Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street

By Michael Davis

The big apple Times bestselling account of the tale in the back of some of the most influential, sturdy, and loved indicates within the historical past of tv: Sesame Street, relocating to HBO this fall

“Davis tracks down each Sesame anecdote and each Sesame character in his e-book . . . eventually, we get to the touch massive Bird's feathers.” —The manhattan instances booklet Review

Sesame Street is the longest-running-and arguably such a lot cherished- kid's tv software ever created. at the present time, it reaches a few six million preschoolers weekly within the usa and numerous others in a hundred and forty nations around the globe.

Street Gang is the compelling, comical, and encouraging tale of a media masterpiece and pop-culture landmark. tv reporter and columnist Michael Davis-with the entire participation of Joan Ganz Cooney, one of many show's founders-unveils the idealistic personalities, a long time of social and cultural swap, tales of compassion and private sacrifice, and excellent efforts of writers, manufacturers, administrators, and puppeteers that jointly reworked an empty soundstage into the main recognizable block of genuine property in tv historical past.

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The Ages of Iron Man: Essays on the Armored Avenger in Changing Times

By Joseph J. Darowski

Billionaire industrialist, chilly warrior, guns fashion designer, alcoholic, philanthropist, Avenger--Tony Stark, alter-ego of surprise Comics' Iron guy, has performed many jobs in his 5 a long time as a superhero. From his 1963 comics debut in Tales of Suspense to the hot movie adaptations--The Avengers(2012), Iron guy 3(2013)--hundreds of creators have had a hand in writing the nature with evolving depictions and exact creative types. This number of essays offers an historic assessment of a major determine in American pop culture and an in depth analyzing of Iron Man's such a lot iconic tale strains, together with his foundation in Vietnam, "Demon in a Bottle," "Civil War," and "Extremis".

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Forró and Redemptive Regionalism from the Brazilian Northeast: Popular Music in a Culture of Migration (Latin America)

For the numerous terrible and working-class Northeastern Brazilians who've been displaced from their domestic zone for fiscal purposes, the track of forró is a redemptive try at setting up an immanent dating to heritage and neighborhood within the diaspora. The redemption explored during this publication is multifaceted, together with a wish to go back domestic as a part of a bigger crew in a sustainable economic climate, the need to determine the region’s wealthy tradition celebrated all through Brazil, and to make sure that its conventional legacies are either preserved and additional enriched via respectful innovation. the intense perceptiveness of forró musicians in portraying the diasporic event of Northeastern Brazilians is elaborated in a variety of chapters, together with: one bankruptcy considering lyrical, musical, and collective representations or manifestations of diasporic nostalgia (saudade), one other bankruptcy interpreting the lyrico-musical illustration of rural staff’ alienation from - and resistance to - existence within the city facilities, and a 3rd bankruptcy which contextualizes forró’s descriptions of the studies of Brazil’s inner migrants, using an array of testimonials and educational reviews almost about interregional migration to bare either the knowledge of forró lyricists and a few in their blind spots. The learn additionally encompasses a ancient research of this Northeastern genre’s transformation from a rhythm known as baião that symbolically represented the Northeast as an easy, coherent entity, to forró, a extra allegorical illustration with a better appreciation for the category, gender, racial, and generational complexity of the area. the improvement of the style, in addition to the move of idea with regards to cultural creation and identification, are contextualized in an international economic climate.

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Led Zeppelin and Philosophy: All Will Be Revealed (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Led Zeppelin, who bestrode the realm of rock like a colossus, have always grown in attractiveness and impact seeing that their respectable polishing off in 1980. They exasperated critics and eluded category, synthesizing blues, rock, folks, rockabilly, funk, classical, nation, Indian, and Arabic options. They played the alchemical trick of transmuting base led into gold—and platinum—and diamond. They did what they'd, discovering knowledge via own extra and creative self-discipline.

“Not a coda to Zeppelin’s legacy, yet a blast of metaphysical graffiti as appropriate at the present time because the first time we heard the hole chords of ‘Stairway to Heaven’. From Kant to ‘Kashmir’, from Freud to ‘Fool within the Rain’, Calef and corporate discover Zeppelin’s song in an introspective, suggestive demeanour necessary of either a blistering web page solo and a bawdy Bonham stomp.”

—BRANDON W. FORBES, co-editor of Radiohead and Philosophy

“Led Zeppelin’s albums, personalities, reside performances, paintings, myths, affects, and extra, all come less than the microscope. Compelling insights and observations upload extra intensity to an issue that keeps to delight and encourage. every one bankruptcy is pushed by way of an unquenchable thirst for Zeppelin wisdom and pulls the reader deeper into the realm of Led Zeppelin . . .”

—DAVE LEWIS, editor, Tight yet Loose

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The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese (The Philosophy of Popular Culture)

By Mark T. Conard

Academy Award--winning director Martin Scorsese is without doubt one of the most vital American filmmakers within the background of cinema. even supposing most sensible recognized for his videos approximately gangsters and violence, comparable to suggest Streets, Goodfellas, on line casino, and Taxi motive force, Scorsese has addressed a wider variety of issues and issues within the 4 a long time of his profession. within the Philosophy of Martin Scorsese, a magnificent solid of individuals explores the complicated subject matters and philosophical underpinnings of Martin Scorsese's movies. The essays referring to Scorsese's motion pictures approximately crime and violence examine the character of friendship, the ethics of vigilantism, and the character of disappointment. The authors delve deeply into the minds of Scorsese's tortured characters and discover how the boys and ladies he depicts grapple with ethical codes and their feelings. a number of of the essays discover particular issues in person movies. The authors describe how Scorsese addresses the nuances of social mores and values within the Age of Innocence, the character of temptation and self-sacrifice within the final Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the useless, and the complexities of innovation and ambition within the Aviator. different chapters within the assortment research higher philosophical questions. In a global the place every thing could be interpreted as significant, Scorsese every now and then makes use of his motion pictures to educate audiences concerning the which means in existence past the typical global depicted within the cinema. for instance, his movies concerning non secular topics, reminiscent of Kundun and The final Temptation of Christ, let the director to discover spiritualism and peaceable methods of responding to the chaos within the world.Filled with penetrating insights on Scorsese's physique of labor, The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese indicates the director enticing with a number of the most simple questions about our humanity and the way we relate to each other in a fancy world.

