Where the Past Begins A Writer s Memoir

From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir on her life as a writer, her childhood and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory.

Author: Amy Tan

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 9780007585564

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir on her life as a writer, her childhood and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory.

Where the Past Begins

Filled with hard-won insights on the nature of creativity, this is a unique look into the mind of an extraordinary storyteller and an exploration of all that made it both unlikely and inevitable that she would become one of America's ...

Author: Amy Tan

Publisher: Fourth Estate

ISBN: 0007585578


Page: 368

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The Joy Luck Club

Or to prolong what was already unbearable." Forty years later the stories and history continue. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters.

Author: Amy Tan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101502738

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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“The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorite books. From the moment I first started reading it, I knew it was going to be incredible. For me, it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime reading experiences that you cherish forever. It inspired me as a writer and still remains hugely inspirational.” —Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians Amy Tan’s beloved, New York Times bestselling tale of mothers and daughters Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. "To despair was to wish back for something already lost. Or to prolong what was already unbearable." Forty years later the stories and history continue. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.

Before Babylon Beyond Bitcoin

Narayana Kocherlakota when at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (1997
) Where did money come from? Money and banking go back together ... This is
the point where the past begins in our narrative. Chapter 1 Money is a technology

Author: David Birch

Publisher: London Publishing Partnership

ISBN: 9781907994678

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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Technology is changing money: it has been transformed from physical objects to intangible information. With the arrival of smart cards, mobile phones and Bitcoin it has become easier than ever to create new forms of money. Crucially, money is also inextricably connected with our identities. Your card or phone is a security device that can identify you – and link information about you to your money. To see where these developments might be taking us, David Birch looks back over the history of money, spanning thousands of years. He sees in the past, both recent and ancient, evidence for several possible futures. Looking further back to a world before cash and central banks, there were multiple ‘currencies’ operating at the level of communities, and the use of barter for transactions. Perhaps technology will take us back to the future, a future that began back in 1971, when money became a claim backed by reputation rather than by physical commodities of any kind. Since then, money has been bits. The author shows that these phenomena are not only possible in the future, but already upon us. We may well want to make transactions in Tesco points, Air Miles, Manchester United pounds, Microsoft dollars, Islamic e-gold or Cornish e-tin. The use of cash is already in decline, and is certain to vanish from polite society. The newest technologies will take money back to its origins: a substitute for memory, a record of mutual debt obligations within multiple overlapping communities. This time though, money will be smart. It will be money that reflects the values of the communities that produced it. Future money will know where it has been, who has been using it and what they have been using it for.

Hitchcock on Hitchcock Volume 2

You follow the writer tracking down the history of Dimitrios from Istanbul, where
he actually saw the almost mythical Greek corpse, to Smyrna, where the past
begins. He pays a White Russian refugee to bribe a government official into
letting ...

Author: Alfred Hitchcock

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 9780520279605

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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This second volume of Alfred Hitchcock’s reflections on his life and work and the art of cinema contains material long out of print, not easily accessible, and in some cases forgotten or unknown. Edited by Sidney Gottlieb, this new collection of interviews, articles with the great director's byline, and “as-told-to” pieces provides an enlivening perspective on a career that spanned seven decades and transformed the history of cinema. In writings and interviews imbued with the same exuberance and originality that he brought to his films, Hitchcock ranges from accounts of his own life and experiences to provocative comments on filmmaking techniques and cinema in general. Wry, thoughtful, witty, and humorous—as well as brilliantly informative and insightful—this volume contains much valuable material that adds to our understanding and appreciation of a titan who decades after his death remains one of the most renowned and influential of all filmmakers. François Truffaut once said that Hitchcock “had given more thought to the potential of his art than any of his colleagues.” This profound contemplation of his art is superbly captured in the pieces from all periods of Hitchcock’s career gathered in this volume, which reveal fascinating details about how he envisioned and attempted to create a “pure cinema” that was entertaining, commercially successful, and artistically ambitious and innovative in an environment that did not always support this lofty goal.


