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But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past
But What If We're Wrong?
Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past
Paperback      ISBN: 0399184139
New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of television? Are all sports destined for extinction? Is it possible that the greatest artist of our era is currently unknown (or—weirder still—widely known, but entirely disrespected)? Is it possible that we “overrate
The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
Paperback      ISBN: 1620402785
"Simon Singh, author of the bestsellers Fermat's Enigma, The Code Book, and The Big Bang, offers fascinating new insights into the celebrated television series The Simpsons: That the show drip-feeds morsels of number theory into the minds of its viewers--indeed, that there are so many mathematical references in the show, and in its sister program, Futurama, that they could form the basis of an entire university course. Recounting memorable episodes from "Bart the Genius" to "Homer3," Singh brings alive intriguing and meaningful mathematical concepts--ranging from the mathematics of pi and the paradox of infinity to the origin of numbers and the most profound outstanding problems that haunt today's generation of mathematicians. In the process, he illuminates key moments in the history of mathematics, and introduces us to The Simpsons' brilliant writing team--the likes of David X. Cohen, Al Jean, Jeff Westbrook, and Stewart Burns, all of whom have various advanced degrees in mathematics, physics, and other sciences. Based on interviews with the writers of The Simpsons and replete with images from the shows, facsimiles of scripts, paintings and drawings, and other imagery, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets will give anyone who reads it an entirely new insight into the most successful show in television history"--
The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
The Disaster Artist
My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
Paperback      ISBN: 1476730407
Presents a humorous ode to cinematic hubris, discussing the story of the mysteriously wealthy misfit, Tommy Wiseau, the producer, director, and star of the "The Room," which later became an international cult film despite making no money at the box office.
The Art of Edena
The Art of Edena
by Moebius
Hardcover      ISBN: 1506703216
A companion volume to the New York Times best-selling World of Edena graphic novel pays tribute to the imagery and creative enthusiasm of Moebius through four fantastic Edena-related short stories and a vast array of stunning illustrations.
Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There
Bobos in Paradise
The New Upper Class and How They Got There
Paperback      ISBN: 0684853787
A guide to bourgeois bohemianism describes the social class' attitudes towards consumption, business, intellectualism, pleasure, spiritual life, and politics.
Significant Zero: Heroes, Villains, and the Fight for Art and Soul in Video Games
Significant Zero
Heroes, Villains, and the Fight for Art and Soul in Video Games
Paperback      ISBN: 1501129961
From the award-winning video game writer of such hits as Star Wars Battlefront and BioShock comes an exclusive “compelling look into a world that doesn’t like to spill its secrets to outsiders” (NPR): the video game industry. When his satirical musings in a college newspaper got him discharged from the Air Force, it became clear to Walt Williams that his destiny in life was to be a writer—he just never thought he’d end up writing video games, including some of the biggest franchises today. A veteran video game narrative designer, Williams pulls back the curtain on an astonishingly profitable industry that has put its stamp on pop culture and yet is little known to those outside its walls. As Williams walks you through his unlikely and at times inglorious rise within one of the world’s top gaming companies, he exposes an industry abundant in brain power and out-sized egos, but struggling to stay innovative. Significant Zero also provides clear-eyed criticism of the industry’s addiction to violence and explains how the role of the narrative designer is crucial for expanding the scope of video games into more immersive and emotional experiences. Significant Zero is a rare and illuminating look inside “the video gaming industry in all its lucrative shine and questionable morality…[and] provides a refreshing and realistic portrayal of succeeding at attaining a dream via an unforeseen career trajectory” (Booklist).
The Revolution Generation: How Millennials Can Save America and the World (Before It’s Too Late)
The Revolution Generation
How Millennials Can Save America and the World (Before It’s Too Late)
Hardcover      ISBN: 1501146092
The activist and Sundance Award-winning filmmaker of Fuel and author of Kiss the Ground showcases the stories of Millennial change-makers in order to empower and motivate today
Bad Feminist
Bad Feminist
Paperback      ISBN: 0062282719
A cultural examination of the ways in which the media influences self-perception, and discusses how society still needs to do better.
The Physics of Superheroes
The Physics of Superheroes
Paperback      ISBN: 1592405088
The physics professor made famous for his "Everything I Needed to Know About Physics I Learned from Reading Comic Books" course presents an expanded edition of his popular book that incorporates additional superheroes and the latest scientific findings. Original.
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud
The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman
Paperback      ISBN: 0525534725
**One of NPR’s Best Books of 2017** “Petersen's gloriously bumptious, brash ode to nonconforming women suits the needs of this dark moment. Her careful examination of how we eviscerate the women who confound or threaten is crucial reading if we are ever to be better.”—Rebecca Traister, New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies NOW WITH A NEW FOREWORD BY THE AUTHOR From celebrity gossip expert and BuzzFeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen, a bold, accessible, and analytical look at how female celebrities are pushing society's boundaries You know the type: the woman who won’t shut up, who’s too brazen, too opinionated—too much. Sometimes she's the life of the party; other times she's the center of gossip. She's the unruly woman, and she's on eof the most provocative, powerful forms of womanhood today. There have been unruly women for as long as there have been boundaries of what constitutes acceptable "feminine" behavior, but there's evidence that she's on the rise--more visible and less easily dismissed. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Anne Helen Petersen uses the lens of “unruliness” to explore the ascension of contemporary pop culture powerhouses, from Serena Williams to Kim Kardashian to Hillary Clinton. Petersen explores why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures, each of who has been conceived as "too" something: too queer, too strong, too honest, too old, too pregnant, too shrill, too much. With its brisk, incisve analysis, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud is a conversation-starting book on what makes and breaks famous women today. “Must-read list.”—Entertainment Weekly Named one of Cosmopolitan’s “Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down This Summer” Selected as one of Amazon's “Best Books of the Month” A Refinery29 Editors' Pick