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Kentucky has a rich southern heritage but blends culinary arts from several cultural backgrounds. I was raised in Lexington, Ky and on a horse farm in Fleming County, KY. The traditions of Kentucky Bourbon and wonderfully flavorful country food were a part of my life from childhood. My grandmother and mother cooked and baked with bourbon before it became the current world-wide phenomenon. Bourbon and horses are hallmarks of Kentucky and the Bluegrass region. The Kentucky Bourbon distilleries provide the chef with many world recognized bourbon brands which enhance and extend flavors in a variety of recipes. Within this book many selections came from a family recipe book dating from the early 1900-1940s including multi-generational recipes dating before 1900. All recipes were carefully chosen bourbon dishes that have been perfected through the years and are guaranteed to become your family and your guest's favorite dishes that will have them asking for more. Many cookbooks have pages of text and include 150 plus recipes. Beyond the Glass includes only the most coveted bourbon recipes that my family and friends request repeatedly. There is no need to search through countless text recipes and wondering if you have prepared them correctly. There are photos of finished dishes, serving suggestions, as well as stories about the recipe. It will inspire you to create a table your friends will enjoy. This book would be the perfect gift for any bourbon-lover, chef, cook or inspiring cook in your family.
Kentucky has a rich history of producing spirits. Kentucky is the birthplace for bourbon and is America's only native spirit made with at least 51% corn and must be made in the United States with very exacting standards to be called bourbon. Moonshine was a source of illicit income in the Appalachian region for many years during the 20th Century. In 2010 the government legalized moonshine products allowing for wide distribution. The first commercial vineyard in the United States was planted along the Kentucky River and currently more than 60 wineries or vineyards are producing grapes and/or wine for sale. These spirited treasures began in Kentucky and they play an integral role in our heritage, agriculture, families and cuisine. During prohibition distillers provided "liquid refreshment" to those who knew how to make a connection, and speakeasys dotted the countryside. Currently Kentucky boasts wine and bourbon festivals; the Kentucky Bourbon Trail (TM); vineyard tours; and Kentucky Proud products made with bourbon, wine and moonshine. Kentucky has a rich and diverse culinary heritage drawing from many regions and cultures. Many of my family's historic recipes called for a "a teacup" or "lots of butter" as part of the list of ingredients, but now have been revised to include measurements we all recognize. All recipes are carefully chosen and tested dishes using Kentucky spirits. They incorporate both new creations and family favorite recipes guaranteed to become new favorites of your family and guests.
Poems; 143 pages. Using the settings and imagery of his native rural Kentucky, Charles Semones creates in this new collection of his poems a world of longing and desire, of passion and pursuit, of rapture and depression. In his reclusive, gospel-drenched, haunted world of draped mirrors and desperate dog days of summer, the poet-lover moves along his lonely route seeking and hoping for at least a brief respite from the Gothic horrors, internal and external, that curse his journey. Semones's own autobiographical travels and travails, which he has translated into a universal poetry of the soul, will resonate deeply with anyone who thinks deeply about the human condition. You may identify his condition with your own dark night of the soul, praying, like him, for light and bliss at the end of the way. Reactions to the poetry in this new collection will be extreme. Regardless of what you may think about Semones's world and his experiences in it, I am certain that you will be affected by his inspired and expertly crafted poetry. This is Southern Gothic writing at its finest. It is good poetry that transcends time and place.
A collection of essays by one of Kentucky's leading poets. Included are biographical pieces informed by small town America, a meditation on the conflagration of WWII, and tributes to Elizabeth Madox Roberts and Henry David Thoreau.
Curated by the University of Kentucky, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History. Part of the Kentucky Writers Oral History Project. Summary, "Charles W. Semones discusses the role of religion in his life and in his poetry, the role of poetry in his life, his poetry itself, being a poet in a rural area, and what he perceives as estrangement from other Kentucky writers due to his being "just" an elementary school language arts teacher."
Andrew Shaffer's Literary Rogues is an unflinching look at the bad behavior of some of our most beloved authors, from Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allan Poe, to Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, to Hunter S. Thompson and Bret Easton Ellis. Literary Rogues is a wildly funny and illuminating history and analysis of the bad boys and girls of lit, from the author of Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love Part nostalgia, part serious history of Western literary movements, Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors is a raucous celebration of oft-vilified writers and their work, brimming with interviews, research, and personality.
"Amazing stories! Incredible quotes! Sordid details! This book shows that a genius in the realm of thought can be a dummy in the land of love." -- Tom Morris, author of If Aristotle Ran General Motors. What do René Descartes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Jean-Paul Sartre have in common? That's right: they were all hopeless failures when it came to romance. Author Andrew Shaffer explores the paradox at the core of Western philosophical thought--that history's greatest thinkers were also the most pathetic lovers to ever walk the earth. With razor-sharp wit and probing insight, Shaffer shows how it's the philosophers' missteps, as much as their musings, that are able to truly boggle the intellect.
