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Escapism

Author : Yi-Fu Tuan
ISBN : 0801865409
Genre : Nature
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In prehistoric times, our ancestors began building shelters and planting crops in order to escape from nature's harsh realities. Today, we flee urban dangers for the safer, reconfigured world of suburban lawns and parks. According to geographer Yi-Fu Tuan, people have always sought to escape in one way or another, sometimes foolishly, often creatively and ingeniously. Glass-tower cities, suburbs, shopping malls, Disneyland—all are among the most recent monuments in our efforts to escape the constraints and uncertainties of life—ultimately, those imposed by nature. "What cultural product," Tuan asks, "is not escape?" In his new book, the capstone of a celebrated career, Tuan shows that escapism is an inescapable component of human thought and culture.

Escapism

Author : Maria Davidovic
ISBN : 9781426949517
Genre : Fiction
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As a university student in Toronto, Xenia leads a mediocre life. When she is approached by Nicholas Wyles, a mysterious young man who tells her he is ready to travel to a new world with her, she dismisses him, believing he has mistaken her for someone else. But Xenia's ordinary life is about to become extraordinary. She is a Diplozoe-a person who can travel between worlds. And soon she will embark on a shocking path to self-realization that will change her life forever.After she runs into Nicholas again at a nightclub, Xenia is soon mesmerized by his abilities to make her feel special. As the two bid farewell, Xenia has no idea she has the inherent gift to transition between two worlds. In fact, Xenia is already in Styx, a mystical mortal portal where the souls of the living and dead intermingle. Just as she discovers the man she has fallen for is part dead, she encounters a rogue Diplozoe who wants what she has and will do anything to get it.As two travelers seek out Xenia for guidance, a problem arises. Something or someone wants to hinder her awakening, and Xenia must decide who she can trust in a strange and unknown world.

This Virtual Life

Author : Andrew Evans
ISBN : STANFORD:36105110934069
Genre : Computers
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As the media becomes more sophisticated and lifelike, we spend more and moreime in front of television screens. Distinguished psychologist Andrew Evansxamines this warping of reality, and asks where such a path will lead us.;he 21st century presents serious challenges to us all. However, our childrenre growing up thinking the world can be saved by super-heroes, crashedlanes start again at the flick of a switch and people come back to life forhe next round. The author looks at the effects of this distortion of reality.aybe our need to escape the boredom and routine of every day life is beingxploited by the companies who make money by selling us fantasy andimulation. From humour and comedy, to science fiction and computer games,vans examines the variety of distractions available to take our minds offhe daily grind. But how does this new media affect today's children? Whatill be their future tomorrow? And have we become so reliant on escapistantasy that reality can no longer be faced?

Escapism And Escape And Buddhism And Mysticism

Author : P. M. Rao
ISBN : OCLC:41308163
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In Churchill S Shadow

Author : David Cannadine
ISBN : 019517156X
Genre : History
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With In Churchill's Shadow, David Cannadine offers an intriguing look at ways in which perceptions of a glorious past have continued to haunt the British present, often crushing efforts to shake them off. The book centers on Churchill, a titanic figure whose influence spanned the century. Though he was the savior of modern Britain, Churchill was a creature of the Victorian age. Though he proclaimed he had not become Prime Minister to "preside over the liquidation of the British Empire," in effect he was doomed to do just that. And though he has gone down in history for his defiant orations during the crisis of World War II, Cannadine shows that for most of his career Churchill's love of rhetoric was his own worst enemy. Cannadine turns an equally insightful gaze on the institutions and individuals that embodied the image of Britain in this period: Gilbert and Sullivan, Ian Fleming, Noel Coward, the National Trust, and the Palace of Westminster itself, the home and symbol of Britain's parliamentary government. This superb volume offers a wry, sympathetic, yet penetrating look at how national identity evolved in the era of the waning of an empire.

Escapism

Author : Frederic P Miller
ISBN : 6135646303
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Escapism is mental diversion by means of entertainment or recreation, as an "escape" from the perceived unpleasant or banal aspects of daily life. It can also be used as a term to define the actions people take to help relieve persisting feelings of depression or general sadness. In the context of being taken to an extreme, the word "escapism" carries a negative connotation, suggesting that escapists are unhappy, with an inability or unwillingness to connect meaningfully with the world. However, there are some who challenge the idea that escapism is fundamentally and exclusively negative. For instance, J. R. R. Tolkien, responding to the Anglo-Saxon academic debate on escapism in the 1930s, wrote in his essay "On Fairy-Stories" that escapism had an element of emancipation in its attempt to figure a different reality. C. S. Lewis was also fond of humorously remarking that the usual enemies of escape were jailers.

Escapism In The Novels Of Philip Roth

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