New Arrivals · Popular Culture

September 16, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The naughty nineties : the triumph of the American libido

September 15, 2017
Friend, David, 1955- author.
©2017
631 pages ; 24 cm
A Wednesday in November -- Down the rabbit hole -- The night we met the Clintons -- The Bubba boomer -- On the third wave -- Empowerment icons -- The crying game -- A vagina travelogue -- The glory of O -- Culture warriors, man your battle stations -- Wanderlust -- The wild blue web -- Don't ask, don't tell -- The age of the long lie -- The oversexed, underexamined, media-soaked yadda yadda of everyday life -- Botox, booties, and bods -- the bust boom -- Celebrity sin -- Four moments that changed the narrative -- The Boomsie twins -- Objects in mirror are tinier than they appear -- Shadows on the wall of the man cave -- Dudes and subdudes -- Porn goes pop -- Chez Fleiss -- Hard currency -- The lowest-hanging fruit -- Culture wars, part II -- The hardener's tale -- Homo erectus -- The internet and the intern -- Afterword: The Trumpen Show.
Discusses how the rise of the Internet, reality television, and tabloid culture transformed the boundaries of sexuality in the 1990s, providing first-hand accounts by such individuals as Monica Lewinsky, Joan Rivers, and Jesse Jackson.

Fantasyland : how America went haywire : a 500-year history

September 7, 2017
Andersen, Kurt, 1954- author.
©2017
xiii, 462 pages ; 25 cm
Now entering Fantasyland -- Part I: The conjuring of America: 1517-1789. I believe, therefore I am right : the Protestants ; All that glitters : the gold-seekers ; Building our own private heaven on Earth : the Puritans ; The God-given freedom to believe in God ; Imaginary friends and enemies : the early satanic panics ; The first me century : religion gets American ; Meanwhile, in the eighteenth-century reality-based community -- Part II: United States of amazing: the 1800s. The first great delirium ; The all-American fan fiction of Joseph Smith, prophet ; Quack nation : magical but modern ; Fantastic business : the gold rush inflection point ; In search of monsters to destroy : the conspiracy theory habit ; The war between states of mind ; Ten million little houses on the prairie ; Fantasy industrialized -- Part III: A long arc bending toward reason: 1900-1960. Progress and backlash ; The biggest backlash : brand-new old-time religion ; The business of America is show business ; Big rock candy mountains : utopia in the suburbs and the sun ; The 1950s seemed so normal -- Part IV: Big bang : the 1960s and '70s. Big bang : the hippies ; Big bang : the intellectuals ; Big bang : the Christians ; Big bang : politics and government and conspiracies ; Big bang : living in a land of entertainment -- Part V: Fantasyland scales : from the 1980s through the turn of the century. Making make-believe more realistic and real life more make-believe ; Forever young : kids "r" us syndrome ; The Reagan era and the start of the digital age ; American religion from the turn of the millennium ; Our wilder Christianities : belief and practice ; America versus the godless civilized world : why are we so exceptional? ; Magical but not necessarily Christian, spiritual but not religious ; Blue-chip witch doctors : the re-enchantment of medicine ; How the mainstream enabled fantasyland : squishies, cynics, and believers ; Anything goes--unless it picks my pocket or breaks my leg -- Part VI: The problem with fantasyland : from the 1980s to the present and beyond. The inmates running the asylum decide monsters are everywhere ; Reality is a conspiracy : the x-filing of America ; Mad as hell, the new voice of the people ; When the GOP went off the rails ; Liberals denying science ; Gun crazy ; Final fantasy-industrial complex ; Our inner children? They're going to Disney World! ; The economic dreamtime ; As fantasyland goes, so goes the nation.
"In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, one of our sharpest observers, Kurt Andersen, demonstrates that what's happening in our country today--this strange, post-truth, 'fake news' moment we're all living through--is not something entirely new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character and path. America was founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by impresarios and their audiences, by hucksters and their suckers. Believe-whatever-you-want fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA. Over the course of five centuries--from the Salem witch trials to Scientology to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, from P.T. Barnum to Hollywood and the anything-goes, wild-and-crazy sixties, from conspiracy theories to our fetish for guns and obsession with extraterrestrials--our peculiar love of the fantastic has made America exceptional in a way that we've never fully acknowledged. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams and epic fantasies--every citizen free to believe absolutely anything, or to pretend to be absolutely anybody. Little by little, and then more quickly in the last several decades, the American invent-your-own-reality legacy of the Enlightenment superseded its more sober, rational, and empirical parts. We gave ourselves over to all manner of crackpot ideas and make-believe lifestyles designed to console or thrill or terrify us. In Fantasyland, Andersen brilliantly connects the dots that define this condition, portrays its scale and scope, and offers a fresh, bracing explanation of how our American journey has deposited us here. Fantasyland could not appear at a more perfect moment. If you want to understand the politics and culture of twenty-first-century America, if you want to know how the lines between reality and illusion have become dangerously blurred, you must read this book."--Jacket.

