New Arrivals · Popular Culture

March 11, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Legendary children : the first decade of RuPaul's drag race and the last century of queer life

March 10, 2020
Fitzgerald, Tom (Thomas), 1966- author.
©2020
xii, 274 pages ; 20 cm
In the werk room with Marsha and Sylvia -- Shady dames in the library -- Serving snatch to Middle America -- Watch out for those sketchy queens, gurl -- Sing out, queen -- For every tuck, there must come a bulge -- Serving sickening lewks -- The gorgeous artifice and devastating truth of the lip-sync -- Untucking the queer family -- The ministry of drag.
"A definitive deep-dive into queer history and culture with hit reality show RuPaul's Drag Race as a touchstone, by the creators of the popular pop culture blog Tom and Lorenzo"-- Provided by publisher.

Your new feeling is the artifact of a bygone era.

March 5, 2020
Bennett, Chad, 1976- author.
Louisville, Kentucky : Sarabande, 2020.
viii, 100 pages ; 22 cm

Something that may shock and discredit you

February 17, 2020
Ortberg, Daniel Mallory, author.
©2020
xiii, 238 pages ; 22 cm
When you were younger and you got home early and you were the first one home and no one else was out on the street, did you ever worry that the rapture had happened without you? I did. -- Chapter titles from the on the nose, po-faced transmasculine memoir I am trying not to write -- My brothers, my brothers, my brothers' keepers, my brothers, my brothers, my brothers and me -- Help me brother, or I sink -- Apollo and Hyacinthus die playing ultimate frisbee, and I died watching teenage boys play video games -- Lord Byron has a birthday and takes his leave -- Reasons for transitioning, in order -- If you can't parallel park, you have to get a sex change -- Unwanted coming-out disorder -- The stages of not going on T -- Oh Lacanian philosopher we love you get up -- The several mortes d'Arthur -- Cosmopolitan magazine cover stories for bewildered future trans men living in the greater Chicago area between the years 1994-2002 -- Marcus Aurelius prepares for the new year -- Evelyn Waugh and the opposite of communion -- Jacob and the angel wrasslin' till noon at least -- Mary and Martha and Jesus and the dishes -- Columbo in six positions -- On Wednesdays we mean girls wore pink -- The Golden Girls and the mountains in the sea -- Captain James T. Kirk is a beautiful lesbian, and I'm not sure exactly how to explain that -- Rilke takes a turn -- Duckie from Pretty in Pink is also a beautiful lesbian, and I can prove it with the intensity of my feelings -- I have a friend who thinks umbrellas are enemies of the collective good, and I have a sneaking suspicion they may be right -- Sir Gawain just wants to leave Castle Make-out -- No one understands Henry VIII like I do -- "I love your vibe," and other things I've said to men -- House Hunters -- And His name shall be called Something Hard to Remember -- Pirates at the funeral: "It feels like someone died" but someone actually didn't -- Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck, transmasculine edition -- Powerful T4T energy in Steve Martin's The Jerk -- Did you know that Athena used to be a tomboy? -- It's hard to feel sad reading Hans Christian Andersen because it's just another story about a bummed-out candlestick that loves a broom and dies -- Dirtbag Sappho -- Dante runs into Beatrice in paradise -- How I intend to comport myself when I have abs someday -- Paul and Second Timothy: the transmasculine epistles -- Something nice happens to Oedipus -- Destry Rides Again, or Jimmy Stewart has a body and so do I -- The matriarchs of Avonlea begrudgingly accept your transition / Men of Anne of Green Gables experience -- The opposite of baptism.
"Daniel Mallory Ortberg is known for blending genres, forms, and sources to develop fascinating new hybrids--from lyric rants to horror recipes to pornographic scripture. In his most personal work to date, he turns his attention to the essay, offering vigorous and laugh-out-loud funny accounts of both popular and highbrow culture while mixing in meditations on gender transition, family dynamics, and the many meanings of faith. From a thoughtful analysis of the beauty of William Shatner to a sinister reimagining of HGTV's House Hunters, and featuring figures as varied as Anne of Green Gables, Columbo, Nora Ephron, Apollo, and the cast of Mean Girls, Something That May Shock and Discredit You is a hilarious and emotionally exhilarating compendium that combines personal history with cultural history to make you see yourself and those around you entirely anew. It further establishes Ortberg as one of the most innovative and engaging voices of his generation--and it may just change the way you think about Lord Byron forever."--Amazon.com.

