New Arrivals · Popular Culture

April 6, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Best of Cincinnati.

April 5, 2019
Cincinnati, Ohio : Published by CityBeat
v. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Title from cover.

Stony the road : Reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow

April 3, 2019
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2019.
xxii, 296 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Antislavery/antislave. Backlash : the white resistance to black Reconstruction -- The old Negro. Race, science, literature, and the birth of Jim Crow ; Chains of being : the black body and the white mind -- Framing blackness. Sambo art and the visual rhetoric of white supremacy ; The United States of race : mass-producing stereotypes and fear -- The new Negro. Redeeming the race from the redeemers ; Reframing race : enter the new Negro -- Epilogue.
"A profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind. The abolition of slavery in the aftermath of the Civil War is a familiar story, as is the civil rights revolution that transformed the nation after World War II. But the century in between remains a mystery: if emancipation sparked 'a new birth of freedom' in Lincoln's America, why was it necessary to march in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s America? In this new book, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of our leading chroniclers of the African-American experience, seeks to answer that question in a history that moves from the Reconstruction Era to the 'nadir' of the African-American experience under Jim Crow, through to World War I and the Harlem Renaissance. Through his close reading of the visual culture of this tragic era, Gates reveals the many faces of Jim Crow and how, together, they reinforced a stark color line between white and black Americans. Bringing a lifetime of wisdom to bear as a scholar, filmmaker, and public intellectual, Gates uncovers the roots of structural racism in our own time, while showing how African Americans after slavery combatted it by articulating a vision of a "New Negro" to force the nation to recognize their humanity and unique contributions to America as it hurtled toward the modern age. The book will be accompanied by a new PBS documentary series on the same topic, with full promotional support from PBS"-- Provided by publisher.

The Sopranos sessions

April 2, 2019
Seitz, Matt Zoller, author.
New York : Abrams Press, 2019.
471 pages ; 24 cm
Recaps -- The debate: Don't stop believin' you know exactly what happened at the end of The Sopranos -- The David Chase Sessions -- The morgue -- The eulogies.
A mobster walked into a psychiatrist's office ...it was the start of a program that changed TV history. By shattering preconceptions about the kinds of stories the medium should tell, The Sopranos launched our current age of prestige television. Television critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz were among the first to write about the series before it became a cultural phenomenon. To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the show's debut, they reunite to produce a collection of recaps, conversations, and critical essays covering every episode, as well as new interviews with series creator David Chase. They explore the shows artistry, themes, and legacy, examining its portrayal of Italian Americans, its graphic depictions of violence, and its deep connection to other cinematic and television classics.

Slut! : growing up with a bad reputation

March 27, 2019
Tanenbaum, Leora, 1969-
New York : Perennial, 2000.
xix, 280 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published: New York : Seven Stories Press, 1999.
Introduction -- ch.1. Insult of insults -- Who gets picked on -- My story -- Shame -- Strength -- ch.2. "Then there were the tramps": the "slut" label in the 1950s -- Mixed messages: the historical roots -- Sexual containment -- The sex police -- The sexual revolution -- ch.3. "She's so loose": the sexual girl -- Who is a "slut"? -- Good girls have no desire -- The romance myth -- Equality "sluts" -- ch.4. "She asked for it": the raped girl -- Bad victims -- The culture of sexual entitlement -- A rite of passage -- Nobody believes you -- ch.5. "Not one of us": the outsider -- "I'm sorry" -- Consensus through gossip -- Class dismissed -- Are you a jock or a druggie? -- All girls are outsiders -- "She's so pretty, let's kill her" -- ch.6. From sexism to sexual freedom -- "Sluts" and suits -- Just say no to abstinence-only education -- A support system --Afterword to the Perennial Edition -- Appendix A: What to do -- Appendix B: Recommended resources.
Girls may be called "sluts" for any number of reasons, including being outsiders, early developers, victims of rape, targets of others' revenge. Often the labels has nothing to do with sex -- the girls simply do not fit in. An important account of the lives of these young women, Slut! weaves together powerful oral histories of girls and women who finally overcame their sexual labels with a cogent analysis of the underlying problem of sexual stereotyping. Author Leora Tanenbaum herself was labeled a slut in high school. The confessional article she wrote for Seventeen about the experience caused a sensation and led her to write this book.

