New Arrivals · Popular Culture

January 4, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Life in the fantastic '40s : a decade of strength, progress and triumph

March 28, 2018
Greendale, WI : Reiman Media Group, [2013]
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
1940-1949: a retrospective -- As you were -- On the home front -- Hello Hollywood -- Kiddin' around -- Popular pastimes -- Around town -- Keeping house -- Unforgettable fashions -- Life together -- On the road -- My own memories journal.
More than 450 personal stories and photos from the United States in the 1940s, plus inspiring quotes and vintage ads.

Life in America : celebrating the spirit of our country.

March 28, 2018
Greendale, WI : Reminisce Books, ©2012.
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm.
The stories and photos in this book were shared by Reminisce readers and capture the best of the past with plenty of heartwarming moments, humor and patriotic spirit.

That's entertainment : reliving the magic of iconic movies, television, radio and more

March 28, 2018
Greendale, WI : Reiman Media Group, [2013]
207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Crooners & chart-toppers -- Ridin' the radio waves -- The silver screen -- Same time, same channel -- Great performances -- Hot off the press -- Out & about -- Havin' a ball -- Child's play.

Family road trips : getting there was half the fun!

March 28, 2018
Greendale, WI : RDA Enthusiast Brands, LLC, [2014]
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Presented by the editors of the Reader's Digest Association and Reminisce magazine.

American heroes

March 28, 2018
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
"Honoring those who set an example for us all" -- cover.
Pulled from the archives of Reminisce Magazine, American Heroes celebrates the everyday heroes among us from every walk of life; policemen, movie stars, sporting greats, and of course wartime heroes.

Videocracy : how YouTube is changing the world... with double rainbows, singing foxes, and other trends we can't stop watching

February 1, 2018
Allocca, Kevin, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2018.
xv, 335 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
At the zoo -- Creating entertainment in the Auto-Tune era -- The language of remixing and the pure joy of a cat flying through space -- Some music that I used to know -- The ad your ad could smell like -- The world is watching -- I learned it on YouTube -- Niche : the new mainstream -- Scratching the itch -- Going viral -- What videos do for us -- The new talent.
"From YouTube's Head of Culture and Trends, a rousing and illuminating behind-the-scenes exploration of internet video's massive impact on our world. Whether your favorite YouTube video is a cat on a Roomba, "Gangnam Style," the "Bed Intruder Song," an AsapSCIENCE explainer, Rebecca Black's "Friday," or the "Evolution of Dance," Kevin Allocca's Videocracy reveals how these beloved videos and famous trends--among many others--came to be and why they mean more than you might think. YouTube is the biggest pool of cultural data since the beginning of recorded communication, with four hundred hours of video uploaded every minute. (It would take you more than sixty-five years just to watch the vlogs, music videos, tutorials, and other content posted in a single day!) This activity reflects who we are, in all our glory and ignominy. As Allocca says, if aliens wanted to understand our planet, he'd give them Google. If they wanted to understand us, he'd give them YouTube. In Videocracy, Allocca lays bare what YouTube videos say about our society and how our actions online--watching, sharing, commenting on, and remixing the people and clips that captivate us--are changing the face of entertainment, advertising, politics, and more. Via YouTube, we are fueling social movements, enforcing human rights, and redefining art--a lot more than you'd expect from a bunch of viral clips."--Dust jacket.

Hitler's monsters : a supernatural history of the Third Reich

January 24, 2018
Kurlander, Eric, 1973- author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017]
xxii, 422 pages, 12 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The Supernatural Roots of Nazism : Ario-Germanic Religion, Border Science, and the Austro-German Occult Revival, 1889-1914 -- From the Thule Society to the NSDAP : Fashioning the Nazi Supernatural Imaginary, 1912-24 -- Exploiting Hitler's Magic : From Weimar's Horrors to Visions of the Third Reich -- The Third Reich's War on the Occult : Anti-Occultism, Hitler's Magicians' Controversy, and the Hess Action -- The Stars Come Down to Frozen Earth : Border Science in the Third Reich -- Lucifer's Court : Ario-Germanic Paganism, Indo-Aryan Spirituality, and the Nazi Search for Alternative Religions -- The Supernatural and the Second World War : Folklore and Border Science in Foreign Policy, Propaganda, and Military Operations -- Monstrous Science : Racial Resettlement, Human Experiments, and the Holocaust -- Nazi Twilight : Miracle Weapons, Supernatural Partisans, and the Collapse of the Third Reich.
"The definitive history of the supernatural in Nazi Germany, exploring the occult ideas, esoteric sciences, and pagan religions touted by the Third Reich in the service of power. The Nazi fascination with the occult is legendary, yet today it is often dismissed as Himmler's personal obsession or wildly overstated for its novelty. Preposterous though it was, however, supernatural thinking was inextricable from the Nazi project. The regime enlisted astrology and the paranormal, paganism, Indo-Aryan mythology, witchcraft, miracle weapons, and the lost kingdom of Atlantis in reimagining German politics and society and recasting German science and religion. In this eye-opening history, Eric Kurlander reveals how the Third Reich's relationship to the supernatural was far from straightforward. Even as popular occultism and superstition were intermittently rooted out, suppressed, and outlawed, the Nazis drew upon a wide variety of occult practices and esoteric sciences to gain power, shape propaganda and policy, and pursue their dreams of racial utopia and empire"-- Provided by publisher.

Frankenstein : how a monster became an icon, the science and enduring allure of Mary Shelley's creation

January 16, 2018
xvi, 239 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The tale of a tormented creature created in a laboratory began in 1816 in the imagination of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Since its publication in 1818 "Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus" has spread around the globe through every possible medium and variation.. Yet in it's long history, Frankenstein's central premise - that science, not magic or God, can create a living being, and thus these creators must answer for their actions - is most relevant today as scientists approach creating synthetic life. In its popular and cultural wieght and its expression of the ethical issues raised by the advance of science, physicist Sidney Perkowitz and film expert Eddy Von Mueller have brought together scholars and scientists, artists and directors to celebrate and examine Mary Shelley's creation and its legacy as the monster moves into his next century.

Addicted to Americana : celebrating classic & kitschy American life & style

December 19, 2017
Phoenix, Charles, 1962- author.
Altadena, CA : Prospect Park Books, [2017]
174 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Addicted to Americana -- Theme parkland -- Let's eat! -- 5-4-3-2-1 blast-off!
"Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix launches us into the stratosphere of space-age style, amazing attractions, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation via his road-trip discoveries and found vintage Kodachrome slides. Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as he guides us through his action-packed, fun-filled, wondrous world of midcentury marvels. Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!"--back cover.

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