Touching the Void

The 25th Anniversary ebook, now with more than 50 images. 'Touching the Void' is the tale of two mountaineer’s harrowing ordeal in the Peruvian Andes.

Author: Joe Simpson

Publisher: Direct Authors

ISBN: 0957519303

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 216

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The 25th Anniversary ebook, now with more than 50 images. 'Touching the Void' is the tale of two mountaineer’s harrowing ordeal in the Peruvian Andes. In the summer of 1985, two young, headstrong mountaineers set off to conquer an unclimbed route. They had triumphantly reached the summit, when a horrific accident mid-descent forced one friend to leave another for dead. Ambition, morality, fear and camaraderie are explored in this electronic edition of the mountaineering classic, with never before seen colour photographs taken during the trip itself.

Touching the Void

David Greig's Touching the Void premiered at Bristol Old Vic, Bristol in September 2018.

Author: David Greig

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571352251

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 927

In 1928 a journalist asked George Mallory why he wanted to climb Everest. Mallory said, 'Because it's there.' Joe Simpson's memoir Touching the Void, international bestseller and BAFTA-winning film, charts his struggle for survival on the perilous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes aged twenty-five. Adapted for the stage by David Greig, Joe's story explodes into a bold theatrical fantasia. We discover the counter-cultural world of Alpine climbing and the sensual joy of the mountains; we bear witness to the appalling moment when Joe's climbing partner Simon Yates, battered by freezing winds and tethered to the injured Simpson, makes the critical decision to cut the rope. Tense, funny and inquisitive, Touching the Void explores the mind's extraordinarily rich reservoirs of strength and imagination when teetering on the edge of death. David Greig's Touching the Void premiered at Bristol Old Vic, Bristol in September 2018.

History in the Media

In a similar vein is Touching the Void (2003), Kevin Macdonald's grueling saga of
survival that surpasses the most bizarre fiction. In June 1985 British
mountaineers Joe Simpson, twenty-one, and Simon Yates, twenty-four, made the

Author: Robert Niemi

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 157607952X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 501

View: 142

A resource on the depiction of historical events in film, on television, and on the Internet combines the latest scholarship with reviews of specific works.

Seeing the Light

SPOTLIGHT: Touching the Void, and Sleep Dealer Short Takes: Thelma & Louise
, The Verdict, and North Country Outtakes: Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding)
SIMON: He knew, I think, pretty sadly, that he was gonna die. Then I remembered

Author: Wanda Teays

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444355864

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

View: 895

Seeing the Light: Exploring Ethics Through Movies is an engaging and innovative approach to the study of philosophy and the development of moral reasoning skills. Features broad coverage of topics in ethics and moral reasoning Offers an innovative and imaginative approach to showing relevance of movies for ethical reflection Draws on a diverse selection of popular movies, foreign films, and documentaries to illustrate ethical dilemmas and character development on the big screen that has application to our lives Presents coverage of major ethical theories ranging from Ethical Egoism and Cultural Relativism to Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics, Rawls' Justice Theory, Aristotle's Virtue Ethics, and Feminist Ethics Demonstrates how film is a powerful vehicle for sharpening skills in analysis and moral reasoning Includes accompanying website

Greenlit Developing Factual TV Ideas from Concept to Pitch

Examples of successful docudramas include theatrical releases: ✹ Touching the
Void; ✹ Man on Wire. CASE STUDY Greenlit: Touching the Void (106 ́Theatrical)
4) Drama Documentary—a fully dramatized telling of a factual story.

