Month: January 2017

Roald Dahl and Philosophy: A Little Nonsense Now and Then

By John V. Karavitis

For generations the weather of humor, poignancy, myth, and unfettered morality discovered inside of acclaimed children’s writer Roald Dahl’s most renowned stories have captivated either little ones and adults. Classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the enormous Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, and The BFG may perhaps at the beginning seem to be yarns spun for the entertainment of the adolescent brain, notwithstanding, upon digging deeper one uncovers a treasure trove of philosophical richness that's whatever yet infantile, yet in reality finds the genuine existential weight, and multi-layered that means of a few of our favourite children’s tales. Editor Jacob M. Held has gathered the insights of today’s top philosophers into the significances, messages, and larger truths at which Dahl’s rhythmic writing winks, revealing an entire new technique to savour the construction of a guy and brain to which readers of every age are nonetheless drawn.

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Led Zeppelin and Philosophy: All Will Be Revealed (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Led Zeppelin, who bestrode the area of rock like a colossus, have constantly grown in reputation and effect seeing that their reputable polishing off in 1980. They exasperated critics and eluded type, synthesizing blues, rock, folks, rockabilly, funk, classical, nation, Indian, and Arabic recommendations. They played the alchemical trick of transmuting base led into gold—and platinum—and diamond. They did what they might, discovering knowledge via own extra and inventive self-discipline.

“Not a coda to Zeppelin’s legacy, yet a blast of metaphysical graffiti as suitable this present day because the first time we heard the outlet chords of ‘Stairway to Heaven’. From Kant to ‘Kashmir’, from Freud to ‘Fool within the Rain’, Calef and corporate discover Zeppelin’s tune in an introspective, suggestive demeanour invaluable of either a blistering web page solo and a bawdy Bonham stomp.”

—BRANDON W. FORBES, co-editor of Radiohead and Philosophy

“Led Zeppelin’s albums, personalities, reside performances, paintings, myths, impacts, and extra, all come lower than the microscope. Compelling insights and observations upload extra intensity to a topic that keeps to delight and encourage. each one bankruptcy is pushed via an unquenchable thirst for Zeppelin wisdom and pulls the reader deeper into the area of Led Zeppelin . . .”

—DAVE LEWIS, editor, Tight yet Loose

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The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By William Irwin

The Matrix conveys the horror of a fake international made up of not anything yet perceptions. in keeping with the idea that truth is a dream managed by way of malevolent forces, it's essentially the most openly philosophical videos ever to come back out of Hollywood. those thought-provoking essays by means of an analogous group of younger philosophers who created The Simpsons and Philosophy speak about diversified aspects of the first philosophical puzzle of The Matrix: will we confirm the area is de facto there, and if no longer, what may still we do approximately it? different chapters tackle problems with faith, way of life, popular culture, the Zeitgeist, the character of brain and topic, and the truth of fiction.

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The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

By Umberto Eco, Geoffrey Brock

Yambo, a sixtyish rare-book broker who lives in Milan, has suffered a lack of memory-he can consider the plot of each ebook he has ever learn, each line of poetry, yet he not is familiar with his personal identify, does not realize his spouse or his daughters, and recollects not anything approximately his mom and dad or his youth. for you to retrieve his previous, he withdraws to the kin domestic someplace within the hills among Milan and Turin. There, within the sprawling attic, he searches via containers of outdated newspapers, comics, documents, photograph albums, and adolescent diaries. And so Yambo relives the tale of his iteration: Mussolini, Catholic schooling and guilt, Josephine Baker, Flash Gordon, Fred Astaire. His stories run wild, and the lifestyles racing ahead of his eyes takes the shape of a photo novel. Yambo struggles in the course of the frames to trap one uncomplicated, blameless photo: that of his old flame.

A interesting, considerable new novel-wide-ranging, nostalgic, humorous, filled with heart-from the incomparable Eco.

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Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits? (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By D. E. Wittkower

Science fiction author Philip ok. Dick (1928-1982) is the large mind's eye in the back of lots fresh well known culture--both videos at once in line with his writings, resembling Blade Runner (based at the novel Do Androids Dream of electrical Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau plus cult favorites akin to A Scanner Darkly, Imposter, Next, Screamers, and Paycheck and works revealing his strong impression, corresponding to The Matrix and Inception. With the a lot expected impending book in 2011 of quantity 1 of Exegesis, his magazine of non secular visions and paranoic investigations, Dick is quickly changing into a massive impact on the earth of renowned spirituality and occult thinking.

