New Arrivals · Popular Culture

August 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The angel answer book

July 31, 2015
Morgan, Robert J., author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2015]
xviii, 235 pages ; 17 cm.

The sex myth : the gap between our fantasies and reality

July 30, 2015
Hills, Rachel, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2015.
ix, 267 pages ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographic references, notes and index.
"Fifty years after the sexual revolution, we are told that we live in a time of unprecedented sexual freedom. But beneath the veneer of glossy hedonism, millennial journalist Rachel Hills argues that we are in the grip of a new brand of sexual control. Cosmopolitan meets Foucault in this full-scale investigation of the role that sex plays in today's culture. Coming of age in the early 2000s, Rachel Hills felt like a romantic and sexual misfit. Raised on a diet of women's magazines, teen soap operas, and media panics over "hooking up" and "raunch culture," she believed that everyone her age was dining at an all-you-can-eat sexual buffet. Everyone, that is, but her. When a chance encounter with a new friend challenges her preconceptions, Hills sets out to discover the truth about her generation's sexual cultures, speaking with more than 200 people to produce a landmark account of contemporary sexual life. What she finds is the sex myth--the grand significance we invest in sexuality that once meant we were dirty if we did have sex, and now means we are defective if we don't do it enough. An ambitious mix of sociology, popular culture, and powerful personal stories, The Sex Myth uncovers the invisible norms and unspoken assumptions that shape what we think about sex--and accordingly, how we feel about our own sex lives"-- Provided by publisher.

Fashion that changed the world

July 24, 2015
Croll, Jennifer, author.
©2014
192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 25 cm
Royal fashion -- Couture -- Fashion models -- Fashion magazines -- Fashion photography -- Military fashion -- Sports and fashion -- Menswear -- Fashion subcultures -- Ready-to-wear and mass fashion -- Feminism and fashion -- Fashion and art -- Fashion and film -- Fashion and music -- Celebrity fashion -- Gay and lesbian fashion -- Fashion ethics -- Fashion capitals -- Global fashion -- Fashon and the internet.
What did Vogue's first cover look like? When did film stars become part of the fashion industry? What led to the development of ready-to-wear clothing? How did the paintings of Mondrian, Dalí and Warhol end up on the runway? These and other questions are answered in this eye-opening look at different aspects of the history of fashion--from Elizabeth I's "Mask of Youth," to Lady Gaga's "meat dress." Arranged by topic, the lavishly illustrated chapters explore themes such as war and the military; ready-to wear; fashion in film, art, and sports; celebrity; gay and lesbian fashion; globalization; and the internet. Fashion That Changed the World digs into a multitude of social, economic, and cultural factors that changed the course of fashion over the last few hundred years.

The fangirl's guide to the galaxy : a handbook for geek girls

June 3, 2015
Maggs, Sam, author.
©2015
207 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
One of us! One of us! -- It's good to be a geek -- (Fandom intensifies) : geek girls online -- Geronimo! How to survive conventions -- Aim to misbehave : geek girl feminism.
"Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more - it's never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes, including how to make nerdy friends, rock awesome cosplay, write fanfic with feels, defeat Internet trolls, and attend your first con. Plus, insightful interviews with fangirl faves, like Jane Espenson, Erin Morgenstern, Kate Beaton, Ashley Eckstein, Laura Vandervoort, Beth Revis, Kate Leth, and many others"--Adapted from distributor's description.

Is Gwyneth Paltrow wrong about everything? : how the famous sell us elixirs of health, beauty & happiness

May 19, 2015
Caulfield, Timothy A., 1963- author.
©2015
xviii, 254 pages ; 24 cm
"An exploration of the effect our celebrity-dominated culture has on our ideas of living the good life Our perceptions of beauty, health, success, and happiness are framed by a popular culture that is increasingly disconnected from reality. This isn't just a hyperbolic assertion. Research tells us that our health decisions and goals are influenced by both celebrity culture and celebrity endorsements, that our children's ambitions are now overwhelmingly governed by the fantasy of fame, and that our ideals of beauty and success are mediated through a celebrity-dominated worldview. The celebrity brand is at once the most desired state of being (modern-day royalty!) and one of the most socially problematic. Health law and policy researcher Timothy Caulfield provides a fun look into the celebrity world, including interesting facts and anecdotes, as well as a boatload of practical and evidence-based advice on everything from diet, skin care, and colon cleanses to detoxing from our celebrity ambitions. Caulfield tries out for American Idol, has a professional makeover, and endures the Gwyneth Paltrow-endorsed cleanse in this thoroughly unique, engaging, and provocative book"-- Provided by publisher.

