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Sherlock: Every Canon Reference You May Have Missed in BBC's Series 1-3

By Valerie Estelle Frankel

BBC’s Sherlock has introduced the vintage adventures into remarkable life—fans internationally are delighting in each second. yet extra is hidden in the episodes for the worse fans—nonstop tricks to the unique adventures and the vintage movies in addition. inside this publication are all of the references, with charges from the actors and creators, notes from John and Sherlock’s blogs, and a great deal of colourful symbolism. There are vistable destinations in London and a glance on the consistent byplay, excess of uncomplicated friendship, among the 2 heroes. With personality bios and notes on the entire unseen circumstances, this e-book bursts with references for Sherlock’s fanatics, those that comprehend the century of lore and people who are but to start it.

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Mental Floss Presents Condensed Knowledge: A Deliciously Irreverent Guide to Feeling Smart Again

By Will Pearson, Mangesh Hattikudur, Elizabeth Hunt

Loaded with meaty trivialities and attractive, bite-sized facts!

mental_floss is proud to provide a scrumptious, hearty supporting of brain-food that is certain to fan the flames of your neurons and tantalize your synapses. Condensed Knowledge is a mouthwatering mixture of exciting proof, lucid factors, and excellent theories that may fulfill even the hungriest mind!

Ingredients include:

5 tiny international locations that get no admire • four civilizations not anyone recalls • five classics written lower than the effect • four issues your boss has in universal with slime mildew • three colleges of proposal that might provoke the other intercourse • four issues Einstein acquired flawed • five classical tunes you recognize from the films • three well-known experiences that might be unlawful this present day • 2 spiritual mysteries solved by way of chemistry • five scandals that rocked artwork, and lots more and plenty extra ...

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30 Rock and Philosophy: We Want to Go to There

By William Irwin

A interesting exploration of the philosophy in the back of NBC’s hit television sequence, 30 Rock

With edgy writing and an exceptional forged, 30 Rock is among the funniest tv indicates at the air—and the place hilarity ensues, philosophical questions abound: Are Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy moral heroes? Kenneth redefines "goody shoes", yet what does it quite suggest to be strong? Dr. Leo Spaceman generally demonstrates that medication isn't a technological know-how, so what is the function of the incompetent expert in the US today?

In 30 Rock and Philosophy, Tina Fey and her fellow forged contributors are thrust onto the philosophical level with Plato, Aristotle, Kantand different nice thinkers to envision those key questions and so on that contain the characters and plotlines of 30 Rock and its fictional TGS with Tracy Jordan comedy show.

  • Takes an enjoyable, up-close examine the philosophical concerns in the back of 30 Rock's characters and storylines, from post-feminist beliefs to workaholism and the which means of life
  • Equips you with a brand new figuring out of Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy, Tracy Jordan, Jenna Maroney, Dr. Spaceman, and different characters
  • Gives you deep and significant new purposes (who knew?) for gazing Tina Fey and your different favorites on 30 Rock

Ideal for either informal and diehard fanatics, this e-book is the basic better half for each 30 Rock­-watcher.

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Picturing the Apocalypse: The Book of Revelation in the Arts over Two Millennia

The e-book of Revelation has been a resource of continuous fascination for almost thousand years. options reminiscent of the Lamb of God, the 4 Horsemen, the 7th Seal, the Beasts and Antichrist, the Whore of Babylon, Armageddon, the Millennium, the final Judgement, the hot Jerusalem, and the ever-present angels of the Apocalypse have captured the preferred mind's eye. you possibly can hardly ever open a newspaper or click a information web site with out analyzing approximately approaching monetary or climate-change Armageddon, whereas the idea that of the 4 Horsemen pervades renowned track, gaming, and satire. but few humans understand a lot approximately both the fundamental that means or unique context of those strategies or the multiplicity of alternative ways that they've been interpreted by means of visible artists specifically. The visible historical past of this most generally illustrated of all of the biblical books merits higher attention.