New kings of the world : dispatches from Bollywood, dizi, and K-pop

January 3, 2020
Bhutto, Fatima, 1982- author.
©2019
206 pages : map ; 19 cm
"There is a vast cultural movement emerging from beyond the Western world. Truly global in its range and allure, it is the biggest challenge yet to Hollywood, McDonald's, and blue jeans. This is a book about these new arbiters of mass culture arising from the East-India's Bollywood films, Turkish soap opera, or dizi, and South Korean pop music. Carefully packaging not always secular modernity with traditional values in urbanized settings, they have created a new global pop culture that can be easily consumed, especially by the many millions coming late to the modern world and still negotiating its overwhelming challenges. Author Fatima Bhutto profiles Shah Rukh Khan, by many measures the most popular movie star in the world; goes behind the scenes of Magnificent Century, Turkey's biggest TV show, watched by upwards of 200 million people across 43 countries; and travels to South Korea to see how K-Pop started it all, and how "Gangnam Style" became the first YouTube video with one billion views"-- Provided by publisher.

Pop culture and entertainment in the twenty-first century

December 18, 2019
Gagne, Tammy, author.
San Diego, CA : ReferencePoint Press, Inc., [2020]
80 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction : celebrating pop culture -- Events that changed the world of music -- Television and movies in the twenty-first century -- Popular books and graphic novels of the twenty-first century -- Sporting events that have helped define the twenty-first century.
"Examines the people, artistic works, and events that have shaped our culture in recent years"-- Provided by publisher.

The way we all became the Brady bunch : how the canceled sitcom became the beloved pop culture icon we are still talking about today

December 16, 2019
Potts, Kimberly, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2019.
xiv, 269 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Examines the show's lasting effects on its audience and take readers behind-the-scenes and into the lives of our most beloved characters, all to document why The Brady Bunch was one of the most groundbreaking shows of its time--and why it remains to this day, unforgettable.

The witches are coming

December 4, 2019
West, Lindy, author.
©2019
260 pages ; 22 cm
"Portions of this book were previously published in different form in the New York Times, the Guardian, and Jezebel."--Title page verso.
Choosing the lie -- Is Adam Sandler funny? -- Ted Bundy was not charming: are you high? -- How to be a girl -- Always meet your heroes -- Do, make, be, barf -- A giant douche is a good thing if you're a giant -- Gear strap -- Joan -- Obsolescence is a preventable disease -- What is an abortion, anyway? -- Leave hell to the devils -- Anger is a weapon -- Magic isn't magic -- The world is good and worth fighting for -- Long live the Port Chester whooping cranes -- Tomorrow is the first day.

Movies (and other things) : a collection of questions asked, answered, illustrated

