Eminem And Rap Poetry Race

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Author: Scott F. Parker
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786476753
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Eminem And Rap Poetry Race by Scott F. Parker


Original Title: Eminem And Rap Poetry Race

Eminem is the best-selling musical artist of the 21st century. He is also one of the most contentious and most complex artists of our time. His verbal dexterity ranks him among the greatest technical rappers ever. The content of his songs combines the grotesque and the comical with the sincere and the profound, all told through the sophisticated layering of multiple personae. However one finally assesses his contribution to popular culture, there's no denying his central place in it. This collection of essays gives his work the critical attention it has long deserved. Drawing from history, philosophy, sociology, musicology, and other fields, the writers gathered here consider Eminem's place in Hip Hop, the intellectual underpinnings of his work, and the roles of race, gender and privilege in his career, among various other topics. This original treatment will be appreciated by Eminem fans and cultural scholars alike.

The Linguistics Of Stephen King

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Author: James Arthur Anderson
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476629528
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The Linguistics Of Stephen King by James Arthur Anderson


Original Title: The Linguistics Of Stephen King

Stephen King, "America's Favorite Boogeyman," has sold over 350 million copies of his books, becoming in effect the face of horror fiction. His influence on popular culture has drawn both strong praise and harsh criticism from reviewers and scholars alike. While his popularity cannot be overstated, his work has received relatively little critical attention from the academic world. Examining King's fiction using modern literary theory, this study reveals the unexpected complexity of 22 short stories and novels, from Carrie to End of Watch. The author finds King using fantasy and horror to expose truths about reality and the human condition.

H E Bird

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Author: Hans Renette
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786475781
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H E Bird by Hans Renette


Original Title: H E Bird

No chess player of the 19th century had a longer, more varied career than Henry Edward Bird (1829-1908). After pursuing a civil career for years his love for chess prevailed. He belonged to the top level of British players for decades but he really shone at Simpson's Divan. Bird's accessibility, fierce attacking style and contempt for draws made him a people's favorite but his proud and touchy character led him into disputes with his colleagues. A very strong and widely known player, he fell into oblivion after his death. This comprehensive first biography of Bird provides a detailed account of his personal life and a deeply researched coverage of his feats at the chess board. Almost 1,200 games are included, hundreds of them published here for the first time. Nearly 450 games--many of them thrilling all-out fights--are presented with a mix of contemporary and modern annotations.

William Gibson

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Author: Tom Henthorne
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786486937
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William Gibson by Tom Henthorne


Original Title: William Gibson

"William Gibson, founding father of cyberpunk, is one of today's most popular science fiction writers. This companion provides literary and cultural context from Gibson's first short story, 'Fragments of a Hologram Rose' (1977), to his seminal cyberpunk classic Neuromancer (1984), to his best-selling novel Zero History (2010), and commentary on Gibson's subjects, themes, and approaches"--Provided by publisher.

Parapsychology

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Author: Etzel Carde–a,
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786479167
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Parapsychology by Etzel Carde–a,


Original Title: Parapsychology

Many people have experienced such unusual phenomena as dreams that later seem to correspond with unforeseeable events, thinking of a long-lost friend just before he or she unexpectedly calls, or the ability to "feel" the presence of deceased loved ones. What many do not realize is that these types of experiences have been researched for more than a century by eminent scientists, including Nobel laureates. Most of these researchers have concluded that some of these phenomena do occur, although we are far from explaining them to everyone's satisfaction. This book is the first in almost 40 years to provide a comprehensive scientific overview of research in the field of parapsychology, explaining what we know and don't know about so-called psi phenomena, such as "telepathy," "precognition" or "psychokinesis." Contributors evaluate the evidence for these phenomena, accounting for factors such as selective memory, wish fulfillment and incorrect methods or analyses, in some cases offering psychological, physical and biological theories.

Approaching Twin Peaks

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Author: Eric Hoffman,
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476630054
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Approaching Twin Peaks by Eric Hoffman,


Original Title: Approaching Twin Peaks

Though it lasted just two seasons, Twin Peaks (1990-1991) raised the bar for television and is now considered one of the great dramas in TV history. Its complex plots and sensational visuals both inspired and alienated audiences. After 25 years, the cult classic is being rebooted. This collection of new essays explores its filmic influences, its genre-bending innovations and its use of horror and science fiction conventions, from the original series through the earlier film prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and subsequent video releases.

Gustave Trouv

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Author: Kevin Desmond
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786497092
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Gustave Trouv by Kevin Desmond


Original Title: Gustave Trouv

In the latter half of the 19th century, Gustave Pierre Trouvé, a modest but brilliant Parisian electrical engineer, conceived and patented some 75 inventions, including the endoscope, the electric car and the frontal headlamp. He also designed an electric boat—complete with outboard motor, headlight and horn—an electric rifle, an electric piano and luminous fountains, and developed wearable technology and ultraviolet light therapy. Unlike his famous contemporary Nikola Tesla, who worked for Thomas Edison and was patronized by George Westinghouse, Trouvé never came to America. A confirmed bachelor disinterested in industrialization, he was gradually forgotten following his accidental death in 1902. This expanded edition of the 2012 French first-ever biography of Trouvé details the fascinating life of the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor once dubbed “the French Edison.”

The Art And Inventions Of Max Fleischer

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Author: Ray Pointer
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 147666367X
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The Art And Inventions Of Max Fleischer by Ray Pointer


Original Title: The Art And Inventions Of Max Fleischer

"Pointer's account of Fleischer's life and work draws on his own experience in film and animation as well as interviews with Fleischer family members. It is also stocked with previously unpublished photographs and artwork, including trade ads and patent diagram. The story of this artist-inventor and the early days of animation will appeal to all interested in film history and iconic cartoons""--Booklist The history of animated cartoons has for decades been dominated by the accomplishments of Walt Disney, giving the impression that he invented the medium. In reality, it was the work of several pioneers. Max Fleischer--inventor of the Rotoscope technique of tracing animation frame by frame over live-action footage--was one of the most prominent. By the 1930s, Fleischer and Disney were the leading producers of animated films but took opposite approaches. Where Disney reflected a Midwestern sentimentality, Fleischer presented a sophisticated urban attitude with elements of German Expressionism and organic progression. In contrast to Disney's naturalistic animation, Fleischer's violated physical laws, supporting his maxim: "If it can be done in real life, it isn't animation." As a result, Fleischer's cartoons were rough rather than refined, commercial rather than consciously artistic--yet attained a distinctive artistry through Fleischer's innovations. This book covers his life and work and the history of the studio that bore his name, with previously unpublished artwork and photographs.

Widget

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Author: Lyn Rossiter McFarland
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN: 9780374384289
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Widget by Lyn Rossiter McFarland


Original Title: Widget

A stray dog pretends he's a cat in order to get a home When Widget, a little stray dog, stumbles through a flap door into the home of Mrs. Diggs, he sees six cats, six bowls of food, and six warm beds. There's clearly only one thing to do. Confronted by the cats' intense scrutiny, Widget meows, purrs, plays with a toy mouse, and uses the litter box. Having eventually convinced his new family of his felinity, Widget is soon living so happily he sometimes forgets his true nature. But when Mrs. Diggs takes a fall and doesn't get up, it's up to Widget to save the day with a particularly canine solution. A very simple text and droll pictures make Widget a book to read again and again.

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