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Mikita Brottman
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Mikita Brottman is an author, psychoanalyst, and chair of the humanities program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. Her book, The Solitary Vice, was published as a PopMatters imprint in 2008 (see 1 of 3 excerpts here). She lives in Ojai, California. Her website is available here.


Thursday, June 19 2008

The Solitary Vice: Has Reading Really Made You a Better Person?

In this third excerpt of PopMatters' first book, The Solitary Vice: Against Reading, by Mikita Brottman, Brottman tells us about the dark, pathological side of reading.

Tuesday, May 13 2008

The Solitary Vice: You Can Always Watch the Movie, Instead

In this second excerpt of PopMatters' first book, The Solitary Vice: Against Reading, Mikita Brottman suggests an easy out when you don’t want to read the book.

Sunday, April 6 2008

The Solitary Vice: Remove the 'Guilt' from 'Guilty Pleasures'

PopMatters unveils its first book, The Solitary Vice: Against Reading, by Mikita Brottman, in this first excerpt and author interview. Brottman wonders, Just what's so great about reading, anyway?

Thursday, March 20 2008

In Print and In Conversation: Rocco Versaci

Surprising though it may be to PopMatters readers, there are those who still feel that a taste for comic books is a sign of arrested development, or wasted youth.


Tuesday, July 7 2009

The Curse of Monkey-Eared People

Nothing like a new iPhone to make one feel self-conscious about one’s ears.

Monday, April 20 2009

The Special Bus

Esotouric offers the connoisseur of crime a selection of tours round the infamous hot-spots of L.A’s darkest neighborhoods.

Tuesday, May 27 2008

Surton Girls

The girls collected in Surton's photographs evoke butterflies pinned to a board in the dusty attic of a lonely lepidopterist.

Monday, May 5 2008

E-mails from the Dead

Like a cyber séance, of sorts, these Internet services have become a means for the dead to speak to the living.

Tuesday, March 25 2008

Customer Feedback

Some Amazon buyers serve as "culture jammers", expressing their contempt for advertisers through simple acts of creative customer feedback.

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Tuesday, March 18 2008

Sway by Zachary Lazar

Reading this book is like taking a ride a dark, scary ghost train. Only in retrospect can you look back and see where you’ve been.

Wednesday, January 30 2008

The Executioners Bible by Steve Fielding

Hanging people is a messy business, and most of those in the trade, however eager they may have been to take the job at first, before long would be traumatized by the scenes they were forced to witness and take part in.

Wednesday, January 2 2008

Sleaze Artists by Jeffrey Sconce

It must surely be daunting for any young film scholar with an interest in trash to come face to face with the volume of academic work that’s been done on once-disreputable movies.

Tuesday, December 11 2007

The Gothic by Gilda Williams

As this volume makes clear, there's nothing new about the Gothic culture, which goes back, well, to the Goths.

Wednesday, September 19 2007

Hotel Theory by Wayne Koestenbaum

An exhaustive, exhausting exploration, evisceration, analysis and autopsy of the author’s obsession with the phenomenon of the hotel, both edifice and state of mind.


Saturday, June 9 2007

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