Mad Men, Mad World

Author: Lauren M. E. Goodlad,Lilya Kaganovsky,Robert A. Rushing

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822399067

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 432

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Since the show's debut in 2007, Mad Men has invited viewers to immerse themselves in the lush period settings, ruthless Madison Avenue advertising culture, and arresting characters at the center of its 1960s fictional world. Mad Men, Mad World is a comprehensive analysis of this groundbreaking TV series. Scholars from across the humanities consider the AMC drama from a fascinating array of perspectives, including fashion, history, architecture, civil rights, feminism, consumerism, art, cinema, and the serial format, as well as through theoretical frames such as critical race theory, gender, queer theory, global studies, and psychoanalysis. In the introduction, the editors explore the show's popularity; its controversial representations of race, class, and gender; its powerful influence on aesthetics and style; and its unique use of period historicism and advertising as a way of speaking to our neoliberal moment. Mad Men, Mad World also includes an interview with Phil Abraham, an award-winning Mad Men director and cinematographer. Taken together, the essays demonstrate that understanding Mad Men means engaging the show not only as a reflection of the 1960s but also as a commentary on the present day. Contributors. Michael Bérubé, Alexander Doty, Lauren M. E. Goodlad, Jim Hansen, Dianne Harris, Lynne Joyrich, Lilya Kaganovsky, Clarence Lang, Caroline Levine, Kent Ono, Dana Polan, Leslie Reagan, Mabel Rosenheck, Robert A. Rushing, Irene Small, Michael Szalay, Jeremy Varon

Reflections of a Mad, Mad World

Author: Michael Jean Nystrom-Schut

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781420850369

Category: Philosophy

Page: 536

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TRILOGY BOOK FOUR includes three recent books from my twenty years of writing. Being a philosophical book-writer, dealing with world-view and value systems, I get to take time doing something that is considered the work of men of leisure. While it may not be the toughest of jobs, I assure you that most days I am worn out from just thinking about it. And can I conclude anything yet? Sometimes I think I am going in reverse! Reflections of a Mad, Mad World is the title of the book, and it is the headline work followed by two more books, Remaking Michael and Forty Songs. All three were written with you (the reader and fellow life-mate) in mind. If you wonder about the madness and chaos that in the world today, and what you can do about it, maybe you will benefit from reading Reflections of a Mad, Mad World (Book One). This work addresses the nutty, whacky world in which we live, and suggests ways to cope. If you are trying to turn over a new leaf, and need some insight and direction, then Remaking Michael (Book Two) might be for you. In my personal travels through life, I have been remade over and over again its fun! There are always two sides to every coin. My book, Forty Songs, takes on 20 negative points of view, and counterbalances them with 20 more points that are positive. You be the judge as you weigh the evidence when the matter of Life itself is placed on trial. I am hopeful that this three-books-in-one volume will be rewarding and beneficial for you. On my web site,, questions and answers about Life that continue to crop up in the human mind are addressed. Come to the site and see what I am talking about!

True Tales from the Mad, Mad, Mad World of Opera

Author: Lotfi Mansouri

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1459705157

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 180

View: 9986

When things go wrong at the opera house, they really go wrong. No one has a greater or more intimate knowledge of such moments than Mansouri. From the hilarious to the bizarre, this is a reader-friendly look at what is often thought of as an overly serious, even mysterious form of art.

Mad Worlds Collide

Author: Tony Teora

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595307884

Category: Fiction

Page: 284

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Warning: Mad World Collide is an outrageously zany sci-fi comedy that will laugh you into the funny farm.In year 2021, Robert Davichi thinks he has the worst computer job in the world-until a hacker threatens his life and starts bringing down corporations and governments. In the midst of this the military tries to conquer America via the Internet, a neurotic computer gains consciousness and starts communicating with evil harebrained aliens from afar-and the President finds an abundance of gas in his alimentary canal. Robert's life is thrown into cosmic chaos trying to solve one disaster after another. The story careens between Japan, America, and a spaceship orbiting near the moon."The book will entertain a wide range of readers" according to Peter Heyrman, a fiction writer who is published in Twilight Zone magazine. Peter, with a sense for the warped, edited Mad Worlds Collide stating it is "funny, and on the edge".

Following Reason

Author: Mark Manolopoulos

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134886640

Category: Psychology

Page: 156

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Throughout history, humanity has regularly followed anti-rational figures and forces: demagogic rulers, perverted deities, exploitative economic systems, and so on. Such leadership and followership have wrought all kinds of oppression and conflict. What if this pattern could be altered? What if society were led by Reason instead? Prompted by Cicero’s exhortation to "follow reason as leader as though it were a god", Following Reason: A Theory and Strategy for Rational Leadership explores this intriguing and potentially transformative possibility. Manolopoulos uniquely blends leadership psychology with a deep understanding of philosophical reasoning theory to show how leaders can bravely reimagine and reconstruct society. The book retraces leadership mis-steps in history, and proposes a more "logicentric" theory of leadership, built on compelling philosophical axioms and arguments. Following Reason emphasizes the weight of philosophy and cognition in leadership, and advocates for a diverse network that can create, uphold, and implement a blueprint for a better global society. This wide-ranging and timely book is ideal for leadership, management, and philosophy students at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Film Comedy and the American Dream

Author: Zach Sands

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 135160029X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 170

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Film Comedy and the American Dream is an examination of national identity in the era of the American superpower as projected in popular comedic films that center on issues of upward mobility. It is the story of what made audiences laugh and why, and what this says about the changing shape of the American Dream from the end of the Second World War through the first part of the twenty-first century. Through a combination of narrative and thematic analyses of popular comedic films, contextualized within a dynamic historical framework, the book traces the increasing disillusionment with this central ideology in the face of multiple forms of systemic exclusion. It argues that film comedy is a major component of the discourse surrounding the American Dream because these movies often evoke humor by highlighting the incongruities that exist between the ideals that define this nation versus the actual lived experiences of its citizens.

Performing Maternity in Early Modern England

Author: Kathryn R. McPherson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351912070

Category: History

Page: 262

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Performing Maternity in Early Modern England features essays that share a common concern with exploring maternity's cultural representation, performative aspects and practical consequences in the period from 1540-1690. The essays interrogate how early modern texts depict fertility, conception, delivery and gendered constructions of maternity by analyzing a wealth of historical documents and images in conjunction with dramatic and non-dramatic literary texts. They emphasize that the embodied, repeated and public nature of maternity defines it as inherently performative and ultimately central to the production of gender identity during the early modern period.