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Download Coffee Life in Japan (California Studies in Food and by Merry White PDF

By Merry White

This interesting book—part ethnography, half memoir—traces Japan’s shiny café society over 100 and thirty years. Merry White strains Japan’s espresso craze from the flip of the 20th century, whilst Japan helped to release the Brazilian espresso undefined, to the current day, as uniquely eastern methods with espresso floor in Europe and the US. White’s publication takes up topics as assorted as gender, privateness, perfectionism, and urbanism. She exhibits how espresso and low areas were principal to the formation of jap notions concerning the makes use of of public area, social swap, modernity, and delight. White describes how the café in Japan, from its begin in 1888, has been a spot to come across new rules and experiments in notion, habit, sexuality , costume, and flavor. it truly is the place someone may be socially, artistically, or philosophically engaged or politically vocal. it's also, importantly, an city oasis, the place you will be deepest in public.

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Download The Grateful Dead Reader (Readers on American Musicians) by Diana Spaulding, David G. Dodd PDF

By Diana Spaulding, David G. Dodd

Here's a thrilling selection of writings in regards to the thankful useless, supplying either vintage and hard-to-find essays, reporting, and reviews.
Arranged in chronological order, those items upload as much as not anything lower than a full-scale background of the group--from Tom Wolfe's account of the Dead's first functionality (at an Acid try out in 1965), to Ralph Gleason's 1967 interview with the 24-year-old Jerry Garcia, to Mary Eisenhart's obituary of the nice guitarist. robust, incisive, and constantly creative, those choices comprise not just amazing writing at the thankful lifeless, but additionally extraordinary items on track and dad tradition more often than not. And along the phrases of Tom Wolfe, George W.S. Trow, and Robert Christgau, readers will locate poetry, fiction, drawings, and an supplying of infrequent and revealing photos. fanatics might be thinking about this anthology's many interviews and profiles, interpretations of lyrics, and live performance and checklist studies. but The thankful lifeless used to be greater than a band--it was once a cultural phenomenon. for 3 many years it remained on one never-ending journey, in every single place via a small military of nomadic enthusiasts who constituted a digital cult. The writers within the thankful lifeless Reader either have fun and learn this phenomenon, in such items as Ed McClanahan's groundbreaking article in Playboy in 1972, fan-magazine editor Blair Jackson's 1990 essay at the seriousness of the drug state of affairs at lifeless concert events, and Steve Silberman's insightful essays at the tune and its fanatics.
The thankful useless Reader brims with the very best writing on tune, on pop culture, and on a band that helped outline a new release.

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Download L'aquila e il pollo fritto. Perche amiamo e odiamo l'America by Vittorio Zucconi PDF

By Vittorio Zucconi

Vittorio Zucconi, il più americano dei giornalisti italiani, ci accompagna in un viaggio spassoso e tagliente fra i riti e i tic, le grandezze e le miserie del Paese nel quale tutto è accaduto, accade e accadrà: dal colosso Google al poker in televisione, dalle devastazioni dell'uragano Katrina alla megalomania dei grattacieli, dalle storie pubbliche e deepest dei suoi personaggi celebri fino a Sarah Palin e alla figura dell'"uomo nuovo" di oggi, los angeles "creatura dei media" Barack Obama. Amare l'America è facile quanto odiarla: "La odio spesso natural io" ammette Zucconi, che ne è innamorato perché questa nazione ha un segreto, una sorta di formulation magica che l. a. rende irresistibile: a differenza dell'Italia stagnante e motionless, l'America non ha paura di rinnovarsi di continuo e quello che sembrava certo ieri diventa assurdo domani, "nulla è prevedibile, nulla è impossibile".

