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November 19, 2013
Sicha, Choire, author.
New York : Harper, 
240 pages ; 24 cm
"What will the future make of us? In one of the greatest cities in the world, the richest man in town is the Mayor. Billionaires shed apartments like last season's fashion trends, even as the country's economy turns inside out and workers are expelled from the City's glass towers. The young and careless go on as they always have, getting laid and getting laid off, falling in and falling out of love, and trying to navigate the strange world they traffic in: the Internet, complex financial markets, credit cards, pop stars, microplane cheese graters, and sex apps.A true-life fable of money, sex, and politics, Very Recent History follows a man named John and his circle of friends, lovers, and enemies. It is a book that pieces together our every day, as if it were already forgotten"-- Provided by publisher.
November 1, 2013
Baltimore : The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
viii, 194 pages ; 24 cm
The question -- Beginnings -- Encounters -- Fictions -- Blockbusters -- Interlude -- Life-forms -- Elements -- Neighbors -- The visitors.
November 1, 2013
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, 2013.
"Let Scent and Subversion take you for a whiff on the wild side of 20th century perfume. Perfume has been -- and continues to be -- subversive. By playing with gender conventions, highlighting the ripe smells of the human body, or celebrating queer and louche identities, 20th-century perfume broke free from the assumptions of the prior century, and became a largely unrecognized part of the social and style revolutions of the modern era. In Scent and Subversion : Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume, Barbara Herman continues her irreverent, poetic, and often humorous analysis of vintage perfumes and perfume ads that she began on her popular blog YesterdaysPerfume.com. The book features descriptions of over 300 perfumes, starting with Fougere Royale (1882) and ending with Demeter's Laundromat (2000). Lavishly illustrated with over 100 vintage perfume ads, it will also regale you with essays on scent appreciation, a glossary of important perfume terms and ingredients, and tips on how to begin your own foray into vintage and contemporary perfume. Herman also looks to the future through interviews with scent visionaries such as odor expert and 'professional provocateur' Sissel Tolaas, punk perfumer Antoine Lie, and Martynka Wawrzyniak, the artist behind 'Smell Me,' the world's first olfactory self-portrait. The perfect book for perfume aficionados (aka 'perfumistas') as well as connoisseurs of modern fashion and design, feminist and LGBTQ historians, and fans of vintage advertising"-- Provided by publisher.
October 30, 2013
New York : Simon & Schuster, 
xiii, 347 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"A Touchstone Book."
Take a trip back in time through the rich culinary tradition of the last American century with more than 100 of the nation's top chefs and food personalities.
October 29, 2013
Krauthammer, Charles, 1950- author.
x, 387 pages ; 25 cm
America's preeminent columnist presents his penetrating and surprising reflections on everything from embryo research to entitlement reform, from Halley's Comet to border collies, from Christopher Columbus to Martin Luther King, from drone warfare to American decline. Features a special, highly autobiographical introduction.
October 17, 2013
New York, NY : Abrams, 2013.
456 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 37 cm.
The last gentleman : the Frank Crowninshield era / by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger -- The 1910s -- Steichen's modern eye / by David Friend -- The 1920s -- Impossible interviews -- The 1930s -- Wisdom and whimsy, 1913-1936 and 1983-2013 -- Picture credits -- Vanity Fair, the rebirth / by Jim Windolf -- Vanity Fair, in the beginning / by Annie Leibovitz -- The 1980s -- Iconographer of our time / by Amy Fine Collins -- The 1990s -- The Proust questionnaire -- Some enchanted evening -- The 2000s
What Jefferson read, Ike watched and Obama tweeted : 200 years of popular culture in the White House
October 7, 2013
Troy, Tevi, 1967-
Washington, D.C. : Regnery History, an imprint of Regnery Publishing, Inc., 
xix, 332 pages ; 23 cm
October 2, 2013
New York : Doubleday, 
509 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
May : the kid -- June : the Babe -- July : the president -- August : the anarchists -- September : summer's end.
Bryson examines closely the events and personalities of the summer of 1927 when America's story was one of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy.
