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Title:Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Neal Gabler
Publisher:Vintage
ISBN:0375706534
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Number of Pages:320
Category:Non fiction, History, Film, Philosophy, Sociology, Cultural, Criticism

Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality by Neal Gabler

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality A thoughtful in places chilling account of the way entertainment values have hollowed out American life i The New York Times Book Review i .

From one of America s most original cultural critics and the author of b Winchell b the story of how our bottomless appetite for novelty gossip glamour and melodrama has turned everything of importance from news and politics to religion and high culture into one vast public entertainment .

Neal Gabler calls them lifies those blockbusters written in the medium of life that dominate the media and the national conversation for weeks months even years the death of Princess Diana the trial of O J Simpson Kenneth Starr vs William Jefferson Clinton Real Life as Entertainment is hardly a new phenomenon but the movies and now the new information technologies have so accelerated it that it is now the reigning popular art form How this came to pass and just what it means for our culture and our personal lives is the subject of this witty concerned and sometimes eye opening book

Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

From Neal Gabler the definitive portrait of one of the most important figures in twentieth century American entertainment and cultural history br Seven years in the making and meticulously researched Gabler is the first writer to be given complete access to the Disney archives this is the full story of a man whose work left an ineradicable brand on our culture but whose life has largely been enshrouded in myth br Gabler shows us the young Walt Disney breaking free of a heartland childhood of discipline and deprivation and making his way to Hollywood We see the visionary whose desire for escape honed an innate sense of what people wanted to see on the screen and when combined with iron determination and obsessive perfectionism led him to the reinvention of animation It was Disney first with Mickey Mouse and then with his feature films most notably i Snow White i i Pinocchio i i Fantasia i i Dumbo i and i Bambi i who transformed animation from a novelty based on movement to an art form that presented an illusion of life br We see him reimagine the amusement park with Disneyland prompting critics to coin the word i Disneyfication i to describe the process by which reality can be modified to fit one s personal desires At the same time he provided a new way to connect with American history through his live action films and purveyed a view of the country so coherent that even today one can speak meaningfully of Walt Disney s America We see how the True Life Adventure nature documentaries he produced helped create the environmental movement by sensitizing the general public to issues of conservation And we see how he reshaped the entertainment industry by building a synergistic empire that combined film television theme parks music book publishing and merchandise in a way that was unprecedented and was later widely imitated br Gabler also reveals a wounded lonely and often disappointed man who despite worldwide success was plagued with financial problems much of his life suffered a nervous breakdown and at times retreated into pitiable seclusion in his workshop making model trains Gabler explores accusations that Disney was a red baiter an anti Semite an embittered alcoholic But whatever the characterizations of Disney s personal life he appealed to the nation by demonstrating the power of wish fulfillment and the triumph of the American imagination Walt Disney showed how one could impose one s will on the world br This is a masterly biography a revelation of both the work and the man of both the remarkable accomplishment and the hidden life


An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood

Winner of the i Los Angeles Times i Book Award for history this wonderful history of the golden age of the movie moguls i Chicago Tribune i is a provocative original and richly entertaining group biography of the Jewish immigrants who were the moving forces behind the creation of America s motion picture industry


Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality

A thoughtful in places chilling account of the way entertainment values have hollowed out American life i The New York Times Book Review i br br From one of America s most original cultural critics and the author of b Winchell b the story of how our bottomless appetite for novelty gossip glamour and melodrama has turned everything of importance from news and politics to religion and high culture into one vast public entertainment br br Neal Gabler calls them lifies those blockbusters written in the medium of life that dominate the media and the national conversation for weeks months even years the death of Princess Diana the trial of O J Simpson Kenneth Starr vs William Jefferson Clinton Real Life as Entertainment is hardly a new phenomenon but the movies and now the new information technologies have so accelerated it that it is now the reigning popular art form How this came to pass and just what it means for our culture and our personal lives is the subject of this witty concerned and sometimes eye opening book


Winchell: Gossip, Power, and the Culture of Celebrity

Hailed as the most important and entertaining biography in recent memory Gabler s account of the life of fast talking gossip columnist and radio broadcaster Walter Winchell fuses meticulous research with a deft grasp of the cultural nuances of an era when virtually everyone who mattered paid homage to Winchell Time of photos


Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power

b An enthralling appreciation of the monumentally gifted popular artist and cultural icon who challenged Hollywood s standards of beauty and glamour b br br Barbra Streisand has been called the most successful talented performer of her generation by i Vanity Fair i and her voice said pianist Glenn Gould is one of the natural wonders of the age Streisand scaled the heights of entertainment from a popular vocalist to a first rank Broadway star in i Funny Girl i to an Oscar winning actress to a producer and director But she has also become a cultural icon who has transcended show business To achieve her success Brooklyn born Streisand had to overcome tremendous odds not the least of which was her Jewishness Dismissed insulted even reviled when she embarked on a show business career for acting too Jewish and looking too Jewish she brilliantly converted her Jewishness into a metaphor for outsiderness that would eventually make her the avenger for anyone who felt marginalized and powerless br br Neal Gabler examines Streisand s life and career through this prism of otherness a Jew in a gentile world a self proclaimed homely girl in a world of glamour a kooky girl in a world of convention and shows how central it was to Streisand s triumph as one of the voices of her age


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Television's Changing Image of American Jews

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Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land

Yiddish is everywhere We hear words like i nosh i i schlep i and i schmutz i all the time but how did these words come to pepper American English In i Yiddishkeit Jewish Vernacular and the New Land i Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle trace the influence of Yiddish from medieval Europe to the tenements of New York s Lower East Side This comics anthology contains original stories by notable writers and artists such as Barry Deutsch Peter Kuper Spain Rodriguez and Sharon Rudahl Through illustrations comics art and a full length play four major themes are explored culture performance assimilation and the revival of the language The last fully realized work by Harvey Pekar this book is a thoughtful compilation that reveals the far reaching influences of Yiddish br br Praise for i Yiddishkeit br br i The book is about what Neal Gabler in his introduction labels Jewish sensibility It pervades this volume which he acknowledges is messy he writes You really can t define Yiddishkeit neatly in words or pictures You sort of have to feel it by wading into it The book does this with gusto i New York Times i br br i Yiddishkeit i is as colorful bawdy and charming as the culture it seeks to represent i Print i magazine br every bit of it brimming with the charm and flavor of its subject and seamlessly meshing with the text to create a genuinely compelling scholarly comics experience b b i Publishers Weekly br i br i Yiddishkeit i is a book that truly informs about Jewish culture and in the process challenges readers to pick apart their own vocabulary i Chicago Tribune i a postvernacular tour de force i The Forward br br i A fascinating and enlightening effort that takes full use of the graphic storytelling medium in an insightful and revelatory way i i i The Miami Herald br i br With a loving eye Pekar and Buhle extract moments and personalities from Yiddish history i Hadassah i br gorgeous comix style portraits of Yiddish writers br i Tablet i br br Yiddishkeit has managed to survive if just barely not because there are individuals dedicated to its survival though there are but because Yiddishkeit is an essential part of both the Jewish and the human experience br Neal Gabler author of i An Empire of Their Own How the Jews Invented Hollywood i from his introduction br


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