Download E-books Harry Potter and History (Wiley Pop Culture and History Series) PDF

A consultant to the historical past at the back of the area of Harry Potter--just in time for the final Harry Potter motion picture, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part II)

Harry Potter lives in an international that's either magical and old. Hogwarts students trip an old style steam educate to college, notes are taken on parchment with quill pens, and Muggle legends come to lifestyles within the kind of werewolves, witches, and magical spells. This ebook is the 1st to discover the true heritage during which Harry's global is rooted.

Did you recognize that bezoars and mandrakes have been stylish luxurious goods for hundreds of years? learn the way Europeans first constructed the potions, spells, and charms taught at Hogwarts, from Avada Kedavra to like charms. learn the way the eu prosecution of witches ended in the Statute of Secrecy, meet the true Nicholas Flamel, see how the Malfoys stack up opposed to Muggle English aristocrats, and examine the background of the wizarding international to real-life history.

  • Gives you the old backdrop to Harry Potter's world
  • Covers subject matters starting from how actual British boarding colleges examine to Hogwarts to how parchment, quills, and scrolls utilized in the wizarding global have been made
  • Includes a timeline evaluating the historical past of the wizarding international to Muggle ""real"" history

Filled with interesting proof and history, Harry Potter and History is an important spouse for each Harry Potter fan.

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Download E-books The Law of Superheroes PDF

By James Daily, Ryan Davidson

An fascinating and pleasing examine how America’s felony procedure could paintings utilizing the area of comedian books.

Two courageous heroes tackle the comedian multiverse, wielding the best superpower of all: the law.

James day-by-day and Ryan Davidson—attorneys through day, comedian fanatics the entire time, and founders of the preferred web site lawandthemultiverse.com—have sincerely chanced on their vocation, exploring the hypothetical felony ramifications of comedian booklet tropes, characters, and powers all the way down to the main deliciously trivial detail.

The legislation of Superheroes asks and solutions the most important speculative questions on every little thing from constitutional legislations and legal approach to taxation, highbrow estate, and torts, including:

  • Could Superman sue if an individual uncovered his real id as Clark Kent?
  • Are participants of the Legion of Doom susceptible to prosecution below RICO?
  • Do the heirs of a superhero who comes again from the lifeless get to maintain their inherited estate after their friend is resurrected?
  • Does it represent “cruel and strange punishment” to condemn an immortal like Apocalypse to existence in felony with out the potential for parole?

Engaging, available, and delightfully academic, The legislation of Superheroes is a must have for felony specialists, comedian nerds, and someone who will ever be referred to as upon to perform legislation within the comedian multiverse.

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Download E-books Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale (Popular Culture and Philosophy, Vol. 4) PDF

By James B. South, William Irwin

Twenty-three essays via younger expert philosophers research the most important moral and metaphysical points of the Buffyverse (the global of Buffy). even though the express already attracted a lot scholarly consciousness, this can be the 1st publication to totally disinter the highbrow matters. Designed by way of Whedon as a multilevel tale with such a lot of its meanings deeply buried in lots of heavy irony, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has changed The X-Files because the convey that explains to american citizens the character of the strong forces of evil continuously threatening to surge into our international of daily decency and weigh down it. within the culture of the vintage horror movies Buffy the Vampire Slayer addresses moral matters that experience lengthy interested audiences. This ebook attracts out the moral and metaphysical classes from a pop-culture phenomenon.

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Download E-books The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke PDF

A lighthearted meditation at the philosophical quandaries of the hit tv exhibit The colossal Bang Theory

Ever ask yourself what Aristotle may possibly say concerning the lifestyles Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes could applaud the roommate contract? Who Immanuel Kant might deal with with "haughty derision" for weaving "un-unravelable webs?" And—most importantly—whether Wil Wheaton is actually evil? after all you will have. Bazinga!

This publication mines the deep deliberating a few of history's so much powerful philosophical minds to discover your such a lot urgent questions about The monstrous Bang Theory and its nerdy genius characters. it's possible you'll locate different philosophy books on technology and cosmology, yet basically this one refers to Darth Vader Force-chokes, cloning Leonard Nimoy, and oompa-loompa-like engineers. Fo-shizzle.

  • Gives you irresistibly geek-worthy insights in your favourite Big Bang Theory characters, tale strains, and ideas
  • Examines very important subject matters concerning ethics and advantage, technological know-how, semiotics, faith, and the human condition
  • Brings the contemplating many of the world's maximum philosophers to undergo on The great Bang Theory, from Aristotle and Plato to Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Simone de Beauvoir, and more

Essential analyzing for each Big Bang Theory fan, this ebook explores no matter if comic-book-wielding geeks can lead the nice lifestyles, and whether or not they can be aware of adequate technological know-how to "tear the masks off nature and stare on the face of God."

