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A Century of Films by Derek Malcolm

Godard, Ray (both of them), Cassavetes, Fuller, Renoir, Eisenstein, Altman, Rohmer, Chabrol, Lang, Truffaut, Ozu, and so on. If that partial list already has you salivating then you know where Malcolm is coming from. If not, prepare to be educated.


The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold by Kate Bernheimer- PopMatters Book Review

Like a near-death experience, her life flashes in front of our eyes, as time blurs and yesterday, today and tomorrow all vie for equal importance.


The Case of California by Aaron Beebe

It's been 10 years since 'The Case of California' was introduced to an eager and hungry PoMo culture. Perhaps I mistreat it by removing it from the context of Cultural Studies in 1991. Although we are participants in a young field, we've come a long way since those heady days.


A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer

It is a message that must never be forgotten in our legislatures, our schools, or our hearts.


Cyberselfish: A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture of High Tech by Paulina Borso

If the thesis that many of the dysfunctional get into tech careers because they couldn't handle human interaction is true, it also explains why so many become bullies when they achieve their goals.


The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy

The best approach to Ellroy is always to check your liberal tendencies at the door and trust in the cosmic justice that awaits all in the best tradition of 'noir'.


Circling Dixie: Contemporary Southern Culture Through a Transatlantic Lens by Helen Taylor

If [Helen Taylor] were from around here, we'd say she done her mama proud. We'd tell her this here book is so good it makes you want to slap your grandma.


Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America by Bradford W. Wright

[Bradford W.] Wright approaches the whole of comic book history, and while he suffers from a lack of analytical depth, he provides future scholars with an indispensable point of analytical departure.


Colonel Tom Parker: The Curious Life of Elvis Presley’s Eccentric Manager by James L. Dickerson

Whatever Elvis's other problems may have been, his biggest failing was his utter dependence upon his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.


Comics & Ideology by McAllister, Matthew, Edward Sewell, and Ian Gordon, ed

The basic argument is that Superman must constantly be reinvented in order to appeal to new readers.


Chienne de Guerre: A Woman Behind the Lines of the War in Chechnya by Anne Nivat

Physical distance from Chechnya, from Palestine/Israel, from Rowanda, Albania, Guatemala, Kurdistan, Macedonia, and so on, for those of us who feel we have such distance, provides psychological comfort only. It provides no protection from the fallout from these wars.


The Chastening: Inside the Crisis that Rocked the Global Financial System and Humbled the IMF by Pau

When you read about how close the US came to tail spinning into financial oblivion, it can send chills along your spine.


Chum by Mark Spitzer

...dark, violent, funny, visceral, and incredibly profane -- an icepick in the gut and a sledgehammer to the skull.


Complications: A Surgeon’s Note on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande -  PopMatters Book Review

Gawande's writing style lends itself well to his compassionate voice. He explains everything clearly, without either confusing medical jargon or condescension to the reader.


Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

In an interview with 'PopMatters', Chuck Palahniuk talks about his new novel 'Choke', Nine Inch Nails, dissecting cadavers, his favorite writers, creating instant ancient relics, and why it's not such a bad thing to be known as 'the 'Fight Club' guy.'"


The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

It is a veritable cornucopia of dysfunction, and because Franzen skewers American culture through the lens of one American family, the book has the potential to alienate large segments of the reading public, particularly, or at least in my experience, an older reading public.


Conspiracy Culture: From Kennedy to the X-Files by Peter Knight

... conspiracy theories are no longer the 'delusional rantings' of the fringe elements in society, but rather constitute 'many people's normal way of thinking about who they are and how the world works.'"


cool for you by Eileen Myles

Myles's voice is directed at the reader in a tone that veers between confession and questioning. Her stories are true, or at least they seem true to her.


Cobwebs and Whispers by Scott Thomas

All of the works in 'Cobwebs and Whispers' reflect a pagan sensibility, the forces of nature and darkness oftentimes at direct odds with Christianity, and always preceding and eventually overcoming it.


Bound and Gagged: Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy in America - PopMatters - Books - Reviews

Laura Kipnis’ Bound and Gagged dares to deconstruct the most reviled sub-genre of popular culture by looking into the dark heart of pornography and exposing


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