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U2 and Philosophy: How to Decipher an Atomic Band (Popular Culture and Philosophy Book 21)

By Mark A. Wrathall

Is it attainable to be a devoted Christian and a rock big name? Can political activists make sturdy track? Do highly profitable rock bands really care approximately AIDS and poverty in Africa, or is it simply one other image-enhancing schtick? U2 and Philosophy ponders those and different seeming dichotomies within the profession of the Irish supergroup. For over 20 years, U2 has been one of many greatest acts in rock tune. They’ve produced over a dozen platinum and multiplatinum files and received 15 Grammy Awards. Critics far and wide have praised the band’s considerate, advanced lyrics and the artistry in their tune. while, Bono, the group’s lead singer, has committed himself to political and social motives, blurring the road among rock megastar and revered statesman. supplying clean perception into the band’s song and activism, those thought-provoking essays permits lovers to find philosophy in the course of the eyes of U2, and rediscover U2 during the eyes of philosophers.

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Captain America and the Struggle of the Superhero: Critical Essays

For greater than 60 years, Captain the United States used to be considered one of surprise Comics' flagship characters, representing fact, power, liberty, and justice. The assassination of his adjust ego, Steve Rogers, rocked the comedian international, leaving various questions about his lifestyles and dying. This e-book discusses themes together with the illustration of Nazi Germany in Captain the USA Comics from the Forties to the Nineteen Sixties; the production of Captain America in gentle of the Jewish American adventure; the connection among Captain the United States and united kingdom Marvel's Captain Britain; the groundbreaking partnership among Captain the United States and African American superhero the Falcon; and the makes an attempt made to kill the nature ahead of his "real" dying.

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Badass: The Birth of a Legend: Spine-Crushing Tales of the Most Merciless Gods, Monsters, Heroes, Villains, and Mythical Creatures Ever Envisioned

By Ben Thompson

From sex-crazed gods to starving monsters, Ben Thompson brings mythical titans to existence in stories of event, bloodlust, and unrelenting badassitude.

because the starting of human historical past humans have created myths, tall stories, superheroes, and arch-villains—men and ladies who launched into insane adventures, played amazing feats of exceptional awesomeness, and overcame all odds to violently smite their foes into bloody pulp. In Badass: The beginning of a Legend, Ben Thompson compiles those fantastical stories from the start of time to this present day and tells them within the thoroughly over-the-top demeanour within which they have been meant, together with:

Rama
The Indian god-king who led a military of monkeys opposed to the King of All Demons

Thor
The Viking god of thunder and notable hair, who overwhelmed the skulls of giants with a ridiculously large hammer

Beowulf
An Anglo-Saxon hero so hardcore he might arm-wrestle monsters' joints out in their sockets

Moby-Dick
The hate-filled literary behemoth who obliterated send hulls along with his face

Skuld
The Norse necromancer queen who summoned a horde of zombie berserkers

Dirty Harry Callahan
The prototypical modern day antihero and intensely embodiment of badass

From Publishers Weekly
In his first publication, Badass, Thompson, author of the website badassoftheweek.com, all in favour of warlords, samurai, pirates, and gunfighters who really existed; during this follow-up, he turns to mythological badasses all through heritage. From Anubis and Zeus to Capt. James T. Kirk and Godzilla, Thompson provides particular and adrenaline-fueled screeds on forty characters "whose tales of ball-crushing conquest are nonetheless outstanding adequate to make even the tamest readers are looking to grab up a sword and pass attempting to find dragon meat." matters comprise El Chupacabra ("this freakadelic ass-reaming spawn of Satan"); Diomedes ("the wanton slaughter of faceless jobbers is simply the start of awesomeness"); and, in a long-overdue tribute, the Daleks from health professional Who ("these murderous, computerized salt-shakers are vile constructs of natural evil"). thankfully, the e-book contains badass girls in addition to males, and Thompson's overheated prose rises even additional whilst describing the Indian goddess Kali: "When she's no longer eating the entrails of the gods, getting inebriated on human blood, acting her Dance of Annihilation... she shoots blood out of her mouth like a fireplace hose... she's pretty well the main completely steel being ever." (Mar.)
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About the Author
Ben Thompson has run the warhammer of an internet site badassoftheweek.com considering 2004, and has written funny history-related columns for retailers equivalent to Cracked, Fangoria, Penthouse, and the yank Mustache Institute. although he's by no means flown a jetpack over the Atlantic Ocean or punched an individual so challenging that his head exploded, he's thought of via many to be the world's most effective specialist on badassitude. His first ebook, Badass, was once published in 2009.