This ebook fills those gaps in a notable and unique method through ten concise thematic chapters which clarify the origins of those recommendations from the e-book of Revelation in an obtainable method. those factors are augmented and built through a delicately chosen pattern of the ways that the strategies were taken care of via artists during the centuries. The one hundred twenty visible examples are drawn from a variety of time classes and media together with the ninth-century Trier Apocalypse, thirteenth-century Anglo-Norman Apocalypse Manuscripts equivalent to the Lambeth and Trinity Apocalypses, the fourteenth-century Angers Apocalypse Tapestry, fifteenth-century Apocalypse altarpieces by means of Van Eyck and Memling, Dürer and Cranach's sixteenth-century Apocalypse woodcuts, and extra lately various works by means of William Blake, J.M.W. Turner, Max Beckmann, in addition to movie posters and picture stills, cartoons, and kid's e-book illustrations. the ultimate bankruptcy demonstrates the ongoing resonance of all of the issues in modern non secular, political, and renowned pondering, whereas in the course of the e-book a distinction may be drawn among these readers of Revelation who've visible it by way of earthly revolutions within the right here and now, and people who have followed a extra non secular, other-worldly approach.

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High Theory/Low Culture

By Mikita Brottman

In High Theory/Low Culture, Mikita Brottman makes use of the instruments of "high" cultural idea to envision many components of today's pop culture, together with type magazines, activities, purchasing, tabloid newspapers, horror video clips and pornography. In doing so, she not just demonstrates the sensible use of "high" thought because it pertains to our daily international, yet she additionally investigates the categories of "low" tradition which are on a regular basis disregarded via educational students. via an in depth exam of those cultural kinds, Brottman unearths how the categories of pop culture that we frequently take without any consideration are, actually, way more advanced and complex than is in general assumed.

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The Philosophy of Ang Lee (The Philosophy of Popular Culture)

By Robert Arp, Adam Barkman, James McRae

Ang Lee (b. 1954) has emerged as certainly one of cinema's such a lot flexible, significantly acclaimed, and renowned administrators. identified for his skill to go beyond cultural and stylistic limitations, Lee has outfitted a various oeuvre that incorporates movies approximately tradition clashes and globalization (Eat Drink guy girl, 1994, and the marriage ceremonial dinner, 1993), a interval drama (Sense and Sensibility, 1995), a martial arts epic (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2000), a comic motion motion picture (Hulk, 2003), and an American western (Brokeback Mountain, 2005).

The Philosophy of Ang Lee attracts from either japanese and Western philosophical traditions to check the director's works. the 1st part makes a speciality of Taoist, Confucian, and Buddhist issues in his Chinese-language motion pictures, and the second one examines Western philosophies in his English-language motion pictures; however the quantity eventually explores how Lee negotiates all of those traditions, strategically deciding on from every one so as to creatively deal with key matters. With curiosity during this filmmaker and his paintings expanding round the unlock of his 3D magical event The lifetime of Pi (2012), The Philosophy of Ang Lee serves as a well timed research of the groundbreaking auteur and the various complicated philosophical issues that he explores during the medium of movement pictures.

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Imagined Families, Lived Families: Culture and Kinship in Contemporary Japan

By Akiko Hashimoto, John W. Traphagan

An interdisciplinary examine the dramatic alterations within the modern eastern kinfolk, together with either empirical facts and analyses of well known culture.

The eastern relatives is at a crossroads of demographic swap and changed cultural values. whereas the inhabitants of youngsters has been shrinking and that of elders emerging, attitudes approximately rights and tasks in the relations have replaced considerably. The realities of lifestyles in postmodern society have formed either the imagined relations of pop culture and the lived event of eastern family members contributors. Imagined households, Lived households takes an interdisciplinary technique towards those dramatic alterations by means of taking a look at the japanese kinfolk from numerous views, together with media stories, anthropology, sociology, literature, and pop culture. The members examine representations of relations in manga and anime, outsider households and households that needs to take care of nation prosecution of political activists, the stereotype of absolutely the jap father, and previous age and end-of-life judgements in a speedily getting older society with altering relatives configurations.

“…Hashimoto and Traphagan’s selection of essays is well timed and welcome … Imagined households, Lived Families will be applied as a textbook in periods on postwar Japan, really in classes targeting society or culture.” — Journal of jap Studies

“…the top of the range of the essays and the presentation of unique examine now not formerly released makes this quantity valuable.” — Pacific Affairs

“Japanese kinfolk styles are present process explosive swap. This quantity vividly showcases the various principal beneficial properties and unheard of instances of this household transformation. it will be significant interpreting for Japan stories and for a family members sociology of past due modernity.” — William W. Kelly, editor of Fanning the Flames: fanatics and purchaser tradition in modern Japan

Contributors contain Akiko Hashimoto, Susan O. lengthy, Keiko McDonald, Susan Napier, Patricia Steinhoff, Mariko Tamanoi, and John W. Traphagan.

