Category: Popular Culture

Anywhere Art Guide: 75 Ways to Appreciate Art Wherever You Are

By Magda Lipka Falck

Compatible for exploring artwork at any place (galleries, museums, or out-and-about), this convenient deck of seventy five playing cards bargains a different method of artwork appreciation. With a mixture of concrete activities and kooky prompts—from "Stop in entrance of a portray that you just like. name a person you omit and describe it" to "Imagine you lived inside of a section of paintings. Which piece may you decide and why?"—this artistic consultant will entice a person trying to adventure artwork in new and alternative ways.

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The Hobbit and Philosophy: For When You've Lost Your Dwarves, Your Wizard, and Your Way

By Gregory Bassham, Eric Bronson

A philosophical exploration of J.R.R. Tolkien's liked classic—just in time for the December 2012 free up of Peter Jackson's new movie model, The Hobbit: An unforeseen Journey

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is among the best-loved fable books of all time and the mesmerizing "prequel" to The Lord of the Rings. With the aid of a few of history's nice philosophers, this booklet ponders a bunch of deep questions raised during this undying story, similar to: Are adventures easily "nasty, nerve-racking, uncomfortable issues" that "make you past due for dinner," or are they interesting and in all probability life-changing occasions? What tasks do buddies need to each other? may still mercy be prolonged even to people who need to die?

  • Gives you new insights into The Hobbit's primary characters, together with Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Gollum, and Thorin and their exploits, from the Shire via Mirkwood to the Lonely Mountain
  • Explores key questions on The Hobbit's tale and issues, together with: used to be the Arkenstone quite Bilbo's to offer? How may still Smaug's treasure were disbursed? Did Thorin go away his "beautiful golden harp" at Bag-End whilst he headed out into the Wild? (If so, how a lot might we get for that on eBay?)
  • Draws at the insights of a few of the world's inner most thinkers, from Confucius, Plato, and Aristotle to Immanuel Kant, William Blake, and modern American thinker Thomas Nagel

From the chuffed halls of Elrond's final Homely residence to Gollum's "slimy island of rock," this is a needs to learn for longtime Tolkien lovers in addition to these learning Bilbo Baggins and his adventures "there and again back" for the 1st time.

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Benson: The Autobiography

By Alan Goldsher

Over the span of his illustrious five-decade profession, George Benson has bought hundreds of thousands of documents, played for countless numbers of hundreds of thousands of lovers, and lower probably the most loved jazz and soul tunes in song historical past. however the guitarist/vocalist is far greater than "This Masquerade," "On Broadway," "Turn Your Love Around," and "Give Me the Night." Benson is a flat-out proposal, a multitalented artist who survived an impoverished adolescence and molded himself into the 1st true—and actually successful—jazz/soul crossover artist. And now, at the heels of receiving the celebrated NEW Jazz Masters award, George has ultimately determined to inform his tale. And what a narrative it is.

Benson: The Autobiography follows George's striking upward push from the ghettos of Pittsburgh to the levels of South Africa, and all over the place in among. George Benson is an remarkable storyteller, and his stories of scuffling at the Chitlin Circuit with jazz legend Brother Jack McDuff, navigating his method throughout the recording studio with Miles Davis, and acting with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Stevie ask yourself, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman, Rod Stewart, Chaka Khan, count number Basie, and Lou Rawls will enthrall devotees of either tune heritage and dad culture.

A deal with for critical listeners, hardcore guitar aficionados, and informal track fans alike, George's long-awaited publication permits readers to satisfy the guy who's the most liked, prolific, and bestselling musicians of his or the other era.

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Heroes and Philosophy: Buy the Book, Save the World

By William Irwin

The first unauthorized examine the philosophy at the back of Heroes, considered one of TV's most well-liked shows

When traditional contributors from around the globe inexplicably increase superhuman talents, they query who they're, fight to deal with new obligations, and choose no matter if to take advantage of their new energy for strong or for evil. each episode of Tim Kring's hit television convey Heroes is a philosophical main issue. Heroes and Philosophy is the 1st publication to investigate how philosophy makes this exhibit so compelling. It allows you to learn questions the most important to our lifestyles as pondering, rational beings. Is the corporate evil, or strong? Does Hiro relatively have a future? will we? Is it ok to lie on the way to cover your powers or keep the area? Heroes and Philosophy deals solutions to those and different interesting questions.

