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Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory

by Mickey Rapkin

Pitch Perfectis a behind-the-scenes look at the bizarre, often inspiring world of collegiate a cappella groups. The first collegiate a cappella group, the Yale Whiffenpoofs, was founded by Cole Porter back in 1909. But what had been largely an Ivy League phenomenon has, in the past fifteen years, exploded. And it's not what you think. There are now more than 1,200 a cappella groups at colleges across the country. The very best of these collegiate groups square off in the annual International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella--a showdown marked by wrenching close calls and exhilarating triumphs. And, really, where else can you hear Michael Jackson's "Bad" in four-part harmony? In Pitch Perfect, GQ editor Mickey Rapkin follows a season in a cappella through all its twists and turns, covering the breathtaking displays of vocal talent, the groupies (yes, a cappella singers have groupies), the rockstar partying (and run-ins with the law), and all the bitter rivalries. Along the way are encounters with boldfaced names such as President George W. Bush, Prince, David Letterman, Barack Obama, Barbra Streisand, Hillary Clinton, Marisa Tomei, Amanda Bynes, Nick Lachey, Merv Griffin, Jim Carrey, Microsoft's Paul Allen, John Legend, and Jessica Biel. At the heart of the narrative are three a cappella groups whose interactions are anything but harmonious: the historic Tufts Beelzebubs, founded more than forty years ago with 40,000 albums sold since--and struggling to record a new album that lives up to the hype; Divisi of the University of Oregon, a relatively new, all-female group attempting to overcome a loss in the 2005 championship; and the University of Virginia Hullabahoos, the so-called bad boys of collegiate a cappella, who will attempt to compete on a higher level this year while retaining their casual soul. Bringing a lively new twist to America's fascination with talent showdowns and peerless performers, Pitch Perfect is sure to strike a chord with readers.

The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company

by David A. Price

The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it. With the help of animating genius John Lasseter and visionary businessman Steve Jobs, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E,and others. David A. Price goes behind the scenes of the corporate feuds between Lasseter and his former champion, Jeffrey Katzenberg, as well as between Jobs and Michael Eisner. And finally he explores Pixar's complex relationship with the Walt Disney Company as it transformed itself into the $7.4 billion jewel in the Disney crown.

The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News

by Roger Mudd

Famed journalist and broadcast anchor Roger Mudd recounts his days with CBS and how that news bureau operated during its heady days as a global information leader. From the congressional debate during the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to Mudd's departure from CBS in 1980, he offers an insider's glimpse into the political events of the last half of the twentieth century with an informative, episodic narrative structure. Mudd offers equal doses of humor and meaning with each story of this memoir, which should appeal to anyone who has followed his career through the decades. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

The Plague Lords of Ruel (Lone Wolf Gamebook #13)

by Joe Dever

You are Grand Master Lone Wolf, last of the Kai Lords of Sommerlund and sole survivor of a massacre that wiped out the First Order of your elite warrior caste. It is the year MS 5075 and twenty-five years have passed since your brave kinsmen perished at the hands of the Darklords of Helgedad. These champions of evil, who were sent forth by Naar, the King of the Darkness, to destroy the fertile world of Magnamund, have themselves since been destroyed. You vowed to avenge the murder of the Kai and you kept your pledge, for it was you who brought about their downfall when alone you infiltrated their foul domain--the Darklands--and caused the destruction of their leader, Archlord Gnaag, and the core of their cancerous power that was the infernal city of Helgedad.

