HBO’s Original Voices

Race, Gender, Sexuality and Power
Author: Victoria McCollum,Giuliana Monteverde
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315306891
Category: Social Science
Page: 186
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This book constitutes the first major exploration of HBO's current programming, examined in the context of the transformation of American television and global society. With studies of well-known shows such as Game of Thrones, Girls, The Leftovers, Silicon Valley, True Detective, The Looking, Ballers and Vinyl, authors examine the trends in current programming, including the rise of queer characters, era-defining comedy, reinvented fantasy series, and the content’s new awareness of gender, sexuality and family dysfunction. Interdisciplinary and international in scope, HBO’s New and Original Voices explores the sociocultural and political role and impact that HBO's current programmes have held and the ways in which it has translated and reinterpreted social discourses into its own televisual language. A significant intervention in television studies, media studies and cultural studies, this book illuminates the emergence of a new era of culturally relevant television that fans, students, and researchers will find lively, accessible and fascinating.

HBO's Original Voices

Race, Gender, Sexuality and Power
Author: Victoria McCollum
Publisher: Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture
ISBN: 9781138234444
Category: Race on television
Page: 198
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This book constitutes the first major exploration of HBO's current programming, examined in the context of the transformation of American television and global society. With studies of well-known shows such as Game of Thrones, Girls, The Leftovers, Silicon Valley, True Detective, The Looking, Ballers and Vinyl, authors examine the trends in current programming, including the rise of queer characters, era-defining comedy, reinvented fantasy series, and the content¿s new awareness of gender, sexuality and family dysfunction. Interdisciplinary and international in scope, HBO¿s New and Original Voices explores the sociocultural and political role and impact that HBO's current programmes have held and the ways in which it has translated and reinterpreted social discourses into its own televisual language. A significant intervention in television studies, media studies and cultural studies, this book illuminates the emergence of a new era of culturally relevant television that fans, students, and researchers will find lively, accessible and fascinating.

Original Voices

Homeless and Formerly Homeless Women's Writings
Author: Mary's Place Women
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780692645468
Category: American literature
Page: 162
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A moving collection of spontaneous, lightly edited poetry and prose pieces written by homeless and formerly homeless women in weekly writing workshops led by Julie Gardner at Mary's Place, a day shelter in Seattle.

Violence Against Black Bodies

An Intersectional Analysis of How Black Lives Continue to Matter
Author: Sandra E. Weissinger,Dwayne A. Mack,Elwood Watson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315408686
Category: Social Science
Page: 306
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Violence Against Black Bodies argues that black deaths at the hands of police are just one form of violence that black and brown people face daily in the western world. rough the voices of scholars from different academic disciplines, this book gives readers an opportunity to put the cases together and see that violent deaths in police custody are just one tentacle of the racial order—a hierarchy which is designed to produce trauma and discrimination according to one’s perceived race-ethnicity.

Accessibility, Inclusion, and Diversity in Critical Event Studies


Author: Rebecca Finkel,Briony Sharp,Majella Sweeney
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1351142224
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 250
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Most early social research into planned events had the effect of broadcasting narratives of dominant cultures and privileged groups. More recently, however, convergences of gender, sexualities, ethnicities, age, class, religion, and intersectional analyses and events studies have started to drive new critical understanding of the impacts of events on non-mainstream, non-majority communities around the globe. This timely book addresses current gaps in the literature surrounding issues of accessibility, inclusion, and diversity in various event landscapes. Structured into four sections covering the main types of events, the chapters present original topics using innovative methodological approaches. Each chapter employs a case study to illustrate the key intertwining issues in these various experiential realms. Further, the chapters are all cross- or interdisciplinary, drawing on gender, sexualities, cultural, race/ethnicity studies as well as multiple literatures that feed into critical events studies and exploring a variety of global examples. This significant book opens the path to further research on the role and importance of accessibility, inclusion, and diversity in events environments worldwide. It will be of interest to academics and researchers of critical event studies as well as a number of related social science disciplines.

