Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style

Author: Cintra Wilson

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393248402

Category: Design

Page: 352

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As the former New York Times Critical Shopper, and voted one of Fashionista's 50 Most Influential People in New York Fashion, Cintra Wilson knows something about clothes. And in Fear and Clothing, she imparts her no-holds-barred, totally outrageous, astute, and hilarious wisdom to the reader. Wilson reports the findings of her "fashion road trip" across the United States, a journey that took three years and ranges across the various economic "belt regions" of America: the Cotton, Rust, Bible, Sun, Frost, Corn, and Gun Belts. Acting as a kind of fashion anthropologist, she documents and decodes the sartorial sensibilities of Americans across the country. Our fashion choices, she argues, contain a riot of visual cues that tell everyone instantly who we are, where we came from, where we feel we belong, what we want, where we are going, and how we expect to be treated when we get there. With this philosophy in hand, she tackles and unpacks the meaning behind the uniforms of Washington DC politicians and their wives, the costumes of Kentucky Derby spectators, the attractive draw of the cowboy hat in Wyoming, and what she terms the "stealth wealth" of distressed clothing in Brooklyn. In this smart and rollicking book, Wilson illustrates how every closet is a declaration of the owner’s politics, sexuality, class, education, hopes, and dreams. With her signature wit and utterly irreverent humor, Wilson proves that, by donning our daily costume, we create our future selves, for good or ill. Indeed: your fate hangs in your closet. Dress wisely.

Fear and Clothing

Unbuckling American Fashion

Author: Cintra Wilson

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393081893

Category: Design

Page: 352

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Former New York Times columnist Cintra Wilson treks around America to decode the deeper meanings of this country s regional fashion statements."

A Massive Swelling: Celebrity Re-Examined As a Grotesque, Crippling Disease and Other Cultural Revelations

Author: Cintra Wilson

Publisher: Wilberforce Codex

ISBN: 0990574326

Category: Humor

Page: 150

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Whether you lust after it, loathe it, or feign apathy toward it, fame is in your face. Cintra Wilson gets to the heart of our humiliating fascination with celebrity and all its preposterous trappings in these hilarious, whip-smart, and subversive essays. Often radical and always a scream, Wilson takes on every sacred cow, toppling icons as diverse as Barbra Streisand, Ike Turner, Michael Jackson, and-for obvious reasons-Bruce Willis. She exposes events like the Oscars and even athletic jamborees as having grown a "tumescent aura of Otherness." Wilson's scathing and irresistible dissections of Las Vegas as "the Death Star of Entertainment," and Los Angeles as "a giant peach of a dream crawling with centipedes" pulse with her enlightened rejection of all things false and vain and egotistical. Written with her trademark zeal and intelligence, A Massive Swelling is the antidote for the fame virus that infects us all.

Caligula for President

Better American Living Through Tyranny

Author: Cintra Wilson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781608192465

Category: Humor

Page: 256

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In this inventive and biting satire, acclaimed novelist and cultural critic Cintra Wilson reimagines America's Manifest Destiny as helmed by Caligula, the only leader in world history capable of turning our floundering democracy into a fully functioning-and totally fun-tyranny, both here and abroad. With Caligula running the show, America will finally be able to achieve what the founding fathers really wanted, but never had the nerve to admit. Like, how to: Achieve the guilt-free looting of natural resources for the sake of immediate gratification; Declare war on abstract concepts (drugs, terror, the ocean) for the sake of imperial expansion; Utilize propaganda, psychological operations, and other prisoner-of-war techniques to create a sense of learned helplessness in the citizenry, gain their utterly terrified trust and obedience-and leave them begging for more; Rape, pillage, and loot-both here and abroad-with impunity Wilson also traces the historical arc of Caligula's life and not-so-hard times, from his privileged childhood in Syria to his ascent to power to his eventual takedown by the hands of an angry populace, to point out the unsettling parallels between his own extravagant reign and the avariciousness of other administrations, which helped usher in a new golden age of unlimited executive power. Part political parable, part cautionary tale, Caligula for President is an ingenious and hilarious send-up of the current state of our Union by one of this generation's sharpest satirists.

Colors Insulting to Nature

Author: Cintra Wilson

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007405251

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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A hilarious and original debut novel that skewers our craze for celebrity.

