Description : There exists a world much like our own, one parallel to the spirit world. People much like ourselves fight every day to keep both worlds from plummeting into darkness. They are called defenders. The spirit realm is divided into many smaller worlds, like shards of a once-complete painting. They follow their own paths and are vastly different from one another. But time reveals that these worlds have a limited existence, one which appears to be running out. The mission of getting to the bottom of these lands is for a defender. Ryoku Dragontalen has only a matter of days to complete his goal. After a harrying encounter with the fearsome emperor of Orden, Ryoku must recuperate and gather his strength for a second and final showdown with the young emperor, Lars Ordenstraum, an encounter the entire spirit realm has been waiting for. Follow Ryoku Dragontalen once more on his mission to meet a looming deadline as he journeys through new worlds, meeting friends old and new, as he gathers his strength to face what the very gods fear.
Description : Marx and the Moving Image approaches cinema from a Marxist perspective. It argues that the supposed 'end of history', marked by the comprehensive triumph of capitalism and the 'end of cinema', calls for revisiting Marx's writings in order to analyse film theories, histories and practices.
Description : Homo Maximus is a historico-philosophical essay comprising a discussion of the phenomenon of civilisation. Just as man as a species entered the evolutionary scene very recently, so civilisation entered the history of man only 5,000 years ago. The speed at which society has since evolved, from rural villages to high-tech mega-cities, is staggering. The ideals and values of democracy have recently been woven into the social fabric, creating a relativistic world in which modern man simultaneously seeks to overthrow religious beliefs and forge himself a new spiritual identity. A new outlook on life is required in which science and the soul are no longer perceived as mutually exclusive. Homo Maximus suggests that man must assume full responsibility, not only for his own actions, but in a symbolic and existential sense, for all of Creation. Its hypothesis is that neither Man, nor God or the Universe was ever 'created' in any image other than ours. Inversely, it is our task to turn the accident of existence into a meaningful plan. We are the artists; we create the world in our image. Both our freedom and responsibility as human beings ultimately depend on this, not upon any deity. To support this idea, the book explores a number of topics, such as the origins of monotheism and the concept of the soul, aristocracy, language, wine, gates, walls, and mirrors, culminating in an analysis of the age of the masses and its social, spiritual, cultural and psychological implications. Yet what is most important is the human factor, and the fact that no matter where we turn in this world, we are always staring at the image of ourselves. Lars Holger Holm was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Apart from being a prolific writer on a variety of subjects, and with a solid background within cultural media, he is also a performing classical violinist and a translator. A number of his books are available through Arktos, his most recent title available in English being The Owls of Afrasiab, a historical novel on the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.
Description : Slave to the Body is the first comprehensive study of body-politics in the Old South. The book investigates how black and white, male and female bodies were defined and thereby brought into existence as distinct corporealities. The making and unmaking of Southern bodies took place in a variety of fields such as medicine, sexuality, religion, beauty, fashion, or sports - and it resulted in a hierarchy of corporeality in which blacks were much more embodied than whites, and in which white men and black women marked the opposite poles of this typology of embodiment. The dualism of black hyper-bodies and white no-bodies determined modes of social control. While whites were regulated in modern disembodied ways, slaves were controlled in pre-modern ways via the inflicted flesh. The despotic power whites exercised over blacks was inefficient in many ways, but reformatory experiments failed, because Southern whites were unable to think blacks differently. Images of black hyper-corporeality were so persuasive that white Southerners were incapable of creating less embodied, more efficient and more tolerable modes of control. In this sense, Southern whites were slaves to their own body-texts. Contents: Foucauldian Structuralism - Constitutive Effects of Power - Medical Body: Dissection, Display, Experimentation, Anesthesia - Sexual Body: Reproduction, Eroticism, Maternalism, Artificial Reproduction - Disciplined Body: Temperance, Anti-Dancing-Crusade, Sports - Religious Body: Sin, Salvation - Mirroring Body: Beauty, Fashion, Dandyism - Hierarchy of Embodiment - Function of Body-Texts - Regulative Effects of Power - Declining Importance of the Body - Penal Reform - Modern Bio-Politics - Pre-ModernDespotism - Inefficiency of Despotism - Economic and Social Costs of Subjugation - Threats of War - Breakdown of Despotism.