Considerable attention in our own time is devoted to the cult of celebrity: to celebrating people who attain great fame and the cultural events and paraphernalia that surround them. While even sophisticated observers are tempted to regard celebrity as a phenomenon distinctly related to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, it is by no means a recent invention. The nineteenth, eighteenth, and even seventeenth century also expended enormous energies in scrutinising and analysing the "celebrated" persons or events of their times. Indeed, the publicity apparatus that we associate with celebrity today can be seen as a natural outgrowth of the first experiments with mass media in the "early modern" and "modern" eras. This volume explores the genesis of and the variations on "celebrity" during the long eighteenth century, both in English-speaking cultures and in the broader western sphere of cultural influence.
Amazing news is spreading like wildfire across the Scottish countryside: the most famous of all Lochdubh, remotely nestling in the Highlands, is perfectly anonymous... until well-known TV reporter Crystal French races into town in her bright new BMW. And PC Hamish Macbeth, dourly wed to duty rather than the fianc e who dumped him, promptly gives her a ticket for reckless driving. Outraged, Crystal makes Macbeth's life a misery with a TV report on policing in the Highlands... but when she also rakes up old local scandals for her new hit show, Macbeth notes that someone besides himself might be dead keen to stop her. And then someone does.Now, finding out who did away with the nosy reporter will lead the laconic Macbeth down roads he never envisioned... and perhaps a crisis of the heart all his own.
What's a mother to do, besides dishes and dinners and dirty laundry? Being a mom is one of the very best "jobs" a woman can have, but sometimes it would be nice to slip away for a conference with other moms, right? Grateful mom, and now grandmother, Margery Kisby Warder invites readers to a "virtual" retreat that fits any mom's schedule and nearly every budget. Margery believes we need never outgrow our imaginative gifts, so she's prepared a "women's event" that an attendee holds in her hands. Of course a few friends could gather while little ones are preoccupied and discuss what the virtual guest speakers told about their lives as mothers. Who wouldn't want to hear from Eve? From Mrs. Noah? How about listening to wealthy Sarah and the lessons she's learned after giving birth to Isaac when she's ninety? These celebrity women of the Bible will the the presenters - but if you put the book down, you can come back to the very last word she spoke. Why, that may even be almost as good as getting together with other gals for a ladies' time away. The price of the ticket to this event is whatever you paid for the book. The worth? That depends upon how much you gather from the speakers, the author's comments, and the scriptures that are printed within the book for your easy access to them. Come on, get comfortable, the festival for women is about to begin and no one is going to take that spot reserved for you.
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