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The Resource American mythologies, Marshall Blonsky

American mythologies, Marshall Blonsky

Label
American mythologies
Title
American mythologies
Statement of responsibility
Marshall Blonsky
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • What's it like to witness the moments that define a culture? Marshall Blonsky spent four years on three continents as a fly on the wall--albeit one with a doctorate in semiotics--watching the dreammakers of international culture construct the attitudes and lifestyles of the early 90s: Giorgio Armani, in his Milan studio, sketching a faux-humble sack suit that will usher in the penitent 90s. . . Vanna White in gold lame, sitting in her private hair studio wondering if Ted Koppel is mocking her. . . Costa-Gavras, cradling his son in Paris, revealing a secret about TV commercials. . . Stephen King describing a ghost he saw while laying his wife's coat on a bed at a party. . .Peter Greenaway turning deconstruction into chic films for those of us with a case of culture-ache. . . Yevgeny Yevtushenko cooking lunch in Moscow, telling a hair-raising tale about the former Soviet Union. Logging the air miles from Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Milan, Moscow, and Beverly Hills, Blonsky tells a mischievous, impudent tale of life and thought at the top of the cultural tower. When Russian TV star Vladimir Pozner calls him an agent (in whose service, he doesn't know) he touches on a device of this book. The author made himself a protean character, a soft-outlined creature now giving advice to "Nightline" producers, now pitching in on a porn shoot, now falling in behind Donald Trump on the dais of a Reagan banquet. He lived four years like an inquiring Rohrschach?sic? test, making his subjects show and tell "too much"--And thus give away the store. "He tricked me, seduced me," Merv Griffin said after the encounter. But the author is too mercurial to be merely a trickster. He is more a kind of Don Quixote travelling across our landscape of ugliness and deadly play, convening what is, in effect, a global town-meeting. TV anchors, artists, film directors, designers, photographers, writers, and editors: what they comprise is no less than a hidden order--a cultural power structure as important as the economic one. Whether grave, frivolous, boastful, or drunk, they enable us to grasp the logic of the ethical and cultural systems they are concocting to suit our new age of faxes and cellular phones, laptops and robots. They are creating a United States of Capitalism, an archipelago of privilege in a sea of misery. Who's in this archipelago? Who's out? American Mythologies decodes the unforeseen shifts in world power (including America's much debated "decline") while sketching in the coming shape of the world
  • What's it like to witness the moments that define a culture? Marshall Blonsky spent four years on three continents as a fly on the wall--albeit one with a doctorate in semiotics--watching the dreammakers of international culture construct the attitudes and lifestyles of the early 90s: Giorgio Armani, in his Milan studio, sketching a faux-humble sack suit that will usher in the penitent 90s. . . Vanna White in gold lame, sitting in her private hair studio wondering if Ted Koppel is mocking her. . . Costa-Gavras, cradling his son in Paris, revealing a secret about TV commercials. . . Stephen King describing a ghost he saw while laying his wife's coat on a bed at a party. . .Peter Greenaway turning deconstruction into chic films for those of us with a case of culture-ache. . . Yevgeny Yevtushenko cooking lunch in Moscow, telling a hair-raising tale about the former Soviet Union. Logging the air miles from Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Milan, Moscow, and Beverly Hills, Blonsky tells a mischievous, impudent tale of life and thought at the top of the cultural tower. When Russian TV star Vladimir Pozner calls him an agent (in whose service, he doesn't know) he touches on a device of this book. The author made himself a protean character, a soft-outlined creature now giving advice to "Nightline" producers, now pitching in on a porn shoot, now falling in behind Donald Trump on the dais of a Reagan banquet. He lived four years like an inquiring Rohrschach?sic? test, making his subjects show and tell "too much"--and thus give away the store. "He tricked me, seduced me," Merv Griffin said after the encounter. But the author is too mercurial to be merely a trickster. He is more a kind of Don Quixote travelling across our landscape of ugliness and deadly play, convening what is, in effect, a global town-meeting. TV anchors, artists, film directors, designers, photographers, writers, and editors: what they comprise is no less than a hidden order--a cultural power structure as important as the economic one. Whether grave, frivolous, boastful, or drunk, they enable us to grasp the logic of the ethical and cultural systems they are concocting to suit our new age of faxes and cellular phones, laptops and robots. They are creating a United States of Capitalism, an archipelago of privilege in a sea of misery. Who's in this archipelago? Who's out? American Mythologies decodes the unforeseen shifts in world power (including America's much debated "decline") while sketching in the coming shape of the world
Cataloging source
DLC
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Blonsky, Marshall
Dewey number
306.4/0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E169.12
LC item number
.B58 1991
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Popular culture
  • United States
  • Populaire cultuur
  • Culture populaire
  • Zivilisation
  • Aufsatzsammlung
  • Soziale Situation
Label
American mythologies, Marshall Blonsky
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Key to the Magic Kingdom / Umberto Eco -- Worldliness / Ronald Weintraub -- Mea Culpa -- 1: In Search of the Fountain of Looks -- 2: Portrait of the Model as an Endless Woman -- 3: My Life as an Underground Gourmet -- 4: The Switch of Pornography -- 5: The Courtier's Contempt: Helmut Newton's not so Beau Monde -- 6: The British Revolution in America -- 7: My Dinner with the Ecos... -- 8: ... and Ice Water with Bellini -- 9: Masturbating the Mouse: Milton Glaser Struggling with Simulation -- 10: Outrageous Fortune -- 11: Merv Griffin Dancing in the Dark -- 12: Ted Koppel: America's Grand Inquisitor -- 13: Dapper Death -- 14: A Tourist Guide to a Nightmare -- 15: Horror: The Last Stand of Hell -- 16: The Cutting Edge of Eco's Pendulum -- 17: Jingling Bells with Yevtushenko -- 18: Why Stop Now -- 19: Sort of an ABCs for the Early 90s
Control code
23144734
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxx, 517 pages
Isbn
9780195050622
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91007940
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1450857
Label
American mythologies, Marshall Blonsky
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Key to the Magic Kingdom / Umberto Eco -- Worldliness / Ronald Weintraub -- Mea Culpa -- 1: In Search of the Fountain of Looks -- 2: Portrait of the Model as an Endless Woman -- 3: My Life as an Underground Gourmet -- 4: The Switch of Pornography -- 5: The Courtier's Contempt: Helmut Newton's not so Beau Monde -- 6: The British Revolution in America -- 7: My Dinner with the Ecos... -- 8: ... and Ice Water with Bellini -- 9: Masturbating the Mouse: Milton Glaser Struggling with Simulation -- 10: Outrageous Fortune -- 11: Merv Griffin Dancing in the Dark -- 12: Ted Koppel: America's Grand Inquisitor -- 13: Dapper Death -- 14: A Tourist Guide to a Nightmare -- 15: Horror: The Last Stand of Hell -- 16: The Cutting Edge of Eco's Pendulum -- 17: Jingling Bells with Yevtushenko -- 18: Why Stop Now -- 19: Sort of an ABCs for the Early 90s
Control code
23144734
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxx, 517 pages
Isbn
9780195050622
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91007940
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1450857

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