In Philip okay. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids have Kindred Spirits?, thirty-four Dick lovers thinkers confront the attention-grabbing and scary principles raised via Dick's astonishing fantasies. Is there an alien international at the back of the typical fact we adventure? If androids can go as human, should still they accept an analogous attention as people? Do psychotics have insights right into a mystical truth? could wisdom of the longer term loose us or enslave us? This quantity additionally comprises Dick brief tales: "Beyond Lies the Wub," and "The Eyes Have It."

Philip okay. Dick and Philosophy explores the information of Philip ok. Dick within the related method that he did: with an earnest wish to comprehend the reality of the area, yet with no falsely equating earnestness with a dry seriousness. Dick's paintings was once replete with whimsical and absurdist shows of the best demanding situations to cause and to humanity--paradox, futility, paranoia, and failure--and even at his darkest occasions he used to be capable of preserve a few point of view and humor, as for instance in selecting to call himself 'Horselover fats' in VALIS whilst he relates his own spiritual epiphanies, crises, and delusions. With a similar earnest whimsy, we strategy Philip ok. Dick as a thinker like ourselves--one who wrote nearly fullyyt in thought-experiments and semi-fictional world-building, yet who engaged with a few of the maximum questions of philosophy in the course of the Euro-American tradition.

Philip okay. Dick and Philosophy has a lot to supply for either severe fanatics who've learn a lot of his novels and tales, and if you could have only in the near past discovered his identify and discovered that his paintings has been the foundation for a number of famous and thought-provoking movies. so much chapters commence with a number of of the flicks in response to Dick's writing. From right here, the authors delve deeper into the problems by way of bringing in philosophers' views and via bringing in Dick's written paintings. The booklet invitations the reader with an off-the-cuff familiarity with Dick to get to grasp his paintings, and invitations the reader with little familiarity with philosophy to profit extra. even as, we have now new views and tough connections and interpretations for even the main hard-core Dick lovers, even if we by no means communicate to "insiders" only.

The publication prominently addresses the main widely-known motion pictures: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, and The Adjustment Bureau. besides those "big 5" movies, a number of chapters tackle his final novels, in particular VALIS, that have an important cult following in their personal. There also are chapters which tackle brief tales and novels that are at present deliberate for variation: Radio loose Albemuth (film accomplished, looking ahead to distribution), The guy within the excessive Castle (in improvement via Ridley Scott for BBC mini-series), and "King of the Elves" (Disney, deliberate for liberate in 2013).

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The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy: More Moments of Zen, More Indecision Theory

By Jason Holt

Savor moments of Zen like by no means sooner than, with our Senior Philosophical Correspondents

The final day-by-day convey and Philosophy is revised, increased, and up-to-date to probe deeper than ever earlier than the philosophical importance of the critical “fake” information exhibit of the twenty first century.

  • Features major revisions and updates from the 1st 2007 edition
  • Includes dialogue of either The day-by-day Show and its spin-off, The Colbert Report
  • Reveals why and the way The day-by-day Show is philosophically attractive and significant
  • Showcases philosophers at their most sensible, discussing fact, wisdom, fact, and the yank Way
  • Faces head on tricky and unusually humorous questions on politics, faith, and power

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Encyclopedia of Urban Legends, Volumes 1 & 2 (Updated and Expanded Edition)

By Jan Harold Brunvand

From roasted infants to vanishing hitchhikers to housewives in soccer helmets, this exhaustive and hugely readable encyclopedia offers descriptions of countless numbers of person legends and their adaptations, examines legend subject matters, and explains scholarly ways to the style. Revised and improved to incorporate up-to-date models of the entries from the award-winning first version, this paintings offers extra entries on quite a lot of new subject matters that come with terrorism, fresh political occasions, and typhoon Katrina.

Entries in Encyclopedia of city Legends, up-to-date and multiplied version speak about the presence of city legends in comedian books, literature, movie, song, and plenty of different components of pop culture, in addition to the lifestyles of "too stable to be true" tales in Argentina, China, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and a number of other international locations. Serving as either an anthology of news in addition to a reference paintings, this encyclopedia will function a useful source for college students and a resource booklet for newshounds, specialist folklorists, and others who're getting to know or attracted to city legends.