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Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes, and Trends of the 70s and 80s

By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, Brian Bellmont

For those who owe a pair cavities to Marathon sweet bars, realized your adverbs from Schoolhouse Rock!, and will nonetheless imitate the slo-mo bionic operating sound of The Six Million buck Man, this booklet is for you.

Whatever occurred to Pudding Pops? takes you again in time to the tastes, smells, and sounds of adolescence within the '70s and '80s, while the secret Date board online game did not look sexist, and exploding Pop Rocks used to be the epitome of sweet technological know-how.

yet what occurred to the toys, tastes, and tendencies of our adolescence? a few vanished absolutely, like Freakies cereal. a few stayed round, yet pale from the highlight, like Sea-Monkeys and Shrinky Dinks. a few have been yanked from the industry, revised, and reintroduced...but you will have to learn the publication to determine which of them.

So turn up the collar of that polo blouse and revisit with us the honor and the disgrace of these goofy a long time just a local may well love.

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World of Warcraft and Philosophy: Wrath of the Philosopher King (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Recognized via the Guinness ebook of worldwide Records because the most well liked mmog (massively multiplayer on-line role-playing video game) in videogame historical past, World of Warcraft is all over — from episodes of South Park and The Simpsons, to on-line sequence like Watch the Guild, accolades and awards from video game critics, and prime-time ads with Mr. T. unavoidably, this kind of cultural phenomenon triggers deeper questions. while does an assumed identification develop into genuine? Does the Corrupted Blood epidemic warn us of destiny public overall healthiness catastrophes? What are the risks while genuine existence is invaded via occasions within the online game? What can our personal global research from Azeroth’s combination of primitivism and high-tech? In those vigorous essays, a specifically commissioned guild of philosophers, together with Yara Mitsuishi, Monica Evans, Tim Christopher, and Anna Janssen, tackles those and different complicated questions bobbing up from WoW.

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Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past

One of The Telegraph's most sensible track Books 2011

We reside in a pop age long past loco for unfashionable and loopy for commemoration. Band re-formations and reunion excursions, multiplied reissues of vintage albums and outtake-crammed field units, remakes and sequels, tribute albums and mash-ups . . . yet what occurs once we run out of earlier? Are we heading towards a kind of culturalecological disaster the place the archival circulate of dad heritage has been exhausted?

Simon Reynolds, one of many most interesting track writers of his iteration, argues that we have got certainly reached a tipping element, and that even though previous eras had their very own obsessions with antiquity―the Renaissance with its admiration for Roman and Greek classicism, the Gothic movement's invocations of medievalism―never has there been a society so captivated with the cultural artifacts of its personal fast prior. Retromania is the 1st publication to ascertain the unfashionable and ask the query: is that this retromania a loss of life knell for any originality and strong point of our own?

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Elements of Wit: Mastering the Art of Being Interesting

By Benjamin Errett

Got wit?

We’ve all been in that scenario the place we have to say anything shrewdpermanent, yet harmless; clever sufficient to teach a few intelligence, with no displaying off; anything humorous, yet now not a comic story. What we'd like in that second is wit—that gleaming blend of appeal, humor, self belief, and so much of all, the precise phrases on the correct time.

Elements of Wit is a fascinating ebook that brings jointly the best wits of our time, and former ones from Oscar Wilde to Nora Ephron, Winston Churchill to Christopher Hitchens, Mae West to Louis CK, and plenty of in between.

With chapters overlaying the basic components of wit, this primer sheds gentle on how anyone—introverts, extroverts, wallflowers, and bon vivants—can locate the fitting zinger, quip, parry, or retort…or at the least be slightly extra attention-grabbing.

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Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords

An in-depth examine the philosophical matters at the back of HBO's Game of Thrones tv sequence and the books that encouraged it

George R.R. Martin's New York Times bestselling epic fable publication sequence, A track of Ice and hearth, and the HBO tv exhibit tailored from it, have earned severe acclaim and encouraged enthusiast devotion. This booklet delves into the various philosophical questions that come up during this advanced, character-driven sequence, together with: Is it correct for a "good" king to usurp the throne of a "bad" one and homicide his kinfolk? How a long way if you happen to visit defend your loved ones and its secrets and techniques? In a myth universe with medieval mores and ethics, can lady characters replicate smooth feminist ideals?

  • Timed for the most efficient of the second one season of the HBO Game of Thrones series
  • Gives new views at the characters, storylines, and subject matters of Game of Thrones
  • Draws on nice philosophers from historic Greece to trendy the United States to discover fascinating themes similar to the unknown creatures of Westeros, the incestuous dating of Jaime and Cersei Lannister, and what the kings of Westeros can exhibit us approximately advantage and honor (or the inability thereof) as they play their online game of thrones

Essential studying for fanatics, Game of Thrones and Philosophy will increase your event of your favourite medieval delusion series.

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