"If you're looking for something tart to cut the holiday sweetness, Shaffer offers a naughty little treat." - The Gazette"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like F*ck This" is an off-beat collection of Christmas parodies, essays, poems, and cartoons by New York Times bestselling humorist Andrew Shaffer.Previously published as "The Shelf on the Elf," this newly-expanded holiday cult classic has it all: holiday pickles, regret, talking lambs, and knife-wielding maniacs.
In his debut chapbook, bestselling humorist Andrew Shaffer explores alienation in its myriad forms, from cultural ("Don't try to explain Fortnite to me/I don't care") to romantic ("We'll always have that poem about Paris"). Playful, hilarious, and affectingly human, Shaffer's poetry will bring a smile to the face of anyone who has ever felt like an alien in this world.
For fans of SNL'S Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey and Billy Collins, a new book of humor from New York Times bestseller Andrew Shaffer.160 pages of new and collected poems. With original photos by the author.
This slim but attractive volume collects the poetry of Bart "I Like Beer" O'Kavanaugh, who is definitely not Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee whose level-headed testimony before the Senate Judicial Committee captured the attention of the nation.
Jay Z. Catsby throws the sickest parties on the Jersey Shore. His neighbor Dick has heard all the rumors: Catsby killed a man. He's richer than Blue Ivy. He's Hugh Jackman's butt double in the X-Men movies. As Dick soon learns, the truth is far stranger. Catsby is a "furry" who spends his days and nights in a cat costume, pining away for Dick's cousin Dandelion, a manic-pixie Brooklynite with a brutish husband. Will Catsby's romantic obsession cost him all nine of his lives?
Summer 2018- Two years into President Donald J. Trump's first term in office, America has never been greater. The Even Greater Wall along the Mexican border is under construction, paid for by Mexico. Americans have more money in their pockets thanks to lower taxes and the president's creative money-raising strategies. (Who else would have thought to pay for FEMA's budget by suing the Catholic Church over property damage caused by acts of God?) And while Trump's detractors may call him a tyrant, the American people love bullies when the victim is Congress- every time they impeach the president, his approval rating skyrockets. Ever conscious of his hugely important historical legacy, The Donald plucks disgraced tabloid reporter Jimmie Bernwood--the man responsible for publishing the infamous Ted Cruz sex tape-from the depths of anonymity to become his official biographer, giving him enviable access to the gold-plated White House and all of its secrets. When Trump's previous biographer turns up dead, Bernwood must do some real investigative reporting, get to the bottom of a long series of murders...and, if it's absolutely unavoidable, save the country. The Day of the Donald is a hilariously hair-raising look at the (possible) future of America.
Young, arrogant tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naïve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking drive her over the edge?
Vice President Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favourite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident, leaving behind an ailing wife and a trail of clues. To unravel the mystery, "Amtrak Joe" re-teams with the only man he's ever fully trusted-the 44th president of the United States. Together they'll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America's opioid epidemic. Part noir thriller and part bromance novel, Hope Never Diesis essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fanfiction-and a cathartic read for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs.
Following a successful but exhausting book tour, Joe Biden is looking forward to returning home. However, before he does, he's got one last stop to make- Chicago, where the Obama Foundation is holding its first annual global economics forum. Barack Obama has invited Joe to meet a wealthy left-leaning philanthropist, whose deep pockets Joe will need if he decides to run for president. Joe isn't even sure if wants to run...but he's not going to pass up a rare chance to reconnect with his one-time governing mate. Joe and Obama barely have time to catch up before another mystery lands in their laps- Obama's prized Blackberry is stolen. When the suspect turns up comatose from a gunshot wound, local police are content with writing it off as just another gangland shooting. But Joe and Obama smell a rat. In a race to find the shooter, Joe and Obama butt heads with their former compadre, Mayor Rahm Emanuel; follow a trail of clues through Chicago's South Side; go undercover inside a Prohibition-era speakeasy; and scale the Tribune Tower in a Die Hard-worthy final set-piece. Robert Frost said "the woods are dreary, dark, and deep." So are the waters of Lake Michigan...and if Joe and Obama aren't careful, that's where they could wind up spending their retirement.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Hope Never Dies,The Office meets The Shining in this horror-comedy about a holiday gift exchange gone wrong, set at a publishing house in the 80s. After half a decade editing some of the biggest names in horror, Lussi Meyer joins prestigious Blackwood-Patterson to kickstart their new horror imprint. Her new co-workers seem less than thrilled. Ever since the illustrious Xavier Blackwood died and his party-boy son took over, things have been changing around the office. When Lussi receives a creepy gnome doll as part of the company's annual holiday gift exchange, it verifies what she's long suspected- her co-workers think she's a joke. No one there takes her seriously, even if she's the one whose books are keeping the company afloat. What happens after the doll's arrival is no joke. With no explanation, Lussi's co-workers begin to drop like flies. A heart attack here; a food poisoning there. One of her authors and closest friends, the fabulous but underrated Fabien Nightingale, sees the tell-tale signs of supernatural forces at play, stemming from the gnome sitting quietly on Lussi's shelf. The only question is...does Lussi want to stop it from working its magic?
