New Arrivals · Popular Culture

April 15, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Eating fire : my life as a lesbian avenger

April 14, 2014
Cogswell, Kelly.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2014]
1 online resource.
When Kelly Cogswell plunged into New York's East Village in 1992, she had just come out. An ex-Southern Baptist born in Kentucky, she was camping in an Avenue B loft, scribbling poems, and playing in an underground band, trying to figure out her next move. A couple of months later she was consumed by the Lesbian Avengers, instigating direct action campaigns, battling cops on Fifth Avenue, mobilizing 20,000 dykes for a march on Washington, D.C., and eating fire-literally-in front of the White House. At once streetwise and wistful, Eating Fire is a witty and urgent coming-of-age memoir spannin

Let's talk about love : why other people have such bad taste

April 11, 2014
Wilson, Carl, 1967-
vi, 303 pages ; 22 cm.
Part I : Let's talk about love: a journey to the end of taste was originally published by Continuum, 2007.
Part one: Let's talk about love: a journey to the end of taste / Carl Wilson -- Let's talk about hate -- Let's talk about pop (and its critics) -- Let's talk in French -- Let's talk about world conquest -- Let's talk about schmaltz -- Let's sing really loud -- Let's talk about taste -- Let's talk about who's got bad taste -- Let's talk with some fans -- Let's do a punk version of "My heart will go on" (or, let's talk about our feelings) -- Let's talk about let's talk about love -- Let's talk about love -- Part two: Essays: What we talk about when we talk about love. Introduction / Carl Wilson -- The artists we deserve / Nick Hornby -- With the lights on, it's less useless / Krist Novoselic -- If the girls were all transported / Ann Powers -- The easiest thing to forget / Mary Gaitskill -- Compared to what? / Jason King -- Let's talk about Diana Ross / Daphne A. Brooks -- Deep in the game / Drew Daniel -- Children of the corn / Sukhdev Sandhu -- Acting in and out of context / James Franco -- Too much sociology / Marco Roth and the editors of n+1 -- Giving up on giving up on good taste / Jonathan Sterne -- When I come home / Owen Pallett -- Playlist: let's listen to love / Sheila Heti -- Part three: Afterword. Let's talk later / Carl Wilson.

The little girl who fought the Great Depression : Shirley Temple and 1930s America

April 11, 2014
Kasson, John F., 1944-
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
308 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Smile like Roosevelt -- Such a happy little face! -- Dancing along the color line -- The most adored child in the world -- Keeping Shirley's star aloft -- What's a private life? -- Epilogue: Shirley visits another president.
Her image appeared in periodicals and advertisements roughly twenty times daily; she rivaled FDR and Edward VIII as the most photographed person in the world. Her portrait brightened the homes of countless admirers: from a black laborer's cabin in South Carolina to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's recreation room in Washington, DC. A few years later her smile cheered the secret bedchamber of Anne Frank in Amsterdam. For four consecutive years Shirley Temple was the world's box-office champion, a record never equaled. Amid the deprivation and despair of the Great Depression, Shirley Temple radiated optimism and plucky good cheer that lifted the spirits of millions and shaped their collective character for generations to come. Distinguished cultural historian John F. Kasson shows how the most famous, adored, imitated, and commodified child in the world astonished movie goers, created a new international culture of celebrity, and revolutionized the role of children as consumers. To do so, she worked virtually every day of her childhood, transforming her own family as well as the lives of her fans.--From publisher description.

Pirates and farmers

March 26, 2014
Hickey, Dave, 1940-
London : Ridinghouse, 2013.
190 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Introduction -- On taste -- Pirates and farmers -- The weather outside -- Idiot -- Coping with paradise -- Orphans in the storm -- Vogue -- In the sunshine of absolute neglect -- First we fight -- Formalism -- Fear and loathing goes to hell -- American cool -- On the road forever -- Nightlife in La Zona -- Nurturing your addictions -- Las Vegas for sissies -- Backstory -- Art collectors -- Stupid money -- Some things are better than others -- Playmaes for justice -- Waldo, two Wilsons, and Joe -- Beethoven plays music row.