Author: Nicola Lees

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408123339

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

View: 479

"Blows the lid on so many TV secrets" Tom Archer, Controller Factual, BBC "If every first-time producer read this before pitching a program, I guarantee a greater success rate" Gary Lico, President/CEO, CABLEready, USA In recent years there has been an explosion of broadcast and cable channels with a desperate need for original factual/reality programming to fill their schedules: -documentaries, observational series, makeover formats, reality competitions. Yet television executives receive a daily avalanche of inappropriate pitches from pushy, badly prepared producers. Only 1 in 100 proposals are considered worth a second look, and most commissioners never read past the first paragraph. Greenlit explains how to develop, research, pitch and sell your idea for any type of factual or reality television show. It gives the inside track on: * What channel executives are really looking for in a pitch, * The life stories of hit factual shows such as The Apprentice, Deadliest Catch and Strictly Come Dancing * Advice from channel commissioners, development producers and on-screen talent on both sides of the Atlantic. * Eleven steps that will increase your chance of winning a commission In a rapidly expanding TV market, Greenlit is packed with resource lists, sample proposals, case studies and exercises designed to boost your skills and develop commission-winning proposals.

The Whole Digital Library Handbook

by Chris Anderson IN 1988, A BRITISH MOUNTAIN CLIMBER named Joe
Simpson wrote a book called Touching the Void, a harrowing account of near
death in the Peruvian Andes. It got good reviews, but, only a modest success, it
was soon ...

Author: Council on Library and Information Resources Staff

Publisher: American Library Association

ISBN: 9780838909263

Category: Education

Page: 416

View: 806

A guidebook to the digital age for librarians offers coverage of such topics as blogs, wikis, digitization project planning, and podcasting.

Awakening to a Different World

void and hits the center point, it keeps going towards The Light, but it also shoots
out horizontally in waves. These waves are ... Touching the void is what helps us
to access that equipment, for it is through the void that the life energy enters us.


Publisher: White Feather

ISBN: 9781301327690



View: 254

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

Yet it was a less impressive film than Touching the Void, the story of two men
climbing in the Peruvian Andes and facing a at crisis. This drew upon interviews,
but it also ired actors to re-create the situation, a move that offended many purists

Author: David Thomson

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 1101874708

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1168

View: 305

For almost thirty years, David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film has been not merely “the finest reference book ever written about movies” (Graham Fuller, Interview), not merely the “desert island book” of art critic David Sylvester, not merely “a great, crazy masterpiece” (Geoff Dyer, The Guardian), but also “fiendishly seductive” (Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone). This new edition updates the older entries and adds 30 new ones: Darren Aronofsky, Emmanuelle Beart, Jerry Bruckheimer, Larry Clark, Jennifer Connelly, Chris Cooper, Sofia Coppola, Alfonso Cuaron, Richard Curtis, Sir Richard Eyre, Sir Michael Gambon, Christopher Guest, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Spike Jonze, Wong Kar-Wai, Laura Linney, Tobey Maguire, Michael Moore, Samantha Morton, Mike Myers, Christopher Nolan, Dennis Price, Adam Sandler, Kevin Smith, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlize Theron, Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, Lew Wasserman, Naomi Watts, and Ray Winstone. In all, the book includes more than 1300 entries, some of them just a pungent paragraph, some of them several thousand words long. In addition to the new “musts,” Thomson has added key figures from film history–lively anatomies of Graham Greene, Eddie Cantor, Pauline Kael, Abbott and Costello, Noël Coward, Hoagy Carmichael, Dorothy Gish, Rin Tin Tin, and more. Here is a great, rare book, one that encompasses the chaos of art, entertainment, money, vulgarity, and nonsense that we call the movies. Personal, opinionated, funny, daring, provocative, and passionate, it is the one book that every filmmaker and film buff must own. Time Out named it one of the ten best books of the 1990s. Gavin Lambert recognized it as “a work of imagination in its own right.” Now better than ever–a masterwork by the man playwright David Hare called “the most stimulating and thoughtful film critic now writing.”

Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow

A zone Joe Simpson vividly describes in Touching the Void. While Joe was
descending Siula Grande, a 21,000-foot mountain in the Peruvian Andes, he fell
and broke his leg. His climbing partner, Simon Yates, spent hours lowering him
down ...