Discover how some of the silver screen's most iconic action heroes would really fare after being shot, stabbed, and dropped off buildings in this witty look at the real science behind Hollywood injuries. Hollywood action heroes shrug off bullet wounds like mosquito bites and jump through panes of glass as if their skin is made of asbestos. But how long would these gun-toting badasses last in the real world? Ain't Got Time to Bleed catalogs the injuries endured by some of the best-known characters in the action-movie genre and uses authentic medical research to assess their real-life chances of survival. Featuring full-color illustrations that reveal how these hard-boiled icons would really look after being put through the Hollywood wringer, Ain't Got Time to Bleed delivers twenty-nine hilariously grisly diagnoses that will change the way you watch action movies forever.
As seen in the Sony Pictures 2016 film Ghostbusters, the ultimate guide to identifying, understanding, and engaging with any paranormal activity that plagues you. Years before they made headlines with the Ghostbusters, Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates published the groundbreaking study of the paranormal, Ghosts from Our Past. Once lost to history, this criminally underappreciated book is now updated for the new century. According to Gilbert and Yates, "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence," and whether you're a believer or a skeptic, you'll find the information you're seeking right here in this extraordinary book, including: *The childhood experiences that inspired Erin and Abby's lifelong passion for the scientific study of the paranormal, *The history of ghosts and other supernatural entities, the science that explains their existence, and profiles of the groundbreaking paranormal researchers who have investigated them, *An illustrated guide to Class I through Class VII ghosts, *Helpful sidebars like "A Ghost by Any Other Name" and "Ectoplasm Cleanup Tips," *Updates including "The Ghostbusters' Arsenal" by Jillian Holtzmann and "Haunted History" by Patty Tolan, *A new Ghostbusting Resources appendix, featuring the "Paranormal Quickstart Guide", "Is It a Ghost? A Handy Quiz", "A Supernatural Stakeout Journal", "The Devil's Dictionary: Paraterminology You Need to Know." With this helpful--and hilarious--official Ghostbusters guide in hand, you'll be prepared for almost any spirit, spook, or spectre that comes your way. As for the rest, you know who to call.
In a post-apocalyptic world where Mother Nature is angry and monsters are hungry, danger waits at every turn. Now, in conjunction with Syfy Network, How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Natural Disasters will be the official guide to surviving all of the monsters and disasters-from sharks spinning in a tornado to ungodly creatures like the Piranhaconda-that Mother Nature can throw our way. Combining the survival guide format of bestsellers The SAS Survival Handbook and The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook with the laugh-out-loud fun of successful parodies like The Zombie Survival Guideand How to Survive a Robot Uprising,the book will feature 40-50 monsters and disasters (at least 30% of which will be unique to the book), vital information about each, and how to stay alive when they hit. You've been warned-now be prepared.
"Justin Bieber: First Tweets 2 Forever: My Memoir" is the 87.3% official biography of the teen pop superstar. First published as an ebook in 2011, this hilarious parody by New York Times bestselling humorist Andrew Shaffer is now available in print for the first time!
In The Telltale Hardon and Other Perversions, Edgar Allan Pole digs up seven of Edgar Allan Poe's best-loved stories and gives them a post-mortem makeover.In "The Telltale Hardon," a college girl seduces her elderly landlord. Things go awry when his heart gives out and the co-ed must dispose of his body, only to be haunted by his ghostly erection. In "The Purple Death," Pole re-imagines "The Masque of the Red Death" as a post-apocalyptic orgy inside Prince's fortified Paisley Park compound. And in "The Pit and the Pendulous Ballsack," a condemned man is tortured in a terrifyingly perverse manner.Pride and Prejudice and Zombies jump-started the literary mash-up genre; Edgar Allan Pole's twisted take on classic Poe short stories such as "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Fall of the House of Usher" will pound the final nail into the genre's coffin."The Telltale Hardon is a disgusting piece of trash so repulsive I had to read it twice just to be sure I was offended. And then again, in case I missed something the first two times." - Megan Hart
From the intensely admired Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actor, musician, writer, ex-cowboy, a burst of pure storytelling: 40 swiftly told tales in the unmistakable voice of Sam Shepard. A boy travels to a desolate roadside inn to retrieve the charred mattress on which his drunken father burned to death. A mortified actor is stonewalled by a female bureaucrat in a Mexican border town -- until he identifies himself as Spencer Tracy. A man and a woman quarrel desperately in a South Dakota motel room and part company for reasons that remain mysterious to them both. Two kids raise a wolf pup ordered from a mail-order catalog, then set it free on the railroad tracks. A movie crew conducts its business beneath the baking Mexican sun, oblivious to the Indian voladores ("Flying Men") who sail above their heads in a magic ritual older than Cortez. Terse, lyric, alive, these tales range in key from the sad to the hilarious. Some are rounded stories, some are miniatures, some are dialogues at once cryptic and mesmerizing, some are excerpts from an actor's diary. Together they present their author's singular vision of ancestry and childhood, sexual passion and betrayal, family and fame, in a voice as spare as an Arizona mesa, as quintessentially American as a 40's jazz song. Cruising Paradise is a book that locates places where our culture is defined -- and at the same time brings us closer than we have yet been to a writer who has become synonymous with the recklessness, stoicism, and solitude of American manhood.
