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By Richard Brian Davis

The ideal significant other to Lewis Carroll's vintage ebook and director Tim Burton's March 2010 remake of Alice in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has involved teenagers and adults alike for generations. Why does Lewis Carroll introduce us to such oddities as blue caterpillars who smoke hookahs, cats whose grins stay after their heads have pale away, and a White Queen who lives backwards and recollects forwards? Is all of it simply nonsense? used to be Carroll less than the impact? This ebook probes the deeper underlying that means within the Alice books, and divulges an international wealthy with philosophical lifestyles classes. Tapping into many of the maximum philosophical minds that ever lived?Aristotle, Hume, Hobbes, and Nietzsche?Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy explores life's final questions throughout the eyes of maybe the main endearing heroine in all of literature.

* appears at compelling matters resembling belief and truth in addition to how good judgment fares in a global of lunacy, the Mad Hatter, clocks, and temporal passage
* deals new insights into favourite Alice in Wonderland characters and scenes, together with the Mad Hatter and his tea occasion, the violent Queen of Hearts, and the grinning Cheshire Cat

Accessible and interesting, Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy will increase your event of Alice's undying adventures with new that means and enjoyable.

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By Chuck Klosterman

Chuck Klosterman has walked into the darkness. As a boy, he on the topic of the cultural figures who represented goodness—but as an grownup, he came upon himself unconsciously aligning with their enemies. This was once no longer simply because he inevitably cherished what they have been doing; it was once simply because they have been doing it on function (and they have been doing it better). They desired to be evil. And what, precisely, was once that purported to suggest? after we classify somebody as a foul individual, what are we actually announcing (and why are we so enthusiastic about asserting it)? How does the tradition of planned malevolence function?

In <I >I put on the Black Hat</I>, Klosterman questions the fashionable knowing of villainy. What used to be so Machiavellian approximately Machiavelli? Why don’t we see Bernhard Goetz an analogous manner we see Batman? who's extra precious of our vitriol—Bill Clinton or Don Henley? What used to be O. J. Simpson’s <I >second-worst</I> choice? And why is Klosterman nonetheless haunted via a few child he knew for one week in 1985?

Masterfully mixing cultural research with self-interrogation and resourceful hypotheticals, I put on the Black Hat offers perceptive observations at the complexity of the antihero (seemingly the single form of hero the US nonetheless creates). I put on the Black Hat is a unprecedented instance of significant feedback that’s immediately available and very, relatively humorous. Klosterman remains to be the one author doing no matter what it really is he’s doing.

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Download Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World by Anne Jamison PDF

By Anne Jamison

What's fanfiction, and what's it no longer? Why does fanfiction topic? And what makes it so vital to the way forward for literature?

Fic is a groundbreaking exploration of the heritage and tradition of fan writing and what it capacity for how we expect approximately analyzing, writing, and authorship. It’s a narrative approximately literature, group, and technology—about what tales are being instructed, who’s telling them, how, and why.

With provocative discussions from either expert and fan writers, on topics from Star Trek to The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Harry Potter, Twilight, and past, Fic sheds gentle at the commonly misunderstood world(s) of fanfiction—not simply how fanfiction is remodeling the literary panorama, yet the way it already has.

Fic includes a foreword via Lev Grossman (author of The Magicians) and interviews with Jonathan Lethem, Doug Wright, Eurydice (Vivean Dean), and Katie Forsythe/wordstrings.

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Wendy C. Fries (Atlin Merrick)
Ron Hogan
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Christina Lauren (Christina Hobbs/tby789 and Lauren Billings/LolaShoes)
Jacqueline Lichtenberg
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Chris Rankin
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Download Studying Men and Masculinities by David Buchbinder PDF

By David Buchbinder

The late-twentieth-century nervousness a few ‘crisis in masculinity’ nonetheless persists this day, rather in English-speaking cultures. Studying males and Masculinities offers an interesting and comprehensive overview of masculinity. Drawing on a variety of cultural practices and texts from diverse genres and media, David Buchbinder examines the idea of patriarchy and the demanding situations to patriarchal strength, together with queer conception. The publication considers even if obstacle may well in reality be equipped into the very constitution of the masculine, and examines emergent masculinities post-9/11.

Theoretical positions in the box are sincerely defined and utilized to actual lifestyles case stories from literature, movie, and tv. Interspersed in every one bankruptcy are a chain of questions and projects geared toward encouraging the reader to interact her/himself within the research of masculinities in way of life and well known culture.

This topical and thought-provoking booklet should be a useful source for college kids of masculinities stories, sexuality stories, cultural stories, and gender theory.

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Download Justified and Philosophy: Shoot First, Think Later PDF

“You haven’t learn Justified and Philosophy but? fogeys were shot for less.”

—Nicolas Michaud, editor of event Time and Philosophy: The instruction manual for Heroes

“Looking into hearts blacker than the blackest coal, we’ve found what occurs after the shotgun marriage ceremony in Justified. apparently blood’s thicker than chilly sorghum syrup up in these mountains. The Hatfields and McCoys weren’t approximately so creative or so good armed, however the Crowders and the Crowes and the Givenses and their boys aren’t so assorted from what you and that i will be if our loyalties have been all we believed in. ideas deeper than the private holler are within the crosshairs the following, and because those aren’t yesteryear’s rednecks, Carveth and Arp have summoned a staff of down-home thinkers who recognize their means round the backroads of philosophy.”

—Randall E. Auxier, writer of Time, Will, and goal: residing principles from the Philosophy of Josiah Royce

“If John Rawls used to be a lawman, he’d be Justified’s latest leader Deputy Marshal. yet, if Raylan Givens used to be a thinker he’d write this publication and make it a capital offense to not learn it.”

