Download E-books Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits? (Popular Culture and Philosophy) PDF

By D. E. Wittkower

Science fiction author Philip okay. Dick (1928-1982) is the large mind's eye at the back of a lot contemporary well known culture--both video clips without delay in accordance with his writings, reminiscent of Blade Runner (based at the novel Do Androids Dream of electrical Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau plus cult favorites corresponding to A Scanner Darkly, Imposter, Next, Screamers, and Paycheck and works revealing his strong impression, reminiscent of The Matrix and Inception. With the a lot expected coming near near e-book in 2011 of quantity 1 of Exegesis, his magazine of religious visions and paranoic investigations, Dick is speedy changing into a massive impact on this planet of well known spirituality and occult thinking.

In Philip ok. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids have Kindred Spirits?, thirty-four Dick enthusiasts thinkers confront the attention-grabbing and scary principles raised by means of Dick's spectacular fantasies. Is there an alien international at the back of the typical truth we event? If androids can cross as human, may still they take delivery of an identical attention as people? Do psychotics have insights right into a mystical truth? may wisdom of the long run loose us or enslave us? This quantity additionally comprises Dick brief tales: "Beyond Lies the Wub," and "The Eyes Have It."

Philip ok. Dick and Philosophy explores the tips of Philip ok. Dick within the similar method that he did: with an earnest wish to comprehend the reality of the area, yet with out falsely equating earnestness with a dry seriousness. Dick's paintings used to be replete with whimsical and absurdist shows of the best demanding situations to cause and to humanity--paradox, futility, paranoia, and failure--and even at his darkest occasions he used to be capable of retain a few viewpoint and humor, as for instance in deciding upon to call himself 'Horselover fats' in VALIS even as he relates his own non secular epiphanies, crises, and delusions. With an identical earnest whimsy, we technique Philip okay. Dick as a thinker like ourselves--one who wrote virtually completely in thought-experiments and semi-fictional world-building, yet who engaged with a few of the maximum questions of philosophy during the Euro-American tradition.

Philip okay. Dick and Philosophy has a lot to supply for either severe lovers who've learn a lot of his novels and tales, and should you could have only recently realized his identify and discovered that his paintings has been the foundation for numerous recognized and thought-provoking motion pictures. such a lot chapters begin with a number of of the flicks in response to Dick's writing. From the following, the authors delve deeper into the problems through bringing in philosophers' views and through bringing in Dick's written paintings. The ebook invitations the reader with an off-the-cuff familiarity with Dick to get to grasp his paintings, and invitations the reader with little familiarity with philosophy to benefit extra. while, we've new views and hard connections and interpretations for even the main hard-core Dick lovers, even if we by no means converse to "insiders" only.

The e-book prominently addresses the main widely-known motion pictures: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, and The Adjustment Bureau. besides those "big 5" movies, a couple of chapters tackle his final novels, particularly VALIS, that have an important cult following in their personal. There also are chapters which deal with brief tales and novels that are presently deliberate for version: Radio unfastened Albemuth (film accomplished, watching for distribution), The guy within the excessive Castle (in improvement through Ridley Scott for BBC mini-series), and "King of the Elves" (Disney, deliberate for unencumber in 2013).

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Download E-books Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics PDF

By Mike Madrid

ComicsAlliance and ComicsBlend top comedian ebook of the Year
BUST Magazine “Lit choose” Recommendation
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“Mike Madrid provides those forgotten superheroines their due. those ‘lost’ heroines at the moment are found—to the satisfaction of comedian e-book fans everywhere.” —STAN LEE

Wonder girl, Mary wonder, and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle governed the pages of comedian books within the Forties, yet many different heroines of the WWII period were forgotten. via twenty-eight complete reproductions of classic Golden Age comics, Divas, Dames & Daredevils reintroduces their inventive skills to mete out justice to Nazis, extraterrestrial beings, and evildoers of all kinds.

Each spine-tingling bankruptcy opens with Mike Madrid’s insightful observation approximately heroines on the sunrise of the comedian e-book and divulges a universe populated through impressive women—superheroes, newshounds, galactic warriors, bold detectives, and ace fighter pilots—who secure the USA and the realm with wit and guile.

