The Ruin of Everything

The Ruin of Everything

Brimming with hard-edged loneliness, these stories reach into the underbellies of our deepest hopes and fears." -Laurel Flores Fantauzzo, author of My Heart Underwater

Author: Lara Stapleton

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ISBN: 173449655X

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Page: 126

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The Ruin of Everything tells tales of abandoned children living in adult bodies. Bastards, bi-racial half-siblings, and orphans raised by aunts, they lose their last best love through brokenness like "the impossible loop in a stress dream." Racial ambiguity abounds and confounds US color lines. Tones stretch from lugubrious sorrow to wicked dramedy. Obstinately fluid in architecture and identity, stories range from slick Hollywood glam to essayistic musings, from traditional immigrant realism, to rehearsals of autofiction that grow more metatextual as the book goes along. Just as we think we've learned how to read Stapleton's stories, they shapeshift. And yet, the pieces reflect each other, a sad-clown funhouse hall of mirrors. Through wanton experiments with character, The Ruin of Everything asks us what is important to a tale and what it means to be American in country and continents. Lovers of Clarice Lispector and Luisa Valenzuela will find much to admire here. "An Anaïs Nin of late capitalism's bohemia, Lara Stapleton writes like an oracle of an underworld-of miscegenated loves and translocated broken souls-of characters unaware or ruinously conscious-and she inscribes that world in us with lust and wit and always that deep joy that encompasses sorrows bred in the bone, the race, the colors of one's skin, the heart, and of course the tongue: the word." -Gina Apostol, author of Insurrecto "With a keen eye for human ambitions and human frailties, Stapleton brings us the comic turmoil of characters steeped in the sorrows and absurdities of modern life; reaching for connection and erring, reaching for home and missing. Brimming with hard-edged loneliness, these stories reach into the underbellies of our deepest hopes and fears." -Laurel Flores Fantauzzo, author of My Heart Underwater
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Babies Ruin Everything

Babies Ruin Everything

Title: Babies ruin everything / Matthew Swanson; illustrations by Robbi Behr. Description: First edition. | New York: Imprint, 2016. | Summary: “A big sister becomes convinced her new baby brother is ruining everything”—Provided by ...

Author: Matthew Swanson

Publisher: Imprint

ISBN: 9781250085979

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

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Meet the baby who ruins everything, and the big sister who learns to love him. Together, they make this laugh out loud picture book the perfect gift for new siblings and baby showers! The baby can't stand on one foot. He can't throw a Frisbee. And he can't whistle! Even big-head Benny Hogarth can whistle, and he already lost his front teeth! So says a spunky little girl who thinks her new baby brother is ruining EVERYTHING: wrecking her room, drooling all over her toys, and throwing a wrench in her birthday party plans. But when she opens her heart, this big sister realizes she might be the real problem-the baby's just a baby, after all. Maybe all he needs is a better big sister. Tall kids, small kids, and parents alike will laugh through this funny and sweet tale of learning how wonderful-and lucky-it is to have a new sibling. An Imprint book
Categories: Juvenile Fiction

Giraffes Ruin Everything

Giraffes Ruin Everything

Title: Giraffes ruin everything / by Heidi Schulz; illustrated by Chris Robertson. Description: New York: Bloomsbury, 2016. | Summary: It seems that giraffes will misbehave whether attending a birthday party, going to the movies, ...

Author: Heidi Schulz

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781681190839

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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In this mischievously funny picture book, friends come in all shapes and sizes. In case you were wondering, here's an incomplete list of things giraffes ruin: - Birthday parties - Going to the movies - Playing at the park - Hide and Seek - Everything else Yes, that's right. Giraffes ruin everything. But what happens when our narrator gets into a tricky situation? Perhaps he'll find giraffes aren't so bad after all . . .
Categories: Juvenile Fiction

How to Ruin Everything

How to Ruin Everything

Praise for How to Ruin Everything “Watsky is a skillful lyricist who has successfully transferred his wit, humor, and humility into a smartly written collection of essays. How to Ruin Everything shows off his versatility as a writer and ...

Author: George Watsky

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698191242

Category: Humor

Page: 240

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A New York Times Bestseller "Funny, subversive, and able to excavate such brutally honest sentences that you find yourself nodding your head in wonder and recognition." —Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer and lyricist of In the Heights and Hamilton: An American Musical Are you a sensible, universally competent individual? Are you tired of the crushing monotony of leaping gracefully from one lily pad of success to the next? Are you sick of doing everything right? In this brutally honest and humorous debut, musician and artist George Watsky chronicles the small triumphs over humiliation that make life bearable and how he has come to accept defeat as necessary to personal progress. The essays in How to Ruin Everything range from the absurd (how he became an international ivory smuggler) to the comical (his middle-school rap battle dominance) to the revelatory (his experiences with epilepsy), yet all are delivered with the type of linguistic dexterity and self-awareness that has won Watsky devoted fans across the globe. Alternately ribald and emotionally resonant, How to Ruin Everything announces a versatile writer with a promising career ahead.
Categories: Humor

How to Ruin Everything Deluxe

How to Ruin Everything Deluxe

Praise for How to Ruin Everything “Watsky is a skillful lyricist who has successfully transferred his wit, humor, and humility into a smartly written collection of essays. How to Ruin Everything shows off his versatility as a writer and ...