—Michael J. Muniz, Northwood University

“The Western’s a great style for modern audience and readers to discover what if’s. In an international without principles, probably endless wealth for the taking, and the chance to workout any variety of damaging and immoral acts, might you, if you happen to, or may you? Justified is the Western for the twenty-first century, as Clint Eastwood used to be for the former one, and Justified and Philosophy offers us many fascinating insights into the quick-draw global of Raylan Givens.”

—Roger Hunt, Boston Graduate institution of Psychoanalysis

“Even humans who’ve by no means learn a notice of philosophy should be capable of learn this ebook and locate it justifiably fascinating.”

—Rick Anderson, self sufficient tv critic

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Download The Sheikh's Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop Culture by Richard Poplak PDF

By Richard Poplak

What occurs to our popular culture whilst it meets one other tradition head-on—especially person who, based on a few, is totally at odds with our own?

In The Sheikh’s Batmobile, popular culture commentator Richard Poplak units out on an strange two-year odyssey. His undertaking is to work out what turns into of his and America’s obsessions—pop songs and sitcoms, Hollywood videos and shoot-'em-up games, muscle automobiles and punk music—when they make their method into the Muslim world.

Over the process his trip, Poplak will get body-slammed by way of WWE lovers in Afghanistan, hangs out with hip-hop artists in Palestine, headbangs to heavy steel in Cairo, discovers an international of maximum makeovers in Beirut, bowls with the manager of police in small-town Kazakhstan, and encounters a mysterious Texan who builds rocket-propelled Batmobiles for a shoppers of sheikhs.

With uproarious humor and willing cultural perception, Poplak asks a few important questions: How is American popular culture ate up and reinterpreted within the Islamic international? What does that say approximately how we're seen by means of younger Muslims? and will Homer Simpson bridge the divisions which are tearing our international aside?

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Download Encyclopedia Gothica by Liisa Ladouceur PDF

By Liisa Ladouceur

A guidebook to the language of the main shadowy of subcultures, this paintings collects and defines greater than 550 Gothic phrases and words. Compiled via an acclaimed Goth journalist and poet, this compendium presents perception into the original vernacular of this attention-grabbing neighborhood, describing intimately and with black humor the style, track, and way of life in addition to sharing insider slang reminiscent of child Bat, Corp Goth, and the Gothic Two-Step. A Goth Band genealogy and crucial Goth listening, interpreting, and viewing concepts also are incorporated during this phantasmagorical work.

Note: nice caliber PDF, bookmarked. now not EPUB conversion.

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Download What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 by Tevi Troy PDF

By Tevi Troy

From Cicero to Snooki, the cultural affects on our American presidents are robust and considerable. Thomas Jefferson famously stated "I can't reside with out books," and his library subsidized up the declare, later turning into the spine of the recent Library of Congress. Jimmy Carter watched enormous quantities of films in his White residence, whereas Ronald Reagan starred in a couple of in his personal time. Lincoln used to be a theater-goer, whereas Obama kicked again at domestic to a couple episodes of HBO's "The Wire."

America is a rustic outfitted by way of thinkers on a origin of principles. along vintage works of philosophy and ethics, although, our presidents were encouraged via the books, video clips, television indicates, viral movies, and social media sensations in their day. In popular culture and the yank Presidents: From Pamphlets to Podcasts, presidential student and previous White condo aide Tevi Troy combines learn with witty statement to inform the tale of the way our presidents were formed by means of pop culture.

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Download Steven Spielberg: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies) by Kathi Jackson PDF

By Kathi Jackson

Steven Spielberg is hailed as probably the most influential and commercially winning movie administrators in movie historical past. via his function in constructing, directing, and riding the lighting tricks of some of the largest blockbusters in motion picture historical past, includingJaws, Raiders of the misplaced Ark, E.T., Saving inner most Ryan, Jurassic Park, Schindler's checklist, and Minority record, Spielberg replaced the way in which videos are made and left an indelible mark on pop culture. This biography strains his upward thrust from capturing movies as a shy younger boy with the family's eight mm digital camera to his first unpaid activity at common Studios, to the increase of DreamWorks, the studio Spielberg based and speedy changed into a filmmaking powerhouse. whereas Spielberg's most sensible paintings might lie forward, this compelling biography places his mythical profession and paintings to this point into standpoint by way of delivering research and observation from fanatics and critics alike.Whether approximately an alien misplaced in suburbia or the battles of global warfare II, Spielberg has directed and produced the various such a lot pointed out videos of the prior 30 years. scholars attracted to the heritage of movie and the filmmaking will locate this biography ceaselessly attention-grabbing.

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Download The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them by Gregory Bassham, Eric Bronson PDF

By Gregory Bassham, Eric Bronson

The Lord of the jewelry is meant to be appropriate to the true global of relationships, faith, excitement, soreness, and politics. Tolkien himself acknowledged that his grand story of wizards, orcs, hobbits, and elves used to be geared toward fact and reliable morals within the genuine world.
Analysis of the preferred allure of The Lord of the earrings (on web pages and somewhere else) indicates that Tolkien fanatics are hungry for dialogue of the pressing ethical and cosmological concerns bobbing up out of this terrific epic story.
Can political strength be wielded for reliable, or needs to it usually corrupt? Does know-how damage the actually human? Is it morally unsuitable to renounce wish? do we locate which means in likelihood events?
In The Lord of the jewelry and Philosophy, seventeen younger philosophy professors, them all ardent Tolkien enthusiasts and such a lot of them individuals to the 4 previous volumes within the pop culture and Philosophy sequence, handle a few of these vital concerns and exhibit how clues to their ideas can be present in the imaginary international of Middle-earth. The e-book is split into 5 sections, concerned about strength and the hoop, the hunt for Happiness, sturdy and Evil in Middle-earth, Time and Mortality, and the Relevance

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