• Biography & Autobiography

The Allure of Immortality

An American Cult, a Florida Swamp, and a Renegade Prophet
Author: Lyn Millner
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780813061238
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 338
View: 7971
"Brilliantly written and strangely moving. Millner has resurrected the lost history of a cult devoted to a utopian vision as pure as it was outlandish."--Steve Almond, author of God Bless America: Stories "A fascinating look at the American search for meaning and ultimate answers. Millner writes with grace and makes history an adventure."--Dan Wakefield, author of New York in the Fifties "Teed may have wanted a shiny new world, but what Millner provides is a guide to an old lost one, a picture of a vanished century when science, religion, journalism, and social movements collided in an unending, and totally fascinating, brawl."--Madeleine Blais, author of In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle "Those seeking an understanding of what makes otherwise sensible individuals willing to give up everything in service of the apparently outlandish notions of a charismatic true believer like Teed will find this carefully researched volume satisfying and memorable."--Les Standiford, author of Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean "A riveting tale of a long-neglected part of Florida's history. Written with style and panache, this well-researched book is a terrific read."--Susan and Martin Tolchin, coauthors of Pinstripe Patronage: Political Favoritism from the Clubhouse to the White House and Beyond "Millner's marvelous chronicle of the peripatetic and resolute Koreshans is provocative, intriguing, and so much stranger than fiction. You may pause, you may shake your head, you may throw up your arms, but you will not put down this book until you're done."--John Dufresne, author of No Regrets, Coyote: A Novel For five days in December 1908 the body of Cyrus Teed lay in a bathtub at a beach house just south of Fort Myers, Florida. His followers, the Koreshans, waited for signs that he was coming back to life. They watched hieroglyphics emerge on his skin and observed what looked like the formation of a third arm. They saw his belly fall and rise with breath, even though his swollen tongue sealed his mouth. As his corpse turned black, they declared that their leader was transforming into the Egyptian god Horus. Teed was a charismatic and controversial guru who at the age of 30 had been "illuminated" by an angel in his electro-alchemical laboratory. At the turn of the twentieth century, surrounded by the marvels of the Second Industrial Revolution, he proclaimed himself a prophet and led 200 people out of Chicago and into a new age. Or so he promised. The Koreshans settled in a mosquito-infested scrubland and set to building a communal utopia inside what they believed was a hollow earth--with humans living on the inside crust and the entire universe contained within. According to Teed's socialist and millennialist teachings, if his people practiced celibacy and focused their love on him, he would return after death and they would all become immortal. Was Teed a visionary or villain, savior or two-bit charlatan? Why did his promises and his theory of "cellular cosmogony" persuade so many? In The Allure of Immortality, Lyn Millner weaves the many bizarre strands of Teed's life and those of his followers into a riveting story of angels, conmen, angry husbands, yellow journalism, and ultimately, hope.

    • Literary Criticism

Vampire God

The Allure of the Undead in Western Culture
Author: Mary Y. Hallab
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438428588
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 177
View: 789
Examines the enormous popular appeal of vampires from early Greek and Slavic folklore to present-day popular culture.

    • Fiction

Colors of Immortality


Author: J.M. Muller
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1483569624
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
View: 5954
Daniel Thatcher has accepted some hard truths. He knows his parents are junkies, his ex-girlfriend's a cheater, and he's one write-up away from losing his job. But what he's unwilling to accept is that his friend Tony skipped town for no reason. So when Daniel finds a map Tony left behind, he follows it to a remote section of the Cascade Mountains. It's a land filled with haunting shadows and crowded trees—an area untouched by man. Or so Daniel thinks. Not long after arriving in the woods, Daniel discovers inhabitants living in the heart of the forest. Despite their peculiar behavior, the reclusive residents posses an allure that goes far beyond their beauty. But beneath their lovely exterior rests a sinister secret, one that's both lethal and tragic. It seems the dead don't always stay buried. Now Daniel's forced to accept the hardest truth of all: monsters do exist, and if they have it their way, he'll soon become one of them. ***Authors note: please remember to read "The Legend" following the epilogue***

