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The Force of Character by James Hillman

Title The Force of Character
Author James Hillman
Publisher Ballantine Books
Release 2012-11-07
Category Body, Mind & Spirit
Total Pages 272
ISBN 030782859X
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

In his bestselling The Soul's Code, James Hillman restored passion and meaning to the concept of identity, arguing that each of us is born with an innate character, the "daimon" or "spirit" that calls us to what we are meant to be. Now, in The Force of Character, Hillman brings the idea of character full circle, offering a revolutionary new vision of life's most feared and misunderstood chapter: old age. "Aging is no accident," Hillman writes. "It is necessary to the human condition, intended by the soul." We become more characteristic of who we are simply by lasting into later years; the older we become, the more our true natures emerge. Thus the final years have a very important purpose: the fulfillment and confirmation of one's character. Contrary to the current genetic determinism that sees increased longevity as a wasted aberrance created by civilization, The Force of Character presents an explosive new thesis: The changes of old age, even the debilitating ones, have purposes and values organized by the psyche. Memory for recent events may falter, offering more place for long-term recollections. A heart condition in later life brings an opportunity to remove blockages from constricted relationships, while changes in sleep patterns allow the old to experience the profound elements of nighttime that we usually overlook. As Hillman says, "Aging makes metaphors of biology." In this empowering and original work, James Hillman resurrects the ancient, widespread, and socially effective idea of the old person as "ancestor," a model for the young, the bearer of a society's cultural memory and traditions. America disregards old people who aren't young-acting and young-looking. We don't realize that "oldness" is an archetypal state of being that can add value and luster to things we treasure, places we revere, and people's character. When we open our imaginations to the idea of the ancestor, aging can free us from convention and transform us into a force of nature, releasing our deepest beliefs for the benefit of society. For all who read it, The Force of Character will be a seminal, life-affirming experience.

The Art of Character by David Corbett

Title The Art of Character
Author David Corbett
Publisher Penguin
Release 2013-01-29
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 416
ISBN 1101602996
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Former private investigator and New York Times notable author David Corbett offers a unique and indispensable toolkit for creating characters that come vividly to life on the page and linger in memory. Corbett provides an inventive, inspiring, and vastly entertaining blueprint to all the elements of characterization-from initial inspiration to realization-with special insights into the power of secrets and contradictions, the embodiment of roles, managing the "tyranny of motive," and mastering crucial techniques required for memorable dialogue and unforgettable scenes. This is a how-to guide for both aspiring and accomplished writers that renders all other books of its kind obsolete.

Mythic Astrology Applied by Ariel Guttman

Title Mythic Astrology Applied
Author Ariel Guttman
Publisher Llewellyn Worldwide
Release 2004
Category Body, Mind & Spirit
Total Pages 314
ISBN 9780738704258
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

This is a guide to using myths and ancient deity archetypes for astrological chart interpretation.

Title Cornish Characters and Strange Events
Author S. Baring-Gould
Publisher BoD – Books on Demand
Release 2020-07-24
Category Fiction
Total Pages 540
ISBN 3752335521
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Reproduction of the original: Cornish Characters and Strange Events by S. Baring-Gould

Being in Time to the Music by David A. Ross

Title Being in Time to the Music
Author David A. Ross
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Release 2008-12-18
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 485
ISBN 1443802581
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Being-in-time to the music from the ground up is a work in phenomenology, where this term is broadly defined, comprehending Plato, Heidegger, Hegel, and Marx. The most direct referent is Hegel, together with the theoretical revolution that he initiated with Phenomenology of Mind. This text’s more general purpose is to set the tone for a 21st communism based upon the idea of dancing with death, assuming full responsibility for one’s mortality, and abandoning the self to love as the meaning of existence. This dance is choreographed through my conversations with the above mentioned writers. In conversing with them I aim to displace (if not usurp) them from the throne of honour which is nothing more than the authority borrowed from me. By this I do not intend to deny completely their ‘other to me’ character. However, they exist or even ‘figure’ for me, both in the sense of of ‘count,’ having importance, as those that I read, and by which I read myself. They have borrowed my authority, namely, my own potential to be an author. So ‘reading them is to re-assume that borrowed authority. The life of the reader, to paraphrase Barthes, begins with the death of the author.

Title Life Without Lawyers Restoring Responsibility in America
Author Philip K. Howard
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release 2010-02-01
Category Law
Total Pages 240
ISBN 039307238X
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

How to restore the can-do spirit that made America great, from the author of the best-selling The Death of Common Sense. Americans are losing the freedom to make sense of daily choices—teachers can’t maintain order in the classroom, managers are trained to avoid candor, schools ban tag, and companies plaster inane warnings on everything: “Remove Baby Before Folding Stroller.” Philip K. Howard’s urgent argument is full of examples, often darkly humorous. He describes the historical and cultural forces that led to this mess and lays out the basic shift in approach needed to fix it. Today we are flooded with legal threats that prevent us from taking responsibility. We must rebuild boundaries of law that protect an open field of freedom. The voices here will ring true to every reader. The analysis is powerful, and the solution unavoidable. What’s at stake, Howard explains in this seminal book, is the vitality of American culture.

Challenging Change by Biljana Mišić Ilić

Title Challenging Change
Author Biljana Mišić Ilić
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Release 2012-04-25
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 350
ISBN 1443839523
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

This book, Challenging Change: Literary and Linguistic Responses, is a collection of twenty-three articles which examine change – understood in the broadest sense – as the need of the modern man to redefine, revise, deconstruct and reconstruct previous theories, histories, moralities, social relationships, forms of language and language use. In these times of great change, when the only constant seems to be change itself, the authors of these essays respond to the challenge and approach the notion of change from the perspectives of literary studies and linguistics. The book opens with an introductory overview, followed by twenty-three articles divided into two sections. The authors of the articles come from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, the United States, Canada, Japan, and Norway.

The Force of Culture by Karen A. Finlay

Title The Force of Culture
Author Karen A. Finlay
Publisher University of Toronto Press
Release 2004-01-01
Category History
Total Pages 334
ISBN 9780802036247
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Force of Culture examines Massey's notion of culture, its conflicted roots in late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century Canadian Protestant thought, and Massey's transformation into a champion of culture as a bastion of Canadian sovereignty.