From one of our most admired writers: a collection of stories set mainly in the fertile imaginative landscape of the American West, written with the terse lyricism, cinematic detail, and wry humor that have become Sam Shepard's trademarks. A man traveling down Highway 90 West gets trapped alone overnight inside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, where he is tormented by an endless loop of Shania Twain songs on the overhead sound system. A wandering actor returns to his hometown against his better instincts and runs into an old friend, who recounts their teenage days of stealing cars, scoring Benzedrine, and sleeping with whores in Tijuana. A Minnesota family travels south for a winter vacation but, caught up in the ordinary tyrannies of family life, remains oblivious to the beauty of the Yucatán Peninsula. A solitary horse rancher muses on Sitting Bull and Beckett amid the jumble of stuff in his big country kitchen--from rusted spurs and Lakota dream-catchers to yellowing pictures of hawks and galloping horses to "snapshots of different sons in different shirts doing different things like fishing, riding mules and tractors; leaning up against their different mothers at radical angles." Made up of short narratives, lyrics, and dialogues, Day out of Days sets conversation against tale, song against memory, in a cubistic counterpoint that finally links each piece together. The result is a stunning work of vision and clarity imbued with the vivid reverberations of myth--Shepard at his flinty-eyed, unwavering best. Originally published in hardcover: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
In eighteen stories unlike any in our contemporary literature, Sam Shepard explores the vast and rugged American West with the same parched intensity that has made him "the great playwright of his generation" (The New York Times). A boy watches a "remedy man" tame a wild stallion, a contest that mirrors his own struggle with his father. A woman driving her mother's ashes across the country has a strangely transcendent run-in with an injured hawk. Two aging widowers, in Stetsons and bolo ties, together make a daily pilgrimage to the local Denny's, only to be divided by the attentions of their favorite waitress. Peering unblinkingly into the chasms that separate fathers and sons, husbands and wives, friends and strangers, these powerful tales bear the unmistakable signature of an American master. First published in 2002.
In this collection of more than fifty monologues, short stories and poems--Shepard's first--one of America's most acclaimed writers and actors reflects on growing up in America, rock and roll, the sex of fishes, and other topics. Shepard displays his virtuosic sense of the rhythms of the American landscape.
Motel Chronicles reveals the fast-moving and sometimes surprising world of the man behind the plays that have made Sam Shepard a living legend in the theater. Shepard chronicles his own life birth in Illinois, childhood memories of Guam, Pasadena and rural Southern California, adventures as ranch hand, waiter, rock musician, dramatist and film actor. Scenes from this book form the basis of his play Superstitions, and of the film (directed by Wim Wenders) Paris, Texas, winner of the Golden Palm Award at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. " . . . essential reading. A scrapbook of short stories, autobiographical reveries, poetry and photographs, Motel Chronicles is full of verbal delights, as well as insights into its author's entire canon. Whether Mr. Shepard is reminiscing about his parents or daydreaming about cherished movies and cars of his youth, he speaks in pungent and ethereal language that remakes our West. Read in conjunction with the plays, Motel Chronicles also helps demystify the origins of Mr. Shepard's psychological obsessions and desolate frontier iconography."--Frank Rich, New York Times "If plays were put in time capsules, future generations would get a sharp-toothed profile of life in the U.S. in the past decade and half from the works of Sam Shepard."--Time "Sam Shepard is a shaman--a New World shaman. Sam is as American as peyote, magic mushrooms, Rock and Roll, and medicine bundles."--Jack Gelber Sam Shepard (1943) is a playwright, actor, author, screen writer and director whose work is performed on and off Broadway and in other theaters across the country. In 1979, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Buried Child. In 1983, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Right Stuff. His other famous works include True West, A Lie of the Mind, and Curse of the Starving Class. Fool For Love & the Sad Lament of Pecos Bill by Sam Shepard was also published by City Lights Publishers. First published in 1982.
This searing, extraordinarily evocative narrative opens with a man in his house at dawn, surrounded by aspens, coyotes cackling in the distance as he quietly navigates the distance between present and past. More and more, memory is overtaking him- in his mind he sees himself in a movie-set trailer, his young face staring back at him in a mirror surrounded by light bulbs. In his dreams and in visions he sees his late father-sometimes in miniature, sometimes flying planes, sometimes at war. By turns, he sees the bygone America of his childhood- the farmland and the feedlots, the rail yards and the diners-and, most hauntingly, his father's young girlfriend, with whom he also became involved, setting into motion a tragedy that has stayed with him. His complex interiority is filtered through views of mountains and deserts as he drives across the country, propelled by jazz, Benzedrine, rock and roll, and a restlessness born out of exile. The rhythms of theater, the language of poetry, and a flinty humor combine in this stunning meditation on the nature of experience, at once celebratory, surreal, poignant, and unforgettable. First published in 2017.
