They Live

They Live

by Jonathan Lethem, Sean Howe (Editor)
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They Live by Jonathan Lethem


Deep Focus is a series of film books with a fresh approach. Take the smartest, liveliest writers in contemporary letters and let them loose on the most vital and popular corners of cinema history: midnight movies, the New Hollywood of the sixties and seventies, film noir, screwball comedies, international cult classics, and more. Passionate and idiosyncratic, each volume of Deep Focus is long-form criticism that’s relentlessly provocative and entertaining.

Kicking off the series is Jonathan Lethem’s take on They Live, John Carpenter’s 1988 classic amalgam of deliberate B-movie, sci-fi, horror, anti-Yuppie agitprop. Lethem exfoliates Carpenter’s paranoid satire in a series of penetrating, free-associational forays into the context of a story that peels the human masks off the ghoulish overlords of capitalism. His field of reference spans classic Hollywood cinema and science fiction, as well as popular music and contemporary art and theory. Taking into consideration the work of Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, James Brown, Fredric Jameson, Shepard Fairey, Philip K. Dick, Alfred Hitchcock, and Edgar Allan Poe, not to mention the role of wrestlers—including They Live star “Rowdy” Roddy Piper—in contemporary culture, Lethem’s They Live provides a wholly original perspective on Carpenter’s subversive classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593762780
Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Series: Deep Focus Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 716,901
Product dimensions: 4.70(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Lethem's novel Motherless Brooklyn put him on the literary register, and won him a National Book Critics Circle Award. Prior to that he wrote four genre fiction (detective and sci-fi) novels. He has since published four more critically acclaimed novels (including the bestseller The Fortress of Solitude), a number of short story collections, and several books of nonfiction. In 2005, he received a MacArthur Fellowship.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

Left Bennington College after two years

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