Yellow peril! : an archive of anti-Asian fear

March 11, 2014
Brooklyn, NY : Verso, [2014].
xii, 384 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
"The "yellow peril" is one of the most long-standing and pervasive racist ideas in Western culture--indeed, this book traces its history to the Enlightenment era. Yet while Fu Manchu evokes a fading historical memory, yellow peril ideology persists, animating, for example, campaign commercials from the 2012 presidential election. Yellow Peril! is the first comprehensive repository of anti-Asian images and writing, pop culture artifacts and political polemic. Written by two leading scholars and replete with paintings, photographs and images drawn from dime novels, posters, comics, theatrical productions, movies, polemical and pseudo-scholarly literature, and other pop culture ephemera, this book is both a unique and fascinating archive and a modern analysis of this crucial historical formation"-- Provided by publisher.

Sexplosion : from Andy Warhol to a clockwork orange : how a generation of pop rebels broke all the taboos

January 31, 2014
Hofler, Robert, author.
New York, N.Y. : itbooks, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
xx, 344 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

A new leaf : the end of cannabis prohibition

January 30, 2014
Martin, Alyson.
New York : New Press, The, [2014]
264 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Introduction: along came Mary -- A plant by any other name -- History repeating -- Half-baked laws -- Green diggers -- The clash -- Phoenix -- A new leaf.
"In November 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington passed landmark measures to legalize the production and sale of cannabis for social use-a first not only in the United States but also the world. Medical cannabis is now legal in eighteen states and Washington, D.C., and more than one million Americans have turned to it in place of conventional pharmaceuticals. Yet the federal government refuses to acknowledge these broader societal shifts and continues to raid and arrest people: 49.5 percent of all drug-related arrests involve the sale, manufacture, or possession of cannabis. In the first book to explore the new landscape of cannabis in the United States, investigative journalists Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian present a deeply researched, insightful story of how recent developments tie into cannabis's complex history and thorny politics. Reporting from nearly every state with a medical cannabis law, Martin and Rashidian enliven their book with in-depth interviews with patients, growers, doctors, entrepreneurs, politicians, activists, and regulators. They whisk readers from the federal cannabis farm at the University of Mississippi to the headquarters of the ACLU to Oregon's "World Famous Cannabis Cafe;." They present an expert analysis of how recent milestones toward legalization will affect the war on drugs both domestically and internationally. The result is an unprecedented and lucid account of how legalization is manifesting itself in the lives of millions. A New Leaf offers an essential guide for anyone who wants to understand the far-ranging implications of this rapidly changing drug landscape. "-- Provided by publisher.

How to be Danish : a journey to the cultural heart of Denmark

January 30, 2014
Kingsley, Patrick.
New York : Marble Arch Press, [2014]
191 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Work well, play well : a Scandinavian education -- Ramsons and seaweed : the Nordic food revolution -- More than just chairs : the Danish design DNA -- Poor Carina : the problem at the heart of the welfare state -- Being Danish : the immigrant's dilemma -- Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen -- Aster the "Killing"... -- Jutland : happiness country?

American fun : four centuries of joyous revolt

January 27, 2014
Beckman, John.
xxv, 402 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

The book of Jezebel : an illustrated encyclopedia of lady things

January 14, 2014
Harding, Kate, 1975- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2013.
300 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
From A to Z, this work covers the spectrum of defining the woman in contemporary society, and includes short bios of famous and influential women plus cultural terminology, concepts, and the gamut of interests pertaining to womanhood.

Rookie yearbook.

January 13, 2014
Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2012-
volume : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Editor: no.1 (2012)-<no.2 (2013)> Tavi Gevinson.
A collection of articles, interviews, photo editorials, and illustrations from the highly praised and hugely popular online magazine

Flappers : six women of a dangerous generation

January 10, 2014
Mackrell, Judith.
New York : Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
xiii, 488 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Originally published: Great Britain : Macmillan, 2013.
Introduction -- Diana -- Nancy -- Tamara -- Tallulah -- Zelda -- Josephine -- Diana -- Tallulah -- Nancy -- Zelda -- Tamara -- Josephine -- Epilogue.
The forefront British dance critic and award-nominated author of Bloomsbury Ballerina presents a revisionist assessment of the movement that shattered the boundaries of conventional femininity through the lives of six figures that exemplified it, including Lady Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard, Tallulah Bankhead, Zelda Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker and Tamara de Lempicka.

