MAD Magazine – August 2019

Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers by Michael Shnayerson (.M4B)

Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art by Michael Shnayerson
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 467 MB
Overview: The meteoric rise of the largest unregulated financial market in the world – for contemporary art – is driven by a few passionate, guileful, and very hard-nosed dealers. They can make and break careers and fortunes.
The contemporary art market is an international juggernaut, throwing off multimillion-dollar deals as wealthy buyers move from fair to fair, auction to auction, party to glittering party. But none of it would happen without the dealers – the tastemakers who back emerging artists and steer them to success, often to see them picked off by a rival.
Dealers operate within a private world of handshake agreements, negotiating for the highest commissions. Michael Shnayerson, a longtime contributing editor to Vanity Fair, writes the first-ever definitive history of their activities. He has spoken to all of today’s so-called mega dealers – Larry Gagosian, David Zwirner, Arne and Marc Glimcher, and Iwan Wirth – along with dozens of other dealers – from Irving Blum to Gavin Brown – who worked with the greatest artists of their times: Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, and more.
This kaleidoscopic history begins in the mid-1940s in genteel poverty with a scattering of galleries in midtown Manhattan, takes us through the ramshackle 1950s studios of Coenties Slip, the hipster locations in SoHo and Chelsea, London’s Bond Street, and across the terraces of Art Basel until today. Now, dealers and auctioneers are seeking the first billion-dollar painting. It hasn’t happened yet, but they are confident they can push the price there soon.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Let Me Not Be Mad: My Story of Unraveling Minds [Audiobook]

Let Me Not Be Mad: My Story of Unraveling Minds [Audiobook]

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Let Me Not Be Mad by A. K. Benjamin

Let Me Not Be Mad: My Story of Unraveling Minds by A. K. Benjamin
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 258 MB
Overview: Inspired by Dr. A. K. Benjamin’s years working as a clinical neuropsychologist at a London hospital, this multilayered narrative interweaves Benjamin’s own sometimes shocking personal experiences with those of his mentally disordered patients.
What do doctors actually think about when you list your problems in the consulting room? Are they really listening to you? Is the connection all in your head? Every day for 10 years – even while his hospital became the set for a reality television series – clinical neuropsychologist A. K. Benjamin confronted these questions, and this book is his attempt to tell the truth about what happens in these rooms in hospitals the world over.
What begins as a series of exquisitely observed case studies examining personalities on the brink of collapse soon morphs into a unique work of nonfiction as Benjamin’s own psyche begins to twist the story in surprising ways. Blazingly original, Let Me Not Be Mad undermines the authority we so willingly hand over to clinical psychologists as it bears witness to the self-obsession of Western society, and ultimately offers a glimpse of what it might mean to be sane and truly empathetic.
Fractured, sad, playful, brilliant, and confrontational, this is a confession by a professional that delves into the heart of the patient-doctor relationship and ultimately finds love. This twisting psychological journey will be listened to and re-listened to.
"A well-conceived and written exploration of the traps hidden in the art of mental healing." (Kirkus)
"Exhilarating.dazzling.a miraculous feat." (The Guardian)
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Stark Mad Abolitionists by Robert K. Sutton

Stark Mad Abolitionists: Lawrence, Kansas, and the Battle over Slavery in the Civil War Era by Robert K. Sutton
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 4.8 MB
Overview: In May, 1854, Massachusetts was in an uproar. A judge, bound by the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, had just ordered a young African American man who had escaped from slavery in Virginia and settled in Boston to be returned to bondage in the South. An estimated 50,000 citizen rioted in protest. Observing the scene was Amos Adams Lawrence, a wealthy Bostonian, who "waked up a stark mad Abolitionist." As quickly as Lawrence waked up, he combined his fortune and his energy with others to create the New England Emigrant Aid Company to encourage abolitionists to emigrate to Kansas to ensure that it would be a free state.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Let Me Not Be Mad A Story of Unravelling Minds by A K Benjamin

