Finding Calcutta: Memoirs of a Photographer
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In 1984, Mother Teresa arrived in New Orleans to speak to a large crowd waiting in the Superdome. As Marie Bissell Constantin drove in from Baton Rouge to take her photograph, she had no idea that... More > her encounter would mark the first of many, and that one day one of her images of Mother Teresa would be unveiled in front of over three hundred thousand people for her beatification ceremony in St. Peter’s Square. In her photographic memoir, Constantin leads others through her unique journey of exploring the possibility of becoming a nun herself as she traveled to capture Mother Teresa in rare, private moments. In addition to powerful black-and-white images of Mother Teresa, Constantin shares personal stories that shine a light on the selfless life of nuns, from other religious orders, who live and work among the most abandoned people in the world.< Less
Society Ludvika: Separatists of Smith, Sorcery, and Sea
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Summer. 1990. West Germany. Conversation over a sketchbook outside Museum Holstentor reveals a foreigner’s errand. Drawings show me various oddities hammered by her kinsman from a burial... More > megalith. Cast into the Baltic Sea in 1582, these occult reductions have seen resurfacing. Society Ludvika is a lyrical collection of suppressed paths and pathfinders, that an arsonist’s sketchbook survives solely to bring to light.< Less
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What could be more moving and inspiring than the stories and poetry about the creation of the world? A perfect present for a loved one, this unique and beautiful collection has been carefully... More > selected and edited by the anthropologist and literary scholar Ruth Finnegan. The collection presents ever-powerful words, ones that also lie behind Ruth Finnegan's celebrated mystical-inspirational novel 'Black Inked Pearl', texts learned in her Quaker schooldays or read and pondered on since. There have been of many ways of formulating the mighty act of creation – creating, in which, some would say, we all in one way or another participate every day of our lives. The excerpts here take some of the most powerful and loved, and in some cases their lovely original textual forms, to delight and treasure. The book includes passages in divers translations from Genesis and John; St Columba and St Francis; and the poets Henry Vaughan, Gerald Manley Hopkins,and ‘Catherine’ (one of Ruth Finnegan’s pen-names)< Less
Echoes of Empire: An Accidental Historian’s Journey Through the Post-Ottoman World
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There is no dearth of news, not always of the most cheerful sort, coming out of the broad geographic arc of the vast territory that once constituted the mighty Ottoman Empire. The Arab Spring... More > continues to reshape regions, an economic crisis is tearing apart Greece, pirates off the Horn of Africa are terrorizing ships, and conflicts in the Caucasus and Balkans are simmering. In Echoes of Empire: An Accidental Historian’s Journey through the Post-Ottoman World, James S. Kessler chronicles his travels through a dizzying array of cultures, religions, languages, and political systems found within many of the former Ottoman Empire’s possessions in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Drawing upon his experience as a historian and educator, Kessler explores how the shared Ottoman past—and how that past is remembered—continues to play a role in the post-imperial present in the more than forty countries that constitute the post-Ottoman world.< Less
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