    • Business & Economics

The Allure of Toxic Leaders

Why We Follow Destructive Bosses and Corrupt Politicians - and how We Can Survive Them
Author: Jean Lipman-Blumen
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195312007
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 303
View: 8120
Toxic leaders, both political, like Slobodan Milosevic, and corporate, like Enron's Ken Lay, have always been with us, and many books have been written to explain what makes them tick. Here leadership scholar Jean Lipman-Blumen explains what makes the followers tick, exploring why people will tolerate--and remain loyal to--leaders who are destructive to their organizations, their employees, or their nations. Why do we knowingly follow, seldom unseat, frequently prefer, and sometimes even create toxic leaders? Lipman-Blumen argues that these leaders appeal to our deepest needs, playing on our anxieties and fears, on our yearnings for security, high self-esteem, and significance, and on our desire for noble enterprises and immortality. She also explores how followers inadvertently keep themselves in line by a set of insidious control myths that they internalize. For example, the belief that the leader must necessarily be in a position to "know more" than the followers often stills their objections. In addition, outside forces--such as economic depressions, political upheavals, or a crisis in a company--can increase our anxiety and our longing for charismatic leaders. Lipman-Blumen shows how followers can learn critical lessons for the future and survive in the meantime. She discusses how to confront, reform, undermine, blow the whistle on, or oust a toxic leader. And she suggests how we can diminish our need for strong leaders, identify "reluctant leaders" among competent followers, and even nurture the leader within ourselves. Toxic leaders charm, manipulate, mistreat, weaken, and ultimately devastate their followers. The Allure of Toxic Leaders tells us how to recognize these leaders before it's too late.

    • Religion

Mystics and Messiahs

Cults and New Religions in American History
Author: Philip Jenkins,Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies Philip Jenkins
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195127447
Category: Religion
Page: 294
View: 6362
Looks at cults and anti-cult scares in American history and reveals the true characteristics of religious fringe movements and why they inspire such fierce antagonism.

    • Fiction

The People in the Trees

A Novel
Author: Hanya Yanagihara
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 038553678X
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
View: 5951
Readers of exciting, challenging and visionary literary fiction—including admirers of Norman Rush's Mating, Ann Patchett's State of Wonder, Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible, and Peter Matthiessen's At Play in the Fields of the Lord—will be drawn to this astonishingly gripping and accomplished first novel. A decade in the writing, this is an anthropological adventure story that combines the visceral allure of a thriller with a profound and tragic vision of what happens when cultures collide. It is a book that instantly catapults Hanya Yanagihara into the company of young novelists who really, really matter. In 1950, a young doctor called Norton Perina signs on with the anthropologist Paul Tallent for an expedition to the remote Micronesian island of Ivu'ivu in search of a rumored lost tribe. They succeed, finding not only that tribe but also a group of forest dwellers they dub "The Dreamers," who turn out to be fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile. Perina suspects the source of their longevity is a hard-to-find turtle; unable to resist the possibility of eternal life, he kills one and smuggles some meat back to the States. He scientifically proves his thesis, earning worldwide fame and the Nobel Prize, but he soon discovers that its miraculous property comes at a terrible price. As things quickly spiral out of his control, his own demons take hold, with devastating personal consequences.

    • Science

Invisible

The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen
Author: Philip Ball
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022623892X
Category: Science
Page: 336
View: 6314
If offered the chance—by cloak, spell, or superpower—to be invisible, who wouldn’t want to give it a try? We are drawn to the idea of stealthy voyeurism and the ability to conceal our own acts, but as desirable as it may seem, invisibility is also dangerous. It is not just an optical phenomenon, but a condition full of ethical questions. As esteemed science writer Philip Ball reveals in this book, the story of invisibility is not so much a matter of how it might be achieved but of why we want it and what we would do with it. In this lively look at a timeless idea, Ball provides the first comprehensive history of our fascination with the unseen. This sweeping narrative moves from medieval spell books to the latest nanotechnology, from fairy tales to telecommunications, from camouflage to ghosts to the dawn of nuclear physics and the discovery of dark energy. Along the way, Invisible tells little-known stories about medieval priests who blamed their misdeeds on spirits; the Cock Lane ghost, which intrigued both Samuel Johnson and Charles Dickens; the attempts by Victorian scientist William Crookes to detect forces using tiny windmills; novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s belief that he was unseen when in his dressing gown; and military efforts to enlist magicians to hide tanks and ships during WWII. Bringing in such voices as Plato and Shakespeare, Ball provides not only a scientific history but a cultural one—showing how our simultaneous desire for and suspicion of the invisible has fueled invention and the imagination for centuries. In this unusual and clever book, Ball shows that our fantasies about being unseen—and seeing the unseen—reveal surprising truths about who we are.

