Category: Popular Culture

Commodify Your Dissent: Salvos from The Baffler

By Matt Weiland

From the pages of The Baffler, the main very important and perceptive new journal of the nineties, sharp, satirical broadsides opposed to the tradition Trust.

In the "old" Gilded Age, the barons of commercial amassed tremendous wealth and effect from their railroads, metal turbines, and banks. yet at the present time it's tradition that stands on the middle of the yankee firm, mass leisure the commercial dynamo that brings the general public into the eating fold and consolidates the ability of commercial over the yank brain. For a decade The Baffler has been the invigorating voice of dissent opposed to those advancements, within the grand culture of the muckrakers and the yank Mercury. This assortment gathers the easiest of its writing to discover such odd advancements because the delivery of the insurgent hero as customer within the pages of Wired and Details; the ever-accelerating race to marketplace formative years tradition; the increase of recent enterprise professionals like Tom Peters and the craze for Hobbesian company "reengineering"; and the encroachment of advertisements and business into each final corner and cranny of yankee lifestyles. With its releasing perspective and cant-free intelligence, this ebook is a robust polemic opposed to the designs of the tradition company on us all.

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How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music

By Elijah Wald

"There aren't any definitive histories," writes Elijah Wald, during this provocative reassessment of yankee well known tune, "because the earlier retains taking a look assorted because the current changes." previous musical types sound diversified to us this day simply because we pay attention them in the course of the musical filter out of alternative types that got here after them, throughout funk and hip hop.

As its blasphemous identify indicates, How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll rejects the traditional pieties of mainstream jazz and rock heritage. instead of targeting these ordinarily favorite kinds, the booklet strains the evolution of well known song via constructing tastes, tendencies and technologies--including the position of files, radio, jukeboxes and tv --to supply a fuller, extra balanced account of the wide number of song that captivated listeners over the process the 20th century. Wald revisits unique sources--recordings, interval articles, memoirs, and interviews--to spotlight how song was once really heard and skilled through the years. And in a clean departure from extra regular histories, he specializes in the realm of operating musicians and usual listeners instead of stars and experts. He appears for instance on the evolution of jazz as dance track, and rock 'n' roll throughout the eyes of the screaming, twisting teenage women who made up the majority of its early viewers. Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and the Beatles are all right here, yet Wald additionally discusses much less normal names like Paul Whiteman, man Lombardo, Mitch Miller, Jo Stafford, Frankie Avalon, and the Shirelles, who from time to time have been way more well known than these brilliant stars we know this day, and who extra effectively characterize the mainstream in their occasions.

Written with verve and magnificence, How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll shakes up our staid notions of tune background and is helping us listen American renowned tune with new ears.

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I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams

By Mark Dery

From the cultural critic Wired known as “provocative and cuttingly funny” comes a viciously humorous, joltingly insightful selection of drive-by opinions of up to date the US the place chaos is the hot common. Exploring the darkest corners of the nationwide psyche and the nethermost areas of the self—the gothic, the gruesome, and the carnivalesque—Mark Dery is sensible of the cultural dynamics of the yank madhouse early within the twenty-first century.

Here are essays at the pornographic fantasies of Star Trek lovers, fb as Limbo of the misplaced, George W. Bush’s worry of his internal queer, the theme-parking of the Holocaust, the homoerotic subtext of the tremendous Bowl, the hidden agendas of IQ exams, Santa’s mystery kinship with devil, the sadism of dentists, Hitler’s afterlife on YouTube, the sexual id of 2001’s HAL, the suicide notice regarded as a literary style, the surrealist poetry of robotic unsolicited mail, the zombie apocalypse, woman Gaga, the Church of Euthanasia, toy weapons within the dream lives of yank boys, and the polymorphous perversity of Madonna’s enormous toe.

Dery casts a severe eye at the authorized order of items, boldly crossing into the highbrow no-fly zones demarcated by means of cultural warriors on either side of America’s ideological divide: controversy-phobic company media, blinkered educational elites, and middlebrow tastemakers. Intellectually omnivorous and promiscuously interdisciplinary, Dery’s writing is a generalist’s to blame excitement in an age of nanospecialization and area of interest advertising and marketing. From Menckenesque polemics on American society and deft deconstructions of popular culture to unflinching own essays within which Dery turns his scalpel-sharp wit on himself, I mustn't ever imagine undesirable Thoughts is a head-spinning highbrow experience via American goals and American nightmares.

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Adorno on Popular Culture (International Library of Sociology)

By Robert W. Witkin

Robert W. Witkin unpacks Adorno's notoriously tough critique of pop culture in an attractive and available type, having a look first on the improvement of the overarching theories of authority, commodification and unfavourable dialectics. He then is going directly to examine Adorno's writing on particular facets of pop culture reminiscent of radio, movie and well known tune.

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The Intimate Sex Lives of Famous People

By Irving Wallace, Amy Wallace, David Wallechinsky

“Revealing! An encyclopedia of what our celebrated betters do among the sheets.”—TIME

“More impressive and outrageous than such a lot people may even imagine.”—Forecast

“Entirely interesting. . . . highly entertaining.”—Auberon Waugh, Inquiry

“Something for everybody . . . eminent flashers, fetishists, flagellants, simple previous down domestic fornicators, and goings-on galore.”—Cosmopolitan

From the indefatigable Wallace relatives, authors of The ebook of Lists and The People’s Almanac sequence (New York Times bestsellers that bought over 8 million copies internationally), got here 1981’s The Intimate intercourse Lives of recognized People.