  • Brings the perception of history's philosophical heavyweights resembling Plato and Nietzche to Heroes characters and settings
  • Adds a enjoyable and engaging measurement for your knowing of the show
  • Expands your pondering Heroes because the sequence expands from picture and textual content novels to motion figures and a video game

Whether you are new to Heroes or were a fan considering day one, this publication will take your delight in the exhibit to the following level.

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Sherlock Holmes for the 21st Century: Essays on New Adaptations

By Lynnette Porter

The twenty first century is an effective time to be Sherlock Holmes. He stars within the fresh man Ritchie movies, with Robert Downey, Jr., taking part in the good detective; an across the world renowned BBC tv sequence, that includes Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock; a unique sanctioned via the Arthur Conan Doyle property; and dozens of extra novels and brief tales, together with through Neil Gaiman. upload to this games, comedian books, and fan-created works, plus a effective web and social media presence. Holmes' London has even turn into a primary vacation spot for cinematic tourists.

The proof is obviously specified by this selection of 14 new essays: Holmes and Watson are extra well known than ever. Why we stay enthusiastic about them is the general subject. The genius detective has been portrayed as hero in addition to antihero. diversifications describe him as tech savvy, scientifically indifferent, even psychologically aberrant; he has been romantically associated with the girl and bromantically to Watson. no matter if Victorian or sleek, he maintains to intrigue us. those essays learn Sherlock Holmes as a cultural icon and clarify why he's destined to be a cherished if debatable personality for future years.

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Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers Du Cinemart Collection

By Mike White

Harangue for Hollywood! From the blighted city squalor of Detroit--Paris of the Midwest--came enfant negative Mike White and his mutant booklet, Cashiers du Cinemart. For fourteen years and fifteen concerns the writers of Cashiers du Cinemart supplied a treasure trove of writing on movie and pop culture. This ebook collects the simplest articles from the fifteen yr background of Cashiers du Cinemart journal with sections devoted to Quentin Tarantino, superstar Wars, Black Shampoo, Unproduced screenplays, big name interviews, and lots more and plenty extra. every thing has been refreshed, polished, and more desirable for this quantity of motion picture mayhem.

Featuring articles through Leon Chase, Chris Cummins, Skizz Cyzyk, Andrew provide, Clifton Howard, wealthy Osmond, Mike Thompson, Andrea White, and Mike White.
disguise artwork through Jim Rugg and Jasen Lex. Illustrations via Dean Stahl, Pat Lehrner, and Jonathan Higgins.
replica enhancing and format through Lori Hubbard Higgins.

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Way Too Cool: Selling Out Race and Ethics

By Shannon Winnubst

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of cool have proficient the yankee ethos considering that a minimum of the Nineteen Seventies. even if we try for it in politics or model, cool is gigantic company should you can promote it throughout a variety of markets and media. but the idea that wasn't continuously a favored commodity. Cool begun as a powerful aesthetic of post-World struggle II black tradition, embodying a truly particular, hugely charged approach to resistance to white supremacy and the globalized exploitation of capital.

Way Too Cool follows the hollowing-out of "coolness" in smooth American tradition and its mirrored image of a bigger evasion of race, racism, and ethics now universal in neoliberal society. It revisits such watershed occasions because the Sixties Civil Rights circulation, second-wave feminism, the emergence of identification politics, Eighties multiculturalism, Nineties rhetorics of range and colorblindness, September 11, and storm Katrina, in addition to the contemporaneous advancements of emerging mass incarceration and legalized same-sex marriage. It pairs the perversion of cool with the gradual erasure of racial and moral concerns from our social attention, which successfully quashes our wish to act ethically and withstand abuses of strength. The cooler we develop into, the extra detached we develop to the query of values, really inquiry that spurs protest and clash. This publication sounds an alarm when you care approximately conserving our ties to an American culture of resistance.