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Download E-books Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto PDF

By Chuck Klosterman

From the writer of the hugely acclaimed heavy steel memoir, Fargo Rock City, comes one other hilarious and discerning tackle hugely renowned culture—set in Chuck Klosterman’s den and your own—covering every thing from the influence of John Cusack flicks to the an important position of breakfast cereal to the amazing strength of the Dixie Chicks.

Countless writers and artists have spoken for a new release, yet not anyone has performed it fairly like Chuck Klosterman. With an exhaustive wisdom of pop culture and a nearly easy skill to spin significant prose out of not likely material, Klosterman assaults the total spectrum of postmodern the US: fact television, net porn, Pamela Anderson, literary Jesus freaks, and the genuine distinction among apples and oranges (of which there's none). And don’t even get him begun on his love lifestyles and the total Harry-Met-Sally scenario.

Whether deconstructing Saved through the Bell episodes or the inventive legacy of Billy Joel, the symbolic value of The Empire moves Back or the Celtics/Lakers competition, Chuck will make you think that, he’ll make you giggle, and he’ll force you insane—usually suddenly. Sex, medicinal drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is ostensibly approximately paintings, leisure, infotainment, activities, politics, and kittens, but—really—it’s approximately us. we all. As Klosterman realizes overdue at evening, within the second sooner than he falls asleep, “In and of itself, not anything fairly issues. What issues is that not anything is ever ‘in and of itself.’” learn to think.

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Download E-books Martial Arts and Philosophy: Beating and Nothingness (Popular Culture and Philosophy) PDF

By Graham Priest, Damon A. Young

Martial arts and philosophy have constantly long past hand in hand, in addition to fist in throat. Philosophical argument is heavily paralleled with hand-to-hand strive against. And all of today’s Asian martial arts have been built to embrace and observe philosophical rules. In his interview with Bodidharma, Graham Priest brings out features of Buddhist philosophy in the back of Shaolin Kung-Fu — how struggling with priests are searching for Buddhahood, now not brawls. yet as Scott Farrell’s bankruptcy unearths, japanese martial arts haven't any monopoly on philosophical traditions: Western chivalry is an schooling in and dwelling revival of Aristotelian moral theories. a number of chapters examine moral difficulties raised via the scuffling with arts. How can the sweaty and brutal be exquisitely appealing? each bankruptcy is definitely comprehensible by way of readers new to martial arts or new to philosophy.

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Download E-books The Avengers and Philosophy: Earth's Mightiest Thinkers PDF

By Mark D. White

An attractive examine the philosophical underpinnings of Earth's Mightiest Heroes

Avengers gather! Tackling exciting dilemmas and matters that no unmarried nice thinker can face up to, this strong booklet enlists the brainpower of an A-list staff of history's such a lot popular thinkers to discover the topics in the back of the motion of wonder Comics' all-star superhero team.

  • Arms you with new insights into the characters and topics of The Avengers
  • Deepens your appreciation either one of The Avengers comics and the Joss Whedon motion picture adaptation
  • Answers the philosophical questions you will have continuously had approximately Earth's Mightiest Heroes, together with: Can a reformed legal develop into a superhero? Can an android love a human? If a hero beats his spouse, is he nonetheless a hero?
  • Helps you're thinking that otherwise concerning the contributors of the superhero team—Captain the US, Iron guy, Thor, and the others

This thought-provoking ebook can assist you realize this band of superheroes larger, even if you've got the Avengers for years or are a Joss Whedon fan simply gaining knowledge of them.

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Download E-books Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits? (Popular Culture and Philosophy) PDF

By D. E. Wittkower

Science fiction author Philip okay. Dick (1928-1982) is the enormous mind's eye in the back of lots contemporary well known culture--both videos without delay in line with his writings, resembling Blade Runner (based at the novel Do Androids Dream of electrical Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau plus cult favorites akin to A Scanner Darkly, Imposter, Next, Screamers, and Paycheck and works revealing his strong impression, reminiscent of The Matrix and Inception. With the a lot expected approaching ebook in 2011 of quantity 1 of Exegesis, his magazine of non secular visions and paranoic investigations, Dick is quick changing into an immense impression on this planet of well known spirituality and occult thinking.

In Philip ok. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids have Kindred Spirits?, thirty-four Dick fanatics thinkers confront the attention-grabbing and scary principles raised by means of Dick's outstanding fantasies. Is there an alien international in the back of the standard fact we adventure? If androids can go as human, should still they receive a similar attention as people? Do psychotics have insights right into a mystical truth? might wisdom of the longer term loose us or enslave us? This quantity additionally contains Dick brief tales: "Beyond Lies the Wub," and "The Eyes Have It."

Philip ok. Dick and Philosophy explores the tips of Philip okay. Dick within the comparable means that he did: with an earnest wish to comprehend the reality of the realm, yet with out falsely equating earnestness with a dry seriousness. Dick's paintings used to be replete with whimsical and absurdist displays of the best demanding situations to cause and to humanity--paradox, futility, paranoia, and failure--and even at his darkest instances he was once in a position to retain a few standpoint and humor, as for instance in deciding on to call himself 'Horselover fats' in VALIS whilst he relates his own non secular epiphanies, crises, and delusions. With an analogous earnest whimsy, we technique Philip ok. Dick as a thinker like ourselves--one who wrote nearly solely in thought-experiments and semi-fictional world-building, yet who engaged with some of the maximum questions of philosophy through the Euro-American tradition.

