Lucas Hilderbrand's Inherent Vice was reviewed in yesterday's Independent Weekly. Reviewer Gerry Canavan sees Hilderbrand's book as "a sort of love song to the VCR—one much needed in this age of YouTube." He also writes, "Hilderbrand presents a strong case that personal recording technologies
(in both analog and digital forms) represent a crucial site for both
political struggle and public action, even civil
disobedience—implicitly warning that fair use is something that needs
to be fought for or else it will be subsumed by copy-protection schemes
and corporate enclosure."
Wired calls Danny Wilcox Frazier's new documentary film version of his book Driftless: Photographs from Iowa "multimedia done right." Reviewing the premiere of the film in Brooklyn earlier this week, Bryan Derballa writes, "While the book is incredible for its raw intimacy and visual
sophistication, the multimedia package excels in narrative by allowing
these folks to tell their own stories. To achieve this, the piece
consists more of video than stills. Although, there are times that
static video shots could pass for one of Frazier’s outtakes until you
notice the clouds moving or an eye blinking. It’s a powerfully vivid
portrayal of life in Iowa."
On Sunday the Tamil Tigers admitted defeat at the hands of the Sri Lankan military, possibly bringing an end to a decades-long conflict which has claimed 70,000 lives. Readers who wish to understand more about Tamil culture can turn to Dennis McGilvray's book Crucible of Conflict: Tamil and Muslim Society on the East Coast of Sri Lanka. McGilvray, a leading anthropologist of the region, argues that any long-term resolution of the ethnic conflict must accommodate the East Coast region, in which Sinhalese Buddhists, Tamil Hindus, and Tamil-speaking Muslims are each a significant share of the population.
We were shocked to learn about the cancellation of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) conference in Japan. But even though the conference and book exhibit are not happening, you can still get a conference discount on all our great film and TV titles. Check out our online catalog and order your books at a 40% discount! Hope to see you at SCMS 2010 in Los Angeles.
Thomas F. Carter's anthropology book on baseball, The Quality of Home Runs, was reviewed in the April 30th edition of the Times Higher Education Supplement. Reviewer Matthew Reisz recognizes that such a book "could only have been written by someone with a deep love for the game." He also points out the importance of Carter's research by saying, "Carter's work proves just how illuminating it can be when sport's pleasures--and its inevitable links with politics and real life--are taken as seriously as they deserve to be."
Rebecca N. Hill, author of Men, Mobs, and Law: Anti-Lynching and Labor Defense in U.S. Radical History, will be appearing on "Law and Disorder" today with Michael Ratner. The interview can be heard on NYC's WBAI 99.5 FM at 10 am (EST). To listen to the podcast or read notes from the interview, click here.