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Download Maybe You Never Cry Again by Bernie Mac PDF

By Bernie Mac

As a strong testomony to his mother's love and knowledge, the movie, tv and comedy superstar tells the hilarious and relocating tale of the way difficult love and humor made him the guy he's at the present time. GoodReads

The Bernie Mac convey, Fox's phenomenally profitable new sitcom, has been making waves within the US press with an predicted 10 million audience observing Bernie Mac as he indicates difficult like to the kids in his care, providing a frequently side-splitting examine post-politically right parenting. The impetus in the back of the convey is going again to Mac's personal roots. He grew up in a boisterous domestic in Chicago together with his huge , and watched their antics with the slicing and cautious eye of a burgeoning comic. His notable dating along with his mom had a profound influence in shaping the guy he may develop into, as did the heartache of wasting lots of his shut relations at an early age. by means of turns surprising, heartbreaking, and heart-warming, Mac's autobiography is replete with tales concerning the significant figures in his lifestyles who contributed to his laugh-out loud experience of humour, or served as fodder for it, approximately his provocative perspectives on child-rearing; and approximately his good deserved ascension to the prestige of comedy king.

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Download The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation Is Conquering the by Euny Hong PDF

By Euny Hong

A clean, humorous, UP-CLOSE examine HOW SOUTH KOREA REMADE ITSELF because the WORLD'S popular culture POWERHOUSE OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

By now, each person on the earth is familiar with the music "Gangnam Style" and Psy, an immediately recognizable big name. however the song's foreign reputation is not any passing fad. "Gangnam Style" is just one instrument in South Korea's terribly tricky and potent technique to develop into an incredible global superpower by means of first turning into the world's #1 popular culture exporter.

As a baby, Euny Hong moved from the US to the Gangnam local in Seoul. She used to be a witness to the main sped up a part of South Korea's fiscal improvement, in which it leapfrogged from third-world army dictatorship to first-world liberal democracy at the innovative of world technology.

The delivery of Korean Cool recounts how South Korea vaulted itself into the twenty-first century, changing into an international chief in enterprise, expertise, schooling, and pa culture.Featuring vigorous, in-depth reporting and various interviews with Koreans operating in all components of presidency and society, Euny Hong finds how a very uncool state turned cool, and the way a state that when banned miniskirts, lengthy hair on males, and rock 'n' roll may perhaps come to mass produce boy bands, cleaning soap operas, and the world's hottest cellphone.

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Download The Journal of Popular Culture (March/April 2011) PDF

Table of Contents:

Editorial
Gary Hoppenstand

Articles

“Black, White and Blue: Racial Politics in B.B. King's tune from the 1960s” through Ulrich Adelt.

“Cinematic Carcerality: criminal Metaphors in Film” by means of Jan Alber.

“Preachers, Gangsters, Pranksters: MC Solaar and Hip-Hop as Overt and Covert Revolt” via Geoffrey Baker.

“Ethics, Authorship, and the illustration of Drag Kings in modern U.S. well known Culture” via Maite Escudero-Alías.

“From Making Do to Making-Over: fact television and the Reinvention of Britishness” by means of Rachel Jennings.

“Spider-Man in Love: A Psychoanalytic Interpretation” through Richard L.Kaplan.

“Recent Fictional Takes at the misplaced Hemingway Manuscripts” through Ron McFarland.

“A Mediated relations is a contented kinfolk: J.G. Ballard’s ‘Intensive Care Unit’” through Jeff W. Marker.

“A Million Little Blogs: neighborhood, Narrative, and the James Frey Controversy” by means of Mark Nunes.

“Monstrous Modernism and The Day of the Locust” by means of Martin Rogers.

“The lack of reputation: mental Implications” through ok. Bryant Smalley and William D. McIntosh.

“Grunge, insurrection Grrrl and the Forgetting of ladies in renowned Culture” by way of Catherine powerful.

“Burning Bush: Sitcom remedies of the Bush Presidency" by means of Stacy Takacs.

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Download Elements of Wit: Mastering the Art of Being Interesting by Benjamin Errett PDF

By Benjamin Errett

Bought wit?

We’ve all been in that scenario the place we have to say anything shrewdpermanent, yet risk free; clever sufficient to teach a few intelligence, with no displaying off; whatever humorous, yet now not a funny story. What we want in that second is wit—that gleaming blend of appeal, humor, self belief, and so much of all, the perfect phrases on the correct time.