Post-9/11 Heartland Horror

Rural horror films in an era of urban terrorism
Author: Victoria McCollum
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317077539
Category: Social Science
Page: 138
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This book explores the resurgence of rural horror following the events of 9/11, as a number of filmmakers, inspired by the films of the 1970s, moved away from the characteristic industrial and urban settings of apocalyptic horror, to return to American heartland horror. Examining the revival of rural horror in an era of city fear and urban terrorism, the author analyses the relationship of the genre with fears surrounding the Global War on Terror, exploring the films’ engagement with the political repercussions of 9/11 and the ways in which traces of traumatic events leave their mark on cultures. Arranged around the themes of dissent, patriotism, myth, anger and memorial, and with attention to both text and socio-cultural context in its interpretation of the films’ themes, Post-9/11 Heartland Horror offers a series of case studies covering a ten-year period to shed light on the manner in which the Post-9/11 Heartland Horror films scrutinize and unravel the events, aspirations, anxieties, discourses, dogmas, and socio-political conflicts of the post-9/11 era. As such, it will appeal to scholars and students of film studies, cultural studies and media studies, and those with interests in the relationship between popular culture and politics.

The Leftovers

A Novel
Author: Tom Perrotta
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1429989130
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
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A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011 A USA Today 10 Books We Loved Reading in 2011 Title One of NPR's 10 Best Novels of 2011 What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down? That's what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children. Kevin Garvey, Mapleton's new mayor, wants to speed up the healing process, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized community. Kevin's own family has fallen apart in the wake of the disaster: his wife, Laurie, has left to join the Guilty Remnant, a homegrown cult whose members take a vow of silence; his son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a sketchy prophet named Holy Wayne. Only Kevin's teenaged daughter, Jill, remains, and she's definitely not the sweet "A" student she used to be. Kevin wants to help her, but he's distracted by his growing relationship with Nora Durst, a woman who lost her entire family on October 14th and is still reeling from the tragedy, even as she struggles to move beyond it and make a new start. With heart, intelligence and a rare ability to illuminate the struggles inherent in ordinary lives, Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers is a startling, thought-provoking novel about love, connection and loss.

Prep

A Novel
Author: Curtis Sittenfeld
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781588364500
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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Curtis Sittenfeld’s debut novel, Prep, is an insightful, achingly funny coming-of-age story as well as a brilliant dissection of class, race, and gender in a hothouse of adolescent angst and ambition. Lee Fiora is an intelligent, observant fourteen-year-old when her father drops her off in front of her dorm at the prestigious Ault School in Massachusetts. She leaves her animated, affectionate family in South Bend, Indiana, at least in part because of the boarding school’s glossy brochure, in which boys in sweaters chat in front of old brick buildings, girls in kilts hold lacrosse sticks on pristinely mown athletic fields, and everyone sings hymns in chapel. As Lee soon learns, Ault is a cloistered world of jaded, attractive teenagers who spend summers on Nantucket and speak in their own clever shorthand. Both intimidated and fascinated by her classmates, Lee becomes a shrewd observer of–and, ultimately, a participant in–their rituals and mores. As a scholarship student, she constantly feels like an outsider and is both drawn to and repelled by other loners. By the time she’s a senior, Lee has created a hard-won place for herself at Ault. But when her behavior takes a self-destructive and highly public turn, her carefully crafted identity within the community is shattered. Ultimately, Lee’s experiences–complicated relationships with teachers; intense friendships with other girls; an all-consuming preoccupation with a classmate who is less than a boyfriend and more than a crush; conflicts with her parents, from whom Lee feels increasingly distant, coalesce into a singular portrait of the painful and thrilling adolescence universal to us all. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Curtis Sittenfeld's Sisterland.

