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Madonna and Me

Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop • Edited by Laura Barcella • Foreword by Jessica Valenti
Women writers take on the ultimate icon

No More Prisons

No More Prisons: Urban Life, Homeschooling, Hip-Hop Leadership, the Cool Rich Kids Movement, a Hitchhiker’s Guide to Community Organizing, and Why Philanthropy Is the Greatest Art Form of the 21st Century! William Upski Wimsatt In this follow-up to the underground best-seller Bomb the Suburbs, William Upski Wimsatt expands his focus from culture into politics. Despite the title, this book is only tangentially...

Rebels Wit Attitude

Rebels Wit Attitude: Subversive Rock Humorists Iain Ellis In Rebels Wit Attitude, music writer and professor Iain Ellis throws a spotlight on the history of humor as a weapon of anti-establishment rebellion, paying tribute to the great rebel humorists in American rock history and investigating comedy and laughter as the catalyst and main expressive force in these artists’ work. The performers who are the subject of...

Route 19 Revisited

Route 19 Revisited The Clash and London Calling Marcus Gray Twenty-eight years after its original release, The Clash’s London Calling was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as a “recording of lasting qualitative or historical significance.” It topped polls on both sides of the Atlantic for the best album of the seventies (and eighties) and in publications as wide-ranging as Rolling Stone, VIBE, Pitchfork, and...

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...

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