Gothic Realities: The Impact of Horror Fiction on Modern Culture

By L. Andrew Cooper

Eighteenth-century critics believed Gothic fiction might encourage deviant sexuality, instill heretical ideals, and inspire delinquent violence--this booklet places those ideals to the try out. After studying the assumptions in the back of critics' fears, it considers nineteenth-century matters approximately sexual deviance, displaying how Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dorian grey, and different works helped build homosexuality as a pathological, risky phenomenon. It then turns to tv and picture, relatively Buffy the Vampire Slayer and David DeCoteau's direct-to-video video clips, to track Gothicized sexuality's lasting influence. relocating to heretical ideals, Gothic Realities surveys ghost tales from Dickens's A Christmas Carol to Poltergeist, articulating the relationships among fiction and the "real" supernatural. ultimately, it considers connections among Gothic horror and real-world violence, specially the tragedies at Columbine and Virginia Tech.

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U2 and Philosophy: How to Decipher an Atomic Band (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Mark A. Wrathall

Is it attainable to be a devoted Christian and a rock famous person? Can political activists make stable track? Do highly winning rock bands really care approximately AIDS and poverty in Africa, or is it simply one other image-enhancing schtick? U2 and Philosophy ponders those and different seeming dichotomies within the occupation of the Irish supergroup. For over 20 years, U2 has been one of many greatest acts in rock song. They’ve produced over a dozen platinum and multiplatinum documents and gained 15 Grammy Awards. Critics all over have praised the band’s considerate, complicated lyrics and the artistry in their track. even as, Bono, the group’s lead singer, has devoted himself to political and social factors, blurring the road among rock superstar and revered statesman. delivering clean perception into the band’s track and activism, those thought-provoking essays permits lovers to find philosophy throughout the eyes of U2, and rediscover U2 in the course of the eyes of philosophers.

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Watching Anime, Reading Manga: 25 Years of Essays and Reviews

By Fred Patten

Anime’s effect are available in each nook of yankee media, from movie and tv to video games and photograph arts. And Fred Patten is basically accountable. He was once interpreting manga and gazing anime prior to many of the present new release of enthusiasts used to be born. in truth, it was once his lively participation in fan golf equipment and his prolific journal writing that helped create a marketplace and construct American anime fandom into the colourful group it truly is at the present time. Watching Anime, analyzing Manga gathers jointly a quarter-century of Patten’s lucid observations at the company of anime, fandom, artists, eastern society and the main influential titles. Illustrated with unique fanzine covers and archival images. Foreword through Carl Macek (Robotech).

Fred Patten lives in Los Angeles.

"Watching Anime, examining Manga is a precious addition for your library; it makes reliable rest room looking, cover-to-cover interpreting, and a precious reference for writing or learning anime and manga, let alone a window into the heritage of fandom within the United States." -- SF Site


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The Secret History of Wonder Woman

By Jill Lepore

Wonder girl, created in 1941, on the point of global warfare II, is the most well-liked girl superhero of all time. other than Superman and Batman, she has lasted the longest and commanded the main monstrous and wildly passionate following. like any different superhero, ask yourself girl has a mystery id. in contrast to others, she additionally has a mystery history. 

In Jill Lepore’s riveting paintings of old detection, ask yourself Woman’s tale offers the lacking hyperlink within the heritage of the fight for women’s rights—a chain of occasions that starts off with the women’s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the afflicted position of feminism a century later. 

This variation encompasses a new afterword with clean revelations in line with by no means earlier than noticeable letters and images from the Marston family’s papers.

With 161 illustrations and sixteen pages in complete color

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Basketball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Paint (The Philosophy of Popular Culture)

By Jerry L. Walls, Gregory Bassham

What can the movie Hoosiers educate us concerning the that means of existence? How can old japanese knowledge traditions, comparable to Taoism and Zen Buddhism, increase our jump-shots? What can the "Zen Master" (Phil Jackson) and the "Big Aristotle" (Shaquille O'Neal) educate us approximately sustained excellence and good fortune? Is women's basketball "better" basketball? How, ethically, may still one care for a strategic cheater in pickup basketball? With NBA and NCAA group rosters regularly altering, what does it suggest to play for the "same team"? What can training legends Dean Smith, Rick Pitino, Pat Summitt, and Mike Krzyzewski educate us approximately personality, fulfillment, and festival? What makes basketball this kind of attractive video game to observe and play?