Splendid Slippers

A Thousand Years of an Erotic Tradition

Author: Beverley Jackson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781580082563

Category: Fiction

Page: 183

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An extraordinary exploration of footbinding that encompasses Chinese art and mythology, social and political history, and truly exotic eroticism. The author's vast collection of historical and contemporary photographs, plus 40 full-color "portraits" of her most prized slippers, creates a uniquely poignant and evocative panorama.

Warlike and Peaceful Societies

The Interaction of Genes and Culture

Author: Agner Fog

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

ISBN: 1783744065

Category: Psychology

Page: 364

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Are humans violent or peaceful by nature? We are both. In this ambitious and wide-ranging book, Agner Fog presents a ground-breaking new argument that explains the existence of differently organised societies using evolutionary theory. It combines natural sciences and social sciences in a way that is rarely seen. According to a concept called regality theory, people show a preference for authoritarianism and strong leadership in times of war or collective danger, but desire egalitarian political systems in times of peace and safety. These individual impulses shape the way societies develop and organise themselves, and in this book Agner argues that there is an evolutionary mechanism behind this flexible psychology. Incorporating a wide range of ideas including evolutionary theory, game theory, and ecological theory, Agner analyses the conditions that make us either strident or docile. He tests this theory on data from contemporary and ancient societies, and provides a detailed explanation of the applications of regality theory to issues of war and peace, the rise and fall of empires, the mass media, economic instability, ecological crisis, and much more. Warlike and Peaceful Societies: The Interaction of Genes and Culture draws on many different fields of both the social sciences and the natural sciences. It will be of interest to academics and students in these fields, including anthropology, political science, history, conflict and peace research, social psychology, and more, as well as the natural sciences, including human biology, human evolution, and ecology.

Style Bible

What to Wear to Work

Author: Lauren A. Rothman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351860631

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 232

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First impressions (and second ones!) count, whether you are an intern or a CEO. Lauren A. Rothman addresses an age-old dilemma: how to be appropriate and stylish in the workplace. Based on a decade of experience in the fashion industry, she addresses the basics of fashion and executive presence by offering advice, anecdotes, and style alerts that help readers avoid major fashion faux pas at the office. Style Bible: What to Wear to Work is the must-have resource for the modern professional, male or female, climbing the ladder of success. Lauren identifies the ultimate wardrobe essentials, and reveals shopping strategies and destinations for the everyday person. Style Bible, complete with helpful illustrations, is the go-to manual on how to dress for every professional occasion and a valuable resource for understanding dress codes by industry, city, and gender so that your visual cues will make a strong impact. Make a commitment to being better dressed at work with Style Bible.

Ametora

How Japan Saved American Style

Author: W. David Marx,David Marx

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465073875

Category: Design

Page: 296

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Look closely at any typically “American” article of clothing these days, and you may be surprised to see a Japanese label inside. From high-end denim to oxford button-downs, Japanese designers have taken the classic American look—known as ametora, or “American traditional”—and turned it into a huge business for companies like Uniqlo, Kamakura Shirts, Evisu, and Kapital. This phenomenon is part of a long dialogue between Japanese and American fashion; in fact, many of the basic items and traditions of the modern American wardrobe are alive and well today thanks to the stewardship of Japanese consumers and fashion cognoscenti, who ritualized and preserved these American styles during periods when they were out of vogue in their native land. In Ametora, cultural historian W. David Marx traces the Japanese assimilation of American fashion over the past hundred and fifty years, showing how Japanese trendsetters and entrepreneurs mimicked, adapted, imported, and ultimately perfected American style, dramatically reshaping not only Japan’s culture but also our own in the process.

Sex in the South

Unbuckling the Bible Belt

Author: Suzi Parker

Publisher: Justin Charles & Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 358

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In the South, sex is wrapped in plain brown paper, but tear open a corner and you will find stories of a den mother buying dildos, a school principal who is also a swinger, and a preacher that's a porn fiend. The author's saucy shots of Southern sin are sure to entertain.