The moth presents Occasional magic : true stories of defying the impossible

March 18, 2019
New York, New York : Crown Archetype, 2019.
xvi, 348 pages ; 22 cm
"Carefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling, Occasional Magic features voices familiar and new. Storytellers from around the world share times when, in the face of challenging situations, they found moments of beauty, wonder, and clarity, shedding light on their lives and helping them find a path forward." -- Provided by publisher.

The ABC of it : why children's books matter

March 7, 2019
Marcus, Leonard S., 1950- author.
©2019.
vii, 231 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The printing of this catalog was made possible by the generous support of Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund. -- Title page, verso.
Designed by Lauren Stringer. Contributing editors: Lisa Von Drasek, JoAnn Jonas, Mary Schultz, Lauren Stringer.
Foreword -- Introduction -- VISIONS OF CHILDHOOD: Sinful or pure? the spiritual child -- A blank slate: the rational child -- A question of class -- From rote to rhyme -- The work of play: the progressive child -- KERLAN FEATURES: Goodnight Moon -- Building citizens: the patriotic child -- Down the rabbit hole -- KERLAN FEATURES: Alice around the world -- In nature's classroom: The romantic child -- A great Dane: Hans Christian Andersen -- KERLAN FEATURES: Tenggren tells-it-again -- OFF THE SHELF: GIVING AND GETTING BOOKS: Gift books: Visual splendor -- KERLAN FEATURES: The poky little puppy -- "Write" off the assembly line -- No dogs or children allowed -- KERLAN FEATURES: Meeting Beatrix Potter -- Storyteller en la Biblioteca: Pura Belpré -- Book week -- Lights out: reading under the covers -- Censorship: raising a ruckus -- THE ART OF THE PICTURE BOOK: A master of motion: Randolph Caldecott -- A homespun expressionist: Wanga Gág -- KERLAN FEATURES: Millions of cats -- The size and shape of things -- The new Leonardo: Bruno Munari -- KERLAN FEATURES: Virginia Lee Burton's Little House -- Pop culture -- Humpty Dumpty -- Mary Poppins -- The secret garden -- The Wizard of Oz -- The story of Ferdinand -- Harry Potter -- Comics grow up: Graphic novels -- KERLAN FEATURES: Baby Mouse: Queen of the World! -- Storied city: New York -- CODA: FROM THE KERLAN: suggested reading -- Acknowledgments.
More than half a million visitors to the New York Public Library viewed an exhibition about the role that children's books play in world culture and in our lives. After it had closed, attendees clamored for a catalog of "The ABC of It" as well as for the insightful commentary of children's literature historian Leonard S. Marcus about the objects on display. This book, a collaboration between the University of Minnesota's Kerlan Collection of Children's Literature and Leonard S. Marcus, now makes the vision and experience of the exhibition available everywhere. -- Cover flap.

Popular fads and crazes through American history

February 27, 2019
Hendricks, Nancy, author.
Santa Barbara, California : Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2018]
2 volumes (xxvi, 870 pages) : illustrations ; 26 cm
1. The rise of mass culture: pre-1900s-1950s -- 2. Modern pop: 1960s-2010s.

Capitalist realism : is there no alternative?

February 20, 2019
Fisher, Mark (Mark Lee).
Winchester, UK ; Washington [D.C.] : Zero Books, [2009]
v, 81 pages ; 22 cm
1. Itʹs easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism --- 2. What if you held a protest and everyone came? --- 3. Capitalism and the Real --- 4. Reflexive impotence, immobilization and liberal communism --- 5. October 6, 1979: "Donʹt let yourself get attached to anything" --- 6. All that is solid melts into PR: market Stalinism and bureaucratic anti-production --- 7." ... if you can watch the overlap of one reality with another": capitalist realism as dreamwork and memory disorder --- 8. "Thereʹs no central exchange" --- 9: Marxist Supernanny.
After 1989, capitalism has successfully presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system - a situation that the bank crisis of 2008, far from ending, actually compounded. The book analyses the development and principal features of this capitalist realism as a lived ideological framework. Using examples from politics, films, fiction, work and education, it argues that capitalist realism colours all areas of contemporary experience. But it will also show that, because of a number of inconsistencies and glitches internal to the capitalist reality program capitalism in fact is anything but realistic.