50 years of Rolling stone

August 14, 2017
©2017
283 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 37 cm
The 2010s. Kendrick Lamar -- Taylor Swift -- The downfall of Gen. Stanley McChrystal -- Goodbye, Miami -- Lady Gaga -- Bruce Springsteen.
"For the past fifty years, Rolling Stone has been a leading voice in journalism, cultural criticism, and--above all--music. This landmark book documents the magazine's rise to prominence as the voice of rock and roll and a leading showcase for era-defining photography. From the 1960s to the present day, the book offers a decade-by-decade exploration of American music and history. Interviews with rock legends--Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Kurt Cobain, Bruce Springsteen, and more--appear alongside iconic photographs by Baron Wolman, Annie Leibovitz, Mark Seliger, and other leading image-makers. With feature articles, excerpts, and exposés by such quintessential writers as Hunter S. Thompson, Matt Taibbi, and David Harris, this book is an irresistible and essential keepsake of the magazine that has defined American music for generations of readers" -- provided by publisher.

You play the girl : on Playboy bunnies, Stepford wives, train wrecks, and other mixed messages

August 8, 2017
Chocano, Carina, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
xxvi, 275 pages : illustration ; 21 cm
Essays.
"A Mariner original"--Title page.
part 1. Down the rabbit hole: Bunnies ; Can this marriage be saved? ; The bronze statue of the virgin slut ice queen bitch goddess ; What a feeling ; The eternal allure of the basket case -- part 2. The pool of tears: The ingenue chooses marriage or death ; Thoroughly modern Lily ; Bad girlfriend ; The kick-ass -- part 3. You wouldn't have come here: Surreal housewives ; Real girls ; Celebrity Gothic ; Big mouth strikes again ; The redemptive journey ; A modest proposal for more backstabbing in preschool -- part 4. A mad tea party: Let it go ; All the bad guys are girls ; Girls love math ; Train wreck ; Look at yourself ; Phantombusters, or, I want a feminist dance number.
"Who is "the girl"? Look to movies, TV shows, magazines, and ads and the message is both clear and not: she is a sexed-up sidekick, a princess waiting to be saved, a morally infallible angel with no opinions of her own. She's whatever the hero needs her to be in order to become himself. She's an abstraction, an ideal, a standard, a mercurial phantom. In You Play the Girl, Chocano blends formative personal stories with insightful and emotionally powerful analysis. Moving from Bugs Bunny to Playboy Bunnies, Flashdance to Frozen, the progressive '70s through the backlash '80s, the glib '90s, and the pornified aughts--and at stops in between--she explains how growing up in the shadow of 'the girl' taught her to think about herself and the world and what it means to raise a daughter in the face of these contorted reflections."--Page 4 of cover.

Berlin calling : a story of anarchy, music, the Wall, and the birth of the new Berlin

June 29, 2017
Hockenos, Paul, 1963- author.
New York : The New Press, 2017.
xiv, 328 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
I. West Berlin -- Learning to love the Wall -- Bowie's Berlin -- Wall City rock -- Free Republic of Kreuzberg -- II. East Berlin -- Flowers in the Red Zone -- Glasnost from below -- III. The new Berlin -- The miracle year -- One nation, one state, one city -- Peace, joy, pancakes -- Conclusion : Berlin now.
"An exhilarating journey through the subcultures, occupied squats, and late-night scenes in the anarchic first few years of Berlin after the fall of the Wall. Berlin Calling is a gripping account of the 1989 'peaceful revolution' in East Germany that upended communism and the tumultuous years of artistic ferment, political improvisation, and pirate utopias that followed. It's the story of a newly undivided Berlin when protest and punk rock, bohemia and direct democracy, techno and free theater were the order of the day. In a story stocked with fascinating characters from Berlin's highly politicized undergrounds--including playwright Heiner Muller, cult figure Blixa Bargeld of the industrial band Einsturzende Neubauten, the internationally known French Wall artist Thierry Noir, the American multimedia artist Danielle de Picciotto (founder of Love Parade), and David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust incarnation--Hockenos argues that the DIY energy and raw urban vibe of the early 1990s shaped the new Berlin and still pulses through the city today. Just as Mike Davis captured Los Angeles in his City of Quartz, Berlin Calling is a unique account of how Berlin became hip, and of why it continues to attract creative types from the world over"--Provided by publisher.

