The End: 50 Apocalyptic Visions From Pop Culture That You Should Know About...Before It's Too Late
From the Mayan calendar to sandwich-boarded, loud-speakered prophets, there's never been a shortage of people willing to proclaim that Othe end is nigh.O This fun, fact-filled book explains 50 of the most important doomsday scenarios, just in time for 2012.
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||1 August 2019 by Lerner Publishing Group
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||By Barcella, Laura
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People have been making predictions about how and when the world is going to end for ages. The End is a fun pop culture read about the top 50 movies, books, songs, and artworks-from the movie Shaun of the Dead to the song It's the End of the World as We Know It-about the apocalypse. Each item includes:
- A synopsis of the apocalyptic work
- Information about the apocalyptic theory behind it (from alien invasion to meteors, nuclear war, and natural disasters)
- An explanation about why this work is important in pop culture
Love doomsday talk and the art made about it? Check out this fun and entertaining read!
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||"No cultural medium goes unexamined in this compendium of 50 apocalyptic visions of the world. Moving fluidly between fine art, mega-hit movies, obscure plays, comic-book series, and everything in between, the author explains how all have looked into the future and seen the end of life as we know it. Barcella describes each work in detail and then provides background and context, explaining what was going on in the world that may have contributed to the creator's particular vision of the end of the world. Reality checks, interesting quotes, thoughts about the wider impact on the culture round out each entry. In an introduction, Barcella explains that she spent a lot of time trolling through plenty of end-of-times material but doesn't specify how she landed on these specific 50, so the list feels vaguely random, but in a fun, surprise-on-every-page kind of way. Michelangelo's The Last Judgment comes not long after cult favorite Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and a few page turns before V for Vendetta, a comic-book-series turned movie. Teenagers and adults alike will find this an entertaining book to thumb through, searching for familiar works as well as exploring some of those less well known. Readers of dystopian novels may find this collection particularly intriguing. Plenty of people will have their own ideas about what should have been included, but this particular collection is varied and interesting."-School Library Journal
Laura Barcella is a freelance writer and editor who can't decide between New York and San Francisco. During the past ten-plus years, this pop-culture junkie and Washington, DC, native has written about feminism, music, news, and lifestyle topics for more than forty publications, including Salon.com, the Village Voice, ELLEGirl, Time Out New York, NYLON, Bust, CNN.com, and the Chicago Sun-Times. As far as other books go, Laura is the editor of the anthology Madonna and Me, a book of essays by female writers about Madonna (Soft Skull Press, March 2012). She has also contributed to the anthologies BitchFest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism From the Pages of Bitch Magazine, Somebody's Child: Stories About Adoption, and It's All in Her Head, a forthcoming collection about women's mental health. When she's not writing or editing, she's reading magazines, at the movies, watching bad reality TV, eating imported gummy candy, or hanging out with animals (she has two cats and a dog, all rescues).