Let's begin by lumping the myriad stock-picking theories into convenient
categories. Basically these are: "Dowists" ... Unfortunately, a lot of the action we'
re after is in the new issues market, where the past begins. "Fundamentalists"
might be ...





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Saving Fish from Drowning

Through twists of fate, curses, and just plain human error, they find themselves deep in the jungle, where they encounter a tribe awaiting the return of the leader and the mythical book of wisdom that will protect them from the ravages and ...

Author: Amy Tan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440627606

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 997


A provocative new novel from the bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter's Daughter. On an ill-fated art expedition into the southern Shan state of Burma, eleven Americans leave their Floating Island Resort for a Christmas-morning tour-and disappear. Through twists of fate, curses, and just plain human error, they find themselves deep in the jungle, where they encounter a tribe awaiting the return of the leader and the mythical book of wisdom that will protect them from the ravages and destruction of the Myanmar military regime. Saving Fish from Drowning seduces the reader with a fagade of Buddhist illusions, magician's tricks, and light comedy, even as the absurd and picaresque spiral into a gripping morality tale about the consequences of intentions-both good and bad-and about the shared responsibility that individuals must accept for the actions of others. A pious man explained to his followers: "It is evil to take lives and noble to save them. Each day I pledge to save a hundred lives. I drop my net in the lake and scoop out a hundred fishes. I place the fishes on the bank, where they flop and twirl. 'Don't be scared,' I tell those fishes. 'I am saving you from drowning.' Soon enough, the fishes grow calm and lie still. Yet, sad to say, I am always too late. The fishes expire. And because it is evil to waste anything, I take those dead fishes to market and I sell them for a good price. With the money I receive, I buy more nets so I can save more fishes."

A Gentle People

Whatever else may be said , it is clear that where a people has a lively memory of
the past , this past always exists in ... For most people , ' the past ' begins where
the more generally well known mythologies leave off , that is , around the ...

Author: Anthony D. Buckley


ISBN: IND:39000000518030

Category: Community life

Page: 184

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What Is Film Theory

Instead, what they see, hear and feel serve as catalysts to memory: it forces them
back into the past. ... think that the crystal-image demonstrates how difficult it is to
know where the present ends and where the past begins, that our experiences ...

Author: Rushton, Richard

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335234233

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 211

View: 326


'What is Film Theory? is an introduction to the key elements of film theory. So, what is film theory as a subject? Film studies is divided in to key subjects and themes: there's film art which looks at the aesthetics of film; cinema studies which looks at institutions, films themeselves and the industry; film theory which looks at the concepts, philosophies and disciplines which underline film studies. As such, the book will look at subjects including semiotics and strucutalism, psychoanalysis, formalist film theory, cognitive approaches and neoformalism. In the light of the readers' reports it will also address more 'cultural' issues such as queer theory, ethnicity, postcolonialism and world cinema..

The Art of Harmony

DETACHMENT Detachment is the act of going back to where you originally were.
Not physically ... The present begins right now and becomes the past as soon as
it starts to exist. Where the present ends is where the past begins. We are living ...

Author: Sang H. Kim

Publisher: Turtle Press

ISBN: 188033660X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 719


This collection of inspirational passages and anecdotes blends the common-sense thinking of western philosophy and the mystical wisdom of eastern disciplines. It is based on the belief that our journey through life is most peaceful and fulfilling when we learn to recognise and take charge of our chosen destiny, knowing when to direct the flow and when to yield to it. Organised in an easy-to-read format and grouped by subjects such as truth, chaos, freedom and wisdom, this book encourages each reader to freely discover his or her own road to inner harmony.

Dear America

This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home.

Author: Jose Antonio Vargas

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780062851369

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 808


THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER “This riveting, courageous memoir ought to be mandatory reading for every American.” —Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow “l cried reading this book, realizing more fully what my parents endured.” —Amy Tan, New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and Where the Past Begins “This book couldn’t be more timely and more necessary.” —Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author of What Is the What and The Monk of Mokha Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called “the most famous undocumented immigrant in America,” tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms. “This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book––at its core––is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home. After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom.” —Jose Antonio Vargas, from Dear America

Fresh from the Past

In a classic take on the past, the novelist L. P. Hartley cast history and geography
as equally remote: "the past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."
Though ... So "looking backward" is where Fresh from the Past begins! The long ...

