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.
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs
A Low Culture Manifesto
Paperback ISBN: 0743236017
The author of Fargo Rock City explores a range of modern cultural phenomena, including Internet pornography, tribute bands, baseball rivalries, and reality television, as he explores the role of the media in American life. Reprint. 100,000 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.
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.
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.
Everything Bad Is Good For You
How Today's Pop Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter
Hardcover ISBN: 1573223077
An analytical argument for the intellectual benefits of popular elements from modern pop culture, including video games and reality TV programs, explains how today's electronic games and television shows have contributed to higher IQ scores and may be helping people to develop improve cognitive abilities.
Pigs at the Trough
How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America
Paperback ISBN: 1400051266
A critical account of American corporate and political corruption profiles top business leaders, identifies fraudulent activities and questionable bookkeeping practices, and describes the consequences of corporate greed and political shenanigans on America. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.