September 5, 2013
Cambridge Massachusetts : The MIT Press, 
xix, 438 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Introduction: moving panorama-a missing medium -- The incubation era: antecedents and anticipations -- Large as life, and moving: the peristrephic panorama -- Rolling across the stage: the moving panorama and the theatre -- Transformed by the light: the diorama and the "dioramas" -- Panoramania: the mid-century moving panorama craze -- Panoramania in practice: Albert Smith and his moving panoramas -- An excavation: the moving panorama performance -- Intermedial tug of war: panoramas and magic lanterns -- Sensory bombardment: a medium's final fanfares -- Imagination in motion: the discursive panorama -- Conclusion: from panoramas to media culture.
Beginning in the late eighteenth century, huge circular panoramas presented their audiences with resplendent representations that ranged from historic battles to exotic locations. Such panoramas were immersive but static. There were other panoramas that moved--hundreds, and probably thousands of them. Their history has been largely forgotten. In Illusions in Motion, Erkki Huhtamo excavates this neglected early manifestation of media culture in the making. The moving panorama was a long painting that unscrolled behind a "window" by means of a mechanical cranking system, accompanied by a lecture, music, and sometimes sound and light effects. Showmen exhibited such panoramas in venues that ranged from opera houses to church halls, creating a market for mediated realities in both city and country. In the first history of this phenomenon, Huhtamo analyzes the moving panorama in all its complexity, investigating its relationship to other media and its role in the culture of its time. In his telling, the panorama becomes a window for observing media in operation. Huhtamo explores such topics as cultural forms that anticipated the moving panorama; theatrical panoramas; the diorama; the "panoramania" of the 1850s and the career of Albert Smith, the most successful showman of that era; competition with magic lantern shows; the final flowering of the panorama in the late nineteenth century; and the panorama's afterlife as a topos, traced through its evocation in literature, journalism, science, philosophy, and propaganda.
August 29, 2013
Cincinnati, Ohio : Published by CityBeat
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Title from cover.
July 30, 2013
Christiansen, Erik, 1974-
Madison, Wis. : The University of Wisconsin Press, c2013.
xiv, 302 p. ; 23 cm.
The history book club offers the past as an "Image of ourselves" -- Mythologizing history on Du Pont's Cavalcade of America -- History, news, and You are There -- The freedom train's narrow-gauge iconography -- Building a "National Shrine" at the national museum of American history -- Conclusion: Once and future truths.
"After the turmoil of the Great Depression and World War II, Americans looked to the nation's more distant past for lessons to inform its uncertain future. By applying recent and emerging techniques in mass communication--including radio and television programs and commercial book clubs--American elites working in media, commerce, and government used history to confer authority on their respective messages. With insight and wit, Erik Christiansen uncovers in Channeling the Past the ways that powerful corporations rewrote history to strengthen the postwar corporate state, while progressives, communists, and other leftists vied to make their own versions of the past more popular. Christiansen looks closely at several notable initiatives--CBS's flashback You Are There program; the Smithsonian Museum of American History, constructed in the late 1950s; the Cavalcade of America program sponsored by the Du Pont Company; the History Book Club; and the Freedom Train, a museum on rails that traveled the country from 1947 to 1949 exhibiting historic documents and flags, including original copies of the U.S. Constitution and the Magna Carta. It is often said that history is written by the victors, but Christiansen offers a more nuanced perspective: history is constantly remade to suit the objectives of those with the resources to do it. He provides dramatic evidence of sophisticated calculations that influenced both public opinion and historical memory, and shows that Americans' relationships with the past changed as a result."--Publisher's website.
July 18, 2013
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Education, c2012.
xiii, 263 p. ; 24 cm.
Introduction: the chatter of the present -- Definitions of solitude -- Distraction: the flip side of engagement -- Antigone: literature as "thinking apart" -- The workshop model in New York City -- The folly of the "big idea" -- The cult of success -- Mass personalization and the "underground man" -- The need for loneliness -- The practice of solitude -- Discernment and the public sphere -- Conclusion: setting up shop.
"In this book, Diana Senechal confronts a culture that has come to depend on instant updates and communication at the expense of solitude. Schools today emphasize rapid group work and fragmented activity, not the thoughtful study of complex subjects. The Internet offers contact with others throughout the day and night; we lose the ability to be apart, even in our minds. Yet solitude plays an essential role in literature, education, democracy, relationships, and matters of conscience. Throughout its analyses and argument, the book calls not for drastic changes but for a subtle shift: an attitude that honors solitude without descending into dogma"--Provided by publisher.