Homefront

The Voice of Freedom
Author: John Milius,Raymond Benson
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 0345528425
Category: Games & Activities
Page: 336
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HOME IS WHERE THE WAR IS America may be reeling from endless recessions and crippling oil wars, but hack reporter Ben Walker never expected to see his homeland invaded and occupied by a reunified Korea—now a formidable world power under Kim Jong-il’s dictator son. The enemy’s massive cyberattack is followed by the detonation of an electromagnetic pulse that destroys technology across the United States. Communications, weapons, and defense systems are rendered useless; thousands perish as vehicles suddenly lose power and passenger jets plummet to the ground. Fleeing the chaos of Los Angeles, Walker discovers that although America’s military has been scattered, its fighting spirit remains. Walker joins the soldiers as they head east across the desert, battling Korean patrols—and soon finds his own mission. Walker reinvents himself as the Voice of Freedom, broadcasting information and enemy positions to civilian Resistance cells via guerrilla radio. But Walker’s broadcasts have also reached the ears of the enemy. Korea dispatches its deadliest warrior to hunt the Voice of Freedom and crush the ever-growing Resistance before it can mount a new war for American liberty. From the Paperback edition.

Stuart: A Life Backwards


Author: Alexander Masters
Publisher: Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780440336129
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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In this extraordinary book, Alexander Masters has created a moving portrait of a troubled man, an unlikely friendship, and a desperate world few ever see. A gripping who-done-it journey back in time, it begins with Masters meeting a drunken Stuart lying on a sidewalk in Cambridge, England, and leads through layers of hell…back through crimes and misdemeanors, prison and homelessness, suicide attempts, violence, drugs, juvenile halls and special schools–to expose the smiling, gregarious thirteen-year-old boy who was Stuart before his long, sprawling, dangerous fall. Shocking, inspiring, and hilarious by turns, Stuart: A Life Backwards is a writer’s quest to give voice to a man who, beneath his forbidding exterior, has a message for us all: that every life–even the most chaotic and disreputable–is a story worthy of being told. From the Hardcover edition.

Dead Until Dark


Author: Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0441019331
Category: Fiction
Page: 327
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HBO's Girls and the Awkward Politics of Gender, Race, and Privilege


Author: Elwood Watson,Jennifer Mitchell,Marc Edward Shaw
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498512623
Category: Social Science
Page: 220
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This book studies the HBO program Girls from multiple perspectives by comparing the series to similar programs from decades past as well as to the show's contemporaries in the present. By examining the show through the lenses of gender, race, sexuality, and culture. This book synthesizes and analyzes many of the most pressing issues that have surfaced in a show that has firmly etched itself in the fabric of early twenty-first century popular culture.

Inside the Rise of HBO

A Personal History of the Company That Transformed Television
Author: Bill Mesce, Jr.
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786497866
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 292
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There are two ages in the history of television: before HBO and after HBO. Before the launch of Home Box Office in 1972, the industry had changed little since the birth of broadcast network television in the late 1940s. The arrival of the premium cable channel began a revolution in the business and programming of TV. For the generation that has grown up with the vast array of viewing choices available today, it is almost inconceivable that our ever-expanding media universe began with a few hours of unimpressive programming on a single cable channel. Written by an insider, this is the story of HBO's reconfiguration of television and the company's continual reinvention of itself in a competitive and dynamic industry.

HBO's Treme and Post-Katrina Catharsis

The Mediated Rebirth of New Orleans
Author: Dominique Gendrin,Catherine Dessinges,Shearon Roberts
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498545610
Category: Social Science
Page: 374
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This book argues that fictional television can educate audiences on complex communities and issues long after it has faded from the news cycle. Treme, to date, remains one of the most notable experiments of how post-Katrina New Orleans communities struggle to hold on to their cultural and historical essence. The David Simon–HBO–great American city television formula continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

The Corrections


Author: Jonathan Franzen
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312421274
Category: Fiction
Page: 566
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Enid Lambert begins to worry about her husband when he starts to withdraw and lose himself in negativity and depression as he faces Parkinson's disease. Winner of the National Book Award. Reprint. 500,000 first printing.

