and the nature of intense activity that typifies both normal and disruptive airline operations. The first section outlines the importance of the regulatory framework underpinning airline operations, exploring how airlines structure themselves in terms of network and business model. The second section draws attention to the operational environment, explaining the framework of the air traffic system and processes instigated by operational departments within airlines. The third section presents a comprehensive breakdown of the activities that occur on the actual operating day. The fourth section provides an eye-opener into events that typically go wrong on the operating day and then the means by which airlines try to mitigate these problems. Finally, a glimpse is provided of future systems, processes and technologies likely to be significant in airline operations. Airline Operations: A Practical Guide offers valuable knowledge to industry and academia alike by providing readers with a well-informed and interesting dialogue on critical functions that occur every day within airlines.

Against Security

Author : Harvey Molotch
ISBN : 9781400852338
Genre : Political Science
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The inspections we put up with at airport gates and the endless warnings we get at train stations, on buses, and all the rest are the way we encounter the vast apparatus of U.S. security. Like the wars fought in its name, these measures are supposed to make us safer in a post–9/11 world. But do they? Against Security explains how these regimes of command-and-control not only annoy and intimidate but are counterproductive. Sociologist Harvey Molotch takes us through the sites, the gizmos, and the politics to urge greater trust in basic citizen capacities—along with smarter design of public spaces. In a new preface, he discusses abatement of panic and what the NSA leaks reveal about the real holes in our security.

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