1001 Things You Didn't Know You Wanted to Know by Anna Mantzaris

By Anna Mantzaris

Minutiae buffs of the world—this is your e-book! It’s filled with 1,001 tidbits of knowledge in such different types as nutrients & Drink, tv, paintings, enterprise, healthiness, faith, and so forth. for instance, were you aware that each strawberry comprises over 2 hundred seeds? That the 1st prepared hard work strike within the U.S. happened in Philadelphia in 1786, while neighborhood printers demanded greater wages? Or that Jack London used to be the 1st novelist to earn a million funds from his writing? Highlighted with maps and illustrations, this compilation encompasses a wealth of lists, together with the least densely populated nations, the academic associations of the Ivy League, bands that performed at Woodstock, or even the main stressful clichés, as voted by way of humans in 70 countries.

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More than ever before in American society, masculinity was postulated as a problem. One solution was put forth in the ¡970s action films of Clint Eastwood. In his essay, “Eastward Bound,” Paul Smith finds in those movies a pattern of physical su›ering and abuse similar to that in The Rockford Files: the heroic body is objectified and subjected to pain, creating a temporarily masochistic moment whose homoeroticism is disavowed by the film’s conclusion. By the end, he writes, the male body and its limitations seem to have “vanished into air” (86), leaving behind reinforced norms of masculinity, as well as a “hysterical residue” (80) similar to that identified by Nowell-Smith in Minnelli’s melodramas.

36. Quoted in Robertson, 307. 37. ” The Los Angeles Times (8 September 2005): E2. 38. Robertson, quoting Montiforte, 307. Driving in Circles: The Rockford Files Robert F. Gross In the ¡970s, evening viewing on American television was awash in detective series. The cowboys had ridden o› into the sunset; the spies had gone back into the cold. The sleuths, however, had a stronger hold on the ratings than ever. It seems that the viewing public could not get enough of engaging personalities who could solve riddles, defend the innocent, and put the world to rights in ninety minutes or less.

The Rockford Files depends to a great degree on its extensive location shooting of the streets of Los Angeles and its environs for its sense of realistic verisimilitude, grounding the complex and often improbable plot lines in a recognizable milieu. Repeatedly, the dialogue makes a point of telling us street addresses, giving us the sense we could drive to these places ourselves. If we were so inclined and familiar with the area, we could map out entire episodes. We see the Safeways, Taco Bells, and Holiday Inns, as well as the innumerable gas stations and car dealers.

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