Fast Food Nation
The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Paperback ISBN: 0060938455
Analyzing the influence of the fast food industry on American society, an award-winning journalist explores the homogenization of American society and the impact of the fast food industry on modern-day health, economy, politics, popular culture, entertainment, food production, and more. Reprint.
Hardcover ISBN: 0060528176
Chronicles the evolution of American pop culture throughout the past century, explaining how consumer trends and product popularity shaped the nation's self-image, transformed neighborhoods, impacted international style, and changed perspectives on mainstream value. 40,000 first printing.
Let It Blurt
The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic
Paperback ISBN: 0767905091
Traces the life of visionary rock critic Lester Bangs from his childhood in Southern California to his untimely death at the age of thirty-three, describing his place in the turbulent rock music culture of the 1970s.
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
Paperback ISBN: 1400034639
A foreign correspondent for The New York Times draws on his own experiences in the Balkans, Central America, and the Middle East to examine how human beings experience war and to argue that war gives rise to dangerous myths about the nobility of the cause while forgetting the hardships and costs of warfare. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
Hip: The History
Paperback ISBN: 0060528184
Chronicles the evolution of American pop culture in the twentieth century, explaining how consumer trends and product popularity shaped the nation's self-image, impacted international style, and changed perspectives on mainstream value.
Paperback ISBN: 1590170016
"This book is an exploration. By means of words, signs, drawings. Mescaline, the subject explored." In Miserable Miracle, the great French poet and artist Henri Michaux, a confirmed teetotaler, tells of his life-transforming first encounters with a powerful hallucinogenic drug. At once lacerating and weirdly funny, challenging and Chaplinesque, his book is a breathtaking vision of interior space and a piece of stunning writing wrested from the grip of the unspeakable. Includes forty pages of black-and-white drawings.
Black People and Love
Hardcover ISBN: 0060184949
Challenging the legacy of slavery, colonization, and ongoing racism that portrays African-American people as unable to love, the acclaimed author of All About Love explores how the ethic of love has become the foundation of hope and survival in the African-American community. 50,000 first printing.
The Other Fifties
Interrogating Midcentury American Icons
Paperback ISBN: 0252065743
From the Edsel to Eisenhower, from Mau Mau to Doris Day, and from Ayn Rand to Elvis, contributors to The Other Fifties topple the decade's already weakened image as a time of unprecedented peace, prosperity, and conformity. Representing the fifties as a period of cultural transformation, contributors reveal the gradual "unmaking" of traditions and value systems that took place as American culture prepared itself for the more easily observed cultural turbulence of the 1960s. Well known contributors demonstrate how television, the novel, the Hollywood movie, the Broadway musical, and rock and roll assaulted midcentury American attitudes toward sexuality, race, gender, and class, so altering public sensibilities that what was novel or shocking in the fifties seems tame or even downright difficult to grasp today. They also rebut the widely held view that 1950s consumerism led to cultural homogeneity, replacing this view with a picture of robust popular markets that defied conservative controls and actively subverted conventional norms and values. Brushing away the haze of an era, The Other Fifties will help readers understand the decade not as placid or repressed, but as a time when emancipatory desires struggled to articulate themselves.
The Not-Just-Skin-Deep Guide To Getting A Tattoo
Paperback ISBN: 0451215141
An entertaining, fact-filled handbook for anyone considering whether or not to get a tattoo furnishes practical suggestions on how to select the right tattoo, find a tattoo artist, the long-term effects of tattooing one's body, health concerns, and more. Original.