July 8, 2013
Klosterman, Chuck, 1972-
New York : Scribner, 2013.
vii, 214 pages ; 22 cm
What you say about his company is what you say about society -- Another thing that interests me about the Eagles is that I [am contractually obligated to] hate them -- Villians who are not villians -- Easier than typing -- Human clay -- Without a gun they can't get none -- Arrested for smoking -- Electric funeral -- "I am perplexed" [this is why, this is why, this is why they hate you] -- Crime and punishment (or lack thereof) -- Hitler is in the book -- The problem of overrated ideas.
The cultural critic questions how modern people understand the concept of villainy, describing how his youthful idealism gave way to an adult sympathy with notorious cultural figures to offer insight into the appeal of anti-heroes.
June 5, 2013
Eagleton, Terry, 1943-
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 
178 pages ; 22 cm
Divided languages -- The outgoing spirit -- Mortal bodies and immortal minds -- America the dutiful -- The affirmative spirit -- The one and the many -- The fine and the good.
The totally sweet '90s : from clear cola to Furby, and grunge to "whatever" : the toys, tastes, and trends that defined a decade
June 4, 2013
Cooper, Gael Fashingbauer.
New York, New York : Penguin Group, 2013.
ix, 245 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
"A Perigee book."
June 3, 2013
Wilson, Robert Anton, 1932-2007.
Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A. : New Falcon Publications, 1996..
281 p. ; 22 cm.
Super pop! : pop culture top ten lists to help you win at trivia, survive in the wild, and make it through the holidays
May 30, 2013
San Francisco, Calif. : Zest, c2013.
287 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
April 29, 2013
Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 2013.
x, 241 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Collaborative networks, personal futures -- Characters and worlds as creative platforms -- Early directions in postwar anime -- When anime robots became real -- What makes a studio cutting edge : the value of the gutter -- Dark energy : what overseas fans reveal about the copyright wars -- Love revolution : Otaku fans in Japan -- Future anime: collaborative creativity and cultural action.
April 17, 2013
London ; New York : Routledge, 2013.
xxxviii, 686 p. : ill., photographs ; 25 cm.
pt. 1 Expansions : There are no visual media / W.J.T. Mitchell -- The (in)human spatial condition : a visual essay -- Mapping non-conformity : post-bubble urban strategies / Teddy Cruz -- X-reality : interview with the virtual cannibal / Beth Coleman -- On software, or the persistence of visual knowledge / Wendy Hui Kyong Chun -- Notes on the photographic image / Jacques Rancière -- Queer faces : photography and subcultural lives / Jack Halberstam -- Currents of worldmaking in contemporary art / Terry Smith -- Sublimated with mineral fury : prelim notes on sounding pandemonium Asia / Sarat Maharaj -- The sea and the land : biopower and visuality from slavery to Katrina / Nicholas Mirzoeff -- pt. 2 Globalization, war and visual economy : (a) War and violence : The archaeology of violence : the king's head / Zainab Bahrani -- On the actuarial gaze : from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib / Allen Feldman -- American military imaginaries and Iraqi cities / Derek Gregory -- Zeroing in : overhead imagery, infrastructure ruins, and datalands in Afghanistan and Iraq / Lisa Parks -- What Greg Roberts saw : visuality, intelligibility, and sovereignty : 36,000km over the equator / Trevor Paglen -- Media and martyrdom / Faisal Devji -- Live true life or die trying / Naeem Mohaiemen -- (b) Attention and visualizing economy : Kino-I, Kino-world : notes on the cinematic mode of production / Jonathan L. Beller -- On virtuosity / Paolo Virno -- Faking globalization / Ackbar Abbas -- Creativity and the problem of free labor / Andrew Ross -- It's easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism / Mark Fisher -- Do it yourself geo-politics / Brian Holmes -- pt. 3 The body, coloniality and visuality : (a) Bodies and minds : Optics / René Descartes -- Blindness and visual culture : an eye witness account / Georgina Kleege -- Reduplicative desires / Carol Mavor -- The persistence of vision / Donna Haraway -- The body and/in representation / Amelia Jones -- Forever modern : Mami Wata visual culture and history in Africa / Henry John Drewal -- (b) Histories and memories : The mobilized and virtual gaze in modernity : flâneur/flâneuse -- Tourism and "sacred ground" : the space of ground zero / Marita Sturken -- Maps, mother/goddesses, and martyrdom in modern India / Sumathi Ramaswamy -- Museums in late democracies / Dipesh Chakrabarty -- The fact of blackness / Frantz Fanon -- The case of blackness / Fred Moten -- (c) (Post/de/neo)colonial visualities : Orientalism and the exhibitionary order / Timothy Mitchell -- from The colonial harem / Malek Alloula -- Vodun art, social history and the slave trade / Suzanne Preston Blier -- Between cult and culture : Bamiyan, Islamic iconoclasm and the museum / Finbarr Barry Flood -- The postcolonial constellation : contemporary art in a state of permanent transition / Okwui Enwezor -- Urban warfare : walking through walls / Eyal Weizman -- pt. 4 Media and mediations : U.S. operating systems at midcentury : the intertwining of race and unix / Tara McPherson -- Rethinking the digital age / Faye Ginsburg -- The unworkable interface / Alexander R. Galloway -- On the superiority of the analog / Brian Massumi -- Digital racial formations and networked images of the body / Lisa Nakamura -- Imagination, multimodality and embodied interaction : a discussion of sound and movement in two cases of laboratory and clinical magnetic resonance imaging / Lisa Cartwright, Morana Alac.
