Heroes and Philosophy: Buy the Book, Save the World

By William Irwin

The first unauthorized examine the philosophy in the back of Heroes, one among TV's hottest shows

When traditional members from world wide inexplicably increase superhuman talents, they query who they're, fight to deal with new duties, and judge even if to exploit their new energy for reliable or for evil. each episode of Tim Kring's hit television exhibit Heroes is a philosophical challenge. Heroes and Philosophy is the 1st publication to research how philosophy makes this exhibit so compelling. It enables you to learn questions an important to our life as pondering, rational beings. Is the corporate evil, or sturdy? Does Hiro quite have a future? will we? Is it alright to lie so one can conceal your powers or shop the realm? Heroes and Philosophy deals solutions to those and different exciting questions.

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

Whether you are new to Heroes or were a fan given that day one, this e-book will take your delight in the express to the following level.

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Goths: A Guide to an American Subculture

By Micah L. Issitt

Goth tradition is intensely various, pertaining to visible artwork, style, movie, track, and physique aesthetics. Goths: A advisor to an American Subculture bargains a concise, easy-to-follow background of the way of life that explores its emergence and its effect on pop culture within the usa.

The e-book covers movies, bands, and artists valuable to Goth tradition, with emphasis at the Goth method of style and physique adornment. additionally, it discusses how America's Goth tradition has prompted Goth populations in other places and the way overseas advancements have replaced the U.S. Goth neighborhood. the quantity is enriched with biographies of favourite Goth celebrities, resembling Marilyn Manson and Robert Smith, in addition to with interviews that provide readers a firsthand view of the tradition. It concludes with an overview of Goth tradition at the present time, a glance at what the long run may well carry, and a dialogue of the importance of Goth tradition to American society as a whole.

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Jeopardy! and Philosophy: What is Knowledge in the Form of a Question? (Popular Culture & Philosophy)

Since its debut in 1964, Jeopardy! has been one in every of America’s favourite and longest-running daylight hours quiz exhibits. It turns the question-answer structure of conventional quiz exhibits on its head and calls for contestants to pose right inquiries to solutions in chosen different types. whereas mining details and evidence from Alchemy to Zoology, Jeopardy!, is a uniquely highbrow, erudite, and tough daylight hours tv software. some distance past unique its lovers with nail-biting contests of information, reminiscence, and velocity, all of it yet calls for them to take part. Few humans watch Jeopardy! with no urgent an invisible button and blurting out inquiries to their television screen.

Because of this own and highbrow funding, such a lot Jeopardy! lovers are religious. staring at the exhibit is valued as an everyday ritual during which actual highbrow ability and encyclopedic wisdom (as against skinny Hollywood depictions resembling these in Big Bang Theory or Rain Man) will not be merely revered and positioned within the highlight, but additionally rewarded with nationwide status and prize winnings. Champion Ken Jennings (who contributes to this quantity) has gained over 3 million cash and remained champion seventy-four occasions. in case you include Jeopardy! as an highbrow oasis within the arid desolate tract of pop culture, it's the geeks who shall inherit the earth.

Jeopardy!’s social gathering of mind and forward-thinking is easily famous all through pop culture and between all age teams. Ken Jennings, Chuck Forrest, and different all-time champions are close to celebrities, whereas the express itself on a regular basis reaches out via precise tournaments to diversified segments of yankee tradition, comparable to actors and musicians (Celebrity Jeopardy!), high-school and faculty scholars (Teen event and faculty Championship Jeopardy!) and senior voters (Senior event Jeopardy!). nonetheless, regardless of its common admire and, a few may whinge, conceited self-respect, neither the convey nor its lovers take themselves too heavily. Jokes approximately host Alex Trebek’s hair and well-known parodies of Jeopardy! on Saturday evening Live are as common as bizarre Al Yankovic’s MTV-mainstay “I misplaced on Jeopardy!” (to the track of “Our Love’s in Jeopardy”):

Don't comprehend what i used to be thinkin' of,
I wager I simply wasn't too bright.
Well, I certain desire I do better
Next weekend on The rate Is Right.