Culture crash : the killing of the creative class

February 19, 2015
Timberg, Scott, author.
New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2015]
x, 310 pages ; 22 cm
When culture works -- Disappearing clerks and the lost sense of place -- Of permatemps and content serfs -- Indie Rock's endless road -- The architecture meltdown -- Idle dreamers: curse of the creative class -- The end of print -- Self-inflicted wounds -- Lost in the supermarket: winner-take-all.
"Social criticism about the Internet, the economic downturn, and post-industrial culture that considers the human costs and unintended consequences of the new world on artists and other cultural workers--the shuttering of bookstores, the collapse of newspapers, the toll of music piracy"-- Provided by publisher.

This idea must die : scientific ideas that are blocking progress

February 12, 2015
New York, NY : Harper Perennial, [2015]
568 pages ; 21 cm

I am not a slut : slut-shaming in the age of the Internet

January 30, 2015
Tanenbaum, Leora, 1969-
New York : Harper Perennial, [2015]
xx, 387 pages ; 20 cm
The author of the groundbreaking work Slut! explores the phenomenon of slut-shaming in the age of sexting, tweeting, and "liking." She shows that the sexual double standard is more dangerous than ever before and offers wisdom and strategies for alleviating its destructive effects on young women's lives. Young women are encouraged to express themselves sexually. Yet when they do, they are derided as "sluts." Caught in a double bind of mixed sexual messages, young women are confused. To fulfill the contradictory roles of being sexy but not slutty, they create an "experienced" identity on social media-even if they are not sexually active - while ironically referring to themselves and their friends as "sluts." But this strategy can become a weapon used against young women in the hands of peers who circulate rumors and innuendo - elevating age-old slut-shaming to deadly levels, with suicide among bullied teenage girls becoming increasingly common. Now, Leora Tanenbaum revisits her influential work on sexual stereotyping to offer fresh insight into the digital and face-to-face worlds contemporary young women inhabit. She shares her new research, involving interviews with a wide range of teenage girls and young women from a variety of backgrounds as well as parents, educators, and academics. Tanenbaum analyzes the coping mechanisms young women currently use and points them in a new direction to eradicate slut-shaming for good.

Entertaining judgment : the afterlife in popular imagination

January 26, 2015
Garrett, Greg, author.
©2015
245 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Entertaining judgment: how we understand the afterlife -- In between: death and the undead -- Denizens of the afterlife: angels, demons, and the devil -- Heaven: the pearly gates -- Hell: the fiery inferno -- Purgatory: working out our salvation -- The dead and the living -- Literary and cultural works consulted.

Fighting over the founders : how we remember the American Revolution

January 16, 2015
Schocket, Andrew M.
New York : New York University Press, [2015]
xiv, 252 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
1. Truths That Are Not Self-Evident : The Revolution in Political Speech -- 2. We Have Not Yet Begun to Write : Historians and Founders Chic -- We the Tourists : The Revolution at Museums and Historical Sites -- 4. Give Me Liberty's Kids : How the Revolution Has Been Televised and Filmed -- To Re-create a More Perfect Union : Originalism, the Tea Party, and Reenactors.
"The American Revolution is all around us. It is pictured as big as billboards and as small as postage stamps, evoked in political campaigns and car advertising campaigns, relived in museums and revised in computer games. As the nation's founding moment, the American Revolution serves as a source of powerful founding myths, and remains the most accessible and most contested event in U.S. history: more than any other, it stands as a proxy for how Americans perceive the nation's aspirations. Americans' increased fascination with the Revolution over the past two decades represents more than interest in the past. It's also a site to work out the present, and the future. What are we using the Revolution to debate? In Fighting over the Founders, Andrew M. Schocket explores how politicians, screenwriters, activists, biographers, jurists, museum professionals, and reenactors portray the American Revolution. Identifying competing 'essentialist' and 'organicist' interpretations of the American Revolution, Schocket shows how today's memories of the American Revolution reveal American's conflicted ideas about class, about race, and about gender--as well as the nature of history itself. Fighting over the Founders plumbs our views of the past and the present, and illuminates our ideas of what United States means to its citizens in the new millennium"-- Provided by publisher.