April 15, 2013
New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
256 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
My dinosaur life -- Dragons of the prime -- The secret of dinosaur success -- Big Bang theory -- The dinosaurs, they are a-changin' -- Jurassic thunder -- Dinosaur society -- Dinosaur feathers -- Hadrosaur harmonics and Tyrannosaur tastes -- In the bones -- Dinosaurs undone -- My beloved "brontosaurus".
"Paleontology meets pop culture in a young author's journey into the lives of dinosaurs"-- Provided by publisher.
March 4, 2013
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
xxviii, 395 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
"From one of our leading film historians and interpreters: a brilliantly researched, irresistibly witty, delightfully illustrated examination of "the marriage movie": what it is (or isn't) and what it has to tell us about the movies--and ourselves. As long as there have been feature movies there have been marriage movies, and yet Hollywood has always been cautious about how to label them--perhaps because unlike any other genre of film, the marriage movie resonates directly with the experience of almost every adult coming to see it. Here is "happily ever after"--except when things aren't happy, and when "ever after" is abruptly terminated by divorce, tragedy. or even murder. With her large-hearted understanding of how movies--and audiences--work, Basinger traces the many ways Hollywood has tussled with this tricky subject, explicating the relationships of countless marriages from Blondie and Dagwood to the heartrending couple in the Iranian A Separation, from Coach and his wife in Friday Night Lights to Tracy and Hepburn to Laurel and Hardy (a marriage if ever there was one). A treasure trove of insight and sympathy, illustrated with scores of wonderfully telling movies stills, posters, and ads"-- Provided by publisher.
February 28, 2013
New York : Rizzoli, c2012.
248 p. : chiefly col. ill., ports. ; 31 cm.
In bloom : a conversation with Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z -- Jocks and nerds : a conversation with Chad Hugo and Shae Haley -- The well-tempered clavier : a conversation with Pharrel Williams, Hans Zimmer and Ian Luna -- The live show -- N.E.R.D. -- A Bathing Ape -- Hearts and minds : a conversation with Pharrell Williams, Nigo and Toby Feltwell -- Billionaire Boys Club/Icecream -- To infinity, and beyond : a conversation with Pharrell Williams and Buzz Aldrin -- From the Moon to the Earth : the Billionare Boys Club/Icecream stores / by Masamichi Katayama -- Louis Vuitton -- Moncler -- Keihl's -- Kaws -- Tokyo rising -- Friendswithyou -- Perspective chair -- Tank chair -- The simple things / by Pharrell Williams and Takashi Murakami -- Inside out -- Dirty jobs : a conversation with Pharrell Williams and Ambra Medda -- Mink and ermine : a conversation with Pharrell Williams and Kanye West -- Third culture kid : Zaha Hadid, interviewed by Pharrell Williams -- The slender thread : Anna Wintour, interviewed by Pharrell Williams.