Generation Kill


Author: Evan Wright
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101207611
Category: History
Page: 384
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Based on Evan Wright's National Magazine Award-winning story in Rolling Stone, this is the raw, firsthand account of the 2003 Iraq invasion that inspired the HBO® original mini-series. Within hours of 9/11, America’s war on terrorism fell to those like the twenty-three Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam. They were a new pop-culture breed of American warrior unrecognizable to their forebears—soldiers raised on hip hop, video games and The Real World. Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional and moral horrors ahead, the “First Suicide Battalion” would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq, and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer. Hailed as “one of the best books to come out of the Iraq war”(Financial Times), Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality and camaraderie of a new American War.

Inside the Rise of HBO

A Personal History of the Company That Transformed Television
Author: Bill Mesce, Jr.
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476622256
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 292
View: 6417

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There are two ages in the history of television: before HBO and after HBO. Before the launch of Home Box Office in 1972, the industry had changed little since the birth of broadcast network television in the late 1940s. The arrival of the premium cable channel began a revolution in the business and programming of TV. For the generation that has grown up with the vast array of viewing choices available today, it is almost inconceivable that our ever-expanding media universe began with a few hours of unimpressive programming on a single cable channel. Written by an insider, this is the story of HBO’s reconfiguration of television and the company’s continual reinvention of itself in a competitive and dynamic industry.

Marlon Bundo's Day in the Life of the Vice President


Author: Charlotte Pence
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1621577856
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 40
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER "Mike Pence's pet rabbit is the best thing about Washington." —The Week "Marlon is ridiculously cute and appears to be fully aware of that fact." —The Washington Post Marlon Bundo is "an objectively good name for a bunny." —John Oliver, HBO's Last Week Tonight "The Vice President and his wife could kiss their audience's attention goodbye once Marlon Bundo was introduced!" — CNN, covering Marlon Bundo's appearance at a White House military appreciation event From the moment he hopped into the home of America's "Second Family," black-and-white bunny rabbit Marlon Bundo captured the hearts of Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen, and his children Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. But little Marlon Bundo isn't just a family pet: like Peter Rabbit and Bugs Bunny before him, Marlon—or BOTUS (Bunny of the United States)—is a national celebrity! With his appearances at official White House events, his rides on Air Force 2, and his popular Instagram account, Marlon Bundo has become a beloved member of the Trump-Pence administration. So how does a bunny experience a day in the life of the Vice President? Now young readers can follow Marlon Bundo along as he hops after "Grampa" (Vice President Mike Pence) in this delightful story penned by Charlotte Pence and illustrated faithfully with watercolors from the "Second Lady" herself, Karen Pence.

The Book of Leon

Philosophy of a Fool
Author: Leon Black,JB Smoove,Iris Bahr
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 150118072X
Category: Humor
Page: 272
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Everyone’s favorite houseguest who never left, Leon Black (played by award-winning comedian JB Smoove on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm) drops his wisdom and good-bad advice for the masses. Learn the secrets Larry David has gleaned from the Falstaff of television. Live your best Leon. Bring the Ruckus. Aristotle. Gandhi. Lao Tzu. Dr. Ruth. Amateurs. For centuries bespeckled dorks have pored over the scrolls of the ancients, read tea leaves, and looked to the stars for philosophy, wisdom, and advice. While some people have probably offered good advice, and others offer bad advice, Leon is here to offer his brand of good-bad advice. These are the musings of a master genius spitting out the secrets of the universe—to help you become just like him. Be forewarned: in opening this tome and Leon’s mind, you need to be prepared for straight talk. The kind of unfiltered blunt straight talk that pounds on your door, invites itself in, makes itself at home, helps itself to your food, security pass code, your expensive organic beet juice, and finally makes itself comfortable on that twin bed in your guest room. All the while you think you’re helping it—but really it’s helping you help yourself! Because that’s how this book doozit. Leon Black, he ain’t wrong...he just ain’t right.

All the Pieces Matter

The Inside Story of The Wire
Author: Jonathan P. D. Abrams
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 0451498143
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 352
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"An oral history of HBO"s The Wire"--