Publisher: Chronicle Books
For over a decade, Magnus Hastings has been photographing the world's greatest drag superstars and asking each of them a simple question: Why drag? The result is this mesmerizing volume in which the queens strut their stuff and reflect on their shared passion through a mixture of quips and philosophizing. Subjects include icons of reality TV and underground drag royalty, and photographs range from the divine to the trashy. Featuring the likes of Bianca Del Rio and Courtney Act, this collection is a beautiful celebration of drag as an art form and an exhilarating exploration of what drag means to its greatest artists.
A History of Female Impersonation in the Performing Arts
Author: Roger Baker,Peter Burton
Publisher: NYU Press
Category: Health & Fitness
Men have been dressing as women on stage for hundreds of years, dating back to the thirteenth century when the Church forbade the appearance of female actors but condoned that of men and boys disguised as the opposite sex. Forms of travestism can be traced back to the dawn of theatre and are found in all corners of the world, notably in China and Japan. In recent years, of course, drag has witnessed a dramatic and widespread revival. Newsday recently observed, People are talking about all those fabulous heterosexual film idols who now can't seem to wait to get tarted up in drag and do their screen bits as fishnet queens. Drawing on a cinematic tradition popularized by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in Some Like it Hot, Dustin Hoffman (Tootsie) and Robin Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire) have each delighted mainstream audiences with their portrayals of women. Even former drag queens have experience newfound fame; witness the recent popularity of the late Divine, renowned for her oddly compelling appearances in underground John Waters films. Music, too, has been profoundly influenced by drag sensibility, from David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and the Rocky Horror Picture Show to Boy George and RuPaul (the self- proclaimed Supermodel of the World). Tracing drag tradition from the Golden Age of stage transvestism during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I in England to the current quasi-drag inclinations of American grunge bands, Drag is an entertaining overview of this popular and complex medium.
Essays on the Queen of Reality Shows
Author: Jim Daems
Category: Performing Arts
Start your engines--for the fun, controversy and life lessons of RuPaul's Drag Race and its spinoff, RuPaul's DragU. This international collection of original essays critically examines the shows' representation of drag within the contexts of the reality TV genre and LGBTQ issues. Contributors focus on the structure of the two programs, the subversive nature of drag itself, the treatment of trans contestants, the issues of race, the language and the shows' handling of LGBTQ political issues. A comprehensive discussion is provided of the shows' premise, the host and the contestants through six seasons of Drag Race and the three seasons of DragU.
Author: Kimberly Vogel
This collection holds all thirteen of the Drag Shergi Mysteries. From the beginning we meet Drag, a private detective, in his first case trying to discover the identity of an amnesiac. It turns from a simple case to a complex one. The series swings in and out of the natural and supernatural realms as Drag can't keep from being pulled into all sorts of messes. Such is the nature of each case as he goes from the beginning to the end where he tries to rescue a child from an unjust fate.
Women in Recent German Cinema
Author: Ingeborg Majer O'Sickey,Ingeborg von Zadow
Publisher: SUNY Press
Category: Performing Arts
This broad-ranging collection, the first of its kind, gathers essays on the representation of women in recent German cinema, as well as recent interviews with German women filmmakers.
Dialogues on Sex, Faith, and Religion
Author: Frank Browning
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
Through his provocative and influential work, most notably The Culture of Desire and A Queer Geography, Frank Browning has proven himself to be an erudite and intellectual writer with deep insights into the fusion of culture and identity. In his new book The Monk and the Skeptic, Browning examines the intersection of sexuality and religion through the framework of conversations between the author and a gay priest to discuss the nature of secular and spiritual friendship; religious thought on same-sex marriage; the relation of the body to God; the mission of charity enacted by the drag troop Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; the biblical prohibitions on improper pleasures of the body; and the history of how the church has viewed the body and desire. Browning manages to bring in a host of influences to his discussion: Descartes, Locke, Greek Myth, Christian Myth, Buddhist myth, Harry Potter, St. Thomas Aquinas, as well as modern writers like Jeanette Winterson, John Boswell, and Daniel Mendelsohn. The result is an engaging, timely, and very modern discourse on how the self and sexuality has been interpreted throughout the ages.
Five Battle-Tested Plays for Capturing and Keeping the Leadin Any Market
Author: John Zagula,Rich Tong
Category: Business & Economics
Every company needs to figure out the best way to beat the competition. What do you do if the other guy is already dominating the market? Should you challenge them head on or lie low for a while? Should you offer customers high-end features or a low-end price? Or both? During their years at Microsoft, John Zagula and Richard Tong answered such questions so effectively that they helped Microsoft Office and Windows grow from a 10 percent to 90 percent market share. As venture capitalists, Zagula and Tong have continued to test and perfect their system with hundreds of companies of all sizes and at all stages. Now they’re sharing their best ideas and methods in an easy-to-apply book that will be enormously helpful to marketers in every industry and leaders in every size company. The Marketing Playbook explains the five basic strategies for a competitive market—The Drag Race Play, The Best of Both Play, The High-Low Play, The Platform Play, and The Stealth Play. It illustrates how each one works, how to pick the best one for a given situation, and then how to implement it effectively in the real world. Just like a great sports coach with a well-designed playbook, managers who read this book will have the tools, tips, and tricks they need to leapfrog market research, craft a smart strategy, motivate their team, and start scoring major points with customers and against the opposition.