50+ fandom programs : planning festivals and events for tweens, teens, and adults

June 22, 2017
Alessio, Amy J., author.
Chicago, IL : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2017.
xxi, 161 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.
Crossover parties -- Fantastic favorites -- Gotta game! -- Graphic greats -- Harry Potter : the boy who lived and will never die -- Historical isn't what it used to be -- Horror and thrillers -- Literally old school -- Sports are for everyone -- Steampunk it up -- Superheroand movie tie-ins -- Amazingly vintage sci fi -- Comic con.

The close encounters man : how one man made the world believe in UFOs

June 20, 2017
O'Connell, Mark, author.
New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2017]
xi, 403 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Details the life of the astronomer hired by the United States Air Force who spent years debunking sightings of UFOs across the country before shockingly changing his mind and using modern science to accept that they actually might be real.

Generation wealth

June 9, 2017
Greenfield, Lauren, author, photographer.
London : Phaidon, 2017.
503 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 32 cm
"Lauren Greenfield: Generation Wealth is both a retrospective and an investigation into the subject of wealth over the last twenty-five years. Greenfield has traveled the world - from Los Angeles to Moscow, Dubai to China - bearing witness to the global boom-and-bust economy and documenting its complicated consequences. Provoking serious reflection, this book is not about the rich, but about the desire to be wealthy, at any cost" -- provided by publisher.

After Aquarius dawned : how the revolutions of the sixties became the popular culture of the seventies

May 26, 2017
Kutulas, Judy, 1953- author.
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2017]
xii, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- I feel the earth move : redefining love and sex -- The look I want to know better : style and the new man -- You're gonna make it after all : the Mary Tyler Moore Show helps redefine family -- Different strokes for different folks : roots, family, and history -- Obviously queer : gay-themed television, the remaking of sexual identity, and the family-values backlash -- Don't drink the Kool-Aid : the Jonestown tragedy, the press, and the new American sensibility -- Conclusions : free to be, you and me.
"In this book, Judy Kutulas complicates the common view that the 1970s were a time of counterrevolution against the radical activities and attitudes of the previous decade. Instead, Kutulas argues that the experiences and attitudes that were radical in the 1960s were becoming part of mainstream culture in the 1970s, as sexual freedom, gender equality, and more complex notions of identity, work, and family were normalized through popular culture--television, movies, music, political causes, and the emergence of new communities. Even as these cultural shifts eventually gave way to a backlash of political and economic conservatism, Kutulas shows that what critics perceive as the narcissism of the 1970s was actually the next logical step in a longer process of assimilating 1960s values like individuality and diversity into everyday life. Exploring such issues as feminism, sexuality, and race, Kutulas demonstrates how popular culture helped many Americans make sense of key transformations in U.S. economics, society, politics, and culture in the late twentieth century." --Back cover.

Chuck Klosterman X : a highly specific, defiantly incomplete history of the early 21st century

