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Bill Brown - Author

About the Author

Bill Brown was born in Brixton, South London, in 1942 and started his own 'business' aged seven selling horse muck, fire wood and wood ash. By the time he was ten he was working in Brixton markets in his spare time and quickly learned how to source anything anyone asked him for. Some weeks Bill brought in more money than his beloved Dad. Bill was a Jack-of-all-trades until 1961 when his uncle encouraged him to join the Fire Service. Billy retired in 1984 having responded to a total of 21,000 incidents and saved many lives. Today he lives in East Sussex with his partner of 21 years, Jane. He has two children and one grandchild.

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Other Things

Other Things

Author: Bill Brown Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2016

From the pencil to the puppet to the drone-the humanities continue to ride a wave of interest in material culture and the world of things. How should we understand the force and figure of that wave as it shapes different disciplines? In Other Things, Bill Brown explores this question by considering an assortment of objects-from beach glass to cell phones, sneakers to skyscrapers-that have fascinated a range of writers and artists, including Virginia Woolf, Man Ray, Spike Lee, and Don DeLillo. Brown ranges across the literary, visual, and plastic arts to depict the curious lives of things. Beginning with Achilles's Shield, then tracking the object/thing distinction as it appears in the work of Martin Heidegger and Jacques Lacan, he ultimately focuses on the thingness disclosed by specific literary and artistic works. Combining history and literature, criticism and theory, Brown provides a new way of understanding the inanimate object world and the place of the human within it, encouraging us to think anew about what we mean by materiality itself.

Fighting Fox Company The Battling Flank of the Band of Brothers

Fighting Fox Company The Battling Flank of the Band of Brothers

Author: Bill Brown, Terry Poyser Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/2014

Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division has become one of the most famous small units in U.S. history, thanks to Stephen Ambrose's superb book Band of Brothers, followed by portrayals in film. However, to date little has been heard of Fox Company of that same regiment-the men who fought alongside Easy Company through every step of the war in Europe, and who had their own stories to tell. Notably this book, over a decade in the making, came about for different reasons than the fame of the Band of Brothers. Bill Brown, a WWII vet himself, had decided to research the fate of a childhood friend who had served in Fox Company. Along the way he met Terry Poyser, who was on a similar mission to research the combat death of a Fox Company man from his hometown. Together, the two authors proceeded to locate and interview every surviving Fox Company vet they could find. The result was a wealth of fascinating firsthand accounts of WWII combat as well as new perspectives on Dick Winters and others of the Band, who had since become famous. Told primarily through the words of participants, Fighting Fox Company takes the reader through some of the most horrific close-in fighting of the war, beginning with the chaotic nocturnal paratrooper drop on D-Day. After fighting through Normandy the drop into Holland saw prolonged ferocious combat, and even more casualties; and then during the Battle of the Bulge, Fox Company took its place in line at Bastogne during one of the most heroic against-all-odds stands in U.S. history. As always in combat, each man's experience is different, and the nature of the German enemy is seen here in its equally various aspects. From ruthless SS fighters to meek Volkssturm to simply expert modern fighters, the Screaming Eagles encountered the full gamut of the Wehrmacht. The work is also accompanied by rare photos and useful appendices, including rosters and lists of casualties, to give the full look at Fox Company, which has long been overdue.

Life Lessons from the Little Green Suitcase

Life Lessons from the Little Green Suitcase

Author: Bill Brown, Sharon Brown, Nett Brown, Bill Norton Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2013

There once was a green suitcase whose job was to collect powerful and inspirational thoughts and profound quotes. Read the story of how The Little Green Suitcase came to be. And reflect how it can add positive thoughts to your life every day. Travel along with The Little Green Suitcase and discover inspiration and quotes to cherish for a lifetime. Here you will find many thoughts to hold close to your heart and share with loved ones. In the these pages you will discover categorized thoughts from - Attitude Change Courage Integrity Enthusiasm Ethics Marriage and Family Happiness Hope Life Keep me as a resource by your bedside, on your desk or in your briefcase. To fend off insomnia, consult these thoughts at the end of the day. Whenever stress at work seems about to send you over the edge, look to me to peruse a concept that will help put life back in perspective. While traveling, bring me up on screen, meditating on one or more of these wonderful thoughts. -"e;The Little Green Suitcase"e;See you inside