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Ein Lächeln ist deine beste kugelsichere Weste. Um die Kontrolle nicht zu verlieren, führen machtgeile Politiker die Welt an den Rand eines dritten Weltkrieges. Und die Medien lügen dem Volk eine heile Welt vor. Aber in Wahrheit bietet sich den Menschen nur eine trostlose Zukunft. Doch immer mehr lesen ein mysteriöses Buch und lernen seine Anweisungen auswendig. Sie sind bereit, sich von den Eliten zu befreien. Der Tag der Abrechnung ist nahe ... Es gibt keinen Gott, keinen Himmel und keine Hölle. Es gibt nur deinen Sohn und dessen Sohn und dessen Sohn und die Welt, die du ihnen hinterlässt. Hart, brutal und sozialkritisch. Als hätte Palahniuk seinen berühmten Fight Club mit The Purge und 1984 gemixt. Vice: 'Ein Roman, der sowohl das Schreckliche als auch das Absurde des heutigen Amerikas offenbart.' National Public Radio: 'Ein schneller, entsetzlicher Abstieg in Wahnsinn und Mord, wunderschön in seinem psychotischen Aufbau.' Kerry Shaw, Goodreads: 'Brutal, voller Energie und zutiefst verstörend. Alles, was man von dem Fight Club-Autor auch erwartet.' Booklist: 'Visionär und mutig ... Vielleicht Palahniuks dunkelste, bissigste Satire bis heute ... Rasierklingenscharfe Einsichten und eine grenzenlose Vorstellungskraft ...' Kirkus Reviews: 'Ein dystopischer Albtraum, der alle Risse unserer modernen Gesellschaft aufnimmt und zu einem perversen Höhepunkt steigert.' FESTA MUST READ: Große Erzähler ohne Tabus. Muss man gelesen haben.
Author: TJ Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Glaubt ihr an Liebe auf den ersten Blick? Sanford Stewart jedenfalls glaubt nicht daran. Um ehrlich zu sein, er glaubt an das genaue Gegenteil. Dank dem Homo Jock King. Es scheint, als hätte Darren Mayne nur ein Ziel im Leben – nämlich Chaos in Sandys perfekt organisiertes Leben zu bringen, nur um ihn zu ärgern. Sandy verachtet ihn, und das wird sich auch niemals ändern. Sagt er sich jedenfalls. Erst als der Besitzer des Jack It – dem Club, in dem Sandy als Drag Queen Helena Handbasket auftritt – ihn verzweifelt um Hilfe bittet, erkennt Sandy, dass er seine wenig schmeichelhaften Gefühle für Darren vorläufig zurückstellen muss. Weil das Jack It geschlossen wird, wenn nicht jemand Andrew Taylor, den Bürgermeister von Tucson, davon überzeugen kann, den Mietvertrag zu verlängern. Jemand wie Darren, der uneheliche Sohn des Bürgermeisters. Der Plan ist absolut narrensicher: Darren verführen und ihn dazu überreden, sich bei seinem Vater für eine Verlängerung des Vertrags mit der Stadt einzusetzen. Ganz einfach, oder? Falsch.
An Illustrated Field Guide
Author: Julian Fleisher
Category: Female impersonators
An entertaining journey inside the glittering drag world of New York City provides interviews with RuPaul, Lypsinka, and other notable drag queens as they reveal the secrets of Manhattan's turbulent and glamorous popular culture. Original.
Author: Erica Sadun,Steve Sande
Publisher: Que Publishing
Presents step-by-step instructions on using the iPhone's voice-operated assistant.
How to Tap Your Inner Power and Sell More
Author: Jeffrey R. Cox
Category: Business & Economics
In Jeff 's book, Contagious Passion, he provides first-hand insights into selling and how to apply many practical approaches to improve one's effectiveness. Jeff shares authentic life experiences with candor and purpose. These brief but valuable messages surely help any of us in our world of selling! Mark Brashear, C.E.O. Hugo Boss It's possible to keep selling using the same old techniques, but every so often new tools come along that make things so much easier. Jeff 's book, for me, is one of those new tools; Contagious Passion has made me look at my old ways and really appreciate what new ideas can now do for me. Earl Estep, Advertising Director Curtco Media/Robb Report WHY NOT SELL MORE? Jam-packed with insights from a 35-year plus sales career, this book is going to show you 1) how to make more money, 2) truly enjoy all your moment-to-moment daily encounters, and 3) experience richer, deeper personal relationships. Whether you're just launching your sales career or have many years in the field, this will become the book you'll refer to like a trusted friend. Discover how easy it is to: -Tap passion's power! -Sell your product simply by sharing! -Connect on a deeper personal level with anyone! -Appreciate everyone in your life, including you! -Have a positive impact on people you meet and those you may never meet! You can visit Jeffrey Cox at his website: www.jeffreyrcox.com.
