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The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training

The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training Josh Wilker In 1977, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training had a moment in the sun. A glowing junk sculpture of American genres- sports flick, coming-of-age story, family melodrama, after-school special, road narrative- the film cashed in on the success of its predecessor, The Bad News Bears. Arguing against a sequel’s dismissal as a cultural afterthought, Josh Wilker...

The Customer is Always Wrong

The Customer is Always Wrong Edited by Jeff Martin Listen to Jeff Martin talk about retail on NPR’s All Things Considered From Mom and Pop general stores to huge chains, it is impossible to think of American experience without thinking about the buying/selling culture that is retail. It is almost a rite of passage to pay your dues in a retail environment. The Customer Is Always Wrong: The Retail Chronicles is...

The Fan Who Knew Too Much

Comprised of eight essays that range from art to obsession, Heilbut explores the roles of gays in the gospel church, profiles the life and work of Aretha Franklin, discusses the rise of the soap opera and Irna Phillips, its most influential figure, detours to an expose on male sopranos, and explores the roles of émigrés from Hitler’s Germany to America.

The Late American Novel

The Late American Novel Writers on the Future of Books Edited by Jeff Martin and C. Max Magee The way we absorb information has changed dramatically. Edison’s phonograph has been reincarnated as the iPod. Celluloid went digital. But books, for the most part, have remained the same—until now. And while music and movies have undergone an almost Darwinian evolution, the literary world now faces a revolution, a sudden...

The Sheikh’s Batmobile

The Sheikh’s Batmobile In Pursuit of American Pop Culture in the Muslim World Richard Poplak What happens to our pop culture when it meets another culture head-on—especially one that, according to some, is completely at odds with our own?  In The Sheikh’s Batmobile, pop culture commentator Richard Poplak sets out on an unusual two-year odyssey. His mission is to see what becomes of his and America’s...

Too Much Crazy

Too Much Crazy By Tom Tomorrow Tom Tomorrow’s This Modern World has been hailed as “one of the most clever and incisive political cartoons in the country” (Los Angeles Times). For twenty years, Tomorrow’s sharply funny and fiercely intelligent commentary has been a beacon of much-needed satire in the often-bleak world of media news. Recently, as a regular feature in weekly papers nationwide as well as online, This...

Too Much to Dream

Too Much to Dream A Psychedelic Boyhood Peter Bebergal Foreword by Peter Coyote “A little bit of acid, lots of weed, and too much Castaneda and I was ready to move from the magical realm of Middle Earth into a world that was much stranger than any involving hairy dwarves and white wizards . . . I sought a world where people took risks with their bodies and their minds, where music fed ideas and action, where sex...


n Vampire, Poole gives us the eclectic life of the dancer, stripper, actress, and artist Maila Nurmi, who would reinvent herself as Vampira during the backdrop of 1950s America, an era of both chilling conformity and the nascent rumblings of the countercultural response that led from the Beats and free jazz to the stirring of the LGBT movement and the hardcore punk scene in the bohemian enclave along Melrose Avenue.

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