The Answer Is Never
A Skateboarder's History of the World
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 0802139450
A skating journalist traces the history of skateboarding from its origins in Southern California's beach towns forty years ago, describing his personal experiences of the sport in different cultures throughout the world, its influence on major trends, and its top pioneers. Original.
A Celebration of Their Insights, Courage, and Beauty
Paperback ISBN: 0821228188
In ancient times older women were the keepers of primal mysteries and were revered for their special wisdom: today there is a feeling that our culture is reawakening to the power of our elders. Joyce Tenneson presents 80 portraits of women aged 65 to 100, who comment on their experiences of ageing.
Change Your Underwear Twice a Week
Lessons from the Golden Age of Classroom Filmstrip
Paperback ISBN: 1579652638
In the pre-Internet, pre-VCR—oh, go ahead, call them prehistoric—days of baby boomers' grade school, the high art of audiovisual classroom programming was the filmstrip. If you're old enough, you remember the darkened room, the hum of the projector, and the beeep that signaled the teacher to turn to the next frame. If you weren't busy shooting spitballs, filmstrips might even have taught you something about science, hygiene, the great bounty of American farms and factories. With simple illustrations and quaint photographs that evoke a more innocent era, Change Your Underwear Twice a Week is the first book to collect dozens of these filmstrip treasures together, creating a panorama of four decades of overlooked graphic design, popular culture, and inadvertent humor. Readers from the Internet generation will get a good chuckle over what appears to be electronic cave art. But you'll also discover one of the great subtexts of postwar American life. From the mid-1940s until the late 1960s, filmstrips were the coming attractions of capitalism and the American way, teaching youngsters how society wanted them to view the world. Filmstrips celebrated our foundering railroads ("Tommy Takes a Train Trip"), the space program ("The Moon, Our Nearest Neighbor"), and our trusted friend the butcher, the milkman, the mailman, and the cop. They taught us not to sit too close to our new TV sets and why we should change our underwear twice a week (presumably, Commies did this only once a week). A chronicle of America's filmstrip experience, Change Your Underwear Twice a Week is also a glimpse into the companies and eccentric pioneers who created these graphic gems and how they influenced several generations of American youth.
Minnesota Eats Out
An Illustrated History
Hardcover ISBN: 0873514521
Minnesota Eats Out is a virtual romp through the state's dining spots, from early health resorts to Prohibition-era speakeasies to A&W drive-ins, illustrated with over one thousand photographs, postcards, menus, matchbooks, and collectible dishes. In eleven chapters divided by type of eatery, Kathryn Strand Koutsky and Linda Koutsky narrate the history of dining in the North Star State, highlighting innovative foods, cutting-edge graphic design, and inspired restaurant architecture, along with anecdotes about beloved restaurants remembered through the decades. Accompanying this history is a collection of recipes for dishes made famous through the years, like the pioneers' Indian Pudding and old favorites from Eibner's Bakery in New Ulm or Ruttger's Resort in Brainerd. Eleanor Ostman revised these recipes for preparation in modern kitchens. Embellished with historic photographs, collectible tableware, and restaurant ephemera, the recipes invite today's readers to re-create cherished flavor memories.
Early Downhome Blues
A Musical and Cultural Analysis
2nd Edition Paperback ISBN: 0807844829
Proposing that African-American cultural development is reflected in blues music, an analysis traces the music from its origins, notes the effects of commercial recording, and includes recollections of blues performers, the audience, and those in the recording industry.
Halls of Fame
Hardcover ISBN: 1555973140
In these refreshingly bold, creative, and incisive essays, John D'Agata journeys the endless corridors of American's myriad halls of fame and faithfully reports on what he finds there. In a voice all his own, he brilliantly maps his terrain in lists, collage, and ludic narratives. From Martha Graham to the Flat Earth Society, from the brightest light in Vegas to the "outsider artist" Henry Darger, D'Agata's obsessions are as American as they are contemporary. Contents Round Trip Martha Graham, Audio Description Of Flat Earth Map: An Essay Hall of Fame: An Essay About the Ways in Which We Matter Notes toward the making of a whole human being . . . Collage History of Art, by Henry Darger And There Was Evening and There Was Morning Notes