November 18, 2019
Serrano, Shea, author.
©2019.
255 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Who's the better tough guy movie dog owner? -- Who gets it the worst in Kill Bill? -- Is this movie better, the same, or worse with The Rock in it? -- Were the Jurassic Park raptors just misunderstood? -- What's the order of the Gangster Movie Moment fictional draft? -- Can I ask you a couple questions about the MCU? -- Did Denzel's race-forward football camp work or not? -- Who's in the Regina George circle of friends? -- Which movie had the more intense opening, Face/Off or Finding Nemo? -- Which kills are in the Action Movie Kills Hall of Fame? -- Can we talk about Selena for a moment? -- Which movie death hurt you the most as an adult? -- Do you wanna read an essay about Friday? -- When did you know Booksmart was special? -- Who wins what at the Brand New Academy Awards? -- Who's in the perfect heist movie crew? -- Did the Rockford Peaches make the right decision trading Kit? -- Do you think this movie villain would be a good hang? -- Which was better: Get Out or The Social Network? -- What happened at the Michael Myers press conference? -- Was Andy Dufresne's time in prison worth it or not? -- Which race was white-saviored the best by Kevin Costner? -- When did Michael B. Jordan break your heart into the most pieces? -- When was Diane Keaton the most charming in Something's Gotta Give? -- What was Dominic Toretto's win-loss record? -- Afterword by Don Cheadle.
"Movies (And Other Things) is a book about, quite frankly, movies (and other things). One of the chapters, for example, answers which race Kevin Costner was able to white savior the best, because did you know that he white saviors Mexicans in McFarland, USA, and white saviors Native Americans in Dances with Wolves, and white saviors Black people in Black or White, and white saviors the Cleveland Browns in Draft Day? Another of the chapters, for a second example, answers what other high school movie characters would be in Regina George's circle of friends if we opened up the Mean Girls universe to include other movies (Johnny Lawrence is temporarily in, Claire from The Breakfast Club is in, Ferris Bueller is out, Isis from Bring It On is out...). Another of the chapters, for a third example, creates a special version of the Academy Awards specifically for rom-coms, the most underrated movie genre of all. And another of the chapters, for a final example, is actually a triple chapter that serves as an NBA-style draft of the very best and most memorable moments in gangster movies. Many, many things happen in Movies (And Other Things), some of which funny, others of which are sad, a few of which are insightful, and all of which are handled with the type of care and dedication to the smallest details and pockets of pop culture that only a book by Shea Serrano can provide"-- Provided by publisher.

The way I heard it

November 7, 2019
Rowe, Mike, 1962- author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2019.
xiii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
This isn't funny -- A hero under the influence -- On the importance of better driving -- No polite way to put it -- A patient man -- Another tortured artist -- Size matters -- Can you be there by nine? -- A full-figured gal -- The orphan hero -- Something is missing -- Words, words, words -- Call it what you will -- Not your typical homemaker -- The biscuit bomb -- The men behind bars -- The cherry pie is to die for -- A manly man, a gold medal, and a really big sea -- A tale of two pupils -- Oh, brother! -- The American rock star -- The 25-million-dollar kiss -- How the game was played -- The mystery of the vanishing woman -- His last letter home -- One hell of a toll -- Breaking the silence -- Keep your voice down! -- The biggest name in town -- Charlie's big break -- Bobby brings home the bacon -- The greaseman cometh -- A little town up north -- Something unforgettable and real -- The star of the show.
"Emmy-award winning gadfly Mike Rowe presents a ridiculously entertaining, seriously fascinating collection of his favorite episodes from America's #1 short-form podcast, The Way I Heard It, along with a host of memories, ruminations, illustrations, and insights."-- Provided by publisher.

Civilized to death : the price of progress

November 1, 2019
Ryan, Christopher, 1962- author.
©2019
xiii, 288 pages ; 24 cm
"Most of us have instinctive evidence the world is ending—balmy December days, face-to-face conversation replaced with heads-to-screens zomboidism, a world at constant war, a political system in disarray. We hear some myths and lies so frequently that they feel like truths: Civilization is humankind’s greatest accomplishment. Progress is undeniable. Count your blessings. You’re lucky to be alive here and now. Well, maybe we are and maybe we aren’t. Civilized to Death counters the idea that progress is inherently good, arguing that the “progress” defining our age is analogous to an advancing disease. Prehistoric life, of course, was not without serious dangers and disadvantages. Many babies died in infancy. A broken bone, infected wound, snakebite, or difficult pregnancy could be life-threatening. But ultimately, Ryan argues, were these pre-civilized dangers more murderous than modern scourges, such as car accidents, cancers, cardiovascular disease, and a technologically prolonged dying process? At a time when our ecology, our society, and our own sense of selves feels increasingly imperiled, an accurate understanding of our species’ long prelude to civilization is vital to a clear sense of the ultimate value of civilization—and its costs. In Civilized to Death, Ryan makes the claim that we should start looking backwards to find our way into a better future."--Inside dust jacket.