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Stephen Colbert and Philosophy: I Am Philosophy (And So Can You!) (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Aaron Allen Schiller

At the pinnacle of The Colbert Report, probably the most renowned indicates on tv, Stephen Colbert is a popular culture phenomenon. a couple of million humans sponsored his faux candidacy within the 2008 U.S. presidential election on fb, a testomony to the relatively wealthy set of matters and feelings Colbert brings to brain. Stephen Colbert and Philosophy is full of considerate and a laugh chapters, every one written by means of a thinker and all excited by Colbert's inimitable truth — from his notice creations (truthiness, wikiality, freem, and others) to his place as a faux-pundit who overtly mocks Fox information and CNN. even supposing many of the dialogue is headquartered round The Colbert Report, this assortment doesn't overlook both his best-selling publication, I Am the US (And So Can You!), or his public performances, together with his incendiary 2006 White apartment Press Correspondents' Dinner speech.

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The Wire and Philosophy: This America, Man (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Seth Vannatta, David Bzdak, Joanna Crosby

Through many bills, HBO’s The cord was once and is still the best and most crucial tv drama of all time. Conceived by way of writers David Simon and ex-Baltimore murder detective Ed Burns, this five-season, sixty-episode journey de strength has raised the bar for compelling, clever tv construction. With every one season addressing a distinct area of lifestyles within the urban of Baltimore, and every season’s narratives tapping into these from prior seasons, The cord was once in a position to display the overlapping, criss-crossing, and colliding realities that shape—if no longer control—the humans, associations, and tradition of the trendy American city.

The cord and Philosophy celebrates this show’s realism in addition to its highbrow and philosophical readability. chosen philosophers who're fanatics of The twine faucet into those conflicts and interconnections to reveal the underlying philosophical matters and assumptions and pursue questions, comparable to, Can police officers relatively inform whether or not they are smarter than their perps? Or do they fall sufferer to highbrow self-importance? Do members relatively have unfastened will to withstand the temptations—of gangs, of substances, or corruption—that encompass them? Is David Simon a modern day Marx who sees capitalism top finally to its personal cave in, or is Baltimore’s tale uniquely its personal?

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Lost in the Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed

By Kim Cooper

Do you be mindful those nice pop stars and their hits? Deerhoof's The Man, The King, The lady Butch Hancock's West Texas Waltzes and Dust Blown Tractor Tunes, Swamp Dogg's Cuffed, Collared and Tagged, Michael Head's The Magical global Of The Strands, John Trubee's The Communists Are Coming to Kill Us, John Phillips's Wolf King of L.A., and Michel Magne's Moshe Mouse Crucifiction? You will in case you learn Lost in the Grooves, a desirable consultant to the again alleys off the pop track superhighway.
Pop track heritage is filled with little-known musicians, whose paintings stands defiantly on my own, too quirky, specified, or demented to attract a mass viewers. This publication explores the nooks and crannies of the pop song global, unearthing misplaced gemstones from should-have-been significant artists (Sugarpie DeSanto, Judee Sill), revisiting lesser identified works by means of validated icons (Marvin Gaye's post-divorce kissoff album, Here My Dear; The Ramones' Subterranean Jungle), and spotlighting musicians who easily do not healthy into neat different types (k. mccarty, Exuma). The book's encyclopedic alphabetical constitution throws off unusual sparks as disparate genres and eras rub opposed to one another: folk-psych iconoclasts face louche pop crooners; outsider artists set their unusual masterpieces down subsequent to obscurities from the celebs; lo-fi storage rock cuddles up with the French avant-garde; and roots rock weirdoes journey over bubblegum. This publication will satisfaction any jukebox junkie or popular culture fan.

