Impossible Owls

“There is a section in Impossible Owls where Brian Phillips writes about tigers, and he notes that what's most astonishing about the animal is not its size or power or beauty, but its capacity to disappear.

Author: Brian Phillips

Publisher: FSG Originals

ISBN: 9780374717704

Category: Literary Collections

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. SEMI-FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR ART OF THE ESSAY. One of Amazon, Buzzfeed, ELLE, Electric Literature and Pop Sugar's Best Books of 2018. Named one of the Best Books of October and Fall by Amazon, Buzzfeed, TIME, Vulture, The Millions and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. “Hilarious, nimble, and thoroughly illuminating.” —Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad A globe-spanning, ambitious book of essays from one of the most enthralling storytellers in narrative nonfiction In his highly anticipated debut essay collection, Impossible Owls, Brian Phillips demonstrates why he’s one of the most iconoclastic journalists of the digital age, beloved for his ambitious, off-kilter, meticulously reported essays that read like novels. The eight essays assembled here—five from Phillips’s Grantland and MTV days, and three new pieces—go beyond simply chronicling some of the modern world’s most uncanny, unbelievable, and spectacular oddities (though they do that, too). Researched for months and even years on end, they explore the interconnectedness of the globalized world, the consequences of history, the power of myth, and the ways people attempt to find meaning. He searches for tigers in India, and uncovers a multigenerational mystery involving an oil tycoon and his niece turned stepdaughter turned wife in the Oklahoma town where he grew up. Through each adventure, Phillips’s remarkable voice becomes a character itself—full of verve, rich with offhanded humor, and revealing unexpected vulnerability. Dogged, self-aware, and radiating a contagious enthusiasm for his subjects, Phillips is an exhilarating guide to the confusion and wonder of the world today. If John Jeremiah Sullivan’s Pulphead was the last great collection of New Journalism from the print era, Impossible Owls is the first of the digital age.
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The Twins of Fairland

The moon was full, and from its light she could tell the bird was an owl. But that was impossible; owls could never be this large. Its huge eyes seemed to be staring at her, penetrating the darkness. She knew the large bird was the ...

Author: sb white

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781491859902

Category: Fiction

Page: 190

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Twins separated at birth are reunited. As they get to know each other, they discover an ancient magic hidden for years. They team up to protect the hidden kingdom of Fairland alongside their unique animal guardians. When they are challenged by a forgotten enemy with dark powers, they must trust and depend on each other. Tre and Skylin are guided on their journey into unknown territory by Mallrok, a mystic shaman. The twins may look alike, but are very different in other ways. Together they complete each other as the Twins of Fairland. Join the Twins of Fairland on their journey of discovery filled with rescues, hidden kingdoms, magical powers, and forgotten enemies. The Twins of Fairland is a well crafted, easy to read story for the preteen/teen reader.
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—Brian Phillips, author of Impossible Owls “Pete Beatty's glorious Cuyahoga is a booming hymn of history, a praisesong both somber and funny. ... This unlikely, beautiful novel sings with a heart as big as its subject, ...

Author: Pete Beatty

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781982155568

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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"Big Son is a spirit of the times--the times being 1837. Behind his broad shoulders, shiny hair, and church-organ laugh, Big Son practically made Ohio City all by himself. The feats of this proto-superhero have earned him wonder and whiskey toasts but very little in the way of fortune. And without money, Big cannot become an honest husband to his beloved Cloe (who may or may not want to be his wife, honestly). In pursuit of a steady wage, our hero hits the (dirt) streets of Ohio City and Cleveland, the twin towns racing to become the first great metropolis of the West. Their rivalry reaches a boil over the building of a bridge across the Cuyahoga River--and Big stumbles right into the kettle. The resulting misadventures involve elderly terrorists, infrastructure collapse, steamboat races, wild pigs, and multiple ruined weddings. Narrating this tale is Medium Son--known as Meed--apprentice coffin maker, almanac author, orphan, and the younger brother of Big. Meed finds himself swept up in the action, and he is forced to choose between brotherly love and his own ambitions."-- Provided by publisher.
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It also illuminates them. It's a gift for all of us who are fated to live with fear and sorrow—that is, for human beings.” —Brian Phillips, author of the bestselling Impossible Owls “A harmonious blend of memoir and science reporting.