Action! Professor Know-it-All's Illustrated Guide to Film & Video Making

Action! Professor Know-it-All's Illustrated Guide to Film & Video Making

Author: Bill Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2012

Chosen for Time

Chosen for Time

Author: Bill Brown Format: eBook Release Date: 19/12/2011

What if the Garden of Eden exists in an alternate dimension and is linked to all living things on earth - and is in danger of being destroyed by the ultimate evil?That's what traffic cop Johnny Reiko believes after suffering haunting visions and angelic paranormal activity that drives him to the most important discovery of his life. Driven by powers he can't explain and with the help of his rookie partner Jason Casper Noakes, Johnny deciphers a secret code on his grandfather's watch that uncovers top secret alien technology that makes it possible to travel in alternate dimensions, where a war of all wars is about to be unleashed. Obsessed with strange fatal events and weird happenings, Johnny's self driven quest uncovers the demonic plot that is about to destroy all created living things and overthrow God. Johnny has been chosen by the faith givers, who are in charge of the Garden, to preserve the elements of creation hidden inside. The Garden itself has been hidden from mankind inside an alternate dimension which Johnny has to find using the alien technology. Together with his eclectic friends, Johnny and Casper are humanity's last chance to not only save the Garden of Eden but all of god's creation from the demonic jaws of damnation.

Fujiyama Honeymoon

Fujiyama Honeymoon

Author: Bill Brown Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2007

Fujiyama Honeymoon

Fujiyama Honeymoon

Author: Bill Brown Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/04/2007

A Sense of Things The Object Matter of American Literature

A Sense of Things The Object Matter of American Literature

Author: Bill Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2004

Things

Things

Author: Bill Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2004

This book is an invitation to think about why children chew pencils; why we talk to our cars, our refrigerators, our computers; rosary beads and worry beads; Cuban cigars; why we no longer wear hats that we can tip to one another and why we don't seem to long to; and what has been described as bourgcois longing. It is an invitation to think about the fetishism of daily life in different times and in different cultures. It is an invitation to rethink several topics of critical inquiry - camp, collage, primitivism, consumer culture, muscum culture, the aesthetic object, still life, things as they are, Renaissance wonders, the thing itself - within the rubric of things, not in an effort to foreclose the question of what sort of things these seem to be, but rather to suggest new questions about how objects produce subjects, about the phenomenology of the material everyday, about the secret life of things. Based on an award-winning special issue of the journal Critical Inquiry, Things features eighteen thought-provoking essays by contributors including Bill Brown, Matthew L. Jones, Bruno Latour, W. J. T. Mitchell, Jessica Riskin, Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Peter Schwenger, Charity Scribner, and Alan Trachtenberg.

True Texas Tales?

True Texas Tales?

Author: Bill Brown Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/05/2003

True Texas Tales?

True Texas Tales?

Author: Bill Brown Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2003

The Material Unconscious American Amusement, Stephen Crane, and the Economics of Play

The Material Unconscious American Amusement, Stephen Crane, and the Economics of Play

Author: Bill Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/1997

Within the ephemera of the everyday--old photographs, circus posters, iron toys--lies a challenge to America's dominant cultural memory. What this memory has left behind, Bill Brown recovers in the material unconscious of Stephen Crane's work, the textual residues of daily sensations that add up to a new history of the American 1890s. As revealed in Crane's disavowing appropriation of an emerging mass culture--from football games and freak shows to roller coasters and early cinema--the decade reappears as an underexposed moment in the genealogy of modernism and modernity. Brown's story begins on the Jersey Shore, in Asbury Park, where Crane became a writer in the shadow of his father, a grimly serious Methodist minister who vilified the popular amusements his son adored. The coastal resorts became the stage for debates about technology, about the body's visibility, about a black service class and the new mass access to leisure. From this snapshot of a recreational scene that would continue to inspire Crane's sensational modernism, Brown takes us to New York's Bowery. There, in the visual culture established by dime museums, minstrel shows, and the Kodak craze, he exhibits Crane dramatically obscuring the typology of race. Along the way, Brown demonstrates how attitudes toward play transformed the image of war, the idea of childhood and nationhood, and the concept of culture itself. And by developing a new conceptual apparatus (with such notions as recreational time, abstract leisure, and the amusement/knowledge system ), he provides the groundwork for a new politics of pleasure. A crucial theorization of how cultural studies can and should proceed, The Material Unconscious insists that in the very conjuncture of canonical literature and mass culture, we can best understand how proliferating and competing economies of play disrupt the so-called logic and work of culture.

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