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Indianapolis Monthly

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Indianapolis Monthly is the Circle City’s essential chronicle and guide, an indispensable authority on what’s new and what’s news. Through coverage of politics, crime, dining, style, business, sports, and arts and entertainment, each issue offers compelling narrative stories and lively, urbane coverage of Indy’s cultural landscape.

Infinite Jest

Author : David Foster Wallace
ISBN : 9780748130986
Genre : Fiction
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Somewhere in the not-so-distant future the residents of Ennet House, a Boston halfway house for recovering addicts, and students at the nearby Enfield Tennis Academy are ensnared in the search for the master copy of INFINITE JEST, a movie said to be so dangerously entertaining its viewers become entranced and expire in a state of catatonic bliss . . . 'Wallace's exuberance and intellectual impishness are a delight, and he has deep things to say about the hollowness of contemporary American pleasure . . . sentences and whole pages are marvels of cosmic concentration . . . Wallace is a superb comedian of culture' James Wood, GUARDIAN

Hymns For The Fallen

Author : Todd Decker
ISBN : 9780520966543
Genre : Music
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In Hymns for the Fallen, Todd Decker listens closely to forty years of Hollywood combat films produced after Vietnam. Ever a noisy genre, post-Vietnam war films have deployed music and sound to place the audience in the midst of battle and to provoke reflection on the experience of combat. Considering landmark movies—such as Apocalypse Now, Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line, Black Hawk Down, The Hurt Locker, and American Sniper—as well as lesser-known films, Decker shows how the domain of sound, an experientially rich and culturally resonant aspect of cinema, not only invokes the realities of war, but also shapes the American audience’s engagement with soldiers and veterans as flesh-and-blood representatives of the nation. Hymns for the Fallen explores all three elements of film sound—dialogue, sound effects, music—and considers how expressive and formal choices in the soundtrack have turned the serious war film into a patriotic ritual enacted in the commercial space of the cinema.

Our Parents In Crisis

Author : Ann G. Sjoerdsma
ISBN : 9780996682206
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On the evening of Friday, June 7, 2002, 78-year-old Fern Sjoerdsma lay in a Chesapeake, Va., hospital bed, moaning and breathing rapidly and laboriously. Her whole body seemed bloated, especially her legs. She failed to respond coherently to questions that her daughter Ann asked and acted irritated by her attempts. She was disoriented and withdrawn, listless, but also fitful. Just two hours before, Ann’s father, a distinguished scientist-physician, and brother had left, without questioning her mother’s status. What had happened in the interim? Ann wondered. Was Mom having an adverse reaction to some medication? Her mind raced: “What should I do?” What author Ann G. Sjoerdsma did was endure what she describes in the compelling, fast-paced first chapter of her eye-opening new book, an “interminable night,” as she sought to convince the “placid, polite, yet intractable” hospital physician attending to her mother that his perceptions were faulty, and he had to take action. "Much to my amazement," she writes, "[he] couldn’t—or wouldn’t—see the deterioration in Mom that was so evident to me. He described her as having 'slight edema' and being more uncommunicative, but not that confused. When he questioned her about pain, she denied having any. I pointed out her stoical habit of minimizing her discomfort, but he attributed her fever and rapid breathing to the meningitis infection. “'She’s very sick,' he concluded. 'Her brain is fighting a serious infection.' “Yes, but caused by what?” Ann asked herself. Based on the medical research she had done, haemophilus influenzae meningitis didn’t make sense, and the antibiotic therapy wasn’t working. For the next hour, the hospitalist calmly talked about her mother’s worsening condition with Ann—as well as with her father and older sister, a nurse, whom she called on the room telephone—and resisted all of their suggestions. He wouldn’t summon a pulmonary expert, and, Ann writes, “He adamantly refused my request to transfer Mom back to the ICU,” asking “how could he justify to his supervisor having moved her out just the day before?” Under their questioning, he grew defensive. Ann relates: [excerpt] Finally, Dr. Amble admitted to me: “I don’t know what I’m treating.” But he failed to add what I thought any conscientious professional in any profession should add: “But I’ll find out.” I never raised my voice or lost my cool. I searched for an angle, a way to break through to him. Finally, I asked Dr. Amble: “What would you do if you were in my position?” a question I have learned is the question to ask an obstructive doctor. I’ll never forget his response. “I’d kiss my mother, tell her I love her, and let the hospital take care of her,” he said. “Well, I can’t do that,” I replied. “I can’t leave.” My mother wasn’t going to die because a doctor didn’t know what he was treating. [end excerpt] During her mother’s illness, which was misdiagnosed by a succession of physicians until the family arranged for her transfer to Duke Medical Center, Ann discovered a new calling and passion: medical advocacy. She became a dedicated bedside advocate, representing her parents’ interests in all healthcare venues and doing extensive research about medicine, diseases prevalent in older age, anatomy, physiology, and the facts of normal aging, all of which she shares in her impressive book. As her parents experienced more health crises—a pulmonary embolus; falls leading to hip and leg fractures; heart disease—Sjoerdsma witnessed firsthand how fragmented, error-prone, and patient-unfriendly the U.S. healthcare system is and how often doctors engage in ageism and what she calls “No-Think.” "Our Parents in Crisis" is a call to action to protect elders from biases and other risks in U.S. healthcare. It is also a poignant family story.

City Of Dark Magic

Author : Magnus Flyte
ISBN : 9781101603062
Genre : Fiction
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Cosmically fast-paced, wildly imaginative, and with City of Lost Dreams—the bewitching sequel—on shelves now, City of Dark Magic is the perfect potion of magic and suspense Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood. Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings? As Sarah parses his clues about Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” she manages to get arrested, to have tantric sex in a public fountain, and to discover a time-warping drug. She also catches the attention of a four-hundred-year-old dwarf, the handsome Prince Max, and a powerful U.S. senator with secrets she will do anything to hide. And the story continues in City of Lost Dreams, the mesmerizing sequel, which finds Sarah in the heart of Vienna, embroiled in a new web of mystical secrets and treacherous lies.

The Breakout

Author : Ryan David Jahn
ISBN : 9781466886209
Genre : Fiction
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James Murphy is a Marine Corps sniper. He’s done two tours in Afghanistan. He’s considered an American Hero. And James is out for revenge. Alejandro Rocha, a massively powerful drug kingpin who operates out of La Paz, Mexico, is responsible for James’s sister, Layla’s death, and he intends to make Rocha pay for it. James goes AWOL from his unit and travels to Mexico, ready to enact bloody vengeance, but before he can go through with his plan, he is arrested by the crooked police of La Paz. He’s quickly thrown into a dangerous prison on trumped-up charges. He knows he is marked for death while in this prison and there’s nothing he can do about it. However, there is a group of people who can do something about it. Discovering that James is wasting away in a Mexican prison, the marines in his unit decide to risk court-martial themselves and go AWOL as well, ready to go to war in order to break their brother out. And that’s just the beginning of the mayhem and violence.

High Tech Maneuvers

Author : Cynthia A. Beltz
ISBN : 0844737674
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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