Teaching when the world is on fire

October 1, 2019
New York : The New Press, [2019]
xxii, 241 pages ; 23 cm
Politics matters. I shall create! / William Ayers -- Teaching politics in the age of Trump / Justin Christensen -- The three illusions / Julia Putnam -- Standing up against hate / Mica Pollock -- Yes, race and politics belong in the classroom / H. Richard Milner IV -- Safety matters. Cops or counselors? / Pedro A. Noguera -- How Hurrican Harvey altered my perspective as a teacher / Jeff Collier -- I was raised to believe education could keep me safe / fredrick scott salyers -- Calling on Omar / Carla Shalaby -- School justice / T. Elijah Hawkes -- Race matters. Don't say nothing / Jamilah Pitts -- Black teachers, black youth, and reality pedagogy / Christopher Emdin -- How one elementary school sparked a citywide movement to make black students' lives matter / Wayne Au and Jesse Hagopian -- The fire / Sarah Ishmael and Jonathan Tunstall in conversation -- Engaging and embracing black parents / Allyson Criner Brown -- Who do I belon to? / Natalie Labossiere -- To my sons' future teacher, colleague, sister/brother, co-madre, maestra, comrade, friend / Crystal T. Laura -- Gender and sex ed matter. Sexual harassment and the collateral beauty of resistance / Camila Arze Torres Goitia -- Believe me the first time / Dale Weiss -- Nothing about us, without us, is for us / Hazel Edwards and Maya Lindberg in conversation -- Climate matters. Climate science meets a stubborn obstacle: students / Amy Harmon -- Teachers vs. climate change / Bill Bigelow -- Culture matters. Teaching middle school students to advocate / Caroline Drake -- Why I teach diverse litterature / Noah Cho -- Love for Syria / Cami Touloukian -- Correct(ed): Confederate public history / James Loewen -- Creating inclusive classrooms for Muslim children / Deborah Almontaser -- Appendix: books on immigration for young readers / Jay Fung.

Trap door : trans cultural production and the politics of visibility

July 25, 2019
©2017
xxvi, 419 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Series preface / Johanna Burton -- Director's foreword / Lisa Phillips -- Known unknowns: an introduction to Trap door / Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley and Johanna Burton -- The labor of werqing it: the performance and protest strategies of Sir Lady Java / Treva Ellison -- Cautious living: black trans women and the politics of documentation / Miss Major Griffin-Gracy and Cece McDonald in conversation with Toshio Meronek -- Existing in the world: blackness at the edge of trans visibility / Che Gossett and Juliana Huxtable in conversation -- Trans history in a moment of danger: organizing within and beyond "visibility" in the 1970s / Abram J. Lewis -- Out of obscurity: trans resistance 1969-2016 / Grace Dunham -- Introducing the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art / Chris E. Vargas -- One from the vaults: gossip, access, and trans history-telling / Morgan M. Page -- Everywhere archives: transgendering, trans Asians, and the Internet / Mel Y. Chen -- Dark shimmers: the rhythm of necropolitical affect in digital media / Micha Cárdenas -- Blackness and the trouble of trans visibility / Che Gossett -- Representation and its limits / Roundtable participants: Lexi Adsit, Sydney Freeland, Robert Hamblin, and Geo Wyeth; moderator: Tavia Nyong'o -- The last extremists? / Heather Love -- An affinity of hammers / Sara Ahmed -- The guild of the brave poor things / Park McArthur and Constantina Zavitsanos -- Spiderwomen / Eva Hayward -- Proximity: on the work of Mark Aguhar / Roy Pérez -- Dynamic static / Nicole Archer -- Model of futurity / Roundtable participants: Kai Lumumba Barrow, Yve Laris Cohen, and Kalaniopua Young; moderator: Dean Spade -- All terror, all beauty / Wu Tsang and Fred Moten in conversation -- Canonical undoings: notes on trans art and archives / Stamatina Gregory and Jeanne Vaccaro -- Contemporary art and critical transgender infrastructures / Jeannine Tang.
The increasing representation of trans identity throughout art and popular culture in recent years has been nothing if not paradoxical. Trans visibility is touted as a sign of a liberal society, but it has coincided with a political moment marked both by heightened violence against trans people (especially trans women of color) and by the suppression of trans rights under civil law. 'Trap Door' grapples with these contradictions. The essays, conversations, and dossiers gathered here delve into themes as wide-ranging yet interconnected as beauty, performativity, activism, and police brutality. Collectively, they attest to how trans people are frequently offered "doors"--Entrances to visibility and recognition -- that are actually "traps," accommodating trans bodies and communities only insofar as they cooperate with dominant norms. The volume speculates about a third term, perhaps uniquely suited for our time: the trapdoor, neither entrance nor exit, but a secret passageway leading elsewhere.