History and Memory, 1923-2000
Author: Anne Dolan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
After civil war, can the winners commemorate their victory, hailing their conquering heroes with the blood of their former comrades still fresh on their boots? Or should they cover themselves in shame and hope that the nation soon forgets? In this book, Anne Dolan explores the tensions between memory and forgetting in twentieth-century Ireland. By examining the memory of winning the Irish Civil War, she discusses the extent to which it has been used to serve party political ends, where private grief finds consolation when the dead have fallen from political favour, and how the dead are remembered when no one wanted to fight the war. The book addresses the Irish Civil War at its most public point: at the statues and crosses, and in the ritual and rhetoric of commemoration. It will be of central interest to all students and scholars of European history and politics.
Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives
Author: Judith Halberstam
Publisher: NYU Press
Category: Literary Criticism
What is the price of a limb? A child? Ethnicity? Love? In a world that is often ruled by buyers and sellers, those things that are often considered priceless become objects to be marketed and from which to earn a profit. Ranging from black market babies to exploitative sex trade operations to the marketing of race and culture, Rethinking Commodification presents an interdisciplinary collection of writings, including legal theory, case law, and original essays to reexamine the traditional legal question: ?To commodify or not to commodify?” In this pathbreaking course reader, Martha M. Ertman and Joan C. Williams present the legal cases and theories that laid the groundwork for traditional critiques of commodification, which tend to view the process as dehumanizing because it reduces all human interactions to economic transactions. This “canonical” section is followed by a selection of original essays that present alternative views of commodification based on the concept that commodification can have diverse meanings in a variety of social contexts. When viewed in this way, the commodification debate moves beyond whether or not commodification is good or bad, and is assessed instead on the quality of the social relationships and wider context that is involved in the transaction. Rethinking Commodification contains an excellent array of contemporary issues, including intellectual property, reparations for slavery, organ transplants, and sex work; and an equally stellar array of contributors, including Richard Posner, Margaret Jane Radin, Regina Austin, and many others.
Author: Elle James
Agent Wade Coltrane, ex-Army Special Forces, has returned home to Freedom, Texas, for his next assignment: infiltrate the Long K Ranch and bust the owner for attempted murder. The obstacle: Lindsay Kemp, his high school sweetheart—and his target's granddaughter. Wade never expected Lindsay to still be living on the struggling ranch, let alone be a single mother to precious twin girls. Each day he spends undercover only intensifies his lingering desire for Lindsay and rouses his protective instincts. And he'll need them, for there's a killer on the ranch, and he's set his vengeful sights on Lindsay….
The Rise of the Aztecs
Author: Luis Mario Moncada
Publisher: Oberon Books
Late 14th century in the Valley of Mexico and a small, unknown tribe called the Aztecs propel themselves from nomadic mercenaries to rulers of a great empire. Passion, power and intrigue play out in this epic political thriller which charts the history of an ancient civilisation. Spanning a century and based on true events chronicled in the Aztec codices, A Soldier In Every Son – The Rise of the Aztecs is closely inspired by Shakespeare’s history plays. A Compañía Nacional de Teatro de México/Royal Shakespeare Company co-production. Originally commissioned for the World Shakespeare Festival which is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for London 2012 Festival.
Author: Robert Scott
Publisher: Pinnacle Books
Category: True Crime
Slayer In February, 1989, Los Angeles college coed Dondi Johnson was viciously knifed to death and set afire by James Angel. In March, 1991, in a New York City strip club, dancer Yvonne Hausley, 22, was hacked to death by Tony Perillo. In April, 1992, near California's famous Livermore labs, fortyish Barbara Muszalski died screaming under the blade of handyman "Robert" Gonzales. In all three cases, the alleged killer was the same person: fiendish, frenzied Benjamin Pedro Gonzales. Sicko A gangbanger and loan shark enforcer too violent for his gambler bosses, Gonzales had become a rootless drifter criss-crossing the U.S. on a rage-fueled killing spree. His signature technique was multiple stab wounds to his victims' faces, especially in the eyes. Profilers determined that his ultra-violent killings gave him a kind of sexual release. Savage Sparked by TV coverage, including a segment on "America's Most Wanted, " an intensive nationwide manhunt raced to find Gonzales before he killed again. Once caught, he threatened to turn the justice system upside-down by feigning madness to delay his trial. Yet none of his crazy-like-a-fox tricks could save him from drawing a life sentence in California's maximum security prison at Corcoran, where he occupies a cell opposite Charles Manson, and where his jailers call him "the most dangerous inmate." Includes 16 Pages Of Shocking Photos