Comic Book

Author: Simon Dunn

Publisher: Simon Dunn


Category: Fiction

Page: 34

View: 132

"Canon City was burning. Perhaps he shouldn’t have set it on fire." A concise, single story of heroism and stupidity. John Smith, an alien from another planet, landed in Canon City and immediately realised he was a superhero. He is The Common Man, tolerated by the citizens and mocked by the villains. In five tight chapters, he leaps tall buildings, saves an out of control bus, and destroys a house with an unfortunate bodily excretion.
Social Science

Seinfeld and the Comic Vision

Author: Whitley Kaufman

Publisher: Lexington Books


Category: Social Science

Page: 182

View: 182

Seinfeld and the Comic Vision analyzes the television situation comedy Seinfeld to form a theory of comedy—the comic vision—arguing that comedy should not be seen merely as entertainment, but deserves to be taken seriously as expressing a philosophical worldview. Whitley Kaufman demonstrates how in Seinfeld, and in comedy on a larger scale, characters are given license to violate social norms and to fail to live up to societal ideals in a way that shows they remain fundamentally decent people. Kaufman examines how comedy can be seen as a celebration of the “lower” aspects of human nature—our more animal or bodily side—but argues that the comic vision is not cynical or pessimistic, but rather fundamentally affirmative of human nature and of life, despite the many human limitations. Scholars of television studies, media studies, pop culture, and philosophy will find this book particularly useful.


Author: Clay Cole

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing


Category: Music

Page: 344

View: 265

A rip-snorting rock ‘n’ roll memoir from the legendary disc jockey who’s been called “the missing link to the Sixties.” There was a small sliver of time between Bebop and Hip-Hop, when a new generation of teenagers created rock ‘n’ roll. Clay Cole was one of those teenagers, as the host of his own Saturday night pop music television show. Sh-Boom! is the pop culture chronicle of that exciting time, 1953 to 1968, when teenagers created their own music, from swing bands and pop to rhythm and blues, cover records, a cappella, rockabilly, folk-rock, and girl groups; from the British Invasion to the creation of the American Boy Band. He was the first to introduce Chubby Checker performing “The Twist”; the first to present the Rolling Stones, Tony Orlando, Dionne Warwick, Neil Diamond, Bobby Vinton, the Rascals, the Ronettes, the Four Seasons, Dion, and dozens more; the first to introduce music video clips, discotheque, go-go girls and young unknown standup comedians Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and Fannie Flagg to a teenage television audience. But after fifteen years of fame, Clay walked away from his highly popular Saturday night show at the age of thirty—and remained out of the spotlight for over forty years. Well, he’s missing no longer; he’s back with a remarkable story to tell. Brimming with the gossip, scandal and heartbreak of the upstart billion-dollar music biz, Sh-Boom! is a breezy, behind-the-scenes look at “live” television, mom-and-pop record companies, and a boozy, Mafia-run Manhattan during the early days of rock ‘n’ roll.
Literary Criticism

No Kids Allowed

Author: Michelle Ann Abate

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

View: 598

Abate examines how board books, coloring books, bedtime stories, and series detective fiction written and published specifically for adults question the boundaries of genre and challenge the assumption that adulthood and childhood are mutually exclusive.
American fiction

The Contemporary American Comic Epic

Author: Elaine B. Safer

Publisher: Detroit : Wayne State University Press


Category: American fiction

Page: 216

View: 855

Elaine Safer's critically acclaimed work analyzes how 20th century epic writers make ironic use of traditional themes and patterns to develop a new genre, the American comic epic novel. Illustrating practical criticism at its best, the book closely scrutinizes six modern comic novels from John Barth, Thomas Pynchon, William Gaddis , and Ken Kesey. Safer supports her study with a firm grasp of the English epic of John Milton, the American epics of Cotton Mather and Walt Whitman, and the comic tradition of Rabelais, Cervantes, and Fielding. Her examination allows the modern American absurdist novel to be seen within a tradition and yet as distinctively modern. In addition, the book provides a clear and wide-ranging theoretical framework for the absurd and for black humor, terms too loosely defined in the past.
Performing Arts

Spoken Word

Author: Jacob Smith

Publisher: Univ of California Press


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 276

View: 235

From the 1940s to the 1970s, the phonograph industry experienced phenomenal growth, both in sales and in cultural influence. Along with hugely popular music recordings, spoken word LPs served a multitude of functions and assumed an important place in the American home. In this book, Jacob Smith surveys a diverse range of spoken word genres—including readings of classic works of literature and drama, comedy albums, children’s records, home therapy kits, even erotica—to illuminate this often overlooked aspect of the postwar entertainment industry and American culture. A viable alternative to mainstream broadcasting, records gave their listeners control over what they could hear at home. Smith shows how the savvy industry used spoken word records to develop markets for children, African Americans, women, and others not well served by radio and television.
Motion picture actors and actresses

Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide 1995

Author: Leonard Maltin

Publisher: Plume Books


Category: Motion picture actors and actresses

Page: 1584

View: 740

This blockbuster 25th anniversary edition of the movie bible is bigger, better, and more authoritative than ever, with some 300 new entries--for a grand total of more than 19,000. Includes laserdisc indicator symbols, expanded indices of stars and directors, and an updated resource list. Simultaneously published as an interactive software product.

A Great, Silly Grin

Author: Humphrey Carpenter

Publisher: Public Affairs


Category: Humor

Page: 391

View: 698

It was the British satire "boom" of the early 1960s that created a motherlode of styles, material, and formats for generations of bright comedians and social critics in America as well as in Britain, and set the standard for clever humor that still determines our tastes in comedy and commentary today."
Business & Economics

International Directory of Company Histories

Author: Tina Grant

Publisher: International Directory of Com


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 681

View: 837

Multi-volume major reference work bringing together histories of companies that are a leading influence in a particular industry or geographic location. For students, job candidates, business executives, historians and investors.

The Comics

Author: Brian Walker

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Incorporated


Category: Art

Page: 336

View: 685

Uses more than seven hundred illustrations, biographical profiles, and descriptions of genres and themes to survey the variety of American comics and their creators since 1945.
Business & Economics

International Directory of Company Histories

Author: Jay Pederson

Publisher: International Directory of Com


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 725

View: 276

Multi-volume major reference work bringing together histories of companies that are a leading influence in a particular industry or geographic location. For students, job candidates, business executives, historians and investors.
English wit and humor


Author: Mark Lemon



Category: English wit and humor


View: 499


The Mini Rough Guide to Miami & the Florida Keys

Author: Loretta Chilcoat



Category: Travel

Page: 305

View: 581

We bring together the best that non-stop Miami and the glorious Keys has to offer, from hanging in hip South Beach to snorkeling the Sambrero Reef. Rough Guides trademark reviews of the best value-for-money hotels, bars and restaurants as well as all the sights are keyed to full-color maps.

The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives: A-L

Author: William L. O'Neill

Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons


Category: Biography

Page: 625

View: 231

A two-volume biographical resource for key individuals of the 1960s. Presents 500 entries describing Americans who defined the decade, including politicians, athletes, entertainers, and artists, among many others.