    • Political Science

Off Center

The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy
Author: Jacob S. Hacker,Paul Pierson
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 030013066X
Category: Political Science
Page: 272
View: 9124
The Republicans who run American government today have defied the normal laws of political gravity. They have ruled with the slimmest of majorities and yet have transformed the nation’s governing priorities. They have strayed dramatically from the moderate middle of public opinion and yet have faced little public backlash. Again and again, they have sided with the affluent and ideologically extreme while paying little heed to the broad majority of Americans. And much more often than not, they have come out on top. This book shows why—and why this troubling state of affairs can and must be changed. Written in a highly accessible style by two professional political scientists, Off Center tells the story of a deliberative process restricted and distorted by party chieftains, of unresponsive power brokers subverting the popular will, and of legislation written by and for powerful interests and deliberately designed to mute popular discontent. In the best tradition of engaged social science, Off Center is a powerful and informed critique that points the way toward a stronger foundation for American democracy.

    • Body, Mind & Spirit

Fulcanelli and the Alchemical Revival

The Man Behind the Mystery of the Cathedrals
Author: Geneviève Dubois
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 162055335X
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 192
View: 4870
Sheds new light on the identity of the alchemist Fulcanelli • Provides new understanding of the relationships between the most important figures of the esoteric milieu of Paris in the first half of the 20th century • Includes a wealth of rarely seen documents, photos, and letters Fulcanelli, operative alchemist and author of The Mystery of the Cathedrals and The Dwellings of the Philosophers--two of the most important esoteric works of the twentieth century--remains himself a mystery. The true identity of the man who allegedly succeeded in creating the philosopher’s stone has never been discovered, despite ardent searches by many--even the OSS (the wartime U.S. intelligence agency, later to become the CIA) claimed to have looked for him following the end of World War II. Geneviève Dubois looks at the esoteric milieu of Paris at the turn of the century, a time that witnessed a great revival of the alchemical tradition, and investigates some of its salient personalities. Could one of these have been this enigmatic man, reported to have last appeared in Seville, Spain, in 1952 when he would have been 113 years of age? The trail followed by the author encounters such figures as Papus, René Guénon, Schwaller de Lubicz, Pierre Dujols, Eugene Canseliet, and Jean-Julien Champagne. Working from rare documents, letters, and photos, Dubois suggests that one of these men could have been hiding his activity behind the pseudonym of Fulcanelli or that Fulcanelli may even have been a composite fabricated by several of these individuals working together. Beyond its attempt to reveal the actual identity of Fulcanelli, Fulcanelli and the Alchemical Revival also presents an explanation of the alchemical doctrine and reveals the unsuspected relationships among the important twentieth-century truth seekers it highlights.

    • Chess

The Immortal Game

Book 1
Author: Joannah Miley
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780986055522
Category: Chess
Page: 419
View: 4993
When struggling pre-med student Ruby West beats the unconquerable Ash at chess he becomes fixated on her. Which is great if you like smoldering blue eyes, sculpted features, and afternoons of unexpected adventure. But not so great when she discovers he is a Greek god and his father, Zeus, has forbidden the gods from interacting with humans. Ruby soon realizes her love for Ash threatens the fragile stability that has kept the gods from meddling in the mortal world. Before long the two find themselves on a quest to rescue a goddess, save the Earth from unending winter, and secure the right to be together forever.

