In the 1940s, Marshal South chronicled his family's controversial primitive lifestyle on Ghost Mountain, in what is now Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in southern California, through popular monthly articles written for Desert Magazine. This is the complete collection, along with never-before-published photos of the family.
Pubpsher: Advaita Ashrama (A publication branch of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math)
Category: Biography & Autobiography
This is the biography of Mrs. Charlotte Elizabeth Sevier, one of the foremost Western disciples of Swami Vivekananda. Obeying the command of her guru, she left her own home in England, and, along with her husband, devoted her life to establish and nurture the Advaita Ashrama at Mayavati in the lofty heights of Himalayas, dedicated to the practice of Advaita Vedanta. Published by Advaita Ashrama, a branch of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math, India, this groundbreaking work is the first biography of Mrs. Sevier, and underscores the struggles, achievements, and convictions of this great woman, who was truly the 'Mother of Mayavati'.
Combining ethnography, film criticism, and his extensive knowledge of the Middle East, Steven C. Caton presents an innovative and fascinating examination of the classic film, Lawrence of Arabia. Caton is interested in why this epic film has been so compelling for so many people for more than three decades. In seeking an answer he draws from situations in his own life, biographies of the film's key participants, and analyses of issues relating to class, gender, colonialism, and cultural differences. The result is a many-prismed book that poses important questions of ethnographic representation and the discourse of power. Caton's approach is dialectical, and his readings of the film are situated within different historical periods, from the early 1960s to the present. Among the subjects he highlights are travel and colonialism in fieldwork and filmmaking, orientalism in the representation of the Other, and the film's ambiguous handling of masculinity and homosexuality. Caton looks at his own reactions to the film at various stages in his life and offers a thought-provoking account of the film's reception by today's high school and college students.