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Stripping, Sex, and Popular Culture (Dress, Body, Culture)

By Catherine M. Roach

On the center of Stripping, intercourse, and pop culture lies a truly own tale, of writer Catherine Roach's reaction to the choice of her life-long ally to turn into an unique dancer. Catherine and Marie grew up jointly in Canada and moved to the us to sign up for PhD courses at prestigious universities. for varied purposes, Marie left her application and as an alternative selected to paintings as a stripper. the writer, initially and but fascinated with her friend's choice, follows Marie's trip into the area of stripping as an observer and analyst. She unearths that this global increases complicated questions on gender, sexuality, myth, feminism, or even spirituality. relocating from first hand interviews with dancers and others, the booklet broadens right into a provocative and available exam of the present acclaim for "striptease culture," with sex-saturated media imagery, thongs long past mainstream, and stripper aerobics at your neighborhood health club. Stripping, intercourse, and pop culture scrutinizes the bare fact of a profitable whose norms are more and more on the heart of up to date society.

A Pdf model of this ebook is accessible at no cost in open entry through the Oapen Library platform,

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Bitch, Issue 62: Maps & Legends (Spring 2014)

Letter from the HQ

Letters & Comments

Love It/Shove It

The whinge List

Dropping the Pin—Why ladies aren't continuously down with location-based apps. | Thursday Bram

Riffs of Passage—Three L.A. bands with greater than track on their brain. | Tina Vasquez

It's My Party—How conspicuous intake grew to become the topic of candy Sixteens | Ruby Bilger

What occurred to domestic Economics?—The upward thrust and fall of a contested self-discipline. | Christen McCurdy

Mock & Awe—Janet Mock on truth-telling, neighborhood development, and writing the tale she were anticipating her complete existence. | Tina Vasquez

Meeting within the Middle—A dispatch from the Badlands. | Dianna Anderson

Out of the Frame—How information and dad tradition imprecise immigrant girls | Celena Cipriaso

The Unmappable Woman—Historians' efforts to pin down Isabelle Eberhardt | Erin Gilbert

Hot less than the Bonnet—The cooptation of Amish tradition in mass-market fiction. | Audrey deCoursey

Mapping Middle-Earth—Lord of the jewelry tourism and New Zealand's panorama. | Camille Owens

Black to the Future—How ladies in pop are wearing the mantle of Afrofuturism | Alley Pezanoski-Browne

Adventures in Feministory Comics: Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk Virginia Paine

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I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution

By Craig Marks

Named the best Books of 2011 via NPR – Spin - USA Today – CNBC - Pitchfork - The Onion - The Atlantic - The Huffington publish – VEVO - The Boston Globe - The San Francisco Chronicle

For lovers of VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave

Remember the 1st time you observed Michael Jackson dance with zombies in "Thriller"? Diamond Dave karate kick with Van Halen in "Jump"? Tawny Kitaen turning cartwheels on a Jaguar to Whitesnake's "Here i am going Again"? The Beastie Boys spray beer in "(You Gotta) struggle in your correct (To Party)"? Axl Rose step off the bus in "Welcome to the Jungle"?

Remember while All You sought after used to be Your MTV?

It used to be a gorgeous radical idea-a channel for youths, displaying not anything yet track video clips. It was once the sort of radical concept that virtually not anyone suggestion it's going to really be triumphant, less develop into a strength within the worlds of song, tv, movie, style, activities, or even politics. however it did paintings. MTV grew to become greater than a person had ever imagined.

I wish My MTV tells the tale of the 1st decade of MTV, the golden period whilst MTV's programming was once all movies, forever, and youngsters watched religiously to work out their favourite bands, know about new song, and feature whatever to discuss at events. From its begin in 1981 with a small cache of movies via normally unknown British new wave acts to the release of the reality-television craze with The actual World in 1992, MTV grew right into a tastemaker, a profession maker, and a substantial business.

Featuring interviews with approximately 400 artists, administrators, VJs, and tv and tune executives, I wish My MTV is a testomony to the channel that modified pop culture forever.

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