Author: Maria Coffey

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429977426

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

View: 809

Without risk, say mountaineers, there would be none of the self-knowledge that comes from pushing life to its extremes. For them, perhaps, it is worth the cost. But when tragedy strikes, what happens to the people left behind? Why would anyone choose to invest in a future with a high-altitude risk-taker? What is life like in the shadow of the mountain? Such questions have long been taboo in the world of mountaineering. Now, the spouses, parents and children of internationally renowned climbers finally break their silence, speaking out about the dark side of adventure. Maria Coffey confronted one of the harshest realities of mountaineering when her partner Joe Tasker disappeared on the Northeast Ridge of Everest in 1982. In Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow, Coffey offers an intimate portrait of adventure and the conflicting beauty, passion, and devastation of this alluring obsession. Through interviews with the world's top climbers, or their widows and families-Jim Wickwire, Conrad Anker, Lynn Hill, Joe Simpson, Chris Bonington, Ed Viesturs, Anatoli Boukreev, Alex Lowe, and many others-she explores what compels men and women to give their lives to the high mountains. She asks why, despite the countless tragedies, the world continues to laud their exploits. With an insider's understanding, Coffey reveals the consequences of loving people who pursue such risk-the exhilarating highs and inevitable lows, the stress of long separations, the constant threat of bereavement, and the lives shattered in the wake of climbing accidents. Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow is a powerful, affecting and important book that exposes the far reaching personal costs of extreme adventure.

The Leader s Checklist Expanded Edition

26Michael Useem, “John Chambers: Whether Up or Down, Always Innovating,”
U.S. News & World Report, November 2009; the phrase “touching the void” is
borrowed from Joe Simpson's Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's ...

Author: Michael Useem

Publisher: Wharton School Press

ISBN: 1613630069

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 144

View: 183

Named to The Washington Post's 2011 List of Best Leadership Books In this fast-reading and illuminating expanded edition of the bestselling Leader's Checklist, world-renowned leadership expert Michael Useem deepens his examination of 15 mission-critical principles for leaders Based on the lessons from astonishing stories, solid research, and years of leadership development work with a wide array of companies and organizations in the United States and abroad, Useem presents today's leaders with 15 guiding principles that form the core of the Leader's Checklist, which will help you develop your ability to make good and timely decisions in unpredictable and stressful environments—for those moments when leadership really matters. To illustrate how the Leader's Checklist can assist leaders, Useem zeroes in on accounts of extraordinary leaders who rose to the challenge, including Laurence Golborne's role in the triumphant rescue of 33 miners in Chile, Joseph Pfeifer's remarkable heroism as the first FDNY Fire Chief to take command at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and Union officer Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's transformative actions after the Confederate army's surrender. He also explores the colossal failure of AIG, one of the greatest corporate collapses in business history. First published exclusively as an ebook—and now also available in print—this updated and expanded edition features a new preface by the author and three new [email protected] interviews with Laurence Golborne, Chile's Minister of Mining, on leading the rescue operation of 33 miners trapped in the San José Mine; Joseph Pfeifer, New York City Fire Department's Chief of Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness, on being the first Battalion Chief to take command at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001; and the author on why he wrote The Leader's Checklist and what he has learned about the most vital items on the checklist from his recent leadership development work with more than a dozen companies and organizations.

The Jewish American Novel

Chapter Eleven Daniel Stern: Touching the Void (In Memory of Daniel Stern, 18
January 1928-24 January 2007) In spite of his early involvement in Holocaust
writing and despite his distinct interest in Jewish subject matter, Daniel Stern's ...

Author: Philippe Codde

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 9781557534378

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 279

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Philippe Codde provides a comparative cultural analysis of the unprecedented success of the Jewish novel in the postwar United States by situating the process and event in the context of three closely-related American cultural movements: the popularity in the US of French philosophical and literary existentialism, the increasing visibility of the Holocaust in US-American life, and the advent of radical theology. Codde argues that the literary repertoire of the postwar Jewish novel consists of an amalgam of these cultural elements that were making their mark in the political, religious, and philosophical systems of the United States at the time, and that this explains, in part, the Jewish novel's sweeping success in the American literary system.