Pantone on Fashion

A Century of Color in Design

Author: Pantone, LLC,Leatrice Eiseman,E. P. Cutler

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452130523

Category: Art

Page: 128

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Follow global color authority Pantone on this vivid journey through the rich history of color in fashion. Favorite hues and their appearances across the decades are profiled in informative text and copiously illustrated by runway photos and archival images. Track Bright Marigold from its heyday in the 1940s as Hermès' identifying hue to its showstopping appearance in Carolina Herrera's Spring/Summer 2013 collection, and trace Cyber Yellow from 1960s mod style to Anna Sui's 1990s punk-inspired looks. Complete with a survey of the industry-defining PANTONE Color of the Year, PANTONE on Fashion is the ultimate guide to the timeless shades the fashion world loves to love.

Where's Karl?

A Fashion-Forward Parody

Author: Stacey Caldwell,Ajiri A. Aki

Publisher: Potter Style

ISBN: 0553447939

Category: Design

Page: 48

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KARL LAGERFELD: ICONIC FASHION LEGEND Always on the go, Karl Lagerfeld is everywhere and nowhere all at once. Now, fictional fashion blogger Florence de la Sabine (you can call her Fleur) must find him-- surely an interview with him will set her website apart from the rest. But where will he turn up? Roll up your Alexander McQueen skull sleeves and bust out your vintage Chanel monocle as you follow Fleur all around the world's hottest fashion scenes searching for Monsieur Lagerfeld. Is he at The Met Gala in New York City? Strolling Coqui Coqui Beach in Tulum? On the slopes in St. Moritz? Directing a photo shoot in Dubai? In these stunning, full-color illustrations, you'll spot all of the industry's finest glitterati along the way, turning this book into a full-on game of who's who from Anna Wintour to Beyonce to Woody Allen to Kim Kardashian to Suri Cruise to Prince William, and many, many more.

To Love and Be Wise

Author: Josephine Tey

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684006316

Category: Fiction

Page: 223

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When a strikingly handsome young photographer mysteriously disappears, it's up to Inspector Alan Grant to discover whether he accidentally drowned, committed suicide, or met his death at the hands of one of his many female admirers.

The Vampire Armand

Author: Anne Rice

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0345464532

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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See the difference, read #1 bestselling author Anne Rice in Large Print * About Large Print All Random House Large Print editions are published in a 16-point typeface In the latest installment of The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice summons up dazzling worlds to bring us the story of Armand - eternally young, with the face of a Botticelli angel. Armand, who first appeared in all his dark glory more than twenty years ago in the now-classic Interview with the Vampire, the first of The Vampire Chronicles, the novel that established its author worldwide as a magnificent storyteller and creator of magical realms. Now, we go with Armand across the centuries to the Kiev Rus of his boyhood - a ruined city under Mongol dominion - and to ancient Constantinople, where Tartar raiders sell him into slavery. And in a magnificent palazzo in the Venice of the Renaissance we see him emotionally and intellectually in thrall to the great vampire Marius, who masquerades among humankind as a mysterious, reclusive painter and who will bestow upon Armand the gift of vampiric blood. As the novel races to its climax, moving through scenes of luxury and elegance, of ambush, fire, and devil worship to nineteenth-century Paris and today's New Orleans, we see its eternally vulnerable and romantic hero forced to choose between his twilight immortality and the salvation of his immortal soul. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The American Egypt

A Record of Travel in Yucatan

Author: Channing Arnold,Frederick J. Tabor Frost

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Mayas

Page: 391

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Mother Goose in Prose

Author: Lyman Frank Baum

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 265

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A collection of twenty-two nursery rhymes, including "Old King Cole" and "Little Bo-Peep," fashioned into full-length stories by the author of "The Wizard of Oz."



The Man who Designed the Future

Norman Bel Geddes and the Invention of Twentieth-century America

Author: B. Alexandra Szerlip

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 1612195628

Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Page: 396

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Before Steve Jobs, there was Norman Bel Geddes. Bel Geddes designed everything from the first all-weather stadium, to Manhattan's most exclusive nightclub, to Futurama, the prescient 1939 exhibit that showed how America would look in the near future. The book reveals precisely how central Bel Geddes was to the history of American innovation, design and culture.

The Lost Art of Dress

The Women Who Once Made America Stylish

Author: Linda Przybyszewski

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465080472

Category: Design

Page: 400

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A history of the women who taught Americans how to dress in the first half of the 20th century—and whose lessons we’d do well to remember today.