Bad Girls and Sick Boys: Fantasies in Contemporary Art and Culture

By Linda S. Kauffman

Linda S. Kauffman turns the pornography debate on its head with this audacious research of contemporary taboo-shattering fiction, movie, and function artwork. Investigating the function of fable in paintings, politics, and pop culture, she exhibits how technological advances in medication and technological know-how (magnetic resonance imaging, desktops, and telecommunications) have profoundly altered our strategies of the human physique. our on-line world is generating new kinds of id and subjectivity. The novelists, filmmakers, and performers in Bad ladies and ailing Boys are the interpreters of those courageous new worlds, cartographers who're busy mapping the fin-de-millennium setting that already envelops us.

Bad ladies and ill Boys deals a necessary and wonderful travel of the present cultural panorama. Kauffman boldly connects the dots among the unconventional artists who shatter taboos and problem criminal and aesthetic conventions. She hyperlinks writers like John Hawkes and Robert Coover to Kathy Acker and William Vollmann; filmmakers like Ngozi Onwurah and Isaac Julien to Brian De Palma and Gus Van Sant; and performers like Carolee Schneemann and Annie Sprinkle to the visible arts. Kauffman's energetic interviews with J. G. Ballard, David Cronenberg, Bob Flanagan, and Orlan upload a rare measurement to her well timed and convincing argument.

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The Skateboard: The Good, the Rad, and the Gnarly: An Illustrated History

By Ben Marcus

The tale of the easy skateboard is an element mystery, half underground, underdog luck story. It’s chock-full of techniques, far-out photo artistry, and ever-more-incredible hot-dogging feats. And the story’s instructed during this booklet with contributions from the celebs themselves—Tony Hawk, Stacey Peralta, Jeff Ho, the Dogtown Z-Boys, and extra. fantastically illustrated with historic posters, advertisements, and memorabilia in addition to new motion images, studio skateboard pictures, and distinctive photos of the celebrities, it is a becoming tribute to an American classic.

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Adventure Time and Philosophy: The Handbook for Heroes

Experience Time and Philosophy is a monster-beating, wild experience of philosophical mayhem. one of many inner most and such a lot considerate tv exhibits ever to attack human mind waves, experience Time exhibits us what the realm should be like, hard every little thing we all know approximately existence, that means, heroism, or even burritos, and it’s time to offer the exhibit a few severe proposal. This ebook screws open our cranial lids, mucks approximately within the mess that's our heads, and makes an attempt to return to a few solutions in regards to the nature of truth. event Time and Philosophy is an opportunity to place down your broadsword, placed your exhausted monster-slaying ft up, and take a look at to determine why you spend some time rescuing humans in misery and struggling with for justice. Who higher than Finn and Jake to have as partners whilst taking over Plato, Nietzsche, and Baudrillard or encountering the Slime Princess, the Ice King, and Marceline the Vampire Queen? full of chapters written by way of a colourful forged of characters, event Time and Philosophy enlightens us in regards to the profound and life-affirming non secular subtext and darkish comedic components of an awesomely excellent convey.

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The Cult of the Amateur: How Blogs, MySpace, YouTube, and the Rest of Today's User-Generated Media Are Destroying Our Economy, Our Culture, and Our Values

By Andrew Keen

Amateur hour has arrived, and the viewers is working the show

In a hard-hitting and provocative polemic, Silicon Valley insider and pundit Andrew prepared exposes the grave results of today’s new participatory internet 2.0 and divulges the way it threatens our values, economic system, and eventually the very innovation and creativity that varieties the material of yankee success.

Our such a lot valued cultural associations, prepared warns—our expert newspapers, magazines, song, and movies—are being overtaken via an avalanche of novice, user-generated unfastened content material. ads profit is being siphoned off by means of loose ads on websites like Craigslist; tv networks are less than assault from unfastened user-generated programming on YouTube and so forth; file-sharing and electronic piracy have devastated the multibillion-dollar song company and threaten to undermine our motion picture undefined. Worse, willing claims, our “cut-and-paste” on-line culture—in which highbrow estate is freely swapped, downloaded, remashed, and aggregated—threatens over two hundred years of copyright security and highbrow estate rights, robbing artists, authors, reporters, musicians, editors, and manufacturers of the end result in their artistic labors.