The Arvon Book of Life Writing

... the pleasures of reading Scrambles Amongst the Alps, or a modern equivalent
like Joe Simpson's Touching the Void (1988), is to be thrown into a new
language – pitons and crampons, couloirs, cornices and flutings. There are also
the ...

Author: Sally Cline

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408122715

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 391

Fascinating, wide-ranging, hugely knowledgeable - an indispensable guide and a beguiling education William Boyd Packed with insights and advice - just the inspiration to start writing! Jenny Uglow Everyone has a story. This book shows how the best writers tell them, and offers advice on how to tell them yourself. Biographers Sally Cline and Carole Angier teach life writing - an area of creative writing that is exploding in popularity - at the world-famous Arvon Foundation. They have distilled the essence of their popular course on memoir, autobiography and biography into this wide-ranging book. The Arvon Book of Life Writing offers three fascinating ways into the genre. First, reflections on their trade by the authors, exploring its special challenges: truth, memory, ethics, evidence and interpretation. Second, personal tips and tales from 32 top British and American life writers - autobiographers and memoirists, literary, sports and celebrity biographers; plus a critic, an agent, a literary editor, two novelists, and a ghost writer. Third, a practical guide, complete with exercises, designed for use in creative writing courses or by individual writers at home.

Rethinking Documentary

Smithson is the producer of the award-winning documentary Touching the Void
and co-producer of Deep Water. What is your fascination with documentary? I'm
much more interested in telling true stories than I'm interested in telling fictional ...

Author: Thomas Austin

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335236278

Category: Social Science

Page: 372

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Because of the huge boom in documentary making there's been a similar growth in the number of courses in documentary studies. This book brings together some of the leading scholars and practitioners in this area to provide a textbook and research tool.

The Resources of Critique

Touching the Void : Badiou and Žižek 3 . 1 The exception is the norm So far we
have been dealing with thinkers who focus on regularities - systems , structures ,
long - term patterns and trends . The formation of modern social theory in the era

Author: Alex Callinicos

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745631615

Category: Political Science

Page: 313

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Social criticism has enjoyed a renaissance in the past few years. The anti-globalization protests at Seattle and Genoa and the great marches against the war in Iraq have put contestation of capitalism and imperialism back on the political and intellectual agenda. But how does social critique situate itself philosophically today, after the marginalization of Marxism and the impact of postmodernism? In The Resources of Critique, Alex Callinicos seeks to address this question systematically. He does so, in the first part, by surveying some of the most influential contemporary critical theorists Alain Badiou, Jacques Bidet, Luc Boltanski, Pierre Bourdieu, Eve Chiapello, Jürgen Habermas, Antonio Negri and Slavoj Žižek. The limitations of all these theorists perspectives prompts Callinicos in the second part of the book to outline an alternative approach whose main elements are a critical realist ontology, a Marxist theory of social contradiction, and an egalitarian conception of justice. The main thrust of his argument is to show that Marx's critique of political economy remains inescapable for anyone seeking to challenge the existing world order but only if it maintains an open but rigorous dialogue with other critical perspectives. The Resources of Critique is, above all, a contribution to this dialogue.


In the recent documentary Touching the Void ( g the Void g the Void Kevin
MacDonald, 2003, UK), for example, the two mountaineers recount their version
of events, UKUK and we see parts of this re-enacted by actors. Here, the
evidentiary ...

Author: Paul Ward

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231850093

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 144

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In using case studies such as Touching the Void (2003) and the films of Nick Broomfield, this timely introduction to the growing field of documentary explores the definition and understanding of the form, as well as the relationship between documentary and drama, specifically the notion of reconstruction and reenactment. Paul Ward also discusses animated documentaries, the fertile genre of comedy, and feature-length contemporary works that have achieved widespread cinematic release.

