Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film

By Patton Oswalt

The instant big apple occasions bestseller from writer, comic and actor Patton Oswalt, a “heartfelt and hilarious” (USA TODAY) memoir approximately coming of age as a performer in the course of the past due Nineteen Nineties whereas obsessively observing vintage motion pictures at a mythical theater in l. a.. “[Oswalt has] a suite of synapses like a pinball computer and a prose kind to check” (The New York Times).

Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakable habit. It wasn’t medicinal drugs, alcohol, or intercourse: it used to be movie. After relocating to la, Oswalt grew to become an incredible movie buff (or as he calls it, a sprocket fiend), soaking up classics, cult hits, and new releases on the well-known New Beverly Cinema. Silver monitor celluloid turned Patton’s lifestyles schoolbook, informing his thought of appearing, writing, comedy, and relationships.

Set within the nascent days of LA’s replacement comedy scene, Silver display Fiend chronicles Oswalt’s trip from fledgling slapstick comedian to confident sitcom actor, with the colourful New Beverly collective and a forged of now-notable younger comedians aiding him all alongside the best way. “Clever and readable...Oswalt’s encyclopedic wisdom and frothing enthusiasm for movies (from smooth noir classics, to gory B videos, to cliché-riddled independents, to important empty blockbusters) is relentlessly current, whirring within the heritage like a projector” (The Boston Globe). greater than a memoir, this can be “a love music to the silver display” (Paste Magazine).

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The Hummer and the Mini: Navigating the Contradictions of the New Trend Landscape

By Robyn Waters

From the previous trendmaster of Target—how the ability of contradictory tendencies might help reframe your enterprise strategy 

Contradictions are all over the place! nowadays we put on previous military with new Gucci, Hanes T-shirts with Armani fits, couture Chanel with classic denim. Suburban mansions are jam-packed with flea marketplace unearths, and we sing their own praises our Michael Graves teakettle from objective on Viking stoves in our connoisseur kitchens that would even contain cupboards bought from IKEA.

When Robyn Waters begun her profession within the overdue Seventies, a development was once outlined as anything that everybody sought after even as. type and company magazines proclaimed what was once "in" and what was once "out." again then, it was once particularly effortless for corporations to figure out the subsequent substantial development, and trip all of it how to the bank.

In today’s market the "next titanic factor" has been changed via one thousand subsequent giant issues. And on the way to become aware of what shoppers are hungry for firms have to notice what’s important…to them. this day a cookie cutter strategy not works. Waters explains that for each pattern there’s an both legitimate countertrend.

In The Hummer and the Mini, Waters explores the hot development panorama and urges businesses to forestall trying to find the one correct answer in their undefined. there are lots of stable how one can layout items, enhance a line of products, item a shop, or craft a advertising message. you could thrive through promoting large automobiles (the Hummer) or tiny ones (the Mini). you could flip whatever previous into whatever new and fascinating (the Vespa) or flip a commodity right into a luxurious (In-and-Out Burgers on the Oscars). you can also customise a product designed for the loads (personalized postage stamps) or promote much less as extra (Minute Clinics).

Through full of life stories of influential tendencies and countertrends, The Hummer and the Mini will enable you reside with the contradictions, utilize the inconsistencies, and embody the paradoxes of industrial as a resource of clean ideas.

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Roger Ebert's Book of Film: From Tolstoy to Tarantino, the Finest Writing From a Century of Film

By Roger Ebert

Thumbs up for the main lavish and unique anthology of writing on movie ever, assembled by means of America's most sensible identified and such a lot depended on motion picture critic. If going to the flicks has been the 20th century's preferred resource of creative excitement, interpreting concerning the video clips will not be a ways behind.

For this scrumptious, instructive, and significantly stress-free anthology, Roger Ebert has chosen and brought a global treasury of greater than a hundred decisions that contact on each point of filmmaking and filmgoing. listed below are the celebrities (Truman Capote on Marilyn Monroe, Joan Didion on John Wayne, Tom Wolfe on Cary supply, Lauren Bacall on herself), the administrators (John Houseman on Orson Welles, Kenneth Tynan on Mel Brooks, John Huston on himself), the makers and shakers (producer Julia Phillips, tycoon Daryll F. Zanuck, stuntman Joe Bonomo), and the critics and theorists (Pauline Kael, Graham Greene, Andrew Sarris, Susan Sontag). right here to boot are the novelists who've indelibly captured the event of moviegoing in our lives (Walker Percy, James Agee, Larry McMurtry) and the tradition of the motion picture enterprise (F. Scott Fitzgerald, Budd Schulberg, Nathanael West). here's a booklet to wander away in and go back to time and time againat as soon as a historical past, an anatomy, and a loving appreciation of the valuable artwork type of our time.

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Dr. Seuss and Philosophy: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

Since Theodor Geisel released his first kid's ebook in 1937 less than the pseudonym Dr. Seuss, kids and adults alike were captivated by way of the captivating and laconic stories of whimsical characters and inventive worlds. yet Dr. Seuss' tales are greater than simply catchy poems; they generally strive against with severe philosophical and ethical dilemmas, if it is Horton gaining knowledge of the very essence of existence or the Lorax educating us approximately morality. Dr. Seuss and Philosophy explores philosophical strategies equivalent to the character of the great lifestyles in Oh, the areas you are going to Go!, the character of information in McElligot's Pool, postmodernity in On past Zebra, enterprise and the surroundings in The Lorax, and ethical personality in How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, between many others. a person who loves Dr. Seuss or is drawn to philosophy will locate this e-book to be interesting and enlightening.

