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Ferdinando Scianna has always been fascinated by the sight of figures wrapped in sleep. In over 30 years of photography he has captured countless images of people and animals sleeping in the most diverse places on earth: in the countryside, in cities, deserts, corners of towns, streets, moving trains, in their own homes. With this astounding collection of photographs - interspersed with evocative quotations about sleep and dreaming - Scianna takes us on his fascinating journey into a dimension of life that is at once natural and mysterious, necessary and disturbing, everyday and universal. Usually the camera freezes movement, isolating a single moment in the endless flux of reality. Here, on the contrary, the stillness of the image is of its essence. Through the mystery of sleep, life itself - like the photographic image - is seen as static, as if in suspense.
It is the 1960s. This teenage boy sails with the Merchant Marine, mines for gold in Colorado, and goes on a special mission in Vietnam. Every time he sleeps, he lives a different life.
Collects quotes from Shakespeare's plays tied together through illustrations of childen going about their day, from morning to night.
Veteran Special Agent Frederic Donner, author of "Zen and the Successful Horseplayer," "A Broken Badge Healed?" and "White Cats Can Jump!," once again relives his thrilling missions with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) . Set in South America, principally Colombia, as well as in the U.S., the new novel is a love story set against a backdrop plagued with corruption, power and retribution. It describes how an undercover FBI agent battles a Colombian drug cartel, falls in love, and is captured and tortured. The protagonist battles his deformities, his illness and his own organization to correct wrongs and help set things right. To correct these wrongs, he dances along the invisible lines of right and wrong, and good and evil. Jude (Judas Carlito Simeone), an undercover FBI agent; his girlfriend Maria CastaƱo, a Colombian beauty; and Neats (Netio Alicirra) Simeone's friend and Colombian informant as they live the tragedies and successess of Colombian and U.S. drug trafficking. ToDie to Sleep Perchance toDreamis a seamless blend of a highly relevant controversial plot about the problems of drug trafficking, corruption and incompetence in the U.S. and in the world, and an action-oriented mystery, involving good and evil and religious allegory. Perfectly backed by Donner's solid first-hand experiences in the Bureau, it is no ordinary novel. It is an eye opener that the government will take any measure, legal or illegal, to protect the United States of America.
Remember sleep? The blissful sleep from when you were a kid? You know--the sleep of not have a million pounds of adult responsibility on you at all times? That magical time in your life when your mind would just leave you alone and let you rest? Yeah, that's gone now. This journal is for when you're up at 2:00 am obsessing about your life. Believe it or not, just getting up and writing out all the crap you're worried about IS effective and WILL help you go back to sleep. We've even included categories of things that might be bothering you, in case you need a writing prompt to nail it down (let's be honest, you probably won't need any help).
What is sleep? What are the stages in the sleep cycle? Which stage of sleep if disrupted affects memory and learning. Which stage of sleep, if disrupted means that you will wake up feeling groggy? Which stage provides the most vivid dreams and which stage helps you with problem solving? Why is sleep needed for growth and repair? What happens if pain keeps us awake? What can we do about it, if anything? Sleep is a much underrated commodity affecting our mood, learning, health. We take sleep for granted until it becomes elusive and then we realise just how much we rely on it to function in all aspects of our lives. Just as importantly, the author explores why sleep sometimes evades us and, just as importantly, what can be done about it.
The total meaning of a work of literature derives not only from what the words mean, but from what the text looks like. This stuff of literature, graphic substance or the physical raw material, is explored here in Levenston's comprehensive survey. Levenston discusses the main literary genres of poetry, drama, and fiction, and the extent to which they may be said to exist primarily in written or spoken form, or both. He then examines spelling, punctuation, typography, and layout, the four graphic aspects of a text which an author can manipulate for additional meanings. Also explored are the problems raised for translators by graphically unusual texts--and by the possibility of producing graphically unusual translations--and some of the solutions that have been found. A wealth of examples and analysis is offered, including poetry from Chaucer to Robert Graves and e. e. cummings; fiction such as Tristram Shandy, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake; works from Samuel Richardson to Ronald Sukenik; drama from Aristophanes to Bernard Shaw, and Shakespeare. Attention is also paid to graphic contributions in other literary traditions, from the Hebrew of the book of Psalms to Guillaume Apollinaires's "Calligrammes".
What, if anything, do dreams tell us about ourselves? What is the relationship between types of sleep and types of dreams? Does dreaming serve any purpose? Or are dreams simply meaningless mental noise--"unmusical fingers wandering over the piano keys"? With expertise in philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience, Owen Flanagan is uniquely qualified to answer these questions. And in Dreaming Souls he provides both an accessible survey of the latest research on sleep and dreams and a compelling new theory about the nature and function of dreaming. Flanagan argues that while sleep has a clear biological function and adaptive value, dreams are merely side effects, "free riders," irrelevant from an evolutionary point of view. But dreams are hardly unimportant. Indeed, Flanagan argues that dreams are self-expressive, the result of our need to find or to create meaning, even when we're sleeping. Rejecting Freud's theory of manifest and latent content--of repressed wishes appearing in disguised form--Flanagan shows how brainstem activity during sleep generates a jumbled profusion of memories, images, thoughts, emotions, and desires, which the cerebral cortex then attempts to shape into a more or less coherent story. Such dream-narratives range from the relatively mundane worries of non REM sleep to the fantastic confabulations of deep REM that resemble psychotic episodes in their strangeness. But however bizarre these narratives may be, they can shed light on our mental life, our well being, and our sense of self. Written with clarity, lively wit, and remarkable insight, Dreaming Souls offers a fascinating new way of apprehending one of the oldest mysteries of mental life.
Sometimes we just daydream about wishing what we want out of life. Other times it comes in an episode as our heads sleep on a pillow. Maybe one of those realistic dreams is a sight into a future event. Let us see what happens in these short stories where the variety and outcomes will have you amazed. Take your time, for it is now your turn Per Chance To Dream... This book is dedicated to all of the readers and fans of my novels. It is those people who fuel my desire to continue.
Twelve stories explore the magical and terrifying world of dreams.

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