Translating America : an immigrant press visualizes American popular culture, 1895-1918

January 12, 2015
Conolly-Smith, Peter.
Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Books, c2004.
ix, 414 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Text and context: New York's German-American Community and its Daily Press, from the nineteenth century to the nineteen teens -- Divisive Issues: German American and the transformation of the host society, 1910-1916 -- Culture and politics: the decline of Kultur and the translation of German America, 1915-1920.

No future for you : salvos from The Baffler

January 8, 2015
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Baffler Books/The MIT Press, [2014]
ix, 377 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Part one. The future, recycled -- Too smart to fail : notes on an age of folly / Thomas Frank -- The long con : mail-order conservatism / Rick Perlstein -- The People's Republic of Zuckerstan / John Summers -- Of flying cars and the declining rate of profit / David Graeber -- Photo essay: Feral houses / James Griffioen -- Part two. The arts of regression -- Dead end on Shakin' Street / Thomas Frank -- Hoard d'oeuvres : art of the 1 percent / Rhonda Lieberman -- A cottage for sale : the high price of sentimentality / A.S. Hamrah -- Fifty shades of late capitalism / Heather Havrilesky -- Adam Wheeler went to Harvard / Jim Newell -- The missionary position / Barbara Ehrenreich -- Part three. Positive thinking -- Facebook feminism, like it or not / Susan Faludi -- All LinkedIn with nowhere to go / Ann Friedman -- The meme hustler : Tim O'Reilly's crazy talk / Evgeny Morozov -- Part four. Quiet rooms, dead zones -- Follow the money : the Washington Post's pageant of folly / Chris Lehmann -- Omniscient gentlemen of the Atlantic / Maureen Tkacik -- The vertically integrated rape joke : the triumph of vice / Anne Elizabeth Moore -- Party of none : Barack Obama's annoying journey to the center of belonging / Chris Bray -- Graphic art: GTMO National Monument / Mark Dancey.

Economics of the undead : zombies, vampires, and the dismal science

December 11, 2014
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
xi, 285 pages ; 24 cm
Soulless mates -- Human girls and vampire boys, Part 1: looking for Mr. Goodbite / Glen Whitman -- Human girls and vampire boys, part 2: 'til death do us part / Glen Whitman -- Apocalyptonomics -- Packing for the zombie apocalypse / James Dow -- Eating brains and breaking windows / Steven Horwitz and Sarah Skwire -- To truck, barter and eat your brains!!! : pursuing prosperity in a post-productive world / Brian Hollar -- What happens next? : endgames of a zombie apocalypse / Kyle William Bishop, David Tufte, and Mary Jo Tufte -- Order, coordination, and collective action among the undead / Jean-Baptiste Fleury and Alain Marciano -- Blood money -- Investing secrets of the undead / James Dow -- Zombification insurance / Eleanor Brown and Robert Prag -- Monsters of capital : vampires, zombies, and consumerism / Lorna Piatti-Farnell -- Trading with the undead : a study in specialization and comparative advantage / Darwyyn Deyo and David T. Mitchell -- Buy or bite? / Enrique Guerra-Pujol -- To shoot or to stake, that is the question : the market for anti-vampire weapons / Charlotte Weil and Sébastien Lecou -- Taxation of the undead : nonsentient entities / Joseph Mandarino -- The dead body politic -- Tragedy of the blood commons : the case for privatizing the humans / Glen Whitman -- Zombies as an invasive species : a resource economics perspective / Michael E. O'Hara -- Post-apocalyptic law : what would the reasonable man do in a world gone mad? / Brian Hollar -- Brain-dead vs. undead : public ignorance and the political economy of responses to vampires and zombies / Ilya Somin -- Sinking our teeth into public policy economics : a taste of immortality / Fabien Medvecky -- Where, oh where have the vampires gone? : an extension of the Tiebout hypothesis to the undead / A.L. Phillips, M.C. Phillips, and G.M. Phillips -- Brain food -- The economics of bloodlust / Ian Chadd -- Between gods and monsters : reason, instinct, and the artificial vampire / Daniel Farhat -- Killing time : Dracula and social discoordination / Hollis Robbins.

