New Arrivals · Popular Culture

February 20, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.
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

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.
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.
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.

Latin American icons : fame across borders

July 2, 2014
Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, [2014]
vii, 220 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Introduction: Reflections on Iconicity, Celebrity and Cultural Crossings / Patrick O'Connor and Dianna C. Niebylski -- 1. Pancho Villa: Icon of Insurgency / Brian Gollnick -- 2. Eva Peron: Excerpts from The Passion and the Exception / Beatriz Sarlo -- 3. From Korda's Guerrillero Heroico to Global Brand: Ernesto "Che" Guevara / J.P. Spicer-Escalante -- 4. Joaquin Murrieta and Lola Casanova: Shapeshifting Icons of the Contact Zone / Robert McKee Irwin -- 5. Tango International: Carlos Gardel and the Breaking of Sound Barriers / Rielle Navitski -- 6. Lupe Velez Before Hollywood: Mexico's First Iconic 'Modern Girl' / Kristy Rawson -- 7. From Hollywood and Back: Dolores Del Rio, a Trans(National) Star / Ana M. López -- 8. Carmen Miranda as Cultural Icon / David William Foster -- 9. Porfirio Rubirosa: Masculinity, Race, and the Jet-Setting Latin Male / Lizabeth Paravasini-Gebert and Eva Woods-Peiró -- 10. The Face of a Nation: Norma Aleandro as Argentina's Post-Dictatorial Middle Class Icon / Janis Breckenridge and Bécquer Medak-Seguin -- 11. The Neoliberal Stars: Salma Hayek, Gael García Bernal and the Post-Mexican Film Icon / Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado -- 12. Diego Armando Maradona: Life, Death and Resurrection (with One Act to Follow) / Juan Villoro -- 13. Fetishizing Frida (excerpted from Devouring Frida [1999]) / Margaret Lindauer -- Afterword. The Afterlife of Icons and the Future of Iconology / Patrick O'Connoor and Dianna C. Niebylski.
"The faces of Che, Frida, Evita, Carmen Miranda, and other icons represent Latin America both to a global public that sees these faces constantly reproduced, and to Latin Americans themselves. They enter the circulation machines of Hollywood, or work as nostalgic definitions of a nation, or define a post-national condition. They become stereotypes as they go global, and the often melodramatic stories that cling to them give them a different sort of power than the one they had in their original contexts. Latin American Icons, from critics both in the United States and in Latin America, ask these faces questions; they describe the technologies and propaganda machines, whether the newspapers of Revolutionary Mexico (or Paris and New York) or the movie studios of Argentina and Mexico, which gave them power in their local context; and they return their original histories to those faces that have become abstract symbols of The Rebel or The Spitfire or The Tortured Artist. In equal parts idolatry and iconoclasm, Latin American Icons recognizes and interrogates those Latin Americans who have become larger than life. In trying to understand the meaning of iconic figures in modern Latin America, this volume ranges across every realm of political and cultural life--populist politicos, jet-setting ambassador-playboys, soccer players and superstars--to examine the complex play at work in the making and re-making of celebrities within and across national borders"-- Provided by publisher.

Twee : the gentle revolution in music, books, television, fashion, and film

June 25, 2014
Spitz, Marc.
338 pages ; 19 cm
New York Times, Spin, and Vanity Fair contributor Marc Spitz explores the first great cultural movement since Hip Hop: an old-fashioned and yet highly modern aesthetic that's embraced internationally by teens, twenty and thirty-somethings and even some Baby Boomers; creating a hybrid generation known as Twee. Via exclusive interviews and years of research, Spitz traces Generation Twee's roots from the Post War 50s to its dominance in popular culture today.

Dear Luke, we need to talk, Darth : and other pop culture correspondences

June 5, 2014
Moe, John.
New York : Three Rivers Press, [2014]
292 pages ; 20 cm.
"Inspired by the author's wildly popular, long-running McSweeney's column, Pop Culture Correspondences is a hilarious deconstruction of the most iconic pop culture moments of our lifetimes"-- Provided by publisher.