The downtown pop underground : New York City and the literary punks, renegade artists, DIY filmmakers, mad playwrights, and rock 'n' roll glitter queens who revolutionized culture

February 14, 2019
McLeod, Kembrew, 1970- author.
©2018
361 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Harry Koutoukas arrives in the Village -- Shirley Clarke's downtown connections -- Andy Warhol goes pop -- Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, and the pop generation -- Ed Sanders incites an indie media revolution -- Ellen Stewart is La MaMa -- Hibiscus and family grow underground roots -- Preserving the downtown landscape for artists -- Off-Off-Broadway oddities -- Underground film's bizarre cast of characters -- Multimedia experiments at the Factory -- Chaos at the Cino -- Camping in church and at sea -- Migrating east -- Lower East Side rock and radicalism -- La MaMa gets ridiculous -- Jackie Curtis takes center stage -- Madness at Max's and the Factory -- Darkness descends on the East Village -- From the margins to the mainstream and back again -- Femmes fatales -- Underground video ushers in a new media age -- An American family bends reality -- Pork, glam, and audiotape -- Literary rockers -- Hibiscus heads home -- Mercer's mixes it up -- DIY TV -- The lights dim on Off-Off-Broadway -- Punk rock's freaky roots -- New York rock explodes -- Suburban subversives -- Inventing "punk" -- Coda.
The 1960s to early 1970s was a pivotal time for American culture, and New York City was ground zero for seismic shifts in music, theater, art, and filmmaking. 'The Downtown Pop Underground' takes a kaleidoscopic tour of Manhattan during this era and shows how deeply interconnected all the alternative worlds and personalities were that flourished in the basement theaters, dive bars, concert halls, and dingy tenements within one square mile of each other. Author Kembrew McLeod links the artists, writers, and performers who created change, and while some of them didn't become everyday names, others, like Patti Smith, Andy Warhol, and Debbie Harry, did become icons. Ambitious in scope and scale, the book is fueled by the actual voices of many of the key characters who broke down the entrenched divisions between high and low, gay and straight, and art and commerce--and changed the cultural landscape of not just the city but the world.

Communicating hip-hop : how hip-hop culture shapes popular culture

January 3, 2019
Sciullo, Nick J. author.
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, [2019]
xii, 116 pages ; 25 cm.
Includes index.
Legal education and hip-hop -- Educational studies and hip-hop -- Communication studies and hip-hop -- English and hip-hop -- Sociology and hip-hop -- Business, econmics and hip-hop -- Religion and hip-hop -- The arts and hip-hop -- Politics and hip-hop.

Inventing American tradition : from the Mayflower to Cinco de Mayo

December 27, 2018
Eller, Jack David, 1959- author.
©2018
341 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"What really happened on the first Thanksgiving? How did a British drinking song become the national anthem of the United States? And what makes Superman so darned American? Every tradition, even the noblest and most cherished, has a history, nowhere more so than in the USA, which was born with a relative indifference, if not hostility, to the past. Most Americans would be surprised to learn just how recent and controversial the origins of their traditions are, as well as how those origins are often related to the trauma of the Civil War and to fears for American identity stemming from immigration and socialism. Inventing American Tradition explores a wide range of beloved traditions, including political symbols, holidays, lifestyles and fictional characters, and looks at the people who conceived of and adapted them into the forms familiar to Americans and the innumerable people around the world influenced by American culture today. What emerges is the realization that all traditions are invented by particular people at particular times for particular reasons, and that the process of traditioning is forever ongoing."--Dust jacket.

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

November 27, 2018
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.