Author: George Watsky

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780735214583

Category: Humor

Page: 242

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The enhanced eBook edition of writer and musician George Watsky’s How to Ruin Everything provides photographic evidence of Watsky's assorted misadventures. George’s personal photos from his awkward adolescent days, his post-graduation travels, and his recent cross-country music tour are included exclusively in this edition. There is bonus content for every chapter, including five videos and more than sixty photographs. Are you a sensible, universally competent individual? Are you tired of the crushing monotony of leaping gracefully from one lily pad of success to the next? Are you sick of doing everything right? In this brutally honest and humorous debut, George Watsky chronicles the small triumphs over humiliation that make life bearable and how he has come to accept defeat as necessary to personal progress. The essays in How to Ruin Everything range from the absurd (how he became an international ivory smuggler) to the comical (his middle-school rap battle dominance) to the revelatory (his experiences with epilepsy), yet all are delivered with the type of linguistic dexterity and self-awareness that has won Watsky nearly 800,000 YouTube subscribers. Alternately ribald and emotionally resonant, How to Ruin Everything announces a versatile writer with a promising career ahead.
Categories: Humor

Giraffes Ruin Everything

Giraffes Ruin Everything

In case you were wondering, here's an incomplete list of things giraffes ruin: - Birthday parties - Going to the movies - Playing at the park - Hide and Seek - Everything else Yes, that's right. Giraffes ruin everything.

Author: Heidi Schulz

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781681190822

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 230

In this mischievously funny picture book with audio, friends come in all shapes and sizes. In case you were wondering, here's an incomplete list of things giraffes ruin: - Birthday parties - Going to the movies - Playing at the park - Hide and Seek - Everything else Yes, that's right. Giraffes ruin everything. But what happens when our narrator gets into a tricky situation? Perhaps he'll find giraffes aren't so bad after all . . .
Categories: Juvenile Fiction

Industrial Ruination Community and Place

Industrial Ruination  Community and Place

When perestroika began, people tried to ruin everything that was connected with socialism, with the old life, but when they ruined everything they understood that not everything was so bad and some things could remain.

Author: Alice Mah

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442662902

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Abandoned factories, shipyards, warehouses, and refineries are features of many industrialized cities around the world. But despite their state of decline, these derelict sites remain vitally connected with the urban landscapes that surround them. In this enlightening new book, Alice Mah explores the experiences of urban decline and post-industrial change in three different community contexts: Niagara Falls, Canada/USA; Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK; and Ivanovo, Russia. Employing a unique methodological approach that combines ethnographic, spatial, and documentary methods, Mah draws on international comparisons of the landscapes and legacies of industrial ruination over the past forty years. Through this, she foregrounds the complex challenges of living with prolonged uncertainty and deprivation amidst socioeconomic change. This rich comparative study makes an essential contribution to far-reaching debates about the decline of manufacturing, regeneration, and identity, and will have important implications for urban theory and policy.
Categories: Social Science

Tainted Garden

Tainted Garden

You'll ruin everything! Everything!” Lhedri did not answer. He sprang forward, raising the jag-ended bar over his head and bringing it down. It smashed into the top of God's metal skull, ringing out in a peal like a bell.

Author: Jeff Stanley

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780345459107

Category: Fiction

Page: 341

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Del Rey Books is proud to be publishing Tainted Garden. This powerful first novel from an exciting new writer was selected by online readers as the winner of the Del Rey Online Writing Workshop First Novel Contest in the science fiction category. Living in a world of deadly wonders and beautiful terrors, the Bhajong and the Gagash are mortal enemies willing to acknowledge no common ground but hatred. The Bhajong live within ools, gargantuan flying creatures with whom they have entered into a parasitic symbiosis that ensures survival at an unspeakable cost. The Gagash dwell deep below the landskin, where they conduct desperate experiments upon their grotesquely misshapen bodies, seeking a way to reverse the mutations that are slowly killing them. For ages, the Gagash and Bhajong have fought each other to the death at every turn, their animosity unquestioned, unreasoning, unblemished by mercy or curiosity. But that is about to change. From a dying ool, two strange new forms are birthed into the world: the fruit of a mad god’s twisted dream. The first of these creatures, a male, is found by Rian, a hardened Gagash warrior, who brings the stranger back to his home. There, the vengeful interest of a second god, as old and mad as the first, is awakened. Meanwhile, the Lady Dersi, a young Bhajong scheduled to enter symbiosis with her ool, panics and runs, sparking a rebellion that will uncover an ancient secret with the power to challenge even the plans of gods. Now, as the seeds of an undying enmity reach their final flowering, Rian and Dersi will find themselves pushed into a climactic confrontation with a long-forgotten past—a past whose shocking truths are about to explode into an unimaginable future. . . .
Categories: Fiction

Hunters Gatherers and Practitioners of Powerlessness

Hunters  Gatherers  and Practitioners of Powerlessness

The experience of destruction (“ruins”) is thus transposed, we might say, to the whole of the environment—to the whole of the perceived world: “There's just a ruin, just a ruin,” “Everything was plundered, stolen,” and “All of Wałbrzych ...

Author: Tomasz Rakowski

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781785332418

Category: Social Science

Page: 332

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The socio-economic transformations of the 1990s have forced many people in Poland into impoverishment. Hunters, Gatherers, and Practitioners of Powerlessness gives a dramatic account of life after this degradation, tracking the experiences of unemployed miners, scrap collectors, and poverty-stricken village residents. Contrary to the images of passivity, resignation, and helplessness that have become powerful tropes in Polish journalism and academic writing, Tomasz Rakowski traces the ways in which people actively reconfigure their lives. As it turns out, the initial sense of degradation and helplessness often gives way to images of resourcefulness that reveal unusual hunting-and-gathering skills.
Categories: Social Science

Holy Places

Holy Places

throughout Palestine , and especially at Jerusalem , on this subject , and when an imposture , without producing any advantage , might ruin everything . What can be conceived more clumsy than such a conspiracy , except , indeed , the ...

Author: Félix M. Philpin de Rivières

Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:600096593

Category: Eretz Israel

Page: 325

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Categories: Eretz Israel