Dreamers and deceivers : true stories of the heroes and villains who made America

October 23, 2014
Beck, Glenn, author, editor.
New York : Threshold Editions/Mercury Radio Arts, 2014.
xiii, 306 pages ; 24 cm
Grover Cleveland : the mysterious case of the disappearing president -- "I did not kill Armstrong" : the war of wills in the early days of radio -- Woodrow Wilson : a masterful stroke of deception -- Streets of gold : Charles Ponzi and the American scheme -- He loved Lucy: the tragic genius of Desi Arnaz, the inventor of the rerun -- The muckracker : how a lost letter revealed Upton Sinclair's deception -- Alan Turing : how the father of the computer saved the world for democracy -- The spy who turned to a pumpkin : Alger Hiss and the liberal establishment that defended a traitor -- The City of Tomorrow : Walt Disney's last and lost dream -- "Make it great, John" : how Steve Jobs and John Lasseter changed history at Pixar.
"Glenn Beck provides stories of the people who [in his view] built America and the people who sought to destroy it"-- Provided by publisher.

Thunder in the mountains : a personal journey through America's gun culture

October 17, 2014
Collins, Craig K., 1960-
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, 2014.
pages cm
"In this beautifully written and powerful memoir, author Craig K. Collins ushers readers down a remarkable path--one that wends from the American frontier to present-day suburbia. Along the way, he explores the meaning of a history--of his family's and his country's--that is infused with the culture of the gun. Stops include an Indian massacre at Bad Axe, the siege of Vicksburg, the slaughter of buffalo in Montana, and the discovery of gold in a remote Nevada canyon. The story begins on a hunting trip Collins took with his father and brothers in the early '70s, when he was accidentally shot with a high-powered deer rifle at the age of 13 near the top of an isolated peak in northeastern Nevada. He tells a personal story of a childhood in Idaho and Nevada, where hunting is a way of life and guns are revered--often with fatal and unintended results. He recalls friends--past and present--whose lives have been forever shattered or altered by the explosive force of a bullet"-- Provided by publisher.

Rookie yearbook.

October 15, 2014
Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2012-
volume : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Imprint varies: 2014- New York, New York : Razor Bill, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA).
Editor: no.1 (2012)-<no.3 (2014)> Tavi Gevinson.
A collection of articles, interviews, photo editorials, and illustrations from the highly praised and hugely popular online magazine RookieMag.com.

The art of the English murder

October 13, 2014
Worsley, Lucy, author.
New York : Pegasus Crim, 2014.
312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Hijacking the runway : how celebrities are stealing the spotlight from fashion designers

