On August 14, 1944, Lucien Carr, a friend of William S. Burroughs from St. Louis, stabbed a man named David Kammerer with a Boy Scout knife and threw his body in the Hudson River. For eight years, Kammerer had fawned over the younger Carr, but that night something happened: either Carr had had enough or he was forced to defend himself.The next day, his clothes stained with blood, Carr went to his friends Bill Burroughs and Jack Kerouac for help.
In this six-session small group bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately), What On Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren helps users discover the answer to life’s most fundamental question: “What on earth am I here for?” This is the official study companion for The Purpose Driven Life and is designed for use with the DVD.You are about to embark on a journey of discovery. Throughout this six-session video-based study you are going to discover the answer to life’s most fundamental question: “What on earth am I hear for?”And here’s a clue to the answer: “It’s not about you…You were created by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny. Whether you are going to experience this adventure with a small group or on your own, this study will change your life.When combined with the reading of The Purpose Driven Life, this study will give you and your small group the opportunity to discuss the implications and applications of living the life God created you to live.Sessions include:You Matter to GodYou Were Planned for God’s PleasureYou Were Formed for God’s FamilyYou Were Created to Become Like ChristYou Were Shaped to Serve GodYou Were Made for a MissionDesigned for use with the What Am I Here For.
A shy, serious boy, Mahatma Gandhi would later lead India to nationhood and change the course of history. After studying law in London, he championed Indian rights in South Africa for two decades. He returned to India in 1914, leading a campaign of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience against British rule. Philip Wilkinsons lively narrative takes us through his remarkable life, up to Indias independence in 1947, and the tragic conclusion; in 1948 Gandhi was assassinated by a fanatic opposed to his program of tolerance for all creeds and religions..
Shakespeares writing is filled with ideas, images, plots and characters borrowed or interpreted from other dramatists and poets. This work gathers together the sources and traces the relationship of these texts to Shakespeares dramatic and poetic works.Whole texts are included wherever possible, and significant extracts provided from longer works such as Ovids Metamorphoses. Since many of the reprinted texts are based on the Elizabethan editions highly regarded at that time, this collection also serves as a valuable anthology of prose and verse.A critical introduction to the sources of each of the plays explains the significance of the reprinted texts, and appraises the influence each had on Shakespeares writings. Each volume in the series contains a selective bibliography.The Narrative and Dramatic Sources is an essential resource for all scholars of Shakespeare and Elizabethan literature.Volume II contains sources of:The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Alls Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure.
Ive been on the planet for forty years now, and Im still none the wiser as to what its all about really. Ive never worried about lifes big questions. People at my age sit about pondering why are we here. The only time I ever asked myself that is when Suzanne booked us a surprise holiday to Lanzarote.Karl Pilkington is forty years old.
This short story is a treasure, and it requires an investment of less than ten minutes of reading time. That is, unless --like me --you are in such awe of Chekhovs language ( albeit in translation) -- that you read it several times, including once aloud to a spouse or friend. Not to belabor the obvious, but The Bet is Russian, with all that entails. Reading The Bet is part of my continued effort to read more authors of classics, but in a short form that fits my short attention span.
In 2008 veteran journalist Evan Wright, acclaimed for his New York Times bestselling book Generation Kill and co-writer of the Emmy-winning HBO series it spawned, began a series of conversations with super-criminal Jon Roberts, star of the fabulously successful documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Those conversations would last three years, during which time Wright came to realize that Roberts was much more than the de-facto “transportation chief” of the Medellin Cartel during the 1980s, much more than a facilitator of a national drug epidemic. As Wright’s tape recorder whirred and Roberts unburdened himself of hundreds of jaw-dropping tales, it became clear that perhaps no one in history had broken so many laws with such willful abandon. Roberts, in fact, seemed to be a prodigy of criminality – but one with a remarkable self-awareness and a fierce desire to protect his son from following the same path. American Desperado is Roberts’ no-holds-barred account of being born into Mafia royalty, witnessing his first murder at the age of seven, becoming a hunter-assassin in Vietnam, returning to New York to become -- at age 22 -- one of the city’s leading nightclub impresarios, then journeying to Miami where in a few short years he would rise to become the Medellin Cartel’s most effective smuggler. But that’s just half the tale. The roster of Roberts’ friends and acquaintances reads like a Who’s Who of the latter half of the 20th century and includes everyone from Jimi Hendrix, Richard Pryor, and O.J. Simpson to Carlo Gambino, Meyer Lansky, and Manuel Noriega. Nothing if not colorful, Roberts surrounded himself with beautiful women, drove his souped-up street car at a top speed of 180 miles per hour, shared his bed with a 200-pound cougar, and employed a 6”6” professional wrestler called “The Thing” as his bodyguard. Ultimately, Roberts became so powerful that he attracted the attention of the Republican Party’s leadership, was wooed by them, and even was co-opted by the CIA for which he carried out its secret agenda. Scrupulously documented and relentlessly propulsive, this collaboration between a bloodhound journalist and one of the most audacious criminals ever is like no other crime book you’ve ever read. Jon Roberts may be the only criminal who changed the course of American history. .