"Traveling Streams: A Reflective Journey" presents a collection of observations, poems, and short stories-all inspired by traveling to or living in different cities around the world, such as Paris, Chicago, and Boston. It reminds the observer that beauty is always around for those who simply take a second look. It shows how every place has its own gifts and energies. "Window Washer Bravado #1 Yesterday, while working on Michigan Avenue, I looked out of my window because I saw this rope hanging from the building. Later, I noticed that it was actually a pulley! Then, I saw that is was a man sitting on a small board cleaning the windows of the building, one pane at a time! I looked closer and noted the precision with which he worked. He looked like he could have been in his thirties. I felt," That is so brave to take on job like that!" And here we are, afraid to do the small things in life. This man puts his life on the line every day! It taught me a lesson: Forge ahead with courage; it could always be worse. Hats off to the window washers of skyscrapers!"
Breaking in to the Movies brings together Henry A. Giroux's best-known essays from the last twenty years, centering on important subjects on the cultural studies and pop culture agenda, including violence, race, class, gender, identity, politics, and children's culture. The volume charts his career as one of the most astute observers of the Hollywood tradition, from early reflections on Norma Rae and Looking for Mister Goodbar to ground-breaking analyses of more recent movies such as Pulp Fiction, Dead Poets Society, Dangerous Minds, and Fight Club. By addressing the profound pedagogical role of film in contemporary society, Giroux demonstrates how it dramatically shapes the way young people come to terms with today's most charged social issues.