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11 The Look of Fantasy

Stephen M. Norris Indiana University Press ePub

Billed as “the first Slavic fantasy film,” Nikolai Lebedev’s Wolfhound appeared in time for the 2006–07 winter holidays. Based on Mariia Semenova’s best-selling novels, Wolfhound premiered on over six hundred screens (a new record at the time) and was blasted by some film critics for being a “fairy-tale for the twenty-first century” even as it won praise from some viewers, who called it “our answer to Lord of the Rings.” Unlike previous examples of blockbuster history, such as Turkish Gambit or Ninth Company, which fictionalized actual events from Russia’s pasts to appeal to audiences, Wolfhound created a fictional past and packaged it as “Slavic history.” Central to this attempt to make fantasy history “Russian” was Liudmila Kusakova’s work. Kusakova, Wolfhound’s set designer, had built 1905 Moscow for Karen Shakhnazarov. For Lebedev’s film she built a different sort of set, one that turned fantasy history into a commentary on contemporary Russia.

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7: Bashir Binladen

Abdourahman A. Waberi Indiana University Press ePub



THE FIRST HALF lasted long-long time in that war. Everybody stayed in position; the attacks were rare. The battle was a tie, without real fair referee. Cause referee still France in that business-there. Paul Djidou, the Paris guy, never stop coming an going between Paris an Djibouti, so much the Boeing 747 all tired out. Paul Djidou he mediation: result zero. But goverment accuse: yes you wanna help the rebels, France too much friend of The Eternal Opponent (Eternal Opponent, he new chief of Scud, sworn enemy of the president, former prime minister, former deputy, former nurse—Eternal Opponent always former). On their side the rebels accuse too: yes, France providing support for the maneuvers (that military language, very correct) of the goverment. Paul Djidou yelled: yes me too I'm sick of this former territory of Wadags and Walals, and hey I'm going back to Nice (Nice, it beautiful part of France). Long-long time later we learn on RFI that Monsieur Paul Djidou, he left to do peace mediation between Hutus and Tutsis, over there in Rwanda, I think. Results: first half of the first war, it lasted. Old as a child of three, an that no joke. Both teams, they thought we gonna find new fair referee. Eternal Opponent went to ask Saleh (no, not the marathonian from Djibouti, that Ahmed Saleh, he so-so good with feet; the other Saleh, he president of Yemen) if he think he can be good fair referee. Saleh said: that political interference. Me too, I got big problems: with Eritrea, with fierce bearded guys (poor Saleh don't know my name been Binladen for six months, that confidential top military secret). Real country of Binladen, it's not Gaudy Arabia, sorry, Saudi Arabia, it's Yemenite mountains. Binladen before he got rich an smart he was living out in the sticks in Yemen. So Saleh of Yemen he end up saying go see UN, OAU, Arab League, you'll find good fair referee. So war will stop by itself. Dialogue between goverment and Eternal Opponent is deaf dialogue, always. Us draftees, we were happy. We had the weapons, the right to do whatever we want. An then, there still wasn't fierce battle. It was status quo (that military language too). Tie. And lots of dead too, specially rebels or civilians who sort of help rebels. But wait, let's be serious, there dead on our side too, specially young draftees with no esperience, not like me or Aïdid, Warya, Ayanleh, Haïssama. Lot of young draftees (why'm I saying young draftees, they all young, right?) pig out on bullets in the belly. That's war, but can't cry too much like mamas. Man with real hard thing between his legs never cry like little woman and that's that. Dismessed.

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5. Common Animals and Plants of the Gulf Beaches and Surf Zone

Davis, Richard A. Texas A&M University Press ePub

Common Animals and Plants of the Gulf Beaches and Surf Zone

ALTHOUGH the beach and surf zone are very dynamic, they do have a community of organisms that is pretty similar throughout the Gulf Coast. Both the plants and animals must be adapted to fairly rigorous conditions: tidal fluctuations, wave attack, wind, little available freshwater, and predators. These conditions limit the diversity of organisms. This discussion does not consider the extremely mobile animals such as birds or fish. The emphasis is on the few common benthic organisms of the beach and surf zone, both mobile and sessile (permanently attached). Others not mentioned here are described in the many books on beach fauna and flora.

Nearshore / Surf Zone

The shallow nearshore zone where waves break and currents can be strong presents a difficult set of conditions for bottom-dwelling organisms. The occasional bivalve or snail may find a place to burrow here to be protected from the typical waves. Epifaunal organisms, which live on the sand surface, are not common due to the wave energy and the mobile substrate. It is important for the wader to be careful of burrowing snails such as Turritella and Oliva, both of which can put a hole in your heel if you step on them. The other creature that can cause injury is the sting ray (figure 5.1). This animal has a stinging barb that can penetrate the foot or heel. The so-called sting ray shuffle is the way to avoid the problem. When walking through the surf zone, it is best to shuffle your feet, thus warning the ray of your approach and sending it on its way.

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Deepak Malhotra Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

When Max was younger, he once asked his parents why there was a maze. His parents didn’t understand the question. When he persisted, they told him that some questions have no answers and that the maze simply is. When he asked why the maze was designed the way it was, and why it had so many useless paths, they told him not to waste time wondering why. They told him to focus, instead, on learning how to navigate the maze. You don’t get to the cheese by wondering why, they said; you get to it by running around the maze as fast as you can. The maze, they explained, was a given. You work with what you’re given. It is pretty arrogant for a young mouse to think that he could do otherwise, they cautioned.

Max was not blessed with the virtue of blind obedience. Instead, he continued to annoy his parents, his friends, his teachers, and anyone else who made the mistake of discussing such matters with him. The more he questioned, the more he discovered how little the other mice understood. They knew a whole lot, but they understood very little.

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1. Balboa Bandwagon (1941)

Michael Sparke University of North Texas Press PDF


Balboa Bandwagon


Human nature being the way it is, it’s unlikely music was uppermost on the minds of most youngsters crowding the Californian beach-side resort of Balboa, some 30 miles south of Los Angeles. But for many, music came a close second to socializing, and word that summer of 1941 was that the band playing the Rendezvous Ballroom was HOT.

It was also completely unknown. Whoever had heard of Stanley Kenton and his Orchestra?

Big names in the nation’s dance-halls were the likes of Glenn Miller,

Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey. They might play the Rendezvous for the odd one-nighter, but only the swankiest hotels, or the most prestigious theatres, could afford to book these bands on extended engagements. A struggling “territory” band would accept the lowest union scale the management could get away with paying.

Widely recognized as the premier dance spot of the locality, the

Rendezvous had been totally rebuilt after a fire in 1935. Clinton Roemer (Kenton’s chief copyist after the war) worked at the Rendezvous, and casts a fascinating insight into the mores of the period: “Of the many ballrooms along the coast, the Rendezvous without a doubt was the most popular as well as the most famous. The management was strict at enforcing the rules. Women could not wear slacks, and men were required to wear long-sleeved sweaters or jackets over their shirts.

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