May 22, 2017
Klosterman, Chuck, 1972- author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2017]
xvii, 444 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Three-man weave -- My zombie, myself -- That's not how it happened -- The light who has lighted the world -- There's something peculiar about lying in a dark room. You can't see anything -- Liquid food -- C'mon Dave, gimme a break -- Where were you while we were getting high? -- I'm assuming it's going to be fun -- I need to be alive (in order to watch TV) -- I will choose free will (Canadian reader's note: this is not about Rush) -- Everybody's happy when the wizard walks by (or maybe not? Maybe they hate it? Hard to say, really) -- Speed kills (until it doesn't) -- Not a nutzo girl, not yet a nutzo woman (Miley Cyrus, 2008) -- When giants walked the earth (and argued about China) -- Use your illusion (but don't bench Ginóbili) -- The drugs don't work (actually, they work great) -- The city that time remembered (Tulsa, Oklahoma) -- But what if we're wrong? (drink the acid, swallow the mouse) -- Owner of a lonely heart -- The enemy of my enemy is probably just another enemy -- A road seldom traveled by the multitudes -- Brown would be the color (if I had a heart) -- I hear that you and your band have sold your guitars -- White's shadow -- House mouse in the mouse house -- The man who knew too much -- The opposite of Beyoncé -- Like regular music, except good -- Non-suppressive slacker -- Democracy now! -- Metal machine "music" -- 2+2=5 -- Advertising worked on me -- Hero in black -- Villain in white -- (1928-2013) -- Something else.
"Chuck Klosterman's tenth book (akaChuck Klosterman X) collects his most intriguing pieces, accompanied by fresh introductions and new footnotes throughout. Klosterman presents many of the articles in their original form, featuring previously unpublished passages and digressions. This is a tour of the past decade from one of the sharpest and most prolific observers of our unusual times"-- Provided by publisher.

The physics of everyday things : the extraordinary science behind an ordinary day

May 22, 2017
Kakalios, James, 1958- author.
New York : Crown, 2017.
245 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
You begin your day -- You drive into the city -- You go to the doctor -- You go to the airport -- You take a flight -- You give a business presentation -- You go to a hotel.
"Easy-to-follow and imaginative explanations about the extraordinary physics that invisibly guides our daily lives"--Provided by publisher.

Best of Cincinnati.

May 17, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio : Published by CityBeat
v. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Title from cover.

The spectacular sisterhood of superwomen : awesome female characters from comic book history

May 9, 2017
Nicholson, Hope, author.
©2017
240 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The 1930s: birth of an industry -- The 1940s: the golden age -- The 1950s: comics code crackdown -- The 1960s: superheroes return -- The 1970s: underground comix rise -- The 1980s: black-and-white boom (and bust) -- The 1990s: "comics aren't just for kids" -- The 2000s: webcomics and comic-cons -- The 2010s: digital and diverse.
"Think comic books can't feature strong female protagonists? Think again! In The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen you'll meet the most fascinating exemplars of the powerful, compelling, entertaining, and heroic female characters who've populated comic books from the very beginning. This spectacular sisterhood includes costumed crimebusters like Miss Fury, super-spies like Tiffany Sinn, sci-fi pioneers like Gale Allen, and even kid troublemakers like Little Lulu. With vintage art, publication details, a decade-by-decade survey of industry trends and women's roles in comics, and spotlights on iconic favorites like Wonder Woman and Ms. Marvel, The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen proves that not only do strong female protagonists belong in comics, they've always been there."--Amazon.com

American epic : when music gave America her voice

May 5, 2017
MacMahon, Bernard, 1970- author.
©2017
279 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
At head of title: T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford, Jack White present.
"The companion book to the PBS series."
The first time America heard herself -- I'll get a break someday: Will Shade and the Memphis Jug Band -- In the shadow of Clinch Mountain: The Carter Family -- My heart keeps singing: Elder J.E. Burch -- Gonna die with my hammer in my hand: Dick Justice and the Williamson Brothers -- Down the dirt road: Charley Patton and the Mississippi Delta Blues -- Chant of the snake dance: The Hopi Indian Chanters -- Bird of paradise: Joseph Kekuku -- Mal hombre: Lydia Mednoza -- Allons à Lafayette: The Breaux Family -- Avalon blues: Mississippi John Hurt -- The American epic sessions -- Travel and the crew.
A companion book to the groundbreaking PBS and BBC documentary series celebrates the pioneers and artists of American roots music--blues, gospel, folk, Cajun, Appalachian, Hawaiian, and Native American--without which there would be no jazz, rock, country, R & B, or hip hop today.