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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

By Chuck Klosterman

From the writer of the hugely acclaimed heavy steel memoir, Fargo Rock City, comes one other hilarious and discerning tackle hugely well known culture—set in Chuck Klosterman’s den and your own—covering every little thing from the impact of John Cusack flicks to the an important function of breakfast cereal to the extraordinary energy of the Dixie Chicks.

Countless writers and artists have spoken for a new release, yet nobody has performed it relatively like Chuck Klosterman. With an exhaustive wisdom of pop culture and a virtually easy skill to spin exceptional prose out of not likely material, Klosterman assaults the full spectrum of postmodern the United States: fact television, net porn, Pamela Anderson, literary Jesus freaks, and the genuine distinction among apples and oranges (of which there's none). And don’t even get him begun on his love existence and the total Harry-Met-Sally state of affairs.

Whether deconstructing Saved by way of the Bell episodes or the inventive legacy of Billy Joel, the symbolic value of The Empire moves Back or the Celtics/Lakers contention, Chuck will make you think that, he’ll make you chuckle, and he’ll force you insane—usually unexpectedly. Sex, medicinal drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is ostensibly approximately paintings, leisure, infotainment, activities, politics, and kittens, but—really—it’s approximately us. we all. As Klosterman realizes overdue at evening, within the second sooner than he falls asleep, “In and of itself, not anything quite issues. What issues is that not anything is ever ‘in and of itself.’” learn to think.

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Encyclopedia Gothica

By Liisa Ladouceur

Encyclopedia Gothica is a advisor via that shadowiest of subcultures: sleek Goths. It collects and defines greater than six hundred phrases and words utilized by those youngsters of the evening so you can also interact in conversations approximately deathhawks and rivetheads and who's extra u¨bergoth: Bela Lugosi or Robert Smith. Compiled through acclaimed Goth journalist and poet Liisa Ladouceur, it offers readers perception into the original vernacular of this interesting neighborhood, describing intimately and with black humour the style, song, and way of life in addition to sharing insider slang reminiscent of child Bat, Corp Goth and the Gothic Two-Step, and the 1st ever Goth Band genealogy. From absinthe to zombies, it’s the Encyclopedia Gothica!

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Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser and Curiouser

By William Irwin

The precise significant other to Lewis Carroll's vintage publication and director Tim Burton's March 2010 remake of Alice in Wonderland

Alice?s Adventures in Wonderland has involved childrens and adults alike for generations. Why does Lewis Carroll introduce us to such oddities as blue caterpillars who smoke hookahs, cats whose grins stay after their heads have pale away, and a White Queen who lives backwards and recalls forwards? Is all of it simply nonsense? used to be Carroll lower than the impression? This ebook probes the deeper underlying that means within the Alice books, and divulges an international wealthy with philosophical existence classes. Tapping into many of the maximum philosophical minds that ever lived?Aristotle, Hume, Hobbes, and Nietzsche?Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy explores life?s final questions throughout the eyes of might be the main endearing heroine in all of literature.

  • Looks at compelling matters similar to notion and truth in addition to how common sense fares in an international of lunacy, the Mad Hatter, clocks, and temporal passage
  • Offers new insights into favourite Alice in Wonderland characters and scenes, together with the Mad Hatter and his tea social gathering, the violent Queen of Hearts, and the grinning Cheshire Cat

Accessible and wonderful, Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy will improve your event of Alice's undying adventures with new that means and fun.

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Literary Cash: Unauthorized Writings Inspired by the Legendary Johnny Cash (Smart Pop series)

By Bob Batchelor

The mythical lyrics of Johnny money are the foundation for this selection of terribly inventive works that offers a brand new spin in this musical legend. for almost 5 a long time, money captivated audiences along with his particular voice and candid portrayal of the gritty lifetime of a operating guy, and his songs proceed to ring a bell with listeners this present day. however it is the tales in the back of the track that stay with audiences and supply the foundation for the paintings during this considerate compilation of fiction and non-fiction from participants similar to Lauren Baratz-Logsted, Don Cusic, Gretchen Moran Laskas, Amanda Nowlin, and Russell Rowland.