In today’s self-broadcasting tradition, the place amateurism is well known and someone with an opinion, even if ill-informed, can put up a web publication, publish a video on YouTube, or switch an access on Wikipedia, the excellence among proficient professional and uninformed beginner turns into dangerously blurred. whilst nameless bloggers and videographers, unconstrained via specialist criteria or editorial filters, can adjust the general public debate and control public opinion, fact turns into a commodity to be acquired, bought, packaged, and reinvented.

The very anonymity that the internet 2.0 deals calls into query the reliability of the knowledge we obtain and creates an atmosphere during which sexual predators and id thieves can roam unfastened. whereas no Luddite—Keen pioneered a number of net startups himself—he urges us to contemplate the implications of blindly helping a tradition that endorses plagiarism and piracy and that essentially weakens conventional media and artistic associations.

Offering concrete suggestions on how we will rein within the free-wheeling, narcissistic surroundings that pervades the net, THE CULT OF THE novice is a warning sign to every and each one in all us.

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Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero

By Larry Tye

Seventy-five years after he got here to lifestyles, Superman is still one in all America’s so much cherished and enduring heroes. Now Larry Tye, the prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling writer of Satchel, has written the 1st full-fledged heritage not only of the fellow of metal yet of the creators, designers, vendors, and performers who made him the icon he's today.
Legions of fanatics from Boston to Buenos Aires can recite the tale of the kid born Kal-El, scion of the doomed planet Krypton, who was once rocketed to Earth as an youngster, raised via humble Kansas farmers, and rechristened Clark Kent. identified to law-abiders and evildoers alike as Superman, he used to be destined to develop into the invincible champion of all that's strong and just—and a celeb in each medium from comedian books and comedian strips to radio, television, and film.
yet at the back of the high-flying legend lies a true-to-life saga every piece as compelling, one who starts no longer within the some distance reaches of outer area yet in the course of America’s heartland. throughout the depths of the nice melancholy, Jerry Siegel was once a shy, awkward youngster in Cleveland. Raised on experience stories and robbed of his father at a tender age, Jerry dreamed of a hero for a boy and a global that desperately wanted one. including local pal and kindred spirit Joe Shuster, younger Siegel conjured a human-sized god who was once every thing his creators yearned to be: good-looking, stalwart, and courageous, capable of defend the blameless, punish the depraved, shop the day, and win the woman. It was once on Superman’s muscle-bound again that the comedian publication and the very notion of the superhero took flight.
Tye chronicles the adventures of the boys and girls who stored Siegel and Shuster’s “Man of the next day to come” aloft and vitally alive via seven many years and counting. listed here are the savvy publishers and visionary writers and artists of comics’ Golden Age who ushered the red-and-blue-clad titan via altering eras and evolving incarnations; and the actors—including George Reeves and Christopher Reeve—who introduced the fellow of metal to existence on reveal, basically to succumb themselves to all-too-human tragedy within the mortal global. right here too is the poignant and compelling background of Siegel and Shuster’s lifelong fight for the popularity and rewards rightly as a result of architects of a real cultural phenomenon.
From two-fisted crimebuster to über-patriot, social crusader to religious savior, Superman—perhaps like no different legendary personality earlier than or since—has developed in a fashion that gives a Rorschach attempt of his instances and our aspirations. during this deftly discovered appreciation, Larry Tye unearths a portrait of the United States over seventy years throughout the lens of that otherworldly hero who maintains to embrace our greatest selves.

Praise for Superman
“Engaging, enjoyable, inspiring—like the guy of Steel.”—The Huffington Post
“Powerful . . . splendidly readable.”—The undeniable Dealer

“A tale as American as Superman himself . . . the simplest foundation tale pulsing via Superman isn't the one in regards to the Krypton-to-Kansas alien child, yet relatively the only in regards to the superhero’s mortal and occasionally star-crossed creators.”—The Washington Post
“Fun, enlightening pop-cultural history.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A wealthy background jam-packed with energetic heroes and villains‚ very similar to a comic. crucial for Superman fans.”—Library magazine (starred review)
“[A] accomplished, definitive history.”—Publishers Weekly

From the Hardcover edition.

