Category: Popular Culture

  • Download Cultural Criticism: A Primer of Key Concepts by Arthur Asa Berger PDF

    By Arthur Asa Berger

    In this consultant to cultural feedback, Arthur Asa Berger offers advanced innovations in jargon-free language, making the publication a fantastic introductory textual content. It covers the most important theorists, suggestions, and topic components, from literary, sociological and psychoanalytical theories of semiotics and Marxism. Berger brings cultural feedback to existence by way of making those theories appropriate to work out scholars' lives. Illustrating his motives with excerpts from vintage works, Berger offers readers a feeling of the fashion of significant thinkers and is helping position them in context. there's an intensive bibliography with the intention to be a useful source in the event you desire to discover the subjects in better intensity.

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  • Download Inside the Tardis: The Worlds of Doctor Who by James Chapman PDF

    By James Chapman

    During this learn of a tv institution--the first to attract commonly at the complete riches of the BBC Written Archives--James Chapman explores the heritage of Doctor Who from its origins to the current day. He exhibits how the sequence has developed to fulfill altering institutional and cultural contexts, whereas keeping its quirky, eccentric and distinctively British features. And he demonstrates how the construction background of the sequence has allowed it to resume and refresh its layout based on advancements within the wider global of technological know-how fiction.
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  • Download The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year by Andy Cohen PDF

    By Andy Cohen

    A yr within the whirlwind lifetime of the liked pop icon Andy Cohen, in his personal cheeky, candid, and irreverent words

    As a television manufacturer and host of the destroy past due evening convey Watch What occurs Live, Andy Cohen has a entrance row seat to a thrilling global no longer many get to determine. during this dishy, special diary of 1 yr in his lifestyles, Andy is going out in town, drops names, hosts a ton of exhibits, turns into codependent with Real Housewives, makes difficulty, calls his mother, drops a few extra names, and, whereas looking for love, unearths it with a puppy. We study every thing from which famous person peed in her WWHL dressing room to which Housewives are inflicting hassle and the way. not anything is off limits – together with courting. We see Andy at domestic and with shut family and friends (including his loved and unforgettable mom). all through, Andy tells us not just what is going down, yet precisely what he thinks approximately it. encouraged through the diaries of one other celebrity-obsessed Andy (Warhol), this sincere, irreverent, and laugh-out-loud humorous publication is a exclusive account of the whos and whats of popular culture within the twenty first century.
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  • Download Inception and Philosophy: Because It's Never Just a Dream by David K. Johnson PDF

    By David K. Johnson

    A philosophical examine the motion picture Inception and its very good metaphysical puzzles

    Is the head nonetheless spinning? used to be all of it a dream? on the planet of Christopher Nolan's four-time Academy Award-winning motion picture, humans can proportion one another's goals and change their ideals and ideas. Inception is a metaphysical heist movie that increases extra questions than it solutions: do we be aware of what's genuine? are you able to be held morally accountable for what you do in desires? what's the nature of desires, and what do they let us know in regards to the obstacles of "self" and "other"? From Plato to Aristotle and from Descartes to Hume, Inception and Philosophy attracts from vital philosophical minds to shed new mild at the movie's beautiful issues, together with the one who everybody talks approximately: did the pinnacle crumple (and does it even matter)?

    Explores the movie's key questions and issues, together with how we will be able to inform if we're dreaming or conscious, the way to make feel of a paradox, and even if inception is possible

    provides new insights into the character of unfastened will, time, goals, and the subconscious mind

    Discusses assorted interpretations of the movie, and even if philosophy may also help make clear that's the "right one"

    Deepens your knowing of the movie's multi-layered plot and dream-infiltrating characters, together with Dom Cobb, Arthur, Mal, Ariadne, Eames, Saito, and Yusuf

    an important significant other for each committed Inception fan, this publication will increase your event of the Inception universe and its advanced dreamscape.
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  • Download In Search of Pipe Dreams by Rick Newcombe PDF

    By Rick Newcombe

    Tales of pipe-smoking's maximum craftspeople intertwine with suggestion and remark in those essays at the artwork of pipe smoking. whereas exploring pipe craftsmanship around the globe, those writings mix stories of the author's visits to Europe's such a lot prestigious pipe-makers with a glance at pipe-smoking's heritage and the hobby's most renowned practitioners, together with Albert Einstein, Norman Rockwell, and Mark Twain. Interviews with outdated global craftspeople offer perception into the fragile and private craft of pipe-making, and a treatise on pipe-smoking's stress-free advantages intermingles with recommendation on easy methods to smoke, purchase, holiday in, fresh, and use a pipe to deal with the frantic speed of the twenty first century. incorporates a sixteen web page colour photograph insert.
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  • Download The Philosophy of Spike Lee (The Philosophy of Popular by Mark T. Conard PDF

    By Mark T. Conard

    Over his twenty-plus yr tenure in Hollywood, Spike Lee has produced a couple of arguable motion pictures that unapologetically confront delicate social concerns, rather these of race family and discrimination. via his sincere portrayals of life's social hindrances, he demanding situations the general public to mirror at the world's difficulties and divisions. The cutting edge director created a reputation for himself with characteristic movies resembling Do the correct factor (1989) and Malcolm X (1992), and with documentaries equivalent to four Little ladies (1997) and whilst the Levees Broke (2006), breaking with Hollywood's reliance on cultural stereotypes to painting African americans in a extra life like mild. The director keeps to supply poignant motion pictures that tackle a few of glossy society's most vital historic routine and events.