In those pages, lovers also will meet heroines with amazing similarities to extra smooth superheroes, together with The Spider Queen, who deployed net shooters two decades sooner than Spider guy, and Marga the Panther lady, whose feral instincts and sharp claws tore up the undesirable men lengthy earlier than Wolverine. those girls can have been neglected within the annals of heritage, yet their impression on pop culture, and the heroes we’re captivated with this day, is unmistakable.

Mike Madrid is the writer of Divas, Dames & Daredevils: misplaced Heroines of Golden Age Comics and The Supergirls: type, Feminism, myth, and the heritage of comedian booklet Heroines, an NPR “Best ebook To proportion along with your acquaintances” and American Library organization Amelia Bloomer venture striking booklet. Madrid, a San Francisco local and lifetime fan of comedian books and pop culture, additionally looks within the documentary Wonder girls! The Untold tale of yankee Superheroines.

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Download E-books The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts PDF

Starting within the mid-1980s, a skilled set of comics artists replaced the yankee comic-book endlessly by way of introducing grownup sensibilities and aesthetic concerns into renowned genres equivalent to superhero comics and the newspaper strip. Frank Miller’s Batman: The darkish Knight Returns (1986) and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s Watchmen (1987) revolutionized the previous style particularly. in this related interval, underground and substitute genres started to garner severe acclaim and media recognition past comics-specific shops, as most sensible represented by way of artwork Spiegelman’s Maus. Publishers started to acquire, bind, and industry comics as “graphic novels,” and those seemed in mainstream bookstores and in journal reviews.

The upward push of the yankee Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts brings jointly new scholarship surveying the construction, distribution and reception of yankee comics from this pivotal decade to the current. the gathering particularly explores the determine of the comics creator―either as author, as artist, or as author and artist―in modern U.S. comics, utilizing creators as focal issues to judge adjustments to the undefined, its aesthetics, and its severe reception. The e-book additionally comprises essays on landmark creators reminiscent of Joe Sacco, artwork Spiegelman, and Chris Ware, in addition to insightful interviews with Jeff Smith (Bone), Jim Woodring (Frank) and Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics). As comics have reached new audiences, via diverse fabric and digital types, the public’s extensive conception of what comics are has replaced. The upward push of the yank Comics Artist surveys the ways that the determine of the author has been on the center of those evolutions.

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Download E-books Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad PDF

By Brett Martin

A riveting and revealing examine the exhibits that helped cable tv drama end up the signature paintings kind of the twenty-first century.  
within the overdue Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s, the panorama of tv all started an remarkable transformation. whereas the networks endured to chase the bottom universal denominator, a wave of latest indicates, first on top class cable channels like HBO after which uncomplicated cable networks like FX and AMC, dramatically stretched television’s narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and creative ambition. now not unavoidably fascinated with growing always-likable characters, plots that wrapped up well each episode, or matters that have been deemed secure and acceptable, exhibits corresponding to The cord, The Sopranos, Mad males, Deadwood, The protect, and extra tackled problems with lifestyles and demise, love and sexuality, dependancy, race, violence, and existential boredom. simply because the giant Novel had within the Sixties and the subversive movies of recent Hollywood had in Seventies, tv exhibits turned where to visit see tales of the triumph and betrayals of the yank Dream before everything of the twenty-first century.

This revolution occurred by the hands of a brand new breed of auteur: the omnipotent writer-show runner. those have been males approximately as advanced, idiosyncratic, and “difficult” because the conflicted protagonists that outlined the style. Given the opportunity to make paintings in a maligned medium, they fell upon the chance with unchecked ambition.

Combining deep reportage with cultural research and ancient context, Brett Martin recounts the increase and internal workings of a style that represents not just a brand new golden age for television but additionally a cultural watershed. tricky males positive factors broad interviews with all of the significant gamers, together with David Chase (The Sopranos), David Simon and Ed Burns (The Wire), Matthew Weiner and Jon Hamm (Mad Men), David Milch (NYPD Blue, Deadwood), and Alan Ball (Six toes Under), as well as dozens of alternative writers, administrators, studio executives, actors, construction assistants, make-up artists, script supervisors, and so forth. Martin takes us backstage of our favourite exhibits, offering never-before-heard tale after tale and revealing how cable television has exceptional itself dramatically from the networks, rising from the shadow of movie to turn into a really major and influential a part of our culture.