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Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits? (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By D. E. Wittkower

Science fiction author Philip ok. Dick (1928-1982) is the large mind's eye in the back of quite a bit contemporary renowned culture--both videos without delay in keeping with his writings, akin to Blade Runner (based at the novel Do Androids Dream of electrical Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau plus cult favorites equivalent to A Scanner Darkly, Imposter, Next, Screamers, and Paycheck and works revealing his strong impact, similar to The Matrix and Inception. With the a lot expected drawing close ebook in 2011 of quantity 1 of Exegesis, his magazine of non secular visions and paranoic investigations, Dick is quickly turning into an important impact on the earth of well known spirituality and occult thinking.

In Philip okay. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids have Kindred Spirits?, thirty-four Dick enthusiasts thinkers confront the interesting and scary principles raised through Dick's striking fantasies. Is there an alien global in the back of the standard truth we adventure? If androids can cross as human, may still they take delivery of an analogous attention as people? Do psychotics have insights right into a mystical truth? may wisdom of the long run loose us or enslave us? This quantity additionally contains Dick brief tales: "Beyond Lies the Wub," and "The Eyes Have It."

Philip okay. Dick and Philosophy explores the guidelines of Philip okay. Dick within the similar method that he did: with an earnest wish to comprehend the reality of the area, yet with no falsely equating earnestness with a dry seriousness. Dick's paintings was once replete with whimsical and absurdist shows of the best demanding situations to cause and to humanity--paradox, futility, paranoia, and failure--and even at his darkest occasions he used to be capable of preserve a few standpoint and humor, as for instance in deciding on to call himself 'Horselover fats' in VALIS whilst he relates his own spiritual epiphanies, crises, and delusions. With a similar earnest whimsy, we technique Philip ok. Dick as a thinker like ourselves--one who wrote nearly completely in thought-experiments and semi-fictional world-building, yet who engaged with the various maximum questions of philosophy during the Euro-American tradition.

Philip okay. Dick and Philosophy has a lot to supply for either severe fanatics who've learn a lot of his novels and tales, and if you can have only recently realized his identify and discovered that his paintings has been the muse for numerous famous and thought-provoking movies. such a lot chapters begin with a number of of the flicks in response to Dick's writing. From the following, the authors delve deeper into the problems by means of bringing in philosophers' views and through bringing in Dick's written paintings. The e-book invitations the reader with an off-the-cuff familiarity with Dick to get to grasp his paintings, and invitations the reader with little familiarity with philosophy to profit extra. even as, we have now new views and demanding connections and interpretations for even the main hard-core Dick lovers, even supposing we by no means communicate to "insiders" only.

The booklet prominently addresses the main widely-known movies: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, and The Adjustment Bureau. in addition to those "big 5" movies, a number of chapters handle his final novels, in particular VALIS, that have an important cult following in their personal. There also are chapters which tackle brief tales and novels that are presently deliberate for model: Radio unfastened Albemuth (film accomplished, looking ahead to distribution), The guy within the excessive Castle (in improvement via Ridley Scott for BBC mini-series), and "King of the Elves" (Disney, deliberate for unlock in 2013).

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Inception and Philosophy: Because It's Never Just a Dream

By David Kyle Johnson, William Irwin

A philosophical examine the motion picture Inception and its fantastic metaphysical puzzles

Is the head nonetheless spinning? used to be all of it a dream? on this planet of Christopher Nolan's four-time Academy Award-winning motion picture, humans can proportion one another's desires and change their ideals and concepts. Inception is a metaphysical heist movie that increases extra questions than it solutions: will we comprehend what's genuine? are you able to be held morally chargeable for what you do in goals? what's the nature of goals, and what do they let us know in regards to the barriers of "self" and "other"? From Plato to Aristotle and from Descartes to Hume, Inception and Philosophy attracts from very important philosophical minds to shed new gentle at the movie's pleasing issues, together with the person who all people talks approximately: did the pinnacle crumple (and does it even matter)?

  • Explores the movie's key questions and subject matters, together with how we will inform if we are dreaming or wide awake, how one can make experience of a paradox, and even if inception is possible
  • Gives new insights into the character of unfastened will, time, desires, and the subconscious mind
  • Discusses various interpretations of the movie, and even if philosophy will help make clear that is the "right one"
  • Deepens your figuring out of the movie's multi-layered plot and dream-infiltrating characters, together with Dom Cobb, Arthur, Mal, Ariadne, Eames, Saito, and Yusuf

An crucial spouse for each committed Inception fan, this booklet will increase your event of the Inception universe and its advanced dreamscape.

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