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New Books: November 2011
A selection from the most recent titles added to the SMCM Library
This popular culture reader helps students develop critical and analytical skills and write clear prose while immersing themselves in subjects they find interesting: advertising, television, popular music, technology, sports, and movies.
These essays explore the far-reaching ideology unleashed by Disneyland, the world’s first permanent, commercially viable theme park. Topics include Disney’s role in the creation of children’s architecture; Frontierland as an allegorical map of the American West; the "cultural invasion of France" in Disneyland Paris; the politics of nostalgia; and "hyperurbanity" in the town of Celebration, Florida. -- Provided by publisher.
Unimaginable until the twentieth century, the clinical practice of transferring eggs and sperm from body to body is now the basis of a bustling market. This title provides an inside look at how egg agencies and sperm banks do business.
How can we transform and future-proof the post-industrial city through strategies of architectural and urban design? The answer is to use an energy-efficient, zero-carbon model based on renewable energy sources and building typologies. This book presents different models for sustainable urban growth, based on the principles of 'Green Urbanism'
Amexica is a street-level portrait of the extraordinary terror unfolding along the U.S.-Mexico border--"a country in its own right, which belongs to both the United States and Mexico, yet neither"--as the narco-war escalates to a fever pitch. In 2009, after reporting from the border for many years, journalist Ed Vulliamy traveled the frontier from the Pacific coast to the Gulf of Mexico, from Tijuana to Matamoros, a kaleidoscopic landscape of corruption and all-out civil war, but also of beauty and joy and resilience. He describes in detail how the narco gangs work; the smuggling of people, weapons, and drugs back and forth across the border; middle-class flight from Mexico and an American celebrity culture that is feeding the violence; the interrelated economies of drugs and the maquiladora factories; and the ruthless, systematic murder of young women in Ciudad Juarez. Heroes, villains, and victims all come to life in this singular book.
From around the mid 13th to the end of the 16th century, the most important and original work being done in secular illumination was unquestionably in French vernacular history manuscripts. This title celebrates the historical imagery produced during these years.
In this volume, which includes over 350 illustrations, John Goodall brings to life the history of the English castle over six centuries. In it he explores the varied architecture of these buildings and describes their changing role in warfare, politics, domestic living, and governance. --from publisher description
W H Auden's emigration from England to the United States in 1939 marked more than a turning point in his own life and work - it changed the course of American poetry itself. This book deals with Auden's influence on American poetry. It offers an account of Auden's dramatic impact on the younger American poets, from Allen Ginsberg to Sylvia Plath.
"When a Muslim architect wins a blind contest to design a Ground Zero Memorial, a city of eleven million people takes notice. Waldman, a former bureau chief for the New York Times, explores a diversity of viewpoints around this fictional event, bringing in politicians, businessmen, journalists, activists, and normal people whose lives--whether by happenstance, choice, or even due to their country of origin--get caught up in the controversy. Incredibly, she manages to keep all the balls in the air without ever fumbling. The story is moving and keeps the pages turning, but there are also bigger themes at work: of individuals versus groups; about the purpose of art, commerce, government, and journalism in society; of how people respond to grief and terror. The result is honest, compelling, and breathtaking."--Chris Schluep, Amazon Best Book of the Month