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Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter

By Steven Johnson

Put out of your mind every thing you’ve ever examine the age of dumbed-down, instant-gratification tradition. during this provocative, unfailingly clever, completely researched, and strangely convincing colossal proposal publication, Steven Johnson attracts from fields as different as neuroscience, economics, and media conception to argue that the popular culture we soak in each day—from Lord of the Rings to Grand robbery Auto to The Simpsons—has been starting to be extra refined with each one passing 12 months, and, faraway from rotting our brains, is basically posing new cognitive demanding situations which are really making our minds measurably sharper. After studying Everything undesirable is nice for You, you'll by no means regard the glow of the game or tv reveal a similar method again.


With a brand new afterword by way of the author.

Steven Johnson's latest booklet, How We received to Now, is now to be had from Riverhead Books.

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The Physics of Star Trek

By Lawrence M. Krauss

What warps while you’re touring at warp pace? what's the distinction among a wormhole and a black gap? Are time loops relatively attainable, and will I kill my grandmother sooner than i'm born? somebody who has ever puzzled “could this quite happen?” will achieve important insights into the Star Trek universe (and, by the way, the true 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 area of physics as we now understand it and because it may well someday be.

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The Psychology of Dexter (Psychology of Popular Culture)

Dexter Morgan: Police forensic analyst. relatives guy. Serial killer. And the celebrity of Showtime’s most-watched sequence, Dexter.

Aimed at Dexter devotees and armchair psychologists, The Psychology of Dexter takes at the mental complexities of the preferred sequence with an eye fixed in the direction of perception and accessibility. It analyzes not only the identify personality, yet his relations, coworkers, or even his audience. What makes Dexter tick? And what makes a exhibit a few serial killer so attractive to these folks at home?

From the consequences of faking normalcy (could it's in the back of Dexter’s still-in-progress emotional growth?) to the place the express weighs in at the mental debate among nature and nurture, The Psychology of Dexter offers fanatics a peek inside of Dexter’s—and Dexter’s—psyche.

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The Devil and Philosophy: The Nature of His Game (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Robert Arp

In The satan and Philosophy, 34 philosophers discover questions about probably the most recognizable and influential characters (villains?) of all time. From Roman Polanski's The 9th Gate to J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion to Bram Stoker's Dracula to Darth Vader to Al Pacino's iconic functionality in The Devil's Advocate, this ebook demonstrates little satan is going far. From funny appearances, as in Kevin Smith's movie Dogma and Chuck Palahniuk's novels Damned and Doomed, to extra villainous appearances, comparable to Gabriel Byrne's chilly trip as devil in End of Days, The satan in Philosophy proves that the satan is available in many forms.

Are there any stable arguments for the particular lifestyles of the satan? Does demonic evil thrive in Gotham urban? Can people fairly be liable for all evil? Which truths concerning the satan are real proof? Is Milton right, in that the satan believes he's doing stable? in the course of the lenses of Jung, Kant, Kundera, Balkan, Plato, Bradwardine, Aristotle, Hume, Blackburn, Descartes, Lavey, Thoreau, and Aquinas, The satan and Philosophy takes a philosophical examine one among time's maximum characters.

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True Blood and Philosophy: We Wanna Think Bad Things with You

By William Irwin, George A. Dunn, Rebecca Housel

The 1st examine the philosophical matters in the back of Charlaine Harris's New York Times bestsellers The Southern Vampire Mysteries and the True Blood tv sequence

Teeming with advanced, legendary characters within the form of vampires, telepaths, shapeshifters, and so on, True Blood, the preferred HBO sequence tailored from Charlaine Harris's bestselling The Southern Vampire Mysteries, has a wealthy number of issues to discover, from intercourse and romance to bigotry and violence to demise and immortality. The goings-on within the legendary city of Bon Temps, Louisiana, the place vampires satiate their blood lust and brazenly commingle with traditional people, current no shortages of juicy metaphysical morsels to sink your enamel into.

Now True Blood and Philosophy calls at the minds of a few of history's nice thinkers to accomplish a few philosophical bloodletting on such issues as Sookie and the metaphysics of mindreading; Maryann and sacrificial faith; werewolves, shapeshifters and private id; vampire politics, evil, hope, and masses more.

  • The first e-book to discover the philosophical matters and issues at the back of the True Blood novels and tv series
  • Adds a brand new measurement in your realizing of True Blood characters and themes
  • The excellent significant other to the beginning of the 3rd season on HBO and the discharge of the second one season on DVD

Smart and entertaining, precise Blood and Philosophy offers food—or blood—for inspiration, and a enjoyable, new strategy to examine the series.

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