My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict's Attempt to Discover if Not Being A Dumb Ass is the New Black; Or, A Culture-Up Manifesto

By Jen Lancaster

Readers have Jen Lancaster via task loss, sucky urban dwelling, weightloss makes an attempt, and Nineteen Eighties nostalgia. Now Jen chronicles her efforts to accomplish cultural enlightenment, with a few hilarious missteps and actual moments of concept alongside the way in which. and he or she does so in any way precious: interpreting canonical literature, viewing vintage motion pictures, attending the opera, gaining knowledge of artisan cheeses, or even enrolling in etiquette sessions to enhance her social graces.

In Jen's nook is a crack crew of specialists, together with web page Six socialites, connoisseur cooks, an opera aficionado, and a grasp sommelier. She may perhaps observe that well-regarded, luxurious smelly cheese tastes precisely as undesirable because it smells, and that her love for Kraft American Singles is eternally. yet one thing's for convinced: Eliza Doolittle's obtained not anything on Jen Lancaster-and failure is an alternative.

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The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers (Philosophy Of Popular Culture)

Many critics agree that Joel and Ethan Coen are some of the most visionary and idiosyncratic filmmaking groups of the final 3 a long time. Combining considerate eccentricity, wry humor, irony, and infrequently brutal violence, the Coen brothers have crafted a mode of filmmaking that can pay tribute to vintage American motion picture genres but continues a exceptionally postmodern believe. considering the fact that arriving at the movie scene, the Coens have collected a powerful physique of labor that has garnered them severe acclaim and a loyal cult following. From Raising Arizona and Fargo to O Brother, the place artwork Thou? and No nation for outdated Men, the Coens have left an unmistakable imprint on Hollywood. The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers investigates philosophical topics within the works of those grasp filmmakers and likewise makes use of their video clips as autos to discover primary ideas of philosophy. The contributing authors talk about recommendations akin to justice, the matter of interpretation, existential role-playing, the philosophy of comedy, the uncertainty precept, and the coldness of modernity. The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers is not only for die-hard Lebowski Fest attendees, yet for somebody who enjoys substantial principles at the huge display.

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The Psychology of Superheroes: An Unauthorized Exploration (Psychology of Popular Culture)

By Robin S. Rosenberg

This newest installment within the Psychology of pop culture sequence turns its concentration to superheroes. Superheroes have survived and interested for greater than 70 years in no small half as a result of their mental depth.

In The Psychology of Superheroes, nearly dozen psychologists get into the heads of today’s preferred and fascinating superheroes. Why do superheroes decide to be superheroes? the place does Spider-Man’s altruism come from, and what does it suggest? Why is there lots prejudice opposed to the X-Men, and the way may well they've got answered to it, except the way in which they did? Why are super-villains so competitive? The Psychology of Superheroes solutions those questions, exploring the internal workings our heroes often in simple terms proportion with their therapists.

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Ultimate Lost and Philosophy: Think Together, Die Alone

By William Irwin

Expanded and up-to-date-the final advisor that explores which means and philosophy of all six seasons of Lost

Lost is greater than only a well known tv convey; it is a complicated exam of significant philosophical questions. What does solid as opposed to evil suggest at the island? Is it a twist of fate that characters John Locke and Desmond David Hume are named after real philosophers? what's the ethics of accountability for Jack?

An action-adventure tale with greater than a marginally of the metaphysical, Lost forces audience to invite tough questions of themselves simply because the tale asks tough questions of its characters. Ultimate Lost and Philosophy is helping you discover the deeper that means and philosophical questions hidden inside each complicated twist and switch within the old show's complete six-season run.

  • Includes each season of Lost, together with 2010's ultimate, hugely expected season
  • Connects occasions at the convey to center philosophical concerns akin to fact, id, and morality
  • Explores a number of exciting themes resembling time travel, freedom, love, and loss

For fanatics of Lost who have an interest in what the exhibit unearths approximately ourselves and the human situation, Ultimate misplaced and Philosophy is an interesting, informative, and enlightening resource.

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I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution

By Craig Marks

Named the best Books of 2011 by means of NPR – Spin - USA Today – CNBC - Pitchfork - The Onion - The Atlantic - The Huffington put up – VEVO - The Boston Globe - The San Francisco Chronicle

For lovers of VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave

Remember the 1st time you observed Michael Jackson dance with zombies in "Thriller"? Diamond Dave karate kick with Van Halen in "Jump"? Tawny Kitaen turning cartwheels on a Jaguar to Whitesnake's "Here i am going Again"? The Beastie Boys spray beer in "(You Gotta) struggle on your correct (To Party)"? Axl Rose step off the bus in "Welcome to the Jungle"?

Remember while All You sought after used to be Your MTV?

It used to be a stunning radical idea-a channel for teens, exhibiting not anything yet track video clips. It was once the sort of radical concept that nearly not anyone concept it's going to truly prevail, less develop into a strength within the worlds of song, tv, movie, type, activities, or even politics. however it did paintings. MTV grew to become greater than an individual had ever imagined.