In the Autumn of 1975 when America was 'festering with Bicentennial madness', the author and his Rolling Thunder Review - a rag-tag variety show that he envisioned as a travelling gypsy circus - toured 22 cities across the Northeast US. This title captures the camaraderie, isolation, head games and pill-popping mayhem of the tour. With a new preface by the author and a new afterword by T-Bone Burnett; photographs by Ken Regan. Previous edition: London: Sanctuary, 2005. First published in 1977.
In searing, beautiful prose, Sam Shepard's extraordinary narrative leaps off the page with its immediacy and power. It tells in a brilliant braid of voices the story of an unnamed narrator who traces, before our rapt eyes, his memories of work, adventure, and travel as he undergoes medical tests and treatments for a condition that is rendering him more and more dependent on the loved ones who are caring for him. The narrator's memories and preoccupations often echo those of our current moment-for here are stories of immigration and community, inclusion and exclusion, suspicion and trust. But at the book's core, and his, is family-his relationships with those he loved, and with the natural world around him. Vivid, haunting, and deeply moving, Spy of the First Person takes us from the sculpted gardens of a renowned clinic in Arizona to the blue waters surrounding Alcatraz, from a New Mexico border town to a condemned building on New York City's Avenue C. It is an unflinching expression of the vulnerabilities that make us human-and an unbound celebration of family and life. First published in 2017.
Sam Shepard was arguably America's finest working dramatist, as well as an accomplished screenwriter, actor, and director. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize, he wrote more than forty-five plays, including True West, Fool for Love, and Buried Child. Shepard also appeared in more than fifty films, beginning with Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in The Right Stuff. Despite the publicity his work and life attracted, however, Shepard remained a strongly private man who said many times that he would never write a memoir. But he did write intensively about his inner life and creative work to his former father-in-law and housemate, Johnny Dark, who was Shepard's closest friend, surrogate brother (they were nearly the same age), and even artistic muse. Two Prospectors gathers nearly forty years of correspondence and transcribed conversations between Shepard and Dark. In these gripping, sometimes gut-wrenching letters, the men open themselves to each other with amazing honesty. Shepard's letters give us the deepest look we will ever get into his personal philosophy and creative process, while in Dark's letters we discover insights into Shepard's character that only an intimate friend could provide. The writers also reflect on the books and authors that stimulate their thinking, their relationships with women (including Shepard's anguished decision to leave his wife and son--Dark's stepdaughter and grandson--for actress Jessica Lange), personal struggles, and accumulating years. Illustrated with Dark's candid, revealing photographs of Shepard and their mutual family across many years, as well as facsimiles of numerous letters, Two Prospectors is a compelling portrait of a complex friendship that anchored both lives for decades, a friendship also poignantly captured in Treva Wurmfeld's film, Shepard & Dark.
Reprint of the 1981 ed. published: New York: Urizen Books. Originally published: Five plays. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1967. Includes: Chicago; Director's notes / Ralph Cook; Icarus's mother; Director's notes / Michael Smith; Fourteen hundred thousand; Director's notes / Sydney Schubert Walter; Red Cross; Director's / Jacques Levy; Melodrama play; and Author's notes.
An expanded edition of the collection The Unseen Hand and Other Plays, with a new introduction by Conor McPherson. Filled with wry, dark humor, and exquisitely crafted storytelling, Shepard's plays have earned him enormous acclaim. In these 15 one-acts, he displays his trademark ability to portray human relationships, love, and lust with rare authenticity. Includes: Ages of the moon; Evanescence, or Shakespeare in the alley; Short life of trouble; The unseen hand; Rock garden; Chicago; Icarus's mother; 4-H club; Fourteen hundred thousand; Red cross; Cowboys #2; Forensic & the navigators; Holy ghostly; Back bog beast bait; Killer's head.
Here are eight of Pulitzer-prizewinning Sam Shepard's most stunning plays. This brilliant American dramatist creates what The New Yorker dubbed "Shepard Country"--A landscape of the imagination, a unique theatrical experience that captures our culture and consciousness, our fears and fantasies. Includes: Indhold: Fool for love; Angel city; Melodrama play; Cowboy mouth; Action; Suicide in Bb; Seduced; and Geography of a horse dreamer.
Sam Shepard ranks as one of America's most celebrated dramatists. This collection of four two-act plays by the Pulitzer Prize winner includes: La Turista, The Tooth of the Crime, Geography of a Horse Dreamer, and Operation Sidewinder.
Volume one of Shepard's collected plays brings into print 14 of his legendary short and full-length plays from the 60s. Includes: The unseen hand; The rock garden; Chicago -Icarus's mother; 4-H Club; Fourteen hundred thousand; Red cross; Cowboys 2̕; Forensic & the navigators; The Holy Ghostly; Operation sidewinder; The mad dog blues; Back bog beast bait; and Killer's head.
