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Seinology: The Sociology of Seinfeld
The Sociology of Seinfeld
Paperback      ISBN: 1591023955
In this text for students and interested general readers, Delaney (sociology, State U. of New York at Oswego) uses excerpts from the Seinfeld television show to introduce basic sociological concepts. Fifteen short chapters address such topics as cultural norms and etiquette; sex and gender issues; race and ethnicity; and aging and death. The volume lacks a subject index. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
House And Philosophy: Everybody Lies
House And Philosophy
Everybody Lies
Paperback      ISBN: 0470316608
An unauthorized look at the philosophical issues raised by one of today's most popular television shows: House House is one of the top three television dramas on the air, pulling in more than 19 million viewers for each episode. This latest book in the popular Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series takes a deeper look at the characters and issues raised in this Emmy Award-winning medical drama, offering entertaining answers to the fascinating ethical questions viewers have about Dr. Gregory House and his medical team. Henry Jacoby (Goldsboro, NC) teaches philosophy at East Carolina University. He has published articles primarily on the philosophy of mind and was a contributor to South Park and Philosophy (978-1-4051-6160-2).
Sesame Street Unpaved: Scripts, Stories, Secrets, and Songs
Sesame Street Unpaved
Scripts, Stories, Secrets, and Songs
Hardcover      ISBN: 0786864605
A celebration of the first thirty years of Sesame Street contains special interviews with the show's creators, behind-the-scenes glimpses the Sesame world, fun-filled quizzes, reviews of its funniest moments, unique photographs, and more. 150,000 first printing.
The Man Behind the Nose: Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and Other Stupendous Tales
The Man Behind the Nose
Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and Other Stupendous Tales
Hardcover      ISBN: 0061896470
The man behind the makeup of Bozo the Clown offers a memoir full of unexpected stories, such as choreographing a dance routine with Fred Astaire, training for space flights at NASA, and surviving two assassination attempts.
From the Lower East Side to Hollywood: Jews in American Popular Culture
From the Lower East Side to Hollywood
Jews in American Popular Culture
Hardcover      ISBN: 1859845983
A lively, extensively illustrated history of the widespread influence of Jews on American popular culture through the twentieth century. The contribution by Jews to American popular culture is widely acknowledged yet scarcely documented. This is the first comprehensive investigation of the formative Jewish influence upon the rise and development of American popular culture, drawing upon extensive oral histories with several generations of Jewish artists, little-utilized Yiddish scholarship, and the author's own connections with today's comic-strip artists. Buhle shows how the rich legacy of Yiddish prepared would-be artists to absorb the cultures of their surrounding environments, seeing the world through the eyes of others, and producing the talent required for theater, films, television, popular music and comics. Buhle suggests that "premodern" and "postmodern" are arbitrary designations here, because the self-reflective content has always radiated an inner Jewishness. From Sholem Aleichem (who died in the Bronx) to Gertrude Berg, Woody Allen and Tony Kushner, from John Garfield to Roseanne Barr and Rube Goldberg to Cyndi Lauper, the cutting edge is never too far from home and humane antidotes to the pains of a troubled world. Contradictions between Jewish avant-garde and kitsch, mogul and artist, orthodoxy and heresy are given new sense here in the scope of cultural output adopted by ordinary Americans as their own. Illustrated with the work of Harvey Pekar and R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Ben Katchor, Trina Robbins and others, From the Lower East Side to Hollywood is full of humor and insight into the power of popular art to spark insight and encourage the endless quest for freedom. 25 b/w illustrations.
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street
Street Gang
The Complete History of Sesame Street
Paperback      ISBN: 0143116630
"Davis tracks down every Sesame anecdote and every Sesame personality in his book...Finally, we get to touch Big Bird's feathers." --The New York Times Book Review Sesame Street is the longest-running-and arguably most beloved- children's television program ever created. Today, it reaches some six million preschoolers weekly in the United States and countless others in 140 countries around the world. Street Gang is the compelling, comical, and inspiring story of a media masterpiece and pop-culture landmark. Television reporter and columnist Michael Davis-with the complete participation of Joan Ganz Cooney, one of the show's founders-unveils the idealistic personalities, decades of social and cultural change, stories of compassion and personal sacrifice, and miraculous efforts of writers, producers, directors, and puppeteers that together transformed an empty soundstage into the most recognizable block of real estate in television history.
Avengers Anew: A Fantastic Story Told by an Extraordinary Fan
Avengers Anew
A Fantastic Story Told by an Extraordinary Fan
Paperback      ISBN: 0718126041
Provides information and trivia on the actors, actresses, and plots of the Avengers and New Avengers television programs
The Boy Genius and the Mogul: The Untold Story of Television
The Boy Genius and the Mogul
The Untold Story of Television
Hardcover      ISBN: 0767907590
A fascinating portrait of Philo T. Farnsworth, a young scientist form Idaho and the true inventor of television, describes his odyssey from his initial 1922 design for the precursor of television at the age of fourteen through his struggle to develop the project without RCA's powerful David Sarnoff.
Jim Henson: The Works : The Art, the Magic, the Imagination
Jim Henson
The Works : The Art, the Magic, the Imagination
Hardcover      ISBN: 0679412034
A tribute to the creativity of Jim Henson presents more than five hundred photographs, drawings, and behind-the-scenes designs of the Muppets, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and other works
Dazzler: The Life and Times of Moss Hart
The Life and Times of Moss Hart
Paperback      ISBN: 0306811359
Everything we want from a show business biography: fertile cultural history, high-minded artistic evaluation--and a lot of terrific gossip along the way.--Washington Post