Category: Popular Culture

Grateful Dead Reader

Here's an exhilarating choice of writings concerning the thankful lifeless, providing either vintage and hard-to-find essays, reporting, and reviews.
prepared in chronological order, those items upload as much as not anything below a full-scale background of the group--from Tom Wolfe's account of the Dead's first functionality (at an Acid attempt in 1965), to Ralph Gleason's 1967 interview with the 24-year-old Jerry Garcia, to Mary Eisenhart's obituary of the good guitarist. strong, incisive, and regularly imaginitive, those decisions contain not just notable writing at the thankful lifeless, but in addition great items on track and pa tradition regularly. And along the phrases of Tom Wolfe, George W.S. Trow, and Robert Christgau, readers will locate poetry, fiction, drawings, and an delivering of infrequent and revealing images. enthusiasts should be eager about this anthology's many interviews and profiles, interpretations of lyrics, and live performance and list experiences. but The thankful lifeless used to be greater than a band--it was once a cultural phenomenon. for 3 a long time it remained on one endless journey, all over the place by way of a small military of nomadic lovers who constituted a digital cult. The writers in The thankful lifeless Reader either rejoice and learn this phenomenon, in such items as Ed McClanahan's groundbreaking article in Playboy in 1972, fan-magazine editor Blair Jackson's 1990 essay at the seriousness of the drug scenario at lifeless live shows, and Steve Silberman's insightful essays at the track and its lovers.
The thankful useless Reader brims with the very best writing on track, on pop culture, and on a band that helped outline a generation.

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A Brief History of Superheroes

By Brian J. Robb

A desirable written exploration of the superhero phenomenon, from its beginnings within the depths of serious melancholy to the blockbuster video clips of today.

For over ninety years, superheroes were interrogated, deconstructed, and reinvented. during this wide-ranging research, Robb seems to be on the different characters, their creators, and the ways that their creations were reinvented for successive generations. necessarily, the point of interest is at the usa, however the context is overseas, together with an exam of characters built in India and Japan in response to the normal American hero.

Sections research: the start of the superhero, together with Superman, in 1938; the DC kinfolk (Superman, Batman, ask yourself Woman and The Justice Society/League of America), from the Forties to the Sixties; the superheroes enlistment within the battle attempt within the Nineteen Forties and 50s; their neutering through the Comics Code; the problem to DC from the wonder kinfolk (The very good 4, Spider-Man, and The X-Men), from the Sixties to the Nineteen Eighties; the superhero as advanced anti-hero; superheroes deconstructed within the Eighties (The Watchmen and Frank Miller's Batman), and their politicization; self sufficient comedian ebook creators and new publishers within the Nineteen Eighties and 90s; superheroes in retreat, and their rebirth on the video clips in blockbusters from Batman to Spider-Man and The Avengers.

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Current of Music

By Theodor W. Adorno

Fleeing the Nazis, Theodor W. Adorno lived in ny urban as a refugee from 1938 till 1941. in the course of those years, he used to be intensively concerned about a examine of the way the lately built strategies for the nation-wide transmission of track over radio have been remodeling the notion of song itself. This vast ranging radio study was once conceived as not anything under an research, in part empirical, of Walter Benjamin's speculative claims for the emancipatory strength of paintings within the age of its mechanical replica. the result of Adorno's undertaking set him decisively at odds with Benjamin's theses and whilst grew to become the physique of pondering that shaped the root for Adornos personal aesthetics in his Philosophy of recent tune.

Current of Music is the name that Adorno himself gave to this learn venture. For advanced purposes, notwithstanding, Adorno was once unable to deliver the various millions of pages of this huge learn, so much of it written in English, to a last shape sooner than leaving long island for California, the place he may instantly start paintings with Max Horkheimer at the Dialectic of Enlightenment. Robert Hullot-Kentor, the celebrated Adorno student, reconstructed Adorno's undertaking for the Adorno Archive in Germany and offers a long and informative advent to the fragmentary texts accrued during this volume.