October 7, 2014
Agins, Teri.
New York, New York : Gotham Books, [2014]
xv, 272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, some color ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The empress's new clothes: old Hollywood and the roots of fashion's celebrity obsessions -- The smell of success: l'eau de celebrity -- Bravely into the gap: the stars of dress-down nation -- Gilt by association: celebrities move to the front row -- Stilettos and the city: fashion steps into its accessories moment with Carrie Bradshaw and SJP -- Exploiting America's shoe fetish: Jessica Simpson and Vince Camuto play footsie -- The immutable socialite: Tory Burch gets millions of her BFFs to walk a mile in her shoes -- Hip-hop hooray: Sean Combs, Tommy Hilfiger, and the rise of urban chic -- Making dollars out of scents: the sky's the limit for Jennifer Lopez -- The red star that stars built: Macy's celebrity moment -- Celebrity by design: Project Runway fits Michael Kors like a glove -- We'll always have Paris: reality-show stars join the stampede -- Paris when it fizzles: Lindsay Lohan and "Tragiqueistan" -- When Kanye couldn't: Kanye West and the failure of attitude -- Just say no to the fame game: the Olsen twins make it the old-fashioned way -- Designer brand of the year: Victoria Beckham aka Posh Spice -- Beyond the bling: can fashion survive celebrity?
" A fascinating chronicle of how celebrity has inundated the world of fashion, realigning the forces that drive both the styles we covet and the bottom lines of the biggest names in luxury apparel. From Coco Chanel's iconic tweed suits to the miniskirt's surprising comeback in the late 1980s, fashion houses reigned for decades as the arbiters of style and dictators of trends. Hollywood stars have always furthered fashion's cause of seducing the masses into buying designers' clothes, acting as living billboards. Now, forced by the explosion of social media and the accelerating worship of fame, red carpet celebrities are no longer content to just advertise and are putting their names on labels that reflect the image they-or their stylists-created. Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sean Combs, and a host of pop, sports, and reality-show stars of the moment are leveraging the power of their celebrity to become the face of their own fashion brands, embracing lucrative contracts that keep their images on our screens and their hands on the wheel of a multi-billion dollar industry. And a few celebrities-like the Olsen Twins and Victoria Beckham-have gone all the way and reinvented themselves as bonafide designers. Not all celebrities succeed, but in an ever more crowded and clamorous marketplace, it's increasingly unlikely that any fashion brand will succeed without celebrity involvement-even if designers, like Michael Kors, have to become celebrities themselves. Agins charts this strange new terrain with wit and insight and an insider's access to the fascinating struggles of the bold-type names and their jealousies, insecurities, and triumphs. Everyone from industry insiders to fans of Project Runway and America's Next Top Model will want to read Agins's take on the glitter and stardust transforming the fashion industry, and where it is likely to take us next"-- Provided by publisher.

Black comics : politics of race and representation

September 17, 2014
London ; New York : Bloomsbury, [2013].
xiii, 267 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
pt. 1. Comics then and now. Brief history of the black comic strip : past and present / Sheena C. Howard ; The trouble with romance in Jackie Ormes's comics / Nancy Goldstein ; Contemporary representations of black females in newspaper comic strips / Tia C.M Tyree ; Black comics and social media economics : new media, new production models / Derek Lackaff and Michael Sales ; Beyond b&w? The global manga of Felipe Smith / Casey Brienza -- pt. 2. Representing race and gender. Studying black comic strips : popular art and discourses of race / Angela M. Nelson ; Blowing flames into the souls of black folk : Ollie Harrington and his bombs from Berlin to Harlem / Christian Davenport ; Panthers and vixens : Black superheroines, sexuality, and stereotypes in contemporary comic books / Jeffrey A. Brown ; Gender, race, and The Boondocks / Sheena C. Howard ; From sexual siren to race traitor : Condoleeza Rice in political cartoons / Clariza Ruiz De Castilla and Zazil Elena Reyes Garcia -- pt. 3. Comics as political commentary. "There's a revolutionary messiah in our mist" : a pentadic analysis of Birth of a Nation : a comic novel / Carlos D. Morrison and Ronald L Jackson II ; Inappropriate political content : serialized comic strips at the intersection of visual rhetoric and the rhetoric of humor / Elizabeth Sills ; "Will the 'real' black superheroes please stand up?!" A critical analysis of the mythological and cultural significance of black superheroes / Kenneth Ghee ; Culturally gatekeeping the black comic / David Deluliis.