The Plan to Keep America Awesome

by Frank J. Fleming

The United States of America is the greatest country on earth. That's not good enough. Frank J. Fleming, author of the satire Obama: The Greatest President in the History of Everything and a leading authority on America's awesomeness, strikes back against the doom and gloom about America's future with a plan to ensure the United States's greatness for years to come. Fleming's solution aren't the usual small-minded ideas you hear from politicians and pundits, but the bold, unique ideas that the greatest country on earth deserves--ideas that will solve all of America's problems, forever! Fleming offers simple, common sense ideas to make sure our best years are ahead of us, such as: Simplify Supreme Court cases Outlaw whining Consolidate and reduce the number of countries worldwide Conquer and dominate the environment End border disputes by making sure no other country touches us Launch a nuclear strike against the moon for world peace These aren't solutions you'll find anywhere else. They're the outside the box thinking that America needs. Fleming hopes to make the United States so much more than a shining city on a hill: With How to Fix Everything in America Forever, Fleming helps us see the path towards making the US a blazing inferno on a mountaintop that will fill the world with fear and awe for generations to come.

Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar... Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes

by Thomas Cathcart Daniel Klein

Finally a crash course in philosophy via jokes. Gags really do explain the meaning of it all in this lively book, loaded with one-liners, vaudeville humor, cartoons, and even a limerick or two. A hilarious but profound tour de farce through Western philosophy covering such topics as: Logic (Sherlock Holmes never deduced anything!) Existentialism (You haven't lived until you think about death all the time) Ethics (The Sopranos' contribution to the Golden Rule) and Language (It all depends on what your definition of "is" is.)

The Play Goes On: A Memoir

by Neil Simon

In his critically acclaimed Rewrites, Neil Simon talked about his beginnings -- his early years of working in television, his first real love, his first play, his first brush with failure, and, most moving of all, his first great loss. Simon's same willingness to open his heart to the reader permeates The Play Goes On. This second act takes the reader from the mid-1970s to the present, a period in which Simon wrote some of his most popular and critically acclaimed plays, including the Brighton Beach trilogy and Lost in Yonkers, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. Simon experienced enormous professional success during this time, but in his personal life he struggled to find that same sense of happiness and satisfaction. After the death of his first wife, he and his two young daughters left New York for Hollywood. There he remarried, and when that foundered he remarried again. Told with his characteristic humor and unflinching sense of irony, The Play Goes On is rich with stories of how Simon's art came to imitate his life. Simon's forty-plus plays make up a body of work that is a long-running memoir in its own right, yet here, in a deeper and more personal book than his first volume, Simon offers a revealing look at an artist in crisis but still able and willing to laugh at himself.

Play, Louis, Play!: The True Story of a Boy and his Horn

by Muriel Harris Weinstein

The book delivers a rollicking biography of jazz great Louis Armstrong's childhood, told from the perspective of his dearest companion--his horn.

Playboy: Blondes

by James R. Petersen

From Playboy's classic archives comes a trilogy of mini volumes, each devoted to a certain hair color destined to quicken a man's pulse. Blonde? Brunette? Redhead? In the fifties, sixties, and seventies, it seemed like all the Playboy models, not just blondes, had more fun. Building sandcastles in the buff, romping on tiger skin rugs, or starting pillow fights, beauties of every tress are captured in these timeless color photographs. Playboy contributing editor James R. Petersen introduces each book with a heartfelt text, and witty quotes are sprinkled throughout. At once evocative and whimsical, this handsome collection is a perfect gift for a gentleman--whether he prefers a blonde, marries a brunette, or has always had a thing for a redhead.

Playboy: Brunettes

by James R. Petersen

From Playboy's classic archives comes a trilogy of mini volumes, each devoted to a certain hair color destined to quicken a man's pulse. Blonde? Brunette? Redhead? In the fifties, sixties, and seventies, it seemed like all the Playboy models, not just blondes, had more fun. Building sandcastles in the buff, romping on tiger skin rugs, or starting pillow fights, beauties of every tress are captured in these timeless color photographs. Playboy contributing editor James R. Petersen introduces each book with a heartfelt text, and witty quotes are sprinkled throughout. At once evocative and whimsical, this handsome collection is a perfect gift for a gentleman--whether he prefers a blonde, marries a brunette, or has always had a thing for a redhead.

