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Ranting Out Loud: Life, Pop Culture & How We Sometimes Don't Get Along
     

Ranting Out Loud: Life, Pop Culture & How We Sometimes Don't Get Along

by Nicholas Belardes
 
In his debut essay collection, Nicholas Belardes uses today’s pop culture and self-deprecating humor as a filter for discussing personal stories of family, writing, gender, art, and race. He dives into the Harry Potter play and discusses his cursed childhood home. He tells coming-of-age tales of Dungeons & Dragons and blames Stranger Things for jogging those

Overview

In his debut essay collection, Nicholas Belardes uses today’s pop culture and self-deprecating humor as a filter for discussing personal stories of family, writing, gender, art, and race. He dives into the Harry Potter play and discusses his cursed childhood home. He tells coming-of-age tales of Dungeons & Dragons and blames Stranger Things for jogging those hilarious memories. In great detail he describes how working for a cheesy Las Vegas animation company meant everything to a relationship with his dad. And he presents an unpopular artistic argument for how Tyrion Lannister of Game of Thrones may have ruined his life as a writer (not really). He gives you Star Wars and its weird connections to the Catcher in the Rye (as well as artistic expectations in education). In an essay about race he presents virtual universes, cowboy images of his racist dad, and odd choices of identity in Ready Player One. He even provides a layman’s guide for how to introduce someone to Star Trek while at the same time telling us that what we mimic might not be good for us. He also discusses miscommunication in the world in relation to writing the first original Twitter novel, Small Places. And finally, he describes how American numbness negatively affects the world of art. Belardes presents a side of our humanity working in tandem with pop culture. It isn’t always pretty, though it is hopeful, sometimes funny, and full of promise.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Nicholas Belardes has incisively given the world a stellar debut collection of essays,” —Caroline Leavitt, NYT best-selling author of Cruel Beautiful World, This is Tomorrow, and Pictures of You

“Many of my favorite books are actually rants. On the Road was Kerouac’s expression of being “mad to live.” Lord of the Rings was an elegantly elven diatribe against the tree-killing machines of war and industry, along with being the best-ever take-down of Nazis. Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem is a gorgeous screed of Sixties counterculture. I could go on and that is part of the point—they DO go on and thank god for that because all ideas can’t be expressed in 140 characters. Nicholas Belardes rants with the best of them and Didion better watch her back because he, too, has culture in his crosshairs. Belardes writes with a sharp eye and an even sharper pen. Covering cinema, pop obsessions, history and the not so United States, he is an articulate witness to the strange, stubborn and intractable truths of our time.” —Brenda Knight, author of Women of the Beat Generation

“David Foster Wallace meets Hunter S. Thompson in this ode to the triumphs and defeats of pop culture. Belardes might be the most informed, intelligent and hilariously iconoclastic guide we’ll ever have to help us bridge the digital divide. Who else dares talk about Dostoevsky in the same breath as Winona Ryder? In Belardes’s nimble mental meanderings, we find Rilke alongside Sam the Mattress Man, Knossos alongside Las Vegas. Even as he is telling us everything we always wanted to know about Holden Caulfield and Luke Skywalker but were afraid to ask, Belardes’s underlying message becomes increasingly clear: art has been dumbed down, artifice is everywhere, and we no longer know what “real” is. “We. Can’t. Feel.” Belardes says, but he’s no misanthrope, and in these essays, we find ourselves in the astute and tender company of someone who loves the world.” —Kim Barnes, author of In the Kingdom of Men

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781633530652
Publisher:
Mango Media
Publication date:
12/13/2016
Pages:
170
Sales rank:
1,321,019
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Belardes has worked as a writer, screenwriter, even an animation writer. His work has been talked about across North America and Europe, including Wired
Magazine, Coast to Coast A.M., U.K. Guardian, The Telegraph, Christian Science
Monitor, and countless other newspapers, radio stations and TV appearances. His work has appeared in leading news sources like CNN.com, ABC News, even in American journals Carve Magazine, Pithead Chapel, The Weeklings, and others. He’s literally been exposed to an audience of millions, which includes his social media projects that not only went viral more than six years ago but are still being talked about in major media and colleges.

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