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Emo - confessional punk rock - is the first cultural movement born on the Internet, thanks in part to the development of social networking sites like MySpace. Tracing its angst-y roots all the way from Shakespeare to Holden Caulfield to today's most popular bands, this is the definitive handbook to Emo. From the movement's fashion and ideology, to its music, movies and eating habits, it's all covered here with razor-sharp wit.
In recent years, male geeks have taken the world by storm: They've become unexpected sex symbols (Seth Rogen and Michael Cera); they've penned pieces of literary brilliance (Rest in peace, David Foster Wallace); they've even reinvented the art of modern cinema (Kudos, Coen brothers!) But what about their female counterparts? After all, fangirls are just like fanboys - they put on their imperial stormtrooper Lycra pants one leg at a time. "Geek Girls Unite" is a call to arms for every girl who has ever wondered where her rebel sisters have gone. It's also a sassy, savvy celebration of all the women who are busy bucking convention and making the world a smarter, better, and, yes, cooler place. Each chapter is dedicated to a crosssection of the geek elite-fangirls, music fanatics, bookworms, craft mavens, funny girls, film buffs, and others - and looks at groundbreaking women, geek hall-of-famers, ultimate love matches, and most likely frenemies. Along with fun quizzes, illustrations, and trivia boxes, each group also gets tailored recommendations for playlists, books, movies, and websites. Fun, funny, and ultimately empowering, this is the perfect book for women of any age who've felt like they're on the outside looking includes.
A snarky, fact-filled look at the people and places that made the indie/punk scene what it is today
The American underground music scene is exploding everywhere--not just in New York City and L.A. (although we've got those cities covered too ):
In Washington, D.C. . . . Ian MacKaye and Fugazi inspired the straightedge culture, which had kids everywhere drawing black X's on their hands in magic marker.
In Omaha, Nebraska . . . A young Conor Oberst, aka Bright Eyes, started writing and performing gut-wrenching love songs at the tender age of thirteen.
On Long Island, New York . . . Taking Back Sunday and Brand New battled for emo supremacy and the fragile hearts of a million teenage girls.
From the coauthor of the cult-worthy Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture comes Wish You Were Here--a combination travel guide and tortured history covering everything from what constitutes proper rock critic etiquette in Minneapolis to why pop-punk bands in Chicago have so much suburban angst, to how freegans in the Bay Area can feed themselves on a budget that would make frugal Rachael Ray's face blush.
Using chant-rhythm beats to create layers of harmony and meaning, Simon weaves poetry from jazz, sex, and geography.
Parents die. At any age, the loss of a parent marks a profound and
often overlooked transition in life. When the parent leaves a young
child to grow up without guidance, nurturing, goading, and love,
the event becomes a landmark, a defining moment.
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