    In The Philosophy of Spike Lee, editor Mark T. Conard and a magnificent record of participants delve into the wealthy philosophy at the back of this filmmaker's wide paintings. not just do they examine the most important issues of race and discrimination that permeate Lee's productions, but in addition study different philosophical rules which are present in his motion pictures, principles reminiscent of the character of time, transcendence, ethical motivation, self-constitution, and justice. The authors specialise in quite a few educational disciplines that diversity from African American experiences to literary and cultural feedback and Philosophy.
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  • Download Retro Mania! by Judi Watanabe, Alison Eads, Laurie Dewberry PDF

    By Judi Watanabe, Alison Eads, Laurie Dewberry

    Every thing previous is new back. We're speaking unfashionable - and crafters can't get sufficient of this significant pattern. unfashionable Mania! is the 1st e-book to teach how you can use the trendy photographs and photographs from everyone's favorite a long time. Readers will locate: 50 tasks that characteristic well known decade-inspired motifs, similar to the swellegant 40s, the exceptional 50s, the psychedelic 60s and the groovy 70s; trendy rules for card making, rubber stamping, scrapbooking, paper crafts and extra; enjoyable evidence approximately every one period and tips about customizing each venture even if the temper is hip, swinging or funky, this identify is bound to jive with crafters of any event and age - together with teenagers and teens.
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  • Download The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams (The Philosophy of Popular by Robert Arp, Patricia Brace PDF

    By Robert Arp, Patricia Brace

    American auteur Jeffrey Jacob "J. J." Abrams's genius for developing densely plotted scripts has gained him wide advertisement and significant good fortune in television indicates reminiscent of Felicity (1998--2002), Emmy-nominated Alias (2001--2006), Emmy and Golden Globe-winning misplaced (2004--2010), and the severely acclaimed Fringe (2008--2013). additionally, his course in motion pictures reminiscent of Cloverfield (2008), great eight (2011), and the recent challenge very unlikely and famous person Trek motion pictures has left fanatics eagerly looking ahead to his revival of the big name Wars franchise. As a author, director, manufacturer, and composer, Abrams seamlessly combines geek charm with blockbuster instinct, leaving a particular stamp on all of his paintings and developing him as one among Tinsel Town's such a lot influential visionaries.

    In The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams, editors Patricia L. Brace and Robert Arp gather the 1st choice of essays to spotlight the philosophical insights of the Hollywood giant's profitable occupation. The filmmaker addresses a various diversity of issues in his onscreen targets, together with such matters as own id in an more and more impersonal digitized global, the morality of terrorism, bioethics, friendship, relations legal responsibility, and loose will.

    Utilizing Abrams's scope of labor as a touchstone, this entire quantity is a consultant for enthusiasts in addition to scholars of movie, media, and tradition. The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams is an important contribution to pop culture scholarship, drawing cognizance to the brain at the back of probably the most provocative tv and picture plots of our day.
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  • Download The Philosophy of the Western (The Philosophy of Popular by Jennifer L. McMahon, B. Steve Csaki PDF

    By Jennifer L. McMahon, B. Steve Csaki

    The western is arguably the main iconic and influential style in American cinema. The solitude of the lone rider, the loyalty of his horse, and the unstated code of the West render the style well known but lead it to supply a view of America's heritage that's occasionally misguided. for plenty of, the western embodies the United States and its values. in recent times, students had declared the western style lifeless, yet a gentle resurgence of western issues in literature, movie, and tv has reestablished the style as the most important.

    In The Philosophy of the Western, editors Jennifer L. McMahon and B. Steve Csaki study philosophical topics within the western style. Investigating topics of nature, ethics, identification, gender, environmentalism, and animal rights, the essays draw from quite a lot of westerns together with the hot well known and significant successes Unforgiven (1992), All the gorgeous Horses (2000), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), and No nation for outdated Men (2007), in addition to literature and tv serials resembling Deadwood. The Philosophy of the Western unearths the effect of the western at the American psyche, filling a void within the present scholarship of the genre.


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  • Download Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings by Ron Burgundy PDF

    By Ron Burgundy

    The autobiography each real American has been watching for: a surprisingly candid and uncooked confessional from a countrywide treasure.

    From his humble beginnings in a desolate Iowa coal mining city, his years at Our girl Queen of Chewbacca highschool to his odds-defying climb to the dizzying heights of changing into America’s such a lot relied on and loved tv information Anchor, Ron Burgundy pulls no punches in allow Me Off on the most sensible!

    In his personal phrases Burgundy finds his such a lot inner most strategies, his triumphs and his disappointments. His existence reads like an event tale entire with knock down fights, attractive ladies and double-fisted pleasure on each web page. He has hunted jackalopes with Bobby Kennedy and Peter Lawford, had greater than his proportion of his amorous exploits, and shaped the best on-air group within the historical past of televised information. alongside the best way, he hobnobbed with humans you need you knew and a few you truthfully want you didn't -- celebrities, presidents, presidents' other halves, celebrities' other halves, canines, and, after all Veronica Corningstone, the affection of his lifestyles. Walter Cronkite, Barbra Streisand, Katie Couric, the record is going on. Who didn’t Mr. Burgundy, or “Ron” as he's recognized to his pals, rub elbows with during his colourful and infrequently legal existence?

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    Ron Burgundy has taken the time to jot down a publication. We owe it to him, as sincere americans, to learn it.
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