Current of Music might be largely mentioned for the sunshine it throws at the improvement of Adorno's idea, on his advanced courting with Walter Benjamin, yet such a lot of thinking about the real views it offers on questions of pop culture, the tune of commercial leisure, the heritage of radio and the social dimensions of the replica of art.

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The Sheikh's Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop Culture in the Muslim World

By Richard Poplak

What occurs to our popular culture whilst it meets one other tradition head-on—especially person who, in accordance with a few, is totally at odds with our own?

In The Sheikh’s Batmobile, popular culture commentator Richard Poplak units out on an strange two-year odyssey. His challenge is to work out what turns into of his and America’s obsessions—pop songs and sitcoms, Hollywood video clips and shoot-'em-up games, muscle vehicles and punk music—when they make their approach into the Muslim world.

Over the process his trip, Poplak will get body-slammed via WWE lovers in Afghanistan, hangs out with hip-hop artists in Palestine, headbangs to heavy steel in Cairo, discovers a global of maximum makeovers in Beirut, bowls with the executive of police in small-town Kazakhstan, and encounters a mysterious Texan who builds rocket-propelled Batmobiles for a clients of sheikhs.

With uproarious humor and willing cultural perception, Poplak asks a few very important questions: How is American popular culture fed on and reinterpreted within the Islamic international? What does that say approximately how we're seen through younger Muslims? and will Homer Simpson bridge the divisions which are tearing our global apart?

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Superheroes of the Round Table: Comics Connections to Medieval and Renaissance Literature

By Jason Tondro

Few students nursed at the literary canon may dispute that wisdom of Western literature advantages readers and writers of the superhero style. This research of superhero comics as Romance literature exhibits that the opposite is true--knowledge of the superhero romance has whatever to coach critics of conventional literature. setting up the comedian style as a cousin to Arthurian fantasy, Spenser, and Shakespeare, it makes use of comics to notify readings of The Faerie Queene, The Tempest, Malory's Morte and extra, whereas applying authors like Ben Johnson to assist clarify comics by way of Alan Moore, Jack Kirby, and furnish Morrison and characters like Iron guy, the Hulk, the X-Men, and the Justice League. students of comics, medieval and Renaissance literature alike will locate it beautiful.

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Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture

Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron guy, ask yourself girl, the Avengers, the X-Men, Watchmen, and extra: the spouse quantity to the PBS documentary sequence of an analogous identify that tells the tale of the superhero in American well known culture.
jointly back for the 1st time, right here come the best comedian ebook superheroes ever assembled among covers:  down from the heavens—Superman and the effective Thor—or swinging over rooftops—the Batman and Spider-Man; star-spangled, like Captain the United States and beauty lady, or clad in darkness, just like the Shadow and Spawn; dealing with down super-villains on their lonesome, just like the Flash and the Punisher or accumulated jointly in a staff of champions, just like the Avengers and the X-Men!
in line with the three-part PBS documentary sequence Superheroes, this better half quantity chronicles the unending conflict of the comedian booklet undefined, its maximum creators, and its maximum creations.  protecting the impact of superheroes on American culture—in print, on movie and tv, and in electronic media—and the influence of yankee tradition on its superheroes, Superheroes: Capes, Cowls, and the construction of comedian ebook tradition appeals to readers of every age, from the informal observer of the phenomenon to the main exacting fan of the genre.
Drawing from greater than 50 new interviews performed expressly for Superheroes!—creators from Stan Lee to provide Morrison, commentators from Michael Chabon to Jules Feiffer, actors from Adam West to Lynda Carter, and filmmakers similar to Zach Snyder—this is an up to date narrative historical past of the superhero, from the sketch adventurers of the nice melancholy, as much as the blockbuster CGI motion picture superstars of the twenty first Century.  that includes greater than 500 full-color comedian e-book panels, covers, sketches, photos of either crucial and infrequent art, Superheroes is the definitive tale of this strong presence in popular culture.