Teachings of the Immortals

So... You Want To Be A Vampyre?
Author: Mikal Nyght
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780976689775
Category:
Page: 226
View: 1068
So... you want to live forever? This book can show you how! It was 1994 when we went to see Interview With the Vampire, which turned out to be a major catalyst in my life, awakening the awareness that I was a mortal who was going to die if I didn't do something. But what to do? While I would love to say I went looking for Lestat & found him, that would be a pleasant fantasy. What I did was to open to the realm of all possibility, asking questions which are crucial to any spiritual journey. It begins with "Who are you?" It's impossible to describe the spiritual longing I experienced as the deeper insights from Interview With the Vampire began to haunt me. It wasn't an obsession with the movie. It was an inescapable fascination with the darker truths which forced me to question the very reality in which I lived, until I eventually came to see that the world is nothing like we've been taught to believe. Believe what you will. Tell yourself this is all only a writer's fantasy if it will make you sleep better. The simple truth is that we began to receive letters on the computer in my home. Letters from an immortal. The letters were not just beautiful seductions. They were teachings, outlining a systematic undoing of the belief systems which hold us prisoner to the consensual mortal world - the dayshine world. Over a period of years, we were instructed via these letters as well as through gnosis-channelings. What we were being taught was the process of evolution from mortal to immortal, the transmogrification of human to other-than-human. Our own mind creates reality, but the hardest part is undoing the programming that tells us we are impotent children in meat suits at the whim of some cloud-bound deity.The hardest part is giving ourselves permission to explore outside of the matrix, past the confines of Plato's cave. What we were being taught, ultimately, was how to nurture, create, & manifest our immortal twin, the eternal other, the shaman's double. There are dozens of names for it, but it all comes down to this: we have within ourselves the ability to be anything we choose - including immortal, eternal & infinite. This revised second edition includes excerpts from The Darker Teachings, which pick up where The Matrix leaves off. Intense instruction from the author assists the seeker in transcending the limitations which are really only obstacles in the mind. You are becoming YOURSELF! You are taking upon yourself the power to Be the immortal spirit which has been whispering in your ear for longer than you can remember. TWO REVIEWS FROM THE FIRST EDITION 5.0 out of 5 stars Where the night never ends., April 15, 2012 By Donald Anderson (SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, US) This book can be very informative to some and nothing but babble to the closed minded. To venture outside of the box is always full of new situations to look at. To keep one's self open is to explore where the "program" won't affect you. Have you ever felt as if you did not belong? Read this book and open to it's message. * 5.0 out of 5 stars My book of life., October 15, 2011 By Sam Bleuel (Rio Rancho, New Mexico) This is the best book I've EVER read! I'm not much of a reader, but I bought the kindle edition of this and couldn't be happier. Though some of what it says I've thought myself, it contains a lot of interesting, new, and useful information. It's scary how true this book is, most people could not fathom it. Basically, I live by this book. It explains my thinking in every way possible and more. I've suggested this book to SO many people! I also love that on the actual site of this book, you can talk to the author and ask questions. He is very intelligent and knowledgeable. Anything is possible, we hold ourselves back from living/evolving to our true potential. That's something to remember! This book is the best of its kind and the most realistic.

    • Fiction

Tainaron

Mail from Another City
Author: Leena Krohn,Hildi Hawkins
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 9781930997820
Category: Fiction
Page: 124
View: 5858
TAINARON: Mail From Another City is the first American publication by the internationally acclaimed Finnish author, Leena Krohn. TAINARON consists of a series of letters sent beyond the sea from a city of insects. TAINARON is a book of changes. It speaks of metamorphoses that test all of nature from a flea to a star, from stone and grass to a human. The same irresistible force that gives us birth, also kills us. Nominated for the prestigious Finlandia prize, this is the perfect introduction to the work of a modern fabulist.

    • Literary Criticism

The Selfish Gene


Author: Richard Dawkins
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192860927
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 352
View: 2312
An ethologist shows man to be a gene machine whose world is one of savage competition and deceit

    • Psychology

Fame

The Psychology of Stardom
Author: Andrew Evans,Glenn D. Wilson
Publisher: Vision
ISBN: 9781901250244
Category: Psychology
Page: 178
View: 8412
Fame is a potent commodity - and a fickle one, increasingly conferred todayn those who achieve fleeting notoriety through bizzare means. This bookpens the doors on the fame industry and investigate the talent, media hypend ambition of celebrities.

    • Fiction

Between the Devil and the Duke


Author: Kelly Bowen
Publisher: Forever
ISBN: 1455563404
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
View: 965
2017 RITA award winning author! "Wonderful! A charming, clever, and engaging storyteller not to be missed."-Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author Their love was always in the cards. He should have thrown her out. But when club owner Alexander Lavoie catches a mysterious blonde counting cards at his vingt-et-un table, he's more intrigued than angry. He has to see more of this beauty-in his club, in his office, in his bed. But first he'll have to devise a proposition she can't turn down. Gossip said he was an assassin. Common sense told her to stay away. But Angelique Archer was desperate, and Lavoie's club offered a surefire way to make quick money-until she got caught. Instead of throwing her out though, the devil offers her a deal: come work for him. Refusing him means facing starvation, but with a man so sinfully handsome and fiercely protective, keeping things professional might prove impossible . . .

    • Religion

Beauty Will Save the World


Author: Brian Zahnd
Publisher: Charisma Media
ISBN: 1616385855
Category: Religion
Page: 234
View: 8195
Zahnd issues a challenge to Christians to discover new vitality through re-envisioning, reimagining, and reforming the church according to the pattern of the cruciform. Using stories from the lives of St. Francis of Assisi and from his own life, he teaches believers to stay on the journey to discover the kingdom of God in a fuller, richer way.