Calm in the chaos : essays for anxious times

November 15, 2018
Rutler, George W. (George William), author.
©2018
228 pages ; 21 cm
The resurrection difference -- The pity of Christ -- A river in Egypt: denying the undeniable -- Telling the truth -- Liturgical confusion: challenging reform -- Translating the Mass: the liturgical experts' long tassels -- More fascinating than fiction -- The canonization of Teresa of Calcutta -- The idea of a Catholic University fifty years after Land O' Lakes -- President Trump's Warsaw speech -- A populist election and its aftermath -- The tailors of Tooley Street: reflections on the Ivory Tower and reality -- Two Newmans and two Catholic springs -- Dignitas: the manners of humility -- The banners of Lepanto -- Luther looks at Islam -- The use of brains in a brainless time -- A misplaced grief: the Vatican and David Bowie -- The problem with pews -- A tale of two Georges -- The curate's egg: a reflection on Amoris Laetitia -- Looking down on Africa -- Persecution today in the lands of the epiphany -- Making dogma from unsettled science -- Mixing up the sciences of heaven and earth -- Tolerating terror -- The Paris horror: real and explicable -- The Pope's off-the-cuff remarks in Turin -- State education -- Advent: in my end is my beginning -- Pentecost and the prerequisites for true devotion -- Prophecy and prediction: best left to the professionals -- The Holy Spirit and the two stewards of justice -- On praising famous men -- The mindless iconoclasm of our age.
A series of essays about our society's collective anxiety and the importance of having faith in God granting us peace and hope beyond the day-to-day trials and tribulations.

Provocations : collected essays

November 14, 2018
Paglia, Camille, 1947- author.
©2018
xvii, 712 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"A lavishly comprehensive collection of essays, articles, columns, and interviews from the inimitable intellectual firebrand: tackling topics from Picasso to punk rock, from religion to Rihanna, and covering the full span of her wide-ranging and important career. Much has changed since Camille Paglia first burst onto the scene with her best-selling Sexual Personae, but her laser-sharp insight, matchless wit, and fearless commentary continue to be ahead of the curve--not only capturing the tone of the moment, but often anticipating it. Provocations gathers together a rich, varied body of work from this important public intellectual who works across a dazzling array of platforms--from the lecture halls of academia to her column at Salon to the pages of The Hollywood Reporter. Whatever your political inclination or cultural touchstones, Camille's takes on the rise of the right, the death of Prince, developing a writing style, the state of LGBT activism, and presidents past and present (to name just a few topics) are thought-provoking, compulsively readable, and not to be missed. An original introduction by the author sets a galvanizing--and inspiring--tone for the book"-- Provided by publisher.

Star trek : a cultural history

November 7, 2018
Booker, M. Keith, author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
xxiv, 191 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Star Trek and the history of Star Trek -- Star Trek and the history of American science fiction -- Star Trek and American political history -- Star Trek on the history of American technology -- Star Trek and the history of fandom -- Appendix: Episodes of Star Trek: the original series.

Everything's trash, but it's okay

November 2, 2018
Robinson, Phoebe, author.
©2018
xi, 324 pages ; 22 cm
I was a size 12 once for like twenty-seven minutes -- Feminism, I was rooting for you ; we were all rooting for you -- LOL. Wut? : an incomplete list of all the ways being a woman is ridic -- Some thoughts on interracial dating from someone who is a motherflippin' pro at it -- The top ten non-trash moments of my life -- Meeting Bono twice was my reparations -- Money is a trifling heaux and also your BFF -- You're not curing cancer (unless you are -- then carry on, my workaholic son) -- How to be alone and only mildly hate and lukewarm love it -- Addendum : I have a boyfriend now ... well, I had a BF at the time I turned this book in to my editor -- J/K, we're still together.
"A new, hilarious, and timely essay collection on gender, race, dating, and a world that seems to always be a self-starting dumpster fire from Phoebe Robinson."--Provided by publisher.

Fallout : the vault dweller's official cookbook

October 31, 2018
Rosenthal, Victoria, author.
©2018
189 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
"Craft your own glass of Nuka-Cola, a bowl of BlamCo Mac & Cheese, and more with the recipes in Fallout: The Official Cookbook. Based on the irradiated delicacies of the world of Bethesda Entertainment's Fallout, this Vault-Tec-approved cookbook provides fans of the award-winning series with recipes inspired by their favorite Fallout foods. Whip up tasty versions of the Mirelurk egg omelette, throw some deathclaw meat on the grill, and re-create BlamCo Mac & Cheese with Fallout: The Official Cookbook"--Provided by publisher.