Philip ok. Dick and Philosophy has a lot to provide for either severe fanatics who've learn lots of his novels and tales, and if you happen to can have only recently discovered his identify and learned that his paintings has been the foundation for numerous recognized and thought-provoking movies. so much chapters begin with a number of of the films in keeping with Dick's writing. From right here, the authors delve deeper into the problems through bringing in philosophers' views and via bringing in Dick's written paintings. The ebook invitations the reader with an off-the-cuff familiarity with Dick to get to understand his paintings, and invitations the reader with little familiarity with philosophy to benefit extra. even as, we've got new views and tough connections and interpretations for even the main hard-core Dick enthusiasts, even supposing we by no means communicate to "insiders" only.

The booklet prominently addresses the main widely-known motion pictures: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, and The Adjustment Bureau. besides those "big 5" motion pictures, a couple of chapters tackle his final novels, specially VALIS, that have an important cult following in their personal. There also are chapters which tackle brief tales and novels that are presently deliberate for model: Radio unfastened Albemuth (film accomplished, waiting for distribution), The guy within the excessive Castle (in improvement through Ridley Scott for BBC mini-series), and "King of the Elves" (Disney, deliberate for free up in 2013).

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Download E-books Jeopardy! and Philosophy: What is Knowledge in the Form of a Question? (Popular Culture & Philosophy) PDF

Since its debut in 1964, Jeopardy! has been one among America’s favourite and longest-running daylight hours quiz exhibits. It turns the question-answer structure of conventional quiz exhibits on its head and calls for contestants to pose right inquiries to solutions in chosen different types. whereas mining details and evidence from Alchemy to Zoology, Jeopardy!, is a uniquely highbrow, erudite, and tough daylight hours tv application. a long way past pleasing its enthusiasts with nail-biting contests of data, reminiscence, and velocity, all of it yet calls for them to take part. Few humans watch Jeopardy! with no urgent an invisible button and blurting out inquiries to their television screen.

Because of this own and highbrow funding, such a lot Jeopardy! lovers are religious. gazing the convey is valued as a regular ritual during which actual highbrow ability and encyclopedic wisdom (as against skinny Hollywood depictions comparable to these in Big Bang Theory or Rain Man) usually are not merely revered and put within the highlight, but in addition rewarded with nationwide status and prize winnings. Champion Ken Jennings (who contributes to this quantity) has gained over 3 million money and remained champion seventy-four instances. should you include Jeopardy! as an highbrow oasis within the arid barren region of pop culture, it's the geeks who shall inherit the earth.

Jeopardy!’s get together of mind and forward-thinking is easily famous all through pop culture and between all age teams. Ken Jennings, Chuck Forrest, and different all-time champions are close to celebrities, whereas the express itself usually reaches out via precise tournaments to various segments of yank tradition, corresponding to actors and musicians (Celebrity Jeopardy!), high-school and faculty scholars (Teen event and faculty Championship Jeopardy!) and senior electorate (Senior match Jeopardy!). nonetheless, regardless of its frequent appreciate and, a few may possibly whinge, conceited self-respect, neither the exhibit nor its lovers take themselves too heavily. Jokes approximately host Alex Trebek’s hair and well-known parodies of Jeopardy! on Saturday evening Live are as frequent as bizarre Al Yankovic’s MTV-mainstay “I misplaced on Jeopardy!” (to the music of “Our Love’s in Jeopardy”):

Don't understand what i used to be thinkin' of,
I bet I simply wasn't too bright.
Well, I yes wish I do better
Next weekend on The expense Is Right.

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Download E-books Bring the Noise: 20 Years of Writing About Hip Rock and Hip Hop PDF

Bring the Noise weaves jointly interviews, experiences, essays, and contours to create a serious heritage of the final two decades of popular culture, juxtaposing the voices of lots of rock and hip hop’s such a lot provocative artists—Morrissey, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, The Stone Roses, P.J. Harvey, Radiohead—with Reynolds’s personal passionate research. With the entire strength and perception you'll count on from the writer of Rip It Up and begin Again, Bring the Noise tracks the alternately fraught and fertile courting among white bohemia and black highway track. the decisions transmit the immediacy in their second whereas delivering a working statement at the broader enduring questions of race and resistance, multiculturalism, and department. From grunge to filth, from Madchester to the soiled South, Bring the Noise chronicles hip hop and replacement rock’s competing claims to be the leading edge of innovation and the voice of competition in an period of conservative backlash. Alert to either the shiny element and the large photo, Simon Reynolds has formed a compelling narrative that cuts throughout a thrillingly turbulent two-decade interval of dad music.

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