This compelling bestseller that stored many a reader up at evening with its 2 hundred revealing profiles and 3 hundred infrequent pictures simply bought greater with a dozen new entries at the nocturnal fascinations of the long-lasting Tupac Shakur, Carlos Casteneda, Jim Morrison, Nico, Wilt Chamberlain, Ayn Rand, Kurt Cobain, Princess Diana, Aleister Crowley, Anna Nicole Smith, Michael Hutchence, and Malcolm X.

Irving Wallace used to be the recognized novelist and screenwriting writer of The Chapman Report and The Word. His spouse, Sylvia Wallace, wrote the best-selling novel The Fountains. The Wallace family’s publishing magic lives on with Amy Wallace, writer of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: My lifestyles with Carlos Castaneda, and David Wallechinsky, writer of The whole booklet of the summer season Olympics and Tyrants: The World’s Worst Dictators.

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The Physics of Star Trek

By Lawrence M. Krauss

What warps while you’re touring at warp velocity? what's the distinction among a wormhole and a black gap? Are time loops relatively attainable, and will I kill my grandmother earlier than i'm born? somebody who has ever questioned “could this quite happen?” will achieve worthwhile insights into the Star Trek universe (and, by the way, the genuine global of physics) during this fascinating and obtainable advisor. Lawrence M. Krauss boldly is going the place Star Trek has gone-and past. From Newton to Hawking, from Einstein to Feynman, from Kirk to Picard, Krauss leads readers on a voyage to the realm of physics as we now understand it and because it could at some point be.

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Telegraph Avenue: A Novel

By Michael Chabon

“An immensely proficient author and magical prose stylist.”
—Michiko Kakutani, New York instances

New York Times bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon has transported readers to very good areas: to manhattan urban in the course of the Golden Age of comedian books (The awesome Adventures of Kavalier & Clay); to an imaginary Jewish place of birth in Sitka, Alaska (The Yiddish Policemen’s Union); to find The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Now he's taking us to Telegraph Avenue in a big-hearted and exhilarating novel that explores the profoundly intertwined lives of 2 Oakland, California households, one black and one white. In Telegraph Avenue, Chabon lovingly creates a global grounded in pop culture—Kung Fu, ’70s Blaxploitation movies, vinyl LPs, jazz and soul music—and can provide a bravura epic of friendship, race, and mystery histories.

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James Bond and Philosophy: Questions Are Forever (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By James B. South

“Bond. James Bond.” given that Sean Connery first uttered that iconic word in Dr. No, multiple sector of the world’s inhabitants has visible a 007 movie. Witty and urbane, Bond seduces and kills with equivalent ease — frequently, it sort of feels, with equivalent enthusiasm. This enthusiasm, coupled along with his freedom to do what's forbidden to every person else, conjures up attention-grabbing philosophical questions. the following, 15 witty, thought-provoking essays speak about hidden concerns in Bond’s global, from his carnal pleasures to his license to kill. one of the energetic themes explored are Bond’s relation to existentialism, together with his commencement “beyond sturdy and evil”; his objectification of ladies; the ambiguity of breaking the legislations for you to eventually uphold it like every “stupid policeman”; the character of 007 when it comes to Plato’s ethical psychology; and the Hegelian quest for attractiveness evinced by means of Bond villains. A reference advisor to all of the Bond videos rounds out the book’s many pleasures.

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The Daily Show and Philosophy: Moments of Zen in the Art of Fake News

By Jason Holt

An enjoyable and insightful exam of the Emmy-award profitable American satirical information express, broadcast on Comedy critical within the US, and (in an edited version) on More4 within the united kingdom and CNN foreign all over the world. * contains dialogue of either The day-by-day convey and its spin-off exhibit, The Colbert document * Showcases philosophers at their most sensible, discussing fact, wisdom, fact and the yankee approach * Highlights the razor sharp serious talents of Jon Stewart and his colleagues * Faces tricky and strangely humorous questions about politics, faith, and gear head on

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Enter the Superheroes: American Values, Culture, and the Canon of Superhero Literature

By Alex S. Romagnoli

Ever because the first appearances of Superman and Batman in comedian books of the overdue Thirties, superheroes were a staple of the preferred tradition panorama. notwithstanding firstly created for more youthful audiences, superhero characters have advanced through the years, changing into complicated figures that attract extra subtle readers. whereas superhero tales have grown ever extra well known inside broader society, in spite of the fact that, comics and photo novels were principally missed via the area of academia.

In Enter the Superheroes:American Values, tradition, and the Canon of Superhero Literature, Alex S. Romagnoli and Gian S. Pagnucci argue that superheroes benefit critical research, either in the academy and past. via analyzing the types of picture novels that are embraced by means of the academy, this ebook explains how superhero tales are only as major. based round key topics inside of superhero literature, the booklet delves into the positive aspects that make superhero tales a distinct style. The ebook additionally attracts upon examples in comics and different media to demonstrate the sociohistorical significance of superheroes—from the interaction of fanatics and creators to specified narrative components which are delivered to their richest success in the international of superheroes. a listing of noteworthy superhero texts that readers can glance to for destiny research is usually supplied.

In addition to exploring the $64000 roles that superheroes play in children’s studying, the booklet additionally bargains an exceptional place to begin for discussions of the way literature is evolving and why it can be crucial to extend the conventional geographical regions of literary research. Enter the Superheroes might be of specific curiosity to English and composition lecturers but additionally to students of pop culture and lovers of superhero and comedian ebook literature.

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