Promise land : my journey through America's self-help culture

January 9, 2014
Lamb-Shapiro, Jessica.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
xii, 224 pages ; 22 cm
Prologue: On missing the obvious -- We need heart-touching, soul-penetrating stories! : the power of inspirational tales -- Apparently, there are rules : control and the defense against loss -- In which I walk on hot coals : the power of positive thinking -- Dr. Choking Game : the cult of expertise -- The Secret is not a secret : vision boards and the Law of Attraction -- A fellowship of nervous freaks : overcoming phobias and fears -- The saddest camp in the world : on grief and grieving -- New frontiers of weirdness : the future of self-help -- Consider the kitten poster : what kind of life is worth living -- Epilogue: In which my father and I break into a cemetery.
An irreverent tour through the vast and strange reaches of the world of self-help.

The moth

January 7, 2014
New York : Hyperion, 2013.
xxi, 407 pages ; 21 cm
Includes dates, locations, and directors of the original performances of the stories.
"50 true stories"--Cover.
Innocents abroad. Life on a Möbius strip / by Janna Levin ; Mission to India / by Dr. George Lombardi ; Notes on an exorcism / by Andrew Solomon ; Man and beast / by Alan Rabinowitz ; The Prince and I / by Jillian Lauren ; The day I became a matador / by A.E. Hotchner -- In the trenches. Life after death / by Damien Echols ; Don't fall in love with your monkey / by Ari Handel ; Tajik sonata / by Anoid Latipovna Rakhmatyllaeva ; Impeachment day / by Joe Lockhart ; Easter in a Texas roadhouse / by Wayne Reece ; Bicycle safety on Essex / by Richard Price ; Elevator ER / by Jon Levin ; The big things you don't do / by Annie Duke -- Coming home. A view of the Earth / by Michael Massimino ; Life flight / by Kimberly Reed ; Angel / by Darryl "DMC" McDaniels ; The house that Sherman didn't burn / by George Dawes Green ; Cocktails in Attica / by Sherman "O.T." Powell ; Whatever doesn't kill me / by Ed Gavagan -- Generations. LOL / by Adam Gopnik ; Liberty card / by Marvin Gelfand ; Discussing family trees in school can be dangerous / by Paul Nurse ; The mug shot / by Steve Osborne ; Good news versus bad / by Erin Barker ; The apron strings of Savannah / by Edgar Oliver ; A kind of wisdom / by Ellie Lee ; A perfect circle / by Carly Johnstone -- Shot through the heart. War / by Sebastian Junger ; We'll have to stop now / by Andy Christie ; Her way / by Malcolm Gladwell ; The case of the curious codes / by Cynthia Riggs ; The accident / by Ophira Eisenberg ; Sing Sing tattoo / by Ted Conover -- Carpe diem. My first day with the Yankees / by Matthew McGough ; Under the influence / by Jeffery Rudell ; Yes means yes? / by Elna Baker ; One last family photo / by James Braly ; A dish best served cold / by Tristan Jimerson ; A work in progress / by Aimee Mullins ; Unhooked / by Nathan Englander ; The small town prisoner / by Wanda Bullard -- Save me. The past wasn't done with me / by Kemp Powers ; Hair today gone tomorrow / by Jenny Allen ; The one good man / by Joyce Maynard ; Life support / by Stephanie Summerville ; Where there's smoke / by Jenifer Hixson ; Perfect moments / by Brian Finkelstein ; Fireworks from above / by Faye Lane ; Franny's last ride / by Mike DeStefano.
In the tradition of book anthologies created from public radio programs such as StoryCorps and This I Believe, THE MOTH collects the best storytelling moments--most in print here for the very first time--straight from their archive of more than 3000 shows since the first Moth Evening in 1997.

Rookie yearbook two.

January 6, 2014
Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2013.
348 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.
A collection of articles, interviews, photo editorials, and illustrations from the highly praised and hugely popular online magazine

The haunting of twentieth-first century America

December 13, 2013
Birnes, William J.
New York : Forge Books, 2013.
pages cm.
Sequel to: The haunting of twentieth-century America / Joel Martin.
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
"In this sequel to The Haunting of America and The Haunting of Twentieth-Century America, national bestselling authors Joel Martin and William J. Birnes set the stage for one of the great intellectual and spiritual awakenings that is currently challenging traditional belief systems. Reaching back into events that rocked the twentieth century, the authors show that, though denying the importance of a spiritual component in national policy, even the most conservative of governments have based social and financial policy decisions on a profound belief in the existence of the paranormal. The Haunting of Twenty-First-Century America is unlike any American history you will ever read--it posits that not only is the paranormal more normal than most people think, but that it is driving current events to a new "Fourth Culture" of the twenty-first century"-- Provided by publisher.