Basketball is now the preferred staff activity within the usa; every year, greater than 50 million americans attend collage and professional basketball video games. whilst Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, first nailed peach baskets on the contrary ends of a Springfield, Massachusetts, health club in 1891, he had little suggestion of ways completely the sport could form American -- and foreign -- tradition. Hoops superstars equivalent to Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Yao Ming at the moment are immediately well-known celebrities all around the planet. So what can a bunch of philosophers upload to the knowledge of basketball? it's a particularly easy online game, yet as Kant and Dennis Rodman cherished to assert, appearances might be deceiving. trainer Phil Jackson actively makes use of philosophy to enhance participant functionality and to encourage and encourage his workforce and his fellow coaches, either off and on the court docket. Jackson has built-in philosophy into his training and his own lifestyles so completely that it is usually tough to differentiate his position as a basketball trainer from his position as a philosophical advisor and mentor to his gamers.

In Basketball and Philosophy, a Dream crew of twenty-six basketball lovers, so much of whom additionally ensue to be philosophers, proves that basketball is the considering person's activity. they appear at what occurs while the Tao meets the hardwood as they discover the teamwork, endurance, selflessness, and balanced and harmonious motion that make up the paintings of enjoying basketball.

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Justified and Philosophy: Shoot First, Think Later (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Robert Arp

The sharp-shooting authors in Justified and Philosophy take target at some of the similar philosophical difficulties that the Justified television sequence grapples with. for example, is Tim Olyphant's personality, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, morally justified in utilizing his Wild-Wild-West-style vigilante strategies to wash up Harlan County, Kentucky? in the end, the meth buyers, thieves, murderers, and different low-life scumbags all deserve what is coming to them, correct? now not so speedy, Quick-Draw McGraw! What in regards to the legislation? What a few thorough and whole research of issues ahead of shelling out so-called "justice"? What in regards to the thought of the punishment becoming the crime?

Deputy Marshal Givens wears a white hat and fights the "bad men" so he needs to be a "good guy," correct? His competitors are violent drug purchasers, white supremacists, and thieves. Givens includes a badge, but if he shoots or kills humans, is it usually justified? What different selection does he have? might the other strategy be as potent in rural jap Kentucky the place illegal activity is among the few possible concepts for being profitable? the various chapters delve right into a number of attention-grabbing philosophical issues that emerge during this modern day cowboy show.

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Bitch, Issue 63: Tough (Summer 2014)

Letter from the HQ

Letters & Comments

Love It/Shove It

The whinge List

Rigged approach: girls truck drivers are paving their very own method via a regularly adversarial | Roxanna Asgarian

Tough Love: Our advanced emotions approximately innovative icons | Shafiqah Hudson

Portrait of the Artist as a tender Activist: the 1st woman member of the Black Panther get together seems again | Allan Ford

Out of personality: Why the newest transformation of ask yourself girl has fanatics involved | Stevie St. John

Male name: a talk approximately masculinity and violence with Byron harm and Jackson Katz | Jesse Fruhwirth

Precious Mettle: the parable of the robust black lady | Tamara Winfrey Harris

Against the Ropes: for ladies boxers, it's a struggle simply to get within the ring | Sarah Brown

Words to stay by way of: Why is it so uncomfortable whilst girls problem conventional melanoma narratives? | Sara Black McCulloch

Mass marketplace: Latina authors plot a feminist takeover of chick-lit | Aya de León and Sofia Quintero

Out from the Shadows: The growing to be visibility of household employees onscreen and rancid | Sheila Bapat

