Presents a demonstration of 11 kata through photo sequences and history of Okinawan karate, including Chinese-Okinawan relations, the creation of styles, and the birth and spread of karate. This title introduces 37 karate patriarchs. It discusses the origins of kata, the five-form fist and the physical and nonphysical aims of kata training.
“In a century of mass migration and deportation, political exile and casual tourism, being elsewhere was the common condition. For the moderns, elsewhere was not merely physical location or dislocation, but was intrinsic to the work. Victor Segalen, in China at the beginning of the century, writes of the ‘manifestation of Diversity,’ a ‘spectacle of Difference’: everything that is ‘foreign, strange, unexpected, surprising, mysterious, amorous, superhuman, heroic, and even divine, everything that is Other.’ Picasso put it more bluntly: ‘Strangeness is what we wanted to make people think about because we were quite aware that our world was becoming very strange.’ After Guillaume Apollinaire’s ‘Zone’—perhaps the most influential poem of the century—collage, the juxtaposition of disparate elements, the manifestation of diversity, the making of the strange, became the primary new form of the new poetry.
“From the count examples, here are a few instances of the collage of a poet pasted, physically or mentally, onto a specific unfamiliar landscape.” So begins Eliot Weinberger’s essayistic travels into the nature of “journey” poetry. From Kōtarō Takamura's poem about Paris, to Fernando Pessoa’s “At the wheel of the Chevrolet on the road to Sintra,” to Apollinaire’s “Ocean-Letter,” Weinberger introduces fourteen poems illustrating the contemporary situation of being “elsewhere.”
RAYLA 2212 follows Rayla Illmatic, a third generation citizen of Planet Hope, a former Earth colony that has claimed its independence. But the utopian world has turned upside down and Rayla is on a quest to right the wrongs and end the rule of the Dirk. After her lover, and rebel leader Carcine disappears on a mission to find mystical scientist Moulan Shakur, Rayla embarks on a journey to complete it. She soon finds herself on a journey to find The Missing, a group of New Age Astronauts who were lost in the teleport project. But all isn't what it seems in this world where time and space shift at will. This story ties reincarnation, space travel, virtual worlds and love. As Rayla discovers new worlds, she comes to discover herself and her power.
Steve Martin's journal has been found on a snow bank along a frigid Manhattan avenue by the luckly named Navin R. Johnson -- an underachieving, reluctant idol. Navin is as fruit in relationships as he is apathetic about his genius. He is a collector of burdensome personalities. As he ages towards forty-five, he is as hap as his name. And now, Navin is beginning to believe Steve Martin might be his guardian angel. Inside Navin's head, reality and fantasy quickly begin their own conversation as different Steve Martins from progressing decades inject themselves into Navin's life. But inside Steve Martin's journal, a cryptic challenge is written that contains a meaning of which Navin can't fathom -- and a solution for which he is not ready. Navin's discovery sparks an inescapable ride, ending only when Steve Martin, or his journal, have spoken to him from a contemporary day in tones of silly sensibilities and poignant humor -- and not a moment before the journal is returned to its rightful owner.
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Relativamente ampia raccolta di racconti brevi, opera prima, "24 Racconti" è il frutto pretenzioso dell'attività giovanile dell'autore, focalizzata in particolare sui temi dell'inettitudine alla vita e all' amore, l'incomunicabilità, la solitudine, i meccanismi di repressione socio-individuale, l'inesorabilità della morte e il significato dell'immortalità. Da segnalare, fra gli altri, due testi: "Davanti a una tela di Rembrandt", che indaga il significato della legge e, in senso più ampio, dell'esistenza dell' individuo nel contesto dei suoi simili, e "L'eden", la storia di un'iniziazione e, forse, di una caduta. Altri racconti esemplari: "Il postulante", "Il carceriere" e "Indiani".