Sports Celebrity, Identity, and Body Culture in Modern Japan
Author: Dennis J. Frost
Publisher: Harvard University Press
In Seeing Stars, Dennis J. Frost traces the emergence and evolution of sports celebrity in Japan from the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries. Frost explores how various constituencies have repeatedly molded and deployed representations of individual athletes, revealing that sports stars are socially constructed phenomena, the products of both particular historical moments and broader discourses of celebrity. Drawing from media coverage, biographies, literary works, athletesâe(tm) memoirs, bureaucratic memoranda, interviews, and films, Frost argues that the largely unquestioned mass of information about sports stars not only reflects, but also shapes society and body culture. He examines the lives and times of star athletesâe"including sumo grand champion Hitachiyama, female Olympic medalist Hitomi Kinue, legendary pitcher Sawamura Eiji, and world champion boxer Gushiken YokoÅ --demonstrating how representations of such sports stars mediated Japanâe(tm)s emergence into the putatively universal realm of sports, unsettled orthodox notions of gender, facilitated wartime mobilization of physically fit men and women, and masked lingering inequalities in postwar Japanese society. As the first critical examination of the history of sports celebrity outside a Euro-American context, this book also sheds new light on the transnational forces at play in the production and impact of celebrity images and dispels misconceptions that sports stars in the non-West are mere imitations of their Western counterparts.
Author: Simon Armitage
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Simon Armitage's new collection is by turns a voice and a chorus: a hyper-vivid array of dramatic monologues, allegories, parables and tall tales. Here comes everybody: Snoobie and Carla, Lippincott, Wittmann, Yoshioka, Bambuck, Dr Amsterdam, Preminger. The man whose wife drapes a border-curtain across the middle of the marital home; the English astronaut with a terrestrial outlook on life; an orgiastic cast of unreconstructed pie-worshipers at a Northern sculpture farm; the soap-opera supremacists at their zoo-wedding; the driver who picks up hitchhikers as he hurtles towards a head-on collision with Thatcherism; a Christian cheese-shop proprietor in the wrong part of town; the black bear with a dark secret, the woman who curates giant snowballs in the chest freezer. Celebrities and nobodies, all come to the ball. I am a sperm whale. I carry up to 2.5 tonnes of an oil-like balm in my huge, coffin shaped head. I have a brain the size of a basketball, and on that basis alone am entitled to my opinions. I am a sperm whale. When I breathe in, the fluid in my head cools to a dense wax and I nosedive into the depths. My song, available on audiocassette and compact disc is a comfort to divorcees, astrologists and those who have 'pitched the quavering canvas tent of their thoughts on the rim of the dark crater'. - from 'The Christening' The storyteller who steps in and out of this human tapestry changes, trickster-style, from poem to poem, but retains some identifying traits: the melancholy of the less deceived, crossed with an undercover idealism. And he shares with many of his characters a star-gazing capacity for belief, or for being 'genuine in his disbelief'. Language is on the loose in these poems, which cut and run across the parterre of poetic decorum with their cartoon-strip energies and air of misrule. Armitage creates world after world, peculiar yet always particular, where the only certainty is the unexpected.
Author: Christina Jones
Publisher: Hachette UK
When city-girl Amber arrives to spend the summer in a small village, the only stars she recognises are the ones she reads about in her glossy celeb magazines. So she is stunned to find herself surrounded by a new neighbours who organise their entire lives around constellation customs and the astral calendar. More scarily, Amber finds that the villagers actually believe that the stars and moon can work magic. Amber remains loudly sceptical, but as she's grown very fond of her new friends - especially the gorgeously enigmatic Lewis - and assuming that it's all a bit of harmless fun, she hurls herself into the star-ceremonies and moon-myths on the grounds that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em and any excuse for a party. But when, as result of one of Amber's half-hearted celestial incantations, something totally inexplicable happens, she begins to wonder if maybe, just maybe, there's more to magic than meets the eye...
The Night Sky Through Small Telescopes
Author: C. R. Kitchin,Robert W. Forrest
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Seeing Stars is written for astronomers, regardless of the depth of their theoretical knowledge, who are taking their first steps in observational astronomy. Chris Kitchin and Bob Forrest - both professional astronomers - take a conducted tour of the night sky and suggest suitable observing programmes for everyone from beginners to experts. How is this book different? We are all familiar with the beautiful images of planets and galaxies obtained by spacecraft and giant telescopes - but what can you really see with a small telescope? What should you expect from a small refractor or reflector? And what is the effect of observing from a site near a city? The answers are all here, with many photographs that will illustrate exactly what can be seen with different instruments (everything from the naked eye to a 300mm telescope) - and from different locations.
The Milky Way and Its Constellations
Author: Rosanna Hansen
Describes the place of our solar system in the Milky Way galaxy and some of the constellations that can be seen from earth.
