Intimate Strangers: The Culture of Celebrity

Intimate Strangers: The Culture of Celebrity

by Richard Schickel

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Overview

Intimate Strangers: The Culture of Celebrity by Richard Schickel

In trying to understand the power of celebrity in modern life, Richard Schickel ranges through every realm of our culture — film, theatre, television, literature, art, the media, pop music, politics — for examples of how celebrity shapes our world and bends our minds. He considers the careers of figures as diverse as John Kennedy and Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe and Dwight Eisenhower, Walter Cronkite and Andy Warhol, among dozens of others. And he reflects on the dangerous, sometimes deadly, political and social consequences of the fascinating, largely unacknowledged relationship between the famous elite and the unfamous majority. In demonstrating how the carefully fostered illusion of intimacy between these two groups has created a devastating confusion between public life and private life, in showing how the play of celebrity symbols has largely replaced the play of ideas in our society, Schickel takes us on a journey to the heart of contemporary darkness — and offers, finally, a chilling warning about the psychopathic consequences of our national obsession with celebrity. "Intimate Strangers is, simply, in my estimation, the single most important book about celebrity." — Neal Gabler.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566633178
Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date: 08/25/2000
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 5.55(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Richard Schickel, best known as a film critic for Time magazine, has written many books about the movies. Intimate Strangers is his highly regarded interpretation of contemporary American culture.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Peach Basketix
1.Magic Bullets1
2.Where We Came In23
3.Where I Came In65
4.Super Hero, Super Victim88
5.The Politics of Illusion134
6.Heroic Figures, Heroic Numbers209
7.Coherent Lives255
8.The New Tyranny286
Afterword: Celebrity 2000300

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Neal Gabler

Intimate Strangers is, simply, in my estimation, the single most important book about celebrity.

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