Playboy: The Celebrities

by Hugh Hefner Gary Cole

From Marilyn Monroe to Cindy Crawford, Linda Evans to Farrah Fawcett, Playboy has celebrated the sensuality (and even launched a few careers) of celebrities for more than fifty years. Here, in all their glory, are over 150 breathtaking photographs of the magazine's most famous heavenly bodies. Celebrity models such as Naomi Campbell and Stephanie Seymour, Playmates Jenny McCarthy and Pamela Anderson, rockers such as Debbie Harry, and many more reveal all--posing for equally renowned photographers such as Herb Ritts and David LaChapelle. With an introduction by Hugh Hefner himself and an afterword by Gary Cole, the magazine's director of photography for the past 30 years, this definitive collection from Playboy is a potent portfolio of celebrity nudes.

Playboy: Redheads

by James R. Petersen

From Playboy's classic archives comes a trilogy of mini volumes, each devoted to a certain hair color destined to quicken a man's pulse. Blonde? Brunette? Redhead? In the fifties, sixties, and seventies, it seemed like all the Playboy models, not just blondes, had more fun. Building sandcastles in the buff, romping on tiger skin rugs, or starting pillow fights, beauties of every tress are captured in these timeless color photographs. Playboy contributing editor James R. Petersen introduces each book with a heartfelt text, and witty quotes are sprinkled throughout. At once evocative and whimsical, this handsome collection is a perfect gift for a gentleman--whether he prefers a blonde, marries a brunette, or has always had a thing for a redhead.

Playboys and Killjoys: An Essay on the Theory and Practice of Comedy

by Harry Levin

Harry Levin--one of America's major literary critics--offers a brilliant and original study of the whole world of comedy, concentrating on playwrights through the centuries, from Aristophanes and Plautus in classical times to Bernard Shaw and Bertolt Brecht and their recent successors. Viewing the comic repertory as a richly varied yet broadly unified whole, Levin provides a synthesis of theories and practice. Isolating two fundamental aspects of comedy--the ludicrous and irreverent "playboy," whom we laugh with, and the ridiculous and forbidding "killjoy," whom we laugh at--he traces the dialectical interplay of these components throughout history and across various cultures and media. While mainly focusing on the plays and the stage, with discussions of such major dramatists as Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Moliere, and William Congreve, Levin also includes essays on such related topics as humor, satire, and games.

Playing Shakespeare: An Actor's Guide

by John Barton Trevor Nunn

Now in its first American edition,Playing Shakespeare is the premier guide to understanding and appreciating the mastery of the world's greatest playwright. Together with Royal Shakespeare Company actors-among them Patrick Stewart, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Ben Kingsley, and David Suchet-John Barton demonstrates how to adapt Elizabethan theater for the modern stage. The director begins by explicating Shakespeare's verse and prose, speeches and soliloquies, and naturalistic and heightened language to discover the essence of his characters. In the second section, Barton and the actors explore nuance in Shakespearean theater, from evoking irony and ambiguity and striking the delicate balance of passion and profound intellectual thought, to finding new approaches to playing Shakespeare's most controversial creation, Shylock, from The Merchant of Venice. A practical and essential guide,Playing Shakespeare will stand for years as the authoritative favorite among actors, scholars, teachers, and students.

Playing to the Camera

by Thomas Cohen

Playing to the Camera is the first full-length study devoted to the musical performance documentary. Its scope ranges from music education films to punk rock concert films to experimental video art featuring modernist music. Unlike the 'music under' produced for movies by anonymous musicians sequestered in recording studios, on-screen 'live' performances remind us of the relation between music and the bodies that produce it. Leaving aside analysis of the film score to explore the link between moving images and musical movement as physical gesture, this volume asks why performance has so often been derided as a mere skill whereas composition is afforded the status of art, a question that opens onto a broader critique of attitudes regarding mental and physical labor in Western culture.