Taking Sides Clashing Views in Mass Media and Society

YES Chris Anderson The Long Tail : How Technology Is Turning Mass Markets
into Millions of Niches In 1988 , a British mountain climber named Joe Simpson
wrote a book called Touching the Void , a harrowing account of near death in the

Author: Alison Alexander

Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 390

View: 299

This volume presents current controversial issues surrounding mass media and society in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Mass media refers collectively to all media technologies, including the Internet, television, newspapers, and radio, which are used for mass communications, and to the organizations which control these technologies. This topic is framed with a general summary and introduction, and a postscript or challenge questions. This work features an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites and an online instructor's resource guide with testing material available. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading scholars and media commentators, discuss topics such as the media's relationship with the public, freedom of speech, and the future of media and media technologies.

How to Think About Exercise

Damon Young. sense of everything from climbing, to chess, to dance. Joe
Simpson's Touching the Void (Vintage, 1998) is a thriller of a story, and an
existentialist classic. The 2003 documentary, directed by Kevin Macdonald, is
also excellent.

Author: Damon Young

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1250059054

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

View: 216

USING PHILOSOPHY TO EXPLORE THE BIG IDEAS BEHIND FITNESS AND WAYS TO ENJOY EXERCISE WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR MIND BEHIND It can often seem as though existence is split in two: body and mind, flesh and spirit, moving and thinking. In the office or at study we are ‘mind workers,' with seemingly superfluous bodies. Conversely, in the gym we stretch, run and lift, but our minds are idle. In How to Think About Exercise, author and philosopher Damon Young challenges this idea of separation, revealing how fitness can develop our bodies and minds as one. Exploring exercises and sports with the help of ancient and modern philosophy, he uncovers the pleasures, virtues and big ideas of fitness. By learning how to exercise intelligently, we are contributing to our overall enjoyment of life and enhancing our full humanity. Find out how bestselling author Haruki Murakami quit smoking and took up running, and why the simple act radically changed his whole outlook on life; why Schopenhauer thought that swimming was a sublime act; how Charles Darwin came up with some of his best ideas while exercising; and much more. The School of Life is dedicated to exploring life's big questions: How can we fulfill our potential? Can work be inspiring? Why does community matter? Can relationships last a lifetime? We don't have all the answers, but we will direct you toward a variety of useful ideas—from philosophy to literature, from psychology to the visual arts—that are guaranteed to stimulate, provoke, nourish, and console.

The Silent Revolution

Simpson, Joe 1988, Touching the Void, London, Jonathan Cape. Skolimowski,
Henryk [1966] 1983, 'The Structure of Thinking in Knowledge', in Philosophy and
Technology: Readings in the Philosophical Problems of Technology, edited by ...

Author: M. Bunz

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137373504

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 134

View: 221

Critically engaging, illustrative and with numerous examples, The Silent Revolution delivers a philosophically informed introduction to current debates on digital technology and calls for a more active role of humans towards technology.

Race to the Pole

Anyone who has read Joe Simpson's Touching the Void will know something of
how terrifying the resulting game of Russian roulette can be. Crevasses have
caused the deaths of thousands of unsuspecting hikers, skiers and mountaineers

Author: Ben Fogle

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0230741983

Category: Travel

Page: 352

View: 905

New Year's Day, 2009. Somewhere on the bottom of the world, six teams of adventurers and explorers have gathered to race one another, on foot, to the South Pole. It is the first time that anyone has undertaken such a race in almost a hundred years; the first time since the great Norwegian, Roald Amundsen, beat Captain Scott to the same goal in 1911. The stakes are high, as double-Olympic Gold-winning medallist James Cracknell and TV presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle must contend with hidden crevasses, frostbite and the favourites to win: a team of teak-hard former soldiers from Norway, trained in Arctic warfare. Temperatures as low as minus 45 degrees Celsius lie in store for the teams as they attempt to ski across 800 kilometres of unforgiving, icy wilderness, pulling behind them sledges laden with equipment, tents and food. Race to the Pole is a rip-roaring 'boy's own' adventure packed with excitement, humour and even a few tears. But with just a few months to learn to cross-country ski before the start, and with national pride at stake, can Ben and James re-write history and beat the Norwegians?