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Download E-books Your Brain Is God PDF

By Timothy Leary

This number of essays, written via the poster boy of Sixties counterculture, describes the mental trip Timothy Leary made within the years following his dismissal from Harvard, as his psychedelic examine moved from the medical to the non secular area. He discusses the character of spiritual adventure and 8 crafts of God, together with God as hedonic artist. Leary additionally examines the Tibetan, Buddhist, and Taoist reports. within the ultimate chapters, he explores guy as god and LSD as sacrament.

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Download E-books The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer (Popular Culture and Philosophy) PDF

By William Irwin, Mark T. Conard

This unconventional and lighthearted creation to the guidelines of the key Western philosophers examines The Simpsons — TV’s favourite lively kinfolk. The authors glance past the jokes, the crudeness, the assaults on society — and notice a smart reveal of irony, social feedback, and philosophical notion. The writers commence with an exam of the characters. Does Homer truly demonstrate Aristotle’s virtues of personality? In what means does Bart exemplify American pragmatism? The booklet additionally examines the ethics and issues of the exhibit, and concludes with discussions of the way the sequence displays the paintings of Aristotle, Marx, Camus, Sartre, and different thinkers.

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Download E-books The Skateboard: The Good, the Rad, and the Gnarly: An Illustrated History PDF

By Ben Marcus

The tale of the easy skateboard is a component mystery, half underground, underdog good fortune story. It’s chock-full of thoughts, far-out photograph artistry, and ever-more-incredible hot-dogging feats. And the story’s informed during this ebook with contributions from the celebrities themselves—Tony Hawk, Stacey Peralta, Jeff Ho, the Dogtown Z-Boys, and extra. superbly illustrated with old posters, advertisements, and memorabilia besides new motion images, studio skateboard pictures, and specific graphics of the celebs, it is a becoming tribute to an American classic.

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Download E-books Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box PDF

By Eric Bronson

Baseball and Philosophy brings jointly high-powered hobbies: the game of baseball and the tutorial self-discipline of philosophy. Eric Bronson requested eighteen younger professors to supply their profound research of a few point of baseball. the outcome deals unusually deep insights into this such a lot American of games.
The individuals comprise a few of the best voices within the burgeoning new box of philosophy of recreation, plus a number of different gifted philosophers with a private curiosity in baseball. many of the participants also are drawn from educational components outdoors philosophy: statistics, legislation, and history.
This quantity provides the considerate baseball fan substancial fabric to imagine extra deeply approximately. What ethical matters are raised by means of the Intentional stroll? Do groups occasionally enjoy the self-interested habit in their person individuals? How can Zen be utilized to hitting? Is it moral to hire deception in activities? Can a online game be outlined by means of its written ideas or are there additionally different constraints? What can the U.S. superb court docket study from umpiring? Why should still baseball be the one exempt from antitrust legislation? What half does good fortune play in any online game of skill?

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Download E-books Planet of the Apes and Philosophy: Great Apes Think Alike (Popular Culture and Philosophy) PDF

By John Huss

What makes people varied from different animals, what people are entitled to do to different species, even if time go back and forth is feasible, what limits could be put on technology and expertise, the morality and practicality of genetic engineering?these are only a few of the philosophical difficulties raised via Planet of the Apes.
Planet of the Apes and Philosophy seems to be in any respect the deeper concerns considering the Planet of the Apes tales. It covers the total franchise, from Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel Monkey Planet to the winning 2012 reboot upward push of the Planet of the Apes. The chapters mirror assorted issues of view, philosophical, spiritual, and scientific.
The moral kin of people with animals are explored in different chapters, with exciting and incisive observations on animal intelligence, animal rights, and human-animal interplay. Genetic engineering is altering people, animals, and vegetation, elevating new questions about the morality of such interventions. The clinical acceptance that people and chimps proportion ninety nine percentage in their genes makes a destiny within which non-human animals gather higher significance a special possibility.
Planet of the Apes is the main resonant of all clinical apocalypse myths.

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