Elements of Wit is an interesting ebook that brings jointly the best wits of our time, and former ones from Oscar Wilde to Nora Ephron, Winston Churchill to Christopher Hitchens, Mae West to Louis CK, and plenty of in between.

With chapters protecting the fundamental parts of wit, this primer sheds gentle on how anyone—introverts, extroverts, wallflowers, and bon vivants—can locate the proper zinger, quip, parry, or retort…or at the very least be somewhat extra fascinating.

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Download VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave by Gavin Edwards, Alan Hunter, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, PDF

By Gavin Edwards, Alan Hunter, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Martha Quinn

MTV’s unique VJs provide a behind-the-scenes oral background of the early years of MTV, 1981 to 1987, while it used to be exploding, reshaping the tradition, and growing “the MTV generation.”

Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and Martha Quinn (along with the past due J. J. Jackson) had front-row seats to a cultural revolution—and the hijinks of tune stars like Adam Ant, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, and Duran Duran. Their worlds collided, in fact: John Cougar invited Nina to a late-night “party” that proved to be a seduction test. Mark partied with David Lee Roth, who provided him cocaine and groupies. Aretha Franklin made chili for Alan. Bob Dylan whisked Martha off to eire in his inner most jet.

But whereas VJ has lots of dish—secret romances, nude pictures, incoherent celebrities—it additionally unearths how 4 VJs grew up along MTV’s dedicated audience and have become that generation’s relied on narrators. They inform the tale of the ’80s, from the neon-colored drawstring pants to the Reagan management, and supply a deeper realizing of ways MTV replaced our tradition. Or because the VJs positioned it: “We’re the explanation you don't have any consciousness span.”

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Download Andy Warhol: Prince of Pop by Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan PDF

By Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan

“IN the longer term every body can be international recognized for 15 minutes.”

The Campbell’s Soup Cans. The Marilyns. the electrical Chairs. The vegetation. The paintings created through Andy Warhol increased daily photographs to artwork, making sure Warhol a reputation that has a long way outlasted the quarter-hour he estimated for everybody else. His very identify is synonymous with the Nineteen Sixties American paintings stream often called Pop.

But Warhol’s oeuvre was once the sum of many elements. He not just produced iconic paintings that mixed excessive and pop culture; he additionally made debatable movies, starring his entourage of the attractive and outrageous; he introduced Interview, a slick journal that keeps to promote this present day; and he reveled in prime the forefront of latest York’s hipster way of life. The manufacturing facility, Warhol’s studio and den of social happenings, used to be where to be.

Who may have estimated that this eccentric boy, the Pittsburgh-bred son of jap ecu immigrants, may catapult himself into media superstardom? Warhol’s upward thrust, from poverty to wealth, from obscurity to prestige as a Pop icon, is an soaking up tale—one within which the yankee dream of repute and fortune is performed out in all of its luck and its extra. No artist of the overdue twentieth century took the heartbeat of his time—and ours—better than Andy Warhol.

A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

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Download The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes (The Philosophy of Popular by David Baggett, Philip Tallon PDF

By David Baggett, Philip Tallon

Arguably the main well-known and well-known detective in heritage, Sherlock Holmes is taken into account through many to be the 1st pop icon of the trendy age. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective has stood as a distinct determine for greater than a century along with his reliance on logical rigor, his analytic precision, and his fail to remember of social mores. a real vintage, the Sherlock Holmes personality maintains to entertain twenty-first-century audiences at the web page, degree, and screen.

In The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes, a group of top students use the loved personality as a window into the quandaries of life, from questions of truth to the hunt for wisdom. The essays discover the sleuth's position in revealing many of the world's so much primary philosophical matters, discussing matters reminiscent of the character of deception, the teachings enemies can educate us, Holmes's personal capability for criminal activity, and the detective's distinctive yet potent sort of inductive reasoning. Emphasizing the philosophical debates raised via generations of dedicated enthusiasts, this fascinating quantity could be of curiosity to philosophers and Holmes fans alike.

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