Very recent history : an entirely factual account of a year (c. AD 2009) in a large city

November 19, 2013
Sicha, Choire, author.
New York : Harper, [2013]
240 pages ; 24 cm
"What will the future make of us? In one of the greatest cities in the world, the richest man in town is the Mayor. Billionaires shed apartments like last season's fashion trends, even as the country's economy turns inside out and workers are expelled from the City's glass towers. The young and careless go on as they always have, getting laid and getting laid off, falling in and falling out of love, and trying to navigate the strange world they traffic in: the Internet, complex financial markets, credit cards, pop stars, microplane cheese graters, and sex apps.A true-life fable of money, sex, and politics, Very Recent History follows a man named John and his circle of friends, lovers, and enemies. It is a book that pieces together our every day, as if it were already forgotten"-- Provided by publisher.

Alien universe : extraterrestrial life in our minds and in the cosmos

November 1, 2013
Lincoln, Don.
Baltimore : The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
viii, 194 pages ; 24 cm
The question -- Beginnings -- Encounters -- Fictions -- Blockbusters -- Interlude -- Life-forms -- Elements -- Neighbors -- The visitors.

Scent and subversion : decoding a century of provocative perfume

November 1, 2013
Herman, Barbara.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, 2013.
pages cm
"Let Scent and Subversion take you for a whiff on the wild side of 20th century perfume. Perfume has been -- and continues to be -- subversive. By playing with gender conventions, highlighting the ripe smells of the human body, or celebrating queer and louche identities, 20th-century perfume broke free from the assumptions of the prior century, and became a largely unrecognized part of the social and style revolutions of the modern era. In Scent and Subversion : Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume, Barbara Herman continues her irreverent, poetic, and often humorous analysis of vintage perfumes and perfume ads that she began on her popular blog The book features descriptions of over 300 perfumes, starting with Fougere Royale (1882) and ending with Demeter's Laundromat (2000). Lavishly illustrated with over 100 vintage perfume ads, it will also regale you with essays on scent appreciation, a glossary of important perfume terms and ingredients, and tips on how to begin your own foray into vintage and contemporary perfume. Herman also looks to the future through interviews with scent visionaries such as odor expert and 'professional provocateur' Sissel Tolaas, punk perfumer Antoine Lie, and Martynka Wawrzyniak, the artist behind 'Smell Me,' the world's first olfactory self-portrait. The perfect book for perfume aficionados (aka 'perfumistas') as well as connoisseurs of modern fashion and design, feminist and LGBTQ historians, and fans of vintage advertising"-- Provided by publisher.

The way we ate : 100 chefs celebrate a century at the American table

October 30, 2013
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2013]
xiii, 347 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"A Touchstone Book."
Take a trip back in time through the rich culinary tradition of the last American century with more than 100 of the nation's top chefs and food personalities.

Things that matter : three decades of passions, pastimes, and politics

October 29, 2013
Krauthammer, Charles, 1950- author.
x, 387 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index.
America's preeminent columnist presents his penetrating and surprising reflections on everything from embryo research to entitlement reform, from Halley's Comet to border collies, from Christopher Columbus to Martin Luther King, from drone warfare to American decline. Features a special, highly autobiographical introduction.

Vanity fair 100 years : from the jazz age to our age

October 17, 2013
Carter, Graydon.
New York, NY : Abrams, 2013.
456 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 37 cm.
The last gentleman : the Frank Crowninshield era / by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger -- The 1910s -- Steichen's modern eye / by David Friend -- The 1920s -- Impossible interviews -- The 1930s -- Wisdom and whimsy, 1913-1936 and 1983-2013 -- Picture credits -- Vanity Fair, the rebirth / by Jim Windolf -- Vanity Fair, in the beginning / by Annie Leibovitz -- The 1980s -- Iconographer of our time / by Amy Fine Collins -- The 1990s -- The Proust questionnaire -- Some enchanted evening -- The 2000s

What Jefferson read, Ike watched and Obama tweeted : 200 years of popular culture in the White House

October 7, 2013
Troy, Tevi, 1967-
Washington, D.C. : Regnery History, an imprint of Regnery Publishing, Inc., [2013]
xix, 332 pages ; 23 cm

One summer : America, 1927

October 2, 2013
Bryson, Bill.
New York : Doubleday, [2013]
509 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
May : the kid -- June : the Babe -- July : the president -- August : the anarchists -- September : summer's end.
Bryson examines closely the events and personalities of the summer of 1927 when America's story was one of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy.

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