Spectacle, Society and Celebrity Culture
Author: Pramod K Nayar
Publisher: SAGE Publications India
Category: Social Science
Seeing Stars: Spectacle, Society and Celebrity Culture explores the ways in which celebrities are 'manufactured', how they establish their hold on the public imagination and how social responses enable them to be what they are. Celebrity culture is marked by three main responses: adulation, identification and emulation. These responses are generated as a result of media constructions of celebrities. Therefore, celebrity culture needs to be studied as a consequence of new forms of media representation and mass culture. The author aims to explore this phenomenon, especially from the 1990s. It is a popular introduction to celebrity culture and a new 'society of spectacle' that is visible in India today through a rigorous analyses of a range of media sources.
McDonald Observatory : Its Science and Astronomers
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Relates the history of the McDonald Observatory in West Texas, and discusses astronomical discoveries related to stars.
Author: Diane Hammond
Publisher: Harper Collins
“Diane Hammond writes with heart, compassion, and humor.” —Terry Gamble, author of The Water Dancers From Diane Hammond, author of Hannah’s Dream, comes Seeing Stars, a glorious new novel of hope, dreams, love, and ambition. Set in Hollywood—where every child wants to be a star and every grownup wants a piece of the action—Seeing Stars explores a not-so glamorous world of stage mothers, adolescent Tinsel Town wannabes, and desperate chances with warmth and wit.
Author: Jennifer Bernard
Publisher: Jennifer Bernard via PublishDrive
When pop star Starly Minx creates an international uproar by freezing onstage, she knows what her guilty conscience is telling her. She has to make things right with her nemesis, rival rock star Karina Black. And she has to do it without the paparazzi finding out. If only she didn’t have to leave behind the man she’s been secretly pining for—her sinfully hot bodyguard Hunter McGraw. Hunter just turned in his resignation. He desperately needs to get some distance from the distracting, enchanting Starly and get on with his life. But now she’s disappeared and of course he’s going after her. Who else is going to keep her out of trouble? And with two feuding pop stars in the same tiny town, trouble is inevitable. Starly and Hunter can deal with the paparazzi. They can deal with the scandal. But can they keep their feelings secret from each other? Is that even possible when every touch has them seeing stars? SEEING STARS is a prequel to the Jupiter Point series and was originally published as part of Melanie Shawn's Hope Falls Kindle World.
A Play in Two Acts
Author: Ron Osborne
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Category: Motion pictures
It's 1956 and Hollywood has arrived in Natchez, Mississippi with its brightest stars to film Raintree County . Meanwhile at Clemmie's, a Natchez tea room, the widowed proprietor who has a fascination with movies and a secret admirer, oversees her own cast of characters: Tootie, her take charge friend; Jo Beth, a former beauty queen; Glease, a man more comfortable with women than macho men, and Marjorie, an unethical social climber. Competition for a small role in the movie brings out the best and worst of these memorable characters. Twists, turns and revelations lead Clemmie to trade a moment of fame for love and the chance to impact the lives of people dear to her. Originally produced at the Sonoma County Repertory Theatre in Sebastopol, CA.
Author: James Muirden
Focuses on the stars as they are born, live, and die while also including descriptions of the sun, comets, shooting stars, and constellations.
Shining Star Light
Author: Charles Hobson
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Be a storyteller and navigator of the stars with this interactive introduction to the night sky. Ten star punched cards let kids shine a flashlight through them to project constellations on the wall. Illustrations.
Author: Editors of People Magazine
Category: Biography & Autobiography
- Join People as they celebrate 30 years of reporting on popular culture through gorgeous photography and sizzling editorial.- People takes you on a history-filled tour of the last three decades - from our first introduction to John "Sweathog" Travolta and Lady Di to the antics of Madonna...all the way to the frenzy of the coupling of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck.
Author: Vanessa Grant
Publisher: Muse Creations Inc.
Arizona astronomer Claire Welland is anything but starry-eyed when it comes to romance. She knows her home on an isolated mountaintop observatory makes marriage to most men impossible, but that doesn't mean she can't have a little romantic fun. The last thing she expects when she comes home to Port Townsend, Washington, for her high school reunion is to be swept off her feet by Blake McKenzie. Once the town bad boy, Blake is now a prominent shipbuilder dedicated to helping local teens. When he asks Claire to talk to one of his boys about astronomy, he's only thinking she might give direction to a troubled kid. He certainly never dreamed she'd inspire him - to fall in love. Now Blake is determined to show Claire that their future together is in the stars - if she'll only open her eyes.
A Book and Poster about the Constellations
Author: Barbara Seiger
Publisher: Price Stern Sloan
Category: Juvenile Fiction
A large full-color poster that comes complete with four hundred glow-in-the-dark star stickers accompanies an informative study of facts and lore about the thirty-five most familiar constellations. Original.