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Black Sabbath and Philosophy: Mastering Reality

By William Irwin

A philosophical examine heavy metal's darkish masters of fact, Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath is without doubt one of the world's so much influential and enduring rock bands. Dubbed "the Beatles of heavy steel" via Rolling Stone, they helped to outline a style with vintage songs like "Paranoid", "Iron Man", and "War Pigs", songs whose lyrics demonstrate hidden intensity and philosophical perception. Their songs confront existential depression, social instability, political corruption, the horrors of warfare, and the character of evil. This ebook explores the wide variety of profound principles within the band's tune and lyrics that can assist you comprehend Black Sabbath as by no means before.

  • Discusses and debates crucial Black Sabbath issues and issues, corresponding to the matter of evil, "War Pigs" and the character of simply battle conception, even if Sabbath continues to be Sabbath with no Ozzy, and even if "evil is within the ear of the beholder"
  • Gives you new views on Black Sabbath's song and lyrics
  • Provides a deeper appreciation and figuring out of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, invoice Ward, and Ronnie James Dio
  • Brings a few of history's heaviest thinkers to undergo at the band's song, from Aristotle and Nietzsche to Schopenhauer and Marx

So . . . can you aid me, occupy my brain? definite! commence interpreting Black Sabbath and Philosophy.

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Psych and Philosophy: Some Dark Juju-Magumbo (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Robert Arp

“I’m getting something,” says Shawn, assuming a glance of severe focus and urgent his fingertips to the edges of his head. Shawn Spencer makes use of lies, pretense, and distraction to get on the fact. yet can pseudoscience and fakery rather be so necessary? And in the event that they might be, is it moral to hire them?
Psych and Philosophy takes an enjoyable travel during the philosophical matters raised via a pretend psychic. Can defective common sense get to the reality faster than solid common sense? Are other folks responsible for Shawn’s deceptions, simply because they’re extra able to credits him with supernatural powers than with enhanced ordinary powers? Is intuition extra very important than shrewdpermanent thinking—in police paintings and in existence? Is it moral to inform lies to advertise the reality (and defend the general public from criminals)?
Almost each episode of Psych revolves round a grisly demise, taken care of humorously by way of the repartee among Shawn and Gus. The convey has a lot to inform us approximately human methods of dealing with demise, in addition to in regards to the challenge of justified wisdom, the ethics of legislations enforcement, and the interplay of affection, friendship, loyalty, and professionalism.

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Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture: From Socrates to South Park, Hume to House

By William Irwin, David Kyle Johnson

What can South Park let us know approximately Socrates and the character of evil? How does The Office support us to appreciate Sartre and existentialist ethics? Can Battlestar Galactica make clear the life of God?

  • Introducing Philosophy via Pop Culture makes use of pop culture to demonstrate very important philosophical options and the paintings of the key philosophers
  • With examples from movie, tv, and song together with South Park, The Matrix , X-Men, Batman, Harry Potter, Metallica and Lost, even the main summary and intricate philosophical principles develop into more straightforward to know
  • Features key essays from around the Blackwell Philosophy and pa Culture sequence, in addition to precious editorial fabric and a word list of philosophical phrases
  • From metaphysics to epistemology; from ethics to the which means of lifestyles, this designated advent makes philosophy as enticing as pop culture itself
  • Supplementary site to be had with instructing publications, pattern fabrics and hyperlinks to extra assets at

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Golf and Philosophy: Lessons from the Links (Philosophy Of Popular Culture)

In a online game the place gamers are anticipated to name their very own consequences and scoring the least issues results in victory, decorum takes priority over showmanship and philosophical questions develop into par for the direction. Few different activities are as suited to moral and metaphysical exam as golfing. it's a online game outlined by means of dichotomies―relaxing, but problematical, social, but solitary―and among those extremes there's room for a lot philosophical inquiry.

In Golf and Philosophy: classes from the Links, a clubhouse jam-packed with expert members tee off on quite a number philosophical issues in the framework of the golf green. The book's chapters are prepared within the kind of an eighteen-hole golfing path, with front 9 exploring moral issues of rationality and social civility in a global of ethical dangers and roughs. The again 9 pries even deeper, cutting into issues of the metaphysical, together with chapters on mysticism, idealism, id, and that means.

Taken jointly, the gathering examines the highbrow nature of this liked hobby, contemplating the numerous nuances of a recreation that calls for excessive degrees of focus, endurance, and consistency, in addition to upstanding ethical personality. Golf and Philosophy celebrates the fun and complexities of the sport, demonstrating that golfing has a lot to coach either its spectators and individuals approximately sleek existence.

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Ender's Game and Philosophy: Genocide Is Child's Play (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By D. E. Wittkower, Lucinda Rush

Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card’s award-winning 1985 novel, has been found and rediscovered through generations of technological know-how fiction lovers, even being followed as examining by means of the U.S. Marine Corps. Ender's video game and its sequels discover wealthy issues — the violence and cruelty of kids, the function of empathy in struggle, and the stability of person dignity and the social stable — with compelling components of a coming-of-age tale.

Ender’s online game and Philosophy brings jointly over 30 philosophers to interact in wide-ranging dialogue on matters akin to: the justifiability of pre-emptive moves; how Ender’s disconnected and dispassionate violence is reflected in today’s drone struggle; even if the tip of saving the species can justify the main brutal potential; the justifiability of lies and deception in wartime, and the way army faculties produce education in advantage.

The authors of Ender’s video game and Philosophy problem readers to confront the demanding situations that Ender’s video game provides, bringing new insights to the assumption of a simply warfare, the virtues of the soldier, the character of early life, and the intense paintings of enjoying games.(less)

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