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Axis of Beginning

Axis of Beginning

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After a lengthy absence Raymond visits his brother Fred, sister-in-law Elizabeth, and her cousin Christine. Raymond has become a Christian and is passionate about sharing the good news, but Fred is an atheist and will have nothing to do with it.

This story presents a conversation between Christianity and Atheism by asking challenging questions, such as:
Can morality be a by-product of materialism? Has intelligent design become the new science paradigm, establishing Darwinism technologically obsolete? Are Genesis and the Big Bang the same story? Did WMAP and the Planck satellite's data of the cosmic microwave background reveal a universe aligned with Earth and the solar system, which may show Genesis as history? And isn't it time we begin educating our children with the facts regarding both sides of the debate-or better yet, that the argument even exists?

Barefoot in the Park (USED)

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Choice (The); A Tragedy in Tgree Acts

Choice (The); A Tragedy in Three Acts

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This work is a dramatization of actual historical events. In 1590, during the French Wars of Religion (1562-1598), the small city of Leucate, France, was under siege by allied French and Spanish Catholic forces. The event was part of more than a century of social change and upheaval brought about by the rise of Protestantism in Europe and the consequent challenge to the authority of the Holy Roman Church. Leucate's governor at the time was Jean de Boursiez, seigneur de Pantnaut de Barri. His capture during the siege and the subsequent actions of his wife, Françoise de Cezelly (1558 - 1615), are the subject of this play. It was originally published in 1832, and has now been re-discovered and brought to you here.

Crucible (USED)

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Fried Catfish; A Screenplay

Fried Catfish; A Screenplay

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Have you ever been scammed in the name of love? Have you wondered what it would be like to bring that scammer to justice? That is what Laurie did. A middle-aged, divorced woman with teenage daughters from the Midwest innocently looking for love on a dating website finds herself "catfished" and willingly gives all her savings to a total stranger for the hope of true love.

With the help of an unsuspecting, undercover, modern day female crime fighter and a short, hairy former actor from the entertainment industry, Laurie finds herself in Malta in situations she never imagined trying to find her catfish and the real villain behind it.

Catching up with the villain and forcing him to give them the password they need to get Laurie's money back reveals the true meaning of love and sets Laurie into a new chapter of her life.

Glengarry Glen Ross (USED)

Glengarry Glen Ross (USED)

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Winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize, David Mamet's scalding comedy is about small-time, cutthroat real esate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their fair share of the American dream. Here is Mamet at his very best, writing with brutal power about the tough life of tough characters who cajole, connive, wheedle, and wheel and deal for a piece of the action -- where closing a sale can mean a brand new cadillac but losing one can mean losing it all. This masterpiece of American drama is now a major motion picture starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Alex Baldwain, Jonathan Pryce, Ed Harris, and Kevin Spacey.
Hamlet (USED)

Hamlet (USED)

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This self-contained, free-standing volume gives readers the Second Quarto text. In his illustrated introduction to the play's historical, cultural, and performance contexts, Neil Taylor presents a thorough survey of critical approaches to the play. He addresses the challenges faced in reading, editing, or acting a play with the depth of content and tradition that Hamlet possesses. He also establishes the historical and cultural context in which the play was written and explains the arguments about the merits and deficiencies of the First and Second Quarto and the First Folio. Taylor points to the many novelists, both men and women, whose work refers to or bears commonalities with Hamlet, to suggest an ongoing to need to resolve "the continuing mystery of Hamlet" in print and on stage. An appendix contains the additional passages found only in the 1623 text, and other appendices on the editorial process, the traditions regarding the act division at 3.4/4.1, casting, and music are also included.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
General editors' preface
Preface

INTRODUCTION
The challenges of Hamlet
The challenge of acting Hamlet
The challenge of editing Hamlet
The challenge to the greatness of Hamlet Hamlet versus Lear
Hamlet in our time
The soliloquies and the modernity of Hamlet
Hamlet and Freud
Reading against the Hamlet tradition
Hamlet in Shakespeare's time
Hamlet at the turn of the century
The challenge of dating Hamlet
Was there an earlier Hamlet play?
Are there any early references to Shakespeare's play?
Can we date Hamlet in relation to other contemporary plays?
Hamlet's first performances
The story of Hamlet
Murder most foul
An antic disposition
Sentences', speeches and thoughts
The composition of Hamlet
The quartos and the Folio
The quartos
The First Folio
The relationship of Q2 to Q1
The relationship of F to Q2
What, then, of Q1?
Editorial practice
Why a three-text edition?
Hamlet on stage and screen
Hamlet and his points
Enter the director
Hamlet and politics
Novel Hamlets
Hamlet meets Fielding, Goethe, Dickens and others
Hamlet and women novelists
Prequels and sequels
The continuing mystery of Hamlet

THE TRAGICAL HISTORY OF HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK (The Second Quarto, 1604-5)

APPENDICES
Appendix 1: Folio-only passages
Appendix 2: Textual discussion
Appendix 3: Editorial conventions, sample edited passages and a comparison of scenes across the three texts
Appendix 4: The act division at 3.4/4.1
Appendix 5: Casting
Appendix 6: Music

Abbreviations and references
Abbreviations used in notes
Works by and partly by Shakespeare
Editions of Shakespeare collated
Other works cited

Index

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In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer

In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer

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Justice

Justice (USED)

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Justice is the first of three plays in a thought-provoking trilogy, following the struggles and triumphs of newly seated Judge Grace Porter. Court cases involving First Amendment protections and abuses have become highly politicized over the last several years. As Americans, we continue to enjoy these basic freedoms as laid down for us by our framers over two hundred and forty years ago. Justice shines an unprecedented spotlight on two recent court cases, as seen through the eyes and minds of our founders through a one-way window in the courtroom!

The first trial focuses on the "J20" trials, resulting from the brazen arrests of over two hundred protesters at the Inauguration Day festivities for Donald Trump, in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 2017, which many Americans seem to be unaware of. The second trial is loosely-based around the tragedies that occurred at the Charlottesville, "Unite the Right," rally on August 11-12, 2017.


What would the guys who wrote the stuff think if they could witness how the laws that they penned are being adjudicated, and would they agree? There has been a lot of reignited debate regarding our founder's legacy as a result of the Black Lives Matter movement. Our founders were imperfect, aspirational idealists and they were patriots, with a vision of self-governance, the likes which had never been instituted at the scale they envisioned to incorporate and preside over. They penned and ratified our Constitution and Bill of Rights that continue to steer the course of our democracy in the year of 2020 and continue to represent ideologies of unity and inherent freedoms, framing our current, ongoing dialogue of equality and justice for all Americans.


Based on over nineteen years of research, Justice, is factually-based on the events and dialogues our framers had in their debate over our unification and is a timely reminder of the enormity of the task at hand that they faced, and the unlikelihood that they would ever succeed based on the precarious balance of the political dynamics in our country during its infancy.


Stay-tuned for the next book release in the trilogy, Liberty!

King Lear (USED)

King Lear (USED)

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A king foolishly divides his kingdom between his scheming two oldest daughters and estranges himself from the daughter who loves him. So begins this profoundly moving and disturbing tragedy that, perhaps more than any other work in literature, challenges the notion of a coherent and just universe. The king and others pay dearly for their shortcomings--as madness, murder, and the anguish of insight and forgiveness that arrive too late combine to make this an all-embracing tragedy of evil and suffering.