Category Archives: Books

Extraordinary, Ordinary Only Children

I’m currently reading the autobiography of Condoleezza Rice, Extraordinary, Ordinary People. I am especially taken with Rice’s detailed, and generally positive, experience of being an only child. Rarely is this narrative pursued in popular culture, and the popular narrative surrounding … Continue reading

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Heavenly Bodies: Film Stars and Society (Dyer, 1979)

In Heavenly Bodies, Richard Dyer looks at the images of three icons in American film and their rise to stardom through a public reading of their star images. He situates Marilyn Monroe, Paul Robeson and Judy Garland historically, using the … Continue reading

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Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture (Detweiler & Taylor, 2003)

“Jesus is my Homeboy.” In postmodern America, the answers to life come in many forms and through a multitude of channels. This plethora of culture begs the question: where do we, as Americans, look for answers and how do we … Continue reading

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Mema’s House, Mexico City: On Transvestites, Queens, and Machos (Prieur, 1998)

I thought that this book was a wonderful description of the gay and transsexual subculture in Mexico City.  There are a couple of issues I had with the way that Prieur decided to conduct her research.  One is the author’s … Continue reading

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