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  • Dispatches from Bitter Americaby Todd Starnes

    B&H Publishing Group 2012; US$ 14.99

    FOX News & Commentary Host Todd Starnes takes a satirical look at serious culture war issues—everything from religion and healthcare to whoopee pie vs. sweet potato pie—getting input from celebrities and everyday folks along the way. more...

  • Remembering Roadside Americaby John A. Jakle; Keith A. Sculle

    University of Tennessee Press 2011; US$ 29.95

    The use of cars and trucks over the past century has remade American geography—pushing big cities ever outward toward suburbanization, spurring the growth of some small towns while hastening the decline of others, and spawning a new kind of commercial landscape marked by gas stations, drive-in restaurants, motels, tourist attractions,... more...

  • The Wow Climaxby Henry Jenkins

    NYU Press 2006; US$ 89.00

    Henry Jenkins at Authors@Google (video). Vaudevillians used the term "the wow climax" to refer to the emotional highpoint of their acts—a final moment of peak spectacle following a gradual building of audience's emotions. Viewed by most critics as vulgar and sensationalistic, the vaudeville aesthetic was celebrated by other writers... more...

  • Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Golden Plunger Awardsby Bathroom Readers' Institute

    Portable Press 2011; US$ 16.95

    This unique volume? Uncle John?s Bathroom Reader Golden Plunger Awards ?gives readers a new way to recognize some of the world?s greatest (and oddest) achievements. Since 1987, the Bathroom Readers? Institute has led the movement to stand up for those who sit down and read in the bathroom (and everywhere else for that matter). With more than 11 million... more...

  • Prosthetic Memoryby Alison Landsberg

    Columbia University Press 2004; US$ 29.99

    Prosthetic Memory argues that mass cultural forms such as cinema and television in fact contain the still-unrealized potential for a progressive politics based on empathy for the historical experiences of others. The technologies of mass culture make it possible for anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender, to share collective memories... more...

  • The Call of the Weirdby Louis Theroux

    Da Capo Press 2009; US$ 15.95

    No, it doesn?t get any weirder than this: Thor Templar, Lord Commander of the Earth Protectorate, who claims to have killed ten aliens. Or April, the Neo-Nazi bringing up her twin daughters Lamb and Lynx (A.K.A. Prussian Blue, a white-power folk group for kids) and her youngest daughter, Dresden. For a decade, Louis Theroux has been making acclaimed... more...

  • Gary Snyder and the American Unconsciousby Tim Dean

    Palgrave Macmillan 1991; US$ 168.00

    This book presents a new theory of American culture based not on the phenomenologically- and existentially-derived vocabularies of consciousness, which have dominated earlier accounts, but rather on a revitalized notion of the unconscious. Drawing on the writings of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, Dean develops a theory of the constitution... more...

  • Vanishing Americaby James Conaway

    Counterpoint 2008; US$ 15.95

    A mixture of travelogue and personal narrative, James Conaway?s smart, informative essays offer an insightful depiction of his journeys between Washington, D.C., and Big Sur, California, as he tries to understand what has become of the places, people, and traditions that were once so precious but have now been irreparably changed. Incorporating the... more...

  • Performativität und Medialität Populärer Kulturenby Marcus S. Kleiner; Thomas Wilke

    Springer 2012; US$ 49.95

    Die Bedeutung von Populären Kulturen sowie von Popkulturen kann nicht ohne einen Bezug auf Performativität und Medialität begriffen werden. Mit diesem Bezug bilden sich zugleich Kulturen des Performativen und Medialen heraus. Dieses Thema ist bisher im Kontext der Forschungen zur Performativität von Kulturen nicht systematisch erforscht... more...

  • My Dateless Diaryby R K Narayan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; Not Available

    An unusual and witty travel book about the United States of America. At the age of fifty, when most people have settled for the safety of routine, R. K. Narayan left India for the first time to travel through America. In this account of his journey, the writer?s pen unerringly captures the clamour and energy of New York city, the friendliness of the... more...