Let Me Not Be Mad: A Story of Unravelling Minds by A K Benjamin
Requirements: EPUB Reader 5.14 MB
Overview: Let Me Not Be Mad is an immersive, virtuosic and provocative investigation of madness, love and self-destruction that defies categorisation.
A consulting room with two people in it. One of them is talking, the other is listening. Both of them need help.
Throughouthis life, A K Benjamin has found himself drawn to extreme behaviour – as a screenwriter, a contemplative monk, a counsellor for addicts, a support-worker for gang-members and ultimately as a clinical neuropsychologist.
His book begins as a series of superbly realised clinical encounters with anonymised patients, some recently traumatised, some on the brink of mental collapse, others already in freefall. But with each encounter, it becomes increasingly and disturbingly apparent that what we are reading is not really about the patients at all: it is about the author’s own fevered descent into mental illness and mania as he confronts his traumatic past.
Layered with twists and revelations, Let Me Not Be Mad challenges the boundary between fact and fiction to provide a thrilling drama of self-diagnosis: a hall of mirrors blazing with energy, intensity, humour and emotion. And though shockingly personal, it also reveals something deep and dark in western culture that is driving millions of us to distraction and collapse.
Genre: Non-Fiction – Health, Fitness & Medical

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Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers by Michael Shnayerson

Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art by Michael Shnayerson
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.0
Overview: The meteoric rise of the largest unregulated financial market in the world-for contemporary art-is driven by a few passionate, guileful, and very hard-nosed dealers. They can make and break careers and fortunes.

The contemporary art market is an international juggernaut, throwing off multimillion-dollar deals as wealthy buyers move from fair to fair, auction to auction, party to glittering party. But none of it would happen without the dealers-the tastemakers who back emerging artists and steer them to success, often to see them picked off by a rival.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Mad about the House by Kate Watson-Smyth

Mad about the House: How to decorate your home with style by Kate Watson-Smyth
Requirements: EPUB Reader, 9 MB
Overview: The book of the UK’s No.1 interiors blog, madaboutthehouse.com.

Expanding on her award-winning blog, Kate Watson-Smyth shares a wealth of experience in home design to help you make the most of your space, be it a house, apartment or single room.

Packed full of ideas and inspiration for every budget, work through your home room by room with Kate’s expert and practical tips and tricks that ensure every corner reaches its maximum potential. As well as her top 10 design hacks, Kate reveals the rules of rug layout, explains how to buy a sofa, and shows you how to get the lighting right in every room. Learn how to decorate your home with style and confidence, select colours that work, make the most of small spaces and create the perfect zones for relaxation, entertaining and work – sometimes all in the same space.

Whatever your style, Mad About The House is a must-have for anyone who is interested in interior design and who wants to make their house a home.

‘A smart, savvy, fun book stuffed full of top tips to help you make your home your own.’ – Michelle Ogundehin, Editor at Large, ELLE Decoration

‘Kate Watson-Smyth writes with great flair and humour, but what I Iove about her is that she encompasses core design principles, whilst giving people a chance to form their own opinions and see things in a different light.’ – Kelly Hoppen

‘I am totally addicted to this blog.’ – Professor Green
Genre: Non-Fiction > Crafts, Hobbies & Home

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Units (Mad Dogs #8) by way of Brenda Cothern (.M4B)

Units (Mad Dogs #8) by way of Brenda Cothern
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 145 MB
Overview: The Mad Dogs are nonetheless adjusting to new promotions, pack friends, and pack hierarchy, however their adjustment duration is lower brief. As the warfare with the Organization nonetheless rages and rogue council individuals are decided to switch the imaginative and prescient of the Council, the Mad Dogs in finding themselves combating a warfare on two fronts. The Mad Dog Unit numbers have raised sufficient to wreck the staff into two devices, however it’s sufficient? They can simplest hope in order the Mad Dogs come to a decision who will include the Alpha and Bravo devices.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction Romance, MM, Paranormal

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The Mad Chopper

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Cooking Light Mad Delicious by Keith Schroeder

Cooking Light Mad Delicious: The Science of Making Healthy Food Taste Amazing by Keith Schroeder
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 27 MB
Overview: Discover the delicious science behind healthy cooking! Too often, home cooks with good intentions sacrifice flavor and texture in an attempt to make their favorite recipes healthier. Mad Delicious shows readers how to maximize flavor and texture through 120 new recipes, witty and funny narrative, insight on the nature of ingredients, and a fresh, innovative perspective on the science of cooking with illustrated explanations. The results are mad delicious!
Genre: Non-Fiction > Food & Drink

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I Was A Mad Man: A Madison Avenue Memoir

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MAD Magazine #6

MAD Magazine #6
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Mad or Bad: Crime and Insanity in Victorian Britain


Mad or Bad: Crime and Insanity in Victorian Britain
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