Domestic abuse and sexual assault in popular culture

May 1, 2017
Finley, Laura L., author.
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2016]
lii, 188 pages ; 24 cm.
1. Beyond Stupid Sluts and Innocent Children: Describing Victims -- 2. Domestic Terrorists and Strangers in the Bushes: Describing Offenders -- 3. Tornados Meeting Volcanoes and Asking for It: Myths about Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 4. Evil, Ill, or Controlling: Exploring Depictions of Criminological Theory -- 5. Calling the Cops and a Day in Court: Depictions of Criminal Justice Responses -- 6. Getting Over It or Taking Matters into Your Own Hands: Victim and Other Responses -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: Films, Documentaries, Popular Books, and Song Lyrics Featuring Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault -- Appendix B: Recommended Resources on Rape, Domestic Violence, and Popular Culture.
"Using historical and current examples from film, television, literature, advertisements, and music, this book reveals the ways that rape and abuse are typically presented--and misrepresented--and evaluates the impact of these depictions on consumers -- Addresses both positive and negative depictions of domestic abuse and sexual assault from recent popular culture, utilizing examples from film, television, literature, music, advertisements, and more -- Presents information that is ideal for undergraduate courses in gender studies, sociology, and psychology as well as communications and popular culture classes -- Utilizes the most current research on dating and domestic and sexual violence to clearly demonstrate the importance of how these issues and crimes are depicted in popular culture -- Provides a comprehensive appendix of additional resources that directs students in investigating the topic further"-- Provided by publisher.

Violence in American popular culture

April 26, 2017
©2016
2 volumes ; 24 cm
Volume 1. American History and Violent Popular Culture -- Volume 2. Representations of Violence in Popular Cultural Genres.

The Moth presents All these wonders : true stories about facing the unknown

March 28, 2017
©2017
xvii, 330 pages ; 20 cm
The eternal music of the spheres: The moon and stars talks; Unusual normality; The quest for Chad; The house of mourning; The girl from Beckenham; God, death, and Francis Crick -- Things I've seen: Fog of disbelief; The two times I met Laurence Fishburne; It matters a great deal; A tale of two dinners; Untitled; Walking with RJ -- Keeping the lid on: Go the %&# to sleep;Panic on the road to Jericho; Jenny; Déjà vu (again); Call me Charlie; Modern family; R2, where are you? -- Grace rushes in:The shower; Cut; A phone call; Who can you trust?; A new home; Greener grass; As if I was not there; -- Like a man does:Stumbling in the dark; Coming of age in a mausoleum; Downstairs neighbors; Undercover in North Korea with its future leaders; My grandfather's shoes; Leaping forward -- To face the fear: Prom; But also bring cheese; Tired, from New York; An impossible choice; Then you will know!; The price of freedom -- By every claim of love: Summer camp; The weight of a ring;Light and hope; Kidneys and commitments; On approach to Pluto; Forgiveness; California gothic.
"These true stories have been carefully selected and adapted to the page by the creative minds at The Moth, and will encompass the very best of the 17,000+ stories performed in live Moth shows around the world."--Provided by publisher.

Carry this book

January 20, 2017
Jacobson, Abbi, author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
139 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 cm

Doctor Who : the official cookbook

December 12, 2016
Farrow, Joanna, author.
New York, NY : Harper Design, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublisher, 2016.
153 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
At head of title: BBC.
Speed of light bites -- Tardish of the day -- Eggs-stir-mix-bake -- Hello, sweeties -- Teatime lords -- Timey-wimey templates.
Whether you're planning a party to watch the latest episode, need a showstopping cake that's bigger on the inside, or want to bite into the TARDIS at teatime, this is the ultimate collection of recipes from across space and time. Each of the forty recipes includes a colorful photograph and step-by-step instructions. Complete with baking templates in the back of the book, discover how to make cakes, sweets, and meals that are truly out of this world.

Sex, drugs, and cocoa puffs : a low culture manifesto

November 11, 2016
Klosterman, Chuck, 1972-
New York : Scribner, ©2004.
253 pages ; 21 cm
Includes index.
1 This is Emo (carnivore interlude) 1 -- 2 Billy Sim (reality interlude) 12 -- 3 What Happens When People Stop Being Polite (Pat Benatar interlude) 26 -- 4 Every Dog Must Have His Every Day, Every Drunk Must Have His Drink (Monkees = Monkees interlude) 42 -- 5 Appetite for Replication (an interlude to be named later) 56 -- 6 Ten Seconds to Love (metaphorical fruit interlude) 71 -- 7 George Will vs. Nick Hornby (Ralph Nader interlude) 86 -- 8 33 (Fonzie recalibration interlude) 97 -- 9 Porn ("kitty cat as terrorist" interlude) 109 -- 10 The Lady or the Tiger (hypothetical interlude) 119 -- 11 Being Zack Morris (50-50 interlude) 135 -- 12 Sulking with Lisa Loeb on the Ice Planet Hoth (anti-homeless interlude) 149 -- 13 The Awe-Inspiring Beauty of Tom Cruise's Shattered, Troll-like Face (punk interlude) 159 -- 14 Toby over Moby (Johnny Cash interlude) 174 -- 15 This Is Zodiac Speaking (Timothy McVeigh interlude) 187 -- 16 All I Know Is What I Read in the Papers (boom!) 203 -- 17 I, Rock Chump (waiting to die interlude) 219 -- 18 How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found 228.
Explores a range of modern cultural phenomenon, including Internet pornography, tribute bands, baseball rivalries, and reality television.

