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Born in Flames: Termite Dreams, Dialectical Fairy Tales and Pop Apocalypses Hardcover – 26 Jan 2007

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  • Hardcover: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (26 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067402317X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674023178
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 4.4 x 21 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,477,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hampton's enthusiasm--not mention his writing style--is infectious. I like this collection, its unresolved tensions between the marketplace of entertainment and the bazaar of the soul, between the critic as functionary factotum and high priest of low-culture ritual, between the writer's dread that nothing matters and the writer's need to assert that every little semiotic nuance and secondary character in "Buffy", not to mention "Buffy" spinoff "Angel", matters...In this collection, Hampton consistently reminds us that the great thing about pop culture was, and still is, its populist capacity to inspire without demeaning or deluding.--Hal Niedzviecki"Globe and Mail" (05/05/2007)

About the Author

Howard Hampton has written for Film Comment, Artforum, The Believer, the Village Voice, L.A. Weekly, Black Clock, the Boston Globe, and the New York Times, among other publications.

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