Jet set : the people, the planes, the glamour, and the romance in aviation's glory years

May 30, 2014
Stadiem, William.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
xiii, 368 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"In October 1958, Pan American World Airways began making regularly scheduled flights between New York and Paris, courtesy of its newly minted wonder jet, the Boeing 707. Almost overnight, the moneyed celebrities of the era made Europe their playground. At the same time, the dream of international travel came true for thousands of ordinary Americans who longed to emulate the "jet set" lifestyle. Bestselling author and Vanity Fair contributor William Stadiem brings that Jet Age dream to life again in the first-ever book about the glamorous decade when Americans took to the skies in massive numbers as never before, with the rich and famous elbowing their way to the front of the line. Dishy anecdotes and finely rendered character sketches re-create the world of luxurious airplanes, exclusive destinations, and beautiful, wealthy trendsetters who turned transatlantic travel into an inalienable right. It was the age of Camelot and "Come Fly with Me," Grace Kelly at the Prince's Palace in Monaco, and Mary Quant miniskirts on the streets of Swinging London. Men still wore hats, stewardesses showed plenty of leg, and the beach at Saint-Tropez was just a seven-hour flight away. Jet Set reads like a who's who of the fabulous and well connected, from the swashbuckling "skycoons" who launched the jet fleet to the playboys, moguls, and financiers who kept it flying. Among the bold-face names on the passenger manifest: Juan Trippe, the Yale-educated WASP with the Spanish-sounding name who parlayed his fraternity contacts into a tiny airmail route that became the world's largest airline, Pan Am; couturier to the stars Oleg Cassini, the Kennedy administration's "Secretary of Style," and his social climbing brother Igor, who became the most powerful gossip columnist in America--then lost it all in one of the juiciest scandals of the century; Temple Fielding, the high-rolling high priest of travel guides, and his budget-conscious rival Arthur Frommer; Conrad Hilton, the New Mexico cowboy who built the most powerful luxury hotel chain on earth; and Mary Wells Lawrence, the queen bee of Madison Avenue whose suggestive ads for Braniff and other airlines brought sex appeal to the skies. Like a superfueled episode of Mad Men, Jet Set evokes a time long gone but still vibrant in American memory. This is a rollicking, sexy romp through the ring-a-ding glory years of air travel, when escape was the ultimate aphrodisiac and the smiles were as wide as the aisles. Advance praise for Jet Set "An interesting, entertaining read, full of colorful characters and the author's thoughtful contemplation of the world of aviation."--Publishers Weekly "What a book! The Kennedys, the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra himself, and early financiers like Eddie Gilbert are dealt with in depth. It was the beginning of the frenetic, desperate world we now seem to be living in. I lived intimately through it all in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, and I have yet to find a mistake in William Stadiem's amazing book. All the players are here: Bobby Kennedy, as a menace to much of the fun; Joe Kennedy, his father, having young ladies procured for him; lawyers making millions getting 'socialites' out of hot water. And the changes: the creation of disco and rock and roll, the rise of Great Britain's popular music and fashion appeal, plus New York as the so-called 'Four Hundred' became the four million, and on and on."--Liz Smith, gossip columnist"-- Provided by publisher.

The devil's snake curve : a fan's notes from left field

May 22, 2014
Ostergaard, Josh.
Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2014.
253 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"The Devil's Snake Curve offers an alternative American history, in which colonialism, jingoism, capitalism, and faith are represented by baseball. Personal and political, it twines Japanese internment camps with the Yankees; Walmart with the Kansas City Royals; and facial hair patterns with militarism, Guantanamo, and the modern security state. An essay, a miscellany, and a passionate unsettling of Josh Ostergaard's relationship with our national pastime, it allows for both the clover of a childhood outfield and the persistence of the game's service to those in power. America and baseball are both hard to love or leave in this, by turns coruscating and heartfelt, debut." -- Provided by publisher.

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