Life, Love & God...Musings Between Two Good Friends
Author: Adrian Plass
Publisher: Authentic Media Inc
A little while ago, concerned that the next time they got together, one of them would be in a coffin, Jeff Lucas and Adrian Plass decided to start exchanging letters and this book is the result. Breathtakingly honest, funny, moving and immensely enjoyable, Seriously Funny is a celebration of 21st century Christianity as well as a no-holds barred expose of its sillier side. And they are equally hard on themselves their most embarrassing moments are a joy to read. Adrian Plass and Jeff Lucas are renowned for their ability to express the silly side of Christian culture, and to cut through our pretensions and foibles with incisive wit. In this candid, moving, hilarious book, they join comedic forces to challenge and entertain us.
The comedians of the 1950s and 1960s were a totally different breed of relevant, revolutionary performer from any that came before or after, comics whose humor did much more than pry guffaws out of audiences. Gerald Nachman presents the stories of the groundbreaking comedy stars of those years, each one a cultural harbinger: • Mort Sahl, of a new political cynicism • Lenny Bruce, of the sexual, drug, and language revolution • Dick Gregory, of racial unrest • Bill Cosby and Godfrey Cambridge, of racial harmony • Phyllis Diller, of housewifely complaint • Mike Nichols & Elaine May and Woody Allen, of self-analytical angst and a rearrangement of male-female relations • Stan Freberg and Bob Newhart, of encroaching, pervasive pop media manipulation and, in the case of Bob Elliott & Ray Goulding, of the banalities of broadcasting • Mel Brooks, of the Yiddishization of American comedy • Sid Caesar, of a new awareness of the satirical possibilities of television • Joan Rivers, of the obsessive craving for celebrity gossip and of a latent bitchy sensibility • Tom Lehrer, of the inane, hypocritical, mawkishly sentimental nature of hallowed American folkways and, in the case of the Smothers Brothers, of overly revered folk songs and folklore • Steve Allen, of the late-night talk show as a force in American comedy • David Frye and Vaughn Meader, of the merger of showbiz and politics and, along with Will Jordan, of stretching the boundaries of mimicry • Shelley Berman, of a generation of obsessively self-confessional humor • Jonathan Winters and Jean Shepherd, of the daring new free-form improvisational comedy and of a sardonically updated view of Midwestern archetypes • Ernie Kovacs, of surreal visual effects and the unbounded vistas of video Taken together, they made up the faculty of a new school of vigorous, socially aware satire, a vibrant group of voices that reigned from approximately 1953 to 1965. Nachman shines a flashlight into the corners of these comedians’ chaotic and often troubled lives, illuminating their genius as well as their demons, damaged souls, and desperate drive. His exhaustive research and intimate interviews reveal characters that are intriguing and all too human, full of rich stories, confessions, regrets, and traumas. Seriously Funny is at once a dazzling cultural history and a joyous celebration of an extraordinary era in American comedy. From the Hardcover edition.
An Essential Primer for Today's Competitive Market
Author: Maura Keller
Publisher: Rockport Publishers
During the past few years, portfolio management and self-promotion have taken on a far greater role within a graphic designer’s business model. The degree to which they can increase their earned revenue through exceptionally defined, marketing-oriented promotions and portfolio management is paramount. These individuals and agencies now identify their product as cultural tourism and stress the role of their work as economic generators. This book defines the core elements of self-promotion and portfolio creation and provides the insights graphic designers need to showcase their work in unique and creative ways. Case studies demonstrate the different techniques designers use to create successful portfolios for different audiences and measure the results of those efforts. The book also details how often portfolios should be updated and distributed and determine workable budgets to produce a great portfolio.
Alex Symons takes a unique, artist-focused approach in order to systematically identify the range of Brooks's adaptation strategies across the Hollywood film, Broadway theatre and American television industries.
Foreword by Mike Krzyzewski, Duke’s Men BasketballCoach A celebrated coach reveals the secrets to building a fiercecompetitor At age 26, Joanne P. McCallie, a.k.a. Coach P, began her careerat Maine, where in the span of eight years, she elevated thewomen's basketball program to a very competitive team that outdrewthe men's crowds, a rarity in college sports. Over her tenure, shecreated the Choice Not Chance (CNC) philosophy, training kids howto think and focus on making the correct choices in life. Sheimparted her passionate philosophy to all of her players and nowbrings it to her efforts as head coach at Duke. Choice NotChancehighlights McCallie's lessons for building a fiercecompetitor, such as "Going against the grain," "Never becomesatisfied," and "Enjoy the prospect of getting better daily." The CNC philosophy is widely used by McCallie, her staff, andplayers, who are very active in the community speaking about"CNC." Joanne P. McCallie is head coach of the Duke Women's Basketballteam and was the ACC Coach of the Year in 2010 McCallie became the first coach in Division I history to becrowned champion in four different conferences, as well as thefirst coach in NCAA history to garner coach of the year accoladesin four different leagues A native of Brunswick, Maine, McCallie owns a career mark of431-174 and is entering her 20th year as a head coach at Maine,Michigan State and Duke; as a coach and player, she has led herteams to 15 conference titles, 19 NCAA Tournament appearances,seven NCAA Sweet 16 appearances, five NCAA Elite Eight appearances,three NCAA Final Four appearances and three NCAA Championship gameappearances During the 2004-05 season at Michigan State, she won the BigTen Regular Season and Tournament Championship en route to aNational Championship game appearance. For her efforts she wasnamed the Associated Press National Coach of the Year McCallie has taught her teams to play with passion and fighthard for recognition, and her teams have achieved remarkablesuccess. Apply her wisdom to your teams, your employees, and yourown life.
Welcome to Parryville, New York. Nestled in the northernmost reaches of the state, the town isnt big enough to install a second traffic light. Cows outnumber people and the night sky is a dark tapestry of shining stars. The story follows the life of Mary Brennan, born and raised in Parryville, and the lives of the people she holds dear. Mary goes to great lengths to save face for her family in a town where gossip is commonplace and rumors spread like wildfire. The hunt for harmony proves increasingly difficult as secrets and surprises pile up around her. Ultimately, Marys family and friends act as the paint for her complex portrait, and as the story draws to a close, she struggles to find her true voice as the multiple identities of mother, daughter, sister, wife, and divorcee converge for an exciting conclusion.