Annual manual : the local's guide to living in Cincinnati.

October 7, 2016
Cincinnati, Ohio : Published by CityBeat
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Title from cover.
Copies in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room have original printed wrappers.

Bad dads : the Wes Anderson collection : art inspired by the films of Wes Anderson

October 6, 2016
Spoke Art Gallery, curator.
©2016
255 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 28 cm
"The third volume in the New York Times bestselling Wes Anderson Collection series showcases the best artwork from 'Bad Dads, ' an annual exhibition of art inspired by the films of Wes Anderson. Curated by Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, 'Bad Dads' has continued to grow and progress as a dynamic group exhibition since its inaugural show in 2011, and has featured work from more than 400 artists from around the world. Those artworks range from paintings to sculptures to limited-edition screen prints and vary greatly in style, making for a diverse and lively show each year. Though each piece is distinct in its own right, the artworks' unifying element is the shared imagery and beloved characters from: Bottle Rocket ; Rushmore ; The Royal Tenenbaums ; The life aquatic with Steve Zissou ; The Darjeeling Limited ; Fantastic Mr. Fox ; Moonrise Kingdom ; The Grand Budapest Hotel."-- Provided by publisher.

Play anything : the pleasure of limits, the uses of boredom, and the secret of games

September 21, 2016
Bogost, Ian, author.
©2016
266 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Preface: Life is not a game -- 1. Everywhere, playgrounds -- 2. Ironoia, the mistrust of things -- 3. Fun isn't pleasure, it's novelty -- 4. Play is in things, not in you -- 5. From restraint to constraint -- 6. The pleasure of limits -- 7. The opposite of happiness -- Conclusion: Living with things.
Life is boring: filled with meetings and traffic, errands and emails. Nothing we'd ever call fun. But what if we've gotten fun wrong? In Play Anything, visionary game designer and philosopher Ian Bogost shows how we can overcome our daily anxiety; transforming the boring, ordinary world around us into one of endless, playful possibilities. The key to this playful mindset lies in discovering the secret truth of fun and games. Play Anything, reveals that games appeal to us not because they are fun, but because they set limitations. Soccer wouldn't be soccer if it wasn't composed of two teams of eleven players using only their feet, heads, and torsos to get a ball into a goal; Tetris wouldn't be Tetris without falling pieces in characteristic shapes. Such rules seem needless, arbitrary, and difficult. Yet it is the limitations that make games enjoyable, just like it's the hard things in life that give it meaning. Play is what happens when we accept these limitations, narrow our focus, and, consequently, have fun. Which is also how to live a good life. Manipulating a soccer ball into a goal is no different than treating ordinary circumstances- like grocery shopping, lawn mowing, and making PowerPoints-as sources for meaning and joy. We can "play anything" by filling our days with attention and discipline, devotion and love for the world as it really is, beyond our desires and fears. Ranging from Internet culture to moral philosophy, ancient poetry to modern consumerism, Bogost shows us how today's chaotic world can only be tamed-and enjoyed-when we first impose boundaries on ourselves"--Provided by publisher.

Bindi Irwin's wild life

August 30, 2016
Klein, Emily, author.
New York : Scholastic, 2016.
48 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Bindi Irwin is an Australian conservationist, actress, television presenter, and the latest winner of Dancing with the Stars. She grew up on camera, appearing with her dad, Steve Irwin, on The Crocodile Hunter and winning a Daytime Emmy when she was only 9-years-old. Today, she and her family live and work at the Australia Zoo! Learn all about Bindi and her awesome animal friends in this book full of color photos and fun facts!

Uproot : travels in twenty-first-century music and digital culture

August 11, 2016
Clayton, Jace, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
274 pages ; 19 cm
Confessions of a DJ -- Auto-tune gives you a better me -- How music travels -- World music 2.0 -- Red Bull gives you wings -- Cut & paste --Tools -- Loops -- How to hold on? -- Active listening.

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