By Chuck Klosterman
From the child who introduced you Fargo Rock City -- the 1st booklet in historical past to garner the compliment of Stephen King, David Byrne, Donna Gaines, Sebastian Bach, Jonathan Lethem, and Rivers Cuomo -- comes Sex, medications, and Cocoa Puffs -- the 1st publication in historical past to ascertain breakfast cereal, truth tv, tribute bands, net porn, serial killers, and the Dixie Chicks.
numerous writers and artists have spoken for a iteration, yet not anyone has performed it particularly like Chuck Klosterman -- with an exhaustive wisdom of pop culture and a probably easy skill to spin wonderful prose out of not going material. no matter if deconstructing Saved via the Bell episodes or the inventive legacy of Billy Joel, the symbolic value of The Empire moves Back or the Celtics/Lakers contention of the Eighties, Chuck will make you're thinking that, he'll make you snort, and he'll force you insane -- frequently by surprise.
Sex, medications, and Cocoa Puffs is ostensibly approximately video clips, activities, tv, song, books, games, and kittens...but, relatively, it's approximately us. we all. As Klosterman realizes overdue at evening, within the second ahead of he falls asleep, "In and of itself, not anything quite issues. What issues is that not anything is ever 'in and of itself.'"
By Richard Hanley
Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s long-running Comedy important hit caricature South Park has been both cheered and reviled for its edgy humor, poited satire of present occasions and celebrities, and all-around obnoxiousness. yet is there extra to Kyle, the lonely Jew, Timmy and the Crips, Cartman’s bitchiness, Chef’s beside the point recommendation, and Kenny’s endured violent deaths than meets the attention? This number of essays affirms that probability.
Individual chapters take a occasionally witty, frequently provocative examine “Is South Park a Libertarian Manifesto?", "That's So Gay!", and "Why Is Cartman Such an Asshole?”. The writers observe classical philosophical research to this two-dimensional dystopia, even if in Paul Draper’s “Why great things occur to undesirable humans — the matter of Evil in South Park” or Randall Auxier’s “Finding South Park at the Map: Officer Barbrady, Mayor McDaniel, and Chef in Plato’s Republic.” South Park and Philosophy provides new and considerate techniques to figuring out this unusually significant express.
By Ron Eyerman
Tune and tune are primary to fashionable culture--social hobbies to cultural switch. construction on their reports of the sixties tradition and the idea of cognitive praxis, the authors learn the mobilization of cultural traditions and the formation of recent collective identities throughout the track of activism. particular chapters learn American people and nation tune, black track, track of the sixties, and the move of the yankee adventure to Europe. This hugely readable publication is one of the first to hyperlink social circulation and cultural thought.
By Mark D. White
Why does not Batman simply kill the Joker and finish everyone's misery?Can we carry the Joker morally liable for his actions?Is Batman greater than Superman?If each person Batman's example,would Gotham be a greater place?What is the Tao of the Bat?Batman is among the most complicated characters ever to seem in comedian books, picture novels, and at the substantial reveal. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront to be able to retain Gotham secure? Combing via seventy years of comedian books, tv indicates, and films, Batman and Philosophy explores how the darkish Knight grapples with moral conundrums, ethical accountability, his identification concern, the ethical weight he contains to avenge his murdered mom and dad, and lots more and plenty extra. How does this caped crusader degree up opposed to the lessons of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Lao Tzu?
By Tevi Troy
From Cicero to Snooki, the cultural affects on our American presidents are strong and considerable. Thomas Jefferson famously stated "I can't stay with out books," and his library subsidized up the declare, later changing into the spine of the hot Library of Congress. Jimmy Carter watched thousands of flicks in his White apartment, whereas Ronald Reagan starred in a couple of in his personal time. Lincoln used to be a theater-goer, whereas Obama kicked again at domestic to a couple episodes of HBO's "The Wire."
America is a rustic outfitted through thinkers on a starting place of principles. along vintage works of philosophy and ethics, in spite of the fact that, our presidents were prompted by way of the books, video clips, television indicates, viral movies, and social media sensations in their day. In popular culture and the yank Presidents: From Pamphlets to Podcasts, presidential student and previous White condo aide Tevi Troy combines examine with witty remark to inform the tale of ways our presidents were formed by way of pop culture.