We Dropped a Bomb on You: The Best of Slake I-IV

Cofounded by means of former LA Weekly editor Joe Donnelly and present Los Angeles Times Arts and leisure editor Laurie Ochoa, Slake is a literary magazine that units a brand new template for the subsequent new release of print guides — collectible, now not disposable; destined for the bedside desk rather than the recycling bin. it is a entire new means of taking a look at l. a. and the area. We Dropped a Bomb on You is a devastating compendium of essays, fiction, and photograph essays from the 1st 4 problems with Slake. that includes formerly unpublished paintings through Mark Z. Danielewski, Dana Goodyear, Gregory Bojorquez, Jonathan Gold, Richard Lange, and Iris Berry, this assortment marks a go back to storytelling with polished essay, memoir, fiction, poetry, and profile writing that's disappearing in an international of immediate takes and unfiltered opinion.

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Mr. Monk and Philosophy: The Curious Case of the Defective Detective (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By D. E. Wittkower

Neatly prepared, Mr. Monk and Philosophy makes use of philosophy to discover extra concerning the exceptional obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk. With the assistance of history’s maximum thinkers, readers examine who Monk rather is, why he's the best way he's, and what they could examine from him. Chapters deal with such issues as Mr. Monk’s specified use of good judgment, how every body makes use of their very own phobias and idiosyncrasies to navigate a threatening international, and what Monk says approximately what it skill to be a hero (albeit a fallacious one). Monk's relationships obtain designated cognizance: his commitment to his overdue spouse, Trudy, teaches us approximately romantic partnership, whereas his relationships with Sharona and Natalie demonstrate the significance of friendship in facing sickness, demise, and tragedy.

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American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture

By Kyle William Bishop

Zombie tales are primarily American, because the creature used to be born within the New international and capabilities as a reminder of the atrocities of colonialism and slavery. The voodoo-based zombie movies of the Nineteen Thirties and '40s show deep-seated racist attitudes and imperialist paranoia, however the contagious, cannibalistic zombie horde invasion narrative verified by way of George A. Romero has even higher singularity. This booklet presents a cultural and demanding research of the cinematic zombie culture, beginning with its origins in Haitian folklore and monitoring the advance of the subgenre into the twenty-first century. heavily studying such influential works as Victor Halperin's White Zombie, Jacques Tourneur's I Walked with a Zombie, Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2, Dan O'Bannon's The go back of the dwelling Dead, Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, and, after all, Romero's whole "Dead" sequence, it establishes where of zombies within the Gothic culture.

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Jeopardy! and Philosophy: What is Knowledge in the Form of a Question? (Popular Culture & Philosophy)

Since its debut in 1964, Jeopardy! has been one among America’s favourite and longest-running daylight hours quiz exhibits. It turns the question-answer structure of conventional quiz indicates on its head and calls for contestants to pose right inquiries to solutions in chosen different types. whereas mining details and evidence from Alchemy to Zoology, Jeopardy!, is a uniquely highbrow, erudite, and difficult daylight hours tv software. some distance past wonderful its lovers with nail-biting contests of data, reminiscence, and velocity, all of it yet calls for them to take part. Few humans watch Jeopardy! with no urgent an invisible button and blurting out inquiries to their television screen.

Because of this own and highbrow funding, so much Jeopardy! enthusiasts are religious. observing the convey is valued as a regular ritual during which actual highbrow ability and encyclopedic wisdom (as against skinny Hollywood depictions comparable to these in Big Bang Theory or Rain Man) will not be simply revered and positioned within the highlight, but additionally rewarded with nationwide status and prize winnings. Champion Ken Jennings (who contributes to this quantity) has gained over 3 million funds and remained champion seventy-four instances. if you include Jeopardy! as an highbrow oasis within the arid barren region of pop culture, it's the geeks who shall inherit the earth.

Jeopardy!’s get together of mind and forward-thinking is definitely well-known all through pop culture and between all age teams. Ken Jennings, Chuck Forrest, and different all-time champions are close to celebrities, whereas the express itself on a regular basis reaches out via unique tournaments to diversified segments of yank tradition, similar to actors and musicians (Celebrity Jeopardy!), high-school and school scholars (Teen event and faculty Championship Jeopardy!) and senior voters (Senior event Jeopardy!). nonetheless, regardless of its frequent recognize and, a few could bitch, conceited self-respect, neither the express nor its lovers take themselves too heavily. Jokes approximately host Alex Trebek’s hair and well-known parodies of Jeopardy! on Saturday evening Live are as primary as bizarre Al Yankovic’s MTV-mainstay “I misplaced on Jeopardy!” (to the song of “Our Love’s in Jeopardy”):

Don't understand what i used to be thinkin' of,
I bet I simply wasn't too bright.
Well, I yes desire I do better
Next weekend on The rate Is Right.