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Rush, Rock Music, and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown (Profiles in Popular Music)

Canadian revolutionary rock band Rush used to be the voice of the suburban center classification. during this publication, Chris McDonald assesses the band’s influence on well known tune and its legacy for legions of fanatics. McDonald explores the ways that Rush’s critique of suburban life—and its innovations for escape—reflected middle-class aspirations and anxieties, whereas its performances manifested the dialectic in prog rock among self-discipline and austerity, and the will for spectacle and extra. The band’s reception mirrored the interior struggles of the center type over cultural prestige. Critics cavalierly pushed aside, or apologetically praised, Rush’s song for its middlebrow leanings. McDonald's wide-ranging musical and cultural research sheds mild on essentially the most profitable and enduring rock bands of the Seventies and 1980s.

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X-Men and the Mutant Metaphor: Race and Gender in the Comic Books

By Joseph J. Darowski

First showing in 1963, The Uncanny X-Men had a coarse begin, lasting till 1970 while the comedian e-book was once canceled as a result of low revenues. Following a relaunch in 1975, in spite of the fact that, it came across new reputation because of complicated scripting by means of Chris Claremont and the art of John Byrne. inside of many years, The Uncanny X-Men was once certainly one of surprise Comics’ best-selling sequence and over the a long time it grew to become the most winning and renowned franchises in comedian booklet heritage. Spin-off titles, mini-series, multimedia diversifications, and a vastly increased forged of characters undefined. one of many purposes for the luck of X-Men is its robust “mutant metaphor,” which boosts the tales with cultural value and the exploration of subject matters resembling societal prejudice and discrimination.

In X-Men and the Mutant Metaphor: Race and Gender within the comedian Books, Joseph J. Darowski completely analyzes The Uncanny X-Men, delivering its historic historical past and dividing the long-running sequence into precise eras. every one bankruptcy examines the creators and basic plot strains, via a better research of the important characters and key tales. the ultimate bankruptcy explores the literal use of race and gender instead of the metaphorical or thematic methods such concerns were addressed. This research contains insights won from interviews with numerous comedian booklet creators, and dozens of illustrations from the comedian booklet sequence. Of specific importance are facts that song the race and gender of each X-Men hero, villain, and helping personality. by means of delving into the ancient history of the sequence and heavily interpreting characters and tales, X-Men and the Mutant Metaphor illuminates a major pop culture phenomenon.

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Bang!: A History of Britain in the 1980s

By Graham Stewart

Britain within the Eighties used to be a polarized state. decided to take the rustic in a notably varied path used to be the main dominant, commanding, and debatable chief of her age, Margaret Thatcher. With the 2 major political events as some distance aside as at any time because the Thirties, the interval was once riven by means of violent war of words, starting with the explosion of rioting that rocked England's towns in 1981 and back in 1985; a year-long struggle with the nationwide Union of Mineworkers, after which with print staff in Wapping. there has been the warfare to retake the Falkland Islands and the re-escalation of the worries in Northern eire, which started with starvation moves and peaked with the try to assassinate the full cupboard within the Brighton bombing. It was once additionally a decade of political innovation—in the existence and dying of the Social Democratic occasion, the mass privatization of state-owned industries, the sale of council homes and the deregulation of economic markets—and cultural ferment, with the increase and fall of indie pop, the emergence of apartment tune, Channel four, and the expansion of other comedy; and Prince Charles's interventions on structure. Graham Stewart's amazing and accomplished background of the eighties covers a majority of these occasions, and plenty of extra, with exhilarating verve and aspect, and in addition examines the legacy of a decade that sowed the seeds of recent Britain.

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