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Chapter 8. A REAL JOB

Farley, Todd Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

CHAPTER

8

A Real Job

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FTER GETTING rejected by the Writer’s Workshop, I had no better plan than to slog away in testing. I may not have wanted to, but I faced a number of obstacles in advancing into any other line of work. First, I was living in a place where the percentages were against me, because Iowa

City was a burg full of well-educated townies and very few jobs.

Second, my grandiose sense of self continued to flourish unabated, and because I still imagined myself a writer and possible genius, I wasn’t ecstatic about the idea of some career in

Iowa City at a shipping company, meat-packing plant, or the university’s administrative offices.

Instead, I went on the dole. After completing a four-month project for Maria in January 1999, I stopped working. There were no scoring projects happening and hence nothing for me to do. Per Greg’s suggestion, I dropped in to the state unemployment office, where I happily discovered I could get checks every week for not doing anything. While I’d always been fundamentally opposed to receiving such government largesse, I was even more opposed to demeaning myself by actually, you

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CHAPTER FOUR: A possible biological metatheory

Ormay, A.P. Tom Karnac Books ePub

“Menenius:
Note me this, good friend;
Your most grave belly was deliberate,
Not rash like his accusers, and thus answer’d:
‘True is it, my incorporate friends,’ quoth he,
‘That I receive the general food at first,
Which you do live upon; and fit it is,
Because I am the store-house and the shop
Of the whole body: but, if you do remember,
I send it through the rivers of your blood,
Even to the court, the heart, to the seat o’ the brain;
And, through the cranks and offices of man,
The strongest nerves and small inferior veins
From me receive that natural competency
Whereby they live: and though that all at once,
You, my good friends,’ — this says the belly, mark me,—”

(Shakespeare, Coriolanus, Act I, Scene I, 1998)

Recently, our biological inheritance moved into focus. Let us remember that, in addition to biology, we have social and cultural inheritance: everything that is already active in the human environment when a child joins in. The genetic code can be understood only in the general human context. The human context is the product of human beings, having physical bodies. It takes us back again to biology. We shall always need some theory about instinct, drive, motivation, the psychological effect of our genes (or we might use any other expression we find satisfying in the future), so long as it expresses the connection between the genetically given and our social relatedness. Bereczkei (2003) writes, “There is no area of social behaviour the formation of which would not be strongly influenced by genetic sources” (p. 26, translated by Tom Ormay).

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6 From Misemono to Zigomar: A Discursive History of Early Japanese Cinema

Jennifer M Bean Indiana University Press ePub

Aaron Gerow

IT IS ONE of the bitter tragedies of studying early Japanese film history that only a handful of films before the mid-1920s exist; there are simply not enough extant works to do justice to a history of Japanese film style before 1925. It is thus partly out of necessity that I construct in this chapter a discursive history of early cinema in Japan rather than analyzing many of the filmic texts themselves. But it is also a matter of choice. Remember that Michel Foucault, in The Archaeology of Knowledge, argues: “What, in short, we wish to do is dispense with ‘things’ … to substitute for the enigmatic treasure of ‘things’ anterior to discourse, the regular formation of objects that emerge only in discourse. To define these objects without reference to the ground, the foundation of things, but by relating them to the body of rules that enable them to form as objects of a discourse and thus constitute the conditions of their historical appearance.”1 Certainly Foucault does not intend a writing of a history without texts, but in a perhaps ironic way his form of discursive history allows us to still talk about early Japanese film history even though many of the “things,” the motion pictures themselves, are not present for us to examine and analyze. Maybe it is better this way: until now, it has been the privileging of such works that has led most scholars of later Japanese film history to focus only on the texts and authors, at the expense of understanding either the ways in which they first appear “only in discourse” or the conditions in which they emerged as the objects of people’s understanding. That has also led to the downplaying of research on periods like that of early cinema, where there are few films. While certainly not a desirable situation, perhaps the absence of films from the 1910s and early 1920s permits us to pay more attention to the discursive basis on which they would have been created, watched, understood, and discussed.

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5. Marriage as a psychological container

Ruszczynski, Stanley Karnac Books ePub

Warren Colman

I have often wondered why It is that “long-term work” has a different meaning in marital psychotherapy from the one it has come to have in individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Nowadays it is not unusual for individual psychotherapy to extend over five years or more. Yet In my experience— and this applies to all the work done at the Tavistock Institute of Marital Studies—It is highly unusual for couples to continue in therapy beyond three years, and I know of only a handful of cases in the history of the unit that have gone on as long as five years. Yet our work is based on the same psychoanalytic principles and methods as those that inform individual therapy. Why should this difference exist, and what does It say about the differences between these two overlapping therapeutic approaches?

I would like to use this question of the differences between marital and individual therapy as an indication of what I take to be the defining feature of marital therapy—namely, that its aim is to promote the capacity of a marriage to function as a psychological container for the individuals within it. Sometimes, of course, it will become apparent in the course of therapy that this Is not possible, and the work will then be about helping the couple to separate. It does also happen that couples come for therapy having already decided to separate and wanting help to do so. Then It Is a question of mourning the loss of the marital container or, at least, giving up the hope that it could be one. But in all cases I find it useful as a diagnostic aid to have in mind the question, is there a container, and if so, how is it functioning?

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Blakely

Jack Bell University of North Texas Press PDF

Blakely

Capt. Theophilus Alexander Blakely, a British inventor, designed a number of rifles and projectiles in a wide variety of calibers, which were sold before the war to individual

Southern states and later to the Confederacy. At least two batteries of Blakely rifles were also sold to Union units. It is well known that South Carolina had acquired a 3.5-inch

Blakely rifle before the war, which participated in the initial bombardment of Fort Sumter.1

Less well known is the fact that Virginia had acquired a 7.5-inch Blakely rifle just before or after hostilities began. That rifle fired some 900 rounds at Union forces at Shipping

Point at the mouth of the Potomac River before being abandoned by Confederate forces in mid-1862.2 It survives today and is located in the gun park at the Washington Navy Yard.

Most Blakely-designed rifles used projectiles designed by Sir Bashley Britten, who received a British patent on the design in 1855, but was unable to obtain a U.S. patent until after the war. Britten’s projectiles are described in the next section. The Blakely rifles firing Britten projectiles used conventional square land and groove rifling. Two other projectile designs—both flanged—were used in Blakely rifles that used the shunt system of rifling. Both are actually Blakely designs, but one is called the Preston-Blakely design and the other is known as the flanged Blakely. Battlefield recoveries of the PrestonBlakely design have been noted in 3.5-inch and 4-inch calibers. In addition, an 8-inch

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