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South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today (The Blackwell Philosophy & Pop Culture Series)

By Robert Arp

For those who imagine Saddam and devil make a kinky couple, wait until you get a load of South Park and Philosophy. Get your massive Wheels prepared, simply because we are going for a journey, as 22 philosophers take us down the line to figuring out the big-picture matters during this small mountain city. * a sensible and candid examine one in all television's so much subversive and debatable indicates, celebrating its tenth anniversary this 12 months * attracts shut parallels among the irreverent nature of South Park and the inquiring and skeptical method of philosophy * Addresses the perennial questions of the express, and the modern social and political concerns that encourage each one episode * makes use of favourite characters and episodes to demonstrate subject matters corresponding to ethical relativism, freedom of expression, homosexual marriage, blasphemy, democracy, feminism, animal ethics, existential questions and masses extra * makes you snicker out loud

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The Philosophy of Spike Lee (The Philosophy of Popular Culture)

By Mark T. Conard

Over his twenty-plus yr tenure in Hollywood, Spike Lee has produced a few arguable movies that unapologetically confront delicate social matters, fairly these of race family members 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 leading edge director created a reputation for himself with function movies similar to Do the precise Thing (1989) and Malcolm X (1992), and with documentaries similar to 4 Little Girls (1997) and When the Levees Broke (2006), breaking with Hollywood's reliance on cultural stereotypes to painting African americans in a extra life like mild. The director maintains to provide poignant motion pictures that handle a few of glossy society's most crucial historic pursuits and events.

In The Philosophy of Spike Lee, editor Mark T. Conard and a magnificent record of members delve into the wealthy philosophy at the back of this filmmaker's huge paintings. not just do they study the key topics of race and discrimination that permeate Lee's productions, but additionally learn different philosophical rules which are present in his movies, principles akin to the character of time, transcendence, ethical motivation, self-constitution, and justice. The authors specialise in various educational disciplines that variety from African American reviews to literary and cultural feedback and Philosophy.

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Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad

By Brett Martin

A riveting and revealing examine the indicates that helped cable tv drama turn out to be the signature paintings type of the twenty-first century.  
within the past due Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s, the panorama of tv all started an unparalleled transformation. whereas the networks endured to chase the bottom universal denominator, a wave of latest indicates, first on top rate cable channels like HBO after which easy cable networks like FX and AMC, dramatically stretched television’s narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and inventive ambition. now not inevitably eager about developing always-likable characters, plots that wrapped up well each episode, or matters that have been deemed secure and applicable, exhibits similar to The cord, The Sopranos, Mad males, Deadwood, The protect, and extra tackled problems with lifestyles and dying, love and sexuality, habit, race, violence, and existential boredom. simply because the immense Novel had within the Nineteen Sixties and the subversive motion pictures of latest Hollywood had in Seventies, tv indicates grew to become where to visit see tales of the triumph and betrayals of the yankee Dream first and foremost of the twenty-first century.

This revolution occurred by the hands of a brand new breed of auteur: the omnipotent writer-show runner. those have been males approximately as advanced, idiosyncratic, and “difficult” because the conflicted protagonists that outlined the style. Given the opportunity to make artwork in a maligned medium, they fell upon the chance with unchecked ambition.

Combining deep reportage with cultural research and historic context, Brett Martin recounts the increase and internal workings of a style that represents not just a brand new golden age for television but additionally a cultural watershed. tricky males gains broad interviews with all of the significant gamers, together with David Chase (The Sopranos), David Simon and Ed Burns (The Wire), Matthew Weiner and Jon Hamm (Mad Men), David Milch (NYPD Blue, Deadwood), and Alan Ball (Six toes Under), as well as dozens of alternative writers, administrators, studio executives, actors, creation assistants, make-up artists, script supervisors, etc. Martin takes us behind the curtain of our favourite indicates, supplying never-before-heard tale after tale and revealing how cable television has distinct itself dramatically from the networks, rising from the shadow of movie to develop into a very major and influential a part of our culture.
 

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SpongeBob SquarePants and Philosophy: Soaking Up Secrets Under the Sea! (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Joseph J. Foy

