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Crimson Letter: Harvard, Homosexuality, and the Shaping of American Culture (USED)

Crimson Letter: Harvard, Homosexuality, and the Shaping of American Culture (USED)

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In a book deeply impressive in its reach while also deeply embedded in its storied setting, bestselling historian Douglass Shand-Tucci explores the nature and expression of sexual identity at America's oldest university during the years of its greatest influence. The Crimson Letter follows the gay experience at Harvard in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing upon students, faculty, alumni, and hangers-on who struggled to find their place within the confines of Harvard Yard and in the society outside.

Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde were the two dominant archetypes for gay undergraduates of the later nineteenth century. One was the robust praise-singer of American democracy, embraced at the start of his career by Ralph Waldo Emerson; the other was the Oxbridge aesthete whose visit to Harvard in 1882 became part of the university's legend and lore, and whose eventual martyrdom was a cautionary tale. Shand-Tucci explores the dramatic and creative oppositions and tensions between the Whitmanic and the Wildean, the warrior poet and the salon dazzler, and demonstrates how they framed the gay experience at Harvard and in the country as a whole.

The core of this book, however, is a portrait of a great university and its community struggling with the full implications of free inquiry. Harvard took very seriously its mission to shape the minds and bodies of its charges, who came from and were expected to perpetuate the nation's elite, yet struggled with the open expression of their sexual identities, which it alternately accepted and anathematized. Harvard believed it could live up to the Oxbridge model, offering a sanctuary worthy of the classical Greek ideals of male association, yet somehow remain true to its legacy of respectable austerity and Puritan self-denial.

The Crimson Letter therefore tells stories of great unhappiness and manacled minds, as well as stories of triumphant activism and fulfilled promise. Shand-Tucci brilliantly exposes the secrecy and codes that attended the gay experience, showing how their effects could simultaneously thwart and spark creativity. He explores in particular the question of gay sensibility and its effect upon everything from symphonic music to football, set design to statecraft, poetic theory to skyscrapers.

The Crimson Letter combines the learned and the lurid, tragedy and farce, scandal and vindication, and figures of world renown as well as those whose influence extended little farther than Harvard Square. Here is an engrossing account of a university transforming and transformed by those passing through its gates, and of their enduring impact upon American culture.

Critical Incident Stress Management: Advanced Group Crisis Intervention (USED)

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Cumlative Record (USED)

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Cut the Shit

Cut the Shit

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Reframe Your Thinking, Regain Your Life There is a transformation that happens only after someone has come face to face with long-time patterns and self-sabotaging behaviors and are handed a tool for healing themselves, and it's powerful. This work goes much deeper than the standard relationship advice and invites you to delve deep into your own relationships and way of thinking. If you are ready to truly do this deep work and challenge yourself to grow, join those who have gone before you on this journey to regain your life! 

Cut the Shit will help you...

  • Identify behaviors and interactions that leave you exhausted
  • Understand the main reason why many people return to bad habits
  • Gain control over unhealthy interactions with others
  • Finally stop asking yourself, "Am I being punished for something?"
  • Have relationships where you get back the energy in which you put into them
  • "Becc Nelson is just the person to write this book and bring forth this powerful life-changing and game-changing body of work. I know she will be a blessing to you as she is and has been for so many others. Get ready! Once she shows up in your world, you will see the possibilities available to you and the transformation that awaits you. As a Spiritual Coach and Advisor, she goes first, living her life as an example and leading the way."-Dr. Michelle Barr, author and mentor

    Der Richter und sein Hecker (USED)

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    Dostoevsky: A Collection of Critical Essays (USED)

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    Emotion: A Comprehensive Phenomenology of Theories and their Meanings for Therapy (USED)

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    Ethics (USED)

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    Evaluation in Higher Education (USED)

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    Experience of Nothingness (USED)

    Experience of Nothingness (USED)

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    In The Experience of Nothingness, Michael Novak has two objectives. First, he shows the paths by which the experience of nothingness is becoming common among all those who live in free societies. Second, he details the various experiences that lead to the nothingness point of view. Most discussions of these matters have been so implicated in the European experience that the term nihilism has a European ring. Novak, however, articulates this experience of formlessness in an American context.

    In his new introduction, the author lists four requirements that must be met by an individual in order for the experience of nothingness to emerge: a commitment to honesty, a commitment to courage, recognition of how widespread the experience of nothingness is, and a virtue of will. Novak writes that these principles are what guide self-described philosophical nihilists. But many people simply borrow the nihilistic conclusions without observing the moral commitments to them. For this reason Novak believes that nihilism is fraudulent as a theory intended to explain the experience of nothingness. Nihilism in practice, he maintains, often results in a form of intolerance. The Experience of Nothingness is a work that will cause many scholars to rethink their beliefs. It should be read by philosophers, theologians, sociologists, political theorists, and cultural historians.