These passions are separated into four categories — simple, complex, criminal, and murderous — escalating in complexity and savagery. It is perhaps significant that de Sade was interested in the manner in which sexual fetishes are developed, as are his primary characters, who urge the storytellers to remind them, in later stages, as to what the client in that particular anecdote enjoyed doing in their younger years.
There are therefore a number of recurring figures, such as a man who, in the early tales, enjoys pricking women's breasts with pins and, at his reappearance in the tales in the 'murderous passions' category, delights in killing women by raping them atop a bed of nails. At the end of the novel, de Sade draws up a list of the characters with a note of those who were killed and when, and also those who survived.
The characters consider it normal, even routine, to sexually abuse very young children, both male and female. A lot of attention is given to feces , which the men consume as a delicacy. They designate the chapel for defecation. From the door of a castle emerges the Duc de Blangis, who is supposed to look like Christ.
When a young girl runs out of the castle, the Duc comforts the girl, but then escorts her back inside.
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A loud scream is then heard and he reemerges with blood on his robes and missing his beard. Viscount Charles de Noailles , whose wife Marie-Laure was a direct descendant of de Sade, bought the manuscript in She would occasionally bring it out and show it to guests, among them the writer Italo Calvino. Natalie de Noailles later entrusted the manuscript to a friend, Jean Grouet. Switzerland had not yet signed the UNESCO convention for restitution of stolen cultural objects, so de Noailles had to take the case through the Swiss courts.
The Swiss federal court sided with Nordmann, ruling in that he had bought the manuscript in good faith. It was first put on display near Geneva in The move came just days before the manuscript was expected to be sold at auction. As a National Treasure, French law stipulates that it must kept in France for at least 30 months, which would give the government time to raise funds to purchase it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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A Fairy Tale of New York by J.P. Donleavy
Amherst, New York: Humanity Books. Translated by Jean McNeil. New York City: Zone Books. Everything was too unequal. During the time he was here, because of my job, I rarely woke up later than 6am. I was on and off airplanes on a monthly, sometimes weekly, basis and it messed up my internal clock. Meanwhile, he was living four blocks away. On some mornings, I stood by the window of my apartment, drinking my first coffee while watching the dawn light up the walls surrounding the car park across the street. I asked him once why he never stopped by after he left the shelter and had an apartment of his own.
New Yorkers related to his frustration and passion, his dream that the city could do much better. They were also galvanised by the sense he conveyed in his campaign that the gap between the rich and poor, the haves and have-nots, has grown so wide as to make New York City untenable. Nearly half of New York is living close to the poverty line.
In the last two decades, the income disparity in the city has returned to what it was just before the Great Depression. The concentration of wealth in that period has also been skewed towards the very rich. It is very clear: the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. And the middle class, as it has been for some time, is progressively vanishing. At the same time, the kinds of jobs that bolster the middle class have disappeared.
The cost of doing business in New York City, Surowiecki pointed out, is simply too expensive, and factories, workshops, and shipyards have gone elsewhere. These numbers reflect an extreme version of what is happening in many cities, as people move back to urban areas from the suburbs, driving up urban home prices and rents.
A tale of two New York Cities: I was rich, my brother was down and out
New York City, like London, has experienced that trend in an exaggerated way. Rent in New York City is now three times the national average. Forget about not being able to afford to own; many New Yorkers cannot afford to rent. This is where my brother lived once he got an apartment. These conditions are not sustainable. In January this year, I contacted a number of writers who live or have lived in New York City, who feel it is their home — inviting them to address this second gap, by thinking and dreaming and describing what it is like in New York City today.
How does it feel, what does one see, what stories do we tell about ourselves and how, if at all, has inequality changed the city? My brother replied with an essay of his own describing his seven months of being homeless. Ever since I can remember, I loved New York and wanted to live there. My parents lived in the middle-class suburb of Westbury on Long Island for a few years before moving to Pennsylvania in My father worked for the welfare department.
I remember taking trips to the city as a young boy.
One of my earliest memories is piling on to a bus in Allentown with my parents and brothers and other people to attend a peace march in New York protesting against the escalation of nuclear weapons. This was around or I remember walking down the wide avenues of Manhattan and looking up at the brick apartment buildings.
Our family Christmas card photo from shows me and my brothers posing on the boat. I still remember that trip well. It was a beautiful day. As we walked, the cavernous alleys of Lower Manhattan giving way to the waterfront, we encountered several homeless men and women.
I was seven years old, but until that time had never seen a homeless person. I stared in bewilderment. They were bedraggled and raw. A homeless lady sitting on a bench looked up at me. My mother began to tell me why it was impolite to point at homeless people. I continued to stare. Looking back, I always associated this incident with childhood tactlessness, but it would provide a context for something that would happen to me years later.
Almost three decades after this trip, in July , I vacated the apartment I was renting upstate and bought a one-way train ticket to New York City. I had a few hundred dollars. The first night I stayed at a hotel in midtown Manhattan. I was angry about a family inheritance, I was angry at my dad, I was unhappy with my life — and, more than anything, I had wanted to live in New York for as long as I could remember. Also, since the age of 16, I have been seeing a psychiatrist and taking medicine for a mental illness and depression.
The building used to be a psychiatric hospital. When I arrived there, I was fingerprinted and photographed before being assigned a bed on the seventh floor. The room where I found my bed was large and empty.
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The walls were painted a yellowish-white; there was a large heavy door with a small square window. In one corner, there was a hole in the ceiling through which water dripped. Dirty puddles collected on the floor. In another corner, next to a metal locker, there was a cot with white sheets and a scratchy wool blanket that smelled of banana peel. The pillow was like a half-inflated beach ball. I spent the next seven months as a homeless person. For much of that time I was at Bellevue, but sometimes I stayed at other shelters in the city. On some nights, if I had enough money, I would get a hotel room.
If I was too weary to follow the rules of whatever shelter I happened to be staying at, I slept on the street. I had many different room-mates at the various shelters. I had one room-mate who smoked crack. Another smelled so bad that the other people in the room would spray him with air freshener. I shared a room with a group of guys who smoked marijuana as if it was tobacco. I had a room-mate with a degree in sociology from the University of Chicago. There was even a guy at one of the shelters who dressed like a businessman.
All types of people become homeless for all kinds of reasons. Financial problems, alcoholism, drug addiction, family and relationship issues, depression, mental illness, laziness and problems with the law tend to be the most frequent causes. Some young adults in New York end up in shelters having become too old for foster care. There are also a lot of veterans. I met several men who had served in Vietnam or who were recent veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. According to shelter census figures on the Coalition for the Homeless website, during the time that I was homeless, there were approximately 38, people in shelters each night in New York City.
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Today, that figure is closer to 55, A large number of these homeless people are children. The city terminated a rental subsidy programme that helped me get an apartment in the Bronx for a year. Regardless of the reasons why people become homeless, everyone in the shelters is treated like an equal. And when I say equal, I mean it in the way that livestock are treated as equals. Life in the shelters is regimented.
You wake up.
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