    • Political Science

The Allure of Toxic Leaders

Why We Follow Destructive Bosses and Corrupt Politicians--and How We Can Survive Them
Author: Jean Lipman-Blumen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199840563
Category: Political Science
Page: 320
View: 5540
Toxic leaders, both political, like Slobodan Milosevic, and corporate, like Enron's Ken Lay, have always been with us, and many books have been written to explain what makes them tick. Here leadership scholar Jean Lipman-Blumen explains what makes the followers tick, exploring why people will tolerate--and remain loyal to--leaders who are destructive to their organizations, their employees, or their nations. Why do we knowingly follow, seldom unseat, frequently prefer, and sometimes even create toxic leaders? Lipman-Blumen argues that these leaders appeal to our deepest needs, playing on our anxieties and fears, on our yearnings for security, high self-esteem, and significance, and on our desire for noble enterprises and immortality. She also explores how followers inadvertently keep themselves in line by a set of insidious control myths that they internalize. For example, the belief that the leader must necessarily be in a position to "know more" than the followers often stills their objections. In addition, outside forces--such as economic depressions, political upheavals, or a crisis in a company--can increase our anxiety and our longing for charismatic leaders. Lipman-Blumen shows how followers can learn critical lessons for the future and survive in the meantime. She discusses how to confront, reform, undermine, blow the whistle on, or oust a toxic leader. And she suggests how we can diminish our need for strong leaders, identify "reluctant leaders" among competent followers, and even nurture the leader within ourselves. Toxic leaders charm, manipulate, mistreat, weaken, and ultimately devastate their followers. The Allure of Toxic Leaders tells us how to recognize these leaders before it's too late.

    • Fiction

The Amphora Project


Author: William Kotzwinkle
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 1555846661
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
View: 2082
Deep in the bowels of Junk Moon, the finest scientists of Planet Immortal are nearing completion of Project Amphora, which aims to unlock the secret of immortality. The Project is run by the Consortium, twelve of the planet's most influential movers and shakers, but they aren't the only ones after immortality. Commander Jockey Oldcastle, a wise-cracking space pirate, has heard about the Amphora Project from a banished scientist who is convinced it will lead to the end of the world. Oldcastle sets off to find the project with Adrian Link, a timid botanist who wants only to tend to his plants on the Agricultural Plain, yet Oldcastle finds himself trying to unravel a strange mystery: It seems the Amphora Project is turning the citizens of Planet Immortal into crystal. As time runs out, it is up to Oldcastle and Link— and Link's exotic, unlikely love interest —to stop their mysterious extradimensional enemy before their world is lost forever. Hilarious, wildly inventive, and featuring a fantastical cast of mutants, quasihuman robots, intergalactic mercenaries, and two-thousand-year-old immortals, The Amphora Project is a novel that combines elements of science fiction and fantasy and transcends the boundaries of both.

    • Business & Economics

Valley of the Gods

A Silicon Valley Story
Author: Alexandra Wolfe
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476778949
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 272
View: 8700
"A Wall Street Journal columnist for "Weekend Confidential" explores the hubris and ambition of Silicon Valley innovators who are changing the world, tracing the stories of three upstarts who left promising college educations in favor of developing billion-dollar ideas"--NoveList.

    • Literary Criticism & Collections

The Secret Life of Puppets


Author: Victoria Nelson
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674041417
Category: Literary Criticism & Collections
Page: 368
View: 2064
In one of those rare books that allows us to see the world not as we've never seen it before, but as we see it daily without knowing, Victoria Nelson illuminates the deep but hidden attraction the supernatural still holds for a secular mainstream culture that forced the transcendental underground and firmly displaced wonder and awe with the forces of reason, materialism, and science. In a backward look at an era now drawing to a close, "The Secret Life of Puppets" describes a curious reversal in the roles of art and religion: where art and literature once took their content from religion, we came increasingly to seek religion, covertly, through art and entertainment. In a tour of Western culture that is at once exhilarating and alarming, Nelson shows us the distorted forms in which the spiritual resurfaced in high art but also, strikingly, in the mass culture of puppets, horror-fantasy literature, and cyborgs: from the works of Kleist, Poe, Musil, and Lovecraft to Philip K. Dick and virtual reality simulations. At the end of the millennium, discarding a convention of the demonized grotesque that endured three hundred years, a Demiurgic consciousness shaped in Late Antiquity is emerging anew to re-divinize the human as artists like Lars von Trier and Will Self reinvent Expressionism in forms familiar to our pre-Reformation ancestors. Here as never before, we see how pervasively but unwittingly, consuming art forms of the fantastic, we allow ourselves to believe.