Playing with Boys

by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Each a Latina in her late 20's -take Los Angeles by storm Marcella, Olivia and Alexis have bonded not only over the trouble with men but about how tough it is to make life work in L.A. no matter what you do. Marcella is a hot young television actress, hardly able to enjoy the life she's bought for herself and certainly not enjoying her body, which is never quite perfect enough. Olivia's boy is her toddler son-and she's tethered to him and to her suburban mommy track so tightly the other girls sometimes cringe. Alexis has a smart mouth and an ample body; she's a beautiful musicians' manager with loads of style but about enough self-esteem to fill a Prada card case. Her complicated love affair with the casually sexy Cuban rapper Goyo is a deeply satisfying romance that will delight readers almost as much as the emotional richness and girly fun of the heroines' friendship.

Playing with Sound: A Theory of Interacting with Sound and Music in Video Games

by Karen Collins

Karen Collins examines video game sound from the player's perspective. She explores the many ways that players interact with a game's sonic aspects -- which include not only music but also sound effects, ambient sound, dialogue, and interface sounds -- both within and outside of the game. She investigates the ways that meaning is found, embodied, created, evoked, hacked, remixed, negotiated, and renegotiated by players in the space of interactive sound in games. Drawing on disciplines that range from film studies and philosophy to psychology and computer science, Collins develops a theory of interactive sound experience that distinguishes between interacting with sound and simply listening without interacting. Her conceptual approach combines practice theory (which focuses on productive and consumptive practices around media) and embodied cognition (which holds that our understanding of the world is shaped by our physical interaction with it). Collins investigates the multimodal experience of sound, image, and touch in games; the role of interactive sound in creating an emotional experience through immersion and identification with the game character; the ways in which sound acts as a mediator for a variety of performative activities; and embodied interactions with sound beyond the game, including machinima, chip-tunes, circuit bending, and other practices that use elements from games in sonic performances.

Playing with Stories: Story-crafting for storytellers, writers, teachers and other imaginative thinkers

by Kevin D. Cordi

An educator's manual for teachers, leaders and students of oral storytelling arts developed by a Ph.D. professor who has worked extensively with all ages.

Playland

by Kathryn W. Burke Andrew J. Spano

Playland offers an inviting look at the historic amusement park on the shore of the Long Island Sound in Rye. This book recalls the early days and the later years of Playland, a national historic landmarkand America's only publicly owned amusement park. Opened in 1928 as part of the newly developed Westchester County Park System, Playland originally drew crowds that arrived via automobile, bus, and steamship for the circus acts, sideshows, and rides, such as the Swooper, an oval roller coaster, and the Derby Racer, one of only two left in the UnitedStates. An all-purpose resort, the park included a beach, bathhouse, pool, and casino with restaurants and games. Today the park draws even larger crowds--nearly a million people each season--that come for theDragon Coaster and other rides, Kiddyland, the indoor ice rink, the pool, the beach, and the boardwalk.

The Plays of Eugene O'Neill: A New Assessment

by Virginia Floyd

Virginia Floyd draws on her extensive knowledge of the playwright Eugene O'Neill's work and of his notebooks at Yale University to examine the composition and significance of all the plays, including those unpublished. In chronological order she deals with the significance of each play, assessing its autobiographical as well as literary aspects.

The Pochsy Plays

by Karen Hines

Beckett meets Betty Boop in this trilogy of monologues by Canadian cult heroine Pochsy, a nasty, vapid, utterly charming vixen. In 'Pochsy's Lips,' she's in the hospital, convinced she's sick because she's got a squid where her heart should be. In 'Oh Baby,' she's at the Last Resort, on holiday from her job packing mercury. And in 'Citizen Pochsy,' our little minx is in the waiting room at an audit from hell.In The Pochsy Plays, Hines remodels and melds traditions like stand-up, absurdism, clowning and neo-cabaret to create some of the most original and cutting satire to hit the stage - and, now, the page. Walk a mile in her distressed calfskin boots as the dark and ditzy Pochsy garbles ad slogans, self-help mantras and desperate grabs at meaning into a postmodern pastiche that is hilarious and harrowing, sweet and bitter at the same time.With extensive photos and musical scores, and an introduction by Darren O'Donnell.

