Here are some of our books on reality television.
Let's concede that reality television is inherently unreal. It's
edited, and the shows have an artificial hook - i.e. you must betray
others to win, lose weight in a certain kind of environment, etc...
What's going on here? Some great critics in these books take on hidden meanings and assumptions of these shows.
You've found a great book in the catalog but when you go to the shelf - it's not there! What now?
1. Someone may have taken the book to read inside the library or is
storing it inside a study room (without it being checked out). Solution:
tell the circulation desk and they will go search for your item. That
process may take 1-2 days or more.
Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) wrote on the economy of cities in an accessible yet profound manner. Her work is recommended for people interested in unintended consequences and hidden relationships of personal relationships, urban spaces and the economy. Learn to ask deeper questions and develop your analytical tools!
Jacobs is a highly readable author who asks interesting questions like:
Why loosely structured and inefficient economies are better suited to survive change.
Why cities predated agriculture as we know it.
Why some villages grow into cities and some do not.
How the design of urban spacies can either promote order or hinder it.
With the publication of Where the Wild Things Are in 1963, Sendak felt that he had ended his apprenticeship. His childhood experiences, years of illustrations for other authors' books, and psychoanalysis came together in the fantasies of Max, the boy in the story who is sent to bed without his supper, and the monsters he encounters in the world of the wild things. The story is rooted in the very real fears that children have of being left alone or not cared for by their parents. Many critics and child psychologists, such as Bruno Bettelheim, felt that the book was too scary for sensitive children. Sendak was vindicated when the book won the Caldecott Medal in 1964. In his acceptance speech, he said, "from their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, they continually cope with frustrations as best they can. And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things."
Ronson is also well-known for interviewing the paranoid and the conspiracy theorists. In the process, he subtly deconstructs the subjects' own psychological problems without ever overtly saying anything (he's British after all).
His journalistic style is low-key and British. Ronson generally asks his odd subjects dead-pan questions and gets them to reveal much about their worldview.
Recommended for fans of non-fiction writing, journalism, and studying the art of interviewing.