Dress casual : how college students redefined American style

September 8, 2014
Clemente, Deirdre, author.
Chapel Hill, [North Carolina] : The University of North Carolina Press, [2014]
xii, 196 pages ; 25 cm.
"As Deirdre Clemente shows in this lively history of fashion on American college campuses, whether it's jeans and sneakers or khakis with a polo shirt, chances are college kids made it cool. The modern casual American wardrobe, Clemente argues, was born in the classrooms, dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses, and gyms of universities and colleges across the country. As young people gained increasing social and cultural clout during the early twentieth century, their tastes transformed mainstream fashion from collared and corseted to comfortable. From east coast to west and from the Ivy League to historically black colleges and universities, changing styles reflected new ways of defining the value of personal appearance, and, by extension, new possibilities for creating one's identity. The pace of change in fashion options, however, was hardly equal. Race, class, and gender shaped the adoption of casual style, and young women faced particular backlash both from older generations and from their male peers. Nevertheless, as coeds fought dress codes and stereotypes, they joined men in pushing new styles beyond the campus, into dance halls, theaters, homes, and workplaces. Thanks to these shifts, today's casual style provides a middle ground for people of all backgrounds, redefining the meaning of appearance in American culture. "-- Provided by publisher.

Beatleness : how the Beatles and their fans remade the world

August 25, 2014
Leonard, Candy.
New York : Arcade Publishing, [2014]
xxiv, 310 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Bad feminist : essays

August 7, 2014
Gay, Roxane, author.
©2014
xiv, 320 pages ; 21 cm
Feel me, see me, hear me, reach me -- Peculiar benefits -- Typical first year professor -- To scratch, claw or grope clumsily or frantically -- How to be friends with another woman -- Girls, girls, girls -- I once was Miss America -- Garish, glorious spectacles -- Not here to make friends -- How we all lose -- Reaching for catharsis : getting fat right (or wrong) and Diana Spechler's Skinny -- The smooth surfaces of idyll -- The careless language of sexual violence -- What we hunger for -- The illusion of safety/the safety of illusion -- The spectacle of broken men -- A tale of three coming out stories -- Beyond the measure of men -- Some jokes are funnier than others -- Dear young ladies who love Chris Brown -- So much they would let him beat them -- Blurred lines, indeed -- The trouble with Prince Charming, or, He who trespassed against us -- The solace of preparing fried foods and other quaint remembrances from 1960s Mississippi : thoughts on The help -- Surviving Django -- Beyond the struggle narrative -- The morality of Tyler Perry -- The last day of a young black man -- When less is more -- The politics of respectability -- When Twitter does what journalism cannot -- The alienable rights of women -- Holding out for a hero -- A tale of two profiles -- The racism we all carry -- Tragedy, call, compassion, response -- Bad feminist : take one -- Bad feminist : take two.
A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay. "Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink, all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I'm not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue." In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture. Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

It never happened again : two stories

August 4, 2014
Alden, Sam.
Minneapolis, MN : Uncivilized Books, 2014
162 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
Hawaii 1997 -- Anime.
Two exquisite stories drawn in Sam Alden's signature, flowing, and lush pencil style. In "Hawaii 1997," few words are spoken, but Alden's imagery evokes the magic of a night-time encounter at a Hawaiian resort. In "Anime" he explores the complicated dynamics of pop culture obsession.

The birth of Korean cool : how one nation is conquering the world through pop culture

July 31, 2014
Hong, Y. Euny, author.
New York : Picador, 2014.
267 pages ; 21 cm
"Recounts how South Korea vaulted itself into the twenty-first century, becoming a global leader in business, technology, education, and pop culture. Featuring ... reporting and numerous interviews with Koreans working in all areas of government and society, Euny Hong reveals how a really uncool country became cool, and how a nation that once banned mini-skirts, long hair on men, and rock 'n' roll could come to mass produce boy bands, soap operas, and the world's most popular smartphone"-- Provided by publisher.

Artists, writers, thinkers, dreamers : portraits of fifty famous folks and all their weird stuff

July 18, 2014
Hancock, James Gulliver.
©2014
108 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Artist James Gulliver Hancock depicts historical icons in quirky annotated portraits surrounded by their associated possessions, baggage, and foibles. Hemingway's hobbies, Amelia Earhart's preferred dessert, Martin Luther King Jr.'s favorite TV show. Each portrait reveals the ordinary quirks of these extraordinary people and captures their personalities in the process.

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