"Redefining cool for a new generation, Pharrell Williams is a creative force, using music, fashion, and design to express his distinctive style. Originating at the crossroads of art, design, popular culture, and street savvy, Pharrell Williams's output is unique. By playing off different disciplines -- namely music, fashion, street art, and design -- and using each as an element in the other, Pharrell has redefined the role of the contemporary recording artist, blazing a trail for other musicians and prominent cultural figures. Illustrated with lavish photography, this book also explores his musical career in depth, charting his many projects from his production team The Neptunes, to the band N.E.R.D., and his collaborations with friends Kanye West, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, and other hip-hop royalty.This unprecedented volume documents Pharrell's prolific body of work and his contribution to contemporary culture. In his own unique graphic language, he details his extensive creative pursuits, including clothing lines, jewelry, and accessories designs for Louis Vuitton, furniture and other product design, limited-edition toys, graphic designs, skate graphics, and collaborations with Moncler, Marc Jacobs, the artist KAWS, and with architects Zaha Hadid and Masamichi Katayama/Wonderwall"--Publisher's website.
February 18, 2013
178 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Art or artifact? -- Grateful Dead's undying poster legacy / Steven Heller -- It's all in the line / Peter Coyote -- Art at the edge of magic / Mickey Hart -- Japan/Paris/San Francisco -- The explosion -- The big five -- Evolution of an art. Wes Wilson ; Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley ; Victor Moscoso ; Rick Griffin ; The Human Be In ; A snapshot in time / Greil Marcus ; The joint show ; Mari Tepper ; Lee Conklin ; Aoxomoxoa ; David Singer ; Bonnie MacLean ; Randy Tuten ; Gunther Kieser ; Gary Grimshaw ; Peter Max ; Robert Rauschenberg ; Mark Arminski -- In closing.
"The Art of the Dead showcases the vibrant, charismatic poster art that emerged from the streets of San Francisco in 1964 and 1966. It traces the cultural, political, and historical influences of posters as art back to Japanese wood blocks through Bell Époque, on to the Beatniks, the Free Speech Movement, and the Acid Tests. Featuring interviews and profiles of the key artists, including Rick Griffin, Stanley "Mouse" Miller, Alton Kelley, Wes Wilson, and Victor Moscoso. The book uses Grateful Dead as the vehicle to tell the story of poster art as The Dead were the band that ultimately proved to be the most substantive and engaged partner for the artists and hence featured the best art of any rock 'n' roll band ever. The book will follow a chronological evolution of the art from the band's origination in 1965 through Jerry Garcia's death in 1995. The book is in four-color throughout, featuring iconic and rare images as well as extensive "process" material, including sketches, original art, blue lines, film, and printing plates that show how the art was created. It will also include essays by Greil Marcus, Peter Coyote, and Victoria Binder, as well as essays on the elements of the printing process from the original art to the final poster. Ultimately, the Art of the Dead makes the case that poster art is truly an original form of American fine art"-- Provided by publisher.
January 18, 2013
O'Hagan, Andrew, 1968-
Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
353 p. ; 21 cm.
"First published as The Atlantic Ocean: Essays on Britain and America in 2008 by Faber and Faber Limited"--T.p. verso.
The American dream of Lee Harvey Oswald -- The killing of James Bulger -- England's flowers -- Saint Marilyn -- On the end of British farming -- Funerals and a wedding -- The Glasgow sludge boat -- On Lad magazines -- After Hurricane Katrina -- England and the Beatles -- On begging -- Brothers -- Many Andies -- Racing against reality -- Guilt: a memoir -- Good fibs -- Diary -- E.M. Forster: the story of affection -- Styron's choice.
July 18, 2012
Harzewski, Stephanie, 1974-
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2011.
xii, 247 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Introduction: Heels over Hemingway -- Postmodernism's last romance -- Bridget Jones's Diary and the production of a popular Austen -- Sex and the City and the New York novel -- The legacy of working-girl fiction -- Theorizing postfeminist fictions of development -- Epilogue.
Harzewski (English, U of New Hampshire) offers a scholarly dissection of "chick lit" from a post-feminist perspective. She anchors her study in analysis of the bestselling novel Bridget Jones' Diary and the HBO series Sex and the City while making parallels back to writings of Jane Austen and the Victorian novel in general. What do these works say about women in society? Are these novels just an escape or a serious reflection of women's concerns? Harzewski's considerations of these questions and the conclusions she draws will interest students of women's studies and literature, as well as the general reader. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews. com)
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