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The Journal of Popular Culture (January/February 2011)

Table of Contents:

Gary Hoppenstand


The William Brigman JPC Award Winner
“Objet eight and the Cylon the rest: Posthuman Subjectivization in Battlestar Galactica” through Julie Hawk.

“‘A Bookkeeper, no longer an Accountant’: Representing the reduce center type from Victorian Novels and track corridor Songs to tv Sitcoms” by way of Scott D. Banville.

“The U.S. Mint, the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, and the Perpetuation of the Frontier Myth” via Peter L. Bayers.

“Complexity within the comedian and photo Novel Medium: Inquiry via Bestselling Batman Stories” via Paul A. Crutcher.

“Return Of The misplaced Spaceman: America’s Astronauts in pop culture, 1959–2006” through Matthew Hersch.

“Nationalism and Gender: The Seventies, The Six Million buck guy and The Bionic Woman” by means of Tricia Jenkins.

“Between Classical and renowned: The ebook of Tea and the Popularization of Tea-drinking tradition within the Tang China” through Jerry C Y Liu 劉俊裕.

“The American Dream is going to varsity: The Cinematic pupil Athletes of faculty Football” through Andrew Miller.

“Civilization Inoculated: Nostalgia and the promoting of rising Technologies” by way of Marc Olivier.

“Consuming reminiscence in complete Foods’ model Utopia” by means of Michael Serazio.

Book Reviews

Grimshaw, Anna and Amanda Ravetz. Observational Cinema: Anthropology, movie, and the Exploration of Social existence. Bloomington: Indiana college Press, 2009. Reviewed via Gerd Bayer.

Dickinson, Greg, Carole Blair and Brian L. Ott, eds. areas of Public reminiscence: The Rhetoric of Museums and Memorials. Tuscaloosa: college of Alabama Press, 2010. Reviewed through Matthew J. Costello.

Taddeo, Julie Ann and Ken Dvorak, eds. The Tube Has Spoken: truth television and heritage. Lexington, KY: The college Press of Kentucky, 2010. Reviewed by way of Yuya Kiuchi.

Waksman, Steve. This Ain’t No summer time of affection: clash and Crossover in steel and Punk. Berkeley: college of California Press, 2009. Reviewed by way of Michael Mooradian Lupro.

Beltran, Mary C. Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of movie and television Stardom. Urbana: collage of Illinois Press, 2009. Reviewed by means of Jose G. Moreno.

Chapman, James. conflict and Film. London: Reaktion Books, 2008. Reviewed by means of Jeremy ok. Saucier.

Dyhouse, Carol. Glamour: girls, historical past, Feminism. London: Zed Books, 2010. Reviewed via Katina Stapleton.

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Was Superman a Spy?: And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed

By Brian Cronin

Fascinating and sometimes extraordinary precise tales in the back of greater than a hundred thirty city legends approximately comedian booklet culture

Was Superman a Spy? demystifies all the fascinating tales, unimaginable anecdotes, wacky rumors, and chronic myths that experience piled up like important again concerns within the seventy-plus years of the comedian publication undefined, including:

* Elvis Presley's trademark coiffure was once in keeping with a comic personality (True)
* Stan Lee featured a homosexual personality in a single of Marvel's Sixties warfare comics (False)
* Wolverine of the X-Men used to be initially intended to be an exact wolverine! (True)
* What could were DC's first black superhero was once replaced on the final second to a white hero (True)
* A Dutch inventor was once blocked from getting a patent on a technique since it have been used formerly in a Donald Duck comedian booklet (True)

With many extra legends resolved, Was Superman a Spy? is a must have for the legions of comedian booklet fanatics and all seekers of "truth, justice, and the yank way."

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Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model

By Ashley Mears

Sociologist Ashley Mears takes us at the back of the brightly lit runways and shiny ads of the style during this insider’s learn of the area of modeling. Mears, who labored as a version in ny and London, attracts on observations in addition to broad interviews with female and male types, brokers, consumers, photographers, stylists, and others, to discover the economics and politics—and the arbitrariness— in the back of the enterprise of glamour. Exploring a principally hidden area of cultural construction, she exhibits how the perfect “look” is stumbled on, constructed, and packaged to develop into a prized commodity. She examines how versions promote themselves, how brokers advertise them, and the way consumers choose to rent them. An unique contribution to the sociology of labor within the new cultural economic climate, Pricing Beauty deals wealthy, available research of the invisible ways that gender, race, and sophistication form worthy within the marketplace.

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