A geek in Japan

June 19, 2019
García, Héctor, 1981- author.
Tokyo ; Rutland, VT : Tuttle Publishing, 2019.
192 pages : illustrations (mostly color), color maps ; 25 cm
Includes index.

The drama of celebrity

June 19, 2019
Marcus, Sharon, 1966- author.
©2019
vi, 318 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Why do so many people care so much about celebrities? Who decides who gets to be a star? What are the privileges and pleasures of fandom? Do celebrities ever deserve the outsized attention they receive?0In this fascinating and deeply researched book, Sharon Marcus challenges everything you thought you knew about our obsession with fame. Icons are not merely famous for being famous; the media alone cannot make or break stars; fans are not simply passive dupes. Instead, journalists, the public, and celebrities themselves all compete, passionately and expertly, to shape the stories we tell about celebrities and fans. The result: a high-stakes drama as endless as it is unpredictable. Drawing on scrapbooks, personal diaries, and vintage fan mail, Marcus traces celebrity culture back to its nineteenth-century roots, when people the world over found themselves captivated by celebrity chefs, bad-boy poets, and actors such as the "divine" Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), as famous in her day as the Beatles in theirs. Known in her youth for sleeping in a coffin, hailed in maturity as a woman of genius, Bernhardt became a global superstar thanks to savvy engagement with her era's most innovative media and technologies: the popular press, commercial photography, and speedy new forms of travel.0Whether you love celebrity culture or hate it, The Drama of Celebrity will change how you think about one of the most important phenomena of modern times.

Girlboygirl : how I became JT Leroy

June 13, 2019
Knoop, Savannah, author.
New York, NY : Seven Stories Press, [2019]
xii, 211 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
"More than ten years after the New York Times unmasked Savannah Knoop as the face of the mysterious author JT LeRoy, her story continues to fascinate. To some, it was a compelling experiment with authorship and identity. To others, it was an unforgivable deception. In Girl Boy Girl, Knoop tells her side of the story, revealing how she came to portray the young trans hustler turned literary wunderkind--a persona created by her sister-in-law, Laura Albert, to help sell her books. For six years Knoop led this bizarre double life, trading a precarious existence as a college dropout for a life in which she was embraced by celebrities and artists--Carrie Fisher, Courtney Love, Mary Ellen Mark, Winona Ryder, Asia Argento, Gus Van Sant, Mike Pitt, Calvin Klein, and Shirley Manson, to name a few--and traveled the world. Knoop reveals how playing JT LeRoy gave her a sense of confidence and entitlement she never had before. But as JT's fame grew, the charade became harder to maintain, and Knoop started to resent "pretending to be someone who had nothing to do with me, representing something I hadn't created." Much more than an inside look at one of the most famous literary hoaxes of all time, this book is also the story of a woman who inadvertently finds herself by pretending to be someone else. This edition of the book features a new introduction by the author, whose story will soon be a major motion picture starring Kristen Stewart as Savannah/JT."--Provided by publisher.

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.

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