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Radiohead and Philosophy: Fitter, Happier, More Deductive (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Since their leap forward hit "Creep" in 1993, Radiohead has persevered to make waves all through well known and political tradition with its perspectives in regards to the Bush presidency (its 2003 album used to be titled Hail to the Thief), its anti-corporatism, its pioneering efforts to provide ecologically sound street excursions, and, so much of all, its selection in 2007 to promote its most modern album, In Rainbows, on-line with a debatable "pay-what-you-want" cost. Radiohead and Philosophy bargains clean how one can have fun with the lyrics, tune, and conceptual flooring of this hugely cutting edge band. The chapters during this publication clarify how Radiohead’s track connects on to the philosophical phenomenology of thinkers like Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Martin Heidegger, the existentialism of Albert Camus and Jean Paul Sartre, and the philosophical politics of Karl Marx, Jean Baudrillard, and Noam Chomsky. fanatics and critics comprehend that Radiohead is "the merely band that issues" at the scene at the present time — Radiohead and Philosophy exhibits why.

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The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film (The Philosophy of Popular Culture)

The technology fiction style continues a extraordinary carry at the mind's eye and exuberance of the filmgoing public, eye-catching huge audiences world wide and garnering ever-larger earnings. technological know-how fiction motion pictures entertain the potential for time shuttle and extraterrestrial visitation and imaginatively shipping us to worlds remodeled by way of smooth technology and know-how. additionally they supply a medium by which questions on own identification, ethical corporation, man made realization, and different different types of expertise could be addressed. within the Philosophy of technological know-how Fiction movie, individual authors discover the storylines, conflicts, and issues of fifteen technological know-how fiction movie classics, from city to The Matrix. Editor Steven M. Sanders and a gaggle of remarkable students in philosophy, movie reports, and different fields elevate technology fiction movie feedback to a brand new point via penetrating the outside of the movies to reveal the underlying philosophical arguments, moral views, and metaphysical perspectives. Sanders's advent offers an outline and evaluate of every essay and poses questions for readers to think about as they give thought to the movies lower than discussion.The first part, "Enigmas of identification and Agency," offers with the character of humanity because it is portrayed in Blade Runner, darkish urban, Frankenstein, Invasion of the physique Snatchers, and overall keep in mind. within the moment part, "Extraterrestrial Visitation, Time commute, and synthetic Intelligence," individuals speak about 2001: an area Odyssey, The Terminator, 12 Monkeys, and The Day the Earth Stood nonetheless and learn the demanding situations of man-made intelligence, the paradoxes of time commute, and the ethics of struggle. the ultimate part, "Brave more recent global: technology Fiction Futurism," seems to be at visions of the long run in city, The Matrix, Alphaville, and display variations of George Orwell's 1984.

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Ender's Game and Philosophy: Genocide Is Child's Play (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By D. E. Wittkower, Lucinda Rush

Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card’s award-winning 1985 novel, has been found and rediscovered through generations of technological know-how fiction lovers, even being followed as interpreting through the U.S. Marine Corps. Ender's video game and its sequels discover wealthy issues — the violence and cruelty of kids, the position of empathy in warfare, and the stability of person dignity and the social solid — with compelling components of a coming-of-age tale.

Ender’s video game and Philosophy brings jointly over 30 philosophers to interact in wide-ranging dialogue on matters reminiscent of: the justifiability of pre-emptive moves; how Ender’s disconnected and dispassionate violence is reflected in today’s drone conflict; even if the top of saving the species can justify the main brutal skill; the justifiability of lies and deception in wartime, and the way army colleges produce education in advantage.

The authors of Ender’s online game and Philosophy problem readers to confront the demanding situations that Ender’s online game offers, bringing new insights to the belief of a simply warfare, the virtues of the soldier, the character of youth, and the intense paintings of taking part in games.(less)

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