Author: Sandra Sherman

Publisher: Taylor Trade Publications

ISBN: 158979088X

Category: Cooking

Page: 387

View: 782


Sherman takes readers along on a wild ride back in time, describing how historic families learned to cook with the seasons. From cookbook of the day she gives us 120 original recipes, together with contemporary translations that give step-by-step instructions for cooks of any level.

Parliamentary Debates Hansard

For my part, I see no profit whatever in raking Over mistakes, save where they are
relevant to the future. If we enter into a quarrel about the past, none of us on
either side of the House will agree where the past begins. The first question I
raise ...

Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons


ISBN: UCAL:B3150842

Category: Great Britain


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Contains the 4th session of the 28th Parliament through the session of the Parliament.

Docudrama Performs the Past

Docudrama Performs the Past begins where Real Emotional Logic ended, with
the new millennium's remarkable persistence of productions of feature films and
movies-of-the-week “based on true stories.” While this book, much in the vein of
its ...

Author: Steven N. Lipkin

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443827874

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 195

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Docudramas, films and movies-of-the-week based on true stories, offer their audiences performance as persuasion. As docudramas re-create actual people and events, these works perform their material. The premises of docudramas’ persuasive arguments operate within the basic settings that stage performances of noteworthy events, the events of war, and the lives of noteworthy individuals. In performing the past, docudramas offer us a performance of memory. Through docudramatic performance, the memories of others become ours. The performance of memory roots docudramatic representation in actuality, and indicates the responsibility to serve the past that helps make docudrama a distinctive mode of representation. The spirit of obligation to the past also frames the ethical considerations docudrama raises, as performance in docudrama shapes public memory. Docudrama Performs the Past examines the spectrum of arguments docudramas offer as their re-creations reason from the arenas of events such as the hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93, wars ranging from World War II to Iraq, and the lives of actors, athletes, and politicians. The case studies developed in each chapter show how docudrama’s re-creation of “true stories,” its performance of memory, warrants the claims it forwards about how to remember the past. The aggregate of examining works made since the late 1990s allows us to see how, as recurring contexts, the arenas of docudramatic argument ground action and identity in the settings that frame performance, structure the moral value of the contestation that ensues, and shape the public memory of the past that docudramas perform.

Colonialism Tradition and Reform

In this book I intend to explore the manner in which he used both in his battles
with his tradition . ... For some , the past begins with yesterday ' s sunset and all
practices existing since before then are binding ; for some others it goes beyond

Author: Bhikhu C. Parekh


ISBN: STANFORD:36105041037560

Category: Nonviolence

Page: 288

View: 766


Where Art Begins

ian nattiness and smartness blend with the broad buffoonery with which
Cruikshank delighted his audience of the past generation . We are not so simple
in our tastes ( more is the pity ) ; therefore , instead of the horseplay of the clown
and ...

Author: Hume Nisbet

Publisher: Prabhat Prakashan


Category: Art

Page: 232

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The Publishers Weekly

N. Y. , AppletonCentury The passengers and crew of a plane , forced down at sea
, land on a strange and beautiful island , the " first port of call , ” where the past
begins to grow dim . Kelly , Eric Philbrook Juv On the staked plain ; il . by Harve ...



ISBN: UVA:X004332149

Category: American literature


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The Past the Present and the Future

He begins on the hill - side , and as he works down to the rich soils and abstracts
from them their manure , he carries it ... been most poor where land was most
abundant , and where the inhabitants had , apparently , most the choice of soils .

Author: Henry Charles Carey


ISBN: UCM:5320714151

Category: Economic history

Page: 474

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Where the Long Trail Begins

My mental effort to recall the past has resulted in a grouping of what remains into
several separate pictures . A glimpse at these and the rude background on which
they are cast is all I can offer , for it is all that remains to me of the home among ...

Author: Samuel Strahl Lappin


ISBN: OSU:32435012073979

Category: Missouri

Page: 65

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