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The Avengers and Philosophy: Earth's Mightiest Thinkers

By Mark D. White

An enticing examine the philosophical underpinnings of Earth's Mightiest Heroes

Avengers gather! Tackling exciting dilemmas and concerns that no unmarried nice thinker can face up to, this robust e-book enlists the brainpower of an A-list crew of history's such a lot admired thinkers to discover the topics at the back of the motion of wonder Comics' all-star superhero team.

  • Arms you with new insights into the characters and subject matters of The Avengers
  • Deepens your appreciation either one of The Avengers comics and the Joss Whedon motion picture adaptation
  • Answers the philosophical questions you have regularly had approximately Earth's Mightiest Heroes, together with: Can a reformed felony turn into a superhero? Can an android love a human? If a hero beats his spouse, is he nonetheless a hero?
  • Helps you're thinking that otherwise in regards to the participants of the superhero team—Captain the US, Iron guy, Thor, and the others

This thought-provoking ebook can assist you know this band of superheroes higher, even if you could have the Avengers for years or are a Joss Whedon fan simply discovering them.

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Roald Dahl and Philosophy: A Little Nonsense Now and Then

By John V. Karavitis

For generations the weather of humor, poignancy, myth, and unfettered morality chanced on inside of acclaimed children’s writer Roald Dahl’s most famed stories have captivated either youngsters and adults. Classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the enormous Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, and The BFG may well first and foremost seem to be yarns spun for the leisure of the adolescent brain, even though, upon digging deeper one uncovers a treasure trove of philosophical richness that's something yet infantile, yet in reality finds the genuine existential weight, and multi-layered that means of a few of our favourite children’s tales. Editor Jacob M. Held has gathered the insights of today’s prime philosophers into the significances, messages, and bigger truths at which Dahl’s rhythmic writing winks, revealing an entire new strategy to have fun with the construction of a guy and brain to which readers of every age are nonetheless drawn.

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Pop-Porn: Pornography in American Culture

By Ann C. Hall, Mardia J. Bishop

There is a brand new wave of pornographic leisure in modern American tradition. Liberated from X-rated bookstores and strip golf equipment, porn is in all places, and Pop-Porn seeks to envision this phenomenon in a few of its so much awesome manifestations. Written from a number of views and on quite a few subject matters representing the frequent raise of soft-core porn in our tradition, Pop-Porn deals a close and intricate method of the porn in the United States. instead of targeting the present polarity of simple seasoned and con perspectives in this topic―a polarity that finally hinders discussion―these essays convey that pornographic content material is subtly and profoundly embedded in our cultural cloth. This present situation increases questions past what is correct and what is improper. It calls for that we learn what those representations suggest within the first position and what results they've got upon the way in which we are living our lives.

The content material of this quantity isn't really restricted to the standard porn websites and practices, similar to video, prostitution, intercourse revenues, magazines, and the net. The essays right here move additional, reading porn in locations many wouldn't anticipate, corresponding to in grooming practices of pubic hair and the self-promotional thoughts of Paris Hilton. The authors who do research the normal websites for porn achieve this in a different means. finally, those essays jointly exhibit that american citizens are hooked on porn, yet are compelled to conceal it as style, hygiene, classification observation, or other kinds of leisure. members to Pop-Porn come from a large choice of disciplines―including English, Women's reports, conversation, Psychology, and Theatre―and their essays deal with a variety of porn-infiltrated websites, from magazines to radio to movie to tv to type. whereas each one contributor may possibly understand porn otherwise, all of them handle its pervasiveness in America's present, conservative state.

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The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times

By Joseph J. Darowski

Considering that Superman first seemed at the hide of motion Comics no 1 in 1938, the superhero has replaced with the days to stay a correct icon of yank pop culture. This assortment explores the evolution of the Superman personality and demonstrates how his changes replicate ancient adjustments in American society. starting with the unique comedian ebook and finishing with the 2011 Grounded storyline, those essays research Superman's patriotic heroism in the course of global struggle II, his raise in energy within the early years of the chilly warfare, his demise and resurrection on the finish of the chilly warfare, and his fresh dramatic reimagining. via the various adjustments the guy of metal has passed through to stay pertinent, this quantity unearths as a lot approximately the USA because it does concerning the champion of fact, Justice, and the yank manner.

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