Finding McLuhan: The Mind / The Man / The Message
Edited by Jaqueline McLeod Rogers with a chapter by Elizabeth Birmingham and Kevin Brooks
Fifty years ago, Tom Wolfe asked this now famous question of Marshall McLuhan: "what if he is right?" Fifty years later, McLuhan's biographer, Douglas Coupland; his sons, Eric and Michael McLuhan; and sixteen scholars explore in this dynamic collection the many ways in which he was, indeed, right.
Engaging with McLuhan's remarkable legacy and responding to his call to participate actively in understanding technologies, Finding McLuhan offers relevant and timely insights for readers encountering him for the first time and for those re-encountering and re-evaluating him.
With a robust line-up of established scholars and newer voices from different disciplinary traditions, this volume offers multiple sites of entry ranging from theories of landscape and art, aboriginal innovations and medical instruments, to practical pedagogical and rhetorical applications. It concludes with three short, insightful interviews with Douglas Coupland, Eric McLuhan and Michael McLuhan, who provide intimate glimpses into McLuhan as friend, colleague, husband, and father.
Purchase: University of Regina Press
Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy: The Real and the Cereal (Open Court Publishing Company, 2012)
Edited by Seth Vannatta, with a chapter by Kevin Brooks
Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy
Stop having sex, put down that joint, and leave the spoon in the Cocoa Puffs. Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy is enough to satisfy your love of low culture, high culture, cheap thrills, metaphysics, and Axl Rose.
Scratch that. Have sex while you read this book. It will change your life. Just do it unironically, okay?
If you want to read a book about a curmudgeon written by a bunch of professional navel-gazers, you’ve found it. If you don’t want to read a book about a curmudgeon written by a bunch of professional navel-gazers, what are you doing in the philosophy section, you fucking hipster? Just go buy some bookmarks of cats playing with yarn to impress that woman you’re with. She doesn’t like you anyway, she just wishes you were Lloyd Dobler.
“In Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy, Chuck’s philosophical followers argue about what he means. Plato meets Kierkegaard meets Glam Rock meets the ’86 Celtics meets the Boys’ Club. For thinking people it’s very very fun—and pretty funny as well.”—Doug Anderson, co-editor of Bruce Springsteen and Philosophy: Darkness on the Edge of Truth
“This book exists because someone might buy it. More specifically, this book exists because the kind of someone who never buys books about philosophy might buy this one, for motives totally unrelated to philosophical inquiry. I’m not authentically famous but I’m ‘famous enough’.”—Chuck Klosterman, from the Epilogue
Purchase: Open Court Publishing Company
African Soul, American Heart: The Documentary (Flat Valley Production, 2009)
Director: Deb Dawson; Actor: Joseph Akol Makeer
Writers: Deb Dawson, Kevin Brooks
African Soul, American Heart is a dream in the heart of Joseph Akol Makeer, one of nearly 4000 Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan resettled in America. Now a college graduate, author of the memoir "From Africa to America: The Journey of a Lost Boy of Sudan," and father to three children born in the United States, Joseph is troubled by memories of the orphans he left behind. After years of war, returning refugees are finding their villages burned, the water contaminated, the cattle gone, and their way of life destroyed.
"African Soul, American Heart" retraces the journey of the Lost Boys from Sudan to Ethiopia to Kenya and follows Joseph back to the Kenyan refugee camp and the Sudanese village where he was born. Focusing on the orphans, Joseph interviews officials, clergy, and the children themselves, learning there are more than 2100 orphans in this village of 19,000. They need food, shelter, clothing, and medical care, and they dream of going to school.
Back in America, he shares his plan to build a boarding facility to nurture these orphans and retain their ties to village life. Joseph knows in his soul that if these children are helped, "they will be good leaders in our nation and in our world."