The Pocket DJ

by Sarah Lewitinn

With more than two thousand songs handpicked and organized by former Spin magazine writer and editor Sarah Lewitinn (aka Ultragrrrl), The Pocket DJ is the ultimate insider's reference guide for selecting music, downloading MP3s, and making all-purpose mixes for every occasion imaginable

Pocket Guide to Collecting Movies on DVD

by Steven H. Scheuer Alida Brill-Scheuer

Citizen Kane Boogie Nights Sunset Boulevard My Fair Lady Almost Famous Jaws A Hard Day's Night Lord of the Rings Monsoon Wedding Apocalypse Now Redux Moulin Rouge Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid A Beautiful Mind Shakespeare in Love THEY'RE NOT JUST MOVIES ANYMORE. THEY'RE DVDs. Supplements...special collector's edition...extras...Words that set the heart pounding of every DVD lover. But how do you decide which DVDs to buy? Where do you begin collecting? Which special features are really special? What commentaries are informative or entertaining? Which disks are worth your time and money? Here at last is the portable, one-of-a-kind DVD buyer's guide -- from veteran film and television critics Steven H. Scheuer and Alida Brill-Scheuer. Director/star/crew audio commentaries Outtakes Filmographies and biographies Alternate takes, music, and endings Celebrity interviews Deleted scenes Trailers Lost footage Hidden features and Easter eggs Animated menus Production notes Storyboards Promotional art DVD-rom extras Behind-the-scenes footage Screenplays Souvenir booklets and a special afterword on the best DVDs for kids

A Poetics for Screenwriters

by Lance Lee

Writing successful screenplays that capture the public imagination and richly reward the screenwriter requires more than simply following the formulas prescribed by the dozens of screenwriting manuals currently in print. Learning the "how-tos" is important, but understanding the dramatic elements that make up a good screenplay is equally crucial for writing a memorable movie. In A Poetics for Screenwriters, veteran writer and teacher Lance Lee offers aspiring and professional screenwriters a thorough overview of all the dramatic elements of screenplays, unbiased toward any particular screenwriting method.<P><P> Lee explores each aspect of screenwriting in detail. He covers primary plot elements, dramatic reality, storytelling stance and plot types, character, mind in drama, spectacle and other elements, and developing and filming the story. Relevant examples from dozens of American and foreign films, including Rear Window, Blue, Witness, The Usual Suspects, Virgin Spring, Fanny and Alexander, The Godfather, and On the Waterfront, as well as from dramas ranging from the Greek tragedies to the plays of Shakespeare and Ibsen, illustrate all of his points.<P> This new overview of the dramatic art provides a highly useful update for all students and professionals who have tried to adapt the principles of Aristotle's Poetics to the needs of modern screenwriting. By explaining "why" good screenplays work, this book is the indispensable companion for all the "how-to" guides.

Poetics of Music

by Igor Stravinsky Arthur Knodel Ingolf Dahl

These lessons provide penetrating glimpses into the thought processes of Stravinsky's mind. While dealing with his chosen topics-the phenomenon of music, the composition of music, musical typology, the avatars of Russian music, and the performance of music-he reveals his reverence for tradition, order and discipline. He believes 'the more art is controlled, limited, worked over, the more it is free. His opinions about Wagner, Verdi, Berlioz, Hindemith, Weber, Beethoven, Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Moussorgsky and Bach are refreshing. He also analyzes the function of the critic, the requirements of the interpreter, the state of Russian music, and musical taste and snobbery." - The American Recorder Once again the concertgoer and music lover can take pleasure in Igor Stravinsky's thoughts on the essentials of music. It was over thirty years ago that Stravinsky delivered the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University on which the French-language edition of this book and later the English translation by Arthur Knodel and Ingolf Dahl were based. Now his Poetics of Music is available in paper-with a preface by George Seferis.

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