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When author and artist Daniel Thomas MacInnes dissects the pop culture universe, you better sit up and pay attention. Pop Life is a collection of essays, musings and personal memoirs on America in the Age of Pop with a keen critic's eye and a poet's heart. Essays are presented in four broad themes: film & television, music & audio, video games & politics, death & life. Wh When author and artist Daniel Thomas MacInnes dissects the pop culture universe, you better sit up and pay attention. Pop Life is a collection of essays, musings and personal memoirs on America in the Age of Pop with a keen critic's eye and a poet's heart. Essays are presented in four broad themes: film & television, music & audio, video games & politics, death & life. Whether the subject is Metallica, Lou Reed, Miles Davis, Pearl Jam, Atari, Pixar or the War on Terror, MacInnes unleashes his signature satirical, savage and insightful observations on life at the turn of the 21st Century. For followers of Chuck Klosterman, Hunter S. Thompson, Pauline Kael and Roger Ebert, this book is an absolute must, a journey through the joys and sorrows of life. Chapters and topics included in Pop Life include the following: Thoughts On Film & Television: A Charlie Brown Christmas; The Boondock Saints; Bullitt; Down on Skid Row; It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; Innocence: Gauche the Cellist; Ghost in the Shell 2; The Last Unicorn; The Marx Brothers; Million Dollar Baby; Napoleon Dynamite; Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis; Paprika; Pixar, Wall-e and Rubber Soul; Ratatouille; The Simpsons Movie; Studio Ghibli; and more. New Adventures in Hi-Fi: An Introduction to Your First Turntable; Babes in Toyland; The Beatles; Black Sabbath; Buffy Sainte-Marie; Miles Davis; DEVO; Future of Vinyl in a Digital Age; Herbie Hancock; Michael Jackson; MCS Direct Drive Turntables; Metallica; Pearl Jam; Elvis Presley; Lou Reed; Sony PS-X75 Turntable; Jack White; Frank Zappa; and more. Video Games of the Doomed: Atari 7800; Fire Shark; Frogger: Helmet Chaos; Mario Kart Wii; Metroid: Zero Mission; New Super Mario Brothers; NFL 2K1; Nintendo Wii U; Pac-Man Collection; Sega Dreamcast; Sonic Rush; Space Invaders Revolution; Super Mario Galaxy; World Series Baseball 98; and more. It's Life and Life Only: Am I a Genius Yet; Harvester of Sorrow; Ignorance is Strength; Jeffrey Miller; Life Inside the Overlook Hotel; Max Headroom; Pope John Paul II; Space Shuttle Columbia; The Man Who Walked Between the Towers; Timmy and the Giant Space Bug; Truth is the First Casualty of War; Wisdom Teeth in the United States of Stupid; and more.


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When author and artist Daniel Thomas MacInnes dissects the pop culture universe, you better sit up and pay attention. Pop Life is a collection of essays, musings and personal memoirs on America in the Age of Pop with a keen critic's eye and a poet's heart. Essays are presented in four broad themes: film & television, music & audio, video games & politics, death & life. Wh When author and artist Daniel Thomas MacInnes dissects the pop culture universe, you better sit up and pay attention. Pop Life is a collection of essays, musings and personal memoirs on America in the Age of Pop with a keen critic's eye and a poet's heart. Essays are presented in four broad themes: film & television, music & audio, video games & politics, death & life. Whether the subject is Metallica, Lou Reed, Miles Davis, Pearl Jam, Atari, Pixar or the War on Terror, MacInnes unleashes his signature satirical, savage and insightful observations on life at the turn of the 21st Century. For followers of Chuck Klosterman, Hunter S. Thompson, Pauline Kael and Roger Ebert, this book is an absolute must, a journey through the joys and sorrows of life. Chapters and topics included in Pop Life include the following: Thoughts On Film & Television: A Charlie Brown Christmas; The Boondock Saints; Bullitt; Down on Skid Row; It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; Innocence: Gauche the Cellist; Ghost in the Shell 2; The Last Unicorn; The Marx Brothers; Million Dollar Baby; Napoleon Dynamite; Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis; Paprika; Pixar, Wall-e and Rubber Soul; Ratatouille; The Simpsons Movie; Studio Ghibli; and more. New Adventures in Hi-Fi: An Introduction to Your First Turntable; Babes in Toyland; The Beatles; Black Sabbath; Buffy Sainte-Marie; Miles Davis; DEVO; Future of Vinyl in a Digital Age; Herbie Hancock; Michael Jackson; MCS Direct Drive Turntables; Metallica; Pearl Jam; Elvis Presley; Lou Reed; Sony PS-X75 Turntable; Jack White; Frank Zappa; and more. Video Games of the Doomed: Atari 7800; Fire Shark; Frogger: Helmet Chaos; Mario Kart Wii; Metroid: Zero Mission; New Super Mario Brothers; NFL 2K1; Nintendo Wii U; Pac-Man Collection; Sega Dreamcast; Sonic Rush; Space Invaders Revolution; Super Mario Galaxy; World Series Baseball 98; and more. It's Life and Life Only: Am I a Genius Yet; Harvester of Sorrow; Ignorance is Strength; Jeffrey Miller; Life Inside the Overlook Hotel; Max Headroom; Pope John Paul II; Space Shuttle Columbia; The Man Who Walked Between the Towers; Timmy and the Giant Space Bug; Truth is the First Casualty of War; Wisdom Teeth in the United States of Stupid; and more.

8 review for Pop Life: Essays on Movies, Music, Games and Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emilie

    While the content is generally good, entertaining, and insightful as par the course with MacInnes, my 3 star rating comes from the organization, which I think could have been tighter. While organizing these into sections based on topic is good (movies, music, personal essays, etc.), within the sections, there is a tendency to jump in time a bit (ex. one minute, an essay is dealing with the Age of Trump, the next we're back to the initial protests of the Iraq War) which is confusing, especially s While the content is generally good, entertaining, and insightful as par the course with MacInnes, my 3 star rating comes from the organization, which I think could have been tighter. While organizing these into sections based on topic is good (movies, music, personal essays, etc.), within the sections, there is a tendency to jump in time a bit (ex. one minute, an essay is dealing with the Age of Trump, the next we're back to the initial protests of the Iraq War) which is confusing, especially since DTM often builds upon ideas in previously written essays. There are also points where it's clear this is a compiled collection of blog posts, with the essays mentioning there are images attached despite the book having no images. It feels a bit sloppy that way. Neither of these things are huge flaws on their own, but they are a little distracting and make the book feel rougher than it needs to be. Of course, the material within is good. Once again, even if you don't agree with DTM's opinions, he still makes you think and he is never ever boring. (I do wish he'd write a book of essays on his 50 Great Movies list... that would be something!)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Daniel MacInnes

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tanmay Parashar

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lucas

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karsten Jensen

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ruther

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ariolander

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