The sky is falling : how vampires, zombies, androids, and superheroes made America great for extremism

September 13, 2018
Biskind, Peter, author.
©2018
252 pages ; 24 cm
part I: Winter has come: Apocalypse now ; Bleeding hearts ; Doing the right thing -- part II: Who'll stop the rain? ; Gone fishin' ; Coming apart ; Draining the swamp -- part III: Breaking bad ; The silence of the lambs ; Beauty in the beast ; License to kill -- part IV: Heaven can't wait: What a piece of work was man ; Anywhere but here ; No exit.

Pop culture-inspired programs for tweens, teens, and adults

August 13, 2018
Alessio, Amy J., author.
©2018
xvii, 150 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.
"This book will engage your library's users through toy-centric events that riff on Everything Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake, Cabbage Patch Kids and more. Programs that incorporate yummy treats like cake pops, Chex mix, and Classic Candies by the Decade. Including discussion groups, board game gatherings, trivia contests, and many more fun programs."--Provided by publisher.

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

July 30, 2018
Krauthammer, Charles, 1950-2018.
New York : Crown Forum, [2015]
viii, 405 pages ; 21 cm
Selected essays previously published in various periodicals and journals.
"New section: The age of Obama"--Cover.
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.

Dead girls : essays on surviving an American obesession

July 9, 2018
Bolin, Alice, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
276 pages ; 21 cm
Part 1: The dead girl show -- Toward a theory of a dead girl show -- Black hole -- The husband did it -- The daughter as detective -- Part 2: Lost in Los Angeles -- There there -- Los Angeles diary -- Lonely heart -- This place makes everyone a gambler -- The dream -- Part 3: Weird sisters -- A teen witch's guide to staying alive -- And so it is -- My hypochondria -- Just us girls -- Part 4: A sentimental education -- Accomplices.
"A collection of sharp, poignant essays that expertly blends the personal and political in an exploration of American culture through the lens of our obsession with dead women"-- Provided by publisher.

Don't make me pull over! : an informal history of the family road trip

July 3, 2018
Ratay, Richard, author.
©2018
xii, 272 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Swerving through the seventies : a family boldly leaves its driveway -- Pioneers of the pavement : the long road to the interstates -- Hey, where's everybody going? : Americans set off to discover America -- Packed in like sardines : join us, won't you? -- Smokeys in the bush : dodging cops (and stops) on the interstates -- Time to pass : diversions, directions and discoveries -- Eating up the miles : dining while driving -- Inn and out : motels, hotels and invaders from space -- Heavy metal highways : land yachts, station wagons and "the Thing" -- Through the windshield together : a crash course in seatbelts and safety -- Up, up and away : all roads lead to the airport -- Leaving it all behind : the end of the road for road trips?

American Mom : a celebration of motherhood in pop culture

April 11, 2018
Hale, Meredith, author.
©2018
xi, 164 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
The Angel in the House : Nineteenth Century -- The Art of Motherhood: Pre-war Years -- The Greatest Mother in the World: World War I -- Betty dons her apron: Roaring Twenties -- Lean times: The Great Depression -- We can do it! : World War II -- The Good Housewife: 1950s -- Winds of Change: 1960s -- Taking care of Business: 1970s -- Rise of the Supermom: 1980s -- Mommy Tracked: 1990s -- Moms in Cyberspace: The New Millennium.

A Geek in Korea : discovering Asia's new kingdom of cool

April 5, 2018
Tudor, Daniel, 1982- author.
©2014
159 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Korean identity -- Traditional Korea -- Modern Korea -- Korea's internet mania -- Society and daily life -- Koreans at work -- Koreans at play -- Korea's music scene -- Movies and television -- Visiting Korea.
"A Geek in Korea reinvents the culture guide for the Internet age. Packed with articles and photographs, it covers all the touchstones of Korean culture--from Buddhism and Confucianism to chapters on the traditional arts and disciplines like Taekwondo. There are chapters on cultural code words and norms; personal relationships; business and technology; and symbols and practices that are peculiarly Korean. A number of chapters are devoted to Korean pop culture, with attention to the stars, idols, and urban subcultures associated with them. For visitors to Korea, the author includes a mini-guide to his favorite neighborhoods in Seoul and other places of outstanding interest."--Publisher description.

Life in the fabulous 50's.

March 28, 2018
Greendale, WI : Reminisce, ©2009.
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Real-life stories told by the people who lived them, favorite family and historic photos, vintage ads, newspaper and magazine clippings, and icons of pop culture.

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