Author: Eva Holland

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780735237346

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

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SHORTLISTED for the 2021 BC and Yukon Book Prizes' Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize A personal story about not only facing but conquering fears. In 2015, Eva Holland was forced to confront her greatest fear when her mother had a stroke and suddenly passed away. After the shock and grief subsided, Holland began to examine the extent to which her many fears had limited her, and wondered whether or not it was possible to move past them. This sent Holland on a deep dive into the science of fear, digging into an array of universal and personal questions: Why do we feel fear? Where do phobias come from and how are they related to anxiety disorders and trauma? Can you really smell fear? (Yes.) What would it be like to feel no fear? Is there a cure for fear? Or, put differently, is there a better way to feel afraid? On her journey, Holland meets with scientists who are working to eliminate phobias with a single pill, she explores the lives of the few individuals who suffer from a rare disease that prevents them from ever feeling fear, and she immerses herself in her own fears including hurling herself out of a plane for her first skydive (and in the process, learns that there are right and wrong ways to face your fears). Fear is a universal human experience, and Nerve answers these questions in a refreshingly accessible way, offering readers an often personal, sometimes funny, and always rigorously researched journey through the science of facing our fears.
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Filipino Heritage The Spanish colonial period 16th century

Since seeing out of the corners of their eyes is impossible , owls are constantly moving their heads and can turn them more than a half circle in either direction . This twisting habit often lends the illusion of a The owl is considered ...



ISBN: UOM:39015010735960

Category: Philippines

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From Chicago to L A

Nearly one quarter of the state's spotted owl population ( Strix occidentalis occidentalis ) lives in the mountain ... by owls between separate Southern California populations has become increasingly difficult , if not impossible .

Author: Michael Dear

Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:39015053397751

Category: Science

Page: 464

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From Chicago to L.A. begins the task of defining an alternative agenda for urban studies and examines the case for shifting the focus of urban studies from Chicago to Los Angeles. The authors, experienced scholars from a variety of disciplines, examine: The concepts that have blocked our understanding of Southern California cities The imaginative structures that people have been using to understand and explain Los Angeles The utility of the "Los Angeles School" of urbanism
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Nuclear Ethics

Indeed , the Owl's approach to the onset of nuclear war warns us against trying to gain small increments in calculated ... to field commanders might enhance deterrence ( Hawks ) but might also make war termination impossible ( Owls ) .

Author: Joseph S. Nye


ISBN: UOM:39015010606773

Category: History

Page: 184

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Outlining a soundly reasoned "just defense doctrine" for the nuclear age, Nye provides a sensitive moral compass for policy choices and offers a genuine sense of hope for the future.
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Catholic World

cried out , disconsolately , " just when I grant that the owls have all the I am about to put in the sunrise ? ... It would be impossible owl , hearing the stroke that divides for me to begin awakening him at day and night , thinks only ...



ISBN: UOM:39015028067638


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The Screech Owls Reunion 20

He ran them through some old drills , then let them scrimmage for the remainder of the hour and , for the first time ever , never once blew his whistle when an Owl tried an impossible play . In fact , it was nothing but tricks and ...

Author: Roy MacGregor

Publisher: Screech Owls

ISBN: 0771056494

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 148

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The Owls are all grown up, and now they’re returning home to play an exhibition game in the town’s new arena. But deep trouble has also come to Tamarack. The Screech Owls are all grown up. Ten years have passed, and Travis, Sarah, Nish, and their friends have gone theirseparate ways, most of them scattered far and wide from their old home town. Travis is a teacher. Sarah is captain of the women’s Olympic hockey team. Data runs a computer business with Fahd. Wilson is a police officer. And Nish? Nish is in Las Vegas, a valued member of the aerial stunt team The Flying Elvises. When the people of Tamarack decide to name their new sports complex The Sarah Cuthbertson Arena, it is the perfect time for all the old friends to reunite and play an opening night exhibition game. But as the Screech Owls start to return, trouble also comes to Tamarack. The unspoiled town faces disaster in the form of a new gambling casino, and it seems that the powerful developers will stop at nothing to get their way. Not even murder.
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