Brilliant, prolific, uniquely American, Pulitzer prizewinning playwright Sam Shepard is a major voice in contemporary theatre. And here are seven of his very best. "One of the most original, prolific and gifted dramatists at work today."--The New Yorker. "The greatest American playwright of his generation...the most inventive in language and revolutionary in craft, [he] is the writer whose work most accurately maps the interior and exterior landscapes of his society."--New York Magazine. "If plays were put in time capsules, future generations would get a sharp-toothed profile of life in the U.S. in the past decade and a half from the works of Sam Shepard."--Time. "Sam Shepard is the most exciting presence in the movie world and one of the most gifted writers ever to work on the American stage."--Marsha Norman, Pulitzer prizewinning author of 'Night, Mother. "One of our best and most challenging playwrights...his plays are a form of exorcism: magical, sometimes surreal rituals that grapple with the demonic forces in the American landscape."--Newsweek. "His plays are stunning in their originality, defiant and inscrutable."--Esquire. "Sam Shepard is phenomenal..the best practicing American playwright."--The New Republic. Includes: True West; Buried child; Curse of the starving class; The tooth of crime; La turista; Tongues; Savage/Love.
If you visit Sam Shepard country, expect to find bayous, deserts, and junkyards where dreams rust alongside abandoned '51 Chevys. Prepare to meet broken gunmen and refugees from distant galaxies, slavering swamp things and California Highway Patrolmen gone high-tech and blood simple. It is a country whose creator does nothing less than renew America's myths. And sometimes he invents them from scratch. In these fourteen darkly funny, furiously energetic early works for the theater, our most audacious living playwright sets genres and archetypes spinning, with results that are utterly mesmerizing. Includes: Rock garden; Chicago; Icaru's mother; 4-H club; Fourteen hundred thousand; Red cross; Forensic & the navigators; Holy ghostly; Operation sidewinder; Mad dog blues; Back Bog beast bait; Killer's head; Cowboys.
In an effort to define what constitutes a feminist reading of literary works, Ann C. Hall offers an analytic technique that is both a feminist and a psychoanalytic approach, applying this technique to her study of women characters in the modern dramatic texts of Eugene O'Neill, Harold Pinter, and Sam Shepard. This is the first study to treat these three writers in tandem, and while Hall uses the work of Jacques Lacan, Luce Irigaray, and other psychoanalytic feminist critics in her close readings of specific dramatic texts, she also brings in commentaries by critics, directors, performers, and historians. Her technique thereby provides us with a new and significant method for addressing female characters as written by male playwrights, a task that she argues is not only a valid and necessary part of feminist dramatic criticism but a part of theatrical production as well. From Pinter's play A Kind of Alaska, Hall extracts a metaphor for the patriarchal oppression of women, contextualizing such oppression through an examination of O'Neill's madonnas, Pinter's whores, and Shepard's female saviors as they are represented in O'Neill's Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey into Night, and A Moon for the Misbegotten; Pinter's Homecoming, No Man's Land, Betrayal, and A Kind of Alaska; and Shepard's Buried Child, True West, and A Lie of the Mind. Since the works of O'Neill, Pinter, and Shepard continue to be performed to popular acclaim, Hall hopes that a better understanding of the female characters in these plays will influence the performances themselves.
The standard critical work on the author features two dozen essays and miscellaneous pieces by leading theatre critics, directors, and actors on the plays and productions of Shepard, from the beginning of his career. A special section by the author on his own work is also included.
Few American playwrights have exerted as much influence on the contemporary stage as Sam Shepard. His plays are performed "on" and "off" Broadway as well as in all the major regional American theaters. They are also widely performed and studied in Europe, particularly in Britain, Germany and France, finding both a popular and a scholarly audience. This companion explores the various aspects of Shepard's career, providing fascinating first-hand accounts and substantial critical chapters on the plays, poetry, music, fiction, acting, directing and film work.
This is the first of two volumes in which Christopher Bigsby offers extended critical readings of the work of the leading dramatists and theatre groups in twentieth-century America. In this century drama has emerged as one of the most exciting expressions of American creativity, and during the 1930s became a primary means of addressing the cultural, political and economic changes of the period. But it has received surprisingly little attention. This is a chronological and selective study related to American culture as a whole and providing a picture of a vigorous theatre in the process of discovering its own special strengths. Volume 1 begins with the companies who first broke away from the stifling world of melodrama and naturalism - the Provincetown and Washington Square Players. Christopher Bigsby describes the emergence of important individuals and companies throughout the period to 1940, giving extended critical accounts of some playwrights, particularly Eugene O'Neill, Elmer Rice, Clifford Odets. Thornton Wilder and Lillian Hellman, and distinguishing between the aims and policies of the various companies, including the Theatre Guild and the Group Theatre. The development of left-wing theatre from 1914 is separately discussed, followed by a chapter on the brief flowering of the Federal Theatre which popularised theatre for a mass audience via its successful Living Newspaper productions. A chapter on black drama includes works by and about black Americans during this period. Some of the important figures and productions are illustrated, and there are useful appendices listing performances by major theatre companies.
