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Obituary for the Video Store

By Daniel Herbert

Released in January, my book Videoland has turned out to be something of an elegy, even an obituary, for the video store. Although certain stores and chains continue to flourish (Family Video in particular), the greater brick-and-mortar video rental business has largely vanished. Even great specialty stores that seemed to have strong community [more...]

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Hilary Hallett on the Women Who Made Hollywood

Columbia history professor Hilary Hallett has been getting some wonderful advance praise for her new book, Go West, Young Women!, which explores the influx of women in early Hollywood and their role in the development of Los Angeles and the nascent film industry. The Huffington Post included Go West, Young Women! in their list of 10 [more...]

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From Ghost World to Your World: Boom interviews graphic novelist Daniel Clowes

The latest issue of our journal Boom: A Journal of California (visit Boom’s web site), published this week, features an exclusive interview with Oakland artist and graphic novelist Daniel Clowes.

Clowes launched his career with the comic series Lloyd Llewellyn, about the adventures of a private detective, then went on to create the comic series Eightball, [more...]

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An Acquiring Eye: Mary Francis on Cinema and Music Books and Journals

In the newest Acquiring Eye feature, Humanities Publisher Mary Francis gives us her take on the music and cinema titles and journals coming out this spring.

Starting with one of the flagship publications from our Journals Division, Film Quarterly is always a treat to find in the mailbox.  Never an issue goes by when I don’t [more...]

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Deeper Context: The Nicest Kids in Town

One way to look at a publisher’s ultimate role is that they facilitate the conversation between the author and the reader, but if authors start developing their own sites as well as Matt F. Delmont did for the site to accompany his new book, The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and [more...]

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Author Reflections: Remembering Don Cornelius and Black Television Pioneers

The first entry in our Author Reflections series comes from Matt Delmont, author of The Nicest Kids in Town. In The Nicest Kids in Town, Matt deftly places the TV show American Bandstand squarely in the civil rights struggles going on in Philadelphia during the 1950s. Here, Matt shares his thoughts around the passing of [more...]

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Radical Light Coming to a Theater Near You

You don’t have to live in Northern California to experience Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000 on the big screen. The Radical Light Book, Film, and Video Tour will be hitting Los Angeles next week, and traveling throughout the United States in 2011–2012. Details for the L.A. screenings [more...]

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Book Launch: Radical Light

To celebrate the publication of Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive present an evening of light shows, multiple projection pieces, and film loops by Craig Baldwin, Gibbs Chapman, Scott Stark and the Overdub Club (Thad Povey, Lucio Menegon, [more...]

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Filmquarterly.org is now live!

Film Quarterly has been publishing substantial, peer-reviewed writing on motion pictures since 1958, earning a reputation as the most authoritative academic film journal in the United States. Its wide array of topics, perspectives, and approaches appeals to film scholars and film buffs alike.

And the all-new Filmquarterly.org is now live. There, you can:

Read free articles from [more...]

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The Junk Food of Journalism

W. Joseph Campbell recently appeared on C-SPAN to discuss his book, Getting it Wrong, in which he reveals how ten misreported news stories took hold and became media-driven myths — widely believed, but inaccurate stories by or about the news media. Campbell describes these tempting but insubstantial news tidbits as “the junk food of [more...]

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