Everlasting Love: Why Courtney Love nonetheless concerns | Jessica Machado

Adventures in Feministory: Phoolan Devi by means of Donna Choi

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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 likely one of the most vital American filmmakers within the heritage of cinema. even though top identified for his video clips approximately gangsters and violence, equivalent to suggest Streets, Goodfellas, on line casino, and Taxi motive force, Scorsese has addressed a much broader variety of topics and subject matters within the 4 a long time of his occupation. within the Philosophy of Martin Scorsese, a magnificent forged of members explores the complicated issues and philosophical underpinnings of Martin Scorsese's movies. The essays bearing on Scorsese's motion pictures approximately crime and violence examine the character of friendship, the ethics of vigilantism, and the character of sadness. The authors delve deeply into the minds of Scorsese's tortured characters and discover how the lads and ladies he depicts grapple with ethical codes and their feelings. a number of of the essays discover particular subject matters in person motion pictures. 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 lifeless, and the complexities of innovation and ambition within the Aviator. different chapters within the assortment research greater philosophical questions. In an international the place every little thing should be interpreted as significant, Scorsese now and then makes use of his motion pictures to coach audiences in regards to the which means in lifestyles past the typical international depicted within the cinema. for instance, his motion pictures concerning non secular matters, akin to 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 elementary questions about our humanity and the way we relate to each other in a fancy world.

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Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film

By Patton Oswalt

The instant big apple occasions bestseller from writer, comic and actor Patton Oswalt, a “heartfelt and hilarious” (USA TODAY) memoir approximately coming of age as a performer in the course of the past due Nineteen Nineties whereas obsessively gazing vintage motion pictures at a mythical theater in la. “[Oswalt has] a suite of synapses like a pinball computer and a prose type to compare” (The New York Times).

Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakable habit. It wasn’t medicines, alcohol, or intercourse: it was once movie. After relocating to la, Oswalt turned a major movie buff (or as he calls it, a sprocket fiend), soaking up classics, cult hits, and new releases on the recognized New Beverly Cinema. Silver reveal celluloid grew to become Patton’s existence schoolbook, informing his inspiration of appearing, writing, comedy, and relationships.

Set within the nascent days of LA’s substitute comedy scene, Silver display Fiend chronicles Oswalt’s trip from fledgling slapstick comedian to confident sitcom actor, with the colourful New Beverly collective and a forged of now-notable younger comedians helping him all alongside the way in which. “Clever and readable...Oswalt’s encyclopedic wisdom and frothing enthusiasm for movies (from smooth noir classics, to gory B video clips, to cliché-riddled independents, to special empty blockbusters) is relentlessly current, whirring within the history like a projector” (The Boston Globe). greater than a memoir, this is often “a love tune to the silver monitor” (Paste Magazine).

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Classic Video Games: The Golden Age 1971-1984 (Shire Library USA)

Within the early Seventies, video arcade video games sprung to existence with the arrival of Pong and different coin-operated video games. inside quite a few brief years, in the event you had 1 / 4, you'll visit the video arcade and play house Invaders, Asteroids, or Pac-Man. should you have been fortunate adequate to have an Atari process connected in your tv, you'll play Frogger or Galaga at domestic. via the early Nineteen Eighties, arcade and games have been entrenched as a popular culture phenomenon, with avid gamers spending hours in arcades racking up as many issues as attainable. Arcade video games have been in all places: eating places, bowling alleys, department shops, grocery stores--anywhere that may accommodate a three-foot via five-foot desktop. yet, simply once the phenomenon all started, it morphed into whatever else with the appearance of handheld video games and extra subtle home-gaming platforms. Brian Eddy, former government director, manufacturer, and programmer for halfway video games, lines the evolution of arcade games in vintage games, giving readers an inside of examine the stratospheric rise--and collapse--of the undefined. Readers will reminisce approximately their favourite video games, similar to Centipede, Ms. Pac-Man, Tron, and famous person Wars as they relive the consideration days of the vintage game rage of the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Eighties.

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