"Sam Shepard has so often been called the preeminent playwright of his generation that the statement goes almost unchallenged today. Some have gone further in their praise: Partisan Review, for example, has described him as one of the two greatest dramatists of the American theater, the other being Eugene O'Neill. But despite that praise, and despite the fact that his plays have won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, there have been until now no extended studies of his work. Although primarily giving literary and dramatic analysis, Mottram also constructs a biographical context for the plays that is a blend of straightforward fact and Shepard's imaginative recreations of significant events in his own life. Shepard once wrote, "I'm taking notes in as much detail as possible on an event that's happening somewhere inside me"; that "event," fueled by what Shepard has called a library of stored images and experiences, constitutes an inner landscape that is expressed throughout the plays as well as in his collections of prose and poetry. This study traces some of the prominent features of that inner landscape, showing that Sam Shepard, like Walt Whitman before him, celebrates himself while simultaneously projecting a vision of America that is often profoundly disturbing."--Jacket.
The first comprehensive biography of Sam Shepard in 30 years draws on newly available letters and journals, as well as dozens of interviews, to move past the image, and beyond the press clippings to lay bare the man known as the most influential and critically acclaimed playwright of his generation
"This is an authentic portrait of this complex star and virtual Renaissance man. Dumano explore's Shepard's personal life, but in the larger context of its impact on his work. From his early involvement in experimental theater to his current status as America's most prolific and important new playwright, this is an in-depth study of Shepard's career and a perceptive and intelligent appraisal of his art."--Jacket.
Elusive and reclusive, he is combination playwright, rock star, and movie idol. Sam Shepard has moved - and confounded - millions with some of the most dynamic theater America has seen since the heyday of O'Neill, Odets, and Arthur Miller. This biographical-critical book is about Sam Shepard's plays. Although it does not claim a literal connection between the work and the life, it does suggest that Shepard's plays remain the truest source for discovery of his humanistic views and the important roles his family and friends have played in his life. Following an introduction and short biography of the early days, both in Duarte, California, and in the heady atmosphere of Greenwich Village in the early sixties, the book goes on to a consideration of Shepard's plays, succinctly drawing on biographical data to provide a comprehensive and transitional approach to his achievement. Recurring themes and images are shown to reverberate through the plays, signifying a stream of consciousness that reveals more than it seemingly tells. Among the plays discussed are La Turista, Mad Dog Blues, Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Curse of the Starving Class, True West, Fool for Love, A Lie of the Mind, and his latest work States of Shock. Through Martin Tucker's close reading of Shepard's plays we come to see the curve of the playwright's career, from the more complex to the more concrete; from the experimental to the conventional, but more finely shaded. Shepard has called himself the "ultimate foe of terminal stasis": this book helps to explain why.
A wonderfully helpful survey of the drama of Sam Shepard. It is bound to find many eager readers among those who are either intrigued or baffled--or both--by the plays of this still-young playwright whom many think contemporary America's finest. Choice America's most highly acclaimed contemporary playwright continues to puzzle critics, even as his reputation grows and his imagination seeks new creative channels. Finding the dramatist difficult to classify, critics and scholars continue to search for the central direction of Shepard's creative development. Lynda Hart's study, which focuses on ten representative plays, is the first book to examine Shepard's growth and development as a dramatist within and against the historical tradition. Offering a unified critical perspective, the author considers the plays from both a literary standpoint and as texts for performance. Resources include a bibliography that offers the most complete listing of relevant critical writings.
Contemporary Theatre Review, volume 8, part 3. These issues consist of the edited Proceedings of the Shepard conference, organized by the Belgian-Luxembourg American Studies Association and the Free University of Brussels (VUB), which took place in Brussels, 28-30 May 1993. It will be of interest to undergraduates and postgraduates, professors, critics, theater practitioners, writers and those with a keen interest in the fields of literature, theater studies and cultural studies.
No dramatist in the recent history of the American theatre has gained more celebrity than Sam Shepard. Exploring a career that includes fifty stage and screen plays, four books of nondramatic writings, and over a dozen appearances in feature films, this work traces Shepard's rise from an Off-Off-Broadway renegade to a Hollywood leading man, and explores his evolution from counterculture to cultural icon. The study situates Shepard's career within the shifting production modes and economic contexts of the American entertainment industry, and views his popularity against the identity politics of postwar American culture. Through an analysis of his life, plays and screen roles, this book investigates how Shepard's dramatic voice and film persona address issues of American consensus and community. The study argues that Shepard's popularity--in an era of cultural diversification and dissent--owes much to nationalism and nostalgia and begs important questions concerning American myths, media representations, and the construction of an American audience.