SpongeBob SquarePants and Philosophy is designed to introduce enthusiasts of SpongeBob SquarePants to a few of the nice thinkers and questions in philosophy. The essays could be shared by means of old and young alike, kindling new curiosity in philosophy and life’s tremendous questions. What retains SpongeBob “reeling in” significant audiences each day is that beneath the lighthearted and eccentric external are the seeds of long-standing and demanding philosophical discussions approximately id and the self, our tasks towards others, merits and tensions of the person in group, ideas of and environmental ethics, and questions of simply how precisely Jack Kahuna Laguna can construct a hearth on the backside of the sea. (Okay, so might be we don’t have a solution for that final one, yet possibly in the event you look at that fireside lengthy sufficient the reply can be revealed.)
The publication starts with a bit exploration of the key characters of the sequence. to start, Nicole Pramik makes use of the philosophies of Aristotle to illustrate why SpongeBob, greater than the other personality within the sequence, is outlined via a lifetime of overall healthiness and flourishing. In bankruptcy , Timothy Dunn presents an evaluation of SpongeBob’s ally, Patrick famous person, utilizing the writings of J.S. Mill to invite if the lifetime of basic pleasures most well known to the lifetime of the brain, whereas in bankruptcy 3 Natasha Liebig makes use of the German pessimist philosophers to bare what it skill to reside the lifetime of Squidward Q. Tentacles. bankruptcy 4 makes use of the competing philosophies of Ayn Rand and Karl Marx to judge the activities of SpongeBob’s boss, Mr. Eugene Krabs, whereas in bankruptcy 5 Denise Du Vernay explains how Sandy Cheeks bargains a model of feminism that breaks down conventional assumptions approximately masculine and female id and repackages them into optimistic and empowering messages for children. Concluding this part of the e-book, Nicholas Michaud makes use of the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche to invite us reassess our trust that SpongeBob and his pals are by some means heroic through giving us perception into the “will to energy” held via the strong little protozoan, Plankton.
part of the booklet is devoted to exploring the neighborhood of Bikini backside, beginning with Shaun Young’s exam of Bikini backside as a illustration of varied theories of the simply kingdom. In bankruptcy 8, Nathan Zook seems into even if we would study anything approximately theories of democracy and political participation from an election among SpongeBob and Squidward for “Royal Krabby,” whereas in bankruptcy 9 Adam Barkman makes use of the writings of Dante Alighieri to evaluate the monarchal rule of King Neptune. bankruptcy ten makes use of the felony philosophies of thinkers like Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, John Rawls, and David Hume to reply to even if Mr. Krabs has the correct philosophical foundation upon which to assert somebody correct to own and benefit from the key Krabby Patty formulation. bankruptcy 11 then takes us to the pristine Jellyfish Fields the place Greg Ahrenhoerster makes use of literary naturalism and the works of transcendentalist thinkers to ascertain environmental ethics and an individual’s duties to shared resources.
The 3rd and ultimate part makes use of SpongeBob to discover mental and clinical questions that drift round lower than the ocean. In bankruptcy twelve, Katie Anderson makes use of the episode “Sleepy Time” to discover Cartesian rules with regards to the philosophical questions that try to distinguish among goals and truth, and in bankruptcy 13 Robert Kincaid maintains the exam into philosophical concerns concerning the brain through the use of SpongeBob, Squidward, and Patrick to narrate the theories of Sigmund Freud. bankruptcy fourteen is devoted to an creation into the philosophy of technology via Wilson González-Espada, and Robert Vuckovich concludes the amount with an essay on SpongeBob’s insatiable thirst for wisdom within the episode “The mystery Box.”

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The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles

By William Irwin, Gregory Bassham

A philosophical exploration of the total seven-book Harry Potter series

Harry Potter has been heralded as essentially the most well known booklet sequence of all time and the philosophical nature of Harry, Hermione, and Ron's quest to rid the area of its final evil is without doubt one of the many stuff that make this sequence specific. The final Harry Potter and Philosophy covers all seven titles in J.K. Rowling's groundbreaking sequence and takes fanatics again to Godric's hole to debate existence after demise, to contemplate what ethical reasoning drove Harry to decide on dying, and to discuss even if Sirius Black is a guy or a dog.

With ebook timed to coincide with the discharge of the motion picture Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), this publication could be the definitive advisor for all fanatics trying to savour the sequence on a deeper level.

  • Covers quite a number exciting subject matters equivalent to the redemption of Severus Snape, the facility of affection, and future within the wizarding world
  • Gives you a brand new point of view on Harry Potter characters, plot traces, and themes
  • Makes an ideal spouse to the Harry Potter books and movies

Packed with attention-grabbing principles and insights, The final Harry Potter and Philosophy is a perfect spouse for an individual drawn to unraveling the subtext and exploring the higher concerns at paintings within the story.

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Wrong About Japan

By Peter Carey

Whilst Peter Carey provided to take his son to Japan, 12-year-old Charley stipulated no temples or museums. He desired to see manga, anime, and cool, bizarre stuff. His father stated convinced. Out of that cut price comes this enthralling journey of the mansion of jap tradition, as entered via its garish, brightly lit again door. Guided–and now and then judged–by an ineffably unusual boy named Takashi, the Careys meet manga artists and anime administrators, the meticulous impersonators known as “visualists,” and solitary, nerdish otaku. all through, the Booker Prize-winning novelist makes observations which are exciting even when–as his hosts retain with politeness reminding him–they turn into incorrect. humorous, miraculous, extraordinary by way of its splendidly nuanced portrait of a father and son millions of miles from domestic, Wrong approximately Japan is a satisfaction.

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