The Book of Absinthe
A Cultural History
Paperback ISBN: 0802139930
Chronicles the sensational 1905 Absinthe Murders through its modern cult followings, noting important figures in history whose lives were affected by absinthe as well as recent pharmacological studies that uncovered how it affects the nervous system. Original.
Barbie's Queer Accessories
Paperback ISBN: 082231620x
She’s skinny, white, and blond. She’s Barbie—an icon of femininity to generations of American girls. She’s also multiethnic and straight—or so says Mattel, Barbie’s manufacturer. But, as Barbie’s Queer Accessories demonstrates, many girls do things with Barbie never seen in any commercial. Erica Rand looks at the corporate marketing strategies used to create Barbie’s versatile (She’s a rapper! She’s an astronaut! She’s a bride!) but nonetheless premolded and still predominantly white image. Rand weighs the values Mattel seeks to embody in Barbie—evident, for example, in her improbably thin waist and her heterosexual partner—against the naked, dyked out, transgendered, and trashed versions favored by many juvenile owners and adult collectors of the doll. Rand begins by focusing on the production and marketing of Barbie, starting in 1959, including Mattel’s numerous tie-ins and spin-offs. These variations, which include the much-promoted multiethnic Barbies and the controversial Earring Magic Ken, helped make the doll one of the most profitable toys on the market. In lively chapters based on extensive interviews, the author discusses adult testimony from both Barbie "survivors" and enthusiasts and explores how memories of the doll fit into women’s lives. Finally, Rand looks at cultural reappropriations of Barbie by artists, collectors, and especially lesbians and gay men, and considers resistance to Barbie as a form of social and political activism. Illustrated with photographs of various interpretations and alterations of Barbie, this book encompasses both Barbie glorification and abjection as it testifies to the irrefutably compelling qualities of this bestselling toy. Anyone who has played with Barbie—or, more importantly, thought or worried about playing with Barbie—will find this book fascinating.
Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies
Paperback ISBN: 0312271921
A free-wheeling analysis and exploration of the invasion of our personal lives by logo-wielding power-hungry corporations combines muckraking journalism with contemporary memoir to discuss current consumer culture and the dark side of the information age. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho
Paperback ISBN: 0767906993
Describes how two nineteen-year-old working-class kids from a small town in Idaho overcame their lives as outsiders and reveals how they are using the Internet to redefine themselves and change their lives. Reprint.
How Soccer Explains The World
An Unlikely Theory Of Globalization
Paperback ISBN: 0060731427
Casting soccer as a metaphor representative of today's world issues, an analysis of the sport's reflection of history as well as its modern influence identifies commonalities between tribalism and globalization, explaining how such factors as terrorism, poverty, racism, and religion contribute to how the game is played today. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Positively Fifth Street
Paperback ISBN: 0312422520
A steamy chronicle of life in Las Vegas investigates the murder of poker player Ted Binion, revealing a secret world of kinky sex, black magic, and science lurking at the heart of gambling's world series. Reprint. 150,000 first printing.
Why We Are What We Where
Paperback ISBN: 0618381880
Presents a series of anecdotes that tell the history and meaning of American uniforms, identifying their cultural significance in terms of how uniforms unite and divide people as well as how they vary throughout the world. Reprint.