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Slam Dunks and No-Brainers: Pop Language in Your Life, the Media, and Like . . . Whatever (Vintage)by Leslie Savan
Synopses & Reviews
In this marvelously original book, three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Leslie Savan offers fascinating insights into why were all talking the talk—Duh; Bring it on!; Bling; Whatever!—and what this reveals about America today. Savan traces the paths that phrases like these travel from obscure slang to pop stardom, selling everything from cars (ads for VWs, Mitsubishis, and Mercurys all pitch them as “no-brainer”s) to wars (finding WMD in Iraq was to be a “slam dunk”). Real people create these catchy phrases, but once media, politics, and businesses broadcast them, they burst out of our mouths as celebrity words, newly glamorous and powerful. Witty, fun, and full of thought-provoking stories about the origins of popular expressions, Slam Dunks and No-Brainers is for everyone who loves the mysteries of language.
About the Author
Leslie Savan wrote a column about advertising and commercial culture for The Village Voice for thirteen years. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1991, 1992, and 1997. Her writing has appeared in Time, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Salon, and she has been a commentator for National Public Radio. Savan is the author of The Sponsored Life: Ads, TV, and American Culture. She lives with her husband and son in New Jersey.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
Are We Having Fun Yet?
Heres the Deal
Pop Talk Is History
Whats Black, Then White, and Said All Over?
Dont Even Think About Telling Me “I Dont Think So”: The Media, Meanness, and Me
The Great American Yesss!
Populist Pop and the Regular Guy
The Community of Commitment-Centered Words
Digital Talk in the Unit States of America
Its Like, You Know, the End
What Our Readers Are Saying
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