I wish My MTV tells the tale of the 1st decade of MTV, the golden period whilst MTV's programming was once all video clips, forever, and children watched religiously to determine their favourite bands, know about new song, and feature anything to discuss at events. From its begin in 1981 with a small cache of movies by way of typically unknown British new wave acts to the release of the reality-television craze with The actual World in 1992, MTV grew right into a tastemaker, a profession maker, and a huge business.

Featuring interviews with approximately 400 artists, administrators, VJs, and tv and tune executives, I wish My MTV is a testomony to the channel that modified pop culture forever.

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Global Linguistic Flows: Hip Hop Cultures, Youth Identities, and the Politics of Language

Located on the intersection of sociolinguistics and Hip Hop stories, this state-of-the-art e-book strikes world wide – spanning Africa, Asia, Australia, the Americas and the ecu Union – to discover Hip Hop cultures, adolescence identities, the politics of language, and the simultaneous strategies of globalization and localization. Focusing heavily on language, those students of sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, cultural stories, and demanding pedagogies provide linguistic insights to the starting to be scholarship on Hip Hop tradition, whereas reorienting their respective fields through paying nearer awareness to methods of globalization and localization.

The booklet engages advanced procedures equivalent to transnationalism, (im)migration, cultural movement, and diaspora so one can extend present theoretical techniques to language selection and enterprise, speech sort and stylization, codeswitching and language blending, crossing and sociolinguistic version, and language use and globalization. relocating through the international Hip Hop country, via scenes as various as Hong Kong’s city heart, Germany’s Mannheim inner-city district of Weststadt, the Brazilian favelas, the streets of Lagos and Dar es Salaam, and the hoods of the San Francisco Bay quarter, this worldwide highbrow cipha breaks new floor within the ethnographic research of language and renowned culture.

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Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How Teenage Girls Made a Nation Cool

By Brian Ashcraft, Shoko Ueda

"The schoolgirl is the most driving force of Japan's Gross nationwide Cool, and Brian Ashcraft's ebook is the easiest resource for these hoping to appreciate why." —Chris Baker, WIRED Magazine

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential takes you past the area of daily women to the realm of the long-lasting jap schoolgirl craze that's sweeping the globe.

For years, jap schoolgirls have seemed in hugely-popular anime and manga sequence reminiscent of Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, The depression of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Blood: The final Vampire. those women are actually displaying up everywhere—in videos, magazines, games, advertisements, and track. WIRED journal has saved an eye fixed at the developments rising from those fashionable children, following kick-ass schoolgirl characters in videogames like Street Fighter and murderer schoolgirls in video clips like Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.

By speaking to eastern ladies, together with former and present J-Pop idols, recognized actresses, types, writers, and artists—along with well-known eastern movie administrators, historians and marketers—authors Brian Ashcraft and Shoko Ueda (who have either contributed to WIRED's "Japanese Schoolgirl Watch" columns) demonstrate the real tale in the back of Japan's schoolgirl obsessions.

You'll research the origins of the schoolgirls' strange clothes, and the way they're turning into an international model used to promote every little thing from kimchi to coverage. In Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential, you are going to discover:

  • Sailor-suited pop-idols
  • Cult motion picture vixens
  • Schoolgirl buying energy
  • the most recent uniform fashions

Japanese schoolgirls are an emblem of lady empowerment. Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential indicates why they're so intensely cool. do not omit this crucial e-book at the eastern adolescence tradition craze that's riding state-of-the-art popular culture worldwide.

"Whether your chosen schoolgirl is extra the upstanding heroine Sailor Moon or the vengeful, weapon-wielding Gogo Yubari of Quentin Tarantino's Kill invoice, Vol. 1, you are going to come away good versed." —Publishers Weekly

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Sports Scandals (Scandals in American History)

Cheaters, gamblers, medicines, and violence. Sound just like the most recent action/adventure movie? it truly is probably taking part in in a stadium, ice rink, song box, basketball court docket, or ballpark close to you. we are conversing concerning the larger-than-life scandals that frequently encompass and occasionally engulf the area of activities. overlaying every thing from the little leagues to school activities, this indespensable e-book bargains scholars an exciting, readable advisor to the main infamous scandals in American activities history.

Each bankruptcy makes a speciality of a selected classification of scandal, together with race-related, gender-related, drug-related, violence-related, recruiting and academic-related, and training scandals. Insightful, in-depth entries supply and assessment of the old and cultural context, what happened and who used to be concerned, in addition to the reaction to the scandal. Entries inside of chapters essentially define the variety of viewpoints surrounding the scandal in addition to the linked moral, ethical, and criminal concerns. Highlighting why recreation scandals topic to athletes, to coaches, to groups, to enterprises, to the media, and to the general public, this quantity is a perfect source for either prepared reference and for studying cover-to-cover.

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Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy and Religion in The Matrix

By Glenn Yeffeth

Containing many solutions to the questions posed by means of the 1st 'Matrix' movie, this booklet explores the frontiers of philosophy, know-how and non secular symbolism. It explores the large dilemmas the Wachowski brothers awarded after they gave the motion picture its many layers of which means - fusing myriad philosophical and spiritual issues with futuristic technology and expertise.

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