This comprehensive analysis traces Sam Shepard's career from his experimental one-act plays of the 1960s through the 1994 play Simpatico. Concentrating on his playwriting, this book charts Shepard's various developments and shifts of direction, and the changing contexts in which his work has appeared. Engaging, informative, and insightful, The Theatre of Sam Shepard is the definitive source on the works of this innovative and original writer.
Understanding Sam Shepard investigates the notoriously complex and confusing dramatic world of Sam Shepard, one of America's most prolific, thoughtful, and challenging contemporary playwrights. During his nearly fifty-year career as a writer, actor, director, and producer, Shepard has consistently focused his work on the ever-changing American cultural landscape. James A. Crank's comprehensive study of Shepard offers scholars and students of the dramatist a means of understanding Shephard's frequent experimentation with language, setting, characters, and theme. Beginning with a brief biography of Shepard, Crank shows how experiences in Shepard's life eventually resonate in his work by exploring the major themes, unique style, and history of Shepard's productions. Focusing first on Shepard's early plays, which showcase highly experimental, frenetic explorations of fractured worlds, Crank discusses how the techniques from these works evolve and translate into the major works in his "family trilogy": Curse of the Starving Class, the Pulitzer Prize winning Buried Child, and True West. Shepard often uses elements from his past;his relationship with his father, his struggle for control within the family, and the breakdown of the suburban American dream as major starting points in his plays. Shepard is a recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, eleven Obie Awards, and a Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for Lifetime Achievement. Augmented with an extensive bibliography, Understanding Sam Shepard is an ideal point of entrance into complex and compelling dramas of this acclaimed playwright.
Mystery fiction; 194 pages. When sportswriter Paddy Moretti came to Saratoga Springs to report the historic match race between The Mogul and Tenstrike, he thought his only problem was keeping and unsympathetic editor at bay. But he soon discovered that was one of his lesser worries. Worry number one was the naked body someone served up in the dumbwaiter at the fashionable United States Hotel.
Mystery fiction; 244 pages. Turn-of-the-century sports reporter Paddy Moretti, in Chicago to cover the American Derby, meets a beautiful, but mysterious woman, whose disappearance leads him to a bizarre murder case.
Historical fiction; 306 pages. "An historical novel set in Bluegrass Kentucky and Boston just before the Civil War. Hacey Miller, son of a conservative shopkeeper, falls under the influence of Cassius M. Clay, becomes an emancipationist and returns to Kentucky to help establish Berea College and work for the Underground Railroad."--Amazon
Kentucky Genealogy; 335 pages. "Squire's mini-history of Kentucky" (p. 25-124) / compiled from the collection of the late Kentucky historian "Squire" J. Winston Coleman ; edited by Nadine Kerfoot. Prepared under supervision of Kentucky author and historian James Sherburne; editor and publisher, Jack Wert Oldham. Includes index.
With a trademark powerful stride amid a blaze of red and yellow silks, Justify emphatically crossed the finish line at the 2018 Belmont Stakes and became just the 13th winner of horse racing's elusive Triple Crown. One of the most charismatic and talented runners in the history of the sport, Justify was also one of its most unlikely champions; the late-blooming chestnut colt made his competitive debut only 111 days prior to that legendary victory. In Justify: 111 Days to Triple Crown Glory , veteran scribe Lenny Shulman ( BloodHorse magazine) provides an insider account of this Thoroughbred's rise to greatness. Through extensive interviews and first-hand accounts, readers will discover the fascinatingly disparate cast of characters who were crucial to Justify's success, including trainer Bob Baffert, whose innate ability to identify equine talent also produced American Pharoah; Mike Smith, the 52-year-old jockey asserting himself in the miraculous third act of his career; and breeders John and Tanya Gunther, who believed in Justify's ability despite the developmental imperfections that drove buyers away. Packed with riveting action, keen insight, and behind-the-scenes perspectives on quieter figures like silent investors, international stakeholders, and unheralded training staff, Justify is an illuminating look at the modern Thoroughbred industry and an essential story for the ages.
"Long Way From Home" is the first novel from Emmy Award-winning writer Lenny Shulman.Follow the exploits of wise-cracking New York author Dan Henry as he lurches forward from unemployed writer to host of a TV sports talk show--with help and hindrance from his brilliant, sex-addicted attorney, and from a murky, mysterious source who feeds him inside information.Dan hits his stride with the job and a beautiful girlfriend, actually achieving status and success. To the surprise of no one, none of it lasts.When the TV deal and his life blow up, Dan strikes off on his own again 1,000 miles away. Despite losing the job that took him halfway across the country, Dan finds his voice. Throwing himself into the story of a lifetime, Dan uses every tool in his arsenal to expose a plot that threatens the life of the most famous racehorse in America as it competes in the Kentucky Derby. In doing so, he brings some familiar villains to justice.Against all odds, Dan becomes a